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20 of the World’s Strangest Beaches

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If there’s one thing that any person wants to do when the weather is warm and the sun is shining it’s this: you want to go to the beach! And no matter where you are on this great big world of ours, there’s always a beach somewhere nearby that’s worth checking out.

However, you’ve seen the average beach. Sure enough, they’re all great. What’s to hate about white sand, undulating waves and warm sun? But, there are some beaches on this planet that rise head and shoulders above the rest. There are some beaches, in fact, that look like they belong on a planet not named Earth!

On the list below, we’re going to share some of these incredible beaches with you. From ones with crazy rock formations to others with sands that come in all kinds of different colors, these are some of the world’s strangest beaches!

So, if you’re looking to have a fun-in-the-sun experience that’s unlike any other, make sure you check out each of the 20 beaches on the list below. Any one of them can give you a beach-going experience that you won’t soon forget! And with that in mind, let’s check them out…

1. Boulders Beach, South Africa

While the landscape here is plenty beautiful, the real draw here are the African penguins who call this beach home.

2. Glass Beach, California

Located in Fort Bragg, this beach is a must-see destination if you’ve got a thing for beautiful sea glass.

3. Zlatni Rat Beach, Croatia

What makes this little beach so incredible is that changes in the tide and current completely remake the beach’s shape and size almost hourly.

4. Bay of Fires, Tasmania

What makes the 30 miles of beach so beautiful here are the orange-tinted granite rocks that line the shoreline.

5. Pink Sands Beach, Bahamas

If you’re looking for a beach on this planet that has a natural level of romance to it, then look no further than the gorgeous pink sands of this one.

6. Thunder Cove, Prince Edward Island

High iron content in the sand here gives this incredible beach of sweeping dunes its beautiful red look.

7. Red Sand Beach, Galapagos

High levels of iron in the sand are what give this Galapagos beach its unique deep-red look.

8. Pfieffer Beach, California

In a state known for its incredible beaches, this might be the best. You’ll find it amid the absolutely gorgeous landscape of Big Sur.

9. Playa del Amor, Mexico

Also known as Playa Escondido, this is literally a beach that’s hidden inside of a cave.

10. Punalu’u Beach, Hawaii

Surprise! Volcanic activity created this incredible jet-black beach in Hawaii, which is home to endangered turtles.

11. Hot Water Beach, New Zealand

Ever wish that the beach could have a Jacuzzi? Well, you’ll basically find that here thanks to the hot springs that bubble up along the shore.

12. Papakolea Beach, Hawaii

This remote Hawaiian beach is known for its incredible green sand, which was caused by – you guessed it – volcanic activity.

13. Siesta Beach, Florida

Because the sand at this beach is so fine and powder-soft, the beach actually squeaks beneath your feet as you walk along it.

14. Mudhdhoo Island, The Maldives

Once the sun sets, this beach comes alive in brilliant lights thanks to countless bioluminescent phytoplankton in the water.

15. Genipabu Beach, Brazil

The large, sweeping dunes of this incredible Brazillian beach will have you convinced you’re in the middle of a desert and not along the Atlantic.

16. The Beach of the Cathedrals, Spain

Flying buttresses of rock are what define the incredible landscape of this Spanish treasure of a beach.

17. Teewah Beach, Australia

This Australian beach, which is located in Queensland, is known for its incredible sand that features a mix of over 40 different colors.

18. Chandipur Beach, India

High tide and low tide make a big difference here. When the tide is out, the beach grows up to three miles in depth.

19. Gulpiyuri Beach, Spain

There aren’t many inland beaches on the planet, and this is one of them. It was created long ago by a sinkhole, of all things.

20. 75-Mile Beach, Australia

While it’s not actually 75-miles long, this incredible stretch of beach in Australia has much and more to offer, including the beautiful and fun Champagne Pools.

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World’s First All-Weather Autonomous Bus Rolls Out in Finland

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Most autonomous vehicles require great weather and clear roads to function, which means they can’t drive during certain, less pleasant times of the year. But a new robot bus has been designed to drive even in heavy rain, snow, or fog — and it’s rolling out in Finland.

The Gacha, which features tech by Finnish autonomous-driving company Sensible 4 and a design by Japanese retailer Muji, is the world’s first autonomous shuttle bus for all weather conditions.

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Gacha’s autonomous driving technology ensures the vehicle’s superior positioning, navigation, and obstacle detection performance thus allowing autonomous driving throughout the year regardless of the environment and conditions, according to a statement from the City of Helsinki.

Gacha is 14.7 feet long, 7.8 feet wide, 9 feet high — it can seat 10 passengers with space for six additional standing adults.

Photo Credit: Justus Hirvi / Bonzu / MUJI

The four-wheel-drive all-electric autonomous vehicle is capable of maximum speeds of 25 miles per hour, plus the electric motor has a range of 62 miles with wireless charging offered as an option.

After its unveiling in Helsinki, Gacha is set to drive and take passengers in three Finnish cities as part of real-life traffic tests. Sensible 4 and Muji are finalizing plans for the first Gacha fleet, which is expected to roll out in 2020.

Photo Credit: Justus Hirvi / Bonzu / MUJI

In Finland, weather has been an important factor in opening the market for autonomous buses or robotaxis. Sensible 4 has focused in testing and validating self-driving technology test in the arctic Lapland conditions.

“We are developing these vehicles so that they can become part of daily transportation service chain. Autonomous vehicles can’t become mainstream until their technology has been insured to work in all climates,” said Harri Santamala, CEO of Sensible 4.

Photo Credit: Justus Hirvi / Bonzu / MUJI

Design-wise, Gacha boasts Muji’s minimalist aesthetic. Gacha is designed with no front or back, and features a LED light belt, made from the combination of the headlights and communication screen, while the seating follows the soft, rounded square shape of the bus.

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This Little Robot Blasts the Bacteria in Your Hotel Room Bed

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We all know the drill: A hotel room may look tidy, but there’s bacteria lurking in those neatly pressed sheets. In a 2012 study, researchers found 81 percent of hotel room surfaces sampled had some fecal bacteria.

But before you start stressing about your next vacation, there’s a little robot that can help. Ventur Studio’s CleanseBot is a travel-sized cleaning robot designed to sanitize and disinfect hotel room surfaces — no chemicals used.

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Equipped with with artificial-intelligence tech and 18 sensors, CleanseBot uses multi-directional, ultraviolet germicidal irradiation — UV-C lamps — to blast away 99.99 percent of germs and bacteria on any surfaces, but most importantly, on your hotel bed.

The UV-C light has also been proven to help prevent the spread of airborne viruses, according to Ventur Studios.

Photo Credit: CleanseBot/Ventur Studio

To blast away the bacteria on your bed, just set the robot down on the bed for 30 or 60 minutes, and it works to sanitize and disinfect sheets and blankets. Its sensors can detect obstacles, allowing it to change directions and climb over materials.

You can then pick up the bot in handheld mode to sanitize electronic devices, light switches, hard surfaces, children’s toys, and even pet toys. When in handheld mode, sensors automatically switch off the upward-facing UV-C light.

Photo Credit: CleanseBot/Ventur Studio

Weighing less than half a pound, Ventur Studio says the CleanseBot kills 99.99 percent of bacteria, germs, and dust mites. In addition to its three cleaning modes (under blanket, climbing, and handheld), CleanseBot is also a power bank able to charge devices with its 3700 mAh battery.

Ventur Studio currently has patents for the CleanseBot, including technology that keeps the tiny machine from falling off a bed, and another for the wheel technology, which allows the robot to go over any type of material or surface.

Photo Credit: CleanseBot/Ventur Studio

On Jan.7, CleanseBot hit the ‘million club’ on Kickstarter — 10,474 backers had pledged $1,187,861 to bring the project to life.

The Kickstarter sale price is $99, and all orders and units are expected to ship in April 2019.

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This $800 Robot Suitcase Will Follow You Around Airports

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Wheeling clunky luggage before a flight can be stressful. Thankfully, ForwardX Robotics, an autonomous-focused company, developed a better travel companion: A robot suitcase that follows you around airports.

On Monday, ForwardX Robotics announced in a press release that it will showcase the Ovis Suitcase, an autonomous piece of luggage that’s powered by AI and self-navigates through terminals, at  CES 2019. ForwardX Robotics said the Ovis Suitcase, which will cost $799, will be available to customers by the first half of 2019.

After debuting the CX-1, a suitcase prototype model, at CES 2018, ForwardX Robotics upgraded the Ovis Suitcase with cool high-tech features, including side-follow movement, a GPS tracking module, and a manual mode for escalators and stairs.

Unlike standard luggage, the Ovis Suitcase uses self-driving technology and algorithms to side-follow users anywhere, including airports, city streets, and hotels. Computer vision technology enables the Ovis Suitcase to spot obstacles and move around them, so users won’t have to worry about it bumping into objects.

On escalators and stairs, users can place their hand on the Ovis Suitcase handle to switch it to manual mode. Users can wear a smart band that notifies them when the Ovis Suitcase is more than 6.5 feet away, and a GPS tracking module allows users to find their Ovis Suitcase if they leave it behind in a car or hotel.

Ovis Suitcase (Photo Credit: ForwardX)

Following CES 2018, ForwardX Robotics raised more than $1.4 million for the Ovis Suitcase through its Indiegogo campaign. ForwardX Robotics, which previously raised $10 million in series A funding, just closed its series B funding round with another $20 million. With the Ovis Suitcase, ForwardX Robotics aims to provide customers with high-tech, hassle-free travel experiences, so they don’t have to worry about luggage issues on the go.

“Most robots today are programmed to do a single task. Our AI-enabled robots can perform several different functions with very limited help from humans, similar to self-driving vehicles,” Nicholas Chee, the CEO of ForwardX Robotics, said in the press release. “We see that as the next true breakthrough in robotic technology.”

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