Projection mapping is nothing new, but what if the technology was used on a full-sized ice rink? That’s exactly what this company specializes in and ice is a perfect surface to work with for projections because the material reflects light and images perfectly. Plus, typical professional ice rink surfaces measure 200’ x 85’, which means lots of canvas to work with, and just enough detail on its surface to allow is to create some incredible 3D effects, like scenes from Game of Thrones. Read more for a video and additional information.
Here’s an oldie, but goodie of a real Japanese samurai using a katana sword to slice a baseball in half. Just for reference, it takes a major league baseball player around .380-seconds to react to a pitched ball thrown at 100 mph from 60-feet away. Isao Machii is standing just 30 feet away from a pitching machine yet still manages to slice a baseball in half. Read more for the video and additional information.
Inspired by Nissan’s ProPILOT 2.0 driver assistance technology, this golf ball can turn just about anyone into a professional, as it uses a predefined route to its goal. How does it work? An overhead camera detects the position of the ball and cup. When it’s hit, a monitoring system calculates the correct route based on the ball’s movement and adjusts its trajectory in real-time. Read more for a video and additional information.
The WaveFlyer, developed by researchers at the University of Western Australia, Perth’s Renewable Energy Vehicle Project, Perth’s Electro Aero and Galaxy Resources, is touted as the world’s first electric hydrofoil personal watercraft. This jet ski-inspired creation appears to rise and float above water when it starts accelerating, thanks to the patented WaveDrive stabilized twin hydrofoil propulsion system. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
The opening ceremony for the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics may be in one year, but the medal designs have just been unveiled. Nearly 80,000 tons of mobile phones as well as electronic devices were collected from all around Japan, and will be used in the handcrafting every gold, silver and bronze Olympic and Paralympic medal awarded to athletes at next year’s games. There expect to be approximately 5,000 medals handed out between the two games. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
John Deere has teamed up with PING to create the world’s largest answer golf putter, or to be more specific, a half-excavator, half-putter that can actually hit putts. The project all bega with Tony Serrano, Senior Design Engineer at Ping, who used CAD (computer aided drafting) to design the putter head, which was originally the traditional size of a putter, but John Deere later blew it up to scale. Next, the putter head was meticulously adorned with the iconic features of Ping’s famous Anser putters, with John Deere tractor-inspired designs inter-weaved throughout. Read more for two additional videos, pictures and information.
Did you know that the very first Google Doodle way back in 1998 paid tribute to the annual Burning Man event in Black Rock City, Nevada? That’s right, and even more surprising, it was designed by co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin themselves to notify users of their absence in case the servers crashed. For Independence Day on July 4, 2019, Google turned its logo into an interactive game of backyard barbecue baseball. You can play as H-Dog, Power Pop, Wild Slice and the Cobbra. Read more for a video of it in-action, additional information and a link to the game.
Apple has joined in on the 2019 Cricket World Cup fever, currently going on in England and Wales, with a brand new “Shot on iPhone XS” advert. This 38 second clip features groups of people playing cricket on a traditional field, beach, and there’s even a pick up game going on in an alley, with music from the Dreadlock Holiday, by 10cc. chorus. “It’s the spirit of India, captured in a game, a love story that spans more than a billion hearts. Come, celebrate cricket the way India does,” said Apple. Read more for the video and additional information.
Toyota’s CUE 3 robot that stands six foot 10-inch (2.1m) tall has set a Guinness World Record by shooting 2,020 free throws consecutively. How does it work? It generates a three-dimensional image of where the basket is using sensors on its torso and then adjusts the motors inside its arm and knees to give the shot the right angle and propulsion for a perfect shot each time. Read more for a video and additional information.
Toyota’s CUE, a 6′ 10″ humanoid robot, has just been upgraded, and now it’s capable of shooting three-point shots like a pro – previously just free throws. This version, officially called CUE 3, uses various sensors to calculate the correct angle and force of a shot, while motors are used to repeat the same motion every single time for maximum accuracy. There’s still some work left to do, but it still managed to make five out of eight shots from the three-point line in the latest demonstration. Read more for the three-point showcase video and additional information.