Swiss Post to Trial Drone Delivery for Small Packages and Documents

Drones are invading our lives and they don’t seem to be stopping. If anything, drone uses have grown exponentially and in every situation imaginable. It has gone beyond leisure and imaging, and are being used in some parts of the world to delivery small packages like meds and there’s even a bold plan to turn drones into life-saving autonomous ambulance. Soon, mail delivery could be the next, starting with Swiss Post, who will be enlisting California-based Matternet’s drones to drop off small parcels and documents. The quad rotor delivery drone, Matternet ONE, is the first smart drone designed specifically for such purposes. Continue reading Swiss Post to Trial Drone Delivery for Small Packages and Documents

Star Wars Comes to Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition, Includes Star Wars: Twilight of the Republic Play Set

Finally, the galaxy far, far away is converging with the rest of Disney’s world, joining Disney, Disney Pixar and Marvel in Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition. Billed as the best-selling “hybrid toy/video game” of 2014 (to be fair, there isn’t a lot of such genre around, just saying…), the Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition Starter Pack is set to hit the stores this Fall for $64.99 and will be on major gaming platforms including PS4 and PS3, Xbox One and Xbox 360, Wii U, PC and iOS and Android devices. According to John Vignocchi, Disney Infinity’s VP of Production, some retailers are already taking in pre-orders as we speak, while others will be doing the same in the coming weeks. Continue reading Star Wars Comes to Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition, Includes Star Wars: Twilight of the Republic Play Set

Samsung Adds Speedy PRO Plus and EVO Plus to its Memory Card Portfolio

With the advancements in mobile photography and increase resolution coming from today’s advanced DSLRs, it is not surprising that memory cards are constantly being acquired by consumers. Personally, I rather not erase the content to make way for the new, but that’s just a personal preference. If you share the same sentiment, then I am guessing every now and then you are on a lookout for memory cards and if so, Samsung has two new models, the Samsung PRO Plus and EVO Plus Memory Cards, worthy of your considerations. Continue reading Samsung Adds Speedy PRO Plus and EVO Plus to its Memory Card Portfolio

DARPA’s Self-steering Bullets Can Hit a Moving Target Even if it is Evading

DARPA, an agency of the U.S. Department of Defense responsible for development of emerging (and sometime pretty scary) technologies for use by the military, has announced the successful testing of a self-steering bullet which aims (pun not intended) to enable snipers, novice and expert alike, to hit moving targets effectively. Dubbed Extreme Accuracy Tasked Ordnance (or EXACTO for short), the effectiveness of the bullet was demonstrated in late February where shooters of varying experience level managed to score hits on moving targets. Employing a real-time optical guidance system, the bullet enters into a self-steer mode upon exiting the barrel, factoring in weather, wind and target movement as it accelerate towards the target. Continue reading DARPA’s Self-steering Bullets Can Hit a Moving Target Even if it is Evading

Watch NASA Massive Ten-engine Electric Drone Morphs From a Helicopter to a Plane While in Midair

NASA has a new ‘toy’ that could one day change the way we fly or how we deliver small packages, and this new ‘toy’ is the Greased Lightning GL-10 VTOL Drone. NASA did not specifically refer to it as a drone (maybe drone sounds little less friendly?), but as remotely controlled electric plane. The GL-10 is NASA’s take on the military V-22 Osprey Vertical Off and Landing (VTOL) aircraft, which means it is part helicopter, part plane, but this one appears to have no military application in mind. In fact, it aims to be an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle that could be used for “small package delivery or vertical take off and landing, long endurance surveillance for agriculture, mapping and other applications” and maybe even scaled up to make a four-person personal air vehicle, which would be something along the line of Krossblade Aerospace’s SkyCruiser. Continue reading Watch NASA Massive Ten-engine Electric Drone Morphs From a Helicopter to a Plane While in Midair

This Virtual Reality Mask and Helmet Wants You to Feel More Immersed by Blasting You with Scents

The point of virtual reality headset is to let you feel more immersive, but is it really that immersive? By the limitation of today’s technology, yes, audio and visual kind of does the trick, but before majority of us can get a grasp of virtual reality, a New York-based developer known as FEELREAL is convinced otherwise. They believe fully realistic experience is to involve all your five senses: sound, sight, touch, smell and even taste. Well, maybe not the taste part. Anywho, the logic is, to feel really immersive, you got feel the cold, the heat, the breeze, the mist and even the smell. How else would you immerse yourself in the battle without whiffing up the gun power. Ok, maybe no gunpowder smell yet, but you get the idea what FEELREAL is trying to do here. Continue reading This Virtual Reality Mask and Helmet Wants You to Feel More Immersed by Blasting You with Scents

Fusion Stand: A Minimalistic Home for Your iMac, Apple Display and iPhone

Another solution to declutter your desktop comes from iForte. After pioneering the first all-in-one stand with integrated dock and charging system designed with iMac and iPhone in mind, the San Francisco outfit is back with Fusion Stand which takes ‘clean look’ to a whole new level. The Fusion Stand looks absolutely clean and minimalistic. It really is. In fact, we think it is as minimal as a display/iMac stand can get without sacrificing functionality. That said, Fusion stand might be a good starting point if you have been wanting to streamline your desk and never get to doing it. Designed for iMac and Apple Display, Fusion also boasts a matching but optional smartphone cradle, which magnetically attaches to the front of the stand. Continue reading Fusion Stand: A Minimalistic Home for Your iMac, Apple Display and iPhone

BMW Announces New i Collection, Includes Solar Charger for Charging Your Gadgets

Have an unquestionable love for BMW i Series? Or maybe you just have a thing for whatever the Munich automaker serves up? If so, then the BMW i Collection will be a delightful news to you. Apart from the obvious stylish elements typical of BMW, the i Collection takes on a sustainable approach when creating these accessories, which include a jacket made of 100% organic cotton and recycled materials, 100% organic cotton t-shirt for men and women and a 100% cotton cap that uses environmentally friendly cardboard (for the visor). Continue reading BMW Announces New i Collection, Includes Solar Charger for Charging Your Gadgets

You Have Seen Portable Amplifiers, Now Meet One That’s Made of Wood

By now, we are no stranger to turning old speakers into Bluetooth-enabled ones and to this end, the market is certainly not lacking of such intermediary. That said, you could say Repop portable amplifier from Taiwanese outfit, Minfort, is yet another one, but we challenge you to say the same after looking at the product image. Seriously, tell us you are not captivated by it when you first lay eyes on it. Aesthetically, it is unlike its competitions. We are not saying the others are ugly, but Repop’s handcrafted, waterproof-coated teak wood enclosure is a departure from your usual aluminum or plastic variety. And even there are wooden examples out there, they would be in maple or walnut, which are pretty much the wood of choice in America. Continue reading You Have Seen Portable Amplifiers, Now Meet One That’s Made of Wood

You Can Turn Analog Albums into Digital Files with this Victoria-style Speaker System

Still holding on to some good’ol medias like cassette tapes, CDs (yes, they are old too) and vinyl records? If you don’t already have a player for each of those type of medias and harbor the wish of feeling the warm offer by those older medias again, then Grace Digital Tunewriter III 7-in-1 Stereo Entertainment Center is the obvious gadget for you. Why? Seriously, you are not going plonk down thousands for so-called audiophile grade players for those and besides, having three devices doing just one thing each is kind of counterintuitive and goes against the whole declutter life mission for some. So, yes. This 7-in-1 Stereo Entertainment Center is a one-piece audio equipment that playbacks cassette tapes, CDs, and vinyls, and on top of that, it has a built-in AM/FM tuner too, just in case, you want take retro entertainment to the whole nine. Continue reading You Can Turn Analog Albums into Digital Files with this Victoria-style Speaker System

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