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Freespirit Spitfire XT

Motorcycle camping trailers are out there, but they're not as common a sight on roadways as car and truck camping trailers. In fact, we didn't notice a single motorcycle trailer at last year's Overland Expo, a show split neatly between off-road campers and adventure motorcycles. Perhaps we should have traveled to Bend, Oregon, instead. That's the birthplace of the new Freespirit Spitfire XT, a rig that carries a pop-up tent and storage box behind any capable bike or small car.  Read More

The Carplane flying car prototype hits the road in Germany

We've been teased with the prospect of a flying car for years now, with many designs, like the Terrafugia Transition, having been under development for some time but yet to arrive in garages or hangars. The Braunschweig-based company, Carplane hopes to square the circle with a twin-fuselage roadable monoplane that made its first public appearance in prototype form at the recent AERO show in Friedrichshafen, Germany.  Read More

The Hall thrusters that the X-37B will carry on its next mission are ion engines similar t...

The US Air Force's most public secret, the X-37B unmanned spaceplane, is now a little less top secret. The Air Force has revealed that when the Orbital Test Vehicle (OTV) 4 mission lifts off from Cape Canaveral AFB on May 20, it will be carrying a Hall thruster as part of an experiment to improve the design for use on Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) military communications spacecraft.  Read More

Infiniti describes its Vision GT concept as 'part beauty, part beast'

Another car designed for the virtual world of Gran Turismo has been brought into the physical realm. The design was first unveiled in December as a "vision of what a high performance Infiniti could look like in the future." The flesh-and-bones Infiniti Vision GT concept car was recently shown off at the Shanghai Auto Show.  Read More

30m2 Flat in Paris, by Richard Guilbault, was completed earlier this year (Photo: Meero)

French architect Richard Guilbault recently renovated a small apartment in Paris that measures just 30 sq m (322 sq ft) and offers a nice example of how much home can be fit into a relatively small space. 30m2 Flat in Paris makes up for its unimaginative name with an inspired interior design that includes moveable furniture, a folding bed, and a tiny bathroom.  Read More

Herbie is just the latest movie car to illustrate the trend of fast growing prices for mov...

In terms of investment potential, the prices of cars which formerly starred in movies are accelerating faster than the already bullish collectible car and movie memorabilia markets. This week Herbie (The Love Bug) set a new world record for a Volkswagen Beetle at $126,500 to become one of the top 50 movie cars ever sold at auction. We've also scoured the auction results of the last ten years to show how much movie cars are appreciating.  Read More

Cadillac CT6 at the New York Auto Show

When Cadillac introduced its all-new CT6 sedan at the New York Auto Show several weeks ago, it detailed 265-hp four-cylinder turbo and 400-hp twin-turbo V6 engine options. At the Shanghai auto show last week, it announced another powertrain option: a 335-hp plug-in hybrid powertrain set to double the fuel economy over the ICE alternatives.  Read More

The PhoneDrone uses your smartphone as its brains

Your smartphone already has a powerful processor and multiple sensors, so why pay for all those things over again when buying a drone? That's the thinking behind the PhoneDrone, which utilizes its user's smartphone as its brains. Kind of like a flying version of the Romo or SmartBot robots, it requires users to dock their phone into it for each use. That approach helps keep its price down ... and also serves as an added incentive not to crash the thing.  Read More

The inner workings of the Industrial Revolution 3, which its creators call 'the world's fi...

The development of 3D printer technology has been rapidly accelerating, boosted in a large part to the open source community and world-wide sharing of information. There are now literally dozens of brands of 3D printers on the market at all price points, but Buzz Technology Limited, out of London, is looking to stand out from the crowd with its Industrial Revolution III printer (or IR3 for short) that can embed wiring within plastic components using conductive material.  Read More

One of the Advanced Rail Cleaner's track-clearing nozzles points at the rail (Photo: GE Tr...

Imagine if you were trying to pull a heavy sled up an icy hill, while wearing slick-soled boots. Well, that's kind of what it's like for locomotives working on snowy mountain railways. If there's too much ice or snow on the rails, their steel wheels will just spin out when traveling up inclines. Because of this problem, trains going along such routes are generally kept short and light – which isn't cost-effective. Now, however, GE Transportation has developed a supersonic air blower to keep those tracks dry.  Read More

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