The Window Socket created by Kyuho Song & Boa is a potentially revolutionary invention that provides a neat way of taking advantage of solar energy in a convenient form factor.
The portable charger can be used anywhere with direct sunlight. Its suction cup makes it particularly useful in locations with a window such as houses, cars and planes. The solar energy supplied for charging is converted and stored in its small internal battery. When it is completely charged you can carry it around to use later.
The store power (1000mAh) could charge a mobile phone although it needs to be developed in-depth to reach the point where being able to power household appliances.
The world’s most expensive motorhome has gone up for sale for £1.9m and when it comes to features can trump most full sized flats!
The 40ft long motorhome, designed by Marchi Mobile, comes with an en suite bedroom, a working fireplace and a roof terrace that has a bar and floor heating for chilly summer evenings.
The luxury caravan is called eleMMent palazzo, which is Italian for palace, and also boasts the latest technology including mobile internet, CCTV, satellite TV and glow-in-the-dark paint to improve night safety.
For its size the eleMMent palazzo is rather sporty with a top speed of up to 93mph.
The Japanese technology company Hitachi recently introduced its fully automatic self-driving car that has been specially built for the elderly and disabled. With a simple touch on a screen the Ropits, short for Personal Intelligent Transport System, can bring you anywhere you want as long as there’s a pavement or footpath leading to it.
The vehicle is equipped with sensors, cameras and 3D lasers to be able to avoid bumping into pedestrians or getting stuck in a pothole. The navigation is easily initiated via a touch-screen map that is connected to a GPS device. With a top speed of 4 mph, the Ropits is even able to overcome steps by adapting the front wheel height while keeping the vehicle upright.
If the passenger gets into any trouble during the automated journey the vehicle can be manually navigated with a joystick.
Beware the wrath of Polish neighbours! Zbigniew Filo, a 24-year-old young man from Lubczyna, a small village in Poland, came home to find his Ford Escort lodged in a willow tree. His neighbours decided to use a crane to lift Zbigniew’s car onto the willow tree after a spate of dangerous driving on his part.
Neighbours evidently grew tired with his erratic and dangerous driving and decided to take matters into their own hands. One local added: ‘Whoever, or whatever it was, it’s probably a good thing as he was a dangerous driver and could have killed someone.”
One member from the local police reported, “We received a call from a man saying his car was stuck in a tree and that his neighbours had put it there.” Fortunately, the car was removed from the tree with help of the police.
It seems Zbigniew has learnt a lesson, admitting that his driving was out of control, “I get the message, but I think it was a bit harsh,” he said.
Not only did the police in Dubai recently purchase a brand new Lamborghini Aventador for their patrol cars they have also added a Ferrari to their fleet!
The £350,000 Lamborghini, painted in the Dubai force’s green and white colours, can speed up to 217mph and is believed to be the most expensive police car worldwide.
The £200,000 Ferrari is currently on its way to Dubai and together with the Lamborghini the flagship fleet should show “how classy Dubai is,” according to Deputy police director, Gen Khamis Matter al-Muzaina.
The cars will mainly be used in tourist areas and rather unlikely be involved in car chases or similar.
He has a gadget for every occasion, a vast mansion….and a garage in Wales? That’s right, when Batman isn’t prowling the streets of Gotham he chooses to park the Batmobile in a more low key spot.
Alan Dennett of Rhyl, North Wales, a retired mechanic, has completely transformed an old Daihatsu into a fantastic replica of the 1960’s model Batmobile. The reason behind this effort is his grandson, Alfie Wilde. Alfie, 11 years old, has been a passionate fan of the Adam West’s Batman. He was not able to believe his eyes when his present was unveiled for first time. Alfie’s grandfather said “It was worth all the effort just to see the look on his face”.
Although Alfie is not yet old enough to enjoy actually driving the Batmobile he spends hours playing as his favourite superhero, reproducing famous old scenes, singing songs and fighting crime. The caped crusader would be proud!
Take a look at the photos of Alan and Alfie below.
Guerlain Chicherit is a well-known French rally driver who has become the first person to complete a successful backflip with a car. This daredevil challenge was carried out by in Tignes, France, thanks to a Mini Countryman.
According to a Mini’s spokesman, the car was modified for the occasion but there was not any extra assistance to complete this crazy stunt. Guerlain hit the 25ft ramp at exactly 37mph, flying 75ft into the air and completing a full 360 degree flip.
Afterwards Guerlain said, “In the jump, I knew the balance of the car was good and it took me maybe 20 seconds to realise I had landed on my wheels.”
Watch Guerlain Chicherit and his mini in action below. Enjoy!
Ever wanted to fall asleep and wake up somewhere else? This new Pop-Up Shipping Container Hotel in Belgium is always on the move.
The hotel “Sleeping Around” does exactly what it promises: it moves from location to location and gives its guests new surroundings and views every time. At the moment the hotel, consisting of five shipping containers, is present at Antwerp but you’ll only be able to find the exact spot with a GPS device when booking a room.
The owners chose shipping containers for their “pop-up” hotel because of their sturdy exterior, closable doors and easy transportation capabilities on trucks at any time.
Four containers serve as bedroom with a bathroom, breakfast can be taken in the fifth container and soon a 6th container will be the sauna.
A Belgian driver who wanted to pick up a friend from the train station 38 miles away from her home in Solre-sur-Sambre, ended up 900 miles away in Zagreb, Croatia due to a problem with her sat-nav.
Sabine Moreau made an astonishing 900 mile journey across Europe without realising she was following the wrong directions
Although Sabine Moreau, 67, stopped several times to refuel her car during the journey that crossed 5 borders with multiple-language traffic signs, she did not stop until 2 days later when intuition told her she may no longer be in Belgium!
“I saw all kinds of traffic signs. First in French, then in German – Cologne, Aachen, Frankfurt. But I didn’t ask myself any questions. I was just distracted, so I kept my foot down,” Sabine told a Belgian news website.
Ms Moreau finally made it home 60 hours after starting her journey, just before the police in Belgium launched a manhunt for her after being alerted by her son.
A police spokesman said: “This is an incredible story. These GPS systems cause problems from time to time but nothing like this. But this woman has done nothing wrong and we just have to believe her”.