The most interesting thing about the Microsoft Kinect video game add-on is definitely not the games or anything officially released thus far — it is the hacks that the hacking community has been able to turn out thus far (and this is just the beginning). One of the hacks allows you to wield a lightsaber in real time, a task which usually takes hours of rotoscoping in a post production software program. Hit the jump to see a video demonstration. Who knows what practical uses this may have (likely none) or if we might see such action a future Star Wars video game (my guess is not). If only the Star Wars kid had access to such technology…
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Luke Skywalker fought one. So did a bunch of Jedi Younglings. And though Master Replicas did create a really nice prop replica, now, for only a fraction of the cost, you can build your very own Star Wars Jedi Training Remote. The best part is, unlike the Master Replicas one, yours can actually float. Check out the do-it-yourself video, as well some history on the device, seen in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones as well as Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, after the jump. Read More »
Imagine you are a TRON fan, desperately killing time until the December 17 release of TRON: Legacy. You’ve downloaded all the posters, listened to all the soundtrack samples, watched the clips, pre-ordered the comic books, bought your IMAX 3D tickets but still, you need more. Well, Disney is more than happy to oblige. They are opening the TRON: Legacy Pop Up Shop on November 19 in Culver City, CA for six weeks. Yes, a TRON store is opening. It’ll have all kind of unique TRON merchandise, a TRON cafe, art exhibit and much more. No original Blu-ray though. It’s open though December 23. Hit the jump for a ton of additional information including a release schedule, gallery of merchandise samples, the address and more. Read More »
Months of Microsoft envy goes away on Monday October 18 for PlayStation 3 users. That’s when Netflix will update their application for Sony’s next generation system. That means no more disc needed, the biggest plus, and it one ups X-Box 360 with 1080p (!) high definition picture capability and 5.1 Dolby Digital Plus Surround Sound. Take that, Bill Gates. Check out a video of the interface and more details after the jump. Read More »
Some of the greatest performances of all time are when an actor so totally commits to the role that they’re willing to destroy their body for it. Robert De Niro as Jake LaMotta in Raging Bull is the ultimate example. More recently, Christian Bale lost a sickly amount of weight for The Machinist, Matt Damon put on the pounds for Courage Under Fire and The Informant!, Renee Zellweger gained weight for Bridget Jones’s Diary and Charlize Theron did it for Monster. And then there are an innumerable amount of films where actors got into really great shape for a role too. Now, a company in Germany has developed a new software called MovieReshape which totally negates the need for any of that. It can make any actor look obese or incredibly ripped just by modifying their body in the computer. Check out a video demonstration after the jump. Read More »
A couple weeks back we highlighted the Spyder III Pro Arctic laser from Wicked Lasers, a very powerful, very dangerous blue laser that happens to look a lot like a lightsaber. Guess what? LucasFilm isn’t terribly happy that anyone can order a $200 product that looks like a lightsaber and can easily damage fragile things, like people. Read More »
I knew it was only a matter of time before science would allow for the invention of a real life Star Wars lightsaber. Of course, we aren’t quite there, but we’re getting close. Wicked Lasers took the direct blue laser diode components and made the world’s first 445nm direct blue diode laser, the Arctic — the world’s most portable laser. The $200 Spyder III Pro Arctic emits a 445nm cool blue, ultra high power 1W beam which appears up to 4000% brighter than the Sonar’s 405nm violet beam. Basically, its powerful.
This direct blue laser diode is the result of the evolution of laser technology. Less than one year ago, this laser would have cost thousands of dollars to build. Don’t let the Arctic name fool you, this laser possesses the most burning capabilities of any portable laser in existence. That’s why it’s also the most dangerous laser ever created.
Warning: Extremely dangerous is an understatement to the power of 1W of laser power. It will blind permanently and instantly and set fire quickly to skin and other body parts, use with extreme caution and only when using the included eye protection. Customers will be required to completely read and agree to our Class IV Laser Hazard Acknowledgment Form.
Okay, so its not exactly a lightsaber, but its a very dangerous piece of technology. More photos after the jump.
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When I was a kid I believed Hoverboards were real. No, I wasn’t particularly stupid — I just was a bit gullible. During a Making Of Back To The Future Part II television special, director Robert Zemeckis said, in all seriousness, that the the hoverboards used in the movie were real, yet they were not being released to the public due to parental complaints regarding safety. Of course, Zemeckis was joking, but many people didn’t realize it at the time. Mattel actually received tons of letters demanding that they release the hoverboards to the public, and the Back to the Future cast/crew claim “are hoverboards real?” is one of the most frequently asked questions they receive.
But now Hoverboards are real (kinda). French artist Nils Guadagnin has created an electromagnetic replica of the hoverboard from Back to the Future 2.
The Hoverboard is a project born in 2008 for an exhibition named “Back To the future”. It is a copy of the hoverboard from the movie Back to the Future II. Integrated into the board and the plinth is an electromagnetic system which levitates the board. A laser system stabilises the object in the air. In the making of this work, this artist was thinking about different ways of presenting sculpture. In fact it’s a reflexion on the multiple possibilities of how to give a sculpture full spatial autonomy.
After the jump you can see more photos and even a video of the hoverboard in action. I would actually pay if they made these available with a small stand.
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