Tech round-up for March 7: Dyson Cyclone V10, Tesla Model 3, Velometro Veemo, space internet

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This week, Tesla’s Model 3 in Toronto, Velometro’s Veemo in Vancouver, and SpaceX satellites surround Earth. But first, Dyson’s improved on the digital motor.

Dyson’s made its digital motor better again

James Dyson keeps making things better. He brought the power of the cyclone to vacuums and the latest version of his company’s digital motor, the V10, is so powerful and efficient that they aren’t making vacuums with cords any longer.

Revealed in a press event earlier this week in New York, the Dyson Cyclone V10 leverages the V10 digital motor will provide an hour of suction from a three-and-a-half hour charge.

As with previous versions of the cordless Dyson, other improvements have been made, too, including a redesigned bin that makes it easier to empty. And for the first time there are two bin sizes. The Motorhead, which is half a litre, or the Animal or Absolute models, which have a bin at three-quarters of a litre.

The Dyson Cyclone V10 is available now and starts at $600.

Torontonians get a glimpse at Tesla’s Model 3

If you’re curious about the Tesla Model 3, the version of the electric vehicle intended for regular people, you can actually sit inside one at the showroom located in Toronto’s Yorkdale Shopping Centre

You can reserve your Model 3 for a fee of only $1,000. But you might not get one until next year.

What the future of internet connectivity looks like

Imagine being able to connect to the internet from anywhere on Earth. In the heart of the Georgian Bay, or in the middle of the Canadian Shield, or standing in the waving wheat fields of the prairies, or surfing off the coast of Tofino.

It’s not a pipe dream, it’s one of Elon Musk’s plans, and the first steps to making it a reality have been taken.

Last month, SpaceX launched two small satellites from one of its Falcon 9 spacecraft. They are “demonstration” satellites that are being used to test out how a space-based internet delivery service will work. The plan is to have some 12,000 satellites operating in a “constellation” and beaming connectivity to antennas on the ground.

SpaceX isn’t the only company with this idea, either.

OneWeb has a similar plan. The difference for them is that they don’t have their own rocket program, so will be contracting with Virgin Orbit and Blue Origins to get their satellites into orbit.

And then there’s the Canadian solution coming from Telesat. The Canadian company launched its phase 1 LEO satellite in January.

The promise is of blinding wireless connectivity speeds that are faster than what fibre connections currently deliver. OneWeb and SpaceX plan on being able to offer connectivity to consumers in 2019; Telesat is aiming for 2021.

Nobody knows how full the skies above Earth will be.

Veemo a new vehicle sharing option in Vancouver

You can get into an entirely different kind of vehicle in Vancouver, where Velometro has officially put its fleet of Veemo’s on the road.

These three-wheeled vehicles are pedal-powered with electric-assist. They are enclosed to keep you protected from the elements and have a lockable cargo space that is big enough for a bag of groceries.

With full lighting and turn indicators and regenerative braking, these are being pegged as replacements for cars.

But they are classified as bicycles.

That means you don’t need a driver’s license to operate one (although you need to be over the age of 19), and you can travel in bike lanes.

For the time being, the will be deployed at UBC, but I expect to see the fleet expand rapidly to the downtown core and beyond.


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