Yesterday was the day for Back To The Future fans, the day that Doctor Brown and Marty McFly travelled to the future and we were promised dreams of hoverboards, flying cars and self-tying shoelaces; two out of three isn’t too bad is it?
More than happy to show them off when he appeared on the Jimmy Kimmel show Live, showing off how a button on the side of the ankle can be used to tighten and loosen the laces, meaning you no longer need to tie all those knots.
As if this wasn’t good enough, all proceeds from the shoes will go to the Michael J. Fox foundation, a charity dedicated to helping conduct research into Parkinson’s Disease. While Fox owns one of the only pairs at this moment in time, more are set to go on auction next year with the hopes to help raise funds to eliminate Parkinsons within our lifetime.
A great gadget and a great cause, what more can you ask for?
You may have noticed that in the UK contactless payment is becoming a large thing, with many shops now allowing you to use the system to pay for items if their value is under a set amount (normally around £20). This means that in order to pay for your sandwich at lunch all you need to do is hold your card against the card readers top and after the lights are all green you’ve paid for your food without a single button press. Apple’s answer to this system has just been released live in the UK, ingeniously named Apple Pay.
Apple Pay uses not only your card but also your iPhone or Apple Watch (iPhone 6 or 6 Plus required). This means that after you’ve linked your credit/debit card to your apple account all you need to do is tap your phone against the card reader and provide it with your thumbprint. This gets over one of the biggest worries, in that the near field communication (NFC) used by contactless payments doesn’t require any verification, that is that you don’t need to confirm your identity when you use it. This means as long as all I buy is something to drink and some food that comes in under £20, there is nothing stopping me from using another contactless card. Apple Pay uses your thumbprint to confirm your identity and that you have the permission to use the card you’ve selected to pay for the items.
The system has also been taken up by other companies alongside retailers, Transport for London has stated that you can use the system of readers already installed for Oyster card readers to pay for your bus, tube or train tickets. Argos, Dominoes, Just Eat and even British Airways have also said you will be able to use Apple Pay within their apps.
With a rise to £30 for contactless payments in September, more and more people are being drawn towards using this system as a way of shopping every day. The extra security provided by Apple Pay can’t hurt, it barely adds any time to the experience and keeps your cards safe, just hope you don’t run out of battery while shopping.
We’ve all seen them. The giant fans that spin (on occasion) and are said to help power the world without needing to worry about the pollution that may be generated. The problem is a lot of people don’t like the look of them (bar the fact that unless you have the right conditions the fans won’t spin), but what if someone came up with a new design?
A company in Spain is looking to do just that, Vortex Bladeless are looking to remove the unsightly blades and change how the wind can help power your homes. The giant metal pillars are instead designed to shake, a movement created by the air flowing around the pillars rather than forcing and pushing a giant blade instead. Typically buildings are designed to avoid the kind of wind and vortices that these pillars are instead designed to capture and use. While normally utilizing these by creating a building to oscillate at a specific frequency that the wind may occur at. Instead, Vortex states that by using magnets they are able to adjust the turbines in real time, getting the most out of the wind without having to wait for the opportune moment.
By converting the movement into electricity, Vortex claims to be able to reduce the cost of turbines by almost 40%. The reason for this price reduction is simple, very little maintenance is required if there are no gears or moving mechanics instead. While also cutting initial build costs by almost half due to the lack of expensive blades the blade-less design also has a small problem. The design only captures on average around 30% less energy than a regular turbine, something you could argue is offset by the smaller pieces of land they occupy and silent almost continuous running.
I’m all for environmental energy. Be it solar, wind or tidal renewable energy and electric vehicles are going to help cut pollution and make the world a better place to life very soon in the future, anything that helps bring that future closer can only be good right?
Thank you The Verge for providing us with this information.
It looks like UK retailer Asda has a sweet deal for you if you are looking for an Xbox One bargain. The console can be yours, along with a copy of X-Men for just £249.00. What this all means is that you get the console and one of the best movies of last year for less than the retail price of the console itself.
Another cool part of the deal is that the offer is available both online and in stores, giving customers the possibility of ordering it from the Asda website if they don’t have time to go by the store and pick it up themselves.