I am deaf father singing “If You Are Happy and You Know It Clap Your Hands” song in American Sign Language with my deaf daughter.
The Russian company, Hoversurf Inc., has created an incredible Scorpion-3 single seat electric hoverbike combining a motorcycle seat with quadcopter drone technology that is capable of lifting a human off of the ground and flying them from point A to point B in no time.
SCORPION platform is a single-seat aircraft that rediscovers the art of flying and hovering enabling a hi-tech quadcopter-based solution. It’s a unique electric-powered vessel combining a motorcycle seat with quadcopter drone technology bringing speed agility and stability of flight to the hands of amateur and professional navigators. For the moment, SCORPION platform is increasingly seen as an extreme sports instrument, yet the vessel’s transportation potential remains evident. (read more)
With the “Enter Sandbox” installation, Audi has combined virtual reality with a real sandbox to create a unique driving experience. Drivers can first play in the sandbox creating a miniature car track that the system then scans with a depth-sensing camera to render a virtual version of the track that drivers can explore with a virtual reality headset and car controller.
The “Enter Sandbox” system was developed for the car company by MediaMonks who explained their process in a making-of video about the project. To give people a sense of what using the system is like, they have also released a 360° video of a car driving around a virtual sandbox track.
The cameras of CCTV+ captured the sight of a chubby ambush of Siberian tigers at Harbin Tiger Park as they knocked a low-flying drone out of the air in the mistaken belief that it was edible prey of some sort. The park has been utilizing drones to incite the tigers get some exercise after reports of tiger obesity surfaced online. The big cats ripped the petite flying machine apart without mercy, until it began to emit an irritating plume of smoke that drove the tigers away.
Video footage of a habitat for these rare felines in northeast China’s Heilongjiang Province shows them meandering about until they catch sight of a drone with a camera buzzing around. The rather chubby tigers played cat and mouse with the drone until a 2 or 3-year-old tiger swiped at the camera, a large paw filling its screen before losing signal. The group proceeded to tear the drone apart, with one literally chewing on the gadget as if it was a bird of prey.
Seattle artist and humorist Iain Heath (a.k.a. “Ochre Jelly“) used LEGO to recreate the scene from Star Wars: Return of the Jedi where Princess Leia strangled Jabba the Hutt with a chain. Iain created the piece as a tribute to Carrie Fisher, who had been scheduled to appear at Emerald City Comicon this year.
Chicago balloon artist Smarty Pants created a giant version of Wonder Woman’s invisible jet out of clear balloons that wraps around the body of a cute little girl dressed up as DC Comics‘ mighty superheroine. More of Smart Pant’s incredible balloon work is available to view on his website.
photo via Smarty Pants
The folks at the Hydraulic Press Channel have been able to crush just about anything without much trouble, but when faced with a ball made of Adamantium, their reliable crushing machine was not up to the task. The same thing happened with a mysterious set of Adamantium claws, perhaps belonging to Logan? This seems to make the most sense since his eponymous film opens everywhere on March 3, 2017.
Kurzgesagt asks the philosophical question of whether artificially intelligent machines deserve rights. The video explores basic concepts of consciousness, pain, and what it means to be alive, and how those ideas are influenced by increasingly advanced technology.
What shall we do once machines become conscious? Do we need to grant them rights?