Archive for August, 2006

Snakes on a Firetruck!

OK, I have to admit, I stole that headline from OhGizmo!, where I found this story, but I figured it was too good not to pass on to my ninjas over here.

This is a prototype from researchers at SINTEF. It is a snake-shaped self-propelled robot that can spray water. This will allow it to extinguish fires that human firefighters can’t get to safely. Or, I could just use it to water the lawn.
From article:

"The ingenious aspect with this idea is that the energy the energy system needs in order to move is already available inside the fire hose, which contains water pressurized to 100 bar. The advantage of serpentine locomotion instead of wheel- or leg-based propulsion is greater flexibility and traversability."
Official Site via OhGizmo!

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Posted: August 23rd, 2006
at 2:08pm by Black Ock


Categories: robots,weaponry

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A meditation on summer…

This is a gorgeous clip from a CG Film by Ron Hui.

If clicking the link doesn’t work, try right-clicking and copying the link location, then pasting it into a new window.

Enjoy!

Video via 3yen

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Posted: August 23rd, 2006
at 12:17pm by Black Ock


Categories: life,art,film

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Think your coffee table is gangster?

It very well might be, but is it more gangster than the Yakuza Table from Reddish Studio? I think not! A simple and elegant wooden table "digitally tattooed" with yakuza-inspired designs.
Check it at Reddish

via chrisdiclerico.com

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Posted: August 23rd, 2006
at 12:07pm by Black Ock


Categories: art,home,design

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Hahahaha…….Hahahaha…..Ha….

OK, so this has got to be one of the goofiest things I’ve seen in a while…
Behold: The Treadmill Bike!

Keep ya feet out da dirt, my ninjas!

Video of this beast in action…

Via Gizmodo

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Posted: August 23rd, 2006
at 11:54am by Black Ock


Categories: bling,green,whips,weaponry

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Will robots conquer the art world?

AA

I was generally of the impression that robots are implemented in situations where humans are inadequately equipped to handle certain tasks. Art did not seem to be one of these tasks - until now.

And don’t go talking about player pianos, because while they arguably may count, the technology used there is pretty damn simple.

We’re talking about self-playing violins - now that’s some crazy ish.

Snippet:

"Costing $17,500, and having taken the engineering prowess of a retired president of a military technology company, along with a former NASA administrator to design, the device simply eliminates the job of ‘violinist.'"

And yes, believe it, there’s a video.

Article at OhGizmoAA

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Posted: August 23rd, 2006
at 11:48am by Black Ock


Categories: music,robots

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OK, we know ninjas don’t traditionally ski…

But like my man Bob Dylan said, the times, they are a’ changin. So for you ninjas that want to brush shoulders and throw elbows with the upper crust, definitely book some reservations at these extremely jiggafied ski lodges.

More details in the original article.

via the cool hunter

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Posted: August 23rd, 2006
at 11:35am by Black Ock


Categories: bling,life

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Car Powered by Silly Ninjas…

humancar - www.myninjaplease.com

This $600 car is strictly powered by human motion. A great idea, a goofy reality.

Check out the video on YouTube.

via HighT3ch

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Posted: August 23rd, 2006
at 11:31am by Black Ock


Categories: green,whips

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Love Analog? Then You’ll Love Nano Mechanics!!

This worm drive assembly designed by K. Eric Drexler, Josh Hall, Ninad Sathaye and Mark Sims includes 11 components totalling 25,374 atoms. The animations below have been created from simulation results using NanoEngineer-1 Alpha 7, taking just over 370 hours to complete on a Dell laptop running WindowsXP. It is the largest model ever simulated with NanoEngineer-1. More information about this model is coming soon.

Design of the month animation from nanoengineer

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Posted: August 23rd, 2006
at 11:27am by Koookiecrumbles


Categories: computers,design

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Seth MacFarlane Speaks at Harvard Commencment

Part I Seth MacFarlane
Part II PETER
Part III STEWIE
Part IV QUAGMIRE
From youtube

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Posted: August 23rd, 2006
at 11:19am by Koookiecrumbles


Categories: youtube

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