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Marine

German-built Lampuga board claimed to be "world's fastest electric surfboard"

Once the domain of a select few products like the Powerski Jetboard, the powered surfboard market has really grown over the past year. During that time, we've seen the underwhelming Waterwolf, the promising, multi-personality Aquila, and the Radinn surfboards. The German-designed Lampuga joins the crowd, bringing with it speeds up to 34 mph (55 km/h) and claims of being the world's fastest e-surfboard.Read More

Automotive

McLaren celebrates past Le Mans success with special 650S

McLaren is really taking the time to pat itself on the back for winning Le Mans back in 1995. The P1 GTR is being billed as an homage to the F1 GTR Le Mans winner, and we thought that'd be the extent of its anniversary celebration. This week, though, it revealed the 650S Le Mans, a special edition designed to give another hat tip to the past. The upgraded version of the mid-level McLaren borrows design cues from the F1 GTR. Read More

Robotics

ISAAC robot joins NASA to weave advanced composites

The robot revolution continues at NASA this month as its Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia prepares to bring its Integrated Structural Assembly of Advanced Composites (ISAAC) robot online. One of only three robots like it in the world, it will be formally commissioned on January 26 before being put to work making lighter, stronger composite components for aerospace vehicles.Read More

Automotive

Cotton cars to bring down costs of composites

Built in East Germany, the Trabant 601 was notorious for its many faults – not the least of which was a body made out of Duroplast, a hard plastic made of cotton waste and phenol resins that led those in the West to describe the car as being made of cardboard. However, it now looks as if the Trabant is getting the last laugh as scientists look at ways of making cars out of cotton and other botanical fibers formed into a new class of hybrid composites.Read More

Aircraft

Carbon Flyer could be your own li'l stealth fighter

If you like the idea of remotely-piloting a paper airplane, then you really out to check out the PowerUp 3.0 – it's a motor/prop/rudder kit that you add to an existing paper plane, allowing you to control it via a smartphone app. Should you like your R/C aircraft a little techier and sturdier, however, Trident Design's Carbon Flyer might be more to your liking. It has the form factor of a paper plane, but features carbon fiber construction, LED running lights, and an onboard video camera. Read More

Bicycles

Rogue C6 smart bicycle takes aim at the urban commuter

Many cities around the world are experiencing a massive upswing in commuter cycling. But often the vehicles of choice for these motivated nine-to-fivers is either a mountain bike converted for the road, or a road bike converted for shorter trips. At least that's the way Washington-based engineer David Lupafya sees it, whose sleek Rogue C6 bicycle is aimed at walking the line between comfort and durability. Read More

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