SpaceX CEO Elon Musk believes that both the Texas and Florida Starship prototype rockets being developed by the private space company will fly “in 2 to three months,” which is an aggressive timeline considering the planned untethered flight of its Starhopper demonstration prototype missed its target of running this past week.SpaceX is developing two Starship prototypes in parallel, at both its Texas and Florida facilities, in what is sometime referred to in the technology industry as a ‘bake-off.’ Both teams develop their own rockets independently, in an attempt to spur a sense of internal competition and potentially arrive at combined progress that wouldn’t be possible with just a single team working together on the task.Earlier this month, Musk stated that the inaugural untethered test of its Starhopper (Hopper for short) Starship tech demo prototype would happen this past Tuesday, July 16.Those plans were derailed when a preliminary test firing of its engines resulted in a large fireball captured on camera by many local observers.Musk later said on Twitter that this was the result of a “post test fuel leak” but added that there was actually no significant damage to the sub-scale Starhopper itself.The SpaceX CEO then continued with a new timeline for the untethered test, saying it should happen sometime this coming week instead.
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Back in March, Sony and Marvel surprised us all by announcing Iron Man VR, an upcoming game for PlayStation VR that puts us in the shoes (or rather the suit) of Tony Stark.Once the announcement was made, it was immediately clear that Iron Man could be a really good fit for VR if done right, and now developer Camouflaj has detailed how it plans to nail the feeling of being Iron Man – particularly when you’re using the suit to fly around.In fact, Camouflaj explains in a post to the PlayStation Blog that a prototype of Iron Man flying in VR was what initially sold Marvel on this game, so we’re already off to a pretty good start on the flying front.A successful prototype and a fully realized game are two very different things, though, so Camouflaj ran us through a few of the ways it will make sure that flying is fun in the finished product.The first way it’s doing that is by making sure that it observes Newton’s laws of motion.“Every frame we process includes calculations of up to a dozen forces, such as thrust, drag, and gravity – as well as our assistance systems – that output Iron Man’s accurate and believable trajectory through the sky,” Camouflaj director Ryan Payton writes in that blog post.
SpaceX’s flambéed Starhopper may have ended its rocket test this week with an unexpected fireball, but Elon Musk says the spaceship escaped okay in the end.The so-called static fire test, in which the craft is tethered down to prevent it taking off under the rocket’s power, turned into a dramatic flare-up that wasn’t intended.The goal had been to give the new Raptor engine another run-through, a prototype of the rocket engine technology that SpaceX plans to use on the Starship pegged to eventually take astronauts to Mars.The Raptor has a few advantages over the current rockets SpaceX uses on the Falcon 9, but most notable is probably the fact that it has twice the thrust as the current Merlin 1D engine.A few seconds into the static fire test, Starhopper was engulfed in flames, as this video from Everyday Astronaut shows.The blaze continued for around four minutes.
Up until now, handheld controllers have been the primary tools VR and AR headset wearers have used for interactions with artificial worlds, but Facebook is already planning for a hands-free future — or at least one where you don’t need to hold controllers to feel feedback from the digital environment.To that end, Facebook Reality Labs researchers recently revealed prototype Tasbi wristbands that send various types of haptic feedback through the wearer’s hands and wrists.Tasbi was unveiled at the World Haptics Conference 2019 (via UploadVR) as a set of small boxes linked by a central band.One large box is centered to look like an oversized smartwatch, housing a haptic actuator, while each of the smaller boxes has its own linear actuator capable of precisely sending vibrations and dynamically adjusting tension from different places on the wrist.Collectively, the Tasbi actuators can provide “vibration cues” and “squeeze cues” based on digitally generated content the wearer interacts with, vibrating from side to side to mark contacts, collisions, and interfacing with textures, or front to back to suggest the springiness of buttons and weights.Tasbi can also enable users to interact with “visual illusions” such as holograms, providing some sense of differential feedback for obviously unreal UIs or objects.
The second generation of Xiaomi gaming smartphone – the Black Shark 2 is only a few months old in the market.But the brand is already prepping an update in the form of a Black shark 2 Pro.The brand first teased the device earlier today on Weibo, and just s few hours after that, the device has appeared on the popular Geekbench site.The Blackshark 2 Pro (codenamed DLT-A0) took the benchmark test with 12 GB RAM and a motherboard name that lineup with that of the Snapdragon 855 and that of the Snapdragon 855+ chipset.This also lines up with earlier teaser/ speculations that the device will ship with the recently announced Snapdragon 855+ chipset.The prototype device ran Android 9 while taking the Geekbench test.
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SpaceX’s Starhopper rocket test was supposed to be a simple trial of the rockets that will one day power the SpaceX Starship.The test on Wednesday evening this week was going smoothly, but after around five seconds something unexpected happened.It’s a static-fire test – which means the spacecraft isn’t intended to take off, and is instead tethered down – of a smaller, prototype version of the ship SpaceX hopes to one day send to Mars.The company used a new Raptor Engine, a staged combustion, methane-fueled rocket engine that SpaceX has developed itself.Using subcooled liquid methane and subcooled liquid oxygen, each Raptor is expected to have roughly twice the thrust of the Falcon 9’s Merlin 1D engine.That’s in part down to it being more efficient, though SpaceX also says the engine should have a longer life than previous designs.
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The platform is currently testing a Discover tab to make it easier for users to, well, discover new engaging content.The Discover tap sits left of the upload button, where the Search function used to reside.See if you can spot the difference:The new Discover tab was spotted by serial leaker Jane Manchun Wong, who has previously uncovered yet-to-be-released features in popular apps like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.It remains unclear if the Discover tab will be any different to the old Search function.“The prototype just shows ‘Network Error’ for now,” Wong told TNW.
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SpaceX test-fired a small rocket ship in Texas on Tuesday night.However, a towering fireball erupted around the vehicle, called Starhopper, a few minutes after the test firing ended.SpaceX has postponed Starhopper's big launch in the fireball's wake.Starhopper is an early prototype of much bigger vehicle called Starship, which SpaceX founder Elon Musk hopes to use for sending people to Mars.The engine firing started at 11:24 p.m.The test seemed to work aside from a couple of lingering flames.
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SpaceX ran into trouble Tuesday evening when a small fire erupted from the engine of a prototype rocket it was testing at the company’s facility in Boca Chica, Texas.The rocket in question is an early prototype of the company’s Starship rocket called Starhopper.Ultimately Starship is expected to be used for space tourism, specifically to transport up to 100 passengers from Earth to the moon and Mars.The fire, captured on video by Everyday Astronaut, produced a large burst of flames just after SpaceX tested the rocket’s engine.It wasn’t immediately clear whether Starhopper was damaged in the incident.We’ve reached out to SpaceX to find out how exactly the fire impacted the rocket — if at all — and will update this story if we hear back.
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Swarms of these "micro-bristle-bots" might work together to sense environmental changes, move materials - or perhaps one day repair injuries inside the human body.The prototype robots respond to different vibration frequencies depending on their configurations, allowing researchers to control individual bots by adjusting the vibration.Approximately two millimeters long - about the size of the world's smallest ant - the bots can cover four times their own length in a second despite the physical limitations of their small size.The actuator generates vibration and is powered externally because no batteries are small enough to fit onto the bot."The legs of the micro-robot are designed with specific angles that allow them to bend and move in one direction in resonant response to the vibration."The micro-bristle-bots are made in a 3D printer using the TPP process, a technique that polymerizes a monomer resin material.
Scientists are working hard to perfect tiny robots that can work with more of their kind to perform tasks on a larger scale.The tiny robot seen below was created by Georgia Tech and is called micro-bristle-bot.The scientists say that these tiny robots might one day work in groups to sense environmental changes, move materials, and possibly one day repair injuries inside the human body.The prototype robots are designed to respond to different vibration frequencies depending on their configurations.The different vibrations they respond to allow researchers to control individual bots by adjusting the vibration frequencies.The minuscule little robots are only about two millimeters long, which is about the size of the world’s smallest ant.
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Japan's rymdmyndighet has been given to Toyota for a contract to build a bränslecellsdriven månbil.It should be able to roll it out more than a thousand miles on it.Månkapplöpningen is definitely in full swing, and now the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, secured a part in the expedition of 2029.the Authority, has signed an agreement with Toyota to jointly develop a prototype of the månbilar, and they will be primarily be driven by the fuel cell.Månbilen is going to be a little more than six feet long, and 518 cm) wide and 381 cm in height.the Interior will have space for two people, but in the event of an emergency need, the space to be able to hold four astronauts.
SpaceX is preparing to launch and hover a small rocket ship called Starhopper in Texas.Elon Musk, the rocket company's founder, says Starhopper should rocket about 65 feet (20 meters) off the ground, hover, move sideways, and then land back on its launchpad.A group of locals has set up a video feed with multiple cameras to broadcast live video of the attempt, which may happen as soon as Wednesday.SpaceX is about to launch a stubby steel rocket ship from the southern tip of Texas, and a group of local residents is hoping to broadcast the attempt live.A single Raptor rocket engine is attached to its base, and SpaceX plans to test-fire that engine on Tuesday to show it works.About 24 hours after the test-firing — most likely Wednesday between 3 and 11 p.m.
There are casual gamers who like to occasionally pick up a game to relax for a few minutes, and there are more dedicated players who will devote hours to completing games and unlocking achievements.Over the past few years, 8BitDo has cemented itself as one of the better third-party controller makers with designs inspired by the gamepads included with classic consoles, but upgraded with extra features, wireless Bluetooth functionality, and improved hardware.If you’ve still got an original NES or SNES console plugged into your TV, 8BitDo’s even got plug and play wireless controller adapters so you can enjoy retro titles without the hassle of cords.The company’s controller lineup has primarily focused on retro gaming so far, but when the Switch arrived it started adding more modern features to its controllers like extra shoulder buttons and analog joysticks.The 8BitDo SN30 Pro+ was first revealed back in 2018 around E3 as a prototype, with features like rumbling haptic feedback, wireless Bluetooth support, built-in motion controls, better ergonomics than the company’s SN30 Pro, and USB-C charging.It was expected to arrive sometime in late 2018, but 8BitDo ended up delaying its release while the company did some fine-tuning, as it explained on Twitter earlier this year.
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Ever since SpaceX founder Elon Musk unveiled the shiny Starship prototype, space fans have been aching for it to take off in a blaze of glory.The current Starship prototype, a "hopper" vehicle built for short test flights, is ready for hovering."Raptor engine mounted on Starhopper.Aiming for hover test Tuesday," he tweeted using the nickname for the Starship "hopper" prototype.The hopper is under development at a SpaceX facility in Boca Chica Village, Texas.A previous test in April involved Starship trying out a tiny liftoff with a single Raptor engine providing the power.
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Toyota and the Japanese space agency JAXA have inked an agreement to build a hydrogen-powered lunar rover, which astronauts will be able to drive around the Moon to explore potential resources there.The joint research agreement will see the automaker and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency work together for three years on prototypes, though the final lunar rover isn’t expected to launch until around 2029.At the time, they showed off a concept of what the fuel cell electric rover might look like, a six-wheeled truck designed both as transportation and as a mobile habitat.Almost 20 feet long, 17 feet wide, and over 12 feet tall, the rover concept would provide around 460 cubic feet of accommodation space inside.Typically, that would be shared by two people, though it’s also been designed to fit up to four in an emergency.It could also drive autonomously, as JAXA uses it to explore the polar regions of the Moon.
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Toyota will work with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) on a fuel cell Moon rover vehicle, with a target launch date of a Moon mission currently set for 2029.The two previously announced their collaboration, but on Tuesday they signed a formal agreement which defines a three-year joint research agreement to co-develop pressurized lunar rover prototypes.Each year will see the partnership focus on a different phase of the prototype’s development, with 2019 all about identifying technical requirements and drawing up spec docs; next year, the goal will be to build test parts and then actually putting together a rover prototype; finally, in fiscal 2021, the partners will test both the rover parts and rover prototype in order to evaluate the results for potential full production.The pressurized rover will be able to transport astronauts over 10,000 km using its onboard fuel cells and solar recharging mechanism, according to a press release detailing the concept from March, prior to today’s development partnership agreement.It would have a total seating capacity of two people, with the option to carry as many as four if there’s an emergency need to do so.It’s about the size of two microbuses, according to Toyota, which means about 20 feet long, by 17 feet wide and 12.5 feet tall.
Fifth-generation cellular networks and devices are still in the earliest stages of launching across the world, but research on the next generation — 6G — is already underway.Today, researchers at the University of California, Irvine’s Nanoscale Communication Integrated Circuits Labs announced that they’ve created a tiny radio chip that can send and receive data in the 100GHz frequency range, which is expected to be the basis for future 6G communications standards.Though it seems early to be discussing 6G, leading wireless researchers in the United States, Finland, and South Korea have been focusing on the potential of “sub-millimeter wave” spectrum for roughly a year; the FCC opened a swath of 95GHz to 3THz spectrum for experimentation in March.Thanks to their unique characteristics and the lack of competing uses of the same spectra, the ultra-high-frequency radio signals are expected to quickly carry almost inconceivable quantities of data — enough to transmit human brain-level computing power from servers to pocket devices in real time.Currently in prototype form, UCI’s invention is a 4.4-square millimeter transceiver that operates between the 115 and 135GHz frequencies, achieving a 36-gigabit per second data rate at 30-centimeter (roughly one-foot) distances.The prototype consumes just over 200mW of power, including the necessary receiving and demodulation hardware, by using a novel approach to processing data.
In January, on the heels of @realDonaldTrump’s second year in office, shortly after Elon Musk had been fined $20 million and Kevin Hart’s Oscar-hosting gig had been canceled because of controversial tweets, and weeks following Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey's return from a 10-day silent meditation trip to Myanmar, about which he praised the food and the beauty of the monasteries but neglected to mention the ongoing regional genocide, Twitter made it clear that some things were about to change.By January, it was time to show more users how the new Twitter would look.But as soon as Twitter invited people to opt into a prototype of the new design—a new twitter.com was coming!—the peanut gallery began to weigh in, and not altogether kindly.The redesign comes at a time when the company is beginning to revise its policies about hate and harassment on the platform, and is leaning more heavily on human moderators to do the janitorial tasks of keeping the place nice.In the early days of Twitter, design decisions weren’t so much made poorly as they were never made to begin with.Over time—and with the addition of a real design team—Twitter has devoted more of its brainpower to intentional design.
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In the fight for design, we have seen quite interesting designs in 2019.Several foldable devices have been presented.Today again we can talk about phone designs that seemed impossible a while ago.There is, unfortunately, no detailed description included that answers the question of how this smartphone can be pulled out.The images do show that the screen on the right is enlarged.It is not the same as foldable phones, because at no time the screens of this prototype are folded as in the Galaxy Fold or Huawei Mate X.
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