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(Video) First Ever Poké Ball Replica That Can Feel Your Hand’s Presence

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For all Pokémon lovers out there – you can finally have your own Poke Ball! The Pokémon Company has collaborated with British prop makers to make the first-ever die-cast Poke Ball replica.

The sensors that are in the ball could catch your hand’s proximity and touch, the closer you get, the brighter the light illuminates.

The Wand Company, famous for its electronic Harry Potter-like wand in 2009 that could change TV channels and tracks on phones has uploaded a video on Youtube showing the Poke Ball. Being functional, it serves our wizardly fantasies at the same time.

The Poke Ball can glow with the presence of a hand, then the glow strengthening when it is held.

Even the cast itself glows as the lid is lifted to display the ball, holding all its glory. From what we know of the Pokémon series where they throw their Poke Balls to try to release or capture Pokémon, this one shouldn’t be done the same way, unfortunately.

The Wand Company’s Poké Ball, while not as capable as its wand, still boasts the ability to glow when in the presence of a hand. The glow—which emanates from the Poke Ball’s button—also strengthens when it’s actually held. Which makes it sort of like Sting from Lord of the Rings, only instead of glowing around orcs, it does so when near we sweet-meat bags.

All of the other accouterment common for collectibles is also present on these Poké balls. The balls each have a unique authentication hologram, for example. As well as a stainless steel display ring.

2021 will be the 25th anniversary for this iconic franchise, so if you are a die-hard fan, you should definitely get it – either for yourself or as a present for anyone.

Source: Nerdist, NintendoWire, The Wand Company

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Elon Musk To Give $100 Million To Maker Of Best Carbon Capture Technology

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On Thursday, Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk teased his new humanitarian effort: a competition aimed at supporting more innovative technologies for carbon capture.

Musk, who briefly passed Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos as the world’s richest man before a slide in Tesla’s stock price dropped him back a spot, said that the details will be given next week.

Musk signed the Giving Pledge in 2012, an initiative initiated by Bill Gates and Warren Buffett that requires signatories to donate at least half of their wealth over their lifetimes, and has mainly contributed to science and engineering education, research into renewable energy, pediatric research, and research into human space exploration.

But in September, an analysis by Forbes found that Musk has only contributed $100 million to date, less than 1 percent of his net worth.

Nevertheless, Musk’s proposed carbon capture competition will go towards a cause that, particularly under the Biden administration, is likely to play a major role in fighting climate change going forward.

In November, a study released by Science Reports concluded that businesses and policymakers urgently need to “start developing the technologies for large-scale removal of greenhouse gases from the atmosphere,” a method known as carbon capture and storage (CCS).

The technology is becoming the most commonly accepted method of geoengineering as a safe and potentially successful form, and Biden expressed support for it in his campaign platform, saying that his team would “accelerate the development and deployment of carbon capture sequestration technology.”

In particular, Biden aims to make carbon capture available more widely, cheaper and plans to fund projects that focus on this technology.

Source: Forbes

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Sales Advisor Shares 8 Perodua Cars That You Can Buy For The Monthly Payment Around RM400-RM500

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It has been a lifelong dream for everybody to own their personal car that they can buy with their own money. The only problem that most people have is that they do not know what kind of car is suitable within their monthly budget. This type of decision is something that people have to make carefully so that it won’t burden them.

One particular authorized and certified Sales Advisor Perodua named Nur Syahira took it to her own official Twitter post to help all the Malaysians out there to own their personal car. This time around, she gave advice about what kind of car that people with a monthly budget of RM400-RM500 can get.

For more details about other cars that are available, feel free to contact Miss Nur Syahira on Twitter that is @mssyahira, or even Whatsapp: 60 17-515 1705.

According to Nur Syahira, these are 5 suitable auto cars for a monthly pay of RM400-RM500:

1) Axia Standard G

Picture: Twitter Nur Syahira

  • Monthly payment of RM364.
  • Downpayment 10% RM3500.
  • A USB port on the radio.
  • 14-inch rim.
  • 5 seater.
  • Bonnet can hold 4 pieces of luggage.
  • Power window.
  • Electric power steering.
  • There is ABS with EBD.
  • Basic spec suitable for parents who want to go to the market.

2) Azia Gxtra

Picture: Twitter Nur Syahira

  • Monthly payment of RM381.
  • Downpayment 10% RM3600.
  • Same spec as Axia G but more safety features.
  • Can adjust driver seat (raise and lower).
  • Reverse sensor.
  • ABS with EBD.
  • There is traction control.
  • Seatbelt reminder.
  • Power window.
  • Retractable side mirror.

3) Axia SE

Picture: Twitter Nur Syahira

  • Monthly payment of RM419.
  • Downpayment RM3988.
  • Push start button.
  • There is a fog lamp.
  • Reverse sensor.
  • Front corner sensor.
  • Isofix system.
  • There are safety tinted windows.
  • ABS with EBD.
  • There are VSC and TRC.
  • Many more safety features.

Picture: Twitter Nur Syahira

4) Axia Style

  • Monthly payment of RM419.
  • Downpayment RM3988.
  • Same price as Axia SE.
  • Push start button.
  • Stylish design because there is a dummy roof-rail on the car.
  • Slightly large rim 15 inches.
  • Denim type seat.
  • There are TRC and VSC.
  • ABS with EBD.
  • Isofix system.
  • There are safety tinted windows

5) Axia Advance

Picture: Twitter Nur Syahira

  • Monthly payment of RM464.
  • Downpayment 10% RM4310.
  • Push start button.
  • More safety features than other Axia.
  • Full spec.
  • Steering leather.
  • There is advanced safety assist (ASA) 2.0.
  • There is a reverse camera.
  • There is a radio screen with a smart link, Bluetooth, GPS.

Picture: Twitter Nur Syahira

6) Bezza Standard G

  • Monthly payment of RM396.
  • Downpayment 10% RM3800.
  • Cc 1.0.
  • There is side skirting.
  • 14-inch rim.
  • LED headlamps.
  • There are a USB and Bluetooth.
  • Auto-off headlamps.
  • Electric power steering.
  • Reverse sensor.
  • ABS with EBD.
  • Large bonnet 508 liters.

7) Bezza Premium X

Picture: Twitter Nur Syahira

  • Monthly payment of RM477.
  • Downpayment 10% RM4430.
  • Cc 1.3.
  • Push start button.
  • Side skirting is also available.
  • There is a fog lamp.
  • There are a USB and Bluetooth.
  • Front corner sensor.
  • There is safety tinted.
  • 15-inch rim.
  • Dwi-tone Rim.

8) Myvi Standard G

Picture: Twitter Nur Syahira

  • Monthly payment of RM482.
  • Downpayment 10% RM4680.
  • There are 4 Airbags.
  • Rim 14 inches.
  • Cc 1300.
  • There are TRC, VSC, ABS with EBD.
  • Front corner sensor.
  • Reverse sensor.
  • USB and Bluetooth

Sources: Twitter Nur Syahira.

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Mercedes Unveils Electric Compact SUV In Attempt To Outdo Tesla

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As part of plans to take on rival Tesla Inc and sell more emission-free vehicles to customers to reach goals in Europe and China, Daimler AG’s Mercedes-Benz unveiled on Wednesday the EQA, a new electric compact SUV.

The EQA will initially have a range of 426 kilometers (265 miles), with a 500km model coming later, the luxury brand carmaker said in a video presentation, the first of many electric vehicles Mercedes-Benz expects to introduce this year.

On Feb 4, the SUV will go on sale in Europe at what Britta Seeger’s board of management described as “very attractive price points.”

Last year, sales of electric vehicles (EV) took off in Europe as carmakers struggled to meet the CO2 emissions quotas of the European Union. In particular, revenues got a boost from subsidies included in the economic stimulus initiatives carried out in France and Germany.

During the first three quarters of 2020, sales of fully electric and plug-in hybrid models grew 122 percent across the EU.

The EQA is identified by Mercedes-Benz as an “urban entry model” and its “sustainability, versatility and fresh look” was touted by board member Seeger.

With its large investments in fossil-fuel cars, electric carmaker Tesla has made a head start on traditional carmakers and has dominated global sales. The mass-market Tesla Model 3 is the world’s best-selling EV, led by Renault’s Zoe in distant second place.

As well as pollution quotas, in some markets, carmakers face bans on fossil-fuel vehicles that are effective as early as 2030.

Source: Reuters

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