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Trashpresso: Solar-Powered Mobile Recycling Plant Turns Trash into Tiles

[ By SA Rogers in Conceptual & Futuristic & Technology. ]

You know how China stopped taking our plastic recycling waste because Americans can’t seem to figure out how which items are actually recyclable and which ones clog up the machines and contaminate the resulting materials? Now that China’s ban on imported plastics has gone into effect, we have a whole lot of unwanted stuff to contend with. At this point, it’s clear that robots are very likely the future of recycling, helping to sort through refuse and remove non-recyclable items so people don’t have to. But they could be useful in the interim, too, as proven by the ‘Trashpresso’ mobile solar-powered recycling plant.

Self-Parking Slippers: Nissan Surprises Hotel Guests with Unexpected Tech

[ By SA Rogers in Conceptual & Futuristic & Technology. ]

Guests at a Japanese inn in Hakone were shocked when they removed their hotel-provided slippers only to watch them roll away and self-park in a neat row. Later, taking a seat at the traditional low tables known as chabudai, floor cushions wheel themselves into place automatically to the surprise and delight of onlookers. It’s all part of ‘ProPILOT Park Ryokan,’ a temporary experience engineered for the hotel by Nissan to promote its self-parking vehicle technology.

Japan Promises to Make 2020 Olympics a High-Tech Fest of Self-Driving Cars, 5G Networks and More

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When Japan was announced as the host of the 2020 Olympics last month, it brought about a new wave of concern over the ongoing environmental crisis at Fukushima. As the government pushes for an end to the leaks at the nuclear power plant, the organizers of the 2020 Olympics have another focus: to make the event a spectacular display of the country’s technological prowess on a par with the 1964 games. Tech companies from around Japan have already begun to showcase the amazing developments they hope to have in place in just seven years time, and from self-driving cars to a cellular network 100 times faster than LTE, and “Super Hi-Vision” 8K broadcast quality, the games promise to be quite the event for tech-geeks and sports fans alike.

Nissan Adds EV Quick Charging Stations at More than 100 U.S. Dealerships

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DC quick chargers are set to revolutionize the electric vehicle segment, because they will dramatically drop the amount of time it takes to re-charge an EV. Nissan has announced plans to install the new quick chargers at over 100 dealerships across the U.S. in an effort to speed the expansion of electric vehicle charging.

Nissan Unveils BladeGlider Electric Vehicle Ahead of Tokyo Motor Show Debut

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Nissan just took the wraps off its new BladeGlider EV concept, which is set to debut later this month at the Tokyo Motor Show. The three-seater electric vehicle features closely-set front wheels to reduce drag and enhance maneuverability for high-G cornering power, which is further assisted by its 30/70 front/rear weight distribution ratio. The concept has roots in two aerial images: the soaring, silent, panoramic freedom of a glider and the triangular shape of high-performance “swept wing” aircraft.