The skates don't require any kind of handheld controls, though as with most smart devices they come with a companion phone app that is used to configure them. Once the skates have been paired with your phone over Bluetooth, the app provides stat-tracking and battery life information as well as a few games you can play (if your battery runs out, you're better off walking—these aren't really built to work in non-rocket mode). Most importantly, the app lets you designate a "master" and a "follower" skate, based on which foot you put in front of the other. The master skate is the one that revs up and winds down the skates' motors, and the other skate simply follows its lead. Finally, the app lets you set your skates to one of three different "difficulty" levels—Treadway told us that this doesn't affect the top speed of the skates, but the rate at which they accelerate. … [Read more...] about Feet-on with RocketSkates, which are exactly what they sound like
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"The move toward higher speed, better service, cheaper travel, and something less environmentally polluting, is going to happen — it's the wave of the future," Powell explained. "Whether [the Hyperloop] system proceeds or not will probably depend on how many people will benefit from building a high-speed system between Los Angeles and San Francisco." [How Elon Musk's Hyperloop Transit System Works (Infographic)] … [Read more...] about Can Elon Musk’s Superfast ‘Hyperloop’ Transit System Really Be Built?
Musk unveiled his vision for the Hyperloop transportation system online today (Aug. 12), saying that it could rocket passenger-packed pods through long tubes at 760 mph or so (1,220 km/h) using energy derived from the sun. The technology could cut the Los Angeles-San Francisco travel time to 30 minutes and would be ideal for such medium-distance jaunts, said Musk, who heads the private spaceflight company SpaceX and the electric-car firm Tesla. … [Read more...] about Hyperloop Unveiled: Billionaire Elon Musk Reveals Wild Idea for Superfast Travel
Nature's Fury explores some of the most notorious volcanic eruptions in history, from Mount St. Helens in 1980, to Mount Vesuvius in A.D. 79, to Mount Pelée on the island of Martinique in 1902. Some volcanoes, such as the supervolcano beneath Yellowstone National Park, haven't erupted for hundreds of thousands of years, but they can — and likely will — erupt again one day. … [Read more...] about ‘Nature’s Fury’: NYC Exhibit Explores Science of Natural Disasters
Henderson said he had been inspired to apply the technology to a wreck after seeing 360-degree underwater video of a coral reef at a conference earlier this year. "I just thought, 'This would be amazing on a shipwreck,' because the 360-degree video, for me, is the closest you can come to actually diving," he said. … [Read more...] about VR Experience Takes You into Famed WWII Shipwreck