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Yes, Unreal Engine is the game engine that powers Fortnite, and the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) decided to use it to create their virtual Tokyo 2020 Olympics studio. In the film world, it has been used to create virtual sets for The Mandalorian and Westworld that can track with a camera’s motion around actors as well as be rendered in real time to large LED screens and atmospheric lighting systems. Read more for a behind the scenes look at the setup.
Boston Dynamics’ Atlas robot may not be for sale..yet, but after seeing it perform parkour, we can safely say that this will eventually become a great companion. These obstacles allowed the team to experiment with new behaviors by demonstrating their whole-body athletics, maintaining its balance through a variety of rapidly changing, high-energy activities, whether it be jumps, balance beams, or vaults. Read more for the video and additional information.
Thanks to advancements in technology, astronauts aboard the ISS can enjoy the Tokyo 2020 games while floating 250-miles above Earth in zero-gravity. To make the best of their time during the summer games French astronaut Thomas Pesquet decided to hold the first space Olympics of sorts with his colleagues. NASA astronauts Shane Kimbrough / Megan McArthur, JAXA astronaut Akihiko Hoshide, and ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet formed Team Dragon. Read more to see the games and additional information.
Toyota’s CUE 4 is essentially an AI-powered robot that stands nearly 7-feet-tall, and it made an appearance at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics during Team USA’s basketball match against France. Unlike its predecessors, CUE 4 is now capable of running from one position to the next, while its power cables were replaced with a small powerful motor, and given human-like gripping hands so it could grasp a ball securely. Read more for two videos and additional information.
For those who watched the Tokyo 2020 Olympics opening ceremony live, you may have noticed a swarm of lights near the end that eventually formed a giant Earth. Those lights are actually a swarm of 1,824 drones that eventually segued into a rendition of John Lennon’s song “Imagine,” performed by Angelique Kidjo, Alejandro Sanz, John Legend, Keith Urban, and the Suginami Children’s Choir. Unfortunately, there’s no word yet on what kind of drones were used in the show. Read more for two videos and additional information.
T-Mobile partnered with MLB to give fans an all-new 5G experience at the 2021 Home Run Derby on July 12 at 8pm PST. You’ll be able to enjoy live, first-person views of batting practice and the event itself, thanks to 5G-integrated POV cameras mounted on players’ hats as well as catchers’ masks. This technology virtually places fans right in the middle of the action at Coors Field, and marks the first time EVER 5G-embedded wearable cameras are being integrated into a professional sports league event. Read more for a preview of the POV cam and additional information.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is known for posting some unusual stunts, and his latest one has him riding an electric surfboard to celebrate Independence Day, all the while holding an American flag. A fitting theme song, John Denver’s “Take Me Home, Country Roads”, played in the background. For those who want their own electric surfboard, it’s made by Lift Foils and will set you back around $12,000 USD. Read more for the video and additional information.
Urikar’s Massager Pro 3 massage gun effectively offers pain relief for different muscle groups, and you can get one for $38.99 shipped after clipping the on-page 30% off coupon as well as entering promotion code: LDT8LWP9 during final checkout, today only, originally $139.99. Unlike the competition, this massage gun’s percussion hammer comes upgraded with Deep-Quiet technology and a rotatable handle, making it easy to maneuver or adjust to target various muscle groups. Product page – be sure to clip the on-page 30% off coupon as well as enter promotion code: LDT8LWP9 during final checkout to receive the additional discounts. Read more for a hands-on video review and additional information.
After being delayed an entire year due to the pandemic, the 2021 Tokyo Olympics are moving forward and will take place between July 24 – August 8. To celebrate wireless carrier NTT DoCoMo partnered with Samsung to release a special Galaxy S21 5G Olympic Games Edition. Featuring a 6.2-inch FHD+ AMOLED panel, Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC, 8GB of RAM, 256GB of internal storage, a rear triple camera array, and a 4,000mAh battery with 25W fast charging. Read more for a video and additional information.
Think of the Zapata Flyride as a cross between a land-based hoverboard and a jet ski. Put simply, it’s a 2-seater device that attaches to jet skis with a special hose and jet capture system that allows water to flow up the middle before being forced out through the twin steerable jets up front. Unlike similar watercraft, the Flyride has self-balancing technology, thanks to internal sensors and computer systems that micro-adjust in real time to keep it upright. Read more for two videos and additional information.