Flying a 1938 Schulgleiter SG38 glider

Posted by ted @ 2:09 am, June 10th, 2014

Very cool, and just a little bit terrifying!

 

 

Found on [Sploid]

Cold Jet Uses High Speed Jet of Dry Ice to Strip Clean Materials

Posted by ted @ 9:00 am, April 2nd, 2014

I had no idea that this was a thing. The Cold Jet machine shoots tiny pellets of dry ice at 600 to 1200 feet per second to effectively strip clean any surface it hits. When the pellets hit a surface they rapidly cool it to -109 F which causes rapid “differential thermal expansion and contraction” to remove tough contaminates. They can strip hardened tar from a paving machine, or dial it down and scrub the ink from a business card without damaging the paper. Unlike a sand blaster, the dry ice blasting media vaporizes on contact leaving no waste stream, though I have to wonder where all the tar “goes” when they are cleaning that paving machine. Awesome idea and it looks like it works great.

 

[Cold Jet]

Confuse A Dog

Posted by ted @ 2:22 am, March 22nd, 2014

I enjoy watching this magician confuse these poor dogs with a simple disappearing treat trick. You can see their little doggy brains struggling to make sense of what happened. It is interesting how many of them instinctively look down suddenly, expecting the treat to fall to the ground. They don’t understand slight of hand, but they do know gravity.

 

[via Gizmodo]

 

Of course Cats are much smarter than dogs, so it takes a lot more work to Confuse A Cat

Man vs Machine – Table Tennis

Posted by ted @ 7:40 am, March 16th, 2014

Watch this awesome man vs machine table tennis match. Kuka the robot takes the lead, but man rallies to the challenge. I love how the robot slumps in dejection at the end of the match, and the final clip is so amazing I wonder if it is real.


Previously:

Robot Air Hockey
Another Robot Air Hockey

Pool Playing Robot

How Oreos Are Unmade

Posted by ted @ 1:35 am, March 14th, 2014

An interesting and informative video showing how Oreo cookies are processed to recover their component parts. Did you know, “half the flour consumed in the United States is extracted from Oreos”? I did not know that. They also get cocaine, gunpowder, cocoa and sugar! So interesting. Watch and learn! It gets particularly good after the 3 minute mark when the wizards show up.

Awesome Blacksmith Machines

Posted by ted @ 11:32 am, January 16th, 2012

I would have to assume that there are old-school hammer and anvil type blacksmiths out there who consider these Hebo machines “cheating”, but wow are they cool to watch, and certainly much faster. I wonder is the iron is heated before going in, or is manipulated cold?

Watch in awe as they “Twist, endforge, scroll, emboss, texture, hammer tube, make baskets, and press belly pickets, and much more. ”

 

via Gizmodo

Cephalopods Are Awesome

Posted by ted @ 1:00 pm, October 6th, 2011

 

Every Day is Science Friday

Bridge Demolition

Posted by ted @ 6:08 pm, October 4th, 2011

This time lapse video of an overnight bridge demolition is surprisingly beautiful in its own way. The track excavators look like insects devouring a leaf. It was made with a Canon 5Dmk2. over 18+ hours and 4,000 images.

A Bridge Too Far from James Miller on Vimeo.

This Beautiful Giant Xylophone in the Woods Makes Me Smile

Posted by ted @ 11:03 am, April 3rd, 2011

This video of a giant xylophone playing itself in the woods is really just a cell phone commercial, but the simplistic beauty makes me smile.

 

 

Slow Loris with Tiny Umbrella equals Extreme Cuteness

Posted by ted @ 11:00 am, March 9th, 2011

And now for your moment of cute :

[BoingBoing]

The Sound of Pi

Posted by ted @ 6:59 am, March 8th, 2011

Just in time for the upcoming Pi Day (3/14), YouTube musician Michael John Blake has created a lovely song by interpreting the first 31 digits of pi into musical notes. While there is certainly a lot of creative input involved to get from pi to this song, the connection is still fun, and don’t forget to notice just how many different instruments this guy can play. Enjoy!

 

 

Adorable Litte Girl Shows Off Her Unique Skill at Juggling Oranges

Posted by ted @ 1:00 pm, February 26th, 2011

Very cute. And silly me trying to juggle with three oranges at once, and wasting time with all that ridiculous throwing-them-in-air nonsense…

Dance of the Books

Posted by ted @ 9:08 pm, February 23rd, 2011

Don’t forget to spot the banana!

[BoingBoing]

A Very Different View of Wind Turbines

Posted by ted @ 8:58 pm, February 22nd, 2011

Here is an amazing video of someone playing chicken with giant wind turbines with a RC plane with a pilot-view camera in it. Amazing stunt, which I am guessing the wind turbine company would not appreciate at all, though I wouldn’t think he would be capable of actually hurting one with his little plane. Some of the close misses made me gasp…

Playing Chicken with a Wind Turbine FPV from aaron_gx on Vimeo.

[Gizmodo]

When Real Life Becomes Indistinguishable from a Monty Python Sketch

Posted by ted @ 2:01 pm, November 12th, 2010

Parkour for Lazies: The Bizarre British Lying Down Game

Monty Python Royal Society for Putting Things on top of other things

1959 Polymorphic Computing Video

Posted by ted @ 9:02 am, October 18th, 2010

This is a beautiful 1959 video explaining some basic distributed computing concepts which we take for granted today, but were a new idea then. Ramo is the R in TRW.
I love the pre-powerpoint presentation style.

Simon Ramo’s concept of “polymorphic” computing is laid out in stop-motion animation, accompanied by acoustic guitar.
The film anticipates parallel, distributed processing and the architecture of ARPANET and the Internet.

[BoingBoing]

Power Line Inspection Robot

Posted by ted @ 9:26 am, August 20th, 2010

Hydro-Quebec and BCTC have developed an awesome power line inspection robot that can transverse energized high voltage power lines and perform inspections and even some minor repairs. It is capable of moving past obstacles, keeping track of locations with a GPS unit, and transmitting multiple video feeds (including infra-red) to ground based operators. Although not as sexy as those high flying power line cowboys deployed form helicopters, this sounds like a fantastically practical idea. Watch the video below for a bit more information, though I sure wish it had more robot details and less talking heads.

[Engadget]

The Man With Exploding Bananas on His Face

Posted by ted @ 9:02 am, February 28th, 2010

Watch this video of a slow moving performance artist exploding bananas on his face. Go ahead, watch it, you know you want to . . .

Found on [BoingBoing]

September 21 Was International PARK(ing) Day

Posted by ted @ 8:08 am, September 22nd, 2009

On September 21 activist groups around the world temporarily took over single parking places on city streets and converted them in to small public parks complete with grass, trees and benches. Many of the groups accomplished this feat using only human powered vehicles (bikes) to carry in supplies. They pay the meter for one hour and get to work, then everyone is invited to enjoy a little green space until the meter runs out. Then they pack up and are on their way. 47 parks in 13 cities. Whether you consider this a “protest”, public performance art, or just a random act of kindness, this is totally awesome! Things like this make the world a better place to live.

A Different Way For A Cat to Get A Drink

Posted by ted @ 9:39 am, September 17th, 2009

This cat likes to drink from a running sink. Nothing too unusual there. But he has an unusual way of getting the water to his mouth. No cat I have known would do this. Very funny video, thought it is really too long, you can get the whole idea in the first minute.

Three things that make me laugh, every time

Posted by ted @ 5:00 pm, July 9th, 2009

Number one: a doormat, named Mat

Number two, a wonderful visual pun that speaks for itself (original source unknown):

manatee

Number three: a hilarious 20 second video pun, Obama’s Elf:

Just makes me laugh, every time I see them.

Tribute To Bananas

Posted by ted @ 12:32 pm, June 12th, 2009

Here is a nice tribute to bananas I came across on YouTube. Some cool, fun images here. Enjoy!



Japan Goes Crazy For Bananas with Bananaman!

Posted by ted @ 9:22 am, April 9th, 2009

bananaman

Here is a wonderful banana sighting from Japan. Dole has started an ad campaign there featuring a Bananaman who sprouts CGI bananas from his head and hands and even shoots bananas from his nose to cheer up sad women in the park.  Bananas consumption has apparently surged in Japan with the popularity of “The Morning Banana Diet” and Dole has decided to capitalize on the trend with these bizarre commercials. Hey maybe this guy should try to get a job at Dole? Enjoy the Banana filled goodness below.






[Consumerist]

Validation Video – worth 16 minutes 23 seconds of your life

Posted by ted @ 1:54 pm, March 8th, 2009

I was a little skeptical at first, but after watching it I couldn’t describe it any better than my brother did when he sent me the link:
“Ah, Sheesh . . . I laughed, I cried . .. its the feel-good hit of the year . . . if you’re a sucker for schmaltz . . . you’ll not regret investing the 16 min!”

Watch it with someone you love. Try to spread a little happiness to everyone you meet.





“You paid for parking . . . for me?”

Ice Cream Serving Robots

Posted by ted @ 9:02 am, March 5th, 2009

ice_cream_robot

The students at Ohio Northern University put together an ice cream serving system with two Kuka robots and an Allen Bradley Micrologic 1500 PLC. While this kind of educational automation project may be common in university robot labs across the country, being a big fan of both ice cream and robots I thought I would give a nod to these students’ excellent work. They report that it took 26 students and 5 weeks to fabricate the system including writing all of the code and machining custom effectors. It takes 2 minutes to serve a cup of ice cream complete with spoon and toppings of choice. The students did not want to speed up this cycle time so the user could enjoy “an experience watching the system” and not just get fast ice cream. A nice touch is the way the robot arm moves a little, then lowers the cup under the soft serve machine to produce a nicely shaped point on the top of the ice cream serving. Watch it in action below.





[Dvice via TechEBlog]