French start up SeaBubbles had once again proved the words of Napoleon Hill, “There is always plenty of capital for those who can create practical plans for using it” absolutely correct. They have been successful in raising $550,000 in funding to build egg-shaped taxis flying above the river Seine to reduce traffic in Paris.
The battery-driven river shuttle can be convoked by a smartphone and piloted by a robot. These taxis can travel for up to 80-100 km on a single charge.
Two entrepreneurs of SeaBubbles are working on the project and have been successful in raising funds for the first round, where as the next round of funding will be done by August to develop the taxi app and docking stations around the pod.
SeaBubbles wants to build battery operated bubble shaped ships that hover a few inches above water which can transport maximum five people including a pilot at a time. Thebault, one of the founder, said, “The goal is to forgo the pilot and make the system fully autonomous in a few years once regulation allows it.”
As more cash is required to turn their dreams into cabs, the startup said they have reached out to car-hailing company Uber Technologies Inc. as well as construction company Vinci SA and luxury-goods maker LVMH. The matter is in discussion and shortly they expect to reach at some concluding decisions.
“You’ve got packed roads and empty waterways in a lot of cities – there’s an obvious opportunity,” co-founder Alain Thebault said in an interview. “We want to build water taxis.” Founders Anders Bringdal and Thebault, a surfer and a math-loving sailor respectively, together broke the record for speed on a floating sailboat they’d designed in 2009.
The founders said SeaBubbles has the support of Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, who has pledged to cut pollution in the city. Carmakers, battery vendors and software engineering companies have expressed interest in helping develop upgrades and scale production.
The startup will sell the pods to individuals as well as countries, cities and companies, but its founders are still debating whether they want to manage a taxi service themselves or outsource it.
Expected to launch by summers in 2017, the taxis will be available for booking through a dedicated app and will have their own docking ports. The founders wish to showcase the first bubble at the 2017 Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show in January.
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Can you imagine a grocery store which is always open 24/7 and has no employees at all, not even on cash counters? Yes, it’s a reality in Viken town of Sweden. It’s the first of it’s kind, where there are no employees, and it works normal just like any other grocery store. You just need a smartphone and membership to make purchases in this convenience store.
The store which is membership based, relies on trust and a credit check on it’s customers. You need to install the app which is then linked to your bank account to unlock the store’s door which opens for only 8 seconds and cameras are installed all over to ensure the security. Customers enter the store, scan the barcodes of the products they want, and they receive the invoice a month later. Customers are required to become the members by passing a credit check.
Robert Ilijason, the only employee and store owner said, the idea of the store came from a broken jar of baby food. When that jar was the last one in the store at owner’s village and there was no open store in his village he had to rush to the big city to get a new one. The idea clinched his mind and he wanted to open a 24/7 store. He further said having employees 24/7 is so expensive that he used technology to manage his store and his idea worked.
The store currently sells dairy products, dried and frozen foods, and is based on the concept that demand will dictate what the store stocks.
He is planning further to open few more stores to make sure this concept works. He hopes to make this concept work in whole Sweden and plans to further expand his idea to the world at large.
The Ishu Scarf, invented by a 28-year-old guy, Saif Siddiqui, from New Delhi, is gaining popularity amongst the cynosures.
Celebrities around the world are bothered about their privacy and here’s a solution from this New Delhi student, who now runs his booming business due to his innovative product and creative talent. The name “ISHU” stands for privacy and silence, and is a play on the words “issue” and “shh”.
Everyone from Hollywood actors to football superstars are being spotted the Ishu scarf in public.
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Siddiqui told Buzzfeed the scarf’s purpose was to give people their privacy.
“The main intention is to make people aware of how important privacy actually is,” he said. “Everyone has a ‘brand’ online, and with the ISHU Scarf, people are back in control of their privacy.”
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The Ishu scarf made from a special fabric – consisting of thousands of nano-spherical crystals reflects light back into the camera and hence makes the wearer invisible to the flash photography.
The ISHU was officially launched at Soho House Toronto in October 2015. The force behind the creation of this #InvisibilityCloak was adamant that a stylish solution be available to that select group of people who want to control unwanted pictures of them being taken with mobile devices, which inevitably end up plastered across social media.
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It took Saif 6 years to research and present his idea into a demanding product. We often see the success but fail to see the hard work, dedication and belief in one’s idea and his continuous efforts to make his idea successful. Here’s the making of “The ISHU Scarf”:
The concept of The ISHU dates back to 2009 when Dutch-born Saif Siddiqui took a picture of friends standing in front of a bike in Amsterdam. He noticed that the bike’s reflector manipulated the flash of his mobile camera in a way that obscured the faces of his friends in the picture. He immediately realized that if developed into the right product, this feature would be an ideal solution for his friends and now available to the public who want to keep their private moments in public private. Saif put together a team of experts
who dug into the science of light and reflection, and how to blend technology with fashion. 6 Years later The ISHU is released to instant acclaim. Privacy is back.
The “anti-paparazzi” cloaking device also works with video cameras.
Siddiqui is launching ISHU phone cases in July, and hopes to get the product integrated in museums and private jets soon.
He aims to bring the concept to India in a few months, and is hopeful that it will catch the eye in Bollywood as strongly as it has in the rest of the world.
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You can check out the ISHU range of products before the global launch in August here.
The world’s first functional 3D-printed office building, a single storey building spread across 2,690 square foot, opened in Dubai in mid of May, 2016.
Located near the Dubai International Financial Center, the building was completed at a cost of about $140,000 in just 17 days and officials say they saved more than 70% on labor costs.
Dubai officials say their goal is towards technological development. It’s already a man-made wonder you will know once you visit Dubai.
This arc-shaped office building used a 20-foot tall 3D printer and a special mixture of cement to be built. Whole of the office structure with furniture was printed in 17 days and assembled in just 2 days.
Dubai officials say, “The future is based on 3D printing, whether we are talking about printing buildings or printing cloths or printing equipments or printing food or even printing some human body parts.”
The project is part of Dubai’s long term strategy to ensure that 25% of the city will be 3D printed by 2030.
French firm Cooltech Applications has launched what it claims as the world’s first commercially available magnetic refrigeration system. It can serve as a “Superfridge” slashing down both the environmental as well as economic challenges which the current electricity appliances face.
The Magnetic Refrigeration System (MRS) achieves refrigeration by passing a water coolant through magnetocaloric materials undergoing repeated magnetization-demagnetization cycles. Glycol water is used as a coolant fluid to transfer heat between cold and hot sources.The system works on the concept of magnetocaloric effect.
The system works without any refrigerant gas, making it more environmentally efficient than conventional refrigerators.
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The team from Airport Parking & Hotels and Imperial College London has brainchild and predicted a huge curved future concept aircraft which could realistically look like around 30 to 40 years from now.
This marvelous projected aircraft could be the way people travel to far-flung destinations in the year 2050.
With a comprehensive design inside and out, this incredible futuristic plane features tremendous 1,000 cabin seats, virtual reality headsets, live image projections on the walls instead of windows and spacious lounges intended to improve the passenger experience.
Airport Parking & Hotels and Imperial College London partnered to predict what the future of flight could realistically look like in 40 years.
A team, including aircraft design students, came up with a futuristic concept with cutting-edge technology (pictured: premium cabin).
A wider aircraft creates more cabin space, and the designers filled some of it with in-flight bars that allow passengers to socialize.
The design team from London said there would be a seating capacity for 1,000 passengers on the blended wing aircraft.
With a complete rethink, the team, including aircraft design PhD student Adam Omar, designed an advanced plane that bears some of the hallmarks of today’s jets and next-generation technology.
Thanks to its blended wing design, its fuselage would be wider and shorter and it wouldn’t have a tail wing, and it would be propelled by six bio-fuel engines at the back of the body.
The designers say the aircraft would have more legroom than today’s planes despite having so many people on board because of its widened body and large wings.
Of the notable changes, the concept plane has very few windows, which could make air-travel uneasy for some.
Backseat monitors would be replaced with wraparound virtual reality headsets built into the seats with wraparound visors that display 3D films and programs. The visors are designed to automatically fold away on takeoff and landing or in the event of an emergency.
In addition to improving passenger experience, the team aimed to design a plane that is fuel efficient and less harmful to the environment eliminating the reliance on fossil fuels.
The concept plane would run on low-emission bio-fuels and be propelled by clusters of electric fans powered by small engines.
Instead, transparent LCD screens on the walls display the view outside or films, programs or maps from the in-flight entertainment system, or relaxing scenes to help passengers fall asleep.
In-flight bars would allow passengers to get out of their seats and socialize more freely with other travelers.
The traditional airport design would have to be overhauled in order to accommodate the planes and allow passengers to board.
Designers said large portions of the seating, flooring and walls could be made from ultra-light metal micro-lattice developed by Boeing.
For their high-capacity aircraft, the designers took cues from futuristic concepts previously produced by Airbus, Boeing and NASA.
With electric fans powered by small engines, the plane would produce just a tiny fraction of the emissions from current aircrafts and reduce drag.
The plane would have very few windows, so transparent LCD screens would be installed on the interior walls to display outside scenes.
Beverley Barden, head of marketing at Airport Parking & Hotels, said: ‘Air travel has long been considered an uncomfortable way to begin a holiday.
The ROAR project (Robot based Autonomous Refuse handling), is a system in it’s prototype phase where an autonomous robot works with a drone to pick up trash from the locations and collect it within the garbage truck.
The project which is funded by the Volvo group is being invented by more than 30 students from different universities. This robot can replace the cleaning / garbage men totally, once the project is fully functional. The project was announced by the Volvo group in September.
The robot is equipped with sensors and camera on top of the truck which navigates it and keeps it away from the obstacles. The process is being tested and it also has an inbuilt emergency break to avoid collision with any object or suppose a child is running. The robot will automatically stop in such a situation. It can also change it’s way if the sensor detects any obstacle on the way.
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British company Hybrid Air Vehicle (HAV)’s largest aircraft Air-lander – 10 will take it’s flight next month.
This aircraft equivalent to the size of a football stadium can carry itself in the air till a fortnight. The flight will be operated from the Britain’s Bedfordshire.
Airbus A380 is the biggest passenger aircraft till date with a length of 72.7 meters, width of 79.8 meters and height of 24.1 meters.
The bottom base of this airbus is filled with helium which is the reason for it’s bigger size and it will help the aircraft in taking off and landing. The helium base will also help it to fly (take off and landing) like a helicopter.
48 passengers can fly on the aircraft along with the aircraft crew and can move around the cabins and have the outer view from this aircraft’s comfort zone.
On the test drive this aircraft will fly at the heights of 4000 feets and for 17.25 miles only.
HAV was earlier undertaking this project for the American army, but due to the cost cutting in the defense budgets, American army has withdrawn the contract. At the same time British Government and other dignitaries have shown interest and provide aid to this project. Plane’s bottom base is made up of special fabric which makes it strong and viable.
Air-lander can fly from London to Paris in 2.5 hours. It’s maximum speed is 92 mph and a capacity of 48 passengers. It is 92 meters long, 43.5 meters wide and has a height of 26 meters. It can fly for two weeks in air and has a capacity to carry 10 tons of weight. It is also environment friendly and produces less sound and air pollution, with less carbon emission than other planes and can even fly in extreme climate conditions. It also doesn’t require any runway to take flight.
It’s successful test drive will provide new hopes to the inventors.
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