Category Archives: Tech

Electric Vehicles on Safari

Electric safari vehicles are a bit of a no-brainer really. Not only does the pristine bush wilderness and wildlife cry out for a low-to-zero carbon footprint, but silent electric safari vehicles are perfect for sneaking up on, and observing, animals in the wild. Makanyi Lodge in South...

Zero-Emission Catamaran Visits London

Energy Observer will be the first hydrogen vessel to sail around the world when she completes her 6-year mission to test a range of eco-friendly, zero-emission, marine power technologies, and at the same time, inspire people in the 101 stopovers in 50 counties along the way. Energy...

Floating Igloo Houseboats

Here’s an interesting concept for eco-friendly, adventure tourism accommodation. A Finnish company, AuroraHut, is producing a self-contained igloo boat™ that can be used as a houseboat on water in summer, and as an igloo on top of ice in winter. The 12-sided (dodecagon) half glass pod is...

Robot Car Parking at Gatwick Airport

Gatwick will be the first UK airport to trial robots that valet park passengers’ cars. The airport signed a framework contract with Stanley Robotics on Tuesday, to set up a trial later this year. The trial will run from the second half of 2019 to early 2020...

By the Light of a Silvery Moon

The Chinese city of Chengdu has announced plans to replace street lighting with the ‘light of a silvery moon’¹ reflected down from a satellite with a large mirror. According to People’s Daily Online, the Chairman of the Chengdu Aerospace Science and Technology Microelectronics System Research Institute Co,...

New Design for a Recreational Ground-Effect Vehicle

The “Caspian Sea Monster” is alive! Well actually we already know that. Reports last year pointed to the re-emergence of a large “wing in ground-effect” (WIG) vehicle being developed once again for the Russian military. The huge ‘Ekranoplan’ which so startled western military intelligence back in the...

The Starling Crossing

A new, high tech approach to the pedestrian crossing. I love the way engineers and designers are always looking at ways to use technology to improve aspects of our day to day lives that we take for granted, particularly in the urban environment. In recent years, I...

A peak behind the scenes at Gatwick Airport

Last May, London Gatwick Airport opened its new ‘Pier 1’ at the South Terminal, replacing the old Pier 1 originally opened by the Queen in 1958. The new pier, costing £186 million, has 5 efficient dual-boarding gates with state-of-the-art passenger gate rooms and a premium lounge with...

Five Online Games for Travellers

I suspect that for many enthusiastic, nomadic and/or professional travellers, online gaming is something of a guilty secret. For example, it is not a subject that comes up often in travel writing/blogging circles, and if it does, the underlying theme is often “why would I be interested...

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