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Larry the Robot Vomits So Researchers Can Study What Happens When Sick Humans Do

Everyone, meet Larry, the robot that vomits so researchers can study what happens when real humans do. It sounds like a funny and improbably story, but it’s true, and it has everything to do with noroviruses. In a nutshell, noroviruses are responsible for inducing fits of nausea, abdominal pain, and forceful (and sometimes projectile) vomiting.

Scientists from a British lab needed to come up with a way to study how other people got infected with the virus after standing in proximity to a vomiting norovirus sufferer. Their solution was Larry, which can spew projectile vomit up to ten feet. It sounds pretty gross, but hey, it’s all in the name of science!

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This Robot Wants to Wish You a Happy New Year

Happy New Year Robot

Happy New Year!

Who did you kiss on New Year’s Eve? We’re into the second day of 2013 and thankfully, the world hasn’t ended. We might be a little late to the party, but this little robot from Alderbaran Robotics wasn’t, because he was dancing up a ton while wishing everyone a happy new year. In case you missed him, you can hit the break to check out his little performance.

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Ultimate Stress Test: iRobot’s Hand ‘Smashed’ With a Baseball Bat and Emerges Unscathed

iRobot

It’s amazing how far robotics has come throughout the years. From simple robots that could only do menial tasks to advanced robots like the CHARLI-2 that can do the Gangnam style, I guess you can say that roboticists themselves have come a long way.

An example of the latter group of robots is the iRobot. What you see above is just a part of it though. Specifically, that’s the robot’s hand, and it’s about to be ‘smashed’ by a baseball bat. It sounds brutal, but I assure you, it’s not what you think. You’ll understand when you see the clip where the researcher does the actual smashing. You’ll probably come off amazed at how they managed to build such a thing in the first place.

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Assassin’s Creed Meets Parkour in Real Life the Second Time Around

Assassin's Creed Parkour

Parkour has been around for quite a while now, but it wasn’t until recently that it hit the mainstream. At least, for geeks like us. Skilled freerunner Ronnie Shalvis decided to show off the amazing things you can do with the discipline by combining it with Assassin’s Creed. The result is this awesome video where Connor gives chase to redcoats running away on galloping horses with the less fortunate ones hanging from the trees.

Ronnie’s moves are so smooth that what he’s doing almost looks like a piece of cake. Almost. Hit the break to check out the video and see for yourself.

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You Snooze, You Lose–Your Head, That Is! (Don’t Worry, It’s Just a Prank)

Head Fall Off

Have you ever sneezed so hard that your head fell off? No? Well, here, let me show you.

Looks horrifying, doesn’t it? But don’t worry. As we’ve said earlier, it’s just a prank, and a pretty well-executed one at that. The guy you see who loses his head literally is a magician named Rich Ferguson, who was entertaining scaring the crap out of the passersby at Bubblegum Alley in San Luis Obispo, California. As expected, some people freaked out, others screamed, and a couple of them actually ran for dear life.

It’s pretty hilarious and it’s a fun way to cap off the week–especially if you had a stressful one. Hit the break to check the video out!

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AirTracks Is A Camera Slider System That Inflates

Shooting video like a professional means many things, like a good camera, a good set of lenses and obviously a good videographer. But it also means being able to move the camera like a pro, smooth and steady (unless you’re Blair Witchin’ it). Big budget shoots will have slider systems with really long tracks and elaborate contraptions to move the camera from here to there smoothly. More modest setups will involve smaller tracks, like the MobiSlyder that we featured last year. What these solutions all have in common is an unwieldy, usually hard to carry solid track. The AirTrack in an inflatable slider system, featuring a portable track that inflates to up to 1.5m (5ft.) in length at the (repeated) squeeze of a hand pump. The dolly (the part that rolls on that track) uses a fairly standard 3/8in. tripod screw so you’re free to use almost any type of camera available, up to 8 lbs. That’s sturdy enough to handle most (if not all) dSLRs. And since the track is inflated and very light, there are grommets you can use to attach it to the ground and prevent it from flying off in the wind.

Early backers can still get the AirTrack for a $250 pledge to their Kickstarter campaign. After that it bumps up to $275.

Hit the jump for a demo video, another picture and links.

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This Video Shows You What It’s Like to Skydive from the Stratosphere

Felix Skydive

One day, I hope to do what Felix Baumgartner did and live to tell the world about it. If you haven’t heard of him already, then it’s about time you did. Felix is an extreme skydiver who isn’t afraid of great heights. In fact, he’s so fearless that he decided make the jump of his life (while risking his life in the process) a couple of days ago.

He strapped on his parachute, turned his chest camera on, and jumped out of a plane specially-designed capsule suspended from a giant balloon at an altitude of 128,097 feet! Felix broke a number of records in the process: highest manned balloon trip, highest skydive, fastest skydive, and the most people to turn into a live Youtube event. (Eight million people from the world over watched him make the jump.)

In case you missed it, hit the break to watch the video from Felix’s jump and prepare to be amazed.

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Is Apple’s iPhone 5 Going to Look Like a DSLR? Adam Sacks Seems to Think So

iPhone 5 Parody

You don’t have to be an Apple fanboy (or fangirl) to know that the next iPhone is coming–and it’s coming soon. While the world waits with bated breaths, Apple is taking their own sweet time before making the big reveal.

So while they do that, New York-based comedian Adam Sacks decided to take matters into his own hands and “leaked” his own version of an “official” iPhone 5 promo video. And while it’s all sorts of ridiculous, it’s hilarious and extremely amusing at the same time.

Self-proclaimed and true-blue foodies like to use their iPhones to take photos of their food. That’s the point Sacks latched on to and decided to expound in the video. The iPhone 5 he boasts of is a basically a DLSR in the guise of a phone, stamped with the Apple logo, and that was it.

Check out the video after the jump for a few laughs.

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What We’ve Always Wanted: Free Software That Makes Our Keyboards Sound Like Typewriters

By David Ponce

That headline has a hint of sarcasm in it, for sure, because… since when is more noise a good thing, right? But it’s not completely untrue either. There’s a certain nostalgia in hearing the sounds of typewriters of old, at least for those of us ancient enough to remember them. In my particular case, I was maybe 5 or 6 years old the last time there was one in my house, and watching the above video instantly brought back memories from back then. In the video you’ll see an Apple device running this piece of free software that works in all applications (email, web, word, etc.) and makes authentic sounds of “letter keys, spacebar, backspace, carriage return and scroll up and down.” It has no other purpose, nor does it need one. It works on OS X only for now.

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