Tagged: China

Chinese e-commerce giant JD.com testing delivery drones outside Beijing

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After Japanese delivery service Rakuten and San Francisco based startup Zipline, Chinese e-commerce company JD.com has launched consumer goods delivery trial using drones. The company has begun testing delivery using drones in rural locations outside the capital city of Beijing. According to different claims by different websites, JD.com has started trails with either five or 30 drone fleet. Read More…

First battery-powered train suspending from fixed track tested in China

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Last year at the Rail Transit Technology Exhibition, China revealed its intention of building futuristic suspension railway with trains suspending from fixed tracks. A year down the line, first battery—powered suspension railway line, with trains suspending from a track like a rollercoaster is unveiled and tested in Chengdu, Sichuan Province of China.  A lithium-ion battery powered train with speeds of up to 60kmph was successfully tested on a 300 meter section of the railway line. Read More…

“FAST”- World’s largest radio telescope is finally complete!

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We’ve been following “FAST”, the world’s largest radio telescope currently being installed in China and now there is some good news. The final piece of this telescope located in southwest of China’s Guizhou Province has been installed, which means it is complete now after five years of hard work. This telescope having 500-meter wide aperture is the size of 30 football fields and has 4,450 individual panels. Interestingly, the humongous telescope is all set to start operations in September this year. It cost the builders almost $180 million in total so far and now the telescope is going into its next stage of trials.
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Ehang 184 AAV drone can take you places at an altitude of 11,000 feet

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There are autonomous drones and then there are personal flyers or single passenger drones designed to carry a person from one location to another. While CES 2016 is flooded with autonomous drones, there is one company from Guangzhou, China that is showcasing a 142-horsepower personal flying vehicle that will transport a passenger from one place to another at an altitude of 11,000 feet – yes, for real. The Ehang 184 AAV (Autonomous Aerial Vehicle) is a one-seater electric drone specially tailored for short and medium distance personal transport without requiring any special pilot license. Read More…

4-inch iPhone 6c could launch in April 2016 in China

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In its recent event, China Mobile, Apple’s carrier partner, has confirmed that it would be launching iPhone 6c – a 4-inch iPhone, in April 2016 in China. iPhone 6c has been in rumors for quite some time now. The iPhone, which is believed to be a smaller screen version of the large screen iPhone 6 and 6s, is predicted to be pretty similar to the iPhone 5c featuring A9 processor and Apple Pay Support among other things. iPhone 6c is reportedly a low-end phone that will replace iPhone 5c at $449 price tag. Read More…

Researchers develop first mind-controlled car in China

Researcher Zhang Zhao wearing a brain signal-reading equipment poses with a vehicle which can be controlled with his brain wave, during a demonstration at Nankai University in Tianjin

Chinese researchers at the north-east port city of Tianjin have developed China’s first every thought-controlled car. The car controlled by power of the brain is a result of two years of persistent hard work by a team of researchers at the Nankai University in Tianjin and is being developed in collaboration with Great Wall Motor, renowned Chinese car manufacturer. The mind-controlled car requires the driver to wear a headgear capable of reading brain signals. By wearing the special headwear, a driver can lock and unlock the car, move it forward and backwards and even bring it to a halt with use of the brain signals alone. Read More…

Martin Jetpack to sell commercially in China, maiden test flight successful

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Remember the Martin Jetpack aka KuangChi Martin Jetpack – first commercially viable jetpack that can be flown by a pilot or wirelessly by a remote control? The jetpack made by New-Zealand-based Martin Aircraft, recently (on December 6) made its maiden flight (both with pilot and via remote control) in South Chinese city of Shenzhen. Demonstrated over a water park, the P12 jetpack was first flown by Michael Read, director of Flight Operations at Martin Aircraft, as pilot in-charge, for five minutes, followed by remote controlled demonstration amid public cheer and admiration. Read More…

China’s real estate giant develops solar-powered driverless car

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Even the world’s most populated country has shortage of labor. Chinese real estate company Vanke has realized this, and it has been working on driverless cars and assistance robots to tackle labor shortage problems. China Vanke, largest property developer in the country has finished working on a self-driving patrol car, which is part of the autonomous robots Vanke is aiming to come up with. According to the company, they have finished testing the driverless patrol car, and are now focused on readying a floor-sweeping robot, to be released later this month. Read More…

Smart lamp posts in Shanghai feature cameras, Wi-Fi and electric car chargers

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Next time you’re in Shanghai, China; you’ll be able to get all useful information about road traffic, famous eateries and hang out places right from the interactive street lights on roads. 15 smart road lamp posts, each eight meters tall, have been installed on Shanghaian streets with more expected soon. Although, main purpose of the lamps will be to light up the streets, they are equipped with host of additional features.  The multipurpose lamps sport touchscreen display, surveillance cameras, Wi-Fi hotspot and charging stations for electric vehicles.   Read More…

Apple News deliberately blocked in China

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China’s internet censorship program has forced Apple to kill its new, iOS 9-friendly, news-reading app called Apple News. According to New York Times, Apple faced demands from Chinese government to filter articles on its news reading app; instead of trying to pass through the complex censorship system, Apple has taken the straightforward route and has disabled Apple News app in the country. Read More…