Elon Musk is starting a new company (again), and this time it is a biotechnology startup: specifically, to making a computer chip that can be embedded in a human brain.
NextEV, a Chinese startup, first debut the NIO brand last year when they announced the most powerful electric supercar, the EV9. Now, the SXSW 2107 in Austin, Texas, the company unveiled its Eve concept. Eve should debut in 2020 as a luxury vehicle in the US market.
Right away, you notice the futuristic looks of this car, but it isn’t anything surprisingly new. Faraday Future’s FF91, BMW’s i8 and (another Silicon Valley startup) Lucid’s Air carry a similar design. Eve is designed to maximize comfort; it is aimed at the commuters of 2020 who want complete autonomy of their car while being able to relax or work on the road.
Recently, Richard Branson of the Virgin Group announced that Virgin will be working with Boom, an aerospace startup, to develop and run supersonic jets in the near future. A return trip, that’ll take you from New York to London in under 3.5 hours, will cost an affordable $5000 (comparable to a Business Class flight today).
Autonomy in tucks is a necessity, considering human drivers have limitations on long-haul journeys. It’s inevitable that autonomous technology developed for cars will morph over to trucks, but Otto is planning ahead. Otto, a San Francisco startup, is developing hardware to make trucks autonomous. Uber acquired Otto in 2015 for $680 million, opening new avenues for both companies. And now, Otto announced its first successful journey: the 120 mile journey of 50,000 Budweiser cans from Fort Collins, Colorado to Colorado Springs in a self-driving truck.
With Singapore’s population growing by 30% in every 20 years, the country is working hard to reduce congestion and pollution and promote public transport. While Google, Uber and Tesla are all in the processes of brining autonomous taxis/vehicles to cities in the US, nuTonomy aims to lead this race - by starting now in Singapore.
Art & Craft is a lot of fun, especially among kids. But what about teaching concepts of electricity - like circuits, LEDs and motors - through “drawing” and folding?
AgIC is a Japanese company that aims to do exactly that, using special markers and papers. Their Circuit Marker, which retails for just $14.99, can allow electricity to pass though just one stroke of its ink. The marker only works on special paper sold by the company that costs $37.49 for 10 (A4 size) sheets. And after you are done with the project, you can easily erase the ink using the Circuit Eraser, that costs $7.50.
The formula? Ag: Silver. The Circuit Marker contains silver that allows it to be conductive. The special paper allows the ink to dry immediately for maximum effectiveness. Moreover, the Circuit Eraser can be used to erase off the circuit!
While it might be slightly costly, the Circuit Marker and Paper make for a great educational kit. The ability for students to put their ideas to work on paper already sounds attractive. AgIC’s website also features a lot of projects that you can do with the marker and paper.
For their innovation, AgIC has won two Editor's Choices at Maker Faire Bay Area 2014, Microsoft Japan Innovation Award and the second prize of Global Fab Awards in FAB10, the International FabLab Conference.
You can learn more about AgIC and buy their products on their website: https://agic.cc/en/