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US Army tests tiny drones that can latch onto utility belts, Ep. 205This week on Crave, we read some tweets sent by peeved potholes in Panama City and test-fly a teeny tiny military-grade drone. Plus, a hovering tricycle keeps our dreams of speeder bikes alive -- if the blades don't chop off our heads, that is. It's the...
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Colors to starts production, but it could be years for an early bird pledge of $69. [MUSIC] [NOISE] This pothole in Panama City might have more Twitter followers than you. Panama's daily news show, Telemetro Reporta, installed a number of sensors in potholes throughout Panama City, which when run over by a car Car would send an automatic tweet to the Ministry of Public Works, alerting them of the pothole location and the damage caused. For example, one tweet read I feel terrible. I just caused tired damage to an old lady's car. The Twitter account is called El Hueco Twitero, which means the tweeting pothole, and has become very popular because victims of the pothole feel like it's a good place to voice their complaints and share photos of existing potholes. Well the tweets did in fact work, and the city began repairing potholes that were made Public by the tweeting pothole campaign. [MUSIC] This is such a good example of how technology can help solve a common problem and definitely way better than Wanksy, the street artist who paints penises over potholes in Manchester to get the city to fix them. Actually he's pretty cool too. [MUSIC] People will risk their lives and possible decapitation to ride a speeder bike Like the ones we saw in Return the Jedi. That is exactly what a group of Hungarian flight enthusiasts are doing with this flying tricycle that looks extremely dangerous to me. The Flyke Or flying bike is coaxial wide stick layout tri-copter. It has six spinning blades just a few feet away from your head. It is equipped with a full authority flight management computer, that manages flight stability and altitude, making the Flike as easy as riding a bicycle, according to the project website. And we've seen other hover bike prototypes like the Aerofex, which hovers on two large Shielded fan. So the technology is progressing. And who know knows? Maybe by the year 2020 we will all be cruising around on hover bikes, crashing into each other, and blowing leaves and garbage all over the place. And getting decapitated. The United States Army is testing out palm-sized PD 100 Black Hornet drones that easily launch from a utility belt. The drone weighs 18 grams It is equipped with both regular HD and thermal cameras for spotting the enemy up ahead. [MUSIC] The PB100 Black Hornet drones are a product of Proxdynamics out of Norway. Which has already deployed a number of the drones to British forces in Afghanistan. [MUSIC] The drone has a flight time of about 25 minutes and can be piloted with one hand using a small controller. [MUSIC] Or it can be programmed to fly to a specific coordinate on a map. [MUSIC] If you think these are cool little consumer drones then think again. The PD 100 Black Hornet Drone sells for $40,000 a piece, but it does come with this fancy launching pad. Read more about the Black Hornet Drone in the Crave blog post. All right guys, that's the show. Thank you very much for watching. As always, you can find all these news stories at CNET's Crave blog at crave.cnet.com. Make sure you follow Crave on twitter @Crave. And check out this week's Crave giveaway. This weeks Crave giveaway is a couple of Dash & Dot educational toy robots from Wonder Workshop. Teach your kids robotics and programming. Go to their blog and enter to win. [MUSIC] Our customers love the flexibility of Airbnb, but some people are looking for even more rental options. That's why we're introducing Airbnb Express, which gives you only the best part of Airbnb, going in a stranger's apartment and looking through their stuff. Crocs, really? He left his mail just out. I'm gonna go through it, right? We know you like to look around. We're just making it easier. With Airbnb Express you can build for just an hour or two. Plenty of time to pop in and judge all their stuff. Check it out. He owns Churches on vinyl. He keeps them both in the same bag? This guy's family is super ugly. Babe, this is my impression of this guy waking up. I'm alone again. Air Beam B express even gets you access to that special locked closest that you're not supposed to go in. This is going to be weird. Open, do it! What's in it? Nothing, there's nothing in it. Don't look in that. No. I want to see. Call it creepy, call it curious, we really don't care. Air Beam B express Start snooping. [MUSIC]