Web/Tech

Pilot Deserves Raise After Conquering High Winds

07/31/2015

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Wind gusts of up to 75mph plagued the Netherlands on July 25. As a result, flights were delayed and flights were cancelled, but one plane managed to conquer the winds at the Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam. According to reports, the July 25 storm was the most violent July storm ever recorded in the Netherlands. Check out the crazy KLM Asia landing below.

The KLM868 was traveling from Kansai International in Osaka to Amsterdam. The direct flight usually take just under 12 hours and has a 7.6 out of ten flight score on Expedia. The journey will set you back around $1,300. Though, these passengers should've been given a discount to account for emotional distress. 

"Last Saturday, all flights at Schiphol had to do with strong winds and thereupon applied the relevant procedures," commented a GLM spokesperson to The Daily Mail UK. 

'KLM pilots were well able to deal with it and ensure the safety of passengers and crew. KLM doesn’t take any risk, safety is therefore not been compromised," said the airline.  

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13-Year-Old's Idea Could Save Hundreds of Lives

07/21/2015

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Sometimes people need an app to tell them they're being a less-than-perfect parent or guardian. Zane Pasha, a 13-year-old student from Las Vegas, developed a concept that could eradicate the alarming statistics surrounding hot cars and abandoned children. The idea recently earned Pasha the Nevada State Merit honor in the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge. 

Pasha's HeatSafe mobile app would link to a wireless thermometer that would remain in the car and would send alerts to the owner's cellphone when temperatures hit a concerning number. Heatstroke sets in at 104 degrees -- a temperature achieved rather quickly by cars exposed to heat and humidity. According to studies, an average of 38 children die each year from being left in cars heated by the strong summer sun.

This year, the issue has been hot topic in the media. Just yesterday, another child was found dead in a hot car. This time in Dallas, Texas. A week ago, an 11-month-old passed away after an being left in a car for an hour in Florida while the parents were reportedly putting away groceries.

"€œI looked it up and no one really made something to alert parents about temperature rising in their car,"€ Pasha said to members of the press. "€œI realized this would be a good time to make it because of global warming; everything is getting hotter too. So there are going to be more deaths in cars if someone doesn‘€™t stop the problem."€

Pasha also credits his inspiration to his mother, Dr. Shazia Kirmani-Pasha, who is a pediatrician. 

"HeatSafe is a very tangible tool that uses current technology to solve a burning problem, especially in our desert environment. As a pediatrician I spend hours counseling parents on safety and prevention of injuries and mortality,"€ she told the press. "€œZane‘€™s concept of a device attached to a car seat, diaper bag, child‘€™s clothing, animal‘€™s collar etc., which can send a message to a mobile device warning of a sudden temperature escalation, can save lives."€

To check out the complete list of finalists and other inventions by teens competing in the challenge click here.

Need a cool down? Watch when the Junkyard Empire crew turned a PT Cruiser into an Ice Cream Truck perfect for the summer. 

Google's New Patent Draws Attention

07/15/2015

2014.06.25.15.17.32.14_google-logoAnother day, another headline about Google taking steps to revolutionize the driving experience. New information about the future of driving came forward yesterday as Google's latest patent application was published. 

The patent, which was filed in May 2014, describes a system in which vehicles can be operated by handheld devices. According to the application, the portable computing device will execute software that enables individuals within the vehicle to perform control actions that "would otherwise take a flip of a switch, turning of a knob, or pressing of a pedal". These tasks include everything from activating the car's interior lights and readjusting the radio to steering and applying the brakes.

Some capabilities will be location specific, however. For example, you may be able to drive your car only if the device is "located in the area of the driver seat". The application also lists that control of the entertainment system would be accessible only when the device is being used by the driver or co-pilot.

Listed as examples of handheld devices include a cell phone, a tablet, a laptop, or a portable gaming device. Some form of wireless connection will be necessary to link the device to the vehicle.

While the technology is one of many advances Google is making in the automobile space, the system may have other benefits. According to the 2010 US Census, one in five people have a disability. The Census found that nearly 30.6 million people were listed as having difficulty walking or climbing stairs, or used a wheelchair, cane, crutches or walker. Another 19.9 million had difficulty lifting and grasping. Perhaps this will make those with physical ailments more independent by allowing them to operate a vehicle successfully through touch-screen technology.

Read the complete US Patent application here. For more information about Google's Self-Driving Project click here.

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Quad Backflipping into History

07/13/2015

This may be the coolest thing done on two wheels in years. New Zealand BMX rider Jed Mildon recently became the very first BMX rider to complete a quad backflip. The 29-year-old adrenaline junkie is a member of Nitro Circus, a "crew full of action sports enthusiasts in search of the biggest, baddest, and craziest stunts" according to the group's YouTube page.

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Photo: NitroCircus

After nine months of working on the rotation technique and landing on a giant airbag, Mildon took to a 21 foot ramp and let it fly. Million is no stranger to taking things to the next level- he was the first to land the triple flip in 2011- but this jaw-dropping trick surpasses that on every level. Check out the video of the incredible feat (and a few gruesome attempts) below. 

To read the complete interview with Mildon click here.

Want more crazy things you can do on a set of wheels? Well, how about turning four of them into an unconventional ice cream truck... 

You Will Soon be Able to Buy a 3-D Car

07/10/2015

Local Motors announced this week that they will be releasing two 3-D printed cars models for sale next year. The startup based out of Phoenix, is credited for creating the world's first 3-D printed car in September-- not to be confused with the first 3-D printed supercar the Blade

The design for the vehicle named ReLoad Redacted was submitted to Local Motors' Project Redacted Challenge by Kevin Lo. It boasts a "flexible foundation that can support many different styles and technology options", according to the contest press release. The ReLoad will come in two models: the Swim and the Sport. Lo's creations were deemed supreme through a voting process that utilized the Local Motors community and a panel of judges including SEMA Vice President of Vehicle Technology John Waraniak and Jay Leno.

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ReLoad Swim, credit: Local Motors

According to Local Motors, the ReLoad Redacted will operate on a battery and fall between $18,000 and $30,000, though the final sale price has not yet been released. These vehicles are not yet highway legal, however. That giant leap into the mainstream auto industry is projected to occur by the end of 2016, as reported by Fox News. ReLoad Redacted is on pace, though, to make its worldwide debut in November 2015 at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas. 

 

For more about SEMA, check out this clip from the 2013 event when Chip Foose, Wayne Carini and other Velocity stars tried to predict the future of cars. 


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