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Saturday, June 25, 2016

gizmag

The Blackbird is a VFX stand-in for car commercials and films. Its width, wheelbase, suspension action and engine response can be tuned to match pretty much any car, and its 360-degree cameras can be used to generate perfect reflections when you overlay the real car body onto it in post production.Read more
On July 4, the Juno deep space probe becomes just the second spacecraft in history to orbit Jupiter. What will be found remains to be seen, but if history is any indicator, it's likely to be very unexpected.​Read more
​In a series of online surveys, nearly 2,000 US residents have indicated that they would buy an autonomous car that would try to preserve their lives at any cost, even if it means killing other people, over a car that tries to minimize injuries overall.Read more
Gizmag first met garage inventor Jason Woods back in 2011. The Kymera jet-powered body board​ has since been evolving into what's now a near production-ready machine complete with official specifications and pricing. We recently had some fun on the water putting the board through its paces.Read more
​Registration has just opened up for an all new XPrize, focusing on getting humans collaborating better with AI tech to solve major global issues. Unlike previous competitions, the IBM Watson AI XPrize doesn’t feature a set of pre-determined goals, but challenges teams to come up with their own.Read more
Lamborghini has spent much of 2016 celebrating the Miura's 50th birthday. The latest piece of the celebration is the all-new Aventador Miura Homage, a special edition Aventador in Miura clothing.​Read more
Working to rid its independent transport sector of fossil fuels by 2030, Sweden has opened up its first electrified highway, which will serve as a testbed for a possible wider deployment in the coming years. ​​Read more
Being seen doesn't necessarily mean you need to shout with chrome and flashy wheels. To prove that point, Rolls-Royce will be running Black Badge versions of the Wraith and Ghost up the hill at Goodwood, with more torque and paint jobs to make a stealth bombers jealous. ​​Read more
Drones are shaping as hugely promising tools in disaster relief and a ship-to-shore medical delivery carried out this week with UN and American Red Cross officials on hand has offered a first look at how autonomous flight might come to save lives in the real world.Read more
​As emissions rules grow tighter and buyers demand more from their cars, Dodge is laying to rest one of the brashest and boldest cars on the road. The Viper will be laid to rest in 2017, but won't be going gently into that good night, with five special editions giving it a send-off.Read more
The VR arms race is in full flight, and hands seem to be the next frontline in the battle. Now, a team at Purdue University is capturing hand movements with depth-sensing cameras, and using deep-learning to understand millions of hand positions and display them accurately in the virtual world.Read more
In an attempt to highlight the speed credentials of its new 2017 GT-R, Nissan has employed a vehicle of a different sort. It has custom built a drone it claims is one of the fastest accelerating FPV racing drones in the world specifically to keep apace with the powerful supercar.Read more
Boston Dynamics has gone from the battlefield to the home with a smaller, quieter quadruped robot that can navigate around the house and even fetch you a drink. The focus of a new video released today, the SpotMini is a more compact and streamlined version of the Spot robot unveiled in 2015.Read more
Venice's water taxis are all equipped with diesel engines that spew exhaust and make a racket, creating both air and noise pollution. With this situation in mind, engineers are developing hybrid engines that could be swapped in.Read more
Three years ago, Mexican automotive startup VUHL revealed a quick, minimalistic roadster called the 05. At this year's Goodwood Festival of Speed, VUHL takes its car to the next level. The 05RR loses weight, gains 100 bhp, and becomes even quicker, faster and more exciting all around.Read more
It's been believed that gas giants like Saturn and Jupiter have two types of hydrogen in their makeup, but new research using a a laser-heated diamond anvil cell reveals a third form of the element.Read more
Regular bicycle trainers require users to place the bike's rear tire in contact with a roller. This wears the tire down quickly, and creates a lot of noise in the process. STAC Performance is out to change that. Its STAC Zero trainer leaves the tire untouched.​Read more
Recently, aboard a plane simulating weightlessness, a 3D bioprinter spit out heart and vascular structures created with human stem cells as part of a project that could one day lead to better and more plentiful human organs.​Read more
​In the average distribution system, as much as 30 percent of treated water is lost due to leaks, but the problems can be hard to pinpoint. Now, researchers have developed a technique that could have a big impact on the problem, using “noise logger” devices to spot underground leaks.Read more
​NASA has made significant progress toward establishing a more reliable, and potentially solar-system-spanning communication system with the instillation of a new breed of data network aboard the International Space Station. Read more
Most cameras capture the position of light rays, producing your average static 2D image. But the Illum’s cutting-edge technology records the direction of these rays, generating images you can later refocus, change perspective within, or view in 3D. You can essentially revisit the scene of the photo—meaning you’ll never miss snapping the perfect shot again.Read more