Category Archives: Tech

In 2015, visual FX artist Rouselos Aravantinos conducted an age reduction demonstration with actress Michele Valley (first video).

This year, he repeated the experiment with the latest ‘live’ retouching technology.

Believe nothing you see on a screen.

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Behold the Hubblephone – a virtually all-screen 5G clamshell due for release in 2020 from the ludicrously over-named Hong Kong company Turing Space Industries.

A 14.3 x 7.6 x 0.6cm  ‘main deck’ extends over the top and down the back of the phone with a 50MP, 15x optical zoom camera. An ‘upper deck’ with its own processor and GPU features a further two 12.6cm screens and three 12MP cameras. 

Yours for €2,400, if it ever sees the light of day.

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All aboard the Gelmerbahn in the Swiss Alps – a very steep (106° at its most precipitous), 1,060m long funicular railway –  captured returning to base in time-lapse by Raphael Sandoz.

Alternatively, here’s the full 8 minute descent in real time.

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A tiny pogo-jumping bot created by UC Berkeley’s Biomimetic Millisystems Lab.

Salto 1-P (an acronym for saltatorial locomotion on terrain obstacles) is designed to mimic the saltatorial (jumping) locomotion of animals like kangaroos and rabbits.

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Some possibly dubious interstellar pop science from E.C. Henry.

Because you need to know about the relative speed and drag coefficient of various spacecraft in the Star Wars universe.

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A very impressive LEGO Mindstorms bridge-building rig constructed back in 2012 by (presumably off-duty but you’d never know) boffins at the Oslo And Akershus University Of Applied Science.

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Behold the Aston Martin Volante Vision Concept Aircraft – a VTOL (vertical take-off and landing) short-hop ‘urban aircraft’ concept offering a glimpse of the auto manufacturer’s designs on the luxury aerospace market.

Supported by Cranfield Aerospace Solutions and the Rolls Royce aircraft engine company, the plane has a central propellor providing vertical lift with two smaller engines for horizontal motion.

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MIT’s new and improved Cheetah 3 quadruped robot gallops across rough terrain, climbs debris laden stairs, recovers from impact and leaps onto a desk – all without the aid of any visual sensors.

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