A Look at the Making of the Quicksilver Super Slow Motion Scene From ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’

Visual effects team Rising Sun Pictures offers some insight into how it helped create the memorable super slow motion scene featuring new mutant recruit Quicksilver in X-Men: Days of Future Past.

RSP collaborated with VFX Supervisor Richard Stammers and Director Bryan Singer to realize the creative vision of the sequence through the production of scores of CG props, including frying pans, knives, pots of boiling soup, carrots and bullets, as well as the omnipresent cascades of water droplets. Each of these elements needed to be rendered in near microscopic detail, placed precisely within the geometry of the kitchen and choreographed to move and react realistically to lighting, other objects and characters.

via Polygon

Inspirograph, A Highly Customizable Browser-Based Version of the Classic Spirograph Drawing Toy

Inspirograph

The Inspirograph is an online, browser-based take on the classic Spirograph geometric drawing toy created by engineer Nathan Friend. There are several different size and color options, plus features for downloading and sharing images.

image via Inspirograph

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A Look at the Complex LIDAR Laser System Nokia Is Using to Map Terrain for Self-Driving Cars

The team at the Nokia HERE mapping service is offering some insight into the view of the complex LIDAR system being used to help create models for self-driving cars. Used in tandem with GPS and cameras on its mapping cars, the LIDAR system uses 32 laser beams to collect 700,000 data points a second.

An inertial sensor tracks the pitch, roll, and yaw of the car so that the lidar data can be corrected for the position of the car and used to create a 3-D model of the roads it has traveled. The lidar instrument’s range tops out about 10-15 stories above the street. At street level, its resolution is just a few centimeters.

via Wired

‘Exobaby’, Hyundai’s Marketing Campaign Promoting Their Vehicle Technology With a Baby in an Super Exoskeleton Suit

The “Exobaby” is a marketing campaign by Hyundai that promotes the advanced technology of their vehicles with a little baby in a super exoskeleton suit. The CGI child, who is protected from all sorts of danger, uses the potty without any problems thanks to a “Smart Trunk” feature in the suit and avoids having to take a bath by using the suit’s speedy “Turbo Boost” to escape he clutches of mom. Hyundai’s “Exobaby” ad campaign delivers the message that they “aim to make their customers’ lives safer and more convenient”.

The hero baby smartly takes advantages of the state-of-the-art technology suit that offers a wide range of solutions for conditions experienced in daily life. And a total of seven cutting-edge technologies are applied based on the Sonata – body rigidity (AHSS, Advanced High Strength Steel), Smart Trunk, Blind Spot Detection (BSD), Turbo GDi engine , Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS), Forward Collision Warning System (FCWS), and Smart Parking Assist System (SPAS) – with figurative wit that embellishes the baby’s story.

ExoBaby

ExoBaby

ExoBaby

ExoBaby

ExoBaby

images via Hyundai Motor Brand

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‘Weird Al’ Yankovic Performs a Mysterious Floating Orb Magic Trick With a Surprise Comedic Twist

“Weird Al” Yankovic performs a mysterious floating orb magic trick in a recent video on his YouTube page, and true to his nature it ends with an unexpected comedic twist.

Alpin Drums, A Sextet of Percussionists Who Play Toolboxes While Wearing Traditional Bavarian Garb

Alpin Drums is a German musical sextet who play percussion on various objects–including toolboxes in a video shot by Vimeo user malfecha–while wearing the traditional clothing of their Bavarian home.

via The Presurfer

Beloved ‘Mad Magazine’ and Movie Poster Artist Jack Davis Announces His Retirement at Age 90

Jack Davis

Jack Davis (previously), the legendary cartoonist whose work is most closely associated with his long run on Mad Magazine and the iconic movie posters he created during the 1960s and 1970s, has announced his retirement. The 90-year-old artist can still draw, but said that he is no longer pleased with his output.

I’m not satisfied with the work. I can still draw, but I just can’t draw like I used to.

Jack Davis joined up with Mad during its initial run as a humor comic, after working with Bill Gaines on the publisher’s EC Comics horror titles.

Jack Davis

Jack Davis

Jack Davis

Jack Davis

images via Wired

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‘The Auteurs of Christmas 2′, Humorous Short Holiday Films Shot in the Style of Iconic Filmmakers

“The Auteurs of Christmas 2″ is the second in a series of annual shorts by Fourgrounds Film that compiles various short and silly holiday films shot in the style of iconic filmmakers from Jean-Luc Godard to Michael Bay and more.

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Hector, A Large Robot Based on a Stick Insect That Can Move Its Six Legs Independently

Hector is a large six-legged robot built by Axel Schneider and his team from Bielefeld University in Germany that is capable of moving each of its six legs independently of one another. The robot, which was inspired by stick insects, can traverse uneven terrain and climb over obstacles using built-in sensors.

At the moment, Hector is fitted with short-range cameras and sensors that provide information about its body position and immediate surroundings. But the team is working on adding longer-range sensors to better mimic the abilities of’ real insects. The improved prototype should be a useful tool for biologists studying animal locomotion.

Bebo Relaunches as a Messaging App With Animated Avatars After Being Bought Back by Its Founder

Bebo Bebo

Bebo has been relaunched as a new feature-rich messaging app after the social networking service was bought back from AOL by founder Michael Birch for a reported $1 million ($849 million less than AOL had initially paid for the service). The app will give users access to their old photos, but is otherwise largely unrecognizable as a chat service, featuring animated avatars and a slew of hashtag-based activities.

#Draw – let’s you doodle right in your chat window
#Music – an easy way to send a song while messaging
#Location – shows your Bebo on a map so your friends know where you are!

Bebo Bebo

images via Bebo