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 »
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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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Designer Chris Dimino created a cuckoo clock themed after Stanley Kubrick‘s classic The Shining. Dimino was challenged to create a cuckoo clock in which the clock itself, the cuckoo motion, sound, and the pendulum capture a moment in time fitting these elements to a concept. The solution was the classic moment from The Shining in which Jack Nicholson as Jack Torrance comes crashing through the door wielding an ax.
The clock mimics the moment from the film, and every hour Jack breaks through the door and the famous line “Here’s Johnny” plays followed by a scream by Shining co-star Shelly Duvall. Check out the full clock after the jump.
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Have you ever wondered how many computers it takes for Pixar to render their big screen 3d animated films or ILM to render giant transforming robotic aliens? I understand this area of filmmaking might not be interesting to everyone, but I find it fascinating. Besides being a huge film geek, I’m somewhat of a techie as well. The first time I had the opportunity to visit LucasFilm, they actually showed me the company’s huge renderfarm, a room in the basement housing all the computer servers used for all the LucasFilm, LucasArts and ILM productions. I took the photo above.
A few videos have been circulating the interwebs this week giving us a glimpse at the tech behind LucasFilm and Pixar, the San Francisco Bay Area’s two big film companies. Watch them now, after the jump.
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A couple weeks ago we featured a cool Iron Man macbook decal which transformed the glowing apple logo into Tony Stark’s arc reactor. Today we bring you another Iron Man macbook decal, this time in full color. The other big change is that the glowing apple logo fits into Iron Man’s arm blaster. Skinat is selling the vinyl lucid sticker in three different sizes, for $14.99on Etsy.
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