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CES 2020: Segway’s prototype wheelchair crashes at tech show

CES 2020: Segway’s prototype wheelchair crashes at tech show

Technology
Segway's prototype wheelchair crashed during a demonstration at the CES tech show. The S-Pod - a self-balancing electric wheelchair - was being tested by a journalist at the time. The rider had accelerated the vehicle before accidently crashing into a wall. Its maximum speed is 24mph (38km/h). The company said no one was injured. The crash made the S-Pod unavailable for further demos, but analysts say the company should not face lasting damage. "In no way is a [malfunction] a total loss. It is still a sign to the public that the company is close to the finished product," said Ross Rubin, principal analyst at Reticle Research. The S-Pod is designed to be driven in enclosed spaces such as airports, theme parks and work campuses.Seg...
Tech 2019: Our biggest technology stories

Tech 2019: Our biggest technology stories

Technology
As 2019 splutters to a close, it's time for our annual lookback at our most-read tech stories, and to ask: "What happened next?".Facebook and its family of apps dominates this year's list with four entries - it probably won't be a surprise that none of them were particularly brand-enhancing. The Chinese viral video app TikTok makes the cut for the first time. And many of the other "big tech" names are there too in one form or another.But there are a few notable exceptions. Neither Elon Musk nor Tesla made it, despite the window-smashing launch of the Cybertruck and plans to hack our brains. Google's co-founders were originally on the list after deciding to give up day-to-day control of their empire, but were squeezed out just before publication.Video gam...
New engine tech that could get us to Mars faster

New engine tech that could get us to Mars faster

Science
If we're ever to make regular journeys from Earth to Mars and other far-off destinations, we might need new kinds of engines. Engineers are exploring revolutionary new technologies that could help us traverse the Solar System in much less time.Because of the orbital paths Mars and Earth take around the Sun, the distance between them varies between 54.6 million km and 401 million km. Missions to Mars are launched when the two planets make a close approach. During one of these approaches, it takes nine months to get to Mars using chemical rockets - the form of propulsion in widespread use.That's a long time for anyone to spend travelling. But engineers, including those at the US space agency (Nasa), are working with industrial pa...
NFL at 100: Helmets go high tech in quest for player safety

NFL at 100: Helmets go high tech in quest for player safety

Technology
Long gone are the days of the leather shell and single-bar face mask. Today’s helmets are technological marvels, using cutting edge materials and design elements to make the headgear the safest it’s been in the 100th season of the NFL. No piece of protective equipment has undergone as much transformation over the past decade as the helmet. Through a combination of technological advancements, investment by the NFL and an open marketplace for development, helmets are rapidly evolving — with more innovation on the horizon. The helmet will never be expected to fully prevent concussions or other head trauma. But the advancements in recent years are making a major difference, the league says. “There is no question there has been significant success from the helmet manufacturer side in