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Can you imagine getting your Amazon purchases delivered to your door by a flying drone? It sounds like a crazy idea and, well, it is a crazy idea. However, that doesn’t mean that it might not happen sometime soon. Jeff Bezos is a man who knows about these things, as he is the Chief Executive of Amazon. He said that they are testing the used of unmanned drones as a way of delivering orders to their customers. These Amazon drones even have a name. They are called Octocopters. They can carry packages which weigh up to 2.3 kg and they could...

Posted on Aug 27 2013 - 7:30pm by Robert
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Looking at the Tube map was already one of the most exciting things about going to London as it was. The classic map design which is so instantly familiar to us was created by Harry Beck way back in 1931 and still looks great today. That doesn’t mean that the Tube map can’t move with the times, though. The latest attempt at making the London Underground look better can be traced back to June of this year. This was when London transport officials released all of the information which they hold about train and bus times and routes. The...

There is no doubt that it would be nice to see some changes to our transport systems to get us away from the congested roads more. However, have you ever considered travelling in a train-like pod which gets lifted up into the sky? The work on devising this possible new method of getting around has been done by students Ewan Alston, Andrew Flynn, Mason Holden and Martin Keane from the Glasgow School of Art and the University of Glasgow. A Pod and a Manta Ray The system is called Horizon and it all starts with a SkyStation. This is the local...

What’s the worst thing about flying? Apart from the possibility of the plane plunging onto those scary looking rocks way below, we mean. Well, if you pushed us on the subject we would need to reluctantly start to complain about the long way from security to our departure gate. Couldn’t the people who design airports make them a bit smaller? The good news is that even giant airports like Heathrow and Gatwick are going to be a lot more fun now, thanks to the Micro 3 in 1 Suitcase Scooter. This does exactly what the name makes you think...

Travelling by train could soon become a very different experience if German plans get the go ahead. The German advertising agency BBDO has been working on a new type of ad on behalf of Sky Deutschland which is going to prove pretty controversial. The idea is that when you lean against a train window you get to hear the ad, but the worrying bit is that the sound is said to appear to come from inside your head. This is because the system uses bone conduction technology which allows the sound to pass through to your inner ear in the form...

We are used to hearing  drones spoken of in military terms but how would you like to see one flying about to bring you home some supplies? Experts have been discussing the future of drones at the TEDGlobal conferences and it seems that these machines could offer us far more possible uses in the future. Another interesting statistic which came out of the debate is the fact that in 2011 US controlled drones gathered a total of 300,000 hours of video surveillance footage. Science fiction author Daniel Suarez pointed out that it is now getting...

When it comes to things like mobile phones and tablets the adoption of eye tracking software sounds like a bit of harmless fun. However, when it is used to cut out accidents using blooming big mining trucks then this is a more serious business. The manufacturer Caterpillar is bringing out a package which is designed to give a warning when he driver starts to fall asleep at the wheel. It is called Driver Safety Solution but you can call it DSS if you like. It has already been tried out by BHP Billiton and Newmont Mining. A couple of the...

If you are the type of air passenger who looks nervously out of the window to see that the pilot is a trustworthy, sober type then you might be able to sit back and forget about it before too very long. This is because tests have been carried out on unmanned flights in UK airspace in the last month. That’s right; a plan with no pilot at all. Actually, a pilot who was on board the Jetstream craft took off near Preston and landed in Inverness but for the 500 miles in between a pilot on the ground had control of the plane, taking instructions...

If you were out and about in London over the last week or so then maybe you were lucky and came across the London Sound Taxi. This is a vehicle which has been designed by sound artist Yuri Suzuki and which gave the noise of the UK capital a whole new sound. Basically, it uses microphones to record the noises which go on around it. The sound of honking horns, yapping tourists and possibly even rogue Beefeaters is then mixed into some form of live music and then pumped out through the vehicles 67 speakers. It sounds weird and, quite frankly,...

Five months after settling an anti-trust lawsuit for the Justice Department to permit its acquisition of ITA Software, Google has released its own flight search service. The Google Flight Search gives users the ability to search and book air travel using its native search engine. Now, users will be able to search for flights by keying in keywrds like “flights from San Francisco to New York.” A tab will then appear in the left-hand side, or users can search for flights by going to google.com/flights. Users can also filter results...