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The Raspberry Pi platform has been wildly successful selling over 12-million units since the first launch. The $5 Rasberrry Pi Zero was quite a hit but had most users adding Wi-Fi or Bluetooth modules and antennas. The latest, Raspberry Pi Zero W, has both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, a Proant antenna, and a CYW43438...

Remember the McDonald’s Shamrock Shake? Well it is coming back and McDonald’s wants to promote it by reinventing the straw for maximum shake drinkability. “It was a puzzling assignment but one with an ambitious goal,” said Seth Newburg, principal engineer and managing partner at NK Labs. “From a physics perspective, it’s actually quite difficult to deliver a proportional amount of both chocolate and mint flavors with each sip. But that’s exactly what we did. It’s a marvel of fluid dynamics. Thanks Fibonacci sequence.” McDonald’s...

The Tesla is the only electric car company that is addressing the charging issue head-on. What other car company has a massive global quick charging network? This is more about the United States even though Tesla is growing the Supercharger network worldwide. Currently Tesla has 2,636 Supercharger stations at 373 locations in North America. Impressive right? Well Tesla now plans to double this number by the end of 2017. Smart move considering the number of Model 3’s that will be hitting the road in the next few years. ...

The delivery via drone dream is a cool idea but has many hurdles to overcome. The biggest one is the range of said drones. I don’t imagine we will see drones delivery from warehouse to homes/businesses anytime soon. With that said, UPS’ latest approach seems like a great idea. The plan is to have a drone mounted on the roof of the UPS truck that does out-of-the-way deliveries while the driver continues doing their normal route. When the drone has delivered the package it comes back to the truck and lands for new packages...

Three and a half months after Samsung discontinued the Galaxy Note 7 smartphone they finally have a full autopsy of the causes. Yep, causes, there were a few things that went wrong. Heck, they even made a pretty infographic (after the break) to explain the problem. Samsung apparently used two different battery manufacturers which they labeled as “battery A” and “battery B”. The “A” versions were in recalled phones (before September) and the “B” versions were for the next batch of exploding...

We keep hearing how graphene is going to change the world. Better substrates, building materials, and batteries because of this magical stuff. Not much actual product has made it to market but the demos keep getting better. This video from MIT shows graphene’s hexagonal lattices in action for something that is 5-percent as dense as steel and ten times stronger. ...

Alfa Romeo is making a statement in the SUV market with their Stelvio, named after a winding pass in the Italian Alps. There are two power options, a turbo 2.0-liter four cylinder that makes 280hp (with an 8-speed automatic and all-wheel drive) and a 505hp 2.9-liter turbo V-6. The bigger engine option, the only option in my opinion, gets from 0-60 in 3.9 seconds. State-of-the-art engines are the beating hearts of each and every Alfa Romeo. Every Stelvio, Stelvio Ti and Stelvio Quadrifoglio are powered by class-leading engines that embody...

Imagine a grocery store where you just grab what you want and walk out without having to wait in line to pay. Well, Amazon has imagined such a grocery store, dubbed Amazon Go, and plans to open 200o of them. Currently there is just one beta store in Seattle being used by Amazon employees. The Amazon Go Store uses computer vision, deep learning algorithms, and sensor fusion. If you grab something, put it in your bag, you can change your mind and put it back on the shelf and the system automatically updates. ...

Now that Tesla has completed the incestuous acquisition of Solar City they can begin the deeper integration of solar and battery. In my opinion solar and battery go together like chocolate and peanut butter. It just make sense. Back to the story at hand, Solar City recently completed a 1.4 MW array on the island of Ta’u in American Samoa. The array features 5,328 solar panels that cover 2.5 acres. This microgrid is paired up with 6 MWh’s of Tesla Powerpacks. This battery setup can charge in just seven hours of sunlight and...

The famed car designer, Henrik Fisker, has had some rough bumps along the way. Not going to talk about those here. I am going to talk about the fact that he isn’t giving up. Fisker’s latest electric vehicle (EV) the EMotion has a “theoretical” 400 mile range and a top speed of 161 mph. These numbers depend on a new graphene battery, currently under development btw UCLA, coming to reality.  If things work out this carbon fiber EV will be built in California and unveiled in 2017. Some cool features of this concept...