The Bennie Railplane

Via Wikipedia:

The Bennie Railplane was a form of rail transport invented by George Bennie (1891–1957), which moved along an overhead rail by way of propellers. Bennie, born at Auldhouse, near Glasgow, Scotland began work on the development of his railplane in 1921. In 1929-1930 he built a prototype on a trial stretch of track over a 130-yard (119-metre) line at Milngavie, off the Glasgow and Milngavie Junction Railway, with one railplane car to demonstrate the system to potential clients. The car ran along an overhead monorail, stabilised by guide rails below. It moved by propellers powered by on-board motors. It was intended to run above conventional railways, separating faster passenger traffic from slower freight traffic. Bennie believed his railplane cars had the capability of travelling up to 120 mph (193 km/h) and would offer a “fast passenger and mails and perishable goods service”. Slow and heavy goods freight and local passenger services would continue on the traditional rail service below. Each car could carry a maximum of 48 people; the prototype had seating for fewer.

In spite of interest from around the world, Bennie could not obtain the financial backing he required to develop his revolutionary transport system. The proposed line from Edinburgh to Glasgow was not built, nor was the one between Southport and Blackpool. By 1937, Bennie was bankrupt. He had financed most of the work himself.

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mag-lev audio creates the world’s first levitating turntable

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Via MagLev Audio:

The First Levitating Turntable visually enhances the experience of listening to vinyl records by levitating the platter. By joining our love for music with careful integration of technology and high-range audio components, we’ve created a turntable of the future for the medium of the past.

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Lego Announces Beatles Yellow Submarine Set

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Via Fortune:

Starting Nov. 1, you’ll be able to find John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, and their famous yellow submarine in a Lego store near you.

Lego announced its set of the Beatles’ Yellow Submarine Wednesday—a set that comes with over 550 pieces to construct all four band members, the submarine, and more, according to Lego.

The project came to life after one fan pitched the idea to the company via Lego Ideas, the toy company’s ideas section. The 1968 animated film Yellow Submarine inspired the creation, according to the site.

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Autonomous and Fully Connected BMW Motorrad VISION NEXT 100 Motorcycle

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Via Ars Technica:

BMW has used the slogan “efficient dynamics” for a few years now, but its designers have taken that charge quite literally in this case, with an emphasis on “dynamics.” Yes, it moves as a conventional motorcycle moves, but the frame and power unit reconfigure themselves depending on riding conditions. Although the engine is a zero-emissions power unit, it resembles the horizontally opposed “boxer” engines currently found in BMW’s motorbikes—but only on the move. When the bike parks, the power unit folds itself up like an accordion.

The black triangle frame—which is meant to evoke BMW’s first-ever bike, the 1923 R32—also bends and moves, doing away with the joints and bearings we’d see on a conventional bike. The steering is even speed-sensitive; at higher speeds, the frame becomes less flexible and more stable. The tires are also adaptive, reconfiguring themselves to optimize ride comfort and handling on the fly.

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The Luxurious Lincoln Land Yacht

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Via The Verge:

Lincoln is focusing on “elegance and beauty” for the exterior, and “serenity and harmony” of the interior.

The look is about being imposing, protecting the family, and giving them a place to be safe. It’s also about giving everyone something to keep them occupied, or in communication with each other, while riding along.

Lincoln has built large screens for everyone (except the driver) to allow passengers to play games against each other in the car. The company said it could envision everyone’s screens connecting to different smartphones or tablets, or for one tablet to play a movie to everyone, for example. Or for each screen to have its own implementation of CarPlay.

There’s a clever intercom system to make it easier for folks in the third row to converse normally with people in the front. There’s even a video chat system that allows riders in the back to see the driver when they’re talking, which might be useful for nervous children who want to see Mom.

Who knows how much of this will make it to the final car, but Lincoln is certainly thinking of the future.

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