Just when you think Italian supercar maker Lamborghini can’t top their latest insanemobile, they go a bit more insane. Well, maybe not, actually. Check out the Lamborghini Terzo Millenio concept car. If it looks like it’s from a sci-fi future, you’re right, as it’s a concept car and won’t be hitting dealerships anytime soon. Also: it’s a full-on electric concept supercar.
The Terzo was developed as a joint exercise with MIT to see how far Lamborghini could push electric car tech, and they pushed it pretty damn far indeed. Power and storage comes from a mass of carbon nanotube-filled super-capacitors instead of old-school batteries, and the carbon fiber bodywork can also store energy. The sleek bodywork can also “heal itself” to a certain degree if it’s damaged.
There’s a motor in each wheel, and each rim has a series of coil-like “displays” or LEDs, which would be illegal pretty much everywhere except in Concept Car City, where the Terzo currently resides. Sadly, this amazing thing isn’t a runner – there may also be a small issue with ground clearance – but it does show that Lamborghini is looking toward a possible electric future after decades of making a long line of amazing gas-powered wondercars.
Do the twist
Speaking of amazing substances, some smart folks over at Carnegie Mellon University have come up with could a revolutionary new metal alloy that could make future phones, tablets and TV truly bendable. Designed by the aptly named Soft Machine Lab at the school, researchers have come up with a metallic material that stays in liquid form at room temperature. Best thing about it: it’s a good electrical conductor, so it could lead to super-flexible circuit boards.
Another key property: it’s able to heal itself, sort of like that Lamborghini. And since it likes to be in a liquid state at normal temperatures, it doesn’t need a lot of cooling or heating to work well. There is another metal that is liquid at room temperature of course: mercury. But mercury is one of the most toxic materials on the planet, especially if it gets into your body. This new material is totally non-toxic, scientists say. Sounds like a winner to us.
The sweet center of innovation
In the increasingly sophisticated world of ultra-complex computers, there’s one machine that still makes a lot of hardware geeks smile – and is still selling in the millions: It’s the diminutive Raspberry Pi, a $25 open-source PC that’s at the heart of a million robotics competitions, and millions more other fun projects. DT has taken a long look at the history around this perky little PC, which went from an obscure hobbyist device to a mass-market phenomenon in 2011.
We’ve even used one to cobble together our own NES Classic home build, which turned out pretty good. It’s a great story of innovation, perseverance, and a lot of late nights after the inventor expected to sell a few thousand of the tiny computers and then got hit with over 100,000 pre-orders. Check out the interesting history of the little computer that can.
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