Toyota Will Spend 10 Years Perfecting Its Astronaut Moon Rover - Autoblog

Toyota will spend 10 years perfecting its astronaut moon rover - Autoblog

Japan has an ambitious plan to send men to the moon by 2030 as part of a multinational mission and is determined they'll have a ride when they get there. Japan's space agency JAXA and partner Toyota have revealed that the pressurized, manned lunar rover — announced earlier this year — should be ready to launch by 2029. The six-wheeled vehicle will carry two people up to 6,200 miles using solar power and fuel cell technology. At 20 feet long, 17 feet wide and 12 feet tall, it'll have 140 square feet of habitable space. Thanks to the pressurization, astronauts won't need spacesuits while inside. The timeline is pretty busy, and considering the challenges of developing tech for human space exploration, Toyota and JAXA will do well to meet their deadlines. The official plan runs for three years, up to 2022, with a tentative plan for a push toward launch between 2022 and 2029.

  • Fiscal year 2019: Identifying technological elements that need to be developed for driving on the surface of the moon; drawing up specifications for a prototype rover
  • Fiscal year 2020: Manufacturing test parts for each technological element; manufacturing a prototype rover
  • Fiscal year 2021: Testing and evaluating both the manufactured test parts and the prototype rover
  • From 2022: Manufacture and evaluation of a 1:1 scale prototype rover; acquisition and verification testing of data on driving systems required to explore the moon's polar regions
  • From 2024: Design, manufacture, and evaluation of an engineering model of the rover; design of the actual flight model
  • From 2027: Manufacture, and performance and quality testing of the flight model
At that point, the rover will be ready for a scheduled 2030 launch. In theory, it will arrive on the moon ahead of the human explorers and drive autonomously to meet them. JAXA wants to use it to help astronauts explore the lunar poles in search of frozen water, while at the same time developing tech that could be used on other planets. If the ambitious project works out, it'll give astronauts a cozy escape from the lunar desert's magnificent desolation.

Fujifilm Patents A Touch Sensitive Top Lcd Panel For Its Cameras

Fujifilm Patents A Touch Sensitive Top LCD Panel For Its Cameras

When Fujifilm launched the X-H1 mirrorless camera, it was one of the few Fujifilm cameras that came with a top LCD display. This kind of display can be found on DSLR cameras from the likes of Canon and Nikon, but rarely on Fujifilm cameras. However, it seems that now that Fujifilm has implemented it, they could be looking at ways to improve on it.

According to a report from Fuji Rumors, they have stumbled across a patent which suggests that Fujifilm has been toying with the idea of making the LCD panel touch sensitive. Now the screen itself is pretty small, so it’s not as if it will be used in the same way you might expect from a touch LCD panel mounted on the back of the camera.

Huawei Still Unsure If Hongmeng Will Replace Android On Its Phones

Huawei Still Unsure If HongMeng Will Replace Android On Its Phones

We had heard that the operating system that the company is developing is known as HongMeng, but now it turns out that Huawei might be having second thoughts. According to a report from the South China Morning Post, Huawei chairman Liang Hua was quoted as saying, “We haven’t decided whether to develop Hongmeng into a smartphone OS yet.”

We should point out that Liang’s statement was merely a clarification about its HongMeng platform, where the company did acknowledge that it was in development, although it seemed to be mostly aimed at Internet of Things devices, as opposed to smartphones. This doesn’t mean that the company isn’t working on an Android alternative, but according to Liang, they would ultimately still prefer to use Android if they can.

Toyota Will Build New Suv At Alabama Plant It's Building With Mazda - Autoblog

Toyota will build new SUV at Alabama plant it's building with Mazda - Autoblog

WASHINGTON — Toyota Motor Corp said Wednesday it will build a new sport utility vehicle at its $1.6 billion joint venture assembly plant in Alabama rather than produce Corolla cars. The largest Japanese automaker announced in January 2018 it would build the factory in Alabama in a joint venture with Mazda. Toyota said the shift is due to "a growing consumer appetite for light trucks and SUVs." Mazda announced in February 2019 that it would build a new SUV at the plant. Toyota said it still expects the plan to start production in 2021. Construction remains on schedule, and hiring has begun. The plant could create up to 4,000 new jobs and build 300,000 vehicles annually. Corolla production will remain at Toyota's plant in Blue Springs, Miss.  

Canon Wants You To Fund Its Small Clippable Camera

Canon Wants You To Fund Its Small Clippable Camera


Canon has introduced a small clippable camera called the Ivy Rec. Meant for outdoor use, the camera is built into a keychain carabiner and is roughly the size of a USB drive. It can connect to a mobile device wirelessly through Wi-Fi or Bluetooth and show a live preview. The company is crowdfunding this project through Indiegogo.

There’s a 13 megapixel 1/3-inch CMOS sensor in the Ivy Rec which is capable of recording 1080p video at 60 frames per second. It’s waterproof for up to 30 minutes in up to three feet of water. The empty square space that you see is essentially the viewfinder. There’s also a single dial at the back for switching between the modes.

Nintendo Could Expand On Its Switch Online Service

Nintendo Could Expand On Its Switch Online Service

One of the perks of subscribing to Nintendo’s Switch Online service is that it gives gamers access to a collection of old NES games that can be replayed on their Switch console. However, given that Nintendo’s console history is more than just the NES, we’re sure some are wondering if this could eventually expand to cover more consoles.

The good news is that there is a chance that could happen. During Nintendo’s investor Q&A session, Nintendo was asked about expanding on its online service and in response to that question, the company said that they are looking to expand its NES games. This has led to speculation that Nintendo is hinting that they might be exploring other older consoles.