Detroit-Chevrolet engineers say that the Avalanche, which was unveiled at the North American International Auto Show in January, is neither a pickup nor an SUV. Although it has four big doors and comfortably seats six passengers, it can haul 4 X 8 ft sheets of plywood or drywall. The key: the Convert-A-Cab concept, which works like a trunk pass-through.
Convert-A-Cab enables users to reconfigure the vehicle, stretching its bed from 5 ft, 3 inch to 8 ft long. The vehicle, to be introduced to the public in 2001, is also expected to make heavy use of composites.
Some of our culture's most enduring robots appeared in the 80s. The Aliens series produced another evil android, and we saw light robot fare in the form of Short Circuit. Two of the great robots of all time also showed up: The Terminator and RoboCop.
Optomec's third America Makes project for metal 3D printing teams the LENS process company with GE Aviation, Lockheed, and other big aerospace names to develop guidelines for repairing high-value flight-critical Air Force components.
This Gadget Freak review looks at a cooler that is essentially a party on wheels with a built-in blender, Bluetooth speaker, and USB charger. We also look at a sustainable, rotating wireless smartphone charger.
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