It’s probably the first time you’ve seen 300 drones flying in formation, but it’s almost certainly not the last. The technology underpinning the Intel Shooting Star drone system is fascinating in and of itself, but its potential applications are even more so. The same drones that accompanied Lady Gaga will one day revolutionize search-and-rescue, agriculture, halftime shows, and more.
Of all the tech innovationscoming out of McDonald's, we never would have expected the humble drinking straw needed a redesign. But that's exactly what a team of robotic and aerospace engineers did as part of a marketing push for the burger chain's new Chocolate Shamrock Shake.
For those who aren't familiar: the new menu item is a layered fifty-fifty combination of McDonald's standard chocolate milkshake with the minty seasonal favorite on top.
The redesigned STRAW -- short for "Suction Tube for Reverse Axial Withdrawal," of course -- is meant to alleviate the most basic of problems: having to wait for your shake to melt a bit before you can get the perfect mix of chocolate and mint flavors. While a conventional straw will only slurp up one part of the shake at a time, engineers from JACE Engineering and NK Labs carefully engineered the STRAW's J-shaped snorkel design and side openings to suck in both layers at once. According to McDonald's, their new tubular sipping device required some fairly complex computational fluid dynamics simulations to get the flow right and make sure it works just as well at the bottom of your shake as it did on the first sip.
Google is partnering with H&M’s Ivyrevel on the Data Dress, a smart couture piece of fashion that is created specifically for a user, based on various criteria that is gathered through the Snapshot API via an app that Google is creating with Ivyrevel. With the app, and the use of the Snapshot API as well as the Awareness API, multiple details like fitness activities, visited places like restaurants and other businesses, the weather in the location of the user and more are collectively used to design and make the dress, making this a unique piece of fashion that is truly tailored to one’s lifestyle.
Every America’s Cup has its own design rules, influenced by the defending champion. The next one in Bermuda this summer will see a 50 footer (down from 72 in the 2013 Cup) and have a crew of 6, instead of 11.
“The new America’s Cup Class boats are foiling, wingsailed catamarans, 15 meters in length and capable of reaching highway speeds approaching 100 km/h. In addition they are extremely maneuverable, making them ideal match racing platforms.”
“We know there is still speed to be found between now and May 26 when racing begins”
“America’s Cup Class catamarans use lift generated over a hydrofoil suspended under the hull—like a wing under water—to boost the boat up out of the waves and make it fly. Instead of pushing its hull through the water, the yacht skims the surface, riding on what look like little feet. The result? Where the old boat could only “fly” when going downwind, Oracle has nearly perfected how to rest on its foils no matter the conditions.”
According to the Oracle USA team
“Over 15 designers and 50 boat-builders have contributed to the design and build of “17”, with more than 85,000 man-hours accumulated to date. Team partners like Airbus, BMW, Parker and Yanmar have provided technical expertise and support.”
One of the Airbus contributions is “the use of brand-new microelectromechanical sensors or MEMS. Typically used to monitor aircraft wings, the company developed a special version of the sensors to return information on the boat's wing. Eight strips containing a total of 400 sensors were applied to the wing during testing, which were able to reveal information about the conditions found at the top of the (75 foot) sail versus the bottom.”
As it does every year, Ad Age updates through game day a tally of commercials each brand is planning – this year costing $ 5 to 5.5 m per 30 seconds (in contrast, Game 7 of this year’s exciting World Series only $500,000 and the Oscars last year cost about $2 million)
During my recent round the world trip we had a chance to try all kinds of meals that foodies would appreciate. But we also made it a point to try out humble places - many which don’t take reservations, don’t take credit cards, and yet serve a wide range of freshly cooked and raw food.
And some of them are even getting recognized by foodies like Hawker Chan in Singapore which has qualified for a Michelin star. Singapore loves the hawker concept and has several collections where you can get everything from fish and chips to a shrink wrapped slice of papaya to a ready to drink and eat baby coconut.
We hit a gem in Abu Dhabi called Lebanese Mill. Lines form for this place where you can get traditional mezze – hummus, falafel etc, and a decent roast chicken.
Mumbai is dotted with small cafes like Prabhakar Tea House. They serve udipi snacks like dosai and idli and a soft drink or a cup of sweet, milky tea for about 50c. Funnily if you ask for bag of tea and hot water to brew your own cup, the price triples
In Hong Kong we ran into places like Amy’s Kitchen. You could drive by it hundred times and not notice - in picture below it is behind the silver van. Given the name, we expected a menu in English but had to point to pictures on the menu. The shrimp curry turned out halfway decent!
As they say eat where the locals do. Not sure I could advise though that you drink what they drink
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“This is Magi, a system that captures images in 3-D and “4K” ultrahigh resolution and displays the resulting frames at five times the usual rate. Trumbull developed the technology as a way to create movie experiences more immersive than regular 3-D or giant-screen IMAX—and restore the joy of going out to the movies.
Trumbull inside a green-screen studio he is building on his Berkshires property.
Trumbull, 74, has spent his entire life thinking about how people experience the illusions of cinema. He grew up in Los Angeles fascinated by the Cinerama widescreen movie format; got his first Hollywood job, doing visual effects for 2001: A Space Odyssey, in his 20s; and went on to direct two cult-classic films (Brainstorm and Silent Running) and design visual effects for Blade Runner, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and Star Trek: The Motion Picture. Now, in an age when the movie theater is losing its allure, he’s hoping to wow people yet again—this time using Magi’s “hyper-reality,” which enables audiences to connect intensely with stories and vividly experience a character’s perspective.”