Category: Engineering Marvels


 Leatherman Launches Fashion Band With 25 Tools – And You Can Even Use It As A Watch Strap

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Forget carrying a Swiss Army Knife –  if you want to be prepared, all you really need is a bracelet.

  Portland-based Leatherman Tool Group is about to launch wrist wear that hides 25 different tools.

  Dubbed ‘Tread’, the bracelet is made of 17-4 stainless steel links which each hide two or three items such as wrenches and screwdrivers.”

Leatherman plans to start selling the bracelet sometime this summer, and also says it will include it in a watch design. No official pricing is offered on the tool, but one blog post claims it could be in the region of $200 (£130)

” ‘ The idea originated on a trip to Disneyland with my family,’ said Leatherman’s president Ben Rivera, who was an engineer with the company for 22 years. ‘ I was stopped at the gate by security for carrying a knife, when what they had actually seen was my Skeletool.

  I was unwilling to give it up, so they made me take it all the way back to my hotel room.’ ‘ I knew there had to be another way to carry my tools with me that would be accepted by security,’ he said.”

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I Rode A Hoverboard With Tony Hawk

 

 

 

 

 

 

” I’ve been saying that a lot lately. Out loud. At all kinds of inopportune moments. Like, “Hey, sorry I didn’t get back to you—I was busy because I WAS RIDING A HOVERBOARD WITH TONY HAWK.” Or, “Ketchup? Oh yeah, that reminds of this time I WAS RIDING A HOVERBOARD WITH TONY HAWK.” Total dick.

  But I really did ride a hoverboard with Tony Hawk. A totally real, not fake, working hoverboard. This isn’t any of that Funny or Die bullshit. It’s real. The folks at Arx Pax dropped a press release and a video in October claiming that they have developed the technology to make shit hover. At the time, I interviewed the company’s founders, Greg and Jill Henderson, and at the end of our interview they invited me up to their lab in Los Gatos, Calif. to ride the hoverboard myself.

  Hendo’s hover technology relies on magnets, which means the hoverboard can, for the time being, only hover over non-ferrous materials. When I first spoke to Greg and Jill, I apologized for not being a scientist before I began asking stupid questions like, “What does non-ferrous mean?” and “Why can’t I ride it down the street?”

“ No worries about not being a scientist,” Greg said, “because neither are we. I’m an architect by trade, and that’s where this technology came from. Right now, what we have is essentially the Model-T [of hoverboards]. This is a proof of concept. And because we made this big leap in efficiency, we are able now to do what other folks couldn’t do on a conductive material like aluminum or copper. As we optimize this system, ideally we’ll be able to go on other surfaces.” “

 

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Samsung Galaxy S6 Release Date March 2? Flagship Could Launch At MWC With Waterproof Variant

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Samsung Electronics Co.’s latest flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S6 may include a host of surprises, including two curves edges and a second, waterproof version, the S6 Active. The phone may be unveiled March 2 at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Chinese publication, the Chosunilbo reported Wednesday.

  The Galaxy S5 was Samsung’s first flagship smartphone to feature an IP67 certification, which allows the device to withstand submersion in up to 3.2 feet of water for up to 30 minutes. Despite making Galaxy S5 waterproof, Samsung also launched water Galaxy S5 Active and Galaxy S5 Sport models in 2014, intending to reach niche audiences.

  This time, the manufacturer may forgo a waterproof certification on the original Galaxy S6 to set a clear distinction between the flagship and Active models. A  second waterproof Galaxy S6 Active version  is expected to come at a later date, according to Italian publication Webtrek. “

 

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World’s First 3D-Printed Apartment Building Constructed In China

 

 

 

” While architectural firms compete with their designs for 3D-printed dwellings, one company in China has quietly been setting about getting the job done. In March of last year, company WinSun claimed to have printed 10 houses in 24 hours, using a proprietary 3D printer that uses a mixture of ground construction and industrial waste, such as glass and tailings, around a base of quick-drying cement mixed with a special hardening agent.

  Now, WinSun has further demonstrated the efficacy of its technology — with a five-story apartment building and a 1,100 square metre (11,840 square foot) villa, complete with decorative elements inside and out, on display at Suzhou Industrial Park.

  The 3D printer array, developed by Ma Yihe, who has been inventing 3D printers for over a decade, stands 6.6 metres high, 10 metres wide and 40 metres long (20 by 33 by 132 feet). This fabricates the parts in large pieces at WinSun’s facility. The structures are then assembled on-site, complete with steel reinforcements and insulation in order to comply with official building standards.”

 

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‘Sociopathic’ Robots Could Overrun The Human Race Within A Generation

 

 

 

 

” We are all doomed to a dystopian future run and controlled by smart machines of our own making – or perhaps not.

  At a session at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Stuart Russell, a leading expert on artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics, made the bold prediction that AI would overtake that of humans “within my children’s lifetime”.

  The chief challenge was to control these advances by making sure that computers continue to serve human needs, rather than become a threat to them, the Berkeley professor argued.

  To do so, it was imperative that robots were endowed with the same values as humans.

  Professor Russell defined the ideal relationship as similar to that of Bertie Wooster and Jeeves where the long-suffering butler understands perfectly what his master wants without needing to be told.

  However, it was possible to envisage a much more dangerous future where “sociopathic” robots become a threat to humans. “

 

The Telegraph

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How Rich Do You Need To Be To Afford The New Ford GT Supercar?

 

 

 

 

 

 

” At the 2015 Detroit Auto Show, Ford went for the gold – both in honors and price tags.

  Its new Ford F-150 won the North American Truck/Utility of the Year award, and the company was runner-up for the North American Car of the year with its Mustang, which lost to the Volkswagen Golf.

  But the golden child of the show was the new Ford GT, which had been a mere rumor for months.

  The verdict: It was worth the wait – and possibly even the price tag.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

” In time for the 50th anniversary of the original GT40 winning the LeMans races, the new GT is all about flash. The machine has a 600-horsepower EcoBoost V-6 engine and is no gas sipper. The sleek, “futuristic” body is made completely of carbon fiber, which posed a huge engineering challenge. CNET quoted the car’s creator and Ford vice president of design, Moray Callum, as saying, “We wouldn’t have been able to build [this] car 60 years ago. Even 20 years ago.” “

 

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A Gearhead In L.A. Is About To Change Everything

 

 

 

 

 

 

“ Paradigm shifts are underway,” says entrepreneur Grant Delgatty. When he noticed that millennials were tuning in to social and environmental issues, it triggered his breakthrough invention: the URB-E e-vehicle.

  Grant wagered on the power of a new generation prioritizing sustainability. With this in mind, he saw the infinite growth potential of clean energy transportation. “It’s about social impact. Every decision we make needs to be the right decision to protect our environment for tomorrow,” says Delgatty. What resulted from this market research was simple: a super-compact electric scooter.

  This invention solves the global problem of getting that last mile from your car’s parking space to your destination. “The URB-E fits between your legs and has the same footprint as your body,” he explains. It’s the first foldable e-vehicle—with the comforts of a bicycle—that goes up to 20 miles on one charge. That’s why it’s no surprise that URB-E won the 2014 CES Verge Award.”

 

 

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Makerbot Is Letting You 3D Print With Metal, Limestone, And Wood

 

 

 

 

” Makerbot—perhaps the most consumer-friendly of 3D printer manufacturers—is about to go a long way toward turning the tech into something consumers can actually use. Starting late this year, MakerBot is going to let you 3D print with a range of new materials, including composites of limestone, iron, and wood.

  The new PLA filaments are made with composites of the actual material they’re meant to replicate, meaning that what you 3D print doesn’t have to just be a plastic model of what you want. It’s going to look—and feel—a hell of a lot more like the object it’s imitating.”

 

More at Gizmodo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Behold, The World’s First Automatic Supercar

 

 

 

 

 

 

” It’s heresy, I tell you, absolute heresy. As if it’s not enough that a lowly Chevrolet must now be considered a supercar — no “almost” dismissive needed or deserved, thank you very much — even more blasphemous is that said Chevy is at its most “super” when hooked up to an automatic transmission.

  The car, not surprisingly, is the latest rendition of Corvette’s topflight Z06. That’s hardly a revelation; if any Chevrolet were to be deemed super, it would have to be the iconic Corvette. But, it is a little more shocking that the transmission in question is not one of those new fangled PDK’ed thing-a-ma-bobs with their fancy dual clutches and pre-selected gear changing mechanisms, but rather a plain, old torque-converted, could-be-in-a-Cadillac slushbox.”

 

 

 

2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06

 

 

 

 

” Nor is it just in a straight line that GM’s new eight-speed 8L90 autobox is superior to the also available seven-speed manual. Zooming around Spring Mountain Motor Resort’s 2.4-kilometre racetrack, the combination of precise gear selection algorithms and bullet-quick shifting (Jeff Polidan, Chevy’s design systems engineer for the new eight-speed transmission, claims that, at 0.45 seconds, his automatic shifts faster than Porsche’s supposedly-higher-tech PDK) have the autobox shifting gears perfectly. Indeed, so adroit does the 8L90’s computer match gears and revs that the Z06 is quicker, more manageable and indeed more fun left in its fully automatic mode. Use the paddle shifters if you must, but you’ll be slower for it. The 2015 Z06 truly is, in every sense of the word, the first automatic transmission supercar.”

” There’s no doubt the Z06 must finally be deemed a true supercar. The 6.2-litre supercharged V8 boasts 650 horsepower (smack dab between Lamborghini’s Huracan and Aventador), 650 pound-feet of torque (more than either) and, when hooked up to the aforementioned eight-speed autobox, can accelerate to 100 kilometres an hour in just 3.1 seconds (just barely behind the aforementioned Aventador and 0.3 seconds quicker than the manual). The quarter mile arrives in a truly startling 10.95 seconds as long as you’re you’re letting the eight-speed autobox shift itself; a slightly longer 11.2 seconds if you insist on shifting the seven-speed manual yourself.”

 

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Terrorist Killer US Military GAU 19B 50 Cal Gatling Gun

 

 

 

Published on Oct 27, 2014

” Another great weapon for the US military and us army. Could prove useful in combating terrorists in Iraq and Syria. The GECAL 50, officially designated by the United States military as the GAU-19/A, is an electrically driven Gatling gun that fires the .50 BMG (12.7×99mm) cartridge.

Technical specifications

  The GAU-19/A is designed for a linkless feed, but can be fed from a standard M9 linked belt if a delinker feeder is used. The rate of fire is selectable to be either 1,000 or 2,000 rounds per minute. The Humvee armament kit version fires at 1,300 rounds per minute. The average recoil force when firing is 500 pounds-force (2.2 kN). In January 2012, General Dynamics announced they would be delivering a new version designated the GAU-19/B. It provides the same firepower in a lighter platform, weighing 106 lbs.[1]
History

  The GECAL 50 was first manufactured by General Electric, then by Lockheed Martin, and now by General Dynamics. Design work began in 1982. Early prototypes had six barrels, but a three-barreled configuration is now standard. The GAU-19/A was originally designed as a larger, more potent version of the M134 Minigun. Due to the loss of nine helicopters in Grenada GE started building prototypes of the weapon in both a three-barreled and a six-barreled configuration. The six-barreled version was designed to fire 4,000 rpm, and could be adapted to fire up to 8,000 rpm. The GAU-19 takes 0.4 seconds to reach maximum firing rate.[2] Soon it was recommended as a potential armament for the V-22 Osprey.[3] The magazine would be located underneath the cabin floor and could be reloaded in-flight. However, plans to mount the gun were later dropped.[4] In 2005, the GAU-19/A was approved to be mounted on the OH-58D Kiowa helicopter. It also could have been used on the Army’s now cancelled ARH-70.[5] In January 2012, the U.S. Army ordered 24 GAU-19/B versions for use on helicopters. All were delivered by the next month.[1]

  In 1999, the United States sent 28 GAU-19s to Colombia.[6] Oman is known to use the GAU-19/A mounted on their HMMWVs. The navy of Mexico uses MDH MD-902 series helicopters with the GAU-19/A system mounted for anti-narcotics operations.[7]
Users

Colombia: Used by Drug Enforcement troops, and the Colombian national police
Japan: Used by Japan Coast Guard, on PC Kagayuki class
Mexico: Used by the Mexican Air Force and the Mexican Navy in Humvees, UH-60 Black Hawks and the MD Explorer
Oman: Used on Army HMMWV.
United States
Gatling Gun History

  The Gatling gun is one of the best-known early rapid-fire weapons and a forerunner of the modern machine gun. Invented by Richard Gatling, it is known for its use by the Union forces during the American Civil War in the 1860s, which was the first time it was employed in combat. Later it was used in the Boshin War, the Anglo-Zulu War and still later in the assault on San Juan Hill during the Spanish-American War.[1]

  The Gatling gun’s operation centered on a cyclic multi-barrel design which facilitated cooling and synchronized the firing/reloading sequence. Each barrel fired a single shot when it reached a certain point in the cycle, after which it ejected the spent cartridge, loaded a new round, and in the process, allowed the barrel to cool somewhat. This configuration allowed higher rates of fire to be achieved without the barrel overheating.
History

Patent drawing for R.J. Gatling’s Battery Gun, 9 May 1865.

  The Gatling gun was designed by the American inventor Dr. Richard J. Gatling in 1861 and patented on November 4, 1862.[2][3] Gatling wrote that he created it to reduce the size of armies and so reduce the number of deaths by combat and disease, and to show how futile war is.[4]
Although the first Gatling gun was capable of firing continuously, it required a person to crank it; therefore it was not a true automatic weapon. The Maxim gun, invented in 1884, was the first true fully automatic weapon, making use of the fired projectile’s recoil force to reload the weapon. Nonetheless, the Gatling gun represented a huge leap in firearm technology.

  Prior to the Gatling gun, the only weapons available to militaries capable of firing many projectiles in a short space of time were mass-firing volley weapons like the French Reffye mitrailleuse in 1870–1871, or field cannons firing canister, much like a very large shotgun. The latter were widely used during and after the Napoleonic Wars. Although the maximum rate of fire was increased by firing multiple projectiles simultaneously, these weapons still needed to be reloaded after each discharge, which for multi-barrel systems like the mitrailleuse was cumbersome and time-consuming. This negated much of the advantage of their high rate of fire per discharge, making them much less powerful on the battlefield. In comparison, the Gatling gun offered a rapid and continuous rate of fire without having to manually reload by opening the breech.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sir James Dyson Now Owns More Land In England Than The Queen

 

Dodington Park James Dyson's home

 

 

” Sir James Dyson, the billionaire who made his fortune through the bagless vacuum cleaner, now owns more land in England than the Queen, after buying a 3,000 acre estate in Lincolnshire.

  The inventor now has one of the largest private landholdings in the country since he purchased the Cranwell and Roxholme estate from the Crown Estate.

  Dyson’s land 25,000 acre land portfolio now also exceeds the Queen’s 20,000 acre Sandringham Estate in Norfolk, as well as the Duke of Bedford’s 13,000 acres in Bedfordshire.

  The Duke of Marlborough’s Oxfordshire estate, based at Blenheim, is estimated at 11,000 acres, while the Duke of Wellington’s Hampshire estate is only 7,000 acres.”

 

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Demolition Fail In Crimea

 

 

 

Published on Dec 26, 2014

” A controlled explosion to demolish an illegally built 10 storey high building in Sevastopol fails, leaving the building leaning on its side and crowds gathered laughing.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Helicopter Drone Makes First Flight From Navy Destroyer

 

 

 

 

 

 

” A helicopter drone developed by Northrop Grumman Corp. has made its first flight from a U.S. Navy destroyer, the company announced.

  The MQ-8C Fire Scout on Dec. 16 completed 22 autonomous takeoffs and landings aboard the guided-missile destroyer, USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109), off the coast of Norfolk, Virginia, according to a Dec. 23 release from the Falls Church, Virginia-based defense contractor.

“ This is the first sea-based flight of the MQ-8C and the first time an unmanned helicopter has operated from a destroyer,” Capt. Jeff Dodge, who manages the program for Naval Air Systems Command, said in the release. The technology offers greater endurance, he added, allowing “ship commanders and pilots to have a longer on station presence.” “

 

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Working Toward A Warp Drive: In His Garage Lab, Omahan Aims To Bend Fabric Of Space

 

 

 

 

 

 

” You might not believe any of this stuff. But suspend your disbelief for a moment and make space for something incredible.

  Let’s start this past summer, when a NASA scientist named Harold “Sonny” White unveiled an artist’s rendering of a spacecraft capable of shooting across the galaxy.

  The spacecraft was theoretical, but the research behind it was real. For years White has been exploring the possibilities of actual “Star Trek”-like travel. He even named his ship the IXS Enterprise.

  There are obstacles, such as forms of energy that might not exist. That’s a problem.

  For NASA, yes, but also for the world’s scientists and Trekkies and time-travel obsessives (not necessarily mutually exclusive groups) for whom “warp drive” technology — once the stuff of science fiction but now generally accepted as a mathematical possibility — hangs like the most delicious carrot on the most spectacular stick in the cosmos.

  The dreamers are out there. They attend space conventions and frequent online discussions and brush aside pooh-poohing issues over “causality” and “exotic matter,” and believe these questions must have answers. You just have to know where to look — because maybe the key to unlocking this cosmic mystery will be found in a place nobody expects.

  Like here in David Pares’ garage.

  You might call Pares (pronounced “PARE-is”) one of those dreamers, though what he’s doing goes far beyond the realm of online chatter. “

 

Read more at Omaha.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enter Today For A Chance To Win A Thermal Imaging Scope From NAGR

 

 

 

 

” NAGR is giving away an IR Defense Hunter thermal imaging scope!

  The IR Defense Hunter Thermal imaging scope equipped with a 320×240 Thermal Weapon sight (50mm 5-20x), 800×600 KOPIN Display, FlIR TAU2 336×256 Sensor, 60Hz Frame Rate, High Quality Construction, MOA Reticle System, Image Capture!”

”  Entire package valued at $5,500. But you can’t win this IR Defense Thermal Imager unless you sign up below!

  All entries must be submitted by 11:59 PM EST on Wednesday, December 31st, 2014. The winner will be announced via email the next day. “

  Below are the specs from the manufacturer’s webpage

IR HUNTER™ 320×240 35mm Thermal Weapon Sight

Price: $4,995.00
Part Number: IR32035
Manufacturer: IR Defense
• 320×240 3-12X35mm
• Standard MOA Reticle Clicks
• FLIR 328×248 VOX Tau2
• Turret Knob Controls
• Full 800×600 Display
• Small and Lightweight
• Polarity & Color Modes
• Electronic Zoom
• Digital Brightness Control
• Video Output

  Made entirely in USA, the IR HUNTER™ has been designed and manufactured by a team of industry professionals that has been building thermal sights across the industry for many years. But even more we are a group of Shooters that understands how and why you use a sight. That drive and commitment lead us to make the best possible weapon system and we did it in the US and we did it without compromising quality. That would typically be enough but we went a step further and brought the IR HUNTER™ to market at a low price without compromising quality.

  IR HUNTER™is a collection of all the features and ergonomics you have wanted put together into a sleek system that is made to fit your weapon like any standard optic. One of our main features is the Turret Knob controls that you will find similar to your day optics. Buttons are nice but in the dark your natural instincts will appreciate the commonalty to your day sight. We have also incorporated an advanced lens and calibration system to reduce operator error and increase performance.

  One of the key attributes of the IR HUNTER™ is our processing power which gives you a larger clearer image than any thermal scope on the market with super sharp detailed symbols and reticles. This combined with our MOA accurate turret knob adjustments allows you to simply sight in and do all your ballistic corrections as you normally would.

Thermal Imaging Performance

Sensor Type 328×256 VOx microbolometer
Field of View 13°
Thermal Sensitivity <50mk
Automatic Features Contrast, Brightness

System Features

Magnification 3x Optical / 12x Digital
Display Type AMLCD 800×600
Start Up Time >4 Seconds
Frame Rate >60/30hz
Base MOA >.5 MOA


Outputs

Video Analog RS-170


Power

Power 2 ea. 3V CR123
Battery Life Approximately 4 hours continuous use


Environmental

Operating Temp -40°C to +50°C (-40°F to +120°F)
Storage Temp -40°C to +71°C (-40°F to +160°F)


Dimensions, Weight & Mounting

Dimensions 7.4” L x 2.9” W x 3.1” H
Weight 840 Grams
Mounting Mil-Std-1913 Rail Mount


Interfaces

Command and Control Turret Knobs Brightness/Contrast Windage/Elevation Zoom/Polarity and Menu Functions


Warranty: Purchasing this product entitles you to a 1 Year Warranty from the original date of purchase. At our discretion your equipment can be repaired or replaced with new or refurbished product or parts, if any product or parts are determined to be defective due to materials or workmanship. Shipping & handling is not included in this warranty.

Export: The Export of this product without proper licensing is strictly prohibited and falls under ITAR per title 22, CFR, parts 120-130. Please contact US Night Vision Export Dept. to receive further information on how to obtain proper licensing from the U.S. Department of State.

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Navdy: Feels Like Driving In The Future

 

 

 

Published on Aug 5, 2014

” Pre-order Navdy here at: http://navdy.com

  Navdy announced on 8/5 a breakthrough Head­Up Display (HUD) aftermarket car console that allows drivers to access their smartphone’s apps while keeping their eyes on the road. Navdy combines a high quality projection display with voice and gesture controls to create a safer, highly intuitive driving experience. Combining advanced display technology with touch­less controls means drivers no longer need to fumble around with their phone to navigate, communicate or control their music.

Navdy is the world’s first in­ car platform that offers:

1. Breakthrough display technology: Projects a bright transparent image directly within your field of vision that appears to float six feet in front of your windshield, allowing you to keep your eyes on the road while simultaneously seeing navigation instructions or incoming phone calls. The device comes with advanced dimming and stabilization controls, to optimize usability in any driving conditions.

2. Car­tailored Interface: When your smartphone apps appear on Navdy they are purposely simplified to show you only what you need, when you need it, and minimize distractions. Your navigation will not disappear when a call comes in; Navdy will display both notifications and navigation at the same time in a split screen. Visual elements such as image complexity, placement, or font size, are consistent across apps to make the user experience pleasant and predictable.

3. Voice and gesture controls: You’ll never need to look away from the road to use Navdy. Your app’s simplified Navdy menus can be navigated with intuitive hand gestures. Voice recognition captures more complex commands and text message responses. Navdy’s noise cancellation and wide angle gesture sensors are specifically designed to create an optical driving experience.

4. Works in any car: The device mounts on a flexible footer that fits on practically any car dashboard, and is powered by plugging in to the onboard computer (OBD II port), available in all cars produced since 1996. This makes the only required cord less intrusive, while providing car status information to the Navdy processor.

5. With all the Apps you need: Navdy works with popular navigation apps like Google Maps to display turn­by­turn directions; it controls your music apps like Spotify, Pandora, or Google Music; it reads or displays notifications from text messages or social media apps, fully controlled by its Parental Control settings; and it displays car alerts such as true­ speed, miles ­to ­empty, or battery­ voltage from its access to the car’s computer.

6. Portable and compatible: Navdy works with iPhone (iOS 7+) and Android (4.3+) smartphones, and can move easily to another car or another smartphone. Once a Navdy has been paired over bluetooth for the first time, it can share data with your phone over wifi. Navdy does not require it’s own data subscription service. Initial device dashboard placement takes 60­90 seconds. Slightly longer if you read instructions.

Availability & Pricing:

  Navdy is available for pre­order for 30 days at the introductory price of $299, at 40% discount from its projected retail price of $499. Early adopters can get a 10% refund of $30 for each friend they refer to buy the product ­with 10 referrals, your Navdy is free! Navdy is running a 30­ day pre­order campaign on navdy.com to gauge consumer demand and collect feedback from early adopters. Backers will have early access to the Navdy device so that they can provide feedback and help guide the app development process as the company ramps up to a wider release. “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spy Drone Hacks WiFi Networks, Listens To Calls

 

 

WIFI Hacking Drone

 

 

” It’s small. It’s bright yellow, and it’s capable of cracking Wi-Fi passwords, eavesdropping on your cell phone calls and reading your text messages. It’s an unmanned spy drone and it just landed in Washington, D.C.

  Long-time friends and former Air Force buddies, Mike Tassey and Rich Perkins, describe their state-of-the-art cyber drone as hard to take down, hard to see and virtually hard to detect.”

 

 

Mike Tassey, Rich Perkins: Wireless Ariel Surveillance

 

 

” They built it in a garage, using off the shelf electronics to prove a drone can be used to launch cyber-attacks.

  It needs a human for take-off and landing but once airborne, it can fly any pre-programmed route posing as a cell phone tower and tricking wireless cell phones.

” We passed telephone calls, hacked into networks, cracked the encryption on Wi-Fi access points all of that sort of evilness is possible,” said Tassey.”

 

 

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Brilliant New Device Lets Protestors Block Surveillance And Stingrays

 

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” Reports about agents using a Stingray on protesters to unconstitutionally monitor their phones are circulating widely, and now protesters have a way to fight back.

  Earlier this week an anonymous leaked recording exposed the agents monitoring the protesters’ movements by tracking their phones. A Stingray mimics a cellular tower, letting agents pry into citizens’ cell phones and gather their data/location without a warrant.

  Stingrays were supposed to be used for “terrorists,” but now they’re being used against us locally — which is unconstitutional.

  And that’s where a new product called Tunnel enters the scene .

  We’ve known that the NSA spies on us ever since Edward Snowden blew the whistle on them.

  But have you ever wondered if it’s possible for somebody to spy back on them?

  The NSA has a special way of protecting itself against such a possibility.  And you’ve probably never heard of it.

  To hide its own privacy, the NSA installs copper  – yes, you read that correctly: copper – around the equipment in its buildings.

  It turns out that copper has a unique conductive property that allows it to block surveillance, letting those who use it hide their activities from would-be spies.

  The main NSA headquarters is described as ”a building covered with one-way dark glass, which is lined with copper shielding in order to prevent espionage by trapping in signals and sounds.”

  The question becomes: if they can protect their own privacy with copper, why can’t we use this same technique to protect our privacy from them?

  Well now we finally can.

  Tunnel is a portable Faraday enclosure that uses a 100% authentic copper shielding system to surround your phone.  When your phone is inside, it forms a topologically near-complete surface to prevent non-ionizing radiation from penetrating its boundaries, letting you avoid surveillance.

  Thankfully, it’s not going to cost thousands of dollars, which has come as great news for protesters and other privacy advocates. “

 

 

   Be sure to read the rest at Filming Cops and while you are there grab their coupon code that will give the first 100 purchasers 35% off of the already discounted holiday price . Order yours today , we did and got it for a mere $43 with shipping thanks to the Filming Cops coupon . 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sky’s Not The Limit: World’s First ‘Jetman’ Flies Over Dubai Desert

 

 

 

 

 

” A former fighter pilot and Guinness record holder – known as ‘Jetman’ – has performed a new stunt, taking over the skies of the United Arab Emirates. High-flying Swiss national Yves Rossy teamed up with Dubai, flying above the wealth of its land.

” To fly alone is great, but to fly with another guy is greater,” Rossy, who is equipped with a pair of jet-propelled wings, said in a new 4K video, before taking part in a formation flight with Hungarian aerobatics champion Veres Zoltan, conquering the heights in cloudless Dubai.

  Rossy and his futuristic jet suit have partnered with Dubai to push yet higher boundaries within the realm of anti-gravity experiences.

  Naming his challenge a “culmination of decades of fulfilling a childhood dream through technological innovation, determination, teamwork and courage,” the ex-Swiss Air Force pilot took to the skies of the UAE, celebrating its 43rd National Day, as both he and Sheikh Hamdan – the Crown Prince of Dubai – announced on social media.”

 

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Navy Spy “Fish” Could Be Operational Next Year

 

 

 

 

 

” It looks like a fish, sort of. It swims like one too, if you squint. It’s even named after a fish – OK, a Disney one.

  The Navy is hoping that’ll be enough to get the little swimmer into enemy territory undetected to patrol and protect U.S. ships and ports from harm.

  Project Silent Nemo is under way this week at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek , where a team of civilian engineers and military officers are testing the capabilities of a 5-foot, 100-pound experimental robot that’s designed to look and swim like a bluefin tuna.

  The robotic fish glided through the harbor Thursday as sailors took turns controlling it with a joystick. It can also be programmed to swim on its own. The robot’s black dorsal fin poked above water as its tail wiggled back and forth, propelling it almost silently just below the surface.

  Nemo was developed by the Office of Naval Research and is being tested by the chief of naval operation’s Rapid Innovation Cell – a group of junior Navy and Marine Corps officers tasked with putting emerging technologies to use for the military. The same group has been playing around with 3D printers, augmented-reality glasses and about 10 other breakthrough gadgets. “

 

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Simple Circuit Could Double Cell-Phone Data Speeds

 

 

” A relatively simple circuit invented by researchers at the University of Texas could let smartphones and other wireless devices send and receive data twice as fast as they do now.

  The circuit makes it possible for a radio to send and receive signals on the same channel simultaneously – something known as “full-duplex” communications. That should translate to a doubling of the rate at which information can be moved around wirelessly.

  Today’s radios must send and receive at different times to avoid drowning out incoming signals with their own transmissions. As a smartphone accesses the Internet via a cell tower, for example, its radio flips back and forth between sending and receiving, similar way to the way two people having a conversation take turns to speak and listen.

  The new circuit, known as a circulator, can isolate signals coming into a device from those it is sending out, acting as a kind of selective filter in between a device’s antenna and its radio circuitry. Circulators are already a crucial part of radar systems, but until now they have always been built using strong magnets made from rare earth metals, making them bulky and unsuited to the circuit boards inside devices such as laptops and smartphones. “

 

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Scientists Digitise The Brain Of A Worm And Place It Inside A Robot

 

 

 

 

 

” With 100 billion neurons and 37 trillion cells, the human body is simply too complex to be artificially designed by modern computers.

  But in the quest to create artificial life, what if we started a lot smaller? That’s what team of scientists has done, creating a replica of the simplest form of life we know.

  The worm Caenorhabditis elegans has just 300 neurons and around 1,000 cells – and now a robot has been created that mimics the actions of this simple organism.

  The OpenWorm project, a global effort including researchers from the US and UK, is attempting to create the world’s first digital animal.”

Earlier this year the OpenWorm project ran a successful digital campaign to fund their digital worm (shown). Next year people will be able to buy and download their own worm for use on computers. The artificial creature accurately recreates the cells and neurons in a real C. elegans worm

” Earlier this year they ran a successful Kickstarter campaign to fund the creation of a worm you can download onto your computer.

  And they have also created a robot that mimics the actions of a real-life worm.

  C. elegans is one of the simplest forms of life we know, thanks to its limited neurons and cells, and thus researchers have been able to accurately map its body.

  The worm, though simple, contains 80 per cent of the same genes as humans and can be studied as a more basic version of complex life.

  With a brain, stomach and bodily functions, the worm has provided scientists with a way to study life on a much smaller and more manageable scale.

In this latest project the researchers mapped the entire physiology of a C. elegans organism.

  They then recreated the worm’s brain, cells and more in digital form, complete with neurons ‘firing’ to make decisions.”

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Inside Russia’s Sacred Baikonur Cosmodrome, One Of The World’s Most Popular Spaceports

Baikonur Cosmodrome

Russia’s Soyuz TMA-13M spacecraft blasts off from Russian-leased Baikonur Cosmodrome on May 29, 2014.

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” I knew I could only be in Kazakhstan when I saw the priests. Two of them—half-bears, half-men—walked up to the Soyuz on its pad at the fabled Baikonur Cosmodrome, their robes blowing in the desert wind. Then they sang at the rocket and bowed at the rocket and finally threw holy water at the rocket, and then they came over to us, the assembled reporters, and they threw holy water at us, too, because we probably looked like we could use it. I’m not a religious man, but I accepted my soaking under a boundless blue sky and thought what I suspect most of the people on the pad were thinking:Can’t hurt.

  The entire Russian space program seems built on the guiding principle of can’t hurt. I was there for Esquire to report “Away,” a story about the future, about Scott Kelly, the first American who will spend a year in space, one more stepping-stone on our long journey to Mars. But in Kazakhstan, it felt more as though I were visiting the past, returning to a time when romance and witchcraft hadn’t yet made way for science. Over nearly 50 years of manned flight—every last one of those launches, from Yuri Gagarin on, having sprung from the same slab of cracked concrete—the Russians have acquired layers and layers of ritual, all of it either silly or sacred depending on how magical your thinking. “

 

 

 

 

 

” The Soyuz is always drawn out of its massive assembly building at exactly 7 o’clock in the morning, pulled along by a locomotive with one of its headlights mysteriously put out. The cosmonauts spend one of their last nights on Earth at their hotel in town and watch a pretty bad movie, White Sun of the Desert, and they always walk out to the bus that will take them to the pad to the same song, by a band called Earthlings. Later, they all climb out of that bus and piss on one of its tires because Gagarin allegedly did so; female cosmonauts and astronauts pour out a pre-filled cup.

  And then, with a far better success record than the Americans could ever claim, they strap into their rocket, ancient and blessed, and launch into space. “

 

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This Tiny Engine Could Make Leaf Blowers Sound Less Like Jets

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Big engines like the 707-horsepower monster Dodge put in the Challenger Hellcat or Volvo’s little four-cylinder that makes 425 ponies get all the attention these days. But there are millions of tiny engines doing tiny things (think garden trimmers, leaf blowers, that sort of thing) that we never give much thought to. But just as there are engineers pondering how to make big engines more powerful, so too are there engineers pondering how to make tiny engines more powerful.

   Some of those engineers work at the engine development firm LiquidPiston, which has created a 70cc pistonless rotary engine that it expects to produce five horsepower at an astounding 15,000 RPM—in a package 30 percent smaller than a  similar piston engines. Now, five horsepower doesn’t sound like a lot, but it’s more than adequate for the applications such an engine might be used in. And further refinement of the prototype could, of course, bring more power.

  What’s more interesting is how those five ponies are produced. “

 

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