Modifying 'The Matrix' so polarized 3D glasses show raining Matrix text

September 9, 2020

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Twitter user Mike Mika modified the Kung Fu fight between Neo and Morpheus in The Matrix so that his polarized 3D glasses would show one side as the raining Matrix text and the other as the fight to simulate how it might look to the characters watching it in the movie.

And Mike explaining the process:

Now that I know you can embed video in other videos, obviously I'm going to figure out a way to watch porn while my girlfriend is watching Selling Sunset. "Dear, do you mind if we watch while wearing these glasses? Also, keep your left eye closed the entire time. Whatever you do, don't open your left eye."

Turtle high fiving an alligator

September 8, 2020

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Not gonna lie. The way the year's been going, I wouldn't mind getting in on some of that high five action.

Also, who knew turtles were so chill like that? I guess Crush from Finding Nemo was a pretty accurate representation.

Using artificial intelligence to make movies lip-sync Smash Mouth's 'All Star'

September 8, 2020

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Visual effects engineer Jonty Pressinger (who previously fixed The Lion King remake by deepfaking it to look more like the cartoon version) was testing out Wav2Lip and put together this compilation of movies lip-syncing Smash Mouth's All Star. Wav2Lip basically takes any video and syncs the lip movements using just an audio file. They even have an interactive demo you can use to test it out.

It's just crazy that after decades of hearing about artificial intelligence and how the computers would think for themselves and take over the world, it turns out we'd just be using the technology to make videos of Tom Hanks lip-syncing to terrible songs. I mean, I'm not complaining. Dumb internet videos totally beat being hunted down and murdered by Terminator robots.

Keep going for the full video, as well as some examples of terrible dubbing that this technology would actually be useful for.

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Doom running on a digital pregnancy test

September 7, 2020

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It was just a matter of time, but Twitter user Foone managed to get Doom running on a digital pregnancy test.

Although to be clear, it's not running on any of the pregnancy test's actual hardware. Foone swapped out the display and microcontroller so it's really just Doom running inside a pregnancy test shell. It's still a neat project though because of the unique form factor. Plus, who doesn't want to play video games on a device that people pee on? I know I never pick up my Nintendo Switch without peeing on it first. It's just how gaming is supposed to be.

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Machine that finds grains of sand that look like faces

September 7, 2020

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Pareidolia is an art project that uses a fully automated robot to examine grains of sand and look for faces. The name of the project comes from the word "pareidolia" itself, which is defined as "the tendency to perceive a specific, often meaningful image in a random or ambiguous visual pattern."

In the artwork Pareidolia facial detection is applied to grains of sand. A fully automated robot search engine examines the grains of sand in situ. When the machine finds a face in one of the grains, the portrait is photographed and displayed on a large screen.

I've got a project of my own, and it's finding human faces that look like grains of sand. And yes, that means I just go around taking pictures of bald people.

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Researchers develop battery-free Game Boy that can run forever

September 7, 2020

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Researchers at Northwestern University and the Delft University of Technology have developed a Game Boy that uses solar power and the energy generated from mashing buttons to run forever.

As the device switches between power sources, it does experience short losses in power. To ensure an acceptable duration of gameplay between power failures, the researchers designed the system hardware and software from the ground up to be energy aware as well as very energy efficient. They also developed a new technique for storing the system state in non-volatile memory, minimizing overhead and allowing quick restoration when power returns. This eliminates the need to press "save" as seen in traditional platforms, as the player can now continue gameplay from the exact point of the device fully losing power--even if Mario is in mid-jump.

On a not-too-cloudy day, and for games that require at least moderate amounts of clicking, gameplay interruptions typically last less than one second for every 10 seconds of gameplay. The researchers find this to be a playable scenario for some games--including Chess, Solitaire and Tetris--but certainly not yet for all (action) games.

It clearly still has some kinks to work out since it has to pause every 10 seconds, but it's a clever idea to use the button mashing to power the device. It seems like the kind of thing that could be applied to keyboards or, say, the energy generated by teenage boys' wrists. If you could harness the energy being generated from all that vigorous motion you could probably power a small country.

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'Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit' turns your living room into a Mario Kart level

September 4, 2020

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This is the announcement trailer for Nintendo's Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit , an augmented reality Mario Kart game that uses actual physical Karts with cameras attached to them to turn your physical living space into a Mario Kart track. According to Nintendo:

Created in partnership with Velan Studios, Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit brings the fun of the Mario Kart series into the real world by using a Nintendo Switch or Nintendo Switch Lite** system to race against opponents using a physical Kart. The physical Kart responds to boosts in-game and in the real world, stops when hit with an item and can be affected in different ways depending on the race. Players place gates to create a custom course layout in their home, where the only limit is their imagination. Race against Koopalings in Grand Prix, unlock a variety of course customizations and costumes for Mario or Luigi, and play with up to four players in local multiplayer mode.*** Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit, which is available in a Mario Set or Luigi Set, launches on Oct. 16 at a suggested retail price of $99.99.

Assuming it works as advertised, this might be the most brilliant thing I've ever seen. Sure, the iPhone is great and this whole "internet" thing is pretty interesting, but combining Mario Kart with physical remote control cars might be the pinnacle of human achievement. The only problem is most of us don't live in mansions so I don't know how fun a racing game can be when each lap only takes four seconds.

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