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Sphero Mini in the list » Manila Bulletin Technology


By Charles Paw

It was the year 2011 when I first laid eyes on it. As I was wont to do during the month of January, I found myself attending the yearly Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, looking at the gamut of mobile tablets that was all the rage back in 2011. But the year 2011 was still a special year, (for me at least), asit was the year the Sphero connected toy made its debut. A Bluetooth controlled toy of spherical awesomeness and that time, my mind was blown away.

To showcase this particularly, spectacular toy, the Sphero guys created a makeshift race track at the heart of the Las Vegas Convention Center and with iPhone in hand, they let anyone at the Las Vegas Show floor to play around with the Sphero for a few minutes. Being someone who loved toys, I immediately fell in line and waited patiently for my turn to try out the Sphero. I waited close to 30 minutes, but it was worth it. Controlling the Sphero ball and moving it through the track, going through tunnels and bridge ways, I was immediately sold. It would take me a whole year to be able to finally buy my own Sphero robot.Following the success of the Sphero ball, the company rolled at the Ollie, a connected toy similar to the original Sphero albeit shaped like a cylinder. But it wasn’t until the release of a certain movie that Sphero made it big.

Sometime in 2014, staff from the Sphero development team were invited to the offices of Disney for a secret meeting, It was during this meeting that the Sphero team was shown unpublished photos from the production set of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Emphasis to the new droid, BB-8 was given and Sphero was offered a licensing deal for them to manufacture and produce a remote controlled BB-8 Droid. Along with an infusion of cash from Disney, (Disney is now a minority stake holder at Sphero), the Sphero team went to work and in the last quarter of 2015, released alongside the new Star Wars movie a fully playable BB-8 remote controlled Droid. Raved by critics and fans alike, the Sphero BB-8 toy was a complete success and was one of the most successful toys during the holiday buying season of 2015.

Sphero subsequently released an animatronic remote controlled Lightning McQueen car, a Spider-Man interactive toy and a fully playable R2-D2 remote controlled toy earlier this year. Yep, exciting times. But there is a new Sphero toy coming in the horizon, and it is this toy that I think will allow Sphero to really sell a bunch of toys.

This new Sphero toy functions similarly to the original Sphero toy, but this time, shrunk to the size of a ping pong ball. It still packs the accelerometer and gyroscope technology of the first Sphero and plays similarly as well. With the 2017 Christmas season coming close, I predict that the Sphero Mini will fly off the shelves very, very fast. Reserve one at your nearest retailer, the Sphero Mini is sure to be the stocking stuffer of 2017.

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Millennial Optimism About Workplace Technology Ignores a Key Problem—Ourselves

The bright, shiny future of meetings in augmented reality, AI assistants, smart workspaces built on the internet of things, and other Jetsonian office technologies fast approaches—and American workers can’t wait for them to improve productivity. A year ago, Stowe Boyd presented research here on Gigaom that found significant optimism about the potential for technology to make work easier and more collaborative.(1) Unsurprisingly, the research found this positivity strongest among Millennials.(2)

However, that same research found that nearly half of Millennials believe the biggest time waster at work is glitchy or broken technology. Millennial frustration with current technology might explain their simultaneous wide-eyed excitement about cool, acronymed stuff like VR, AI, and IoT. This is at odds with the overall population, which perceives wasteful meetings and excessive email as the biggest enemy of efficiency.(3)

The problem is, both diagnoses are wrong. Research shows that the most significant barrier to productivity, by far, is the good, old-fashioned problem of getting distracted. It’s not that distractions exist—it’s that we succumb to them.

Put another way: poor tech and erupting inboxes don’t waste our time—we do. We have lost our ability to choose where we spend our attention.

In one survey, 87% of employees admitted to reading political social media posts at work.(4) Other research shows that 60% of online purchases occur between 9am and 5pm and that 70% of U.S. porn viewing also happens during working hours (“working” from home?).(5) And if none of that convinces you, perhaps this will: Facebook’s busiest hours are 1-3pm—right in the middle of the workday.

To be clear, this isn’t just a Millennial problem. The 2016 Nielson Social Media Report reveals that Gen Xers use social media 6 hours, 58 minutes per week—10% more than Millennials.(6) Overall media consumption tells the same story: Gen Xers clock in at 31 hours and 40 minutes per week, nearly 20% more than Millennials.

And if there weren’t enough, each instance of distraction comes at a significant cost. An experiment in Great Britain showed that people who tried to juggle work with e-mails and texts lost an average of 10 IQ points, the same loss as working after a sleepless night.(7) And this affects essentially every office worker, every day.

What’s to be done, then? Fortunately, if you’ve read this far, you’ve already done the most important thing: understand that the true problem doesn’t lie anywhere but in our own lack of focus.

Regaining focus—becoming focus-wise, as I like to call it—doesn’t require a rejection of technology, however. Becoming focus-wise only requires we reconfigure our tech usage habits.

For instance, instead of expecting ourselves (and our employees) to be 100% available throughout the day to emails, chats, and walk-bys, set time aside in “focus vaults” where you are completely unreachable to the outside world for a set period of time. When you emerge, you can have complete freedom to check emails and Facebook, batching those communications so you don’t lose IQ points switching to and from them during the actual work.

Another example is how we use the tech itself. For instance, if you know you can’t resist checking the screen when your phone dings—turn off the sound. Or disable your computer’s internet connection for a period of time. Even something as simple as making your application window full-screen encourages your brain to focus on the single task.

Normalizing simple, focus-wise habits like these throughout your enterprise can reap huge rewards in workplace productivity. As technology starts to fill our offices with artificially intelligent robots, virtual work spaces, and self-configuring environments, you can be confident that you will use the technology to accomplish your goals—rather than letting the technology use you.

About the Author

Curt Steinhorst is on a mission to rescue us from our distracted selves. Having spent years studying the impact of tech on human behavior, Curt founded Focuswise, a consultancy that equips organizations to overcome the distinct challenges of the constantly-connected workplace. He is a leading voice on strategic communication, speaking more than 75 times a year to everyone from global leadership associations and nonprofits to Fortune 100 companies.

Curt is the author of the book Can I Have Your Attention? Inspiring Better Work Habits, Focusing Your Team, and Getting Stuff Done in the Constantly Connected Workplace (John Wiley & Sons, October 2017).


1. Boyd, Stowe. “Millennials and the Workplace,” Gigaom.com. Oct 26, 2016. https://gigaom.com/2016/10/26/millennials-and-the-workplace-2/.
2. Dell & Intel Future-Ready Workforce Study U.S. Report. July 15, 2016. http://www.workforcetransformation.com/workforcestudy/us/.
3. Workfront 2016-2017 US State of Enterprise Work Report. Sept 9, 2016. https://resources.workfront.com/workfront-awareness/2016-state-of-enterprise-work-report-u-s-edition.
4. Kris Duggan, “Feeling Distracted by Politics? 29% of Employees Are Less Productive after U.S. Election,” BetterWorks, February 7, 2017, https://blog.betterworks.com/feeling-distracted-politics-29-employees-less-productive-u-s-election.
5. Juline E. Mills, Bo Hu, Srikanth Beldona, and Joan Clay, “Cyberslacking! A Wired-Workplace Liability Issue,” The Cornell Hotel and Restaurant Administration Quarterly, 42, no. 5 (2001): 34–47, http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0010880401800562.
6. Sean Casey, “2016 Nielsen Social Media Report,” Nielsen, January 17, 2017, 6, http://www.nielsen.com/content/dam/corporate/us/en/reports-downloads/2017-reports/2016-nielsen-social-media-report.pdf.
7. “Emails ‘Hurt More than Pot,’” CNN.com, April 22, 2005, http://www.cnn.com/2005/WORLD/europe/04/22/text.iq

Tim Cook touts the future of AR, says the technology isn’t there yet for AR glasses

During his current trip in Europe, Apple’s Tim Cook sat down with The Independent for a wide-ranging interview. The primary focus of the talk was on ARKit and how Apple has implemented it in iOS and where else it augmented reality could be useful…

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Cook explained that one of the biggest benefits of the iOS ecosystem is how Apple can do the “heavy lifting” by building a framework like ARKit, and then letting developers implement it throughout their apps.

“The way that you get lots of great ideas is for us to do the heavy lifting of the complexity of locational things and software, and put those in the operating system,” says Cook. “And then you have all the developers that are able to put their energy into their passion.”

The ecosystem further helps Apple when in competing with other smartphone manufacturers, Greg Joswiack says:

“Our competitors are trying to mimic what we’ve done,” says Greg Joswiack, Apple’s vice president for iOS, iPad and iPhone marketing. “But they just don’t have that scale we bring to it.”

Cook also noted that Apple has an advantage in that it controls both the hardware and the software o the iPhone, a level of control that competitors don’t have:

That gives Apple an especially strong position because its competitors “don’t control the hardware and software”, Cook says. “It goes to what Apple is about – the integration of those two things, with the App Store on the server side. I think it’s going to be hard for other folks.”

The conversation then shifted primarily to augmented reality in general. Cook likened AR’s affect to that of the App Store, saying that it will be just as “dramatic” as the App Store was for mobile technology. The Apple CEO also noted of how ARKit become “the largest AR platform” instantly because of the existing iPhone user base.

“If it were on a different device then you would never have a commercial opportunity, and without the commercial opportunity you’d never have 15 million people that say, ‘I want to design my passion with AR’.”

By putting it on iPhone, Apple was able to “instantly overnight become the largest AR platform”, Cook says.

Cook also vaguely addressed the rumors that Apple is building a pair of augmented reality glasses, saying that the technology to create such a product isn’t there yet, while noting that Apple doesn’t care about being first.

“But today I can tell you the technology itself doesn’t exist to do that in a quality way. The display technology required, as well as putting enough stuff around your face – there’s huge challenges with that.

“The field of view, the quality of the display itself, it’s not there yet,” he says. And as with all of its products, Apple will only ship something if it feels it can do it “in a quality way”.

“We don’t give a rat’s about being first, we want to be the best, and give people a great experience,” he says. “But now anything you would se on the market any time soon would not be something any of us would be satisfied with. Nor do I think the vast majority of people would be satisfied.”

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 9 May Have Fingerprint Sensing Technology Missing From the Apple iPhone X

Apple Inc. (AAPL) may pay a price for abandoning a key feature in its latest top-of-the-line iPhone X.

Top rival (and screen supplier) Samsung (SSNLF) is expected to release its next generation Galaxy Note 9 in February 2018 and the device could have an “under-display optical fingerprint sensor,” according to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who’s built a reputation for correctly predicting many of Apple and Samsung’s moves. The feature would let users unlock the device by placing their finger on a certain part of the screen. 

Apple had been working to incorporate similar technology into its 10th anniversary iPhone X, but reportedly ditched the feature because it proved too difficult to embed, given the device’s organic LED screen, according to the Wall Street Journal. The tech giant was rumored to be weighing several options to build the embedded touch sensor, including making the cover glass for the fingerprint area thinner, creating a pin hole through the glass for optical or ultrasonic fingerprint sensing and replacing prior Touch ID technology with a film fingerprint sensor integrated into the display. 

To meet production deadlines, however, Apple ultimately decided to use facial recognition technology, or the Face ID product that was unveiled at its September event. It’s unclear whether the embedded touch sensor would have existed alongside Face ID or not. Apple also faced production setbacks with the OLED screen and the components used to power the facial recognition technology. 

Samsung incorporated some facial recognition technology into the Galaxy S8, which launched in March, as well as the Note 8, which debuted in August. Since then, several reports have surfaced saying that Samsung’s facial recognition technology can be hacked just by using a photo of the device’s owner to unlock the phone. As a result, Samsung may be moving forward with an embedded touch sensor to avoid some of the security pitfalls of facial recognition technology. 

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The Korean tech giant has received bids from several supply chain companies to build the sensors, including Apple touch ID developer Synaptics (SYNA) , Samsung’s smartphone component business System LSI and Korean fingerprint sensor manufacturer BeyondEyes, Business Insider reported.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook visits France’s Eldim, the company providing iPhone X optical recognition technology

Before a meeting with French president Emmanuel Macron today, Apple CEO Tim Cook made a surprise visit to a small company that’s providing crucial optical recognition technology for the iPhone X.

Eldim, based near the Normandy town of Caen, has been making various types of display technology for more than 30 years. More recently, this has evolved into making components that allow for “optical analysis of angular characteristics.” Apparently, a version of this technology is one of the critical components being used in the new Face ID system for the iPhone X.

Local reporters were invited to tag along for the visit, which they documented on Twitter and blog posts. A reporter for Ouest-France noted that executives said the two companies had actually been working together for almost a decade, mostly in an R&D capacity. It was only with the release of the iPhone X that the facial recognition system is being baked into a product, however.

Eldim CEO Thierry Leroux told reporters that working with Apple was “an incredible adventure,” but added that there have also been huge technical challenges over the years. “For us, it was a little like sending someone to the moon,” Leroux told reporters. Cook responded, “It’s great what you have done for us.”

The visit was no doubt a thrill for Eldim’s 42 employees. It was also likely a diplomatic move by Cook, who is scheduled to meet with Macron at 4:15 p.m. CET today. The official agenda for their meeting has not been disclosed, but it’s likely to cover the question of Apple’s tax payments in France, and in Europe in general.

While Macron has cultivated a pro-tech and pro-entrepreneur reputation, he also has been fiercely critical of American tech companies not paying sufficient taxes. Apple is facing a demand to pay $15 billion in taxes to Ireland following a European Union investigation that found the company’s tax structure there violated EU competition rules.

Macron is among the European leaders pressing the EU to develop a new taxation scheme for tech giants that would make it more difficult for them to duck taxes by creating elaborate systems of corporate shell companies.

Cook and other leaders have been eager to highlight the positive economic impact their companies provide in terms of job creation across Europe. The visit to Eldim serves as just one such example.

Cook got a little ribbing by the French on Twitter for this tweet.

It should read: “Bravo pour votre travail!” He deleted that one and posted a corrected version:

The French are pretty hardcore about this language stuff.

Tesla delays truck launch, eyes battery power for Puerto Rico — Technology — The Guardian Nigeria Newspaper – Nigeria and World News

Billionaire entrepreneur and founder of SpaceX Elon Musk speaks at the 68th International Astronautical Congress 2017 in Adelaide on September 29, 2017. Musk said his company SpaceX has begun serious work on the BFR Rocket as he plans an Interplanetary Transport System. PETER PARKS / AFP

Tesla said Friday it was delaying the planned launch of its electric transport truck, diverting resources to step up production of its Model 3 sedan and to produce batteries for storm-ravaged Puerto Rico.

The electric carmaker’s chief executive Elon Musk announced the news on Twitter, pushing back the launch of its semi-truck which had been set to be unveiled October 26 in California.

The news comes after a slower-than-expected debut for Tesla’s Model 3, the $35,000 sedan — half the price of earlier models — which aims to bring electric vehicles to a broader market.

The company said earlier this week it had received some 450,000 pre-orders for the Model 3 but that production has been hobbled by a bottleneck in “manufacturing subsystems.”

“Tesla Semi unveil now Nov 16,” Musk tweeted Friday.

“Diverting resources to fix Model 3 bottlenecks & increase battery production for Puerto Rico & other affected areas.”

In a series of exchanges on Twitter Thursday and Friday, Musk said the company could help restore electricity to Puerto Rico — whose power system was decimated by Hurricane Maria — by using solar panels and batteries.

Responding to a tweet asking if Tesla could help, Musk answered: “The Tesla team has done this for many smaller islands around the world, but there is no scalability limit, so it can be done for Puerto Rico too.”

Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosello joined the conversation, tweeting to Musk: “Let’s talk. Do you want to show the world the power and scalability of your #TeslaTechnologies? PR could be that flagship project.”

Musk then responded: “I would be happy to talk. Hopefully, Tesla can be helpful.”

Tesla and Musk have for years been seeking to push the auto industry to electric to reduce the use of fossil fuels, and more recently have introduced residential and commercial solar batteries which can operate off the electric power grid.

Design and ideas must wait for technology to catch up



In a conversation at The New Yorker’s TechFest conference in Manhattan on Friday, Apple chief designer Jony Ive gave a small glimpse into the development of the upcoming iPhone X, and the time that it takes for technology to catch up to ideas.

Building a product like the iPhone X takes time at patience, Ive stressed, revealing that Apple was internally toiling away on the design of the revamped handset for 5 years before it was unveiled in September.
“We’ve made, I think, numerous mistakes. But I am confident that the mistakes weren’t all from laziness or some self satisfying belief that it inevitably can be successful.” – Jony Ive
In the beginning, as Apple sought to build a handset with an edge-to-edge display, the company worked with large, cumbersome prototypes — and that was all they could do, until technology itself became available to achieve the vision they had internally.

“There are certain ideas that we have, and we’re waiting for the technology to catch up,” Ive said.

Calling it an “extraordinary process,” he gave some insight on the type of internal struggle that designers must go through to create a successful product that melds advanced technology with consumer-focused usability.

“There really are two very distinct behaviors that I have to sort of engage in and I sort of have,” he said. “On one hand, it is to be so curious and inquisitive and you know what that looks like with the constant questions, being light on your feet and being prepared to be wrong.

“And then at the same time, if you’re going to do something new, that means that the reason it hasn’t been done before is — there are 55 reasons why it hasn’t been done before And so you have to be so focused so resolute.”

Moving between those two, almost polar opposite behaviors is “exhausting,” Ive said.

In his conversation with David Remnick of The New Yorker, Ive was asked what his “most interesting failure” was. The question seemed to catch Ive off-guard, who quipped that he’s not sure if he finds failure itself to be interesting.

But he did admit that Apple is not perfect, and the design process can be a challenging exercise — one where learning to say no, even to things you are excited or passionate about, usually produces the best results.

“We’ve made, I think, numerous mistakes,” Ive said. “But I am confident that the mistakes weren’t all from laziness or some self satisfying belief that it inevitably can be successful. I think we are a bunch of very anxious, worrying individuals who generally assume it’s not going to work.”

BlackBerry KeyOne Review | IT News Africa – Africa’s Technology News Leader

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The BlackBerry is again! The BlackBerry KEYone is listed here and it is just what you would assume from a BlackBerry system. This time as a substitute of attempting to match the opponents in the sector, BlackBerry has gone again to its roots which aided the system develop into so thriving in 2009. This system as opposed to the Z3, which unsuccessful to dwell up to the hoopla, is not entirely a touchscreen cellular cellular phone, of course you listened to me right the QWERTY keyboard is again and it delivers waves of nostalgia to boot.

When taking a nearer look at what is under the hood, the cellular phone is packed with the variety of technical specs you would assume in a cellular phone that is seeking to compete at the top stop of the sector. The system, by BlackBerry’s own admission, focuses on toughness, velocity and safety.

BlackBerry KEYone

The cellular phone is as opposed to any other flagship system now on the sector. I touched on it previously but in situation you believed it was a typo, of course the QWERTY keyboard is again. This time the keyboard is a lot different to the keyboard highlighted on the well-known BlackBerry Curve and Bold, this new sensible keyboard goes way past the usual functionality of an average system by allowing for up to 52 customisable shortcuts by basically pushing a button. You can develop shortcuts for just about any application, use W for WhatsApp, E for Electronic mail, or even C for Candy Crush.

Alright so you likely used to scrolling on your smartphone’s touchscreen at the bottom of your cellular phone and contemplating this scaled-down display screen on this system will end you from accomplishing this. Wrong. The sensible keyboard also enables for scrolling the two up and down and remaining and right. A dilemma that I believed may develop by making use of this system is the difficulty in typing with the modest buttons that aren’t on a responsive touchscreen, but substantially like riding a bicycle I was shortly typing away at ferocious speeds just as I experienced performed so a lot of times before with my BlackBerry Bold.

A further part of the system which is distinct from other folks is the look and really feel. Lots of devices these times are extremely light-weight, slim and have an elegant style and design. The KEYone has taken a distinct technique as a substitute the cellular phone is compact and durable. It does this by combining a modern aluminium body and comfortable grip textured again which will certainly simplicity that dreaded worry of dropping your cellular phone and observing it smash before your very eyes.

The KEYone runs off an Android 7.1 Nougat running process offering consumers access to the total Google Playstore and applications. The system is also packed with a bunch of custom made functions these as the BlackBerry Hub and productiveness tab. The BlackBerry Hub delivers a practical way to manage your messages as it enables the consumer to view all their message, and I indicate all your messages throughout the a variety of purposes, in one one area. Whilst the productiveness tab enables for the consumer to organise their daily lives and content on their devices by featuring a peek view of purposes these as your calendar or your BlackBerry Hub.

A further part which has been main to the concentration of this system is the safety functions. The system is kitted out with a a lot more aggressive patching process than a native Android system, which indicates the KEYone should really be safeguarded towards recently found malware faster than standard telephones. It also has a new characteristic identified as DTEK. This characteristic charges how safe your system is, through a sliding arrow icon and presents you a breakdown of attainable safety vulnerabilities and what permissions you have provided to installed purposes. The characteristic designed feeling when Android’s native safety and privacy controls had been missing. But Marshmallow’s developed-in privacy controls are now up to scratch, which helps make DTEK really feel as if it is not seriously important.

The one location the place the cellular phone does lack guiding its opponents is in that runs making use of a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 CPU, not that this chipset is particularly undesirable but thinking about that other flagship devices are working off more quickly chipsets it may well be of worry to some.

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The cellular phone comes with the premier ever battery identified in a BlackBerry smartphone. The new 3505mAh battery is an predicted up grade on preceding devices and will let for approximately 26 hrs of combined use.

The digicam on the KEYone is definitely not likely to win you any Pulitzer awards, but it will choose good pics. The system contains a 12MP rear digicam and an 8MP front digicam with preset concentration and 84-diploma vast angle lens. The cellular phone requires good top quality pics while in superior lighting which is a lot more than ideal for any use but when capturing in minimal lighting spots it is a little strike and pass up. The digicam is good, but it will not be the purpose to purchase this system.

The BlackBerry KEYone will not be for absolutely everyone. It is evidently aimed at the company specialist who is involved about productiveness, efficiency and reliability/sturdiness. For these company gurus or all those who desire to relive the times the place physical keyboards had been king, the system is a sound decision. The safety and productiveness functions put together with a impressive battery provide one of the best choices on the sector, but it is fairly apparent that for a lot of folks the physical keyboard is useless and will not be producing a comeback. I, having said that, believed that the included sturdiness and seamless functionality may well just assist the system make a few waves in the sector.

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Elon Musk: SpaceX can colonise Mars and build base on moon | Technology

Elon Musk has unveiled plans for a new spacecraft that he says would allow his company SpaceX to colonise Mars, build a base on the moon, and allow commercial travel to anywhere on Earth in under an hour.

The spacecraft is currently still codenamed the BFR (Big Fucking Rocket). Musk says the company hopes to have the first launch by 2022, and then have four flying to Mars by 2024.

Last year Musk proposed an earlier plan for the spacecraft, but at the time had not developed a way of funding the project.

Speaking at the International Astronautical Congress in Adelaide Australia on Friday, Musk said the company had figured out a way to pay for the project.

The key, he said, was to “cannibalise” all of SpaceX’s other products.

Instead of operating a number of smaller spacecrafts to deliver satellites into orbit and supply the International Space Station, Musk said the BFR would eventually be used to complete all of its missions.

“If we can do that then all the resources that are used for Falcon9, Dragon and Heavy can by applied to this system,” he said.

SpaceX has been working feverishly on reusable spacecraft designs, now completing 16 successful landings in a row of its Falcon9 rocket. That was the key to allowing the ambitious design to be economic, he said.

“It’s really crazy that we build these sophisticated rockets and then crash them every time we fly,” he said. “This is mad.”

Musk said the cost of fuel is low, and so if the crafts were fully reusable, the costs of flights drop dramatically. He said the company had already started building the system, with construction of the first ship to begin next year.

“I feel fairly confident that we can complete the ship and be ready for a launch in five years,” he said.

By 2024, Musk said he wanted to fly four ships to Mars, two of which would have crew in them. By that stage, they planned to be able to build a plant on the surface of Mars that would be able to synthesise fuel for return journeys back from Mars.

For a trip to Mars, he said the craft would be able to hold about 100 people in 40 cabins. But he said once the ship is built, it could be used to travel on Earth too.

Musk did not estimate the cost of such flights, but said that most long-distance flights could be completed in 30 minutes, and you could get anywhere on Earth in under an hour.

“If we’re building this thing to go to the Moon and Mars then why not go to other places on earth as well,” he said.

He said the size of the payload – which would allow items with a diameter of just under 9m – means larger satellites could be delivered to orbit in a single mission.

At a presentation at last year’s International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico, Musk described the earlier iteration of the system with more details about the costs.

For that earlier version, he said the cost of sending a person on the SpaceX Interplanetary Transport System would be around $200,000. Musk suggested that multiple space rockets could take 100 people each over 40 to 100 years until a million people lived there.

“It was much too big and fantastical,” said Robert Zubrin, president and founder of Mars Society, a non-profit that promotes human settlement of Mars.

If I die on Mars: meet the people on a mission to be first on the red planet … and stay there

Musk’s proposal for getting a million people to Mars as quickly as possible was, Zubrin said, “like a D-Day landing”. Instead, Musk should be thinking of sending just ten people to set up an agricultural base, Zubrin said.

“Then send 20 more people and so forth to develop capabilities to make steel and eventually create institutions like schools.”

“He typically goes into something with over-reach,” Zubrin added, referring to Musk’s tendency to over-promise with many of his projects, including delivery dates of Teslas and the progress of The Boring Company, drilling a subterranean Los Angeles commuter tunnel.

“But he’s able to take criticism and adjust things to become achievable,” said Zubrin.

“If he reduces his launch system from 500 tons to 150 tons or less, that would show he’s serious and would move him from the realm of vision to the realm of engineering.”

Lockheed Martin also presented an idea for a manned Mars mission at the Adelaide event. The aerospace company outlined a six-person space station called Mars Base Camp that it thinks could be orbiting the red planet by 2028 along with a lander that could descend to the surface.

Astronauts on the space station could carry out scientific research and exploration work, including operating rovers and identifying landing spots on the surface of the planet for larger vehicles.