Category Archives: Machine

Automobile, motorbike, plane, industrial and amazing machines, the tools of modern man.

Russian Nuclear Ice Break Coming Through…

Imagine the surprise on the faces of researches as they worked away in the middle of northern Russia’s frozen wilderness when a giant Ice Breaker cruises by, only meters away. Getting this up close and personal with a 490-foot-long ship while on seemingly solid ice was not on the researcher’s schedule that’s for sure.

Travelling along the Yenisei River in minus 50-degree Celsius temperatures you might not expect to see another living soul, but for this team of adventurers a very large surprise was on the cards. The Taymyr nuclear powered ice breaker is one of the largest in the world with the shallow draft vessel designed to open up frozen rivers exactly as it was on the day. Driver Evgeny Shatalov even got close enough to touch the vessel as it cruised by. Let’s just hope they were on the right side of the ice breaker as there was now a very long, cold and wet hole in the ice behind it.

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China Steals the March on Rail Gun Technology…

Rail guns are the next generation of military weapon that promise to fire further and faster with zero gunpowder. Using electricity alone these cutting-edge weapons can fire a 17 pound projectile at Mach 7 to strike targets hundreds of miles away. Allowing them to sink battleships, shoot down aircraft and missiles while being virtually unstoppable.

Until recently the US Navy was the only game in town when it came to Rail Gun technology but this weekend pictures emerged of a Chinese naval vessel with what appears to be a kick ass rail gun mounted on the bow. With one picture leaked to the internet the Chinese government has signified that they are a military force not to be trifled with. Has the Chinese navy now stolen the technological lead from the US?

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Ripsaw EV3-F1, the Unstoppable Sports Utility Tank…

For many years sports utility vehicles hung onto the title of the most obnoxious vehicles on the road but now extreme vehicle manufacturer Howe & Howe have a new contender for the title. Their Ripsaw EV3-F1 sports utility tank is this contender and it has a real shot at becoming the most obnoxious vehicle in the world, and possibly one of the most fun.

With a 1500bhp Hemi under the hood and over a foot of suspension travel this sports utility tank is almost unstoppable. Able to fly through the air and pop a mono on demand this is the type of tank you will take out just to test it on the most extreme terrain, and the Ripsaw will win more often than not.

Presented for your viewing pleasure is the video that will make petrol heads around the world giddy with excitement, and tempted to slam down the half a million dollars just to take the controls. Sit back relax and prepare to be amazed by insane Ripsaw EV3-F1.

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Heavy Lift Delivery Drones, Taxi Drones, Micro-Drone Swarms and Building a Flying Bathtub…

Drones have created a minor revolution in our skies for photographers and enthusiasts alike, and the revolution has only just begun. With the technology that enables these flying platforms becoming more refined every day the applications are now multiplying.

Delivery drones, taxi drones and swarms of micro drones are fast approaching and then there is the flying bathtub. The creation of a one small band of inventive men who decided to show us all just what is possible with the technology. All of these innovations share the same basic technology that has been perfected on the little camera drones that we all love so much. Stabilisation, control and power advancements have all made small, stable and nimble camera platforms possible and now this technology is being applied to larger platforms. This is the process of scale in action. Presented for your viewing pleasure are some of the more interesting applications for drone technology that are fast approaching.

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Landing a Boeing 777 in New York, 4K Footage from the Cockpit…

Modern jet airliners have made travel around the world fast and affordable, and at the same time made the world a much smaller place. Seated at the very front of these aircraft the pilots do their jobs without the passengers ever seeing what it takes to safely land one of these carbon fibre and aluminium birds.

Presented for your viewing pleasure is the view from the cockpit as a Boeing 777 is brought in to land at New York’s JFK airport. If you have ever wondered what is happening up front while you are coming in to land this video should be of interest. Sit back, relax and remember to fasten your seat belt and put your seat in the upright position.

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Atlas Does Robotic Back-flips…

Boston Dynamics have been beavering away feverishly in their labs to produce their very own Terminator replicant, and they have definitely made progress over the last year. Atlas is the designated title for this mechanised humanoid and in the last month they have taught this autonotom to do back-flips. Soon their terminator will be taking over the world with its impressive gymnastic skills.

Presented for your viewing pleasure is Atlas leaping, jumping and performing a back flip. Here at Highpants we just love his little ‘arms in the air’ celebratory gesture. Sit back relax and prepare to be amazed, and a little creeped out, by the future of robotics.

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The First Giant Fighting Robot Duel was Amazing, the Future Begins Here…

The culmination of years of intensive design and construction has led to this one single moment, a moment that has seen one of the most striking images of science fiction come to life before our very eyes. The world finally has real fighting giant robots, heavy steel crafted in our own image and controlled by our own hands.

This week in an abandoned steel mill in Japan the future became juxtaposed with the present as the very first battle of the giant robots took place, a battle that introduced the world to every anime and science fiction fans dream.

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Eagle Prime: America’s Giant Fighting Robot…

Giant robots have been the mainstay of anime and manga for decades but the transition from science-fiction cartoon to reality has been far quicker than expected. Helped along by advances in robotics this transition is now happening before our very eyes.

American giant robotic company MegaBots has this week released a video featuring their latest generation megabot Eagle Prime and it looks ready to do battle with Japan’s Suidobashi Heavy Industries robot KURATAS.

This battle may already be over a year behind schedule but definite progress can be seen in the Prime Eagle. Faster and more nimble than the previous generation MegaBot the fight between the these giant robots is drawing near. Sit back relax and prepare for a demonstration of the enormous kind.

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A Fish Learns to Drive…

Cats are going to need to lift their game, the fish are getting smarter. With the help of some of the best and brightest minds at Carnegie Mellon University fish have been set free; given their own wheels along with the ability to steer them. Will we soon be sharing our highways with high speed aquatic life?

The splash-mobile was built by a team of young students using a Raspberry Pi, camera and a fist full of custom code. The camera picks up the position of the fish within the tank while the Raspberry Pi converts that position into driving inputs. When the fish swims forward of the centre of the tank the aquarium car moves forward. He can even back it up and steer left or right.

Presented for your viewing pleasure is the fish tank letting our aquatic friends take day trips to the country, although we’re not really sure how the fish plugs it in to charge the battery. Sit back relax and prepare to be amazed by the Lewis Hamilton of the fish world.

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The Glass Head Briggs Engine, Visible Internal Combustion…

Internal combustion engines have been our mechanical power source of choice for over a century but for many of us the internal going-ons remain a mystery, mostly due to the internal nature of the engine of course. The old school motoring enthusiasts at 805ROADKING and Warped Perceptions have both built the perfect solution to this situation, an engine with a glass cylinder head that allows you to watch the combustion process and internal workings of the engine.

Presented for your viewing pleasure is the engine that lets you watch as it converts matter into energy before your very eyes. Sit back, relax and put the pedal to the medal.

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Paper Airplane Gun V2.0, the Papercut Wars…

It’s amazing what a man with a dream and a 3D printer can achieve, take Dieter and his paper airplane firing gun for example. With nothing more than an idea and hot plastic he was able to manufacture a gun that automatically turns ordinary office paper into 120 folded and fired paper airplanes a minute.

This latest version (2.0) of his now famous paper powered weapon of mass amusement has benefited from advances in 3D printing with Telefabrik and Fortus printers put to work making precision parts. This new advanced model also features a 200 sheet feeder and far smother operation with less paper jams.

Presented for your viewing pleasure is the bastard child of a photocopier and an AR-16 that’s more fun than spending the afternoon photocopying your butt. Sit back relax and prepare to go to paper war over ownership of the couch, this is the papercut wars.

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The Incredible Indoor RC Airbus A-320…

As with all outdoor hobbies flying RC aircraft is dependent on favourable weather conditions, the solution of course is to move the runway indoors. Attendees of the recent Stuttgart model convention (Modell Süd Stuttgart 2016) were witness to this new indoor trend with one hell of an RC aircraft, the world’s largest RC A-320 Airbus.

Constructed and flown by Airstage.de the 1/22 scale A-320 has a 4.8-meter wing span and is 5 meters long yet it weighs only 350grams, when fully gassed with helium. The two wing jets house small electric fans that allow the aircraft to fly silently above the crowd.

Presented for your viewing is the flight of the world’s largest RC aircraft wowing crowds with its low and slow fly-by’s. Also included for completeness is a video of two helium filled A-10 Warthogs  dueling while indoors. Will large open indoor spaces soon be taken over by RC enthusiasts and quad copter racers? Will zeppelins make a comeback if they are airplane shaped? For the answer to these questions and more hit the play button.
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Drone Powered Human Flight…

Casey Neistat, man about town and YouTube personality has returned once again to stun us with the world’s longest selfie. In all seriousness this time around he’s put together one hell of a drone, a stunning work of technological largess that screams adrenaline on a new scale.

Presented for your viewing pleasure is Casey Neistat’s latest personal transportation idea, an idea we can actually see taking off. With 16 large blades and more people chopping potential than a room full of running whipper snippers you know this one will be thrilling from the outset. Sit back relax and hang on tight as drone powered human flight becomes a thing, largely thanks to the inaugural flight of the Neistat Chopper.

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Mill Blackbird, the transformer that can be Any Car.

Some say necessity is the father of all invention, others say nagging is the mother of all necessity. The Mill Blackbird on the other hand is the answer to a number of video production questions. How to shoot video of a car that doesn’t exist (yet or anymore)? How to render a car so realistically no-one can tell? How to make a Kia look like a Ferrari? The answer is send in the Mill Blackbird. Built in the same hanger as the legendary SR-71 Blackbird the Mill has some big shoes to fill and big questions to answer.

The Mill Blackbird is the world’s first fully adjustable car rig designed for use by cinematographers, an incredibly advanced photography platform as well as a fully marked up reference machine for rending a car onto, a blank.

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The McLaren P1 LM breaks the Goodwood FOS Record and Other Highlights.

The annual Goodwood FOS (Festival of Speed) pits its contestants against a grueling hill climb course. A course that forces them to battle both time and gravity, precision being the only answer.

All manner of cars are given the opportunity to be tested on the hill, this years highlights include but are by no means limited to, the 1500BHP Bugatti Chiron, the Aston Martin Vulcan, the latest Red Bull Ford Fiesta ST rally car and of course the beautiful McLaren P1 LM.

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The 200 Watt Laser Bazooka, Styropyro Is a Madman.

Aspiring mad scientist Styropyro has produced yet another DIY weapon of mass fascination, the 200 Watt laser bazooka. Power up this carefully crafted collection of spare parts and prepare to feel the burn. Constructed from off the shelf parts; that shelf over there, off the floor and out of that box in the corner.

Presented for your viewing pleasure is the quad laser powered bazooka that is making balloons nervous all around the world. Could this be the ultimate solution to the perfect all over tan, in under 3 seconds? Sit back relax and prepare to be amazed by the power of light.

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The General Atomics Blitzer Railgun, Ka BOOM!

General Atomics (GA) have blasted their way into the headlines again with a video of the latest test firing of their Blitzer Railgun.

The Blitzer is being developed as a multi-role weapons system that can be mounted on a truck, ship or even an aircraft.  With talents including integrated air and missile defense, surface fire support and anti-surface warfare GA may be right, Blitzer is the weapon system for every occasion.

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The Wintergatan Marble Machine.

Swedish band Wintergatan have have branched out and created some kind of steampunk marble consuming wonder machine and it is spectacular when in motion, ah and it just happens to play a very catchy tune. With 2000 marbles, 3000 parts and after 14 months of construction the Marble Machine debuted in the bands latest music video Marble Machine (Feb 29), catchy name.

Presented for your viewing pleasure are the visually incredible audio antics of Wintergatan, our new favorite Swedish band. Sit back relax and prepare to be hypnotized by the marble machine.

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