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Crazy Looking Lifelike Starfish Robot Walking Demo Video
Here is a pretty bizarre demonstration of a starfish shaped robot that generates it's own walking algorythm. Apparently the robot gets a sense of itself and then uses that to 'walk'. Near the end of the video they damage the robot and it is still able to walk around based on the new modal it generates. Or something.
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|Posted in Weird Videos 11 years, 11 months ago. Permalink | Email It|
Tags: Crazy / Looking / Lifelike / Starfish / Robot / Walking / Demo / Video
Video Of A Two Legged Robot That Balances And Walks By Itself
Here's a crazy video of a two legged robot that balances and walks upright on it's own. The information with the video also says the robot learns the more it balances. They also show a second robot trying to push it over and it corrects it's balance.
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|Posted in Cool Videos 11 years, 12 months ago. Permalink | Email It|
Tags: Video / Two / Legged / Robot / That / Balances / Walks / By / Itself
Pigeon Attempts To Land On A Car And Is Rejected In This Car Commercial
Here's a funny car commercial which features the car protecting itself from a pigeon. The pigeon is sitting up on the tree eyeing the car and then flies down to land on the car. The car has other ideas however and using it's anti pigeon technology wacks the pigeon away from the car with it's hood. The pigeon is entirely CG or so claims the caption for the video. It's probably possible that the pigeon on the branch and flying towards the car is real and then when the bird gets hit it turns into a CG bird and sprawls on the ground. Apparently Ford sells these kinds of cars in Europe? Good luck with that.
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|Posted in Funny Videos 12 years, 1 month ago. Permalink | Email It|
Tags: Pigeon / Attempts / To / Land / On / Car / Is / Rejected / In / This / Car / Commercial
Cool Computer IO Paint Brush Device Lets You Paint With Video
Here's a video of a prototype computer input output device which is designed like a paint brush. It has a built in video camera into the head of the brush which allows it to pick up "video textures" or still colors and textures. For example, they show the paint brush recording someone blinking their eye and then painting the eye blink texture on a computer screen canvas. It's hard to tell if the screen canvas is touch sensitive or not (I think it is) as it shows someone smudging one of the images with their finger. However, it's possible that the paint brush device just records itself drawing. It picks up all kinds of textures like this fur print off this hand bag and works exactly like a paint brush after that. Watch the video for a better visual explanation.
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|Posted in Cool Videos 12 years, 1 month ago. Permalink | Email It|
Tags: Cool / Computer / IO / Paint / Brush / Device / Lets / You / Paint / With / Video
Turn An Optical Mouse Into A Reverse Trackball Device Like A Bar Of Soap
Here is a pretty cool do it yourself project that turns an optical mouse into kind of a reverse trackball. Basically it is an optical mouse shaped like a piece of soap that is in an elastic/silk/polyester bag. You can rotate the mouse inside the bag like it was a wet bar of soap. You can also move the fabric of the bag with your thumb over the optical sensor causing the mouse cursor to move around. The video itself explains it much better including how make one for yourself. It seems like it works pretty well from watching the people in the video play games and navigate windows with it.
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|Posted in Cool Videos 12 years, 2 months ago. Permalink | Email It|
Tags: Turn / An / Optical / Mouse / Into / Reverse / Trackball / Device / Like / Bar / Soap
Giant Rubber Band Ball Destroys A Car In This Video
So the people in this video decided to find a use for their giant rubber band ball. Apparently that use consists of rolling it down a hill and destroying their car with it. In the first roll the rubber band ball lands on the back of the car smashing out the window. In another couple rolls they miss the car. In the roll featured in the thumbnail for the video the rubber band ball hit the side door full on and embedded itself in the car. The rubber band ball partially fell apart when they extracted it from the car.
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|Posted in Crazy Videos 12 years, 2 months ago. Permalink | Email It|
Tags: Giant / Rubber / Band / Ball / Destroys / Car / In / This / Video
People Sketch Up Some Furniture And Then Print It Out With A Rapid Prototyper
In this video the two people are holding motion capture pens and using them to 'sketch' in the air. The Nintendo Wii controller could perform a similar task theoretically. They sketch up some furniture and then load the sketchs into a rapid protype printer and print up the furniture. The video itself is somewhat of a fakeout because the video has computer generated graphics where the people sketched but they themselves can't see what they are sketching in real time. It might help if they had a semitransparent display they could look through and actually see what they are sketching instead of only seeing it in their mind's eye. I'd think you'd have better like making furniture with one of those 3D lathe softwares and then rapid prototyping the object instead.
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|Posted in Weird Videos 12 years, 3 months ago. Permalink | Email It|
Tags: People / Sketch / Up / Some / Furniture / Then / Print / It / Out / With / Rapid / Prototyper
Trackmania Video Showing 1000 Cars Running The Same Track At The Same Time
Here's a screen capture video from a racing game called Trackmania. Apparently you can record your track run and then play it back. This video takes 1000 track runs and plays them all back in the same track at the same time. The video itself is pretty crazy looking as all of the cars look like they move as a fluid. There is a second video which has 3000 track runs played back which also looks cool but it isn't edited quite as well. The cars race through the track and each time they hit a jump they spill all over the place. At the end of the video all the cars jump out into the ocean.
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|Posted in Strange Videos 12 years, 5 months ago. Permalink | Email It|
Tags: Trackmania / Video / Showing / 1000 / Cars / Running / Same / Track / At / Same / Time
Video Of A Crossbow Built Out Of Legos Firing A Bolt Into A Metal Can
Here is a video which features a fully working crossbow built out of legos and rubber bands. The rubber bands are across the front to create the tension on the bow. Additionally there seems to be some rubber bands on the back area holding the stock of the crossbow togather. Lastly it seems like he has some kind of pump system for launching the bolt but it could be gears instead. In any event he loads the bolt in and fires a couple times at a metal paint thinner can. The point of the bolt pokes a hole in the can but the bolt itself doesn't stick.
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|Posted in Weird Videos 12 years, 5 months ago. Permalink | Email It|
Tags: Video / Crossbow / Built / Out / Legos / Firing / Bolt / Into / Metal / Can
CH-47 Helicopter Rips Itself Apart In A Ground Resonance Test Video
In this video they have a CH-47 helicopter strapped down to the pavement and they conduct a resonance test on it. This consists of running the blades up to a pretty high speed. There isn't any information in the caption on why they are running the test but some of the comments on the video suggest it is because they were having problems where the helicopter would invert midflight. Once this thing gets up to speed in the video it starts smoking and finally the whole tale rotor section piece there just rips loose from the rest of the helicopter and sags to the ground. Oops.
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|Posted in Crazy Videos 12 years, 5 months ago. Permalink | Email It|
Tags: CH / 47 / Helicopter / Rips / Itself / Apart / In / Ground / Resonance / Test / Video