“I am Iron Man (in real life)”
Did you know that world power governments are developing their own Iron Man suits?
Russia’s just got an upgrade: a watch that is nuclear blast resistant.
The suit was developed by Rostec and is called the Ratnik-3. Some of the suit’s other great features are a powered exoskeleton (which gives soldiers greater strength and stamina), bulletproof armor, and a helmet visor with a heads-up display (HUD).
The suit is expected to be ready by 2022.
The United States is working on a similar suit.
“NASA’s running low on fuel? Can we just stop at the station on the corner?”
A government report released last week shows that NASA is running low on the nuclear fuel essential for long-distance space travel. The country’s supply of plutonium-238 may only last another eight years.
What does this mean for deep-space missions? The Department of Energy is planning to start producing plutonium-238 again by 2019. And NASA is planning another Mars rover mission for 2020. So it’s not the end of all things on the final frontier. Just a hiccup.
Pizza-making robots? It sounds neater than it is…
Zume Pizza is a startup pizza delivery service that is relying on two unique strategies: food automation and baking during delivery. This week, the company scored $48 million through a new series B.
Now, about those robots. Lest you are picturing apron-wearing robots flinging toppings on a pie, let us lower your expectations. Instead, crust is inserted into robotic machines, which spread the dough to a specific “optimal” thickness.
But seriously, this pizza company is on the cutting edge of technology. Already, the Zume trucks, which bake pizza in ovens while being delivered, have gotten most pizza deliveries down to a maximum of 20 minutes. With this new influx of cash, the company will be expanding to other locations in California and continuing in its quest for food automation, freeing the human employees up for the more creative aspects of the job.
Uber meets the Jetson
Uber is jumping into the flying car business. Unexpected? We think so. And the company announced on Tuesday that it plans to roll out those flying cars by 2020. Yep, that’s only three years away.
“The kind of aircraft Uber envisions shuttling customers through the air—electric, with vertical takeoff and landing capability, and capable of flying 100 miles in just 40 minutes—don’t exist yet. Nor does the infrastructure to support them.”
However, Uber isn’t doing this on its own. It isn’t even trying. Instead, the company is trying to motivate manufacturers to build the car/aircraft and the FAA to figure out the regulations. The incentive? Access to Uber’s 55 million monthly active riders. Some experts think they might actually pull this off.
Uber estimates that it would need 1,000 aircraft and 83 vertiports, with 12 charging spots apiece, to serve 3-4 cities.
Got tech items on your Christmas shopping list?
If you are like us, you are distantly remembering your promise to yourself from last year to start your online holiday shopping much earlier this year.
If you are like us, you’ll put it off for at least another month…
In case you’re not like us, get a jump start on your shopping with this list of the best tech gifts. Our favorite? The automatic grill cleaner! I mean who doesn’t hate those wire brush things and the sound they make when you clean the grill.