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Tag Archives: Videos

Ball Shattering Glass At 10 Million Frames Per Second

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There really isn’t much to say about the above, other than “Holy Crap!” The world is full of the infinitely small, infinitely big, and the ridiculously fast. For the latter, there are instruments like the HyperVision HPV-X Camera of Shimadzu. Shooting at a leisurely 10 million frames per second, the above animation apparently spans around 0.000024872s-0.000072s, depending on the actual playback fps (which we’re not sure about).

VIA [ Gizmodo ]

Watch These Two RC Copters Lift A Full Grown Woman Off The Ground

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We had no idea that remote controlled helicopters could carry this much payload. Watch the video below as two remote controlled helis easily lift a woman off the floor, and carry her around a few feet. Yes, to be honest, the video is a little painful to watch (especially halfway through), but it’s also impressive. We don’t know much about the company behind the stunt, other than they’re German and appear to assemble these machines themselves. Maybe. Or maybe they make videos of themselves flying these things acrobatically. We’re not sure because the website is a little dense and unclear. But we don’t really care in the end, because all we really wanted to do was to show you the video below.

[ Heligrafix ] VIA [ DamnGeeky ]

Flappy Bird Playing Robot Is Better Than You

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We’d like to think the Flappy Bird mania is dying down, but we’re not sure. Just a couple of days ago we found out that someone had sold an iPad Mini preloaded with the game for $8,000, so crazy people are still crazy it seems. And it’s in the midst of all this craze that we now turn our attention to Liu Yang and Shi Xuekun, two developers from the Shaanxi province of China, who’ve created a robotic contraption that plays the game, and plays is well. Using a webcam, the swing arm of an old hard drive and a stylus, this machine manages to blaze through the pipes like nobody’s business.

The point? Really, there isn’t. This is just a fun project and maybe a demonstration of skill from two guys who claim they took only four days to build and code the whole thing. Check the video out to see how it fares.

VIA [ Walyou ]

World’s First Stereogram Music Video

You ever try to see the 3D images on those “Magic Eye Puzzle” books that were popular in the 90′s? Half the kids could see them, the other half would flail around in fits of rage for not being able to see anything… Remember that? Anyway, here’s a video from a band called Young Rival that’s shot entirely like that. If you manage to cross your eyes just right, you’ll be treated to a moving stereogram, which really is sort of trippy. If you can’t manage to cross your eyes right, you’re going to want to punch your monitor. There’s a cross-eye and a parallel-eye version of the video, so we’re including both, in case one is easier than the other to see.

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Girls Are A**holes, At Least These Ones In This Fictional Bar Are

Or maybe not even. This is normal human behaviour, we think… And to be fair, guys can be a**holes too, so don’t take this to heart. But this editor was in tears by the end of this clip. From laughter, of course.

The link to tech? None whatsoever. Or maybe guys like tech, and guys will like this, so… there? Yeah… No, but really, we’re only showing you this because it’s brilliant and we think you guys will get a kick out of it.

VIA [ TheAwesomer ]

PS4 Obliterated With .50 Caliber Sniper Shot, In Super Slow Motion

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Like clockwork, as soon as a hotly anticipated device gets released, videos of that same item being destroyed in increasingly creative ways start popping up all over YouTube. The PS4 is obviously no exception, and the below video is a pretty satisfying account of what happens when you put a heavy duty .50 caliber bullet through the console, filmed at 50,000fps.

And no, we’re not making some kind of commentary on the already months-old new-gen console flame war. It’s just gratuitous destruction, because what’s not to like about that?

VIA [ DVice ]

We’ve Seen The Future, And It’s In This MIT Motion-Tracked Table

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Just watch that GIF and tell us if your mind isn’t blown. It’s a project by a team at MIT called inFORM. It seems to involve a table with an array of individually actuated push-rods, which are in turn controlled by a motion-tracking camera. Here’s how they explain it:

Past research on shape displays has primarily focused on rendering content and user interface elements through shape output, with less emphasis on dynamically changing UIs. We propose utilizing shape displays in three different ways to mediate interaction: to facilitate by providing dynamic physical affordances through shape change, to restrict by guiding users with dynamic physical constraints, and to manipulate by actuating physical objects.

If we’re understanding their jargon correctly, the team is looking to develop a man/machine interaction that doesn’t involve a static user interface. In other words, they’re exploring ways in which we could interact with machines in the future. What does that mean in practical terms? We’re not sure, but a user on Reddit suggests a table that can pass the salt itself… It’s funny, but hey, the possibilities appear limitless and we’re glad folks with some semblance of competence are working on this stuff.

Watch the full video below to get a better idea of how awesome this is.

[ Project Page ] AND [ Full Paper ] VIA [ Reddit ]

Rage Watch: Worst Parking Exit Ever

Oh, the funny things the Intertubes bring you. Above is a video of a person exiting a parking lot in just about the most infuriating way possible. It’s not that there’s no room to maneuver either, it’s just that they suck. It takes this wonderful driver a full 4 minutes to get out, when it could have been done in 10 seconds. Heck, a bad driver would have done it in one minute. Want to spend a couple minutes screaming at your screen? Just hit play.

VIA [ Geekologie ]

Homeward Bound: The Best Ad For Google Maps We’ve Seen

You can think of advertisements as an automatic nuisance, but we’ve come to respect and admire the ones who’ve obviously had thought and care put into their production. The commercial above is one of the best ads we’ve come across, and it’s for Google Maps. It chronicles the 20 year journey of Saroo Brierley, a man originally from India who was separated from his family at a train station at the age of 6, and who spent the next 20 years trying to find his way back home. It’s touching and beautiful, and definitely worth taking 3 minutes out of your life to watch.

VIA [ Mashable ]