Levitation and Tractor Beams using Acoustic Holograms, Science Fiction becomes Science Fact.

Sound is not often thought of as being a physical force, music may make you move your feet but no one would believe that it could lift you out of your seat. That was until this week when an international team of researchers led by Bristol University demonstrated the latest advancements of acoustic projection that is able to build acoustic holograms that can levitate objects or act as a tractor beam.

While technology that uses projected sound to manipulate physical objects has been maturing in labs for the last few decades the latest technology might just be good enough to escape the lab and actually lead to real products.

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Reactable Live! S6, Upgrading the Incredible.

Something different this way comes with the release of a new version of the incredibly cool Reactable musical surface. Making music differently is the Reactables specialty, from the interface to the music process Reactable shifts it all to a touch screen that works with touch as well as tactile cubes and objects used to compose and control your tunes.

Developed originally by a team of researchers at Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona. The original concept was first explored in 2003, by 2005 the team had a working prototype that was demonstrated at the International Computer Music Conference in 2005. In 2009 Reactable the company was created to further the development and marketing of the system.

There are now three models of Reactable available to the musically inclined; the software only can now be run on a mobile device (iOS and Android), the fixed Reactable for permanent installation into hotels and museums and the Live! S6 version that is transportable between gigs. The Live! will set you back $7400 USD, making music can be an expensive hobby it turns out.

Presented for your viewing pleasure are the live demonstrations of a musical instrument from the future, a device that would be at home in any sci-fi film. Sit back relax and turn the volume up, its time for a little doof doof with a difference.

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Colin Furze Makes Real Assassin’s Creed Weapons, Cool.

The always busy man in a shed Colin Furze has put his endless energy and skill manufacturing contraptions to work bringing Assassins Creed weapons to life, and the results are spectacular. Not content with being able to fire his rope to scale sheer walls Colin also produced the infamous assassin’s favourite, the hidden blade.

Presented for your viewing pleasure is the making of video for two very cool video game inspired gadgets. Proof of the incredible things that can be achieved by one crazy inventor and his man shed.

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AI versus AI, the Hilarious Results of Two Chatbots Talking to Each Other.

Are you a robot or a unicorn? This question and other hilarious chit chat are the results of an experiment to see what would happen if two AI’s, in the form of Chatbots, are set loose on each other.

The experiment undertaken by Cornell’s Media Labs was more a question of curiosity than it was a test of the quality of AI generally available to the public. In this case the chatbot Cleverbot was chosen for the experiment. As with many AI chatbots Cleverbot learns from previous conversations in an effort to seem more human. A clever system that can lead to some hilarious where did that come from moments.

Presented for your viewing pleasure is the funniest intelligence test undertaken since Watson learned to swear when he was connected to the internet. An experiment that raises the question of whether a more advanced AI like Watson would find chatbot boring? Or would Cleverchat find Watson stuck up? Sit back relax and prepare to enjoy the brave new world of AI.

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Laser Pointers versus Animals, Amusing at All Hours.

It is a little known fact of the animal world that lasers are both fascinating and terrifying to animals. Everything from a laser pointer to high powered laser works just the fine, transfixed on the dot animals will chase endlessly.

‘Dogs Chasing a Laser Pointer’ demonstrates the power of a laser to create canine chaos, and hours of amusement at all hours of the day. Using a powerful handheld laser the dot that is cast on the street attracts dogs from around the neighborhood. Numbers quickly swell as the laser dot leads the pack up and down the street.

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Sexy Star Wars the Lost Auditions – Sara Jean Underwood.

With the the final cut out of editing and release of the new Star Wars movie fast approaching (December 17 here in Oz) it is time to consider what might have been.

Take the case of model, actress and gamer babe Sara Jean Underwood who was so keen to be a part of the latest film that she tried out for every possible role in the upcoming awakening of the force. Unfortunately none of her audition attempts were successful.

From the obvious to the unexpected Sara presented all of the potential characters. Some are catchy, some funny and others down right sexy, so how was she overlooked? Presented for your viewing pleasure is the audition tape made with a wink and a smile.

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If Google Was a Guy 4, Laugh Hard Moments.

The algorithmic search engine that is Google does one hell of a job keeping up with billions of requests each day, especially if you consider the odd requests that must pass over the Google desk. CollegeHumor have once again delved into this world of unusual requests, venturing to the other side of the search engine mirror to shine an hilarious light back on us all.

Presented for your viewing pleasure is the funny take on life from Google’s perspective, highlighted by requests so strange that even Google’s algorithms must chuckle. Sit back relax and be sure to have your laughing pants on.

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Apocalypse Drone, Syrian Aerial Footage.

New independent media channel Russian Insider and RussiaWorks.ru have teamed up to release intense drone footage of the latest country to be laid to waste by war. Filmed during a recent Syrian Army offensive on rebel held positions in the suburbs of Damascus the footage captures the overwhelming destruction in its rawest form, an apocalypse in motion.

The aerial footage was recorder during fierce clashes between the Russian backed Syrian Army and the American backed Islamic State soldiers. As buildings are pounded into dust, and dust is pounded into even finer dust it becomes no clearer why this is necessary.

If there is any question of whether and how an entire civilization can disappear here is the evidence happening before our very eyes.

Reference: RussiaWorks.ru
Reference: RussianInsider

An A380 Landing in a Crosswind.

The A380 is the biggest aircraft flying in the skies today but even the mightiest Airbus must obey Mother Nature’s elements, especially the wind. Watching a skilled pilot bring the big bird down safely in a strong cross wind is a true edge of your seat ride, 500 tons of man-made marvel pointing in unnatural directions as the pilot gently touches down, the plane only straightening once all wheels are in contact. Outstanding.

To get a true impression of just how big that plane is wait till the end of the video for when it turns at what seems to be the very last minute.

Presented for your viewing pleasure is the amazing footage of an A380 coming in to land on a very windy day in Düsseldorf, Germany. Sit back relax and be sure to keep that sick bag handy it’s going to be a bumpy ride.

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Robohon, Part Robot Part Mobile Phone and All Heart.

Sharp stunned many attendees of the CEATEC tech convention recently with a gadget that has more character than all of DARPA’s terrifying robots put together. A friendly personal robot that is part Swiss Army knife, part mobile phone and all heart.

Robohon may appear to be a mere child’s toy but appearances can be deceiving, he is far more. Combine the functionality of a mobile phone with a walking talking dancing robot and you have an entirely new take on personal communications and personal robotics, a mobile phone with heart.

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