The Wrap: 21 August

The Wrap: 21 August

Rule 764582 of the internet

You may have heard of “rule 34 of the internet”. If it exists, there’s pornography of it. I am going to have to invent a new rule: if it exists, someone has 3D-printed it.

Just last weekIdealog reported on a new kind of transport system called a ‘hyperloop’, that could potentially be faster than flying. This week, it’s emerged that a small company called WhiteClouds has 3D-printed its own model of the hyperloop. To the best of our knowledge, it’s not a working model.

Drones are now solar-powered

New Mexico-based startup Titan has revealed an unmanned aircraft that’s solar-powered and can remain up in the air for up to five years.

The first drone is the Solara 50, which is expected to fly next year. Soon afterward, the larger Solara 60 will launch. 

Titan is the first company to work on commercially manufacturing drones, Ars Technica reports.

The Xbox One controller almost emitted smells

Sometimes when I’m playing a military shooter and I’m following an AI teammate, what I really want is to smell how stinky and sweaty and dirty that teammate is.

Oh wait. No I don’t.

Apparently Microsoft disagrees, though, because the company nearly made the controller for its next-generation game console, the Xbox One, emit smells. They would have been optional–you have to insert a cartridge–and the available scents would have been limited. You might smell smoke after an explosion, or foliage as you traipse through a forest.

So why did Microsoft abandon the idea? The after-smell. The company figured people who weren’t playing games might not like their whole house stinking of gunpowder all the time. Go figure.

Tesla passes the testa

Electric vehicle startup Tesla has just has its first vehicle, the Tesla model S, safety tested. Not only did it ace its testing–it has the highest safety rating of any car, ever, with five stars in every safety category–but the company’s roof collapse protection was so good it allegedly broke the testing machine.

Don’t believe us? Check out this video below.