City of Drones isn’t just a first-person drone simulator. Its an engine to create empathy toward our all-seeing flying robots.
When you make a B movie, it’s best not to question the plot—no matter how ridiculous it is, advises Anthony C. Ferrante, the director of Sharknado, which debuted on Syfy last summer. “It bogs you down if you worry about that stuff,” Ferrante says, musing, “A sharknado can do whatever we tell it to do. It can tear through cars. It can go into the subway. And it doesn’t have to have a reason for anything. That’s the beauty of it. And once you accept it for what it is creatively as a director, you’re liberated because you’re not going, ‘Sharks in a tornado can’t really come into the city and do this!’”
Merge is the entry from New York’s Pensa in the Urban Utility Bike design contest. What does a bike designed for the Big Apple’s streets (and traffic) look like?
It’s like a 90-second history lesson in creative innovation from a single brand.
Make way in your Instagram feed for flying-camera panoramas.
Squishing yourself into a cameraphone frame with your bestie is so early 2014. Why rely on your outstretched arm when you can include a sweeping vista and aerial approach to your selfie?
You can already swap bodies with someone of the opposite sex and explore Seinfeld's Upper West Side apartment using virtual reality. What you haven’t been able to do, though, is punch a gigantic monster in the face.
Thankfully, that will soon change.
More than $23 million in donations poured in from around the world after the disaster hit, one of the largest charitable responses on eBay’s platforms to date.
It’s been nearly a month since Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez bit Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini on the shoulder in a stadium in Brazil (or, in Suarez’s words “suffered the physical result of a bite in the collusion he suffered with me”). But this week, just a little more than a hundred miles south of where that game took place, one Iranian soccer-playing robot in the RoboCup—the World Cup for robots—malfunctioned, falling on top of one of its Indonesian opponents and ripping off its arm.
Fouls work a little differently at the RoboCup, which for the past 17 years has invited teams of roboticists from all over the globe to pit their soccer-playing machines against one another. This year, the competition is taking place in a Brazilian conference center with a manmade pond and a building shaped like a space-age beard trimmer, where 2,200 human participants (and thousands more spectators) will finish competing for RoboCup titles today.
Even a company like Amazon can’t build a fully competitive phone on its first try.