Designed by Kram/Weisshaar for SapienStone, the Smart Slab is a discreetly high-tech table. Underneath its ceramic tabletop are inductive cooking, cooling and heating elements that let you cook and eat on the same surface, as well as keep food warm or cold.
THE BEST Prototypes
Zero Zero Robotics’ Hover Camera is a light, small and safe camera drone. Its propellers are housed in carbon fiber cages, it can shoot at 4K, and its app and follow-me controls make it easy to use. The catch? It only offers electronic image stabilization, and will cost around $600.
Chinese drone maker Ehang is working on an octocopter that can carry a person. In theory, you won’t need a license to ride the 184 because it pilots itself. It has a maximum altitude of about 1200ft., goes up to 60mph and lasts 23 min. per charge. Skip to 3:50.
Jeremy Clarkson helps Amazon show off its new and improved delivery drone, which is much larger than the previously shown prototype but still takes off and lands vertically. This drone has a range of 15 miles, flies at about 60mph and carries up to 5 pound packages.
Andrej Karpathy’s Neural Talk is a neural network that learns to identify the objects in photos. Kyle McDonald modified the software to run in real time, i.e. to continuously guess what it’s “seeing” from a live video feed. It’s far from perfect, but it’s still impressive.
An extremely limited edition of the Superstar with a seamless upper CNC milled from a single piece of leather. Like the Futurecraft 3D, the Futurecraft Leather represents Adidas’ goal to create custom-fit shoes. The design also drastically reduces the use of adhesive.
JetPack Aviation is developing a personal jetpack. It’s light, compact, and can take off and land on its own. Its JB-9 prototype recently flew around the Statue of Liberty. The company hopes to achieve over 10min. flight time and over 100mph top speed for its next prototype.
A group of Stanford mechanical engineers modded a 1981 DMC-12 to study autonomous driving systems that can adjust to extreme situations, particularly ones that require counter intuitive driving. So far they’ve taught their electric DeLorean to drift donuts on its own.
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