Author: Gaurav

Titanic II to set sail from China to Dubai in 2018

Blue Star Line Titanic 2

Blue Star Line Titanic 2

The ill-fated RMS Titanic sank more than ten decades ago in 1912 and the memories of that tragic event still remain fresh in our mind. The doomed ocean liner will never return to make another voyage, but an exact replica is all set to take to the waters in 2018. Scheduled for launch this year, the probable date for this ship’s journey from Jiangsu-China-Dubai is pushed ahead to 2018. Known as Titanic II, the replica of original Titanic ship is being built by Blue Star Line owned by Australian billionaire Clive Palmer. From the outside as well as inside this ocean liner will bear striking resemblance to the unfortunate ship which became a part of history for all the wrong reasons.
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This is not a scene from Star Wars, it’s actually a homemade Imperial Shuttle drone

Homemade Imperial Shuttle drone

Star Wars fans have already seen the flying R2-D2, Millennium Falcon and X-Wing which fly like a drone in the sky. Now, this is the real deal. A flying Imperial Shuttle (a.k.a Lambda class or Shuttle Tydirium) Drone with retractable wings which is as convincing as the one shown in the movie. DIYer and aviation expert Adam Woodworth has made a flying Imperial Shuttle that takes flight in the most unusual, yet fascinating manner. The secret of this gravity defying flight is a technique which uses printed paper and foam.
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Levitation bionic knee brace gives you added boost to perform better

Spring loaded technology Levitation bionic knee brace

Spring Loaded Technology’s Levitation bionic knee brace

Who would turn-down the option to get superhuman like boost while walking running, working-out or simply crouching? Practically no one, if it comes at an acceptable price. Spring Loaded Technology, the developer of Bionic Knee Brace which is primarily targeted for use in special operations has launched the commercial version of the prototype on Indiegogo, and surprisingly the funding goal has been achieved in just one day. Levitation is a light-weight bionic knee brace which stores energy when you bend the knee and releases it when you straighten it. The brace provides you with power that makes you feel 50-100 pounds lighter or in other words you can do more with this knee brace on.
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Life-sized BB-8 droid recognizes your voice commands, coming this fall for $180

Spin Maters BB-8 droid

It is undeniable that Angelo Casimiro’s homemade smartphone-controlled Star Wars BB-8 robot can be replicated, but we might see a purchasable BB-8 droid debut at the upcoming 2016 New York Toy Fair. Toronto-based toymaker Spin Master is speculated to come-up with a life-sized version BB-8 droid at the event. The 16-inch tall Star Wars toy will be pitted directly against the smartphone-controlled Sphero BB-8 droid which can also be gesture-controlled with Force Band wearable. However, it may not come with the option of being controlled with a smartphone, it will still be a treat to play around with, controlled with a remote control or voice commands.
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Anicorn Series K452 watch replicates planetary moment to display time

Anicorn Series K452 watch_2

Hong Kong-based watch brand Anicorn takes inspiration from the astronomy for its timepieces and their latest iteration of a watch pays tribute to the Kepler-452b, an exoplanet discovered by NASA’s Kepler & K2 project. Anicorn Series K452 has hour, minute and second discs which overlap each other in a 3-layer surface to signify the orbital moment of planetary bodies. The watch has a very unique mechanism to check out current time, where the outside disc shows the hour and inner discs signify minutes and seconds. A reference point on top of the watch shows the time in a geeky way and does away with hour, second and minute hand.
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NHTSA rules Google’s self-driving system as a legal driver

Google self driving car

Google self-driving car project is one of the most daring ones in current era with Google looking to strike gold with a fully autonomous safe car hitting the roads by 2020. One major achievement in that quest is the acceptance by U.S. vehicle regulators of the artificial intelligence system as a driver under federal law. This is one big accomplishment for Google who have invested a lot of money and time in self-driving car project. In a letter to the company, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration accepted the proposal filed on November 12 on design for a self-driving car which needs no driver.
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Drones will soon be the guardian angels for lost hikers

Drone with AI for search and rescue missions_1

Drones are becoming a major tool in search & rescue operations with quite a lot of them already being tested for the same. The next step in making drones do all the decision-making and fly autonomously in search of human trails in the forest is by providing AI to the flying machines. For this a team from the University of Zurich, Dalle Molle Institute for Artificial Intelligence, and NCCR Robotics have developed a machine-learning software which allows drones to identify and follow man-made trails in a confusing forest. That would be able help for search & rescue teams on the lookout for missing hikers.
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Goku gliding on Flying Nimbus in the streets of Taipei

Gku Flying Nimbus Cloud in Taipei

Hoverboards have not been in the good books in the last few weeks for all the trouble they have got into with explosions and setting on fire. Perhaps, this is the best time to employ them in rocking props which amaze the crowd and create a lot of buzz. Inspired by the Aladdin Magic Carpet that took New Yorkers by surprise, this Flying Nimbus brought a smile to everyone on the streets of Taipei. Yes, the yellow cloud which Goku uses for commuting in Dragon Ball Z made a surprise appearance in the city, thanks to Youtuber Yes Ranger dressed as the animated hero.
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Autonomous Lego Paper Plane Machine saves you the labor of love

Lego Paper Plane Machine

We all love paper planes and the mention of them brings back old memories, doesn’t it? The same can be said about Legos which let loose your imagination to create anything you want. Lego modeler Arthur Sacek has built a reputation for himself as one of the best tinkerers of Lego bricks and perhaps the perfect man for this project. What you see above is a Lego machine which turns any paper into a paper plane, and also shoots it in the air.
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Mouse that looks and feels like your kitten’s paw

Cat Paw mouse

Who doesn’t love cuddling with cute pets? Especially, after long hours of work at the office. Although, some organizations allow you to bring pets along to work, most of us don’t have that privilege. A good enough reason to have a computer mouse that looks and feels like the paw of a young kitten or puppy. The oddly named Pnitty Mouse derives its name from ‘puni puni’, Japanese onomatopoeia for embracing something pleasingly squishy. From anywhere you see this mouse, it looks like a pudgy pet paw.
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