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eVTOL Gives Glimpse Into The Future Of Personal Air Travel

CycloTech’s CruiseUp eVTOL has been 15 years in the making, and could redefine urban mobility.

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After 15 years of planning and testing, CycloTech’s air car concept, known as the CruiseUp eVTOL, offers a glimpse into a sci-fi future where personal air travel isn’t just possible but commonplace. The high-tech aircraft uses a patented propulsion system called CycloRotor, allowing for unparalleled agility and control.

Less than twice the size of a regular car, the CycloTech eVTOL can carry two passengers. The company says that the air car won’t take to the skies until at least 2035, as it is waiting for the air taxi industry to mature and needs time to overcome regulatory hurdles and energy storage issues.

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CycloTech’s eVTOL air car is designed for short-distance city commuting and stands out due to its futuristic design and exceptional maneuverability. CycloTech is headquartered in Linz, Austria, and has become known for its development work on “Voith-Schneider” propellers. The six barrel-shaped propulsion units on the CruiseUp use wing blades that tilt as the barrels spin, allowing for rapid directional changes in 360 degrees, combined with a top speed of 150 km/h and a range of 100 km.

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In the marine world, super-fast thrust vectoring is the main advantage of Voith-Schneider propellers. The technology is already used to help tugs, ferries, and firefighting ships position themselves precisely in shifting tides, quickly balancing against currents that might tip them over.

While the path to commercial success for CycloTech remains in the balance, the CruiseUp concept still has plenty of potential in smaller drone applications, where precision positioning and agility are invaluable. The CruiseUp eVTOL’s innovative mechanics and visually striking design make it a compelling addition to the rapidly evolving landscape of personal air travel.

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Adobe Teases New AI Editing Tools And Updates In Premiere Pro

The video editing app will be enhanced with a generative extend tool, text-to-video, improved timeline waveforms, and more.

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After launching the generative AI model Firefly last year, Adobe is now showcasing how the technology will be used in upcoming versions of the editing app Premiere Pro. In an early sneak peek, the company demonstrated several new features, including Object Addition and Removal, Generative Extend, and Text to Video.

The first new feature, Generative Extend, targets a common video editing problem by using AI to “Seamlessly add frames to make clips longer, so it’s easier to perfectly time edits and add smooth transitions”.

Meanwhile, Premiere Pro’s Object Addition & Removal tool will leverage Firefly’s generative AI to “Simply select and track objects, then replace them. Remove unwanted items, change an actor’s wardrobe or quickly add set dressings such as a painting or photorealistic flowers on a desk,” Adobe states.

Adobe also showcased another new feature that can automatically generate new film clips using a text prompt. To use the content creation tool, editors can “Simply type text into a prompt or upload reference images. These clips can be used to ideate and create storyboards, or to create B-roll for augmenting live action footage,” Adobe explained. The company seems to be commercializing this particular feature extremely quickly, considering generative AI video only appeared a few months ago.

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The new additions to Premiere Pro will be added later this year, but Adobe is also introducing smaller improvements to the editing app in May. The changes include interactive fade handles to enable easier transitions, an Essential Sound badge that uses AI to “automatically tag audio clips as dialogue, music, sound effects or ambience, and add a new icon so editors get one-click, instant access to the right controls for the job”, along with effect badges and a new look for waveforms in the timeline.

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