Elon Musk announced in a tweet last Thursday that his Boring Co. has been selected by the City of Chicago to undertake a new project in the city. Dubbed Chicago Express Loop, Musk’s latest project will bring high-speed public transpiration system to Chicago, and will most likely operate between downtown Chicago and O’Hare International Airport. The new system is expected to transport between eight to 16 passengers in battery-powered cars through tunnels at speeds of up to 150 miles per hour, which will take only 12 minutes, according to CNN. [CNN]

Courtesy the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation

Courtesy the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation

In a collaboration with Switzerland-based Leica Geosystems, the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation has created immersive online virtual reality experiences for Wright’s Taliesin West in Scottsdale, Ariz. Phoenix-based construction video documentation services company Multivista and Sunnyvale, Calif.–based 3D and virtual reality media company Matterport partnered with Leica to develop the technology. Users can now navigate the foundation’s website and explore the architectural site and its grounds online in three dimensions. [ARCHITECT]

 

A group of researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed a new computer chip smaller than a dime. The new chip, dubbed “Navion,” will help nanodrones navigate in remote and inaccessible areas where GPS data is unavailable, the researchers say. Navion consumes 24 milliwatts (one-thousandth of the power consumption of a lightbulb) and can be used on devices that need longer navigation time. The chip, researchers say, can be used for flapping-wing and weather balloon vehicles and for medical procedures. [MIT]

 

Pasadena, Calif.–based design and construction software developer Bluebeam has announced its acquisition of digital mapping startup Project Atlas, based in Dallas. Founded in 2017, Project Atlas functions like Google Maps, but for construction drawings, allowing users to map their position in-person or virtually inside a structure under construction. The acquisition will expand Bluebeam’s portfolio. [ARCHITECT]