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MACA Carcopter Hydrogen F1 Car
France-based MACA unveils Carcopter, a hydrogen-powered flying vehicle that they hope one day can compete in a future racing series. This idea comes from the minds of ex-fighter pilot Thierry de Boisvilliers and former Airbus executive Michael Krollak, making its debut at the virtual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2021. A miniature prototype was shown during the event that measured slightly over 8-feet and powered by six 35kW electric motors.

MyQ Pet Portal Smart Dog Door
Want to let your dog out of the house, but got caught in rush hour traffic? Introducing the MyQ Pet Portal. You can use this smart door to control, secure and monitor important home access points as well as letting your pets go outside, complete with live video streaming and 2-way communication through the free app. This solution is designed to replace an existing exterior door or comes integrated in a select offering of Kolbe doors with material and color options to your home’s aesthetics.

Sony Vision-S Electric Sedan
For those unfamiliar with the Sony Vision-S, it’s essentially an all-electric sedan concept with components from Magna International, Continental AG, Elektrobit and Benteler / Bosch. Boasting always-on connectivity, complete with 33 sensors that include CMOS, solid state LiDAR, radar and time-of-flight cameras, which together, form an advanced driver assistance suite called “Safety Cocoon”. Step inside, and you’ll find a panoramic touchscreen integrated directly into the dashboard, paired with Sony’s 360 Reality Audio.

Apple MacBook Built-in Wireless Charging
Photo credit: Sarang Sheth
Apple recently received approval for two US patents that includes sketches of a MacBook with integrated reverse-charging coils capable of wirelessly charging an iPhone, iPad or Apple Watch. These charging coils are located beneath the trackpad and palm rest areas. Apparently, there are coils in the top lid for charging purposes when the laptop is closed in clamshell mode. Similar to how the iPhone 12 has built-in magnets on the back, these special areas on the MacBook will have them as well.

James May Lotus Evija Electric Hypercar
The Lotus Evija may have been unveiled over a year ago in July 2019, but we’ve seen and heard little about it since. Former Top Gear presenter James May gives us an up-close look at this all-electric hypercar. It’s powered by a four individual in-wheel electric motors rated at 493 hp that generate a combined output of 1,970 hp and 1,254 lb⋅ft of torque. The vehicle most recently participated in high-speed testing at a track on circuits in Europe.