Technology saw a lot of "firsts" this week. The first multi-touch keyboard, the first 3-D handheld scanner, the first electric car from BMW. And in this image, Swiss adventurer Yves Rossy, also known as "Jetman," made his first appearance at the Experiment Aircraft Association's annual show, zooming across the skies over Oskkosh, Wisc. Click through and see what other tech firsts we have in store.
Korean Institute of Ocean Science and Technology
The Crabster CR200, a huge six-legged underwater robot, took its first plunge. The vehicle is an alternative to propeller-driven vehicles, which can't maneuver in shallow seas that have strong tidal currents.
Humanoid robot bartender Carl interacts with guests at the Robots Bar and Lounge in the eastern German town of Ilmenau. Carl, developed and built by mechatronics engineer Ben Schaefer who runs a company for humanoid robots, prepares spirits for the mixing of cocktails and is able to interact with customers in small conversations.
Image-capture company, Fuel3D, launched a Kickstarter program to develop a handheld, point-and-shoot, 3-D scanner that sells for less than $1,000. The company says their device requires no calibration and can produce a level of color resolution and detail seen in bigger imaging machines that sell for $15,000.
Nearly constructed, the USS Zumwalt is considered to be the U.S. Navy's first electric ship. The electricity generated by the ship's four gas-turbine engine can be used to propel the ship as well as fire railguns or directed-energy weapons all at the same time.
Sigrid Adriaenssens, Princeton University
As part of a research project to optimize structural durability using innovative shapes and materials, engineers from Princeton University constructed the first functional structure made completely of chocolate.
The city of Tel Aviv appointed U.S. consultancy firm Jenkins Gales & Martinez to oversee development of the world’s first magnetically levitating skyTran system of mass transit. The system will be comprised of personal two-seater pods that can be called up via a website or a mobile app and provide point-to-point service for commuters.
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A technology called TouchKeys that combines touch sensors and real-time software aims to turn a regular keyboard into a multi-touch instrument. By adding the touch sensors to the keyboard with a DIY kit, musicians will be able to control vibrato and pitch bends as well as create entirely new sounds. TouchKeys is a project launched recently on Kickstarter by Andrew McPherson and a team of musicians and researchers from the Center for Digital Music at Queen Mary, University of London and Drexel University.
BMW unveiled its new electric car, the i3, which is 800 pounds lighter than the Chevy Leaf or Nissan Volt and has a range of about 80 to 100 miles per charge.
Electric aircraft company GreenWing International has announced it will begin selling its first single-seat electric plane, the eSpyder for under $40,000. The aircraft can cruise at speeds of up to 68 mph, travel for 60 to 90 minutes on the battery, which takes two to three hours to charge.