Planet CNET: Watch out for that inflatable car!
Planet CNET: Watch out for that inflatable car!
7:17

Planet CNET: Watch out for that inflatable car!

Culture
[ Music ] ^M00:00:06 >>[Background music] Hi there, I'm Ella Morton, coming to from Australia, the country, and Australia, the movie. Its about to have its world premiere here in Sydney. Now we're a few hours away from the actors hitting the red carpet. So we're going to pass the time by checking in with some of CNET's own stars, and seeing what's been happening in the world of technology. Now, excuse me, sir, have you heard of a guy called Rory Reid? >>No, never heard of him. >>Okay, well, we'll introduce you. Here he is, all the way from Scotland, to tell us about a car with fricking laser beams attached to its head. >>[Background music] Hi, Rory Reid here from Planet CNET and today I'm in Scotland to check out a car with front mounted lasers. Whoa, whoa, don't run away. These aren't the kind of lasers that can kill you. They're part of the Volvo SE60 city safety feature, which apparently can save your life if you fall asleep at the wheel. Now a single laser beam is mounted up here behind the review mirror. That is then shot through a prism, so it splits into three different beams by a distance of up to six meters. Now if two or more of those beams are broken, and reflected back at the car, then that represents a significant enough threat to activate the city safety feature. Obviously it would be a tiny bit dangerous to test this system by running into unsuspecting rush hour traffic. But we've set up a little demonstration using inflatable cars on a private road. Nothing drastic should go wrong, but I've written my last will and testament, just in case. Cool, all right so this is the first test of the city safety feature in the SE60. I'm going to accelerate up to around five, six miles per hour, into a car. And hope it breaks. Holy cow. Yeah, and it did, it works. That's amazing. Robot car. Just to make sure that wasn't a fluke or a fix, let me show you the same demonstration, again, this time with my eyes completely closed. Yup, I'm alive. It does work. Brilliant. The city safety feature is cleaver enough to only kick in when there's no input from the driver. If you actively move the steering wheel or the gas pedal in order to avoid a potential obstacle, the system disengages and puts full trust into the driver. Finally, we have what the worlds been waiting for, a car that even [inaudible] can drive. This is Rory Reid, for Planet CNET. >>And with that Rory proves once more that if you're living on the edge, you are taking up too much room. Now to the United States of America, where Claris Boyd is showing us a glimpse into the future. And it looks like the geeks shall inherit the Earth. >> [Background music] We have a painted pyro-pack here. >>[Background music] That's right. >>[Background music] Those are the parts and pieces of a pyro-pack. Ever heard of it? Well that's because it doesn't exist, not yet at least. >>This is as good as before, but now its colorful. [Laughter] >>[Background music] And that's just one example of what you'll see on the Discovery Channel's new TV series, Prototype This. >>[Background music] We build a new invention on each show. And throughout of each hour we follow that process. Through the concept. Through the design. Testing facets of it. And then the big final test which is finding out if the prototype works or not. >>[Background music] From robots that can climb stairs to a water slide simulator no idea is too outlandish or seen as impossible. >>[Background music] Terry is all about the animatronics and fabrication of parts. >>[Background music] This is like playing in a toy store for me, it really is. >>[Background music] Joe is an electrical engineer, and a hardware hacker. >>[Background music] I've been doing that since I was seven years old. >>[Background music] [Inaudible] does robotics. >>[Background music] These days if it doesn't have a computer inside it, then it's not really pushing the envelope. >>[Background music] And Mike specializes in mechanical engineering. >>[Background music] We really get in to the heart of technology. So we go talk to professors at different universities and what the cutting edge is that they're doing. And then we incorporate that into our own projects. >>[Background music] That kind of access, and expertise, is exactly the draw producers are hoping will attract an audience. >>[Background music] Okay, this is just a quick introduction scene. The reason to watch this show is that, you know, you have a bunch of guys. They're really smart, they're thinking about the future. They're thinking about stuff that, you know, has never been done before. And for a non-technical person, I'm just interested in seeing these guys go through a process that makes them human. For a techy person its just like a dream. >>[Background music] Based on this upsurge, you know, do it yourself, DYI, it's the hobbyists, you're not really coming to full glory. And that's really the, I think people will appeal to the most. >>Very cool stuff indeed. But I'm a little bit disappointed by the lack of flying cars. I thought that's what was in the future. Now, unlike Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman, not all of us can afford an army of [inaudible] to clean our [inaudible] homes. The techy alternative is to invest in a room cleaning robot. Daniel from CNET Germany has the full story. >>[Sounds of piano] Hi, I'm Daniel from CNET.DE. This is the greatest invention since the dishwasher, robot vacuum cleaners. We took a closer look at two of the housecleaning robots, the infinitely real clean mate, and the iRobert Roomba. Both cruise through your house completely on their own, removing dust and dirt on their way. But don't confuse the functionality of these robots with the old fashioned vacuum cleaners. Instead of using them only when its dirty, the robots clean up your house automatically everyday. Even when you're not at home. The Roomba also features a time on that can. For example, we set to 10 a.m. on weekdays, and the robot will start at work. Of course those robots don't look at all human, but they do have a bit of a childlike personality. So you'll need to keep an eye on them at first if your home does not meet all their requirements. For example, if there are too many cables the robots will pull down everything that's connected. And yes, they're out. But even so, they are able to clean into the corners using their additional brushes on the side. The robots can clean several rooms with one battery charge. If you don't want them to clean one of the rooms, just close the door. Or, using the iRobot Roomba, you can install a virtual wall which sends an infrared signal telling the robot to turn around. The cheaper clean mate has problems crossing thick carpets and door sills so if you have them in your house the Roomba is the better choice. When the battery gets low, the robots look for their docking station which usually works fine. Then they are automatically dock in and recharge. When you get home, just empty the dirt container and your little helper is ready for the next day. After testing these two little guys for a couple of weeks, I have to say that this is a real revolution. And I think I'll be giving myself one of them for Christmas. [Vacuum sounds]. >>[Background music] Heck yes. Evil domestic robots for the win this holiday season. That's all from Planet CNET this week. I'm Ella Morton from CNET Australia. And I think I just saw a wolverine. ^M00:07:12 [ Music ]

Up Next

Real Estate Pro Breaks Down Property for Sale in the Metaverse
experts-react-11

Up Next

Real Estate Pro Breaks Down Property for Sale in the Metaverse

Reggie Fils-Aimé on Nintendo and the Future of Video Games
gmt20220518-190025-recording-avo-1280x720-00-15-09-11-still001

Reggie Fils-Aimé on Nintendo and the Future of Video Games

I Lost My Mind on Guardians of the Galaxy Roller Coaster
1202231812667975-b8hrndwonamcg2sdaf5l-height640.png

I Lost My Mind on Guardians of the Galaxy Roller Coaster

I Went Shopping in the Metaverse and Tried On a Gucci Bag
shopping-1

I Went Shopping in the Metaverse and Tried On a Gucci Bag

How to Download Kanye West's 'Donda 2' for the Stem Player
donda-for-site

How to Download Kanye West's 'Donda 2' for the Stem Player

MoviePass will be back this summer -- this is how it'll work
moviepasscnet

MoviePass will be back this summer -- this is how it'll work

Watch ferrofluid turn into art
ericmesple

Watch ferrofluid turn into art

How Black Friday is very different this year
htdia-blackfriday-v2

How Black Friday is very different this year

Scrambled Eggs James Bond, the perfect meal for a Bond movie
james-bond-cooking-final-00-08-26-03-still083

Scrambled Eggs James Bond, the perfect meal for a Bond movie

Tech Shows

The Apple Core
apple-core-w

The Apple Core

Alphabet City
alphabet-city-w

Alphabet City

CNET Top 5
cnet-top-5-w

CNET Top 5

The Daily Charge
dc-site-1color-logo.png

The Daily Charge

What the Future
what-the-future-w

What the Future

Tech Today
tech-today-w

Tech Today

Latest News All latest news

See Why the Semi May Be Tesla's Most Important Vehicle
tesla-semi-00-02-40-12-still001

See Why the Semi May Be Tesla's Most Important Vehicle

How to Create Holiday Greeting Cards Using Keynote
ipadgreetingcard-site-thumb

How to Create Holiday Greeting Cards Using Keynote

Watch Elon Musk's SEMI Event in 9 Minutes
tesla-sb-v1-00-00-02-01-still001.png

Watch Elon Musk's SEMI Event in 9 Minutes

Fun Amazon Finds Under $100 for December 2022
p1050770-00-13-52-12-still004

Fun Amazon Finds Under $100 for December 2022

Neuralink Is Trying To Reanimate Body Parts
neuralink2022-explainer-v1

Neuralink Is Trying To Reanimate Body Parts

Watch Everything Revealed at Neuralink's 2022 Show and Tell Event
thumb1

Watch Everything Revealed at Neuralink's 2022 Show and Tell Event

Most Popular All most popular

Watch Elon Musk's SEMI Event in 9 Minutes
tesla-sb-v1-00-00-02-01-still001.png

Watch Elon Musk's SEMI Event in 9 Minutes

EVs vs. Gas Engines: We Do the Math on Carbon Emissions
evs-exposed-still

EVs vs. Gas Engines: We Do the Math on Carbon Emissions

2022 Ford Bronco Raptor: This Big Bronco Is Here
ford-bronco-raptor-still-v1

2022 Ford Bronco Raptor: This Big Bronco Is Here

Elon Musk Shows Latest Neuralink Demo of Monkey Typing with its Mind
neuralmonkey

Elon Musk Shows Latest Neuralink Demo of Monkey Typing with its Mind

Best Android Phones of 2022: Samsung, Google, OnePlus and More
1203459317449832-laz1jqjqlhclzhrpcncs-height640.png

Best Android Phones of 2022: Samsung, Google, OnePlus and More

The Kohler Moxie Showerhead uses Alexa to make mornings fun
moxi-showerhead-30

The Kohler Moxie Showerhead uses Alexa to make mornings fun

Latest Products All latest products

See Why the Semi May Be Tesla's Most Important Vehicle
tesla-semi-00-02-40-12-still001

See Why the Semi May Be Tesla's Most Important Vehicle

First Look at Archer's Midnight Air Taxi
midnight

First Look at Archer's Midnight Air Taxi

Holoride Hands-On: VR in the Car Is Like a Disney Ride
holoride-00-00-03-12-still003

Holoride Hands-On: VR in the Car Is Like a Disney Ride

Hands-on With All of Microsoft's New Surface Devices
surfacepro9-event-00-00-04-05-still004

Hands-on With All of Microsoft's New Surface Devices

Microsoft Introduces Surface Studio 2 Plus
surfacestudio

Microsoft Introduces Surface Studio 2 Plus

I Used Meta Quest Pro: Here's What It's Like
questpro-00-03-30-13-still004

I Used Meta Quest Pro: Here's What It's Like

Latest How To All how to videos

MacOS Ventura Continuity Camera Turns Your iPhone Into a Webcam
1203246975312353-pnmdl8bwygpxcjffhlcf-height640.png

MacOS Ventura Continuity Camera Turns Your iPhone Into a Webcam

How to Clean Your Keyboard's Sticky Keys
3keyboards

How to Clean Your Keyboard's Sticky Keys

How to Play Games from PlayStation Plus on PC
psstill

How to Play Games from PlayStation Plus on PC

How to Delete or Disable Your Instagram Account
phoneonorange

How to Delete or Disable Your Instagram Account

Fix Your iPhone Screen With Apple's Self-Service Repair Kit
dsc00641

Fix Your iPhone Screen With Apple's Self-Service Repair Kit

How to Buy a Budget Laptop in 2022
budgetlaptops-00-08-35-15-still001

How to Buy a Budget Laptop in 2022