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What do Lamborghini trucks have in common with light-powered ovens? They’re both a bit ridiculous, and we just reviewed them. Also, you should check out a fuzzy Japanese companion robot, and electric bandages could be on the way to heal your wounds.
First off, this isn’t the first Lamborghini SUV. The LM002 introduced way back in 1986 gets that honor. Second, the Urus is a result of all your friends buying large vehicles to get around town. It would be dumb for the Italian automaker to ignore the potential to make lots of money. Lamborghini is betting big on the Urus (starting at $ 200,000 — no, really), and there’s a good chance that wager will pay off.
Malta taps into the laws of thermodynamics to store renewable and fossil energy as heat in molten salt and as cold in low-temperature anti-freeze until it’s needed — you probably still need electricity at night, when the sun isn’t shining on your local solar farm.
Downloading and running an unknown .exe file can be fraught with terror — or entailing the need for a clean installation of Windows on a virtual machine. Now, Microsoft is introducing a new solution on Windows 10 that brings it in line with a standard already found on other operating systems: Windows Sandbox. The feature creates “an isolated, temporary desktop environment” (and lightweight, at 100MB) on which to run an app, and once you’ve finished with it, the entire sandbox is deleted — everything else on your PC is safe and separate.
Counting is boring. Let the AIs do it. Stanford researchers crafted a deep-learning system, DeepSolar, that mapped every visible solar panel in the US — about 1.47 million of them, if you’re wondering. The neural network-based approach turns satellite imagery into tiles, classifies every pixel within those tiles and combines those pixels to determine if there are solar panels in a given area, even specifying if they’re large solar farms or individual installations.
This method is accurate and (most importantly) fast. It took just weeks to map the country where a conventional approach might take so long the data would be redundant when it was ready. This could help governments decide on renewable-energy strategies, track solar adoption rates or even pinpoint economic differences based on the number of panels in a given neighborhood.
It’s great that people with large bank accounts can get behind the wheel of a vehicle that runs on electrons instead of dead dinosaurs. What’s better is that 2018 showed that the rest of us can do the same thing.
But wait, there’s more…
- Didn’t think Facebook could get any worse? Think again.
- Consumer privacy made losers of us all this year
- Brava’s light-powered smart oven is too expensive to make sense
- Japan’s latest companion robot is the fuzzy, expressive Lovot
- Microsoft Office app for Windows 10 provides a hub for all your work
- Self-powered electric bandages could speed up healing
- Razer’s Turret is the first keyboard and mouse combo for Xbox One
- Consoles hit November milestone with over 1 million in sales each
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