This makes for great video, especially when there's a startled herd of cattle in the foreground.
If you just ordered a book from textbook rental start-up Zookal, look skyward.
Zookal has partnered with aerial-technology startup Flirtey (a joint venture between Zookal and Vimbra) to start delivering its packages to customers via unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) as of next year. The technology they're using, the companies say, was previously only available to the military and to universities.
As of March 2014, customers within 3 kilometers (1.8 miles) of Sydney's central business district will be able to arrange free delivery by air from one of six hexacopters. They will have to order delivery to an outdoor area, and the drone will find the customer based on GPS coordinates sent from an Android app (an iOS app will be built after the program is launched). The UAV will hover over the location and lower the textbooks on a retractable cable, allowing the customer to detach the parcel and the drone to be on its way. The entire process could take as little as two or three minutes. … Read more
Hauling a u-lock around is bad enough, and keeping track of its key can also be a headache. Is there a better solution?
One approach is BitLock, a keyless lock controlled by your smartphone that lets you set up a public or private bike-sharing network.
Japanese trains are known for their punctuality, speed, and safety, especially when it comes to bullet trains. Comfort and convenience, yes. Luxury, not so much.
But regional railway JR Kyushu has launched a deluxe passenger service where a ticket for two can cost as much as $11,500.
The race toward autonomous vehicles appears to be picking up steam. Nissan set 2020 as the year it would put autonomous cars on the road, and now Toyota is laying out specifics on autonomous car technologies it will put into production "in the mid-2010s," according to a press release.
Toyota calls its core autonomous car technology Automated Highway Driving Assist (AHDA), noting that it consists of two new features, Cooperative-Adaptive Cruise Control and Lane Trace Control.
Adaptive cruise control systems have been in production vehicles for a number of years. Using radar or stereoscopic cameras, these systems detect … Read more
Divine intervention might be needed before you can walk on water, but biking on water will become a recognized international sport if Judah Schiller has his way.
Schiller is the brain (and the legs) behind the BayCycle Project, an initiative to turn water biking from a little-known cycling caper into a common recreational pastime and alternative form of transportation.
"BayCycle Project is about opening the oceans, bays, rivers, and lakes that cover two-thirds of our planet to people who love to bike," Schiller said. "The ride doesn't end at the water's edge." … Read more
Emotiv and the Royal Automobile Club of Western Australia have joined forces to come up with a slightly unusual solution for the dangers of driver inattention.
When worn, the headset, known as the EPOC, measures electrical activity in the brain to gauge how focused the driver is on driving.
The headset interfaces with custom software installed in the car, with any lapses in concentration resulting in the vehicle slowing down safely to about 9 mph as a way of alerting the driver to his or her inattention. … Read more
The Hyperloop may not be such a long shot after all. Thanks to a community of enthusiasts who have gathered around the concept on the entrepreneurial collaboration platform JumpStartFund, Elon Musk's theorized high-speed tube transport system will soon have its own corporation behind it.
"We want to be the ones that actually make things happen," Dirk Ahlborn, CEO and co-founder of JumpStartFund, said in an interview Wednesday. "So of course we need to create a corporation. Whoever decides to dedicate more time to this than just logging onto the platform deserves to be part of this … Read more
Accidents with cars killed 677 cyclists in the US in 2011, according to the Department of Transporation. Another 48,000 were injured.
But do cyclists need a "black box" to record video that could be used in a crash investigation?
Rideye is a high-def video camera that records footage from the cyclist's point of view. The device, which is in the pre-production phase, could very well be a vital tool following a hit-and-run accident. … Read more
A lot of trips to the dealer to have your engine's combustion algorithm tuned and your lasers recalibrated.
Naturally, when such problems arrive, businesses are keen to profit from solving it. That's the case for Red Bend Software, which on Tuesday announced its FUSE technology that enables over-the-air updates.
Smartphones and computers don't have much trouble with software updates, since they're relatively powerful devices. Fuse -- short for firmware updating of small electronics -- is designed for … Read more