Don’t Try This at Home: How to Make a Taser (Stun Gun)!…

Mehdi Sadaghdar is back once more with another lesson in electricity and pain. This time Mehdi has turned his attentions to making his own Taser, generating many definitely don’t try this at home moments.

Presented for your viewing pleasure is the funny man of science helping us all to learn through his mistakes, and pain. The high voltage educator in physical comedy here to pass on his hilarious wisdom. Sit back relax and please turn to page 55 in the electrical pain guide.

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Kilobot Collective Behaviours, Programmable Swarms Learn New Tricks…

The boffins at SSR Labs Harvard (Self-Organizing Systems Research) have continued the development of their swarm robot the Kilobot, capturing the swarms latest tricks in the new Kilobot Collective Behavior video. Designed to be so cheap that thousands of robots could be deployed in experiments the little Kilobot is now becoming a favourite amongst enthusiasts and educators.

Presented for your viewing pleasure are the latest incredible swarm videos featuring the Kilobots in action. Luckily the Kilobot swarm is defeated by carpet and uneven surfaces so world domination is not yet a possibility. Sit back relax and enjoy the strangely familiar antics of Kilobots.

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The Project J-Deite Progress Report, Optimus Prime Comes to Life…

Working to bring imagination to life is no simple task but this is exactly the task chosen by the brains behind Project J-Deite, a project aiming to build a life sized working Transformer. Making the challenge even harder is their desire to create a life sized robot able to transform from a walking mech to a rolling car and able to work in both modes, no easy feat.

Presented for your viewing pleasure is the progress report for the incredible transforming machine J-Deite Quarter. Sit back, relax and remember never trust a transformer until you see what he transforms into.

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Afterglow by Sweetgrass, the LED Ski Spectacular…

Taking controlled free-fall down the side of a mountain to new heights Afterglow promises to do it like no other Ski film before it. Hailed by many as one of the most cinematically profound ski movies ever made, here at Highpants we just call it spectacular.

Presented for your viewing pleasure is the newly released skiing spectacular Afterglow, a movie that starts out incredible then wraps it in LED lights. So sit back, relax and turn the lights down low for this one.

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The X-47B Aircraft Carrier Launch video Death is Elsewhere…

Testing of the X-47B continues in earnest, the latest video to capture these tests sees the X-47B performing landing and take-off manoeuvres aboard the USS Theodor Roosevelt. The spectacularly shot video ‘Death is Elsewhere’ features the events of August 17 in up close and personal detail. Each member of the aircraft carriers crew seems to stand to attention to observe the futuristic aircraft doing its thing.

Presented for your viewing pleasure is the high tech wonder that is the X-47B being put through its paces aboard a mobile military fortress. Amazing cinematic footage of the beast performing take-offs landings and flying as a wingman for an F/A-18, all done fully autonomously. Sit back, relax and prepare for the coming of the machines.

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Top Fuel Drag Boat Problem Child in Action at Thunder on the River…

The Lucas Oil Drag Boat series invaded Lake Havasu, Arizona last weekend to put on a demonstration of just how fast is done, welcome to the insane world of drag boat racing. The Thunder on the River weekend sees four classes of drag boats battle it out over the 1,000 foot course, but it’s the Top Fuel Hydro drag boats that continually blow everyone away.

Presented for your viewing pleasure is the spectacular video of the Top Fuel drag boat Problem Child in action, qualifying for the big finale at 262mph. As her twin counter rotating propellers bite and spin up to 20,000rpm she blasts out of the water and off the line, heaving immense plumes of the wet stuff high into the air behind her. Also included is the Wreck Wednesday playlist, with high speed fails galore. Sit back, relax and enjoy the high octane fun that is hydro drag boat racing.

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Hatsune Miku: “Sharing the World” on the Letterman Show…

Stalwart of late night television David Letterman recently featured a radical departure from his usual mix of Hollywood celebrities, instead presenting the android diva of the near future Hatsune Miku performing her popular track “Sharing the World”. Roughly translated Miku’s names means the first sound from the future and she is living up to her name as the first popular digital virtual performer, she is an avatar superstar.

Presented for your viewing pleasure is the life sized anime rock star, a sight that may just be far more common in the not too distant future. Sit back, relax and let the virtually live performance begin.

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The Pico Quadrotor Swarm, the Coolest Quadcopter so far…

Vijay Kumar and his team at the University of Pennsylvania are pushing the boundaries of flying technology and in the process they may have created the coolest quadcopter so far, the Pico Quadrotor. Smaller, faster, smarter and then smaller again, this is the name of game in the lab.

Presented for your viewing pleasure are the Pico flyers tamed and trained for our entertainment. Sit back, relax and prepare to be amazed by these miniature flying machines.

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Paper Airplane Machine Gun, Magnificent…

Obsession with paper planes is shared by many people around the world but few come close to Dieter Michale Krone’s obsession. Having explored most aspects of folding your own flying machine Dieter has taken it to the next level with the construction of his paper airplane folding machine gun.

The latest version of this magnificent machine the A6 v1.0 Paper Airplane Machine Gun is able to feed paper out of its tray like an inkjet printer and then fold it into flying machines that shoot out of the guns flat wide barrel. Parts for the A6 were produced using 3D printers via the fabberhouse.de website and the remaining parts came from the hardware store. Check out Dieters site if you share his obsession, he is in deep too.

Presented for your viewing pleasure is the latest work of the paper airplane mad genius, Dieter the Destroyer. Sit back, relax and let the machine do all of the work.

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Adobe On Microsoft: The Future…

Adobe, the creators of artistic tools for professionals have this week released a video giving the world a glimpse into their vision of the not too distant future. Embracing all interfaces and interactions the video highlights different how this may all work together soon, all being used at once to produce content. Pouring paint out of your mobile phone onto your tablet canvas and letting loose with a bit of finger painting is just the beginning.

Presented for your viewing pleasure is the amazing technological vision of the future by the people building the software that this future will be designed with. Sit back, relax and remember 3D glasses are not required for this experience.

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