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Your dream commuter car is coming to your driveway. TFX, the prototype flying car that takes off and lands like a helicopter. It's brand new automotive and aviation innovation. You vertically take off from your driveway and land vertically in your office parking lot. It also drives like a car on the road. One of the selling points of the helicopter car is you can avoid and take-off from traffic jams.
Electric and Autonomous
TFX is autonomous, electric and fuel efficient. Vertical takeoff and landing means no need for an airport. Chinese owned company Terrafugea says the vehicle will be on the roads and in the skies within ten years. Company founder Dr. Carl Dietrich and his team of MIT engineers created the world's first FAA and NTSB approved flying car The Transition. They designed and engineered the TFX.
Pushing Flying Car Technology Skywards
Meanwhile, NASA and Uber are teaming up to make electric flying cars operational within six years. Their dual vision is flying taxis for cities. NASA has developed air traffic management for a fleet of flying taxis. Uber has shared its plans for a ridesharing network and NASA is going to test it through simulations. NASA believes the process will help develop needed industry standards and regulations.
Flying Electric Taxis
Here's the NASA-Uber concept. Flying taxis that are affordable and deployed in urban areas. Among other compelling points, the electric and autonomous flying taxis would reduce air pollution and traffic congestion. NASA has a traffic management plan for flying cars. It's a powerful combination to launch flying taxes on the roads and in the sky. NASA and Uber are now building plans for ridesharing networks. Rides will be booked through the Uber app, just like Uber cars. The networks will be operational by 2023. Like TFX, the NASA-Uber flying cars are vertical takeoff and landing vehicles (VTOL), Virtual game-changing robotic helicopters.
There's plenty of competition to take off first. Airbus and a startup backed by Google co-founder Larry Page are developing flying car prototypes. The key issue to be tackled is safety in crowded airspaces near airplanes and drones. NASA is at the forefront of the air management issues. NASA officials believe urban air mobility could revolutionize the way people and cargo move around cities. As one NASA official put it: Flying cars "
would fundamentally change our lifestyle like smartphones have."
Robot, Cut My Lawn Source: Husqvarna Mowers Robo Mowers Powered by Batteries - No Gas It's at the top of my robotic wish list. A robot lawn mower. No astronomical bills and upselling from lawn service companies. Just a nicely cut lawn and no hassles. Innovation seems to be knocking at the front door with news on robotic mowers. Green Robots at the Cutting Edge There's a slew of new robot mowers. Models include Worx Landroid for smaller lawns, Honda that cuts and feeds lawns, Robomow for all-purpose mowing and Husqvarna that's loaded with cell & GPS tech. These mowers aren't cheap. Prices range from $1000 to $3500. They're powered by rechargeable batteries so they're quiet. You pay more for online enhancements. And, if your lawn is loaded with trees and hills, your robot mower is going to be a lot more expensive. Grass Vacuums Robot mowers look a lot like big robot vacuums such as iRobot's Roomba. They roam and groom your lawn. Their
1st Test for CTE, Sports-Related, Traumatic Brain Injuries in the Living Source: Stock images of football players Breakthrough Research and Discoveries by Boston University Scientists CTE is the danger for players inherent in any contact sport. Repeated hard hits to and rattling of the head in the course of games taking a cumulative toll and resulting in traumatic brain injury CTE which is a fatal disease. Until now, there was no way to detect it in the living. The only reference points for doctors were changes in mood and behavior in the patient following a bad hit to the head and concussion.. But now, there is a brain scan test to detect the abnormal protein tau which is an indicator that the disease condition is present. It's an important breakthrough just announced by scientists at Boston University. For a great news blog, go to Important Innovations Collection: Breakthrough on CTE Brain Injuries from Sports : First Test for CTE in the Living Source: Stock
Superstar Robot Packers Source: CMC CartonWrap Superstar Customers The Italian packaging company CMC in the medieval town of Citta di Castello has robot machines at the cutting edge of 2019 filling some very big orders for big clients and it delivers. The robotic packaging machine is called CartonWrap. It can box and seal 600 to 1000 items of every shape and size every hour, 24/7, including in tailor made boxes. Clients of the automated packaging machines include Amazon, Walmart and Gucci. Big Business in Italy CMC and CartonWrap are one of 630 companies in Italy making automated packaging machines. This is the new robotic, automated economy and it is one of Italy's fastest growing industries. In fact, the sector is accelerating 9X's faster than the overall Italian economy. It's another example of robotic technology cutting time, costs and in this case packaging waste and creating a whole new avenue of global business that's a disruptor.