Giant airships, helicopter-jeep-planes, fuel-efficient semi-trucks and pop-top sports cars top this week's list of tasty tech.
A high-tech exosuit will help deep-sea diver Mike Lombardi plunge 1,000 feet below the sea. At that depth, he could possibly discovery new species of animals never before seen by humans. Lombardi calls the suit a "one-man submarine for your body," and for good reason. It has four 1.6 horsepower thrusters, 50 hours of oxygen and a fiber-optic tether that provides two-way communication with the surface.
At the 2014 Geneva International Motor Show, Ferrari lifted the hood on its new retractable hard top berlinetta California T to show off its 3.8-liter, direct-injection V8 turbo-charged engine. Ferrari hasn't had a turbocharged engine since 1987. Top speed is 196 mph (316 km/h) and it does 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.6 seconds.
Leo, aged 9 months, wears an electroencephalogram (EEG) cap, which monitors brain activity while he participates in simple games. The tests are conducted at the 'Birkbeck Babylab' Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development at the University of London.
This unique solution hopes to reduce the 14 million tons of trash that New York City waste collectors haul annually. The Green Loop concept, developed by NYC-based Present Architecture, calls for 10 composting hubs that sit offshore the city. A park above conceals a composting facility below, which could help process 30 percent of the city's waste.
The Quant e-Sportlimousine was rolled out this week at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show. The electric car has a unique nanoFLOWCELL battery that combines aspects of both conventional batteries, like the lithium-ion unit found in a laptop, with those of hydrogen fuel cell stacks. Quant says the battery's storage capacity is 120 kWh -- head and shoulders above Tesla Model S’s battery, which has a 85 kWh capacity. The e-Sportlimousine's driving range is a claimed 372 miles.
This architectural concept won first prize in the latest Jacques Rougerie Competition. The structure would float off the coast of Greenland, where up to 800 residents living onboard would collect small bergs from the surrounding area and move them into a central bay where they’d melt. The freshwater would be used to feed plants grown in a hydroponic greenhouse. The fruits and vegetables produced could be sold to people living near the coast of the mainland.
Walmart's new WAVE semi-truck is designed to save fuel and reduce shipping costs. The entire truck and trailer is made from a carbon-fiber composite, making it 4,000 pounds lighter than a conventional truck and trailer. The cab was redesigned to seat the driver in the center, who is flanked by LCD screens that serve as gauges. A new micro-turbine and an electric motor extend the truck's range.
For a vehicle that typically gets 5 or 6 miles to the gallon, the WAVE looked impressive on a recent cross country trip, where it achieved 13.4 mpg.
Hungarian programmer József Fejes won a competition for his software, which creates beautiful images that contain every one of the 16,777 million colors in a computer's 24-bit RGB palette. See his other results here.
For the first time ever, a hybrid airship achieved first flight flying for 90 minutes in a test flight. The Long Endurance Multi-Intelligence Vehicle, or LEMV, is a 300-foot-long triple-hulled aircraft that relies on a combination of buoyant gases and dynamic lift to fly. The airship, designed to operate autonomously, can fly 20,000 feet in the air for up to three weeks at a time, to provide round-the-clock surveillance.
Another autonomous flyer also made a showing this week. The Aerial Reconfigurable Embedded Systems, or ARES for short, is a ducted, two-propeller, autonomous flyer that can carry a Jeep, a medevac capsule, a box of supplies or basically anything that can fit between the vehicle's splayed legs.