Virtual Reality needs another generation or three of improvement to go mainstream

Neither HTC nor Facebook/Oculus has released sales figures for their respective VR (Virtual Reality) headsets. Analyst estimates are less than 500,000 units apiece. This means that Facebook paid $3 billion for Oculus and has made less than $500 million in VR sales. Sony did put out some sales figures for its Playstation VR headset in …

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$1200 holographic smartphone that will need no special glasses

Red.com who makes high resolution cameras used by photographic professionals and movies is making a $1200 holographic smartphone that will need no special glasses. It will be the world’s first holographic media machine and it will fit in your pocket. * view all 2D content at normal full resolution * view RED holographic hydrogen 4-View …

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Bezos’s plan to set up Amazon-like delivery for ‘future human settlement’ of the moon

Jeff Bezos and Blue Origin have been circulating a seven-page white paper to NASA leadership and President Trump’s transition team about their interest in developing a lunar spacecraft with a lander that would touch down near a crater at the south pole where there is water and nearly continuous sunlight for solar energy. The memo …

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Richard Hatch who was Captain Apollo in the Original Battlestar Galactica has died

The actor received a Golden Globe nomination in 1979 for playing Captain Apollo. Richard Hatch, the Golden Globe nominee who starred in both the original Battlestar Galactica as well as the mid-2000s reboot, has died at 71 after a battle with cancer. “Richard Hatch was a good man, a gracious man, and a consummate professional. …

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Toward all-solid lithium batteries

Most batteries are composed of two solid, electrochemically active layers called electrodes, separated by a polymer membrane infused with a liquid or gel electrolyte. But recent research has explored the possibility of all-solid-state batteries, in which the liquid (and potentially flammable) electrolyte would be replaced by a solid electrolyte, which could enhance the batteries’ energy …

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Russia is an active but shrinking geopolitical player where the future will be mostly bipolar between USA and China

By the 2030s — Russia may become less dangerous than Iran, which military strategist Andrew Krepinevich forthcoming study from the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments ranks currently at No. 3. Krepinevich’s analysis of Russia is similar to Nextbigfuture. Nextbigfuture had noted that long term low oil and gas prices and shrinking population are trends …

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Powerwalk energy harvesting will be tested by the US Army in 2017 with production readiness in 2019

In 2017, Army scientists will be testing an energy-harvesting device that straps to the legs and generates power from walking. The PowerWalk is designed to extract the energy expended when the knee is flexed and negative work is being performed. The system adjusts to a person’s gait, so soldiers don’t feel like they are wearing …

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First full level 4 autonomy self driving truck delivery was 50,000 cans of Budweiser beer

A commercial truck,with $30,000 worth of hardware and software from San Francisco startup Otto made the world’s first autonomous truck deliver. The delivery was 50,000 cans of Budweiser. The truck self drove 120 miles south to Colorado Springs. The technology works only on the highway, where it doesn’t have to deal with tricky variables like …

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Lockheed and Elbit are working together on upgrading the British Challenger 2 tank

Lockheed Martin UK is to bid for the Ministry of Defence’s contract to upgrade the British Army’s Challenger 2 tanks. In collaboration with Elbit Systems UK, Lockheed Martin UK will submit a proposal to undertake the Life Extension Project (LEP) that will see the main battle tanks in service until 2035. Lockheed Martin UK is …

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Zebra fish, Salamander and bichir have the same genetic control mechanisms for limb regeneration

In a paper published in the journal PLOS ONE, MDI Biological Laboratory scientists Benjamin L. King, Ph.D., and Voot P. Yin, Ph.D., identified these common genetic regulators in three regenerative species: the zebrafish, a common aquarium fish originally from India; the axolotl, a salamander native to the lakes of Mexico; and the bichir, a ray-finned …

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DARPA guided bullet program and the commercial Trackpoint precision firearms

In 2015, DARPA’s Extreme Accuracy Tasked Ordnance (EXACTO) program developed a self-steering bullet to increase hit rates for difficult, long-distance shots, completed its most successful round of live-fire tests to date. An experienced shooter using the technology demonstration system repeatedly hit moving and evading targets. Additionally, a novice shooter using the system for the first …

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