bizarre

Eagles won’t steal your baby: Animation students admit YouTube hoax

Eagles won’t steal your baby: Animation students admit YouTube hoax

The Canadian students behind the viral "Golden Eagle Snatches Kid" video that took Twitter, Facebook, and other social networks by storm this week have 'fessed up on their 3D tomfoolery. The clip - which appears to show an eagle swooping in and attempting to snatch a toddler from a park, then dropping the child several feet above the grass - was the handiwork of four three students at media training school Centre NAD in Montreal. "Both the eagle and the kid were created in 3D animation" the school admitted, "and integrated in to the film afterwards."

Continue Reading

Spidernaut Nefertiti dies after space hunting experiment

Spidernaut Nefertiti dies after space hunting experiment

Plucky space spider Nefertiti, nicknamed "Spidernaut" after accompanying astronauts on a 100-day trip to the International Space Station, has died shortly after her return to Earth. On show at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History since Thursday last week, the museum confirmed the intrepid explorer had been found dead earlier this week, as Insect Zoo staff completed a pre-opening check of the department.

Continue Reading

New AI think-tank hopes to get real on Existential Risk

New AI think-tank hopes to get real on Existential Risk

A future where humanity is subjugated by AIs, hunted down by robots, or consumed by nanobot goo may be the stuff of today's sci-fi, but it should also be on the curriculum according to Cambridge University experts. A tech-minded trio - made up of a scientist, a philosopher, and a software engineer - has proposed a think-tank dedicated to so-called "extinction level" threats of our own creation; the proposed Centre for the Study of Existential Risk (CSER) would examine the potential perils involved in today's cutting-edge research.

Continue Reading

Nintendo president dons Mario gloves for Wii U “unboxing ceremony”

Nintendo president dons Mario gloves for Wii U “unboxing ceremony”

Nintendo may be taking the Wii U launch as seriously as it needs to, given its financial position, but that hasn't stopped president Satoru Iwata from having some fun with an "official pre-release unboxing ceremony." The new Nintendo Direct video sees Iwata share his first opening experience of the new console, donning white gloves that he says "kind of make me feel like Mario." If you've ever wanted to watch the head of a multi-billion yen international company brandish an HDMI cable like a proud parent, this video is for you.

Continue Reading

Renault relents: Twizy EV finally gets windows

Renault relents: Twizy EV finally gets windows

Renault's electric-powered Twizy city car has gained an set of windows ahead of the winter, an unusual option for what's already an oddball vehicle. The twin-seater EV - which sits driver and passenger in a line, rather than side by side - usually lacks anything on the sides beyond a simple safety bar that hinges across the door. That may be practical for sunnier climates, but those facing a wet winter were unsurprisingly less convinced, and so Renault has some optional windows.

Continue Reading

Experiment ZR012 puts some Wankel on your wrist

Experiment ZR012 puts some Wankel on your wrist

We all love a good Wankel, and crazy watchmakers MB&F and URWERK have put the spinning, meshing polygons to excellent use in the limited edition C3H5N3O9 "Nitro" Experiment ZR012 timepiece. Fronted by a unique Wankel-inspired movement that shows hours and minutes on a pair of eccentric rotating Reuleaux polygons, Experiment ZR012 will be released as a limited run of just twelve, hypnotic examples.

Continue Reading

Red Bull Stratos helmet cam shows terrifying 128k foot fall

Red Bull Stratos helmet cam shows terrifying 128k foot fall

New video from the helmet-mounted camera of 128,100 foot skydiver Felix Baumgartner has been released, showing the daredevil's plummeting return to Earth from the edges of the stratosphere. The video, shown on Austrian TV, is a stomach-turning insight into just how incredible Baumgartner's dive proved to be, with speeds reaching 833mph at one point. Meanwhile, a mission highlights video from the Red Bull Stratos team makes the whole thing look terribly easy.

Continue Reading

Red Bull Stratos supersonic dive is go! Watch it here…

Red Bull Stratos supersonic dive is go! Watch it here…

Jumping from the edge of space and trying to break the speed of sound as a parachutist probably isn't how most of us are spending Sunday, but the Red Bull Stratos mission is underway again for another attempt at the record. Having been cancelled last week after weather issues, and postponed in the days following after forecasts refused to play ball, the climb through the atmosphere to 120,000 feet is now on.

Continue Reading

smart forstars concept includes projector-snout and smartphone remote

smart forstars concept includes projector-snout and smartphone remote

What's that, your car doesn't have a projector hidden in its hood? You're obviously not as achingly cool as smart, with the German car brand outing its forstars SUC (Sports Utility Coupé) at the Paris Auto Show today. Tipped to offer "a glimpse of the brand's future design idiom" the electric two-seater features a 60 kW magneto-electric motor, replaces the rear-view mirror with a smartphone dock hooked up to a camera, and hides a projector in the grille for impromptu screenings.

Continue Reading

Cirque du Soleil’s bizarre Movi.Kanti.Revo goes live with webcam control

Cirque du Soleil’s bizarre Movi.Kanti.Revo goes live with webcam control

The camera-controlled Cirque du Soleil experience Google demonstrated at IO 2012 has gone live, with Movi.Kanti.Revo bringing a bizarre mixture of virtual acrobatics and dance into your browser. For Cirque du Soleil it's an opportunity to broaden its reach from the best-selling stage show; for Google, it's a chance to demonstrate why the browser is the computing arena of the future, in this case thanks to WebRTC.

Continue Reading

Prev 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Next