Via Altaeros Energies:
Effective, economic power generation for rural communities and remote locations remains a significant challenge. Current solutions focus on diesel power generation or renewable energy, such as wind or solar. Diesel power is expensive, requiring regular refueling and renewable energy is erratic with fluctuations in the wind and guaranteed periods with no sunlight. The mandates of many governments across the globe to provide universal access to electric power mean that global utility companies are striving to deliver economic solutions to remote and rural populations.
Altaeros’ autonomous tethered airborne platforms are designed to lift a lightweight wind turbine up to 600m above ground, where winds are strong and consistent.
Via Aero-News Network:
The FAA has authorized Terrafugia to operate small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) in the TF-X configuration for research and development (R&D) purposes.
The TF-X, Terrafugia’s vision for the future of personal transportation, is a four-seat, hybrid electric, semi-autonomous, vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) flying car. As the TF-X program is currently in the early stages of development, extensive sub-scale flight testing of sUAS, along with wind tunnel testing and aerodynamic simulation, are key to refining the vehicle’s design.
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Via Business Insider:
As part of the fast-casual cafe chain’s reinvention process, Panera is building ordering kiosk centers to replace cashiers.
This new technology results in labor savings for Panera, allowing for more employees within the cafe itself. But what does this mean for the customer?
“The kiosk and other digital interfaces encourages true menu browsing — not only of ingredients, but also nutritionals — which has led to an increase in personalized orders,” Blaine Hurst, Panera Chief Transformation & Growth Officer, told Business Insider. It also results in shorter lines and improved accuracy for orders.
From Life Magazine, 1985. Wikipedia article.