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Meet PL-01: the IR invisible tank will stealthily deliver your death

The Polish have done it: they have created an IR invisible tank that also looks sleek and has a lot of automatic defense and offense modules. The PL-01 concept is a tank that relies heavily on new tech and senzors to outsmart the enemy. One of the coolest things is that it has an rocket auto-loader in the hull and that it’s armour does not let heat get out making it invisible to the IR detectors.

Also, the armour is absorbing radio signals, making it invisible to radio detectors. More details can be obtained about the tank in this YouTube description. Below is only a part of the description:

Design Polish tank direct support created by OBRUM in partnership with the British BAE Systems. A model of the vehicle was unveiled at International Defence Industry Exhibition September 2 2013. According to the assumptions of designers full prototype to be completed in 2016, and mass production is scheduled to begin in 2018.

Layout PL-01 is very similar to the standard of the main tanks . Driver takes place on the front of the vehicle and an unmanned turret is mounted on the back. The interior fit the commander and gunner, in addition to the rear of the fuselage can carry four soldiers.

Vehicle armor is a wielowartstwowa, modular ceramic coating aramid, which is designed to provide the same protection as standard NATO STANAG 4569 Annex A, at 5 + within the front hemisphere of the hull and turret. Additional armor panels mounted on the turret and hull are designed to provide full protection against cumulative projectiles. Vehicle hull provides protection against improvised IED cargoes and landmines in accordance with the standard Stanag 4569 Appendix B at the 4a and 4b. The whole vehicle is covered with radio absorbing material.

via Youtube.

Check the actual tank, or better said, Direct Support Vehicle, specially designed for urban warfare, below:

I found about this tank thanks to Mindblow #81:

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Robotic hand IH2 Azzurra Hand from Prensilia and ERO, concrete recycling robot

Mindblow from Vsauce2 is a series of videos where you find out what new cool things and techs can be seen on the internet. Some of these things include a urinal sink, a urinal combined with a sink, or a face recognition system that lets you buy just by using your face.

The most intriguing among the topics in this Mindblow video is the robot hand from Prensilia which can grasp object like humans would do, it has a human sized hand and fingers. It has advanced sensing ability and precision.

This hand can be used in various robots and also for amputees where they can have a better control over their life. See the video from below for other details:

Now comes ERO into play: it is project about a concrete recycling robot designed by Omer Haciomeroglu for Umea Institute of Design. ERO uses water jets to crack the concrete surface to disassemble concrete and sucks up the mixed debris. It cleanly separates the waste mixture and packages the cleaned material.


Digit – 3-D Gesture-Sensing System in Mindblow, from Vsauce 2

Vsauce 2 has a ton o great stuff and they recently launched Vsauce 3, for video games. Check it out.

In the video from above you will see a few tech innovations, but I likes mostly Digit, the 3-D Gesture-Sensing System. It helps you communicate with the computer and play video games using only few gestures. Neat, huh?

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Mindblowing : Danny Strasser The Rollerman [epic video]

Vsauce 2 amazes again with a new batch of very cool links regarding science, technology and extreme sports where we learn about Danny Strasser : The Rollerman (YouTube channel here). He says the people see him as a big child and he loves the Eyes of Buddha he saw in Nepal. He used them as logo for the website.

Do not forget to take some time to see the video with mindblowing images that Vsauce 2 has put together. Also, please check the links he talks about in the video here. You guys at Vsauce are great.