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?
The bulk of Hyperloop's cost would come from building the tube, which in California would primarily parallel Interstate 5 through farm country. Because the pods are designed to be light, the tube would be mounted above ground on pylons, reducing construction costs, improving earthquake safety and easing right-of-way issues, Musk said. … [Read more...] about Hyperloop Unveiled: Billionaire Elon Musk Reveals Wild Idea for Superfast Travel
Powerful earthquakes sometimes also generate tsunamis. In 2004, for example, a 9.3-magnitude earthquake in the Indian Ocean triggered giant waves along most of the surrounding coastlines, which killed more than 230,000 people. The exhibit emphasizes the need for tsunami warning systems to help communities prepare for such devastating events, and the importance of cultural practices that can help the affected people recover. … [Read more...] about ‘Nature’s Fury’: NYC Exhibit Explores Science of Natural Disasters
Popular wonderThe popularity of the wreck has come at a cost. Since the development of nearby Sharm El Sheikh as a diving center in the 1990s, the Thistlegorm has suffered damage from dive boats mooring directly onto the wreck and from souveniring done by some insensitive divers, Henderson said. [In Photos: WWII-Era Shipwrecks Illegally Plundered in Java Sea] … [Read more...] about VR Experience Takes You into Famed WWII Shipwreck