Chinese Automaker BYD Delivers First Electric Truck to US Freight

BYD Motors Inc. is supplying 11 zero-emission battery electric trucks to SF Goodwill for use in the San Francisco region collecting and transporting donations. The 10 delivery trucks and one refuse truck will be assembled at BYD Motors’ facility in Lancaster. SF Goodwill, which serves San Francisco, San Mateo and Marin counties, will use the delivery trucks for collections and to transport donations among its stores and drop off locations and the refuse truck as a debris hauler for transpo...
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China will host the World Economic Forum’s annual June meeting, often called Summer Davos on June 27 – 29 2017

China will host the World Economic Forum's annual June meeting, often called Summer Davos on June 27 - 29 2017. The World Economic Forum, committed to improving the state of the world, is the international organization for public-private cooperation. Hundreds of business and research leaders are gathering in the Chinese city of Tianjin for the annual World Economic Forum. Innovation is in the spotlight for the current 'Summer Davos'. The World Economic Forum (WEF) is a Swiss nonprofit foun...
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NASA Aircraft Assists in FAA-Approved Drone Medical Supply Delivery Research

Some underserved Virginia patients were among the first to be officially helped by an Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS), more commonly known as a drone, during research flights to a medical clinic in Wise County Friday. In accordance with research flight plans authorized by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), a full-sized aircraft operated by NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton and a hexacopter drone operated by Flirtey Inc., a drone startup company, delivered pharmaceuticals and ot...
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‘Vix’ technology is modernizing the transit to better passenger experience

Vix Pulse is a high-performance, secure, reliable and auditable automated fare collection and transit payments solution that is shaping the future of transit as well the passenger experience. A number of business and technology trends are impacting public transport and fare collection and are driving change and innovation. Wireless communications such as 4G and WiFi mean data can flow increasingly in real time, while the cloud is making processing and storage capacity increasingly cost-effect...
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Wireless motorcycle helmet has smart brake light that shines at motorist eye level

The brake lights on your motorcycle work okay. But they're mounted low on your bike and don't account for different types of braking. The new Wireless motorcycle helmet has beend evloped with smart brake light that shines at motorist eye level. Motorcycle helmets are beneficial safety gear, but only in a "In case of emergency, break glass" sort of way, when things are already bad. California startup Brake Free wants to make your helmet useful in preventing the emergency in the first place, bu...
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George Mason University has developed fire extinguisher that uses sound waves to extinguish fire

Engineering students Seth Robertson and Viet Tran of George Mason University in Virginia have invented a revolutionary device that uses low-frequency sound waves to extinguish fire instead of water, gas or foam. The young engineers used $600 worth of equipment, including a speaker, amps and a collimeter, to starve the flame of oxygen, thus putting it out. The fire extinguisher uses low frequencies between 30 and 60 hertz ranges to blast the fire, separating oxygen from the fuel. New typ...
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Airbus has developed a Pop.Up drone-car concept which was showcased at the 87th Geneva International Motor Show.

Airbus has developed a Pop.Up drone-car concept which was showcased at the 87th Geneva International Motor Show. Logistically, Pop.Up is part of Airbus’s Project Vahana, a vision of the company’s A^3 advanced projects and partnerships unit located in Silicon Valley — an area prone to gridlock, Airbus has noted. Project Vahana focuses on developing a self-piloted flying vehicle platform for passengers and cargo — and Pop.Up. is a passenger component. https://youtu.be/Yh-OD7_Qw20 Pop.Up c...
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JAGUAR LAND ROVER ROAD SAFETY RESEARCH INCLUDES BRAIN WAVE MONITORING TO IMPROVE DRIVER CONCENTRATION AND REDUCE ACCIDENTS

Jaguar Land Rover has revealed a range of new road safety technology research projects that are being developed to reduce the number of accidents caused by drivers who are stressed, distracted and not concentrating on the road ahead. The Jaguar Land Rover 'Sixth Sense' research projects utilises advanced technology, from sports, medicine and aerospace, to monitor the driver's heart rate, respiration and levels of brain activity to identify driver stress, fatigue and lack of concentration. The...
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The Hyperloop: The world’s fastest way to travel.

Ever since humans began to invent, we were trying to find ways to go faster. From creating saddles and horse drawn carriages to creating cars and airplanes, we always have striven for faster and faster means of transportation. The current fastest mode of commercial transportation is air transportation, with the average speed of a passenger plane being 540 miles per hour. However, inventor Elon Musk, founder of Tesla and SpaceX, proposed an idea back in late 2012 for a new mode of transportation ...
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‘Ping’ World’s smallest, longest range, longest battery life global (GPS) locator for kids, pets, bikes, luggage or anything important that moves.

World's smallest, longest range, longest battery life global (GPS) locator for kids, pets, bikes, luggage or anything important that moves. Instead of just Bluetooth, Ping's tag also connects to GPS and cellular, to ensure you'll know exactly where you left that forgotten item.   https://youtu.be/a-pPXPtfREo     Bluetooth trackers, like Tile and TrackR, are great for finding things that fall behind cushions or car seats. GPS trackers already exist but they are la...
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‘Fensens’ Smart Wireless Parking Sensor With Feature to Alert You Of Objects In Your Blind Spot

'Fensens' is the World’s First Smart Wireless Parking Sensor And Hands-Free Mobile App. A wireless, pain-free parking sensor (and mobile app) to help you avoid accidents by detecting and alerting you of objects in your blind spot. Most new cars come with sensors to let you know when you're about to back over something. Unfortunately for owners of older rides, adding that capability to a car that didn't come equipped with it has been an expensive undertaking. https://youtu.be/vNko-Wcft9E ...
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Segway’s new Human Transporter and Personal Robot

Ninebot by Segway miniPRO Hands-Free, Self-Balancing Personal Transporter The miniPRO is not a hoverboard—it’s the next step in the evolution of personal transportation. Powered by Ninebot technology, the miniPRO is a hands-free,two-wheel electric scooter with safer features, higher speeds, and longer battery life. The miniPRO is built to easily traverse a variety of indoor and outdoor terrains. Some transporters, including hoverboards, have earned a reputation as fire hazards...
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‘Electronic Nose’ – Device identify the specific components of an odor and analyzes its chemical makeup.

An electronic nose is a device intended to detect odors or flavors. Over the last decade, "electronicsensing" or "e-sensing" technologies have undergone important developments from a technical and commercial point of view. These device identify the specific components of an odor and analyzes its chemical makeup. An electronic nose consists of a mechanism for chemical detection, such as an array of electronic sensors, and a mechanism for pattern recognition, such as a neural network. The ba...
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Smartphone based Pearl RearVision is the wireless rearview camera that fits around your license plate & syncs

Every driver should feel the confidence a backup camera provides. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration agrees — by federal mandate, every new car sold in the US by 2018 is required be equipped with one. Backup with confidence. Clearly see what's behind your car with the only wireless backup camera and alert system of its kind: RearVision. Theft-resistant and easy-to-install, it upgrades your car and turns your phone into your rearview screen. No drilling, no wires and no professi...
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Smart Cube: A Novel Bluetooth Enabled Locking System

Do you ever wish you had a smart lock that would protect your belongings in any cabinet, drawer, or closet? Smart Cube is just that—it turns your phone, or rather the Smart Armor App, into a key and can allow a user to keep everything from harmful products (such as kitchen chemicals and medication) to personal documents, secure. Smart Cube is targeted towards a wide audience, from parents with babies who wish to protect their children from potentially harmful products, to business owners to r...
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UpnRide: The Wheelchair That Can Allow Users to Stand Upright

For those who suffer from impaired walking, a sedentary lifestyle in a wheelchair seems like the only viable option. The makers of UPnRIDE however, have create a solution that changes the way we think about mobility for the disabled. UPnRIDE, a wheeled robotic device, enables both upright and seated mobility for anyone who is unable to, or has difficulty standing or walking. Millions of people who suffer from impaired walking use wheelchairs which limit their mobility, leading to health decli...
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LOOK: a simple device to solve an everyday problem

  A common emergency for many with glasses is losing them. One new technology that could be useful in our everyday life in solving that is LOOK, a clip that attaches to a person’s glasses, and then connects to your phone via Bluetooth to allow you to find them with the app. Simply press the button in the app, and the device will emit a sound. The batteries are small, but easily replaceable, and the LOOK can blend in with your glasses, making it aesthetically not an issue. LOOK is...
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NASA Is Testing Next-Generation Fire Shelters

NASA reached an agreement with the US Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service to test prototype fire shelters made from the space agency's next-generation thermal protection systems (TPM) materials—intended, initially, to protect future spacecraft upon re-entry (in fact, a first generation of the material has already been tested on the agency's third Inflatable Reentry Vehicle Experiment vehicle, IRVE-3). Not unlike a spacecraft tearing through the atmosphere, NASA’s hope is that its mater...
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Spectroscopic system with chip-scale lasers cuts explosive detection time from minutes to microseconds.

Speedy terahertz-based system could detect explosives Spectroscopic system with chip-scale lasers cuts detection time from minutes to microseconds. Terahertz spectroscopy, which uses the band of electromagnetic radiation between microwaves and infrared light, is a promising security technology because it can extract the spectroscopic “fingerprints” of a wide range of materials, including chemicals used in explosives. But traditional ...
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Personal Safety Alarms

  Silent Beacon This is one of the newest personal safety alarms to hit the market. It’s a small keychain transponder with a panic button that communicates with your smartphone via its accompanying app and Bluetooth technology. You indicate your emergency contacts during set-up. If you’d like your loved one(s) to get an alert when you’re in trouble, they’ll need to install the app as well. When you hit the emergency button, they’ll automatically receive a pop-up notification with y...
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Boeing Creates a Self-Cleaning Airplane Lavatory

Many passengers are reluctant to use airplane lavatories given that so many individuals use them on a single flight, leaving it a potential “germ-zone.” But what if the lavatory could clean itself after every use? To make airplane lavatories more hygienic, Boeing engineers and designers have created a self-cleaning prototype bathroom that uses ultraviolet (UV) light and non-touch technology to kill 99% of germs, all in less than three seconds. The prototype lavatory consists of touc...
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Monkey Keyless Entry

Monkey is smart keyless entry device that works similarly to a lot of other smart locks, only it’s for your whole apartment building. You (or, more likely, your landlord) wire up the Wi-Fi-enabled chip to your existing intercom, then you and your fellow tenants download the Android or iOS app. You’ll sync it up with your phone, and you’ll get a notification when someone rings your intercom. You can then let someone in, whether you’re home or on the go. There are three ways to gain access. The Mo...
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BOT: A Vision For Commuting in the Future

    The idea is to combine taxi service, real-time ride sharing and self-driving vehicles. Friendly looking vehicles named BOT will be in constant connection with the network that accepts ride-requests. They can pick up users at any location, and unlike public transport, drive them directly to the destination. If someone needs to go in similar direction, the system allows him or her to join a ride, making it an efficient way to commute. One cab could replace 4 or even more privat...
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AirBolt, the tiny smart lock

AirBolt is a Bluetooth-enabled smart lock that layers a variety high-tech security measures into a system that you control entirely from your smart phone. The AirBolt smart lock is comparable in size to most old-school combination locks, but despite this small footprint, the device is absolutely stuffed with features that put the safety of your stuff back in your hands. The device comes with a rechargeable Li-ion battery that lasts a year and has a backup button unlocking feature that lets you u...
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Pot Breathalyzer

An Oakland company working with scientists from the University of California at Berkeley is claiming a breakthrough in the race to develop an instant roadside marijuana Breathalyzer. Hound Labs Inc, said on Wednesday it had found an accurate way to measure THC, the psychoactive component in cannabis within one or two blows. The portable device is designed to help determine if a driver is impaired from recent marijuana use. The idea is to replace a complicated assortment of costly blood and urine...
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Walli – Smart Wallet

Walli is an intelligent wallet that keeps track of your valuables. It's an interactive system between your phone and your wallet, so if you lose your wallet then your phone notifies you, if you lose your phone, just tap the wallet twice and your phone will automatically ring. Walli connects to your smartphone over Bluetooth. Once connected, the Walli app will display notification on your phone once you get too far from it. Connecting to an iOS and Android app over Bluetooth 4.0, it sends a displ...
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Tail Lights Rider System for keeping horses safe at night.

Riding horses in low light poses some obvious dangers, particularly in areas where they're forced to share the road with drivers who could become easily distracted. Sadly, for Tail Lights creator Sami Gros, it took a near-tragedy to inspire a solution. "I was out riding my two horses with my best friend, and a car hit my friend and my horse. My friend was OK, but my horse suffered injuries that has made him unridable to this day," Gros said. "I searched the internet for a product that would allo...
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COW – New technology that helps police officers find missing children

A new tool called (COW), a cellular on wheels, is a real lifesaver for missing children. Imagine if your child goes missing in a sea of people. It can happen in the blink of an eye. Losing your child even for a second to a couple of minutes is terrifying and tracking him or her down at an event like the state fair may seem impossible, until now. It’s all thanks to a new tool called a cellular on wheels or COW, for short. This new device may look like your typical smartphone, but law enf...
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ParaCord Firestarter Bracelet is a basic survival tool for everyone.

The Survival Firestarter Paracord Bracelet is the perfect basic survival tool for everyone, mainly because it contains a firestarter. As the name suggests, it's a bracelet you can use to start fires. That's because the fastening is made of flint. Strike it against the circular part and it will make a spark which you can harness to make fire. It is made of emergency paracord, which is used in parachutes and even by astronauts while they repaired the Hubble Space Telescope. Owning any type of s...
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Xerox system automatically counts vehicle passengers.

Xerox rolls out Vehicle Passenger Detection System with highway speed accuracy for HOV/HOT Lane Enforcement. This system identifies the number of occupants in a vehicle with better than 95 percent accuracy at speeds ranging from stop-and-go to 100 mph. High occupancy carpooling lanes are critical to combating roadway congestion. However, their benefits are severely limited when motorists do not abide by the rules. Xerox (NYSE: XRX) announced the launch of its HOV/HOT lane compliancy test system ...
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