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Most of us will never build our own car from scratch. Hell, most of us can’t even hack together IKEA furniture. Understanding that, Toyota has built a prototype for the Camatte57s, a car you can apparently assemble yourself very easily.
You can’t always be at the top your game, and Apple is no exception. As we eagerly await today’s WWDC reveals, it’s fun to remember that for every hit there’s a handful of slightly more questionable ideas that just never quite clicked. Here are the seven of weirdest Apple gadgets that just weren’t good enough to make it to the finish line.
You can officially stop bragging about how fast your fancy new USB 3.0 flash drive is. At the Computex show in Taipei Intel was showing off this hacked together prototype of a dedicated Thunderbolt 128GB flash drive boasting data transfer speeds of 10 Gbit/s, or about twice as fast as USB 3.0′s max. And now that Thunderbolt 2 has been introduced, waiting around for large files to copy to your flash drive could be a thing of the past.
The sense of euphoria and release that comes from taking prescription painkillers can often lead to users getting addicted and possibly even overdoses if things get out of hand. To prevent this from happening, students at Brigham Young University have developed an advanced pill dispenser that only releases meds on a doctor’s or pharmacist’s preset schedule.
Office parks and convenience stores rely on fluorescent lights. These flickering gas-filled tubes suck down far less energy than the incandescent bulbs they replaced, but they still consume some 200 terawatts of electricity every year. This new super-efficient LED prototype from Philips, however, puts florescents to shame.