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20 Places that Look Like They’re From Another Planet

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As you get stuck in the day-to-day of life, it can sometimes feel like the world is becoming a very boring place. You pass by the same places day in and day out, and you have the same kinds of experiences day in and day out, too. But, it’s terrible that we all come to feel this way in our lives at one time or another! The fact is that it’s a great big and incredible world out there, and it’s one that’s full of all kinds of secrets and cool things to see!

In fact, there are some places on this planet that look and feel as if they’re not a part of this planet in the very least. They look like places that you’d see in a science fiction film – and in fact some of them have even popped up in just those kinds of films!

On the list below, we’re going to share 20 places on our planet that look like they’re from another planet. From crazy rock formations, to incredible geysers and even to beaches the light up at night, it’s all here. So, if you want to open your eyes to majesty of the world once again and see things different, then read on… These places are about to blow your mind!

1. Socotra

There’s an incredible diversity of flora and fauna on this small island, a diversity that exceeds even that of Galapagos.

2. Hillier Lake

Due to bacteria and algae, this Australian lake get a bright pink color that closely resembles Pepto-Bismol.

3. Fly Geyser

An abandoned well is responsible for this amazing sight, which is made from calcium carbonate.

4. Giant’s Causeway

These strange columns in Ireland were actually created by a volcanic eruption a long time ago

5. Fingal’s Cave

And wouldn’t you know that ancient volcanic activity is also responsible for the unique look of this incredible Scottish cave.

6. Lake Baikal Ice

During the month of March, fissures open up in this frozen lake revealing iridescent blue ice.

7. Cascata Bigar

These are some of the world’s most beautiful waterfalls, and they’re rightly considered to be sacred by those who live near them.

8. Uyuni Salt Flats

After it’s just rained, you can walk out onto these salt flats and get the sensation that you’re actually walking on the sky.

9. Skaftafell Ice Cave

Located in a national park of the same name, these distinctive ice caves get their blue hue from the way the ice refracts light.

10. Lake Natron

This incredible lake gets its deep red color due to the small organism that inhabit this incredibly salty body of water.

11. Aogashima

What makes this small volcanic island so interesting? How about the fact that it features a volcano inside of a volcano.

12. Glowing Waters in Maldives

Because of bioluminescent phytoplankton, the waters around Vaadhoo Island appear to glow at night.

13. Glowworm Caves

Speaking of bioluminescence, it’s bioluminescent worms that give this New Zealand cave its distinctive look.

14. Playa Escondida

With a name that literally means “hidden beach”, this is just what it sounds like!  Beach hidden inside of a cave.

15. Yuanyang County

When you’ve got just the right vantage points, these working rice terraces become a thing of unrestrained beauty.

16. Cano Cristales

A variety of different algae give this pool its signature rainbow look. When you see it, you won’t believe your eyes!

17. Pamukkale Thermal Pools

These hot spring are the most beautiful in the world, if you ask us, and they get their almost ice-like look due to the fact they’re made from limestone.

18. Naica Mine

These huge crystals, which are made of selenite, are caused by the heating of the planet and definitely resemble the Fortress of Solitude.

19. Dead Vlei

Once long ago, there used to be a forest that stood here… Now, these dead trees are all that remains of that forest.

20. Sentinels of the Arctic

What on Earth cold these be? Well, the answer is quite simple! They’re trees that are forever covered in snow.

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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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Watch: Is This Robotic Hotel Room on Wheels the Future of Travel?

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It’s a personal taxi and luxury hotel room in one — and it might just be the future of travel.

Toronto-based design firm Aprilli Design Studio designed the “Autonomous Travel Suite,” a hotel suite housed within a self-driving vehicle, which lets travelers visit multiple destinations anytime, day or night.

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Conceptual renderings show a battery-powered, mobile hotel room on wheels, equipped with sleeping, working, and washroom facilities. It features a double bed, desk area and workspace, shower, panoramic windows, and a retractable roof where room service can be dropped off via drones.

The travel suite will allow “guests to use their travel time more efficiently and productively,” according to Aprilli.

There will also be an indoor temperature control system, which responds to climates and environments automatically.

The Autonomous Travel Suite is equipped with sleeping, working, and washroom facilities. It also has a retractable roof where room service can be dropped off via drones.(Photo Credit: Aprilli Design Studio)

Aprilli says the Autonomous Travel Suite communicates through a central platform for “intelligent hospitality service” called Autonomous Interface that controls the various operations and services between the travel suites and hotel facilities using advanced technology.

Travelers would simply specify the destinations they want to visit via an online app, and the interface will analyze the best routes to take. Any necessary services can also be requested through the app.

And since many travelers would still prefer the perks of stationary hotels, Aprilli says it will install hotel facilities across road networks. The stationary “parent units,” which the Autonomous Travel Suites can dock into, will provide public amenities, such as a meeting room, spa, pol, and gym, along with housekeeping and charging services for the mobile suites.

Stationary “parent units,” which the Autonomous Travel Suites can dock into, will provide public amenities, such as a meeting room, spa, pol, and gym, along with housekeeping and charging services for the mobile suites. (Photo Credit: Aprilli Design Studio)

“As a new way of traveling, the Autonomous Travel Suite will become a strong competitive form of inter-city travel option, impacting the conventional transportation and hospitality industry,” the design firm says on their website. “Along with future technologies including Artificial Intelligence, robotics, drones, among others, the Autonomous Travel Suite will become your companion, changing your journey into a destination.”

Aprilli’s concept for the Autonomous Travel Suite was awarded the top prize at this year’s Radical Innovation Award, which recognizes innovative ideas relating to hospitality.

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