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The $26,000 Elysium chair is designed to make you feel weightless

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Chances are your furniture budget for your entire house wasn’t $26,000, but if it was, A: Invite us over, and B: You might be tempted to send it all back and splurge on the Elysium chair.

Its creator, David Wickett, has a PhD in bioengineering. He was hoping to create a chair that would make you feel weightless, and the equation he developed during his 10 years of research became the backbone of the chair.

 

When you recline in the chair, its carbon-fiber skeleton “engages perfectly” with your body. There’s a spot between lying and sitting up when your body “passes through” zero gravity, your weight is evenly distributed, and “this results in sensory attenuation which is the principle of flotation therapy,” according to Wickett’s website. Or to paraphrase, the 25-degree angle at which you kick back in the chair is supposedly the most comfortable and puts the least strain on your back, says the doctor.

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While it’s far from the most expensive chair in the world (that honor may belong to the “Dragon Chair,” which sold for $28 million in 2009), what’s notable is that the Elysium is neither an antique nor particularly high-tech. It doesn’t even drive you around, like some chairs we’ve recently heard about. Still, it comes covered in Scandinavian leather in 70 color options, so that’s a start. If it truly makes you feel weightless, it is cheaper than trip to space, Lance Bass.

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You can apparently try before you kiss $26,000 goodbye at a Bang & Olufsen showroom in Knightsbridge, England, T3 reports. There are just 20 of the handmade chairs available, according to Uncrate. Guess those who have the money for this luxurious chair can’t afford to just sit around.

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Volkswagen targets mass production of electric cars.

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Volkswagen concept is set to become the first largest producer of electric cars in the world, also making plans to raise annual production of electric cars to 2 million by 2025, from 30,000 in 2018, despite its cost, power inconvenience and lack of range attached to it.



The German giant has staked its future, to the tune of 80 billion euros ($91 billion), on being able to profitably mass-produce electric vehicles – a feat no carmaker has come close to achieving.

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VW brand chief Herbert Diess has stated their vision is to flood the market with their brands when the demand is needed. and has expressed plans to develop an electric vehicle platform, codenamed MEB, paving the way for mass production of an affordable electric car.

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“It was an intense discussion, so was the realization that this could be an opportunity, if we jump far enough,” said Juergen Stackmann, VW brand’s board member for sales.

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Russia set to develop new arsenal to counter US by 2021

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President Vladimir Putin has delivers a speech that Russia is capable of developing a two new land-based missile, and had task the Russia military to start the new invention following to Washington’s planned exit from a landmark nuclear arms control pact.



The Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu stated that the designed invention is expected to completed before 2021.

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The Russian military should start work on creating land-based launch systems for an existing ship-launched cruise missile, the Kalibr, and for longer-range hypersonic missiles which travel at least five times the speed of sound, he said.

Moscow and Washington accuse each other of violating the treaty and Putin said Russia had acted after the United States announced it was withdrawing from the pact.

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U.S. disarmament ambassador Robert Wood the news agency that sponsored the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva on Tuesday that the United States would reconsider its withdrawal from the INF treaty “should Russia return to full and verifiable compliance.”

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