How Horses Can Inform Autonomous Driving: An Interview With Daimler’s Futurists

Alexander Mankowsky, Sabine Engelhardt and their three ponies use equine instinct to communicate interactions between cars and people

Horses are likely not the first thing that come to mind when thinking about how people and autonomous vehicles will interact. They are, however, on the minds of Alex Mankowsky and Sabine Engelhardt, futurists at Daimler (the parent company of Mercedes-Benz). When they offered us the opportunity to spend an afternoon together along with Peepa, Point and Moritz, their three ponies, we eagerly agreed. One …

Pakpod: a Versatile Tripod

Tiny, light, waterproof legs for your camera, GoPro or smartphone

There is a plentitude of desirable features at play within the new Pakpod tripod. Enough, in fact, that we feel comfortable calling it one of the most clever on the market for lightweight cameras, GoPros and smartphones. It’s durable—made from the same high-impact ABS material used in bike and ski helmets—and water- and freeze-proof, but it also weighs less than a pound. A patented, one-twist …

Lost GoPro Returns With Stunning Grand Canyon Footage

Over two years ago, a group of Stanford University students launched a GoPro—attached to a weather balloon and with a cellphone to track its landing location—into space. Bad cell coverage ultimately led the team to believe the GoPro was lost forever, until just recently when a woman stumbled upon the device and returned it to them—along with some amazing footage. The GoPro floated 19 miles …