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Use footsteps to power your phone with this futuristic concept (Tomorrow Daily)DARPA tests a lightweight, speedy, autonomous drone for indoor use; also, engineers develop a tech that could someday charge your phone with your shoe.
[MUSIC] Greetings, citizens of the Internet. Welcome to Tomorrow Daily, the best news talk-show in the known universe. I'm Jeff Cannata. And I'm Ashley Esqueda. It is time to talk about some delightful headlines. We have seen fast drones, and we have seen smart drones. And now DARPA is working on smart and faster. At least, that's what DARPA is hoping to achieve with its latest project. The goal here is to create lightweight drones that can quickly fly around inside buildings like warehouses without human operators dealing with them. The drone they tested had a full load of sensors on board and had a top flight speed of 45 miles per hour It appears to be able to fly straightaway as at that speed without much issue, but when they added an obstacle for the drown to avoid, it definitely slowed down to navigate each area. There were some good old fashioned crashes in this video as well, which I appreciated that they included. [LAUGH] So it looks like DARPA still has a long way to go, or at least a little way to go before making this project work. You can't make an omelet without making some eggs. You know what I'm saying? Exactly, you can't make an omelette without breaking some drums. Yeah, this looks really, really cool. Hey, it's always been a pain to charge your phone, but what if you could charge your phone with your shoes. THe University of Wisconsin Madison developed a technology that harvests and stores energy for motion. A shoe sole houses a generator that creates electrical charges. Via a bubbler method, a battery, and a USB output. It creates energy from just about any kind of motion, so you'd theoretically be able to power your smartphone just by walking around. The team hopes to partner their startup with an industrial company, to commercialize this tech, and say it could power other electronic objects like wearable WiFi hotspots for our smartphones. This is what I want. This is what I want. I want to not have to think about charging my phone. Just charge automatically, right? This is what you want until you go to the airport and have to have your shoes scanned. That's my concern. They're like what's in here buddy? What are all these wires inside your shoes for, sir. [CROSSTALK] Yeah, that's a good. That's why they make you take your shoes off. What if we all have them. Yeah. That's a good point. If we all have them, maybe. Then that'll be okay. What do you think? Which of these stories should be our Thursday topic. I mean they're both pretty good. I like this kinetic energy one. Maybe we'll do some research on other forms of kinetic energy generation and storage. I love it because I think, I think this what we want. We already have watches that can generate just from your motions. Mm-hm. They did talk about Over ten times the battery life on a smartphone because of technology like this, and they sort of explained that to me, we'll get into that later. Very excited to dip that into this one. Yes. So, if you guys wanna talk about it, you can. Head over to Twitter, and use the #HEYTD. Yeah, when you shout at us over Twitter, We'll incorporate your shouts into our discussion on Thursday. We'll talk about what you guys want to talk about in addition to what we want to talk about. Shout, but don't scream. And, in that note, lets check out our phone [INAUDIBLE] for the day. [SOUND] Today's [INAUDIBLE] of the day is Christian who snapped this lovely picture with his HTC desire 820S. Christian writes, "Happy Chinese New Year to all at CNET. I took this photo on my HTC Desire 820s on a day out to London with my family to celebrate the year of the monkey and I color popped using an app on my phone. You have my full permission to use this photo on your show." Well this is delightful and what a way to kick off the year of the monkey by going out Out and about. Yeah. There's a really great Chinese new year parade in Los Angles this last weekend. Was there? Yeah. Did you go to it? I didn't get to go but I had friends who went and they sent me FaceTime video. I was doing work stuff. I should do more color popping on my photos Color Popping is good. You should Color Pop. Pop it up. [LAUGH] If you want to send us a photo, Color Popped or not, you can do so. The information is right here. It's Tomorrow@CNET.com. Yeah. You've gotta make sure to tell us what device you took it on, give us permission Permission to use it, and be sure to attach the file, cuz that's real important too. Also tell us a story about your picture, either fictional or non-fictional. Works for us either way. Yeah, whether it's been popped or not popped. That kind of stuff. We are good with it any way you send it. We love it. And also, you can find us on social media. Make sure you check out our Instagram, cuz we're starting to post there more, which is really fun. We're Tomorrow Daily everywhere. All the information. Yeah,k you can also hang out with us individually on the Twitters. That's true. We're hanging out all the time, and we're gonna be hanging out more tomorrow. We're gonna [UNKNOWN] diving into those stories we talked about this week, and maybe even a [UNKNOWN] random story of history. YEs there could be Be a grab bag story mystery happening tomorrow. But until then, [UNKNOWN] we'll see you guys next time. Bye. [MUSIC]