The first trailer for Denis Villeneuve's Dune is here. I'm not sure what the human limit of anticipation is, but I think I hit it. Although the Pink Floyd cover they chose kind of sucks and I feel like there was a missed opportunity to use Darude's Sandstorm.
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.
Been playing with the polarized 3D TV and got the idea to convert the Matrix so that one pair of glasses sees only the Matrix Raining Text effect and the other pair sees the Kung Fu fight between Neo and Morpheus, to feel like the characters watching it in the movie. pic.twitter.com/8M3DexcDXr
Polarized lenses and screen. I authored the video in after effects as compressed side-by-side, the TV interprets that into a mixed image, even-odd lines polarized which gets picked up differently by each lens.
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."
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.
It was just a matter of time, but Twitter user Foone managed to get Doom running on a digital pregnancy test.
I tried zooming in and turning up the in-game gamma a bit, so you can see what's going on slightly better. (It's a 128x32 pixel monochrome display, it's never gonna be great) pic.twitter.com/dAU7LZ1pkT
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.
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.
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.
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.