Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Video: Newest Honda ASIMO

Honda just celebrated the fourteenth anniversary of ASIMO, its tiny mobile robot.  The robot has been slowly evolving over the years, but in honor of ASIMO's birthday, Honda has rolled out a whole new batch of upgrades.
"The Asimo’s latest edition, unveiled on April 16, can run briskly, climb stairs with ease, dance like Travolta, kick a ball and jump up in down in what can only be described as a robot tantrum.

The 4 feet tall, 115-pound robot now features five dextrous fingers on each hand with force feedback sensors. As we saw in its first North America demonstration on Wednesday, ASIMO can pick up a sealed container filled with orange juice, unscrew the top, pick up a paper up with its other hand, pour the juice and carefully set both cup and container back on the table."

Tech: Homemade Webshooter

German laser specialist Anselmo Fan Zero created his very own "webshooter" in honor of the new Spiderman film debuting in Germany. The impressive device is worn on the wrist and fires a small retractable harpoon in place of a spider’s webbing.  There are three buttons under the device — for charging, the aiming laser and the trigger, and the whole thing runs on a single lithium-polymer battery.   The guy who made the spidey shooter also runs an online storefront that specializes in steampunk-style weaponry.

Video: Sci-Fi Movie Lies

Sci-fi movie shave been lying to you about space since you were a kid.  Science fiction should more properly be called "science based fiction."  Sometimes creatives make mistakes because they don't understand the science involved and sometimes creatives get things wrong on purpose because it makes for a better or more exciting story, but don't worry, BuzzFeed debunks everything from the mechanics of asteroid fields to the complications of inertia.

Video: How Big Is The Universe?

Beakus was commissioned to create three animated films that explain key concepts about our universe, with humour helping to explain the 'almost' unexplainable! The result is a charming and delightful way to learn about your own insignificance.

Music Video: The Lava

"EQUATEUR // THE LAVA" Directed & animated by Kadavre Exquis

French electronic duo Equateur of Romain Nouhi and Charles Rocher released new music video for upcoming EP The Lava – sci-fi animation done by French graphic designer Kadavre Exquis, who created the live visuals for the recent Skrillex tour.  The video features a robot journeying to the center of a volcanic structure in search of a humanoid target. Exquis has also posted the storyboards that were used in creating the video.

Short Film: Nameless World

This animated music video was created by Arthur De Pins for the electro funk band Skip The Use.  It's also a sort of promo for Zombillenium: Gretchen, a comic about a theme park run by monsters, including mummies, vampires, witches, and zombies.

Video: Chalk Warfare 3.0

Two teams engage in an epic fight to the death with weapons drawn with chalk.  This time around, they step up their game and draw up some recognizable weapons from popular video games and movies.  Created by 17 year old Sam Wickert and Eric Leigh from South Carolina.  You can check out Part 1 and Part 2 here to see just how much better it’s gotten.

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