Bigger isn t necessarily better when it comes to Nerf battles — but… well, this one wins.It s a four-foot-tall re-creation of the Nerf N-Strike Maverick — one of the greatest Nerf guns of all time.Oh, and it works.It shoots massive darts* at around 40 miles per hour.* darts here being pool noodles with toilet plungers stuffed inside Built by engineer/YouTuber Mark Rober along with some fellow YouTuber engineers, the mega-Maverick uses a 3,000 PSI air tank to fill an 80 PSI reserve cylinder.Come for the hilariously oversized Nerf gun, stay for the glorious shot-by-shot comparisons between the standard Maverick and its bigger, badder, considerably less-portable brother.
But a new futuristic hotel concept called Driftscape would make you want to stay indoors.Powered by the same technology as drones, each 200-square-foot pod could fit two adults, with space for a queen bed, a bathroom encased in non-transparent walls , and a desk.The pod's artificially intelligent system would then follow the plan automatically, so that guests could sit back and enjoy the scenery.But while it seems like sci-fi, the technology to power the hotel could become commercially available in a few decades.If the Driftscape does ever become commercially viable, Rolston estimates a night there would likely not cost more than renting a luxury car.Hok But unlike a car, the hotel would let you see the landscape from extraordinary new angles.Read the original article on Tech Insider.More from Tech Insider:DEAL WITH IT: It doesn't matter that Apple is killing the headphone jackElon Musk just revealed his plans to transform Tesla into an energy company TSLA Ex-Apple engineers are making incredible tech for your car — here's their first productMost critics will see the 'Independence Day' sequel at the same time as the general public — why that may not be a bad thingWatch a pianist play a haunting concert on a 33-foot-long 'iceberg'NOW WATCH: Tour this over-the-top first-class plane cabin with a king-size bed and a 42-inch TVLoading video...
The 1D X II's arrival has been timed to perfection: apparently there's some kind of foot-to-ball tournament carving a wave of fan frenzy through France this month, and Quadrennial Usain Bolt Fiesta some people prefer to call it the Olympics is bound to attract some attention later in the year too.It's got two slots, with one for each, although you'll only get those super-high frame rates if you make the jump to CFast.We all might want to own a Ferarri, but spend our miserable commute behind the wheel of a clapped-out Ford Fiesta.There are 61 autofocus points, just like there were on the 1D X Mark I, but they cover a bigger area of the viewfinder this time around.It's not just photos where the 1DX II kicks ass.In spite of the so-so battery life, the lack of Wi-Fi, and that low-functioning touchscreen, there's a lot to love - and image quality is of course superb.
Both of these speakers are rugged and waterproof with IPX7 rating."Music lovers can now truly stay in the moment, playing their favorite song from the middle of the pool or even while diving off a cliff with their UE speaker in hand," said Charlotte Johs, general manager of Ultimate Ears.The big draw to the Boom 2 was a promised increase in volume levels by 25% compared to the original Boom portable speaker.UE also promised 15 hours of battery life for the speaker.Wireless range was increased to 100-feet rather than the 50-foot Bluetooth range that the original Boom offered.SOURCE: Ultimate Ears
The ongoing fight between regulators and on-demand giants Uber and Airbnb just took a new twist.A group of mayors from 10 cities across the world have joined together and resolved to write one unified book of rules dictating how on-demand platforms should operate in their jurisdictions, Bloomberg reported.The mayors, who hail from cities including New York, Paris, Seoul, Athens, Barcelona and Toronto, met for the first time in Amsterdam last month, and may have a set of rules ready by October, according to Bloomberg.Sparks have been flying in recent months between these companies and the cities that try to regulate them.Home-sharing site Airbnb and car-hailing app Uber have become massively popular almost overnight, and local laws have struggled to keep up amid claims that Airbnb is driving up rent prices, or that Uber is putting taxi drivers out of business.Uber and Lyft recently shut down operations in Austin after the city required drivers to undergo fingerprint background checks, and Uber has threatened to pull out of Houston for the same reason.Tension is mounting in the Bay Area as well.In San Francisco, which requires Airbnb landlords to register with the city, approved tougher rules earlier this month — now Airbnb will face fines if it posts listings for landlords that haven t complied.This means focusing regulations on genuine public-interest objectives  —  like data-driven safety and consumer protection initiatives — without making it too difficult for people who want to work flexibly from doing so.Photo: Foot traffic streams past Uber offices on Market Street in San Francisco in 2014.
Fifteen years ago, dungaree-wearing inventor Dean Kamen introduced the first Segway.The company was eventually sold off and is now owned by the Chinese firm Ninebot.They had six-inch wheels and small, pressure-sensitive pads used to accelerate and decelerate.They were split down the middle so you could steer by pressing down one foot or the other, and they shared some of the Segway s self-balancing technology.However, like the Segway before it, the hoverboards would soon crash and, literally burn.By February 2016, all hoverboards had been banned, at least until they could get Underwriters Laboratories Certification for the rideable devices and their chargers.
Following in the tradition of large-scale action games like Dynasty Warriors, players control a knight, viking, or samurai who leads an army through a massive battle, alternating between fighting hordes of weak foot soldiers, and one-and-one duels with enemy commanders.Both players can swap stances until the last possible second, so it s possible for attackers to feint, and defenders to overthink and move out of position based on the angle of a strike.Some characters will have modified abilities.If things feel like they re getting too hairy — maybe you just barely won your last duel — players can find power-ups in every level to give them an advantage.Though duels rule the day, there are other moments where your expertise can turn the tide of battle.In a level where players must defend a castle from a siege, players have to help their army repel waves of enemies, a mix of duelists and footmen, to staunch their flow into the castle.
One of the proposed measures was to sell the Swedish subsidiary, and since then it has been speculated who want to buy. The Swedish TDC has its roots in the company Song Networks and Dotcom and not only have a foot in the operator world, but also has a clear profile in the IT industry where it delivers it to many major private clients, but it is also a major player in public sector. - Tele2 has traditionally been a strong player in mobile and fixed telephony, while TDC Sweden has been a step ahead in the network-as-a-service, unified communications and hardware. These profiles complement each other very well and will generate even greater customer value in the future, says Tele2 Sweden-president Samuel Scotland. Tele2 notes that the combined business will be well equipped to meet the industry's growth areas, and exemplifies the data services, managed services and the transition to cloud-based platforms. The deal is highly complementary to our existing operations in Sweden, and allows us to meet the global trend of large enterprise customers that require an increasingly broad range of communications and network services.
Hyperloop One raised $80 million last month and ran a partial test of its system in Nevada.We are excited for the partnership between the Summa Group, the Russian Government, and Hyperloop One to construct a Hyperloop in Moscow, said Shervin Pishevar, cofounder and executive chairman of Hyperloop One, in a statement.The implementation of Hyperloop technology provides tremendous benefits to the Russian Federation in terms of the geopolitical development of the intracontinental transit potential and building of an economically attractive alternative to the existing global logistics flows, said Ziyavudin Magomedov, owner of the Summa Group, in a statement.The deadline for entries for the contest is September 15, 2016.As we noted earlier, Musk first released the concept for Hyperloop in 2013, when he talked about how it could transport people in pods through an 11-foot-diameter tube that was a near-vacuum.The train or pod could be elevated using magnetic levitation technology powered by an electric motor.Musk made the vision available for other companies to make, and Hyperloop One is one of the companies that took up the challenge.Above: Hyperloop One construction in Las Vegas.Hyperloop One and rival Hyperloop Transportation Technologies began to work on realizing Musk s vision.Los Angeles-based Hyperloop One previously called Hyperloop Technologies  was founded in 2014 by Shervin Pishevar at Sherpa Ventures, and it was funded by Sherpa Ventures, as well.
Scientists scanning and mapping the Giza pyramids say they've discovered that the Great Pyramid of Giza, the oldest of the world's Seven Wonders, is a bit lopsided.The pyramid's exact size has stumped experts for centuries, as the "more than 21 acres of hard, white casing stones" that originally covered it were removed long ago.Reporting in the most recent issue of the newsletter "AERAGRAM," which chronicles the work of the Ancient Egypt Research Associates, engineer Glen Dash says that by using a new measuring approach that involved finding any surviving remnants of the casing in order to determine where the original edge was, his team found the east side of the pyramid to be a maximum of 5.55 inches shorter than the west side.The question that most intrigues him, however, isn't how the Egyptians who designed and built the pyramid got it wrong 4,500 years ago, but how they got it so close to perfect.A German teen illegally scaled the 455-foot pyramid earlier this year.This article originally appeared on Newser: One of World's Seven Wonders Stands a Bit Askew
There's a new most expensive home in San Francisco.Following the $3 million price cut of 2250 Vallejo, a stunning, 14,360-square-foot home on Scott Street is now the city's priciest, Curbed SF reported.It's listed for $28.5 million — and it's easy to see why.The Italianate villa, located in the ritzy neighborhood of Pacific Heights, is stunning.Complete with a Tiffany glass skylight, five marble terraces, and coffered ceilings, this mansion combines massiveness with magnificence.Now the home is priced at $28.5 million, and if you can afford it, you're guaranteed to live in style in the heart of San Francisco.Olivia Hsu Decker of Sotheby's International Realty has the listing.View As: One PageSlides
The driver, which in my Uber app called Matthew, put your foot on the gas while he zigzags up the noisy San Francisco traffic. He is decelerating sharply. On the way to a meeting with a giant like Google, Apple, Facebook or Tesla pass probably more homeless than what you see in a year in Stockholm. Thanks to the data we collect about you, we know that you generally will not be particularly played back over the news about what is happening over here in Silicon Valley. Many of you driving the technology companies want to know how it can be to run a company in the US, what trends are on a rampage and how it can be to work in one of the world's largest tech company. This is where tomorrow's big corporations are born and this is where you are likely to end up being a beautiful day if you succeed in building a successful startup that focuses on the US market and venture capital in dollars.
What better way for Major Tim Peake to celebrate his homecoming after six months in space than with buckets of meat and veg - a roast dinner - strategically placed on a giant plate to look like him.A food artist has spent 20 hours of her life - time that she ll never get back - creating a four foot "Gastronaut design".This feat of humankind includes 2.5kg of roasties, 500g of carrots, 400g of peas, 3kg of cauliflower, 46 Yorkshire puddings, 2.5kg of meat and one litre of gravy.The Major's local, The Heron, whose parent firm commissioned the work, won t be serving up the mega dinner to the naut but it has vowed to provide him and his family free roast dinners for life.Peake will spend the next week undergoing tests to ascertain the impact on his body of living in space, and getting used to gravity again.Thanks god his preferred grub is not curry.
If you have ever seen stories or video shot on Burning Man held out in the desert each year, you may know that odd goes hand in hand with that event.The wild contraption has a computer controlled 7 gun flame thrower on the tail and 21 hydraulic points that make the arms, legs, and claws move like a spider.A multicolor light show makes key points on the vehicle glow for cool effect at night.Scorpion isn t street legal and has to be transported on a wide load semi truck due to the 11.5-foot width of the vehicle.It takes six people a full day to assemble the truck and take it down.The truck stores in a space measuring 33-foot x 11.5-foot for the main body with more space needed for legs.
Photo: Jeep left , AP Images/Richard Shotwell right The Los Angeles Police Department confirmed that the car that rolled into and killed Star Trek actor Anton Yelchin was a 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee, a model that Fiat Chrysler recently recalled after its unconventional gear shifter led to several documented rollaway accidents.At the time it wasn t clear whether Yelchin s car was a 2014 or 2015 Grand Cherokee—the two model years covered by Fiat Chrysler s voluntary shifter recall.WHILE PARKED IN A PARKING LOT, THE CONTACT S VEHICLE ROLLED AWAY AND ANOTHER VEHICLE CRASHED INTO THE REAR OF THE CONTACT S VEHICLE.A POLICE REPORT WAS FILED AND THERE WERE NO INJURIES.RETURNED TO FIND VEHICLE DOWN THE HILL AND IN THE WOODS.SHE RAN AND JUMPED IN TO THE DRIVER S SEAT TO STOP IT AND IN THE PROCESS HER FOOT SLIPPED FROM THE BRAKE TO THE GAS PEDAL DRIVING THE CAR INTO/THROUGH A HOUSE.
The system analyzes information including elevator use, occupancy, electric demand, weather and indoor temperatures, and recommends ways in real time to decrease energy use and costs—an estimated average savings of 50 cents a square foot for landlords.It s really been a ground-up effort from the operations team and engineers… The operating system, which Prescriptive Data has named Nantum, is set to be unveiled this week at a conference in San Jose, Calif., focused on technological innovations in the commercial real-estate industry.The company is looking at setting annual fees of 7.5 to 8 cents a square foot.A lot of platforms were collecting data and weren t showing you how to deal with it, said Zach Aarons, co-founder of MetaProp NYC, a real-estate technology accelerator and seed investment firm.So then software companies popped up to help you analyze what s coming out of your buildings.Nantum, according to Mr. Gilbert, grew out of conversations that Rudin Management had years ago with energy company Consolidated Edison Inc., which was looking to improve the electric grid.
Image: ShutterstockCities are constantly evolving, and as many urban areas have begun to put more money into updating infrastructure and creating more real estate after a disastrous recession, the most pedestrian places will begin to change.That s the conclusion of a new report, Foot Traffic Ahead: Ranking Walkable Urbanism in America s Largest Metros, advocacy group Smart Growth America and the George Washington University School of Business ranked the top 30 US cities in terms of walkability, and predicted which ones would improve over the years to come.They also took into account the range of office and retail space, which they said was used as a proxy for development trends in lieu of looking at all the different kinds of real estate that could be in a city.Los Angeles is another noteworthy case.However, these rankings could That could change in the coming years thanks to development that puts more focus on populations without motor vehicles and towards building up real estate in the suburbs.As more Walk-UPs are being built in central areas and single-family homes are becoming increasingly expensive to build, Smart Growth America states that cities will be expected to invest more in this more urban infrastructure.
Image: Global News screenshotA brush fire in Santa Barbara County in California is burning over nearly 7,000 acres as of Saturday, according to the Los Angeles Times, and amidst the destruction is some unique phenomena.It s hard to tell how big this firenado is from the video, but watching it move across the screen, sputtering and constantly changing size, shows how dangerous fire conditions can become in extreme situations.According to Live Science, they have more in common with dust devils as they are formed when hot, dry air rises rapidly in contrast, tornadoes are formed during storms when warm, moist air meets cool, dry air .The hot air forms columns and as more air is pulled into them, it creates a vortex.Most only last a few minutes and can range from only a foot to around 500 feet in diameter, according to the Bureau of Land Management.The Los Angeles Times reported that the fire is around 24 percent contained.
According to a federal indictment announced March 24, 2016, seven attackers with links to the Iranian government executed cyberattacks against dozens of banks from 2011 to 2013 that disabled their websites and interfered with hundreds of thousands of customers ability to access their online accounts.Though it s one of the lesser-known of the 75,000 dams in the United States, a successful cyberattack on the dam could have threatened a neighborhood of more than 200 residents, where 3,000- to 5,500-square foot homes sell for more than $1 million.The Bowman Avenue Dam incident illustrates a growing and disturbing reality: While online breaches such as Target, Home Depot, the IRS, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, Staples and have grabbed the spotlight the last few years, and understandably so, attackers are extending the threat from the online and virtual to the physical world, in which damage could be even more severe.Recent history is painfully demonstrating to us that hypothetical attack scenarios are now today s breach victims.After the Ukraine attack, a quasi-governmental U.S. electric industry group — the Electricity Information Sharing and Analysis Center, or E-ISAC — urged members to review network defenses and do a better job implementing multiple layers of defense against potential cyberattacks.Another government entity, the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, says it has been working closely with the Department of Homeland Security, industry and other government agencies to reduce the risk of energy disruptions caused by cyberattack.
It takes 6,000 work hours to build just one coach from scratch, but a team of welders, electricians, painters and engineers is pumping them out at the rate of four per month.They will carry commuters and tourists over the 235-mile route at up to 125 mph.The idea of being able to connect downtown Miami to Fort Lauderdale in 30 minutes —which is more like a 50-minute drive, even without traffic— really changes the way that we think people are going to move about, says Michael Reininger, Brightline s president.To acquire the necessary trains for that vision, Brightline turned to Siemens, whose 600,000-square foot factory produces many of the streetcars, light rail, metros, and high- and low-speed trains running across the US.The 42,000 pound powerplant s 16-cylinder engine operates purely as a electric generator.42 miles of cable feed electric motors for movement, as well as for the lights and laptops in the passenger carriages.