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Tired Of Your Wearing Paper Mask? How About One Of These ‘Micro Climate’ Helmets?

Most of us have been wearing our paper masks for some time now, and we have learnt a few things. Firstly, it is always advisable to carry a pack of mints with you, especially if, like me, you drink quite a bit of coffee to get you through the day. 

Secondly, if you are prone to sneezing then the aftermath of a power sneeze whilst wearing a paper mask is not pleasant. Especially if you are on public transport and you do no have a back-up mask with you. 

The cloth masks are great because they are more comfortable, but they end up heating up your face so much that it feels like you, or at least your face is, millimetres away from a hot furnace. 

Of course, there are plenty of beauty products out there which we can use to try and repair our face as best we can. Wearing your mask for more than one hour seems to have an odd effect on your skin. I always find that carrying baby wipes is quite handy because a quick wipe with one after I take my mask off feels almost like having a mini face wash. 

But a company called ‘Micro Climate’ thinks that it has come up with something that is much, much more comfortable than a paper or cloth mask and has used some of the latest technology to bring you a helmet that creates your own little ‘bubble’ of clean air. 

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A note of their Facebook page says:

‘MicroClimate is a new wearable technology that creates a safe, healthy, and comfortable environment for individuals. The device also protects surrounding bystanders from the person wearing the device’.

The battery-powered device will give you four hours of ‘fresh air’ and also comes with a 6ft long charging cable that can be plugged into a laptop for some extra power. It also comes with two cushion liners, removable, washable fabric HEPA filters and will even work with your AirPods. It comes with a carrying case and is available in either black or white. 

The price? USD 199, which isn’t too bad. I think that if more people wore something like this, then I definitely would buy one. But I still feel a bit strange wearing a paper mask, let alone a ‘micro climate’.

Would you wear one? Let us know in the comments below! 

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The Robot ‘Dogs’ Are Coming – USAF Deploys Its First Robot Dogs!

Who remembers watching the first Terminator film and thinking ‘thank **** these robot things are not actually a thing’. I am sure many people who have experienced the visual delight of the film knew deep down that, one day, the robots would arrive.

And now it seems like that day has finally come after the United States Air Force (USAF) announced that they have just deployed their first ‘robot dogs’. The dogs will be used to patrol air bases around the country.

Of course, this is not the first time we have seen robot dogs. But this is the first time (publically at least) that a military organisation has announced that they will be deploying robots in a roll that would ordinarily be undertaken by their animal (or human) counterparts.


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The Drive recently reported that these fascinating pieces of machinery had been deployed to ‘defend the perimeters’ of an airbase; Nellis Air Force Base, to be precise. 

The thought of these robots patrolling an airbase would probably be enough to deter anyone with any evil intent from trying to penetrate the outer perimeter of an airbase. 

After all, we have all seen the films where robots have no hesitation in unleashing their incredible power on humans. It is almost as if science fiction writers actually know what the future holds when they write the scripts for the films which we have all come to know and love.

These robot dogs are intended for surveillance purposes rather than for ‘seek and destroy’ objectives. They are controlled by humans and can patrol the same bit of land until their batteries run out. 

Obviously, they don’t need feeding (apart from electricity), so they can pretty much stay on station until their batteries run out. Their deployment means that their human counterparts can remain close to the aircraft they are protecting whilst the robot dogs wander off into the distance, looking for signs of life. 

The ‘dogs’ are made by a company called Ghost Robotics. Talking about their creation, a spokesperson for the company said:

‘Beyond all-terrain stability and operation in virtually any environment, a core design principle for our legged robots is reduced mechanical complexity when compared to any other legged robots, and even traditional wheeled-tracked UGVs.

‘By reducing complexity, we inherently increase durability, agility and endurance, and reduce the cost to deploy and maintain ground robots. 

‘Our modular design even supports field swapping any sub-assembly within minutes’.

Give it another few years, and robots will almost certainly be more commonplace on the battlefield in more ‘offensive’ rather than defensive roles.

Has anyone registered the domain name for SkyNet yet…? 

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Amazon Orders Delivered In 30 Minutes? Delivery By Drone Just Became Viable

As an existing Amazon Prime member, I am already quite impressed by the fact that if I order something online today, then it can be delivered to me tomorrow. 

For 7.99 each month – which is how much it costs to be an Amazon Prime customer – I also do not have to pay 3.49 postage and packaging every time I place an order. 

But imagine ordering something right now and getting it 30 minutes later? 

That is precisely what Prime Air is all about; delivering small items to you by drone in under 30 minutes. 

The Federal Aviation Administration in the USA has just approved Amazon’s Prime Air for flight following years of vigorous testing and verification of its various in-flight safety systems. 

The years of testing means that the drones will be able to deliver your package with minimal risk of the drone malfunctioning. 

David Carbon, Amazon’s vice president of Prime Air, said

“This certification is an important step forward for Prime Air and indicates the FAA’s confidence in Amazon’s operating and safety procedures for an autonomous drone delivery service that will one day deliver packages to our customers around the world. 

“We will continue to develop and refine our technology to fully integrate delivery drones into the airspace, and work closely with the FAA and other regulators around the world to realize our vision of 30-minute delivery.”

Amazon won’t be deploying the drone just yet. 

But their FAA approval is a massive step towards rolling out their ‘delivery by air’ service. 

In the UK, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has been working alongside Amazon to test its delivery service in the same way that Amazon has been working with the FAA. 

So in about two years, you can probably expect the Amazon Prime Air service to start delivering your shopping within 30 minutes of you ordering them. 

What do you think about Prime Air? Let us know in the comments below! 

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Thrill-Seeker Turns Robot Into Terrifying Ride

The theme parks might be closed, but if you just happen to have a robot laying around, and you are a whizz when it comes to writing code, then you could create a ‘ride’ that is just as extreme as any you would find in a theme park.

In the video below, a brave volunteer strapped themself into a chair before the robot flung them around like they were a rag doll.

The video was shared on the Stanton Warriors Facebook page and has been viewed millions of times with just under 300k shares.

The willing (or unwilling) subject is spun around all over the place during the 45-second video clip.

At one point, they are spun upside down as the contraption fings them around at speed.

Would you be brave enough to give this a go? Let us know in the comments below!

Los Angeles Fire Department Is The First To Order New Electric Fire Engines

The Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) is set to become the first department in North America to purchase a fleet of electric fire engines. 

Austrian firm Rosenbauer has developed the vehicles. They will be custom made to fit the specific needs of the LAFD, including the safety standards set by the National Fire Protection Association. 

The sleek-looking trucks will have two massive batteries with a charge capacity of 100 kilowatt-hours which should give the vehicles around two hours of consistent operation. 

Rosenbauer’s Concept Fire Truck was first presented to the public in 2016. 

A statement released by Rosenbauer said:

“As a fire truck of the future, it anticipates major mega-trends such as climate change, demographic change, and urbanization, as well as the challenges that these entail for fire departments”. 

The LAFD has said that it expects to take delivery of the new machine in early 2021 and that the first one will be attached to Fire Station 82 in central Hollywood. 

Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) Chief Ralph Terrazas (pictured) said in a statement:

‘I am excited that we are the first Department in North America to order this cutting-edge fire engine.’

‘The electric fire engine is an innovative tool that will help reduce noise and harmful diesel emissions while providing a flexible tool for firefighting and rescue operations from a technologically advanced platform.’

‘We are looking forward to evaluating it in a real-world environment once it hits the streets of Hollywood next year.’

The truck will also have a diesel generator on board, just in case it is deployed to an incident where an extended operational period is needed over and above the two hours worth of battery life. 

Station 82 will be fitted out with rapid-charging points, ensuring that the truck can be quickly recharged before being sent out on the next job. 

Dieter Siegel, CEO of Rosenbauer International, said in a statement: 

‘The future fire truck is fundamentally different from the vehicles which are in service at the fire stations today.’

‘It is multi-functional, fully connected, and its flexible interior can be used as a fully-featured command centre.’

‘Its floor can be lowered, facilitating minimum boarding and working levels. Electric engines reduce noise and pollution. 

‘I am particularly delighted to receive the order from the Los Angeles Fire Department, which really is a fantastic vote of confidence.’

‘Together, we will develop a production-ready fire truck that meets all the safety standards of the NFPA and can seamlessly be brought into real operation further down the line.’

What do you think of the truck? Let us know in the comments below

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WATCH: The Police Actually Tested Flying Motorbikes!

If you are interested in technology of the future, then you probably won’t be surprised to hear that in the last few years, Police in Dubai have been testing flying motorbikes. 

The police in Dubai are renown for their use of high-powered sports cars, and they are always the first to try out ground-breaking technology that most other polices forces around the world would not touch with a barge pole. 

But these ‘flying police motorbikes’ (which are basically drones) could change the face of policing! 

Imagine seeing one of these ‘flying motorbikes’ responding to a fail to stop where the suspect is trying to get away from the cops on his 125cc moped. 

Unless the police also happen to be on a motorcycle, then the chances of little Jonny getting away are relatively high; especially as he goes off-road and heads down an alleyway that even an urban fox would struggle to squeeze through. 

But if the police had one of these flying machines, then little Jonny would stand no chance of getting away, so he probably wouldn’t even try it in the first place! 

Who is going to try and run from a flying cop?! You would have to be mad to try and give it a go because your chances of escaping would be very slim. 

I’m not sure that when you next head to Dubai, then you are actually going to see these flying through the air. 

But if/when they do come into service, then I will be one of the first people to move to Dubai so that I can try and join the Dubai Police force just because I want to fly around on one of these!

Police test flying motorbike

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The US Reveals New ‘Space Force’ Logo — And It Looks Very Familiar

Having served in the military myself for just under six years, I always knew that a time would come when countries around the world started to introduce their respective ‘space forces’.

It was always only just a matter of time.

Anyone who follows military technology and new technology, myself included, will tell you that the future is out there (in space).

It is only a matter of time until spacefarers start to explore this solar system and maybe in around 500 years, other solar systems too.

So it was no surprise to me when Donald Trump announced that he wanted to be the founder of the US Space Force (I bet Trump is a MASSIVE Star Trek fan).

I am guessing that, for the moment at least, existing space-orientated departments in the US military which carry out various space-borne tasks will be amalgamated into this new division until the time comes when technology will allow quick-and-easy (and inexpensive) access to space.

What DID surprise me with the new Space Force, however, was that they appear to have gone straight to Star Trek for their inspiration when it came to developing their new logo!

The similarities are evident and apparent.

I reckon Donald must be a keen Star Trek fan himself and probably insisted that the US Space Force logo should look like the Star Trek one.

Knowing the military fraternity as I do, then I am sure they would have baulked at the idea of ‘lifting’ the Star Trek logo and adopting it for themselves.

I am sure that ‘Spock’ must be doing his nut!

If you ever want to get a glimpse into the future, watch the hundreds of sci-fi films and documentaries which are floating around at the moment.

They will give you a glimpse into the far off and distant future….

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