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TECH TUESDAY: A unique new personal electric vehicle

Posted at 3:49 PM, Jan 05, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-05 17:51:55-05

TUCSON, Ariz. — Welcome to Tech Tuesday, where each week I break down the hottest news in the world of science and technology -- and this time we’re starting with a funny discovery at Ikea.

Gamers all over the world rejoiced at the releases of the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, but joked non-stop about one of their characteristics… THEIR SIZE. Ikea understands how this could be a problem for their consumers, so they made life-size models of the consoles so you can make sure it fits before you buy an entertainment center. A clever way to stay relevant and take the guesswork out of furnishing your living room.

A lot of people are looking to lose some weight this time of year -- but if you’re not one of them, this new device lets you take it easy. The “Walkcar” is a new personal electric vehicle from Cocoa Motors, a Japanese company. They’re calling it “the car in your bag,” meant to fit in a backpack or messenger bag.

It has four wheels, sensors under your feet, and is low profile enough for even novice riders, topping out at 10 miles per hour. It won’t come cheap though, costing a whopping $2,000. How much is the future worth to you?

Finally -- up until now, the only way to get a COVID test was through your doctor or a testing site. The University of California at San Diego has just made it simpler. Students and employees are now able to get free self-test kits through one of 11 vending machines around campus. You pick up a kit, swab your nose, return it within 72 hours and you get results in two days.

It’s convenient for those visiting and living on the campus since they’re required to get tested on a weekly basis.