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    Technology for World’s First Electric Hybrid Aircraft Gets Funding From Boeing And JetBlue

    Technology / Backed by funding from Boeing HorizonX and JetBlue’s technology venture arm, Zunum Aero has revealed its plans to create a hybrid electric aircraft designed for regional flights with plans to fly by 2020. The aircraft would have a range of around 700 miles at launch, and the plan is to get that up to over 1,000 miles by 2030, which means it could potentially service many popular commuter routes in the United States.

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    The Zunum Aero plane is designed around the idea that by routing more traffic to regional hub airports, and providing much lower operating costs for smaller craft with between 10 and 50 seats that do short-haul trips, between locations like Los Angeles and Silicon Valley, air travel can become much more efficient and convenient for commuters. Zunum says that air travel between hubs as an alternative to slower options like overland rail and highways hasn’t really gotten any better in the last 50 years, but it hopes to change the economics with its electric drive technology.

    The use of electric drive system technology will help Zunum Aero achieve hard targets including a 40 percent decrease in the overall travel time between spots on busy commuter corridors, or by up to 80 percent on routes that have less traffic. Costs will be reduced by between 40 to 80 percent, too, which could accommodate a corresponding decline in fares. Even with the hybrid tech, the planes will result in 80 percent decreased emissions vs. purely gas-powered regional jets, with the ultimate aim of working on 100 percent battery power with zero emissions once battery density capability catches up.

    Finally, Zunum Aero promises a 75 percent drop in community noise, which could dramatically increase both the hours of operation for smaller regional airports, and the willingness of communities to allow the existence of hubs to begin with, and larger planes with higher seating capacity on existing routes.

    In addition to funding from Boeing and JetBlue, Zunum has a team that includes a leader from a previous NASA-backed project on developing electric drives for airliners, and a long-term partnership in place for research on electric systems power optimization with the University of Illinois. It’s also been in close contact with the FAA since 2014 to work on certification standards for electric aircraft, so it’s up to date on the regulatory environment, too, and is helping shape what that looks like.

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    Technology Turning Seawater Into Drinking Water

    Technology / Researchers continue to examine the potential of graphene, the one-atom thin sheet of bonded carbon atoms that was created more than ten years ago after researchers first peeled a few layers off a block of graphite with some Scotch Tape, before going on to refine their technique until a sheet just a single atom thick was produced.

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    The nanomaterial has been posited for all sorts of potentially revolutionary uses; from faster, thinner and even transparent electronics, to biotech implants, to better battery capacity. Now researchers at the University of Manchester say they have come up with a method for controlling the permeation of graphene oxide membranes so they can act as a filter to remove salt from ocean water. By controlling the size of the pores in the membranes the team was able to prevent common salts passing through the material, turning seawater into drinking water.

    While graphene has previously been demonstrated for filtering small nanoparticles, organic molecules, and even large salts, the challenge with common salts found in seawater is their small size. Graphene membranes also swell in size when immersed in water; meaning smaller sieves were required in order to block these common salts.

    The team at Manchester say they used physical confinement to control the interlayer spacing within graphene laminates immersed in water, enabling them to achieve what they describe as “accurate and tunable ion sieving”, and to provide a sieve size smaller than the diameters of hydrated ions.

    While they found that permeation rates for the membranes decrease exponentially with decreasing sieve size, they also report that water transport itself is only “weakly affected.” That means the filtered water flows through the membrane relatively quickly; an important factor if the aim is to develop affordable desalination technology. As well as potential uses for desalination, the team envisages wider industrial applications for “on-demand filtration capable of filtering out ions according to their sizes.” This study is detailed in a paper published in the journal Nature Nanotechnology.

    Professor Rahul Nair, one of the scientists stated, “Realisation of scalable membranes with uniform pore size down to atomic scale is a significant step forward and will open new possibilities for improving the efficiency of desalination technology. This is the first clear-cut experiment in this regime. We also demonstrate that there are realistic possibilities to scale up the described approach and mass produce graphene-based membranes with required sieve sizes.”

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    Brain Enhancement To Accelerate Development Of Artificial Intelligence

    Artificial Intelligence : Elon Musk has another new company that is focused on developing the capabilities of the brain through AI. Neuralink, the new endeavor, officially came to light thanks to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal, though it has been known for some time that Musk was working on brain-computer interface technology as a means to help ensure humans can keep pace with the accelerating development of artificial intelligence.

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    At Code Conference last year, Musk brought up the prospect of a “neural lace” that would be surgically connected to a human brain and permit a user to interact with a computer without the bandwidth challenges that come with current input methods, including keyboards, mice, and trackpads. He’s since tweeted that he has made progress on his own exploration of the technology, and more recently rumors emerged that he was planning to create another company with this project as its focus.

    According to the Wall Street Journal report, the medical conditions being studied could include epilepsy and severe depressive disorder. These efforts could build on existing therapies that use electrodes in the brain to treat symptoms of Parkinson’s, giving Neuralink a starting point with established science and an easier path to approval for human use. Clearing that lower hurdle would then set up the company for its longer-term goal of human augmentation.

    It may sound far-fetched, but in fact this is basically the Musk standard playbook for building new companies based on big ideas. Both SpaceX and Tesla used the same model, starting with near-term products that weren’t nearly as ambitious as later efforts in order to crest a sustainable path to grand designs, like landing on Mars or affordable, mass-produced long-range EVs.

    Musk will definitely have a full plate with Neuralink on top of SpaceX and Tesla, as well as his side venture The Boring Company, which is looking into solving urban transportation issues via tunnels. However, the CEO sees artificial intelligence as a risk that could potentially affect humanity at large, and his decision to pursue this potential solution likely seems as imperative to him as does the necessity of expanding our intergalactic colonial footprint, or weaning ourselves off of fossil fuels.

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    Augmented-Reality Technology Company Attracting Big Investment

    Technology & e-commerce company Alibaba is digging deeper into the automobile industry after launching its first car last year. The company announced the Chinese Internet and e-commerce beast is the lead investor in smart car tech developer WayRay’s $18 million Series B round. Founded in 2012, WayRay makes holographic navigation systems. According to its funding announcement, WayRay has already spent $10 million of its own cash, as well as previous venture funding, on the technology that underpins Navion, an augmented-reality dashboard that overlays directions and other information onto a driver’s view of the road. WayRay plans to unveil a consumer version of Navion in 2017.


    Alibaba Group’s senior investment director, Ethan Xie stated, “We believe there is huge potential in the development of leading-edge technology like augmented reality and its application to various industries, like WayRay’s AR navigation system in the auto sector. The potential of augmented reality makes it an exciting and promising area.” Alibaba made its first appearance in the car industry last summer, when the RX5, a smart car it designed with SAIC (one of China’s “big four” state-owned auto manufacturers) opened for pre-orders. The RX5 uses Alibaba’s Yun operating system and the company anticipates to make the vehicle part of an Internet-of-Things ecosystem that will include its other smart hardware and Internet services like Alipay.

    But Alibaba’s smart cars are already up against challengers from other big Chinese tech companies like LeEco, which bills its electric car LeSee as “the first mobility ecosystem on wheels,” and Baidu, which is developing smart car technology and autonomous vehicles with BAIC, another of China’s big four state-owned automakers. WayRay also said that it will partner with Banma Technologies (a joint venture between Alibaba Group and SAIC) to create an augmented-reality navigation and entertainment system for a car that will be launched by Banma in 2018. WayRay claims that this is “the world’s first vehicle in-production with a holographic AR head-up display.”

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    3d printing technology

    3D Printing Technology Can Print Your Pizza

    BeeHex, a technology startup company designing a 3D food printer, has raised $1 million in seed funding to debut its first product, a pizza printer called the Chef 3D. Originally, the company wanted to create a printer that would have the capability to make an array of foods for astronauts on long missions in outer space. However, the company’s cofounders: Anjan Contractor, Chintan Kanuga, Jordan French, and Ben Feltner, have been adjusting their original concept printer technology for a commercial market that is ready on Earth today. The printers use pneumatic systems, rather than conventional additive manufacturing technologies, to move around ingredients.

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    Long-term, French said, BeeHex wishes to design a network of printers that are able to create snacks or meals on-the-spot, tailored to the consumers’ needs. Customers would eventually be able to choose their food through an app, or the BeeHex printers could make food that correlates to their health needs, taking into consideration information transmitted from internet connected medical devices or fitness-related wearables. BeeHex CEO and cofounder Anjan Contractor says the startup plans a soft debut, working with select pilot consumers in the food business in 2017. The company moved its research and development facilities to Ohio recently, a region that is home to some 170 food and beverage manufacturers

    “Businesses want to provide food personalization, and they don’t want to have to spend a lot on training new employees to offer this,” contractor said. A machine like BeeHex’s 3D Chef would let businesses offer fresh pizzas that are shaped like a cartoon character for kids, for example, or that are gluten-free for celiac customers, without requiring cooks to learn specialized skills. Investor Jim Grote said BeeHex could be a long-term profitable business just creating 3-D printing solutions for high-volume pizza restaurants, especially major chains like Papa John’s, Pizza Hut, or Dominos. According to market research firm Packaged Facts, the pizza restaurant industry pulls in around $43 billion in annual sales worldwide.

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    Drone Technology: Racing Drone That Reaches 70 Mph

    Drone racing technology is becoming more and more popular with teams, television networks, and sponsors getting involved in on this developing scene. There’s a professional drone racing league, live streaming, and even drone-racing simulators. Vendetta, team BlackSheep’s drone kit, is a first-person-view drone that might be one of the finest options.

    This drone is unlike most consumer-grade drones for two reasons. The first reason; that it has a top speed of almost 70 mph. The second reason; it can be operated with a headset that basically gives you a bird’s-eye view of the world above, seen through the eyes of Vendetta’s forward and bottom-facing cameras. A first-person view controller exists for the Vendetta (costing almost $250), turning it into a FPV drone where you will see whatever the drone sees during your high-speed flight. This option is recommended for the full drone pilot experience.

    Flying drones in NYC is illegal, but if you have watched any famous vlogger from the city use drones in their videos, they have most likely done it regardless. However, the Vendetta is no ordinary drone. Pilots in leagues fly up to 70 mph. It is suggested to practice in an open space at first. After repairing from previous test flights, most of the battery life was spent flying 50 feet up and then landing quickly just moments after. TBS praised the Vendetta for being exceedingly durable due to a carbon fiber body, however, the antennae and propellers are rather sensitive. They broke after a several hard landings.

    For its professional races, Team BlackSheep creates custom flying profiles for its drone pilots, as well as a kit that includes tools, a backpack, battery charger, and spare blades. By default, however, TBS includes three flight modes: vertical, acrobatic, and horizontal. Surveying the area in vertical mode, several flips in acrobatic mode, and seeing a dog chase after the drone in horizontal mode was all the information needed to know that the Vendetta was a well-built machine.

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    Auto Technology: New Vehicles May Be Required To Come Equipped With V2V By 2023

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) published a proposal recently to require all new vehicles to come equipped with vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication capabilities. It isn’t an official requirement yet however, if it goes into effect in 2019, manufacturers would be able to phase the technology into their fleets over a few years, with all new vehicles being required to communicate with each other by 2023. The guideline not only requires the technology to be on board; it also standardizes the messages that vehicles will share. Each vehicle would come with a short-range communications (DSRC) unit that receives and sends out basic safety messages (BSMs).

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    BSMs are basic and include data like speed, heading, and brake status. The proposal says specifically, “NHTSA purposely does not require some elements to alleviate potential privacy concerns.” The target here is to confirm all vehicles are speaking the same language in short messages. The proposal also includes a requirement that all vehicles be able to receive over-the-air security and software updates, with “consumer consent, where appropriate.” The proposal is pretty clear that vehicles should use the data received to engage other on-board sensor and safety systems, like automatic emergency braking. NHTSA also calls out the benefits of vehicles communicating in a swarm and helping each other to see beyond the limits of their own sensors and DSRC messages.

    The government does not believe V2V technology is moving fast enough. The proposed rule states, “Without government action, these challenges could prevent this promising safety technology from achieving sufficiently widespread use throughout the vehicle fleet to achieve these benefits.” NHTSA also notes that without requiring this technology, consumers may not choose to purchase it. If you the consumer only see safety benefits from V2V when other cars have it, but not enough other people are buying it, then you might not buy it either. NHTSA is just going to require all vehicles to have it.

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    Amazon Building Air Cargo Hub For Air Fleet

    Amazon is constructing one of the biggest internal logistics and shipping organizations in the world. The company just unveiled that it is investing $1.5 billion in a new air cargo hub. This will establish a spot that crosses the Kentucky and Cincinnati border, and according to the Wall Street Journal, it should open up around 2,000 jobs.


    The new hub is being created in order to help provide a base for its progressively large fleet of 40 or more cargo planes, a group of vehicles it previously revealed it was leasing under the name of Amazon Prime Air, and come with custom Amazon exterior paint jobs. The planes are designed to help Amazon handle its increasing transportation needs, which are growing as its share of global retail business increases, and straining the capabilities and capacities of its shipping partners, which include UPS and FedEx.

    The company has long maintained that it is not looking to compete with other logistics providers, but it recently became an ocean cargo shipping company, with the ability to act as a “freight forwarder,” services that UPS and FedEx also offer. Amazon still hopes to eventually offer services both to itself and to outside companies and retailers, which would put it in direct competition with its current partners, according to the WSJ’s sources.

    If and when it ever happens, however, there’s likely plenty of business to go around for everyone. Amazon typically has some trouble keeping up with demand during busy periods like the holidays, even with all the shipping partners it currently enjoys, and so owning its own piece of the pie to try to build up its maximum capacity is a worthwhile goal even without considering building a functional standalone shipping business in the future, in addition to this.

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