I’m not even talking about computers or social media here – simple texting can be challenging for the ‘age-challenged’. I recently caught the following gallery of very funny texts between parents and their offspring.
All I can say is LOL (Lots Of Love) and WTF (Well That’s fantastic) !!
What you maybe didn’t know, is that for the same price, you could be the proud new owner of a “Terrafugia Transition“… but this is no ordinary vehicle! It is the latest flying car to have just received approval to take off from the US National Highway Safety Administration (scroll down for videos).
In fact, it is highly probable that this amazing vehicle will be on the US roads as early as next year. Already more than 100 people have paid the $10,000 deposit to secure their very own future car.
The company behind the ground-breaking plane-car, Terrafugia, is now looking to also break in to the global market, beginning with Europe. The Civil Aviation Authority has made the statement that the US clearance would probably pave the way for the “Transition” to get the same clearance from the European Safety Agency, because safety standards are very similar between there and Europe.
The “Transition” is a two-seat plane constructed of carbon-fibre. It can take off from almost any long straight road, and once in the airborne can reach speeds up to 185km/h.
In true Transformer fashion, the wings fold up in 15 seconds, and with power shifted to the rear wheels, it can travel up to 100km/h on land – the overall compacted size is similar to that of a large sedan.
The vehicle will be available to those people holding a light-aircraft licence, but only requires around 20 hours of flight training.
So how would this go in Singapore? I’m guessing many people would love to be able to soar high above the jammed expressways in peak hour traffic and look down in disdain at the ERP gantries… but with not many places to take off and land, I’m not sure the idea would really ‘take off’ here (pardon the pun).
I’m also wondering what the quota would be and how much this class of vehicle would fetch in the twice-monthly COE bidding
Brain child of Paul Luckham, Fabrican clothes dry in minutes and can be removed, washed and worn again
Acrylic, linen, wool – or a mixture of all three? You choose the texture of your clothes and how warm or cool they are – it’s all about what you decide to spray out of your ‘Fabrican’.
What’s great about this invention, is that it dosn’t matter one iota whether or not I put on weight… I can just break it down with solvent and respray again! It hardens almost straight away.
Particle Engineer, Paul Luckham has teamed up fashion designer, Manel Torres to release the first ever couture collection of clothes that have come straight out of an aerosol can. The range was launched at a fashion parade at London’s Imperial College.
The breakthrough “Fabrican” clothes can even be washed and worn over again – just like any other everyday fabric.
The futuristic '3D Fast Bus' has passed the first stage demonstration
* Video of the ‘Straddling Bus’ Concept presentation below
Masterminded by “Shenzhen Hashi Future Parking Equipment”, the “3D Fast Bus” (being touted as the ‘Straddling Bus’) has already passed the first stage demonstration, and the company has received it’s first order for the wierd-looking, but strangely quite logical, solution to traffic congestion.
Construction of the 186km route will begin this year in Beijing’s Mentougou District.
Not only efficient for commuters, the Fast Bus (which really only travels around 60km/h) will be powered by a combination of solar power and electricity.
The idea was first presented publically in May this year at the 13th Beijing International High-Tech Expo. The fast bus is designed to be around 4.5m high and it will allow traffic to flow underneath it. According to Shenzhen Hashi, it will reduce traffic jams by about 30%.
Other advantages to the solution, inlcude costing just 10% of what it would cost to build a similar subway system and within a third of the time.
The Straddling Bus concept will cost 10% of a similar subway and take a third of the time to construct
Some of the potential proplems have already been addressed… the Fast Bus will most likely use ultrasonic waves and laser rays attached to both ends to alert the fast bus driver to any hazards, including the potential of coming to grief with a truck that might be taller than the maximum clearance height of the huge vehicle.
For other drivers, there will be red flashing lights to warn if the futuristic vehicle is about to make a turn or if they are driving too close to the interior walls of the fast bus.
Sometimes the rate of technology advancment in our world today is just mind-boggling.
World Cup fans will be able to watch the games live from their country's home stadium, as though the players were there live in front of them
In 2010, the break-through technology for the FIFA World Cup was 3D TV. If Japan win their bid for the 2022 tournament (22nd Edition), officials have vowed to go more than ‘one up’ by proposing that the actual games will be broadcast around the globe in ‘real-time holographic’ technology (known as ‘Universal Fan Fest’).
If this technology is realized, it will mean that more than 360 million fans from 208 countries will be able to watch 3D feeds of the games in their home stadiums as if they were actually in Japan watching it live – this will be achieved by the simultaneous capture of the action using 200 high-definition cameras that will be placed in a 360-degree circle around the stadium.
I’m no tech-junkie, but this all sounds a little far fetched to me… especially since the proposal is also being promoted as ‘green’ – apparently some of the energy required to operate the required equipment will (somehow) be generated by the crowd’s excited screams, cheers and feet stomping. Hmmmm – How, exactly??
According to Jun Murai (director of technology), “despite the idea seeming like something out of a science fiction film… the technology will be up and running as early as 2016″.
Check out the video – I personally also really like the idea of the automatic translation technology and ‘augmented reality’ through iPhone apps…
In collaboration with omy.sg, the Hong Kong Tourism Board sent ten
bloggers from the Singapore Blog Awards 2010 to Hong Kong to experience the Hong
Kong Dragonboat Carnival, part of the Hong Kong Summer Spectacular Program.
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