E-volo’s 18-rotor electric Volocopter makes maiden flight

A German firm has embarked on a new era in urban mobility with a manned flight in the world’s first certified multicopter.
With passenger in tow, The Volocopter VC200 took to the skies for a three minute voyage using its 18 gently humming rotors and eco-friendly electric propulsion.

read more: http://mentalfloss.com/uk/technology/41210/watch-this-18-rotor-volocopter-take-its-first-manned-flight

Samsung is working on smart contact lenses, patent filing reveals

Samsung just took another step into science fiction. South Korea has just granted the tech giant a patent for contact lenses with a display that can project images straight into the user’s eye. The news comes from a Samsung-centric blog SamMobile.

The lenses are equipped with a built-in camera and sensors that can be controlled simply by blinking. Content is sent to your smartphone through embedded antennas. This is where the data is processed.

read more: https://www.theguardian.com/

Googles hands free payment starts in selected stores

Google just has rolled out the pilot for the so called Hands Free payment. Available at several selected stores in Los Angeles you just have to say “I would like to pay with Google” and the purchase is made via your Google account. Of course you must have your smartphone (which is going to be detected) with you and give the cashier your initials to verify your account and close the transaction. The cashier also is able to additionally check your Googles profile picture.

More Information: https://get.google.com/handsfree


German Architect Andre Broessel believes he has a solution that can “squeeze more juice out of the sun”, even during the night hours and in low-light regions. His company Rawlemon has created a spherical sun power generator prototype called the beta.ray. His technology will combine spherical geometry principles with a dual axis tracking system, allowing twice the yield of a conventional solar panel in a much smaller surface area. The futuristic design is fully rotational and is suitable for inclined surfaces, walls of buildings, and anywhere with access to the sky. It can even be used as an electric car charging station.

The beta.ray comes with a hybrid collector to convert daily electricity and thermal energy at the same time. While reducing the silicon cell area to 25% with the equivalent power output by using our ultra transmission Ball Lens point focusing concentrator, it operates at efficiency levels of nearly 57% in hybrid mode. At nighttime the Ball Lens can transform into a high-power lamp to illuminate your location, simply by using a few LED’s. The station is designed for off grid conditions as well as to supplement buildings’ consumption of electricity and thermal circuits like hot water.