The future is finally here for fans of the popular sci-fi franchise “Gundam!”
Japanese engineers at the Gundam Factory Yokohama announced that they were developing a full-sized, advanced humanoid robot based on the RX-78-2 Gundam, which, for those of you who don’t know, is a giant robot fashioned after a samurai that was originally introduced in the 1979 anime series by Yoshiyuki Tomino.
Unfortunately, the current COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic has slowed down production, but the team has released a video showing that development is still in progress. The footage shows the massive mech tacking its first steps at its base just south of Tokyo, in the Port of Yokohama.
In the video, the team can be seen working on the massive machine using a crane. You can tell in the video that the machine is not entirely complete, and is still missing its head, but it is able to lift its legs and move its torso.
Researchers estimate that the robot will be about 25 tons once it is completed. That’s about four times the weight of a large elephant! The machine will also be incredibly agile despite its size. According to Popular Mechanics, the robot will have 24 degrees of freedom, which means that it will be able to walk pretty much anywhere. They even thought about the very small details, and will include fully functional fingers and thumbs.
Developers have been using the open-source Robot Operating System (ROS) and Gazebo simulation software to develop the robot, and the researchers at Yokohama have also released a virtual copy of the robot that accurately simulates how the motors, gears, an sensors of the towering machine actually work.
Before the pandemic changed their plans, Gundam Factory Yokohama was hoping to unveil the robot this summer at Yamashita Pier, but now they have had to reschedule twice due to the virus. First the event was moved to October, and was then pushed back again. Right now it is unclear when the mech will actually be unveiled.
Mobile Suit Gundam was developed by animator Yoshiyuki Tomino and a changing group of Sunrise creators with the collective pseudonym of Hajime Yatate. The series was originally entitled Freedom Fighter Gunboy (or Gunboy) for the robot’s gun.
Early production had a number of references to freedom: the White Base was originally “Freedom’s Fortress”, the Core Fighter was the “Freedom Wing” and the Gunperry was the “Freedom Cruiser”. The Yatate team combined the English word “gun” with the last syllable of the word “freedom” to form the portmanteau Gundom. Tomino then later changed it to Gundam, suggesting a unit wielding a gun powerful enough to hold back enemies like a hydroelectric dam holding back water.
Most Gundams are large, humanoid vehicles controlled from a cockpit by a human pilot. The cockpit is located in the torso, while the head serves as a camera to transmit images back to the cockpit. Most of the series protagonists are Newtypes, genetically advanced humans adapted for space. Newtypes have psychic abilities that enable them to sense each other across space and to utilize special mobile suits.
Engineer Creates First Ever Working Lightsaber With Plasma That Can Cut Through Steel
James Hobson, a Canadian engineer and YouTuber based has created a filly functional lightsaber using plasma that can melt through metal. Hobson is known to his YouTube fans as “The Hacksmith” and he has accomplished incredible engineering feats in the past.
In a new video for Hacksmith Industries’ “Make It Real” series, Hobson shows how he was able to create the device. The video has already gathered over 12 million views. The lightsaber is attached to a portable backpack connected to a hilt that pumps out a constant stream of propane gas which. Once the gas is mixed with oxygen, it creates a beam of plasma that looks very similar to the lightsabers from the Star Wars franchise. The device burns at over 4,000 degrees Fahrenheit, which means that it can cut right through thick pieces of metal and steel.
In his video, Hobson also demonstrated how the color of the lightsaber can be changed by adding different salts to the mixture. For example, boric acid can make the beam green, while sodium chloride, more commonly known as table salt can turn it yellow. Calcium chloride will produce an amber color, while strontium chloride will turn the beam red.
“Even with all of our new equipment and capabilities, we’re still bound by the laws of thermodynamics. Well, theories say that plasma is best held in a beam by a magnetic field, which, scientifically, checks out. The issue is producing a strong enough electromagnetic field to contain a blade, well the lightsaber would have to be quite literally built inside a box coated in electromagnets, which turns it into a kind of useless science project,” Hobson explained in his video.
The device was incredibly expensive to make, the laminar nozzle alone cost about $4,000.
The lightsaber first appeared in the original Star Wars film and has since appeared in every Star Wars movie, with at least one lightsaber duel occurring in each main film installment. In 2008, a survey of approximately 2,000 film fans found it to be the most popular weapon in film history.
For the original Star Wars film, the film prop hilts were constructed by John Stears from old Graflex press camera flash battery packs and other pieces of hardware. The full sized sword props were designed to appear ignited onscreen, by later creating an “in-camera” glowing effect in post-production. The blade is a three-sided rod which was coated with a Scotchlite retroreflector array, the same type that is used for highway signs. A lamp was positioned to the side of the taking camera and reflected towards the subject through 45-degree angled glass so that the sword would appear to glow from the camera’s point of view.
Animator Nelson Shin, who was working for DePatie–Freleng Enterprises at the time, was asked by his manager if he could animate the lightsaber in the live-action scenes of a film. After Shin accepted the assignment, the live-action footage was given to him. He drew the lightsabers with a rotoscope, an animation which was superimposed onto the footage of the physical lightsaber blade prop. Shin explained to the people from Lucasfilm that since a lightsaber is made of light, the sword should look “a little shaky” like a fluorescent tube. He suggested inserting one frame that was much lighter than the others while printing the film on an optical printer, making the light seem to vibrate.
Lamborghini Releases GoKart Pro For Adults For $1,500
Lamborghini has released a new electric go-kart in its typical black and yellow colors and they are relatively cheap at $1,500.
You might be too broke to afford the luxury famous sports car, however, the new electric go-kart from the Italian sports manufacturer is affordable and fast at 25 mph (40 km/h), which is faster than typical go-karts. Although, its not street legal here in the U.S. like its bigger brothers for different reasons. The new Lamborghini is built strictly for the race track and can fold up into the trunk of your car.
But don’t let laws stop you! Speed limits can be adjusted using a smartphone app and if you are going faster than the cop chasing you, you can zip off into an alleyway or the woods disappearing from his vision. Your brand new pocket lamborghini comes with a big bucket seat which holds a maximum passenger weight of 220 lb (100 kg.) This go-kart is also equip with an electric engine sporting a 432Wh battery, which gives you a maximum travel distance of about — 15.5 miles, or about 25 km – the equivalent of 62 laps around a 400-meter track.
Officially known as the Ninebot GoKart Pro Lamborghini Edition.
The go-kart is designed in partnership with Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi, which owns a personal transporter company Segway-Ninebot, whom have teamed up with the Italian carmaker to bring consumers the Ninebot GoKart Pro Lamborghini Edition, electrek, reported.
The signature yellow racer with black wheels has a self-balancing Xiaomi scooter which propels it forward, whle its rear tires are high-traction rubber wheels for safe turning and drifting. Again, those coppers will never catch you in this baby with the ability to drift and make sharp turns, just watch out for the spike strip.
On top of all that, your new $1,500 play toy will have Ackermann steering, meaning that each wheel will have its own pivot to allow for sharp and accurate turning. Functional headlights will ensure that there won’t be any nasty collisions or spills on the raceway, while the sick rear wing on the kart will give it sharp aerodynamism and handling improvements.
Want additional features? Lamborghini has you covered, the kart also includes built-in Bluetooth speakers to allow you to play music or mabe you want the loudness of a Lamborghini’s V8 and V12 piston engines, compared to the relatively silent sound of the kart’s electric motor.
“In addition, as a bonus, there is a program in the go-kart, which will ensure the release of loud noises, which will make not only the driver but also the surroundings reveal that there are beasts ‘under the hood’, in the form of a Lamborghini engine,” a press release from Xiaomi a Chinese tech giant that is popular among consumers in Latin America, Europe, and Asia due to its high-quality mid-range and budget Android smartphones.
The Chinese smartphone manufacturer also produces a range of other odd affordable tech products, ranging from sleek miniature washer dryers to electric toothbrushes, e-bikes and scooters, air conditioners and even rice cookers – as well as other eccentric internet-connected (IoT) devices that comprise Xiaomi’s expanding line of “smart lifestyle” products.
Now, you’ll be able to get your very own “Lamborghini” for the insanely low price of 9999 Chinese Yuan, or about $1,480, from the Mi Store. Tbat’s less than 100 payments of $150. Save up those pennies if you want to style with the Lamborghini go-kart. Although, though I hope you don’t mind paying in Chinese Yuan because that’s your only option to obtain this sweet ride.
The only reason you wouldn’t want to try this out is if you hate having fun. You can wattch a video below of the revealing of the product.
Bugatti Made $35,000 Miniature Electric Car For Kids
For ultra-wealthy parents, Bugatti and the Little Car Company of London are joining forced to design a limited edition miniature electric Buggati for kids. There will only be a total of 500 of these vehicles made, and initially, they were all sold out after the car was unveiled at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. However, many of the purchasers went back on their agreements as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and resulting economic crisis, which means there are a few models available for those who had a lot of stock in tech companies and saw their wealth increase during the pandemic.
The all-electric miniature car is surprisingly cheap, for a Bugatti anyway. The vehicle is called the Bugatti Baby II and it starts at about $35,000.
The car is intended to be a modern interpretation of the original Bugatti Baby, which was created back in 1926 for Ettore Bugatti’s youngest son. Originally, this was just supposed to be a small project for his son, but as soon as his customers found out about it they wanted one too, so the company made 500 more and sold them all. Of course, there are a few differences between the new model and the one that was designed nearly 100 years ago, aside from the electric engine.
The new model is a bit larger, and comes in three versions that are each a different power and speed. Some of the models can only go 12 mph, while another can go 30 mph, and the best model can go a bit faster. However, the faster and upgraded versions are also more expensive, and can cost between $50,000 and $68,000. They also come with a speed key, which unlocks the car’s full performance potential.
Bugatti test driver Andy Wallace, the same man who drove a Bugatti Chiron over 300 miles an hour on a test track, helped develop the suspension settings for the Bugatti Baby II.
“In its most powerful mode, when you have the ‘Speed Key’ inserted, the Baby II is a very fast car. It’s quite impressive and brilliantly fun,” Wallace said in a statement.
The BUGATTI Type 35 is generally acknowledged as the most successful racing car of all time, bringing the brand to unexcelled fame in the 1920s. In 1926, Ettore and his son Jean decided to build a half-scale Type 35 for Ettore’s youngest son, Roland, on the occasion of his fourth birthday, with which he soon raced against other children. The elaborate BUGATTI Baby II is a modern tribute to Ettore’s masterpiece, in three-quarter scale and powered by an electric powertrain, for kids to feel what racing in the roaring twenties was like.
Posted by Bugatti on Wednesday, March 25, 2020
As Anonymous News reported earlier this year, the company has recently rolled out what will likely be one of the most expensive cars in the world, but right now it is only seen rarely, at expensive car shows, or the streets of Italy during the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este.
The Bugatti La Voiture Noire is a one of a kind vehicle that is priced around £14 million. The car is considered to be the “spiritual successor” to Jean Bugatti’s personal Type 57 SC Atlantic that was reportedly lost during World War II.
Automobiles Ettore Bugatti was a French car manufacturer of high-performance automobiles, founded in 1909 in the then-German city of Molsheim, Alsace by the Italian-born industrial designer Ettore Bugatti. The cars were known for their design beauty and for their many race victories. Famous Bugattis include the Type 35 Grand Prix cars, the Type 41 “Royale”, the Type 57 “Atlantic” and the Type 55 sports car.
All Photos Courtesy of Bugatti and Auto Blog.
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