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Giant Rockfish Found Near Alaska In This Photo

Giant Rockfish PhotoHere's a photo which showed up on Yahoo's most emailed photos list. Apparently it is a giant rockfish which was caught by a NOAA vessel in the Bering Sea according to the caption on the photo. The guy in the photo is holding up a 38 inch ruler to the fish to show how big it is.

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Posted in Crazy Images 13 years, 9 months ago. Permalink | Email It
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Microsoft Prototype Interface Ala Minority Report In This Video

Microsoft Minority Report Interface VideoHere's a prototype screen interface from Microsoft which was demoed at the CEBIT 2006 conference. It's very similar to the interface from the movie Minority Report. I believe they are using a rear projector (though it's possible they are using an LCD). Basically there is a piece of glass with the display on it and then behind the glass is a motion sensor which tracks the user movements (I believe). There is either an LCD sandwiched in between two pieces of glass or a rear projector. I also think this is the interface that Robert Scoble talks about in this interview.

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Posted in Cool Videos 14 years, 1 month ago. Permalink | Email It
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Guy Pretends To Steal From Mall Stores To Bait Security Guards

Urban Sprinting VideoHere is a video clip from what seems like a British comedy TV show. They have an actor guy go into malls and pretend to steal something from a story to get a security guard to chase him. Reality stealing? Anyway, the guy only takes the tag that sets off the alarm but he pretends to have stolen a hat that he originally goes into the store with. The security guard predictably chases him. In two out of three times he gets away. However, on his second try he attempts to slip by some people on an escalator and a bystander tackles him to the floor. Owned.

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Posted in Stupid Videos 14 years, 3 months ago. Permalink | Email It
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Blender Of Cultures In This Bollywood Music Video From The 90s

Crazy Indian Music VideoHere's an Indian music video (Bollywood) from the 90s with some crazy dance moves and what sounds like a mix of techno, pop, English, and Hindi. Not to mention the blender of cultures they have going on which includes traditional Indian women's saris, 80s American mens clothes ala Miami Vice, blue jeans, overalls, pigtails, and super bright colors. The local Indian food restaurant has a bollywood music video channel called B4U Music playing this kind of thing non-stop. Looks like you can order it from Dish Network for around twenty bucks a month. You know, in case you have nothing else to do.

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Posted in Crazy Videos 14 years, 6 months ago. Permalink | Email It
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Demonstration 3D Physical Virtual Mesh Video Game System Video

Physical 3D Space Video GameIn this video there is a maze like physical 3d structure with a projector on each side of it. The projectors project sections of a 'video game' onto the real 3D structure. However, the characters in the video game are limited by the physical 3D strucure so when you move around you are really moving your virtual character around on the 3D structure. The 'ladders' in the game are virtual (projected on the physical structure). It is a mash up of a physical 3D game board and virtual game pieces. The 'game' is really just a simple walk up and down ladders and move around on the physical 3D object ala Donkey Kong. This might be interesting if it were applied more like projecting characters or pieces on a physical 3D battle diorama or some such.

Watch the full sized video of this mesh of physical world and virtual world into a video game below or click over and view it on the host site.

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Posted in Interesting Videos 14 years, 7 months ago. Permalink | Email It
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Mixed Reality Interface Could Bring New Meaning To Minatures In Warfare

Mixed Reality Interface VideoSo here is another video from CeBIT I found which shows a 'Mixed Reality Interface'. Basically there is a smooth table with various objects on it which are also represented in 3D space in the screen behind the table. So when you move the block or ball that is on the table it also moves that object inside the virtual 3D space on the monitor. I don't know if they have some kind of position tracker in (or under) each object or it reads objects dynamically via a camera or some such. There is also a camera object which the guy can move around on the table and it moves the view in the virtual 3D space around as well. I was trying to come up with some real world applications for this kind of thing and some of the things I came up with were: a real time battleplan interface for the military (think minatures in WWII movies), creating virtual 3D movies ala stop motion but you're moving the realworld objects around for the virtual world camera, and possibly air traffic control. It would also make a pretty cool video game interface. The host site has a link to the creaters of the interface in the video and a link to the guy who captured the video.

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Posted in Cool Videos 14 years, 10 months ago. Permalink | Email It
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Autocopter The Unmanned Mini Helicopter Tests New Shotgun In This Video

Autocopter VideoSo if you've ever seen the TV series Dark Angle with it's police spy killer hover drone you'll recognize this thing. Apparently this is called the Autocopter and it is an unmanned mini helicopter except that now they have added a 12 gauge shot gun to it. This video of it flying around on manual control (and apparently with a tether) shows it testing out the new shot gun mount. First they have it stable on the ground and they fire a single round and then a burst. It does get a little bit of a kickback while on the ground but when they take it up into the air and do some more firing tests I don't notice any kickback. How long until these things are flying around in a city near you with face recognition software ala Dark Angle? You can find more textual information about the Autocopter here.

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Posted in Cool Videos 14 years, 11 months ago. Permalink | Email It
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Darth Tater And Spud Trooper Have A New Friend In Artoo Potatoo

Star Wars Potato HeadsLast year Hasbro released Darth Tater, Star Wars themed Mr. Potato Head. Later on last year they also released "Spud Trooper" another Star Wars themed Mr. Potato Head. This year they are coming out with Artoo Potatoo which is R2-D2 as a Mr. Potato Head. I haven't quite figured out what the Spud Trooper guy is holding in his right hand there. It looks like a potato masher (maybe that's some kind of potate joke where instead of having a blaster rifle ala Star Wars it's a potato masher). So at some point are they going to come out with a Mrs. Leia Potato, Mr. Potato Chewbacca, Jabba the Potato, and Solo Potato?

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Posted in Cool Images 14 years, 11 months ago. Permalink | Email It
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Pirate Convention Spoof Video Featuring Many Arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr Jokes

Spoof Pirate Convention VideoHere's a skit which is a spoof on a Pirate Convention (ala AnimeCon, BlizzCon, etc). They meet up on some hotel convention center though it isn't originally the hotel that they wanted. The whole video is based on saying "Arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr" as much as possible which I'll admit is pretty funny. The hotel they originally wanted was the "Ritz Carrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrlton". They bring in an actor who they have no idea what he does (they only picked him for all the Arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr's in his name) and bounce questions off him that have Arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr answers. They slip in the joke about a new movie coming out that is rated Arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. The Pirate Con ends in a drunken pirate riot.

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Posted in Funny Videos 15 years ago. Permalink | Email It
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Soccer Team Assaults A Ninja Compound To Save A Soccer Ball

Nike Ninja Commercial VideoSo in this Nike commercial there is a team of soccer players (oh excuse me futball) in a police SWAT van. They drive up to a building and the head guy shows them the "target" which is a soccer ball. They invade the building James Bond style and attempt to steal the ball from a laser entrapped safe room. Suffice to say they screw up and the alarm goes off. A giant throng of ninja looking guys wearing fencing masks chases after them attempting to get the soccer ball back. The soccer hero James Bond guys finally get cornered by the head ninja guy in red. They bounce the ball off the ninja guy crashing into into the elevator while they escape Matrix style in a helicopter. Just as they jump away the ninja guy turns into a robot and the building explodes. Except that only two soccer guys escape. What happened to the rest? Like I said this commercial is pretty weird and doesn't incentivize me to buy Nike.

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Posted in Stupid Videos 15 years, 1 month ago. Permalink | Email It
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