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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."
Technical University of Vienna's Landmark Cloaking Technology Research Source: Technical University of Vienna - Light Beams of Invisibility - Cloaking Tech Viennese Cloaking Cloaking technology has been a source of fascination in Star Trek and Harry Potter adventures. It's also among the Holy Grail for technologists. According to a study by physicists at Technical University of Vienna, it could become a reality with a specially designed material that can mask itself from other forms of light when it's hit with a "beam of invisibility". The Viennese have developed a special light wave, masking technology that they think delivers cloaking. They're experimenting with it and developing it. Shining the Light on New Cloaking Tech The concept involves shining a beam, like a laser, onto material from above to pump it full of energy. Here's the trick. The pattern that's projected into the object to render it invisible has to perfectly match the
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
New Fun Tech - Powered, Standup Water Board Source: Yanmar's on-water gadget Wheeebo From Japan, for Calm Waters It's called Wheebo and it's new, fun tech from Japan. Wheeebo is a battery powered, standup water board that can glide you across the water up to 3&1/2 mph. Invented by the marine engine manufacturer Yanmar, it's designed for relatively calm waters, controlled by shifting your weight on the board, has a hand held remote control for acceleration and is said to be easy for anyone to enjoy. For more details, go to Important Innovations Collection: New Water Sport - Wheeebo : Powered Board "Water Gadget" Source: Yanmar's Wheeebo From Japan at Speeds Up To 3&1/2 MPH This looks like a fun...