Welcome to our daily series “The Daily Roundup“, where we scour the web and provide you with links to all the happenings around the world that we’ve found.
1. 'Mind-reading' technology can reconstruct faces from the viewer's brain - Crave
2. New Device Tests Marijuana Purity at Home - Discovery News
3. Producer Jerry Bruckheimer Reveals Plot Details For "Top Gun 2" - Complex
4. How To Build A Scrambler - Bike EXIF
5. Cyber Threats Mapped In Real Time Look Like A Giant Laser Battle - CO.Design
Why is at all the bad guys in the Bond movies get the cool cars. Just to prove my point, take a look at the kickass ride Mr. Hinx gets in the latest Bond flick, Spectre. While James Bond is driving an Aston Martin DB10 with a V8. Mr. Hinx gets the Jaguar C-X75 ($TBA) with a four-cylinder 1.6-liter turbo/supercharger combo, paired with an electric drive system. Before you get on the four banger, the C-X75 puts out a whopping 850 horses and can hit 100 mph in under six seconds. The sad thing is although both the Aston and the Jag are kind of cool, there are no plans to offer either car to public.
The Secede S-Pedelec Electric Bicycle ($6,5950) is a carbon fiber, electric, urban commuter bike that breaks into two pieces for easy stowing. The frame is made from a light torsion-resistant "full carbon monocoque", based on M1 carbon technology. The motor is a 500-watt brushless rear hub motor that uses a lithium-ion battery in the rear fender. This setup will allow you travel at a top speed of 28 mph for about 40 miles per charge. One of the coolest features is a quick-release system on the down tube that allows you to break the bike into two pieces. With the optional bags you can easily bring your bike along for airplane rides or on the train. The Secede comes in multiple configurations and even has an unpowered version.
Stop the madness! There is no longer any reason to guess the temperature of your steaks. You know this summer at some point you'll have a group of guys over, and orders will come in for medium, rare, medium well, and well and whether you get them right or not will be a shot in the dark. The SteakChamp Thermometer ($50) is looking to wipe out this uncertainty. Just place it in the included cradle to activate, insert sideways into your steak, and cook like normal. A slow flash tells you you're close to being done, a fast double flash tells you to remove the steak and the flashing stops all together when the stea has rested enough. SteakChamps are available in rare, medium rare, medium, and medium well temperatures.
The Volvo Concept XC Coupe ($TBA) is the latest look at Volvo's future design direction. But more than that it's a taste of what the much anticipated XC90 will look like when it hits the markets later this year. Volvo has always been known as making family friendly safe cars. Now their taking aim at the younger more active crowd as well. The new coupe concept features 21-inch wheels, and T-shaped daytime running lights. As for safety, the XC is built on Volvo's Scalable Platform Structure which is made from high-strength boron steel that makes the Volvo lighter but safer than previous models. The Volvo Concept XC Coupe is currently making its debut at the Detroit Auto Show.
From the Taiwanese company 22 comes this unique and bold, creative set of writing tools made from some of the most unusual materials available including concrete and steel! The Concrete Writing Tools by 22 ($65+) include a rollerball pen, a sketching pencil, and a mechanical pencil. Anyone from professional to pupil could use this set, and they mold to your hands over time for improved performance and grip. And because of their hardy and expert craftsmanship they can last for years without needing to be replaced, so say goodbye to cheap plastic writing tools their time is official over.