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Jun
2016

Augmented reality headset helps helicopter pilots see through the clouds

A pilot wearing the augmented reality system inside a helicopter flight simulator

Unlike commercial airlines, helicopters often fly amidst serious obstacles like skyscrapers, power lines and mountains. So when heavy fog or clouds roll in, navigating can become a dangerous proposition. A new augmented reality vision system out of the Technical University of Munich though, could help pilots see clearly through difficult weather using more than just their eyes.

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28
Jun
2016

Chill out with an hour of swingin’ jazz from Spider-Man’s 1967 cartoon

Everyone can quote the 1967 Spider-Man theme from memory and sing it ironically, but the instrumental accompaniments in that show's three-year run are some of the best and most period-perfect in animation history. Here is all of the background music, more than one hour in total.

Assembled by YouTuber 11db11 about two years ago, it was discovered recently by Retroist, who also brings you the background story of the musician behind it all. He's Ray Ellis, a longtime conductor, arranger and record producer who worked with Billie Holiday, Buddy Holly, Johnny Mathis and Lena Horne. He also composed themes for The Today Show, among other disparate credits.

Spider-Man was not Ellis' only animation gig; from 1968 to 1982, he was Filmation's...

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28
Jun
2016

2017 Porsche Panamera will have CarPlay integration

Apple’s infotainment system will be integrated natively into a 2017 edition of Panamera from Porsche, the German automobile manufacturer specializing in high-performance sports cars. The car maker announced this morning that the 2017 Panamera luxury sedan has CarPlay support via a built-in 12.3-inch touchscreen. In addition to CarPlay, the vehicle will support a new version of...

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