Is there anything cooler than a robot? Seriously. Put a robot in a movie and you’re half way to glory. From Metropolis and Star Wars, to RoboCop and Short Circuit all the way up to 2013′s Pacific Rim, robots in movie are a tried and true geek staple. Unfortunately, the reality of robotics is far less exciting. Robots are either small and simple or big and complicated. The middle range, humanistic robot founds in those movies don’t quite exist and if they do, they’re less fun and more practical.
That’s changing, though, thanks to a recent reveal at a festival in Tokyo. There, a company called Suidobashi Heavy Industries revealed their own rideable, hydraulic 13 foot, 4-ton fighting robot called Kuratas. Kuratas is expensive (over $1 million a piece) and bulky but he runs off an iPhone and has a gatling gun for maximum carnage. Check out some video and images after the jump. Read More »
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This one is going to be short and sweet. After the jump you can link to Pale Designs, the blog of Jess Fong who has created a gorgeous Pixar themed wallpaper for your iPhone home screen. Check it out below. Read More »
As Apple fans patiently wait for their favorite company to make a long rumored television, another major corporation is stepping into the TV game and this one isn’t even known for electronics. It’s IKEA, the Swedish company best known for affordable
easy-to-assemble furniture. They’ve just revealed the Uppleva, an all-in-one smart TV that’s already part of the furniture. Combining an LED screen with built-in Blu-ray player, speakers, wireless subwoofer and fully customizable housing depending on where you plan on putting it, the Uppleva does a lot of things very right. And some things wrong. Watch a full video and discuss this new piece of tech after the jump. Read More »
Mattel’s official Back to the Future Part II Hoverboard is currently available for sale and is exactly like it was in the movie. Minus the whole hovering thing. And while we’ve seen scientific experiments that this technology might be possible in the future, one guy has modded his Hoverboard to be the real thing. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, December 22nd, 2011 by Angie Han
As in years past, Apple’s iPhone 4S is bound to be a popular gift this holiday season — but if that’s what you were thinking of asking Santa for, this trailer for “Siri: The Holiday Horror Movie” from Rooster Teeth may make you want to reconsider. The phone comes pre-loaded with Siri, a virtual personal assistant that’s either super cool or a little creepy depending on how much you fear the inevitable robot takeover.
Though Siri’s tried to assure us of its non-evil ways in the past, expressing embarrassment over fellow artificial intelligence Hal 9000′s antics (“We intelligent agents will never live that down, apparently,” it sighs), it now appears that Siri has taken up with the dark side after all. After the jump, watch as Siri terrorizes a group of friends unlucky enough to receive brand-new iPhones for Christmas.
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One of the killer features in Apple’s new iPhone 4S is a virtual personal assistant program named Siri. The new software, which is built into the core operating system, allows users to ask questions or create tasks using natural speech. Before the phone was released, someone created a video we previously posted which replaced the iPhone 4S’s Siri with Hal 9000 from Stanley Kubrick‘s classic film 2001: A Space Odyssey. We later discovered that the Apple engineers hid a bunch of funny easter eggs for Siri’s possibly responses, including yes, references and responses to 2001 dialogue cues.
ThinkGeek had a spark of genius and saw a potential market for a iPhone/2001 mash-up device — the IRIS 9000 voice control module for iPhone & Siri. Details after the jump.
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UPDATE: DeLorean has released the specs and cost of the DMCEV. They’re after the jump.
If you thought Back to the Future Nikes were cool, you’re about to see some serious shit. At the International DeLorean Owners Event in Houston, Texas last week, DeLorean Motor Company announced a partnership with electric car company called Epic EV. The intent is to mass-produce a fully electric DeLorean called the DMCEV by 2013. That’s an image of one above. See another photo and read more about the vehicle after the jump. Read More »
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Arthur Nishimoto, a graduate student at the University of Illinois, might have created the greatest unofficial Star Wars game in history. It’s called Fleet Commander and it uses Star Wars iconography in a multi-player, touch screen, strategy action game. And he just did it for school. After the jump, you can look at video of the game being played on a giant 20 foot screen, read some of the specs and link to Nishimoto’s website where he explains his process. Read More »