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WHEN MOST PEOPLE hear the word “drone” they either think of uncrewed military aircraft or those multi-rotor mini-copters that could one day deliver packages to your doorstep. But what if the package is the plane? That’s the idea behind the Aerial Platform Supporting Autonomous Resupply Actions drone, a cardboard glider that carries about two pounds of cargo.
“It looks like a pizza box that’s been shaped into a wing,” says Star Simpson, an engineer at San Francisco robotics company Otherlab. Her team designed and built Apsara with funding from Darpa, which challenged them to develop a single-use delivery vehicle for emergency scenarios. But, Darpa being Darpa, there was a twist: The drones had to not only carry a small payload and land where you told them to—once they were on the ground, they had to disappear.
The choreographical piece Simorgh is Iranian-born Meghdad Asadi Lari‘s own elucidation of a customary Sufi ballad. The Conference of the Birds by Farid ud-Din Attar is an extensive and praised ballad written in Persian exploring the delicacy of self-esteem. Every bird speaks to a human blame, for example, self-image, covetousness, excellence and power. The birds must cross seven valleys to achieve the residence of the unbelievable Simorgh bird, whom they trust will be their leader.
Meghdad’s animated adaptation incorporates the peacock, which symbolizes the fallen soul in partnership with Satan, the songbird symbolizing the lover, and the parrot looking for the wellspring of eternity, not God. As the enlivened story depends on writing, Meghdad devoted all the visuals – the fowls and their surroundings – to Iranian culture, art and history. It’s been broadly perceived at a universal level, winning a few global film and movement honors at 60 film celebrations, including the Iranian Film Festival in San Francisco, Plum Tuckered Film Festival, and the International Gold Panda Awards for Students.
It’s a big time for emoji. The character 😂 (“Face with Tears of Joy”) was named Oxford Dictionary’s 2015 Word of the Year. The first Emojicon was held in San Francisco last year. Sony Pictures started production on a movie about emoji called Emojimovie: Express Yourself. And we came together as a society to emphatically decide what peaches really look like. 🍑
From hybridcars.com: Toyota joined forces with upstart Silicon Valley electric carmaker Tesla Motors to co-develop and co-engineer the latest all-electric RAV4. Toyota did the vehicle’s design, ride and handling, safety systems and its human-machine interface. Tesla supplied the RAV’s electric drivetrain, including the battery and electric motor, which it shares with Tesla’s base Model S luxury sedan. The battery-powered RAV4 is available for sale only through select dealers in California’s major metro market areas of Los Angeles / Orange County, the San Francisco Bay Area, San Diego and Sacramento.