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They have been responsible for innumerable deaths in the Middle East during the last decade and, if Amazon has its way, will deliver millions of toasters, gift sets and novels in the future. But recently drones have begun to fulfil a less utilitarian kind of role: competition in the nascent world of futuristic motorsports. A confluence of technological advances has made drone racing possible. A minuscule camera, mounted on the drone’s nose, allows the pilot, as competitors are luxuriously titled, to control the vehicle through virtual reality-style goggles, as if perched in its tiny cockpit.
With powerful lithium batteries, the size of which dictates the speed class of the drone, these machines, which are typically the size of a box of tissues, can reach speeds in excess of 120mph. Studded with coloured LEDs, they fly like hyper-evolved, fluorescent mosquitoes and, thanks to their size and manoeuvrability, can make use of those areas of a sports stadium that are usually out of bounds: streaking over the pitch, for example, before grazing through a window, along a corridor and out again into the night sky. Impromptu courses can be set up anywhere. In September, during an event timed to coincide with the Paris Drone festival, pilots raced along the Champs-Élysées, watched by 150,000 spectators.
The products and places that have most delighted the Coach team this year
When history looks back on 2016 it will be known as a tumultuous time for the planet – but, hopefully, our descendants will also appreciate the masterful apps, delightful snacks and impressive sportswear that Coach particularly enjoyed this year…
Sony Ericsson unveiled its newest Bluetooth headset, the 7th the popular line of devices. The new HBH-35 is a replacement for the popular HBH-30 and improves upon the device by getting a power boost. The new HBH-35 weighs the same as the older model, 28g, but sports up to 5 hours of talk time and 5 days of standby time.
The triple-band Sony Ericsson GSM/GPRS T610 sports a 65,536 colour screen as well as an integrated digital camera and Bluetooth connectivity. The user can share pictures between the phone, a PC and other consumer devices – either locally over Bluetooth or cable, or across the mobile phone networks with MMS or e-mail. The T610 is also the first Sony Ericsson product equipped with QuickShare; a new application providing image sharing capabilities. I guess the question should be, “Does it work with Mac OS X?” [Review here, update here]
Compatible with the Sony Ericsson T68i and the T300, the Sony Ericsson CommuniCam™ MCA-25 sports optical and phone viewfinders, zoom capabilities, and some effects options.
Like the Nokia 7650, the Nokia 3650 sports an integrated digital camera capable of taking pictures in VGA resolution. However, it can record and play back video, has 4 MB RAM, a 12-bit color display, GSM, GPRS, HSCSD, Bluetooth, and there is also an integrated MMC card expansion slot.