Bell flies into the future with first concept helicopter

Bell Helicopter isn’t known for indulging in concept aircraft, but it’s dipped its toes in the concept waters for the first time with the FCX-001. Unveiled at Heli-Expo 2017 in Dallas, Texas, the rotorcraft concept features an airframe crafted from sustainable materials, a hybrid power system, an artificial intelligence co-pilot, and morphing rotor blades that change to suit different flight conditions.”Six months ago we created a dedicated team to focus on emerging technologies and how…

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No more “I’m not a robot” with Google’s Invisible reCAPTCHA

Ticking the “I’m not a robot” checkbox on an internet form may soon become a thing of the past. Google has officially announced its Invisible reCAPTCHA service, which is able to differentiate humans from bots without additional input from the website user. This is an improvement over CAPTCHAs and reCAPTCHAs of the past, since it offers greater ease of use to valid users. According to Google, the new technology uses machine learning and an improved…

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Cloves and silver make for better food packaging

The petroleum-based plastic film typically used in food packaging is difficult to clean up and recycle, and it remains in landfills for many years after disposal. Led by Paulius Pavelas Danilovas, scientists from Lithuania’s Kaunas University of Technology (KUT) have developed a new food wrap that’s not only biodegradable, but that should also keep food fresh for longer than conventional plastic. Made mainly from a plant-derived cellulose composite, the new material also contains clove essential…

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Bamboo e-bike is ready for the streets of Bedrock

If they had electric bicycles on The Flintstones, is this what they’d look like? Perhaps. Actually, though, the e-bike you see here is a real-life bamboo-framed prototype developed by Calfee Design. What’s more, you may soon be able to buy one for yourself. Yabba-dabba-doo!Currently on display at the North American Handmade Bicycle Show in Salt Lake City, it features a Bafang motor capable of 1,500 watts, powered by a 54-volt/250-Wh battery pack. It also has…

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Intel splashes $15b on autonomous vehicle company Mobileye

Intel is much more than a computer hardware company these days. In addition to drones, virtual reality and fitness tracking, one future-flavored pie that the firm is sticking its fingers into is driverless vehicle technology. Today it may have just gone ahead and plunged a whole fist in, with a US$15 billion acquisition of Israeli company Mobileye. Mobileye is a driverless technology company that develops computer vision, machine learning and mapping for autonomous systems. It…

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