Hyperloop One zooms through first public test The newly renamed Hyperloop One venture sent an electrically propelled sled down a Nevada test track at speeds that went beyond 100 mph in just two seconds, marking the public debut of its rapid-transit propulsion system. Hundreds of journalists and VIPs watched the open-air propulsion test, which represents a milestone in the effort to commercialize a high-speed transportation system conceived three years ago by Elon Musk, the billionaire CEO of SpaceX and Tesla Motors. Theoretically, such a system could transport passengers in levitating pods through elevated tubes at near-supersonic speeds, bridging the distance between, say, San Francisco and Los Angeles in a half-hour. But turning theory into fact will probably require spending billions of dollars, pioneering scores of technologies and negotiating unprecedented regulatory hurdles. Hyperloop One already has raised more than $100 million for its venture, including $80 million in investments that were announced on Tuesday.
Investing in Elon Musk's Hyperloop System One year ago, arguably the most ambitious entrepreneur in the world hinted at plans of building a new method of transportation. This method of transportation would be immune to weather, would never crash, and would be twice as fast as an airplane. It would require less energy and would be cheaper than driving a car. I'm talking about Elon Musk's San Fransisco-to-Los Angeles Hyperloop system. The Future of Travel According to Musk, the Hyperloop would cost around $6 billion, which is considerably cheap considering the bullet train being proposed in California would run at around $60 billion. And while this may sound like a pipe dream, betting against Elon Musk and his ambitious projects can hardly be considered a good idea. When looking at the success of Paypal, SpaceX, and Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA), it is difficult to deny that if Musk wants something done, he is almost certainly going to see it through. Musk announced yesterday via Twitter that he will publish the Hyperloop design by August 12.
This Battery-Free Computer Sucks Power Out Of Thin Air Today, the biggest hurdle when it comes to designing new gadgets is battery technology. These big, bulky things restrict the forms our smartphones, computers, and wearables can take, and unfortunately, battery technology is so stagnant that there's no promise of things getting better any time soon. But what if you could leave the battery out of the equation entirely? That's just what the University of Washington's Sensor Lab has done. Researchers there created the WISP, or Wireless Identification and Sensing Platform: a combination sensor and computing chip that doesn't need a battery or a wired power source to operate. Instead, it sucks in radio waves emitted from a standard, off-the-shelf RFID reader—the same technology that retail shops use to deter shoplifters—and converts them into electricity. The WISP isn't designed to compete with the chips in your smartphone or your laptop. Surprisingly, Parks says this technique is pretty fast.
Elon Musk's 'Hyperloop' idea for San Francisco-LA link 12 August 2013Last updated at 18:32 ET Passengers would undergo forces of gravity similar to an aeroplane, Mr Musk said US-based entrepreneur Elon Musk has unveiled his proposed near-supersonic "Hyperloop" transport concept to link Los Angeles and San Francisco. The SpaceX, Tesla and PayPal founder envisions using magnets and fans to shoot capsules floating on a cushion of air through a long tube. If the Hyperloop is ever built, a trip on it between the two California cities would last about 30 minutes, he said. But Mr Musk says he is currently too busy to develop the project himself. In a paper outlining the Hyperloop proposal, Mr Musk suggested the solar-powered system would be a faster, safer, less costly, and more efficient mode of transport between Los Angeles and San Francisco than the high-speed train currently under development. Continue reading the main story Elon Musk has given us his vision of 21st Century intercity travel. He's proposing a pod in a tube solution. '$20 a ticket'
Franky Zapata's awesome Flyboard Air redefines the concept of a hoverboard Franky Zapata's water-jet Flyboards have very quickly become a popular vacation experience, but the French jet ski champion has bigger goals in mind. Over the weekend, he released the first video that claims to show his new Flyboard Air in action. The Air ditches the water jet for what appears to be a jet turbine engine, and allows him to fly untethered through the sky to a maximum height of 10,000 feet and a maximum endurance of 10 minutes. It's early days yet, but we humbly propose a jet race against David Mayman and his JB-9 Jetpack. We'd estimate that no human alive has more experience operating a standing jet platform than Franky Zapata. The simple, fun Flyboard very quickly became one of the must-do holiday experiences of the noughties. And as it turns out, it may have been a stepping stone to something far greater. Over the weekend, Zapata released the first video of his latest invention: the Flyboard Air. Edit: uh oh... Franky, what say you? Source: Zapata Racing
Thought-guided helicopter takes off Researchers have harnessed the power of thought to guide a remote-control helicopter through an obstacle course. The demonstration joins a growing number of attempts to translate the electrical patterns of thoughts into motions in the virtual and real world. Applications range from assisting those with neurodegenerative disorders to novel modes of video game play. The research in the Journal of Neural Engineering uses a non-invasive "cap" to capture brain electrical activity. It is not the "mind-reading" of fiction. Those thoughts, such as that of making a fist with the left hand, are then correlated with motions of the helicopter - in this case to the left. The electroencephalograph remains a chaotic and largely indecipherable mess of electrical signals, but those related to motion - or the mere thought of it - have proven to be comparatively strong and repeatable. Even technology firms see potential in the idea; Samsung is reportedly working on a "mind-control" tablet device.
NASA Eyes First-Ever Carbon-Nanotube Mirrors for CubeSat Telescope Now that scientists have confirmed the existence of gravitational waves, a NASA team is set to search for a predicted signature of primordial gravitational waves that would prove the infant universe expanded far faster than the speed of light and began growing exponentially almost instantaneously after the Big Bang. NASA scientist Al Kogut will search for evidence of cosmological inflation with a balloon-borne observatory called PIPER. Credits: NASA/W. Hrybyk Later this year, NASA scientist Al Kogut and his team at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, will fly a breakthrough balloon payload — the Primordial Inflation Polarization Explorer, or PIPER — to find evidence of this accelerated expansion, called cosmological inflation. According to the theory, inflation would have generated gravitational waves, which are tiny perturbations in the fabric of space-time. Profound Consequences This schematic shows the PIPER balloon payload and the layout of its instruments.
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