Tasty Tech Eye Candy of the Week (July 12)
Anthony Gelot via designboom
There's simply too much tech to go around. Here are our favorite bits of techie goodness for the week ending July 12. Artist Philippe Pasqua sculpted a 12-by-21 feet Tyrannosaurus rex from 350 chrome-molded bones and set it up to overlook the Seine River and the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
The US Navy's X-47B, a bat-winged drone, landed autonomously onto the deck of the USS George HW Bush aircraft carrier Wednesday, marking a historic milestone for robotic flight.
Seven research teams met up with their new mechanical teammate, DARPA's ATLAS robot, on Monday. The teams will have until late December 2013 to teach ATLAS the moves it will need to succeed in the DARPA Robotics Challenge, a series of skills that could be required in a disaster response scenario.
The proof-of-concept Laser Gatling Gun has a spinning turret that boasts six 1.4-watt class 4 blue lasers and a 100-mW green laser for aiming, but it's only powerful enough to burst balloons.
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Russia is building nuclear power plants atop floating barges and expects to have them operational by 2016. The fleet, which can be towed to and from different locations, will be named Akademik Lomonosov, and will generate 70 megawatts of electricity, enough to power a city of 200,000 people.
The largest building in the world, the New Century Global Center, opened in Chengdu, in southwest China's Sichuan province. The building is big enough to hold 20 Sydney Opera Houses.
Stanford Solar Car Project
Stanford University unveiled its entry, the Luminos, for October's World Solar Challenge in Australia. The car weighs 375 pounds and has a cruising speed of 55 mph.
The technology company Garmin recently developed a heads-up display device for about $130 that works with a mobile app and Bluetooth-enabled smartphone to project navigation info onto your windshield.
A driverless electric shuttle called the Navia, by Induct Technology, uses a laser-based obstacle detection system to scan the environment and drive to and from destinations.