A Look Back


1800s Safe France
Technically speaking, a safe is a secure lockable box used for storing valuable objects against theft and/or damage from fire. Modern versions are usually a hollow cuboid or cylinder, with one face being removable or hinged to form a door. However, back in the 1800s, things were a bit different as you’re about to see. This particular safe from France requires multiple keys and moving several ordered switches before the door pops open. Read more for a video and additional information.

Mercedes C111 II Quad-Rotor
First unveiled at the 1970 Geneva Motor Show, the Mercedes C111-II quad-rotor boasts a mid-mounted rotary engine producing 345 horsepower, enabling it to hit 60 mph in under 5 seconds, while topping out at 186 mph. Believe it or not, this concept was also the first car to ever be designed entirely on a computer. This meant that engineers could predict dynamic loads and also speed up the design process by four months. Read more for a test drive video, additional pictures and information.

AI Neural Network Laborers Victorian England 1901
Denis Shiryaev is back again with another AI-upscaled video, and this time, it’s of laborers in Victorian England from 1901. Neural networks were used to upscale this footage from the dawn of film taken by Mitchell and Kenyon in North England. You’ll see how life took its toll on the people back then, and the grittier nature of their work in those days. Read moore for the video and additional information.

Briggs Stratton Hybrid
Even before the Honda Insight and Toyota Prius, there was the 1980 Briggs & Stratton Hybrid concept car. This company was a famous builder of small engines for everything from washing machines to lawn mowers. However, this vehicle wasn’t built for speed, as Richard Petty managed to only hit 68 mph on a closed course, while Briggs & Stratton Engineering Technician Craig Claerbout achieved 60 mph. All things considered, this isn’t half bad for an twin-cylinder Briggs engine producing just 18hp. Read more to see Jay Leno get up close with the car.

Ferrari 408 4RM Supercar
Many auto enthusiasts have seen the wild concepts that Ferrari unveils each year, but what about back in 1987? Meet the Ferrari 408 4RM, the automaker’s first vehicle to feature 4-wheel drive. Featuring an innovative hydraulic four-wheel-drive system developed by Ferrari, called “4RM”, that would later be used in the Ferrari FF. A total of two prototypes were built – the first one, chassis no. 70183, was painted in red and was fitted with an all-steel welded chassis and was built in June 1987, while the second, chassis no 78610, was painted yellow and had an aluminum frame bonded with adhesives. Read more for a video and additional information.

A Trip Through Paris AI Neural Network
For those who have always wondered what it was like to visit Paris, France during the Belle Époque-era between the years of 1896-1900, this video is as close as you’ll get. Denis Shiryaev used AI-powered neural networks and software to boost the video to 60FPS, 4K resolution, and colorization with DeOldify NN. Read more for the video and additional information.

AI Neural Network Moscow Tverskaya Street 1896
Denis Shiryaev specializes in using AI-powered neural networks to upscale historical footage, and his latest work is this short clip of Moscow, Tverskaya Street in 1896 that was originally captured by Charles Moisson from the Lumière company. The neural networks were used upscale to 60FPS, boost image resolution with ESRGAN (general dataset), resort video sharpness, remove blur, remove compression artifacts, and colorization. Read more for the video and additional information.

Apollo 14 Edgar Mitchell Moon
On February 5, 1971, Apollo 14 astronauts Edgar Mitchell and Alan Shepard stepped onto the lunar surface in the first of two lunar excursions. In the image above, we see astronaut Edgar D. Mitchell deploying the U.S. flag on the lunar surface during the early moments of the mission’s first spacewalk, photographed by mission commander Alan B. Shepard Jr. They descended in the Lunar Module “Antares” to explore the Fra Mauro region of the moon, astronaut Stuart A. Roosa, command module pilot, remained with the Command and Service Module “Kitty Hawk” in lunar orbit. Read more for a fascinating look back and additional information.

1999 A.D. House of Tomorrow Short Film
Ever wonder what people of the past thought the future was going to be like? If so, then you might want to watch “1999 A.D.”, a short film released in 1967 by the Philco-Ford Corporation to mark the company’s 75th anniversary. The house of tomorrow that you’re about to see is filled with consumer technologies that aim to make daily life more comfortable and convenient, complete with lots of displays. Read more for the video.

Nintendo Super Mario Bros. 3
Super Mario Bros. 3 is a platform game developed and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) that was released in Japan on October 23, 1988, North America on February 12, 1990 and Europe on August 29, 1991. Arguably one of the greatest video games of all time, it was created by the Nintendo Entertainment Analysis and Development team, led by Shigeru Miyamoto and Takashi Tezuka. Read more for a fascinating 45-minute look back at this incredible game.