The A-10 Warthog, Retiring a Legend?…

With budget cuts affecting the US military from top to bottom multi-role aircraft are being favored over specialist machines such as the A-10. This has led to the sad possibility that the greatest ground support aircraft in the world may soon be decommissioned, as soon as 2019.

The final decision to pull the pin on the A-10 is still to be made, with many senators wanting the Warthog to remain in service it isn’t over yet.

Presented for your viewing pleasure is the video evidence of the A-10’s massive impact on the battlefield, the amazing machine in action. Sit back, relax and let the air show begin. Just don’t get on the wrong side of the Warthog; you won’t like him when he’s mad.

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Living with Lag, the Hilarious Oculus Rift Experiment…

Demonstrating the down sides of slow laggy internet connections Swedish provider ume.net has carried out an experiment most interesting. Curious about the effects of lag on living creatures une.net concocted an amazingly effective experiment using an Oculus Rift headset, camera and lag inducing computer power.

Four volunteers took turns being subjected to a life where you sensors are seconds behind the real world. The lag was so disrupting that it often made the subjects feel completely disconnected from reality, even though they were only a few seconds behind the rest of the world.

Presented for your viewing pleasure is the world put on a few second delay, living in the past has never been so hilarious. Sit back, relax and try not to compensate, it will only make the sensation worse.

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Helicopter Sucked into Tornado…

Getting too close to one of Mother Nature’s most powerful forces is always dangerous, especially if you have no ground to hang on to. This shocking power is on display for all to see in the video Helicopter Sucked into Tornado.

Presented for you viewing pleasure is the video that answered the question how close is too close when it comes to tornadoes? Sit back, relax and remember to buckle up, this is going to be a wild ride.

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Google’s Self Driving Cars Hit the City…

Having logged over 700,000 miles so far Google’s self driving cars have progressed in the last few years, learning and evolving with each new situation. Now these intelligent cars are mastering the art of city driving, navigating the roving maze that is city traffic. This is the final and hardest lesson of all.

The autonomous cars are currently in testing on the streets of Mountain View California, the busy tree lined streets that surround Google’s headquarters. There is still no official time frame for the release of the technology but it is within years of release not decades.

Presented for your viewing pleasure is an insight into the intelligence behind the self driving car. Now all we need to do is wait and soon we’ll be getting flipped off by machines too. Sit back, relax and let the car do all of the work for you.

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MIT’s inForm, the Coolest Fairly Pointless Interface Yet…

MIT’s creative minds have been undertaking many experiments into the tangible tactile nature of interface design. The inForm is the latest machine by MIT’s Tangible Media Group that tests new interface concepts and modes of interaction. Combining motion capture, augmented reality with interactive machines to produce possibly the coolest new interactive interface, it is fairly pointless but a whole lot of fun.

The inForm interactive surface consists of thousands of actuators that move square plastic pegs from being flush with the surface to being raised. Changing the shape and structure of the surface according to the operators gestures. This is of course a simplified description of this incredible machine that doesn’t do justice to seeing it in action.

Presented for your viewing pleasure is the triptronic inForm demonstration video, and no we aren’t sure what they are huffing at MIT these days, it must be good stuff. Sit back, relax and smoke em if you hot em.

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PiPhone, the DIY Raspberry Pi Smartphone…

The Raspberry Pi has led to many great DIY electronics projects and people love phones, so it’s probably inevitable they would be combined. The result of this glorious mashup is the PiPhone, the DIY smart phone.

David Hunt is the DIY guru behind the PiPhone and many other amazing Pi DIY projects. To simplify development the phone uses off the shelf parts; an Adafruit touchscreen display, SIM900 GSM/GPRS mobile module, a Raspberry Pi and cable ties. A parts list that led to the $150 build cost.

Presented for your viewing pleasure is the DIY project that could save your life, who knows when you might have to build your own phone to get out of a tough situation. Sit back, relax and let the DIY ideas run wild…

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Sony’s Augmented Reality Experiments, the Future of Interaction…

Virtual and Augmented Reality systems may just be the future of gaming but for now they remain experiments, often taking place in a labs.

Sony’s PlayStation Lab has this week released two video’s demonstrating augmented reality using the PlayStation Move. Sony’s Smart AR system is able to track objects and generate graphics that uses this positional information. Making objects appear to be there when they are not, able to augment the real world.

Presented for your viewing pleasure are the latest augmented reality tricks to make it out of the labs. Demonstrating how we may be interacting with digital content in the not too distant future, we hope. Set back, relax and let the realization sink in, augmented reality is just like reality only better.

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MorpHex the Incredible Rolling Tumbling Walking Spherical Robot…

Robotic locomotion is limited only by the imagination of the robots designer. Norwegian engineer Kåre Halvorsen has imagination to spare if his ingenious robot the MorpHex is anything to go by.

MorpHex has more ways to get around than Spiderman with a Superman suit on. The recently demonstrated MorpHex MKII robot can roll downhill, tumble around the floor or walk on its six legs.

Presented for your viewing pleasure is the robot with incredible abilities, the spherical robot MorpHex in action. The most unusual and captivating robot demonstrated in years. Sit back, relax be sure not to roll around on the floor laughing, he’s a sensitive little robot.

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Xiaomi goes Global, from China with Love…

Chinese consumer electronics phenomenon Xiaomi has seen explosive growth in their first four years. Having been founded in 2010 they have made a name for themselves by setting sales records with their shopping frenzies.

Now to continue the extraordinary growth that captured 7% of the Chinese market Xiaomi is going global, spreading their corporate wings. With 10 international markets in their sights and a brand new website China’s latest export may just shake up the status quo, just a little bit at least.

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The GoPro Hero 4: Release Date, Price, Specs and the 3 Best GoPro Action Videos…

The greatest device for living vicariously is about to receive an upgrade, the new little camera that can go anywhere is the Hero 4, the smoothest Hero yet.

The midyear refresh should introduce full 4K 30fps shooting and extreme 240fps HD slow-motion options to the new Hero. Keeping it under 100grams in weight the Hero 4 keeps the good stuff the same while improving the rest, mainly the shooting options.

Presented for your viewing pleasure are details of the new Hero 4 along with three of the most spectacular video’s produced using the little action camera. Presented in celebration of the talented individuals taking this little wonder camera to some mind blowing places. Sit back, relax and let the action begin.

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