Weekly Tech News, Week of April 17-21, 2017

Here we gather all that’s innovative in the world of technology and science.

Stuff I’d want if money were no object, Part 2. There are two amazing cars that have come out recently, both of which are barely street legal. The Bugatti Chiron, which looks like a sexy speedboat and a rocket had a baby, has smashed every spec known to the auto world. With 1,500 horsepower, 1,180 pound-feet of torque, and top speed higher than 261 miles per hour, the Chiron pushes every limit of possibility. The speedometer goes up to 310 miles per hour, which basically violates the laws of physics. The car is a gearhead’s dream, but unless you have the bank account of an Arabian oil sheik you won’t see the Chiron on your hometown streets anytime soon. The car has a massive $3 million price tag. A video of this heartbreakingly gorgeous creature is below.

If a multi-million dollar price tag is too much for you, Dodge has unleashed a fantastic option. The 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon is all kinds of awesome. Here are the specs: 840 HP, 1.8 G, 6,500 RPM, and 770 pounds of torque, which is the fastest production engine out there. So fast, in fact, that the National Hot Rod Racing Association has banned it. It includes a 6.2-liter HEMI V-8 engine that screams from 0-60 in 2.2 seconds. And at less than $100,000, it is a relatively affordable alternative.

If you need a plumber AND a sandwich. Google has released a new app, called Areo, that combines a variety of services into one convenient app. It’s kind of like a hybrid of GrubHub and Taskrabbit. You can use it to order meals just like any food delivery app, but Areo has a useful twist that its competitors in the food-delivery biz do not. Areo can also help you find local professionals for any necessary services. For example, you can hire an electrician or hire a photographer, and then have lunch delivered for everybody. Right now, the app is only available in Bangalore and Mumbai. There is no word yet from Google whether they will be releasing the app in other countries. I’ll keep you abreast when I hear more.

Toyota’s new robotic leg brace revolutionizes treadmill therapy. The folks over at Toyota in Tokyo have created a new robotic leg brace that will assist partially paralyzed people to regain mobility.   The Toyota Welwalk WW-100 is a single-leg brace that connects to all parts of the leg. The device was designed to assist patients during treadmill therapy sessions and will help patients to rehabilitate more quickly. The device costs about $9,000 initially and then $3,200 per month after that.

Honorable mention this week goes to Tech Radar. The nice people over at TechRadar took the time to rate 100 of Android’s top games. That is a lot of game testing, y’all. The whole list is available to you here.


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