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Sand Flea Jumping Robot

Sand Flea is an 11-lb robot with one trick up its sleeve: Normally it drives like an RC car, but when it needs to it can jump 30 feet into the air.

 

An onboard stabilization system keeps it oriented during flight to improve the view from the video uplink and to control landings.

 

Current development of Sand Flea is funded by the The US Army's Rapid Equipping Force.

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Alternative Energy, Free Energy, Plasma Technology, Healing Technology, Nano-Technology…and more – Tune IN :

Alternative Energy, Free Energy, Plasma Technology, Healing Technology, Nano-Technology…and more – Tune IN : | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

Mehran Tavakoli Keshe was born in Iran in 1958. As the son of an X-ray engineer, he was introduced to the world of radiation and nuclear science at a very young age. In 1981 he graduated from Queen Mary College, University of London, as a nuclear engineer specializing in reactor technology system control. 

 

Unsatisfied with the nuclear technology of the time, Mr. Keshe went on to develop his own system for the production of gravity and energy using a small plasma reactor that is clean and safe. He covered all aspects of the design of a new plasma nuclear system from the very beginning to its present stage. This has included the design, the fuel, the testing and practical applications. 

 

Since 2002 he has been developing the full range of his technology for launch into the scientific world and industry.

 

The article also links an interview with the founder of ECETI Ranch - James Gilliland  (www.ECETI.org) , delivered in his latest Radio show: "As You Wish Talk Radio …" 

 

This is some really "far out there" technology being developed which is based on a new understanding of physics that does not exclude consciousness but actually uses it for applications such as energy production, health, agriculture, transport and - yes - advanced space travel tech.

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This is some really "far out there" technology being developed which is based on a new understanding of physics that does not exclude consciousness but actually uses it for applications such as energy production, health, agriculture, transport and - yes - advanced space travel tech. 

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Renault POM signup - OSVehicle #OpenSource Vehicle

Renault POM signup - OSVehicle #OpenSource Vehicle | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

Based on Twizy, Renault has developed POM, an open-source automotive platform which is a compact and lightweight electric vehicle with bodywork parts removed.

 

Available to start-ups, independent laboratories, private customers and researchers, it allows third parties to copy and modify existing hardware and software to create a totally customizable electric vehicle. 

 

Renault is partnering with OSVehicle to develop and sell this open-source platform readily accessible to the community. OSVehicle also provides on-demand design and engineering services for complete personalization. Bringing together a rich ecosystem of entrepreneurs, developers, designers, and engineers, OSVehicle makes it easier to build, share, distribute and modify the hardware designs of electric vehicles.

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Electric Drive Technology ... Makes Personal Vertical Take-off Vehicles Possible - (Video 4 min)

An electrically powered jet, that can start and land like a helicopter: vertically. 

 

Range: 500 km (310 miles)

at a speed of 300 km/h (186 mph)

 

The Video is a promotional talk...

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An electric air vehicle with decent range and speed - could revolutionize personal transport...

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3D printed water-maker can create 2 liters of drinking water every hour out of the air

3D printed water-maker can create 2 liters of drinking water every hour out of the air | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

Indian engineer, Jawwad Patel, has invented a small device, known as the Dewdrop, that is capable of producing two liters of water every hour from the air. 


It is a relatively simple-to-create device, as it is just a container that constantly refills itself, using fans to bring in moisture from the surrounding environment.    It filters the dust from the air and mineralizes the water as it's being created.  The water is condensed using the Thomson and Peltier effect.

Though it produces about 1.86l/hr in humid environments, it can still create about 1.2l/hr in desert-like areas.  It is powered by a 12V 6000 mAh Lithium-ion battery. 


Advancements are being made to the machine that will allow it to be powered by solar panels and let the user choose if they want hot or cold water.
 

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An Indian engineer has created a device that takes water out of the air. Runs on batteries for now but solar will be the next step.

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Reversing the combustion process to convert CO2 into ethanol

Reversing the combustion process to convert CO2 into ethanol | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

Scientists from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory claim to have produced one of the most usable of all chemicals - ethanol - in a process conducted at room temperature that effectively reverses the combustion process...

 

Employing a catalyst made of copper nanoparticles embedded in spikes of carbon, the team found that electricity applied at just 1.2 volts was sufficient to convert CO2 suspended in water into ethanol. In effect, the team were able to produce a complicated chemical reaction, essentially reversing the combustion process, with relative ease and an initial conversion rate of some 63 percent. This was a surprise to the researchers, as this type of electrochemical reaction often produces many different chemicals, including methane, ethylene, and carbon monoxide. 

 

"We're taking carbon dioxide, a waste product of combustion, and we're pushing that combustion reaction backwards with very high selectivity to a useful fuel," says Dr Adam Rondinone, of ORNL. "Ethanol was a surprise – it's extremely difficult to go straight from carbon dioxide to ethanol with a single catalyst. We discovered somewhat by accident that this material worked, we were trying to study the first step of a proposed reaction when we realized that the catalyst was doing the entire reaction on its own."

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We're learning about the chemistry of the combustion process - a new type of catalyst (nano copper) allows to reverse the process and produce ethanol from CO2...

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5G Technology Approved: FCC Evades Questions About Wireless Dangers

5G Technology Approved: FCC Evades Questions About Wireless Dangers | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

The Federal Communications Commission just rubber-stamped their rollout of “5G” cellular technology which, while increasing throughput, would blanket the planet with ultra-high microwave frequencies — 24Ghz and up.

 

The fact that these frequencies have never been tested as safe is not stopping corporate-government plans for building a “massive infrastructure.”

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5G - the next mobile phone technology around the corner - has been given the official seal of approval and go-ahead for roll-out. The FCC has said 'yes' to a technology that will use the 5 to 100 GHz microwave band... but questions of what all those high power microwaves will do to humans are being evaded...

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Google’s DeepMind AI just made a machine that sounds exactly like a human

Google’s DeepMind AI just made a machine that sounds exactly like a human | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

If you’ve ever been lost in the maze of YouTube videos you may have stumbled on clips of computers reading news articles. You’d recognise that staccato, robotic nature of the voice. 

 

We’ve come a long way from "Danger! Will Robinson!", but it there is yet to be a computer that can seamlessly mimic a human voice. 

 

Now, there’s a new contender, brought to you by the brilliant minds behind DeepMind. Google has announced a new voice synthesis program in WaveNet, powered by deep neural AI. 
 

Understanding voice samples has been powering programs like Google Voice Search for quite some time now. However, synthesizing something from those samples is proving to be quite a challenge... 

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Computers learning by themselves ... they are starting to talk like a human.

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The world’s largest Delta 3D printer creates nearly zero-cost homes out of mud

The world’s largest Delta 3D printer creates nearly zero-cost homes out of mud | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

The future of affordable (and sustainable) housing may lie with 3D printing.

 

The World’s Advanced Saving Project (WASP) has unveiled the world’s largest delta-style 3D printer, which can build full-size buildings out of mud and clay for nearly zero cost.

 

The massive BigDelta printer stands 12 meters tall (40 feet), and it's nearly completed its first house at a cost of just 48 euros so far.

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Constructing houses out of mud with a 3D printer ... this looks like a great advance for getting building costs down to what can be afforded locally just about anywhere!

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Super Efficient Transparent Solar Cells Could Turn Windows into Clean Energy Generators

Super Efficient Transparent Solar Cells Could Turn Windows into Clean Energy Generators | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

The SolarWindows coatings would be applied to the inside of a glass-insulated window unit, not on the outside in order to protect the solar cells from the elements. To cut down costs, the coatings are developed for seamless integration into existing glass manufacturing processes.

 

To generate 50 times the power of conventional photovoltaics, the SolarWindows would be applied all sides of the building rather than just the roof.

 

“Invisible wires” in the glass convert photons into electricity and help provide a visual reference to prevent birds from crashing into the glass.

 

The company also believes the technology can achieve a commercially viable 25-year warranty, which is the same lifespan shared by conventional solar panels.

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Solar windows - sounds like a good solution for buildings in cities that have large glass surfaces. Buildings could become net energy producers...

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Revolutionary Sphelar Spherical Solar Cells Capture Sunlight From All Directions

Revolutionary Sphelar Spherical Solar Cells Capture Sunlight From All Directions | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

A Japanese company, Kyosemi, is redesigning the future of photovoltaics by shunning the traditional flat substrate photovoltaic cell and opting for something more suitable for today's energy needs - the spherical micro solar cell aka the Sphelar.

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Taking solar cells from flat to three-dimensional. 

More details are available on the company's website:

 

http://sphelarpower.com/technology/ 

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A 24-Year-Old Designed A Self-Driving Minibus; Maker Built It In Weeks

A 24-Year-Old Designed A Self-Driving Minibus; Maker Built It In Weeks | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

What if cars weren't mass produced? Local Motors, a small-batch auto manufacturer, relies on an online design community and a "co-creation" business model to bring new vehicles to market, really fast. 

 

Olli is Local Motors' latest. And it's different: It's a self-driving system rather than a vehicle, an app-solicited shuttle bus powered by the learning and predictive computer technology of IBM's Watson — all targeted at cities or companies rather than individual buyers. 

 

Some 100 partner companies helped make Olli a reality. But before the curvy, puffy reversible minibus became Olli, it started as a boxy sketch and was at one point called "Edgar 8," after its designer. 

 

"This is the first time that I see a product that I designed, to see it in a real scale," Sarmiento says.

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A self-driving minibus that can be called with an app ... built from design to the real thing in record time... Local Cars made it possible.

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Man builds 100mpg engine using 200-year-old technology

Man builds 100mpg engine using 200-year-old technology | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it
Josh “Mac” MacDowell took a 200-year-old Stirling engine, added some 21st-century technology and created a Hybrid electric car capable of 100MPG.
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This is reminiscent of a similar proposal for garbage trucks - electric motors and a small gas turbine to top up the batteries. Here we have a (very efficient) Sterling motor producing the electricity...

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Metal Foam Electrodes Split Water With Unprecedented Efficiency

Metal Foam Electrodes Split Water With Unprecedented Efficiency | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

By coating nickel foam with a nickel-iron nanosheets, scientists have made an efficient catalyst that could be used to produce hydrogen at the industrial scale.

 

“Our electrode is the most efficient oxygen-producing electrode in alkaline electrolytes reported to date, to the best of our knowledge,” says Associate Professor Chuan Zhao, from the University of New South Wales School of Chemistry.

 

“It is inexpensive, sturdy and simple to make, and can potentially be scaled up for industrial application of water splitting.”

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Materials scientists working on highly efficient catalysts to help produce hydrogen from water... envision abundant, cheap hydrogen as fuel..

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Return of incandescent light bulbs as MIT makes them more efficient than LEDs

Return of incandescent light bulbs as MIT makes them more efficient than LEDs | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

Researchers at MIT have shown that by surrounding the filament with a special crystal structure in the glass they can bounce back the energy which is usually lost in heat, while still allowing the light through. 

 

They refer to the technique as ‘recycling light’ because the energy which would usually escape into the air is redirected back to the filament where it can create new light.

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This looks very promising. Full spectrum light at a cost potentially lower than LEDs...

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Scientists Have Developed a Material That Generates Electricity Simply by Touching It

Scientists Have Developed a Material That Generates Electricity Simply by Touching It | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

Scientists have developed a flexible, film-like material that generates electrical energy when touched, meaning devices like smartphones and tablets could one day be powered simply by people using them. 

 

And beyond just touchscreen gadgets, the researchers say the thin, flexible device could also be used in our clothing or shoes, helping us harvest energy from our body movements potentially all day long.

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This would be much better than an electro chemical battery ... as long as the phones we power with it don't microwave us to death...

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Open Source Alcaline Battery Regenerator

Open Source Alcaline Battery Regenerator | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

Regen Box is a battery regenerator that will, in its final version, be an open-source project. It is able to regenerate all kinds of batteries, including both rechargeable Ni-Mh batteries and supposedly “non rechargeable” alkaline batteries.

Initiated by the paleo-energetic collaborative research program, Regenbox is the first project of this kind. 

 

It was brought to us by a fellow paleo-searcher of this program who first prototyped the box using an old patent from the 1980s that is now in the public domain. 

 

Regen Box is ecological and goes against planned obsolescence. 

 

There is a crowdfunding campaign and we aim at creating a community of beta testers in order to clearly understand which alkaline batteries available on the battery-market  can really be regenrerated.

 

This will eventually lead to the identification of the most rechargeable batteries in order to share this knowledge with everyone.

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About all those batteries our devices use and then we throw them away ... some brave open hardware geeks are putting together a re-charger that can regenerate both rechargeables as well as the normal alcaline batteries...

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How LED Lighting May Compromise Your Health

How LED Lighting May Compromise Your Health | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

In this interview, Dr. Wunsch, a world class expert on photobiology, shares the hidden dangers of LED lighting that most people are completely unaware of. 

 

  • Near-infrared is important as it primes the cells in your retina for repair and regeneration, which explains why LEDs — which is devoid of infrared — are so harmful for your eyes and health 

  • One-third of the energy your body consumes comes from the food you eat. The vast majority of the energy your body needs to maintain the systemic equilibrium comes from environmental infrared light exposure

  • LEDs sabotage health and promote blindness. Limit your exposure to blue light during the daytime and at night. Swap out LEDs for incandescents or low-voltage incandescent halogen lights
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LED lights are the future ... or so it might seem. But it turns out that they leave out an important part of the spectrum that we need for good health. Mercola has an excellent artile, with video interview, on the lighting issue. 

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Sepp Hasslberger's curator insight, October 27, 2016 1:21 PM

A very interesting article by Dr Mercola on lighting. It explains the differences between incandescent lights, including halogen and LED lights. Apparently LEDs leave out an important part of the spectrum that is healing for the human organism...

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Mexican engineer extracts gas from urine to heat shower

Mexican engineer extracts gas from urine to heat shower | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

Mexican engineer Gabriel Luna-Sandoval, a researcher at Sonora State University, invented a machine that he said can transform urine into a biogas to serve as a household heater to take hot showers or cook. 

 

But the 41-year-old researcher from the University of Sonora State, in northern Mexico, is also shooting for the stars with his invention. 

 

Luna-Sandoval has extracted oxygen (hydroxy gas) from urine, and he said that astronauts could take a small device in space to create O2 with their own bodily fluid in case of emergencies.

 

The idea has been taken seriously by the Mexican Space Agency, which told AFP in a statement that it is a "great innovation" with "high viability to be considered in space technology and for space walks." 

Here's a video...

https://www.facebook.com/ajplusenglish/videos/813905348750974/

 

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Urine seems to be better suited for electrolysis and production of hydroxy gas than water. There have been several efforts to develop this, and the technology is not anything we can't handle.

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Li-Fi, 100X Faster Than Wi-Fi! | Video (7min)

Li-Fi looks to be yet another disruptive technology, this time in communication, which has remained with the same wireless technology since the year 2000. 

 

Li-Fi uses visible light from LEDs, to transmit data faster than Wi-Fi and without the latter's negative health effects which are becoming more and more visible as our use of Wi-Fi and other mobile communication technologies increases.

Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

Li-Fi - using visible light to transmit data ... meanwhile the telecoms are pushing to roll out 5G phone technology, which is using microwaves in the millimeter band (5 to 100 GHz) and which has not been tested for safety in any meaningful way...

http://www.wakingtimes.com/2016/09/12/5g-telecomm-radiation-perfect-tool-mass-modify-human-brain-waves/

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Amazing- here is the future we didn't even know we didn't even know was possible!
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Siemens Demonstrates Electric Motor For Aircrafts - 260 kW, Weighing 50 kg

Siemens Demonstrates Electric Motor For Aircrafts - 260 kW, Weighing 50 kg | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

Siemens achieved a huge milestone in power denisty for electric motors for use in aviation - over 5 kW output per kg of motor... 

“Siemens researchers have developed a new type of electric motor that, with a weight of just 50 kilograms, delivers a continuous output of about 260 kilowatts – five times more than comparable drive systems. 

 

This record-setting propulsion system successfully completed its first public flight at Schwarze Heide Airport near Dinslaken, Germany, where it – almost silently – powered an Extra 330LE aerobatic airplane. The new drive system had already made its maiden flight on June 24th 2016.

 

This advance means that hybrid-electric aircraft with four or more seats will now be possible.”

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Electric powered flight is coming...

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California Freeways Will Soon Generate Electricity

California Freeways Will Soon Generate Electricity | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

The California Energy Commission (CEC) has approved a pilot program in which piezoelectric crystals will be installed on several freeways. 

 

Piezoelectric-based energy‐harvesting technology is already being used in other countries. Since 2009, all the displays in the East Japan Railway Company's Tokyo station have been powered by people walking on the piezoelectric flooring. Italy has signed a contract that will install this technology in a portion of the Venice-to-Trieste Autostrada. Israel is already using this technology on some highways, which is how Gatto got the idea for the pilot program in California. A friend returning from a trip to Israel raved about a road that produced energy. 

 

"If piezoelectric‐based technology has the potential to match the performance, reliability and costs of existing or emerging renewable energy sources, then it can potentially diversify California's resource portfolio and ultimately increase grid reliability and reduce costs to ratepayers," states a report prepared for the CEC in 2014 by international certification body and classification society DNV KEMA Energy & Sustainability...

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With all that traffic in California, this might turn out to be quite productive...

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The Tech That Could Fix One of Wind Power's Biggest Problems

June 21 -- Hello World’s Ashlee Vance paid a recent visit to Iceland’s capital city of Reykjavik to see the next part of the green energy story. He found a start-up called Icewind that is building a new type of funky wind turbine designed to perform well in low-wind conditions but also to slow itself down in high-winds, preventing it from catching on fire or ripping apart.

"This type of turbine is called a Savonius vertical axis wind turbine. Technically it's an old technology - it dates back to the Persian empire or something. We have taken this base design and brought it to the modern age with modern materials, carbon fibre and stainless steel. 

We've made it really really strong, we've engineered and cut the blades so that the turbine never goes on overspin. Our system is really really simple so we can keep the price down but it also can take really really harsh weather..."

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A vertical axis wind turbine that can take the punishment of high winds and cold climate... from Iceland.

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Solar road technology comes to Route 66

Solar road technology comes to Route 66 | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

Solar Roadways' dreams of sunlight-gathering paths are one step closer to taking shape. Missouri's Department of Transportation is aiming to install a test version of the startup's solar road tiles in a sidewalk at the Historic Route 66 Welcome Center in Conway.

 

Okay, it won't be on Route 66 just yet, but that's not the point -- the goal is to see whether or not the technology is viable enough that it could safely be used on regular streets. You should see it in action toward the end of the year. 

 

The tiles will be familiar if you've followed Solar Roadways before. Each one combines a solar cell with LED lighting, a heating element and tempered glass that's strong enough to support the weight of a semi-trailer truck. If successful, the panels will feed the electrical grid (ideally paying for themselves) and make the roads safer by both lighting the way as well as keeping the roads free of rain and snow.

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Solar panel glass tiles incorporated into sidewalks and eventually roads ... coming soon.

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Bir Magnet Motor - a simple permanent magnet motor (Video 3 min) 

A demonstration - without spoken comment - of a very simple permanent magnet setup that naturally rotates and doing so produces some electric energy...

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One of those things that lead me to believe we will have all the energy we need ... once we understand how to tap magnetic fields for motion.

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Gravitational diode could lead to futuristic Star Trek technologies - From teleportation to highly efficient energy generation

Gravitational diode could lead to futuristic Star Trek technologies - From teleportation to highly efficient energy generation | Cool Future Technologies | Scoop.it

A very interesting press release appeared yesterday morning that was brought to our attention. A startup company, Gravitomagnetism, LLC, was granted a patent that enables it a multitude of applications ranging from energy generation to teleportation. 

 

"Imagine one day having a wind-up watch-sized device that could power your entire house, your boat, your car and your airplane." - Michael Boyd, Gravitomagnetism, LLC 

 

As one Redditor put it: 

 

“So, in other words, this patent describes a device that can be built to produce energy from gravity, propulsion without propellant (using gravity, or antigravity), a means to convert matter into energy and back again without changing the original configuration of matter, or the ability to convert energy into another form and beam it to another location where it can be converted back into the original form.

 

So, in essence, yes. Star Trek.”

 

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An electronic component that can manipulate the effects of gravity... something to watch.

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