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Behold The Future: Tesla Demonstrates Fully Self-Driving Capability

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If you’re an automotive enthusiast, enjoy the next five, maybe ten years. After that, we suspect insurance prices are going to start getting prohibitively expensive for anyone wishing to get around using meat-based drivers. Tesla, of course, is paving the way for such a future. They’ve recently announced that all Tesla cars, including the forthcoming, relatively-affordable Model 3, will come with the required hardware for full autonomous driving capability. And you just know that these cars will be considerably safer than your text-driving, drunk-driving, distracted-driving selves.

We are excited to announce that, as of today, all Tesla vehicles produced in our factory – including Model 3 – will have the hardware needed for full self-driving capability at a safety level substantially greater than that of a human driver. Eight surround cameras provide 360 degree visibility around the car at up to 250 meters of range. Twelve updated ultrasonic sensors complement this vision, allowing for detection of both hard and soft objects at nearly twice the distance of the prior system. A forward-facing radar with enhanced processing provides additional data about the world on a redundant wavelength, capable of seeing through heavy rain, fog, dust and even the car ahead.

To make sense of all of this data, a new onboard computer with more than 40 times the computing power of the previous generation runs the new Tesla-developed neural net for vision, sonar and radar processing software. Together, this system provides a view of the world that a driver alone cannot access, seeing in every direction simultaneously and on wavelengths that go far beyond the human senses.

Watch the video below to see what that future might look like. The driver in the video is only there for legal purposes, since our laws haven’t quite caught up with advances in technology. But make no mistake: they will. Despite the odd incident here and there, self-driving cars have already shown to be safer than humans and will be getting even safer as the tech is refined. So go ahead and enjoy what’s left of the era in which humans actually drove themselves.

Full Self-Driving Hardware on All Teslas from Tesla Motors on Vimeo.

VIA [ Geekologie ]

HB Ring Lets You Feel Your Partner’s Heartbeat

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Being in a long distance relationship must suck, but we think it sucks a lot less now in the Information Age than it did back when you had to send a freaking letter by boat. Imagine waiting one month for a reply? Anyway, one of the things you can now do to make yourself feel physically closer to your loved one is to purchase these rings. Called HB rings, they pair with your smartphone and feature a heartbeat sensor. That information is then shared over the Internet, and reproduced on the matching ring, through tiny pulsations, so that each wearer can feel the heartbeat of their significant other no matter where in the world they are. It’s not like the ring beats non-stop either, you have to tap it to feel the heartbeat and your partner won’t be notified each time, so you can be as creepy as you want without scaring them off. There’s also a function that randomly initiates the pulsations, reminding you that your love is alive. Each ring is coated in sapphire which makes them scratch resistant and water proof, and the battery is rated to last 160 hours on standby and 14 hours while active. It’s a cool product, but it’s also one of those pre-production crowdfunded campaigns where you’re not 100% sure you’ll get what’s on the pictures. It’ll cost you $599 for a stainless steel version, and $2,990 for an 18K Rose Gold edition to find out. Shipping is slated to start in December 2017.

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[ Product Page ] VIA [ DamnGeeky ]

Triton Re-Breather: Artificial Gills Lets You Breathe Underwater With No Scuba Gear

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If this product works as advertised, it’s pretty revolutionary. It used to be that if you wanted to spend any significant amount of time underwater you had to either stay close to the surface and snorkel, or don heavy scuba gear with a large oxygen tank. Well, the Triton mouthpiece changes all that. It contains “Microporous Hollow Fiber” with openings allegedly smaller than water molecules, but big enough to let oxygen through. A battery then runs a powerful micro-compressor that extracts and stores the oxygen in a tiny tank. This gives the wearer the ability to go up to 15 feet underwater for up to 45 minutes at a time with no other specialized equipment, breathing normally while simply biting down on the Triton. 15 feet may not seem like much, but that’s still deep enough to explore coral reefs and a bunch of underwater stuff normally out of reach. It seems too good to be true, but we’ll wait on initial reviews to come out before passing judgement. If it checks out, the $300 asking price is more than bargain.

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Nike To Launch The HyperAdapt 1.0, A Self-Lacing Shoe

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Only one year after we were promised self-lacing shoes in a movie from the 80’s, Nike seems set to launch the technology in a shoe called HyperAdapt 1.0. Sensors in the heel know when you’ve inserted your foot, and a mechanism will then tighten the laces for you. Buttons then allow you to loosen or tighten further, making it dead simple to get the perfect fit. There’s no more details on the technology, so we’re not sure how long the battery lasts, whether you need to recharge it, etc. But the point is that self-lacing shoes are here, and the HyperAdapt 1.0 is only the first of many; the company calls it a platform, which they plan to use on other models going forward. It’ll be available ONLY to members of Nike+ beginning Holiday 2016 in three colors, for an undisclosed price.

[ Press Release ]

Stealth Socks, With Silver And Carbon Infused Fibers That Keep Your Feet From Smelling

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Look, feet are gross. They stay in a box all day, and all those skin cells and sweat have nowhere to go but into that sponge you call a sock. No wonder after a while they start smelling like death itself. Stealth Socks are made to combat this little issue.

The secret weapon behind the Stealth Sock is its unique one-two punch of fiber technologies. The first of its kind, bacteriostatic silver and activated carbon infused fibers work synergistically to keep you cool and odorless. Paired with its advanced construction methods and features, there’s no better sock on the market.

Aside from the fibres used, the socks feature some impressive construction features, like ankle cushioning, mesh ventilation zones to wick moisture away, and non-slip cuffs. At $19 for a pair, we think they’re a steal.

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MiniBrew Makes It Super Easy To Make Beer At Home

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Making beer at home can be fun, but it’s also a fairly complex process that takes time and know how. But these days there are enough sensors and tiny processors on the market capable of handling these types of tasks for you. The MiniBrew automates the entire brewing experience, making 5-litre batches of beer with literally no involvement other than getting the machine started. There is very little info on the device, other than to say that it will use “ready-to-brew Ingredient Packs produced by renowned craft breweries from around the world”, and will output a “portable keg that is chilled and ready to tap.” It’s currently in development and will set you back a cool €1950 ($2,175USD) to own, once it becomes available in Q2 2016.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Werd ]

The Creator Of Android Wants To Give You A Free Dashcam, Free As In Beer

Not the dashcam being discussed.

Not the dashcam being discussed.

Years ago, Andy Rubin gave the world Android. Not content with how practical and slow moving Google could be (yes, that says more about Andy Rubin than it says about Google), he eventually left and founded Playground Global, a hybrid consulting firm/incubator that focuses on developing the technologies that will drive the world of tomorrow. And one of the many projects incubating there at the moment is the plan to develop a dashcam that will be given to the end user free of charge. Yes, a dashcam like the Russians are fond of having on their windshields, yours to keep, for $0. Of course… free never means free, and although you won’t have to spend any money on it, you will have to agree to have the camera send data back to HQ. Just what that data is, and what they plan to do with it isn’t clear at the moment (talks of AI, world mapping, Street-View competition, etc.), but Rubin is no idiot, and the company he founded to the tune of $350 million in funding is aware that they’ll have to alleviate privacy concerns if and when their project launches.

[ Wired ] VIA [ Geek.com ]

A Contraceptive Switch For Men? Vasectomies Could Be On The Way Out

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When it comes to contraceptive measures, men have far fewer than women. Aside from condoms, there’s always a vasectomy, but that requires surgery and although it can sometimes be reversed, that too requires surgery, making the option rather unappealing. But now a company claims to have invented a device that can stop the flow of sperm at the flip of a switch, and allow it to flow through again without further surgery. The Bimek SLV is a spermatic duct valve that is surgically attached to the ducts that carry sperm, and can interrupt this flow if the wearer flips the switch beneath his skin. Flow remains interrupted until the switch is flipped back, finally giving men simply, easy and fast fertility control.

The device is currently being tested and isn’t ready to market, and once it does get approval, will likely not be covered by many insurance plans. Still, given its appeal, we expect hordes of men to pay for this out of pocket. Price is still unknown.

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It’s Clunky But It Works: World’s First Legit Hover Board

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It’s not quite as slick as what Marty McFly was riding on BTTF II, but it’s as close as we’re going to get in 2015. A Romanian company has announced the ArcaBoard, an actual working hover board that we believe is real mostly because of how shitty its specs are. First off, it’s as big as a small mattress, weighing in at a portly 82 kg (180 lb) and measuring 145 x 76 x 15 cm (57 x 30 x 6 inches). Then, it only works 6 minutes at a time, going to a top speed of 20 km/h (12.5 mph) with a range of just over 1 mile. Then, it takes 6 hours to recharge (unless you pay an extra $4,500 for a 36 minute fast charger). Finally, it costs $19,900! All that being said, it does hover the way you’d imagine, going over sand, rocks, even water. 36 high-power electric ducted fans create up to 272 horsepower and 430 lb (195 kg) of thrust, and the device is steered either with your body or “via a Bluetooth-connected iOS or Android app that activates a stabilization system and relays navigation commands via hand movements.”

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