The Toyota Engineering Society has built a humanoid robot designed to shoot a basketball, and much better than even some professional players. How? It uses artificial intelligence to learn from players on the Japanese B League team Alvark Tokyo and then perfect its shot to nearly 100-percent accuracy at short distances, like the free throw line. The robot fits right in with the team as well, since it stands 6 ft 3 in tall. Click here for the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of a bowling ball taking on a trampoline from 45-meters.
Officially launched on Pi Day (March 14th), the "Pi Bike" is fittingly shaped like the pi (π) symbol. The idea was conceived by Malaysian illustrator, artist, and graphic designer Tang Yau Hoong, with the actual bike being brought to life by London-based artist Tadas Maksimovas and Dutch designer Martijn Koomen, the latter who hand-crafted the bike from carbon fiber. Life-sized scale models were first made from cardboard, along with some plywood, and was tweaked before actual molds were cast from resin, sanded down, and assembled. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
2CL Direct's 7-in-1 Tactical Pen Self Defense Tool is great for your everyday carry, and it's being offered for just $14.84, this weekend only, originally $29.99. In addition to the tactical LED flashlight and smooth writing pen, you get a multi-tool that includes a glass breaker, hex wrench, scraper, bottle opener, as well as a screwdriver. Product page. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
Artist Zayd Menk spent three months recreating Midtown Manhattan with old computer parts. This 0.0635:100 scale model was created using 263 sticks of hot glue, 27 motherboards, 11 CPUs, 10 CRT monitor motherboards, 18 sticks of RAM, 15 batteries, 12 Nokia E-series phones, 7 power supplies, 4 watches, 4 audio cards, 3 hard drives, 2 telephones and a few other electronic components. He wanted to ensure the structures were mathematically correct, so he collected data from Google Maps, Wikipedia and Reddit. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
Instagram user "Futurikon Wizardians" specializes in adding fictional characters, such as from "My Neighbor Totoro", into real photos, and the results are creative to say the least. These photos are sourced from Google, Pinterest, Facebook, and even stock images. "At first, I was just doodling very basic line-characters, kinda like stickman-type. But as I evolve, I'm trying to doodle some little complex characters interacting with the objects in the photos," said the artist. Continue reading for more photos.
Epic Games Fortnite is an overwhelming success for game consoles, PCs, and now, the iOS as well as Android mobile platforms. It's currently available on iOS in beta, but the game will eventually come to Android platforms as well. To play Fortnite: Battle Royale on iOS, you'll need an iPhone 6S/SE or better, a newer iPad (Mini 4, Pro, or Air 2+), and iOS 11 installed. As you can see in the video above, mobile players aren't limited to just their own special multiplayer servers, but rather full cross-play and cross-save with PlayStation 4, PC, Mac, and Android. Continue reading for more iOS gameplay videos and information.
A Twitter user who goes by "Ty" recently received a mysterious voicemail composed with the NATO phonetic alphabet message, and it spelled out "Danger SOS it is dire for you to evacuate be cautious they are not human SOS danger SOS." What happened before receiving the message? Well, apparently someone was spotted outside his house taking photographs. Click here for the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of molten salt reacting with dry ice.
U-2 spy plane pilot and photographer Ross Franquemont managed to capture the Aurora Borealis from the cockpit of this marvelous aircraft at 70,000 feet, and the ensuing images are breathtaking to say the least. He's mainly based out of Beale Air Force Base in California, but his most recent project took him out to the UK, and the rest is history. "I had no idea how fast the aurora moved and changed. It danced around, changing shape several times a second. That made it a challenge for the photographer in a spacesuit sitting in shaking metal can moving 500 mph," said Franquemont to The Aviationist. Continue reading for more pictures, another video and additional information.
Despite its strange name, the "F*CKTRON Glass Keyboard" takes the MacBook Touch Bar to the next level, as instead of keys it uses a transparent OLED display that can be customized to your needs, or even used as a secondary screen for watching media, etc. Practical uses include video editing, drawing, making music, and lots more. Continue reading for additional pictures and information.
The Droog Moto Suzuki SV650-based "Moto 11" appears to be straight from the Mad Max: Fury Road universe, and rightfully so. Featuring a sleek front-end conversion with an industrial LED headlight, electronic speedometer, Biltwell grips, a custom tank, tracker plate and fender, as well as Metzeler Karoo 3 tires just in case you actually decide to go off-road. Continue reading for more pictures and information.