Happy Wednesday Lunchtime! Thought i’d just share this rather fab Ok Go video for their single White Knuckles. Proving once again, you don’t need a massive budget for a music video – In this case, just some well trained dogs and an IKEA store card.
Robot Chicken Season 4
Robot Chicken is back with it’s 4th Season, and the quality just gets stronger each time it comes back! From the opening episode that guest stars Joss Whedon, Ron Moore and Seth MacFarlane, through to the episode with cocaine fuelled Powerpuff Girls and the one with Dick Cheney as Iron Man (now there’s a frighting prospect!)
Each show may only be 12 minuites long, but they’re rammed full of more geek and pop culture references than you can shake an 80’s He-Man action figure at. Gag’s coming at you so quickly it’s easy to miss one, and end up going back to watch it again.
The DVD also contains some excellent commentaries from creators Seth Green & Matthew Senreich along with a host of guest stars from the various episodes, and some entertaining footage from the San Diego Comic-Con ‘08 and New York Comic Con ‘09 Panels.
9/10 – Funny, brilliant, and geeking awesome!
Titan Maximum Season 1
The creators of Robot Chicken are here to prove that leaving the fate of the world in the hands of idiot kids really ain’t that good a plan…
TITAN MAXIMUM is a riff on those japanese Power Rangers type ‘Saturday morning’ shows, but TITAN FORCE FIVE (the team that command the mighty Titan Maximum robot) are nothing like the teams you’ve seen before…
There’s Palmer (Breckin Meyer) – the dashing, if a bit dumb, leader with an ego the size of a planet. Sasha (Eden Espinosa) – the presidents (kinda slutty, and as subtle as a sonic boom) daughter. Jodi (Rachael Leigh Cook) – Cheerful and determined, but full of self doubt (not helped by Sasha costaint ribbing). Willie (Dan Milano) – Younger brother of Palmer, but with none of his smooth charm, he’s a lifelong super-nerd who’s suddenly living the dream. And finally Leon – He’s a monkey… Titan Force’s former monkey butler to be exact.
When a once peaceful solar system is threatened by a genocidal madman (voiced by Seth Green), the dispanded TITAN FORCE FIVE commanding the mighty TITAN MAXIMUM are pulled out of their enforced ‘retirement’ to save the day.
It’s robo-bashing, laser-blasting, monkey-flying, sometimes naked spacefaring action and adventure as only the creators of Emmy award winning ROBOT CHICKEN can deliver!
8/10 – Robo-bashing, monkey-flying, spacefaring action!
In an effort to out Google google, Yell.com have launched a new amazing three dimensional map system that enable users to fly around their city like a superhero.
In a UK-first, the photo-realistic 3D maps were created from actual film footage shot from light aeroplanes using sophisticated aerospace technology, which is then merged with other film taken from ground level. They can be used for free on the Yell.com website, which is the online version of the Yellow Pages directory.
I know we have a few geektowners down in ol London town. You might want to pay a visit to Selfridges and have a look at this nifty 3D interactive window and Augmented Reality Tissot have installed in the shop’s window!
For those of you not in London, check out www.tissot.ch/reality to download the application at home and experience the Tissot Touch collection on your wrist.
Once again, TED2010 comes up with something brilliant as Blaise Aguera y Arcas demos new augmented-reality mapping technology from Microsoft.
Blaise Aguera y Arcas‘ background is as multidimensional as the visions he helps create. In the 1990s, he authored patents on both video compression and 3D visualization techniques, and in 2001, he made an influential computational discovery that cast doubt on Gutenberg’s role as the father of movable type.
He also created Seadragon (acquired by Microsoft in 2006), the visualization technology that gives Photosynth its amazingly smooth digital rendering and zoom capabilities. Photosynth itself is a vastly powerful piece of software capable of taking a wide variety of images, analyzing them for similarities, and grafting them together into an interactive three-dimensional space. This seamless patchwork of images can be viewed via multiple angles and magnifications, allowing us to look around corners or “fly” in for a (much) closer look. Simply put, it could utterly transform the way we experience digital images.
He’s now the architect of Bing Maps at Microsoft, where he leads a team of researchers and engineers with strengths in social media, computer vision and graphics. He joined Microsoft when Seadragon was acquired by Live Labs in 2006. Shortly after the acquisition of Seadragon, Blaise directed his team in a collaboration with Microsoft Research and the University of Washington, leading to the first public previews of Photosynth several months later. His TEDTalk on Seadragon and Photosynth in 2007 is rated one of TED’s “most jaw-dropping.”
Another great lecture from TED about how gaming is leaking into real life, and how it could all end…