• Vodio Brings Personalized Video Recommendations To The iPad

    Vodio Brings Personalized Video Recommendations To The iPad

    Vodio is a new iPad app that’s somewhat along the same lines as iOS app Like Shelby, it also brings you videos being shared by your friends on social networks. But where only focuses on those “socially shared” videos, Vodio instead uses its social features to bring “a dash” of personalization to its video recommendations. Read More

  • U.S. Online Video Watching Reaches Record High In October, With 42.6 Billion Videos Viewed

    U.S. Online Video Watching Reaches Record High In October, With 42.6 Billion Videos Viewed

    The U.S. comScore Video Metrix stats are out now for October, revealing that 184 million U.S. Internet users watched online videos last month, with an average of 21.1 hours per viewers. The total U.S. audience viewed 42.6 billion videos, an all-time high, says the measurement firm. Meanwhile, “Google sites,” led by YouTube, retained its number one ranking. However, in October… Read More

  • Video: Learning About Picture And Color Modes On Your DSLR

    Video: Learning About Picture And Color Modes On Your DSLR

    DSLRs are a powerful and popular tool for creating video, but it’s likely that very few users of this fairly new product category have gone deep into its settings. For taking pictures and the occasional video, the defaults are fine, but if you’re interested in putting a little more love into your production, it pays to know a few tweaks you can make. Stillmotion has put together… Read More

  • Video: Functioning CNC Mill Created From LEGO

    Video: Functioning CNC Mill Created From LEGO

    While I may have created some sweet spaceships in my days constructing LEGO, I never guessed how serious people would get with their blocky creations. Guns, computer cases, even a Tetris-playing device and a robotic hand. So I shouldn’t be surprised that someone has created a CNC mill with their Mindstorms NXT set. Check out the video inside. Read More

  • Multi-Pinhole Technique “Paints” Objects With Photographs From Life

    Multi-Pinhole Technique “Paints” Objects With Photographs From Life

    Take two minutes out of your day and watch this beautifully-made and interesting little short documentary about Shikai Tseng and his interesting photographic technique. Tseng uses a custom-built multi-pinhole box to expose objects, which have been coated in “Liquid Light,” to their environments. Read More

  • Festo’s SmartBird Robot Flies Through The Air At TED

    Festo’s SmartBird Robot Flies Through The Air At TED

    You may recall the SmartBird, a robot we saw back in March that mimics the flight of birds, flapping its wings like the real thing. The video we saw then was a bit too edited to get a feel for the bot, but luckily one of the inventors was invited to do a TED talk, and of course they had to set the thing free in the auditorium. Check out the video. Read More

  • Video: Robot Mimics Snail Style For Omnidirectional Movement

    Biomimetic robots are nothing new (snakebot, ro-bat, shark-tail wave harvester), but as there is a great variety of animals to mimic, there’s no shortage of interesting takes on the idea. This one, from Chuo University’s Biomechatronics Lab (how I would love to work at a place with a name like that), uses the movement principle favored by the common snail. They call it… Read More

  • Video: PBS Reports On Bionic Limb Development

    It’s hard to keep up with all the developments in the bionics and cybernetics worlds: so many universities and private institutions are working on so many projects that by the time you report one, another has leapfrogged it. PBS News Hour has put together a nice little survey of the current tech, interviewing Dean Kamen and a number of other inventors and researchers in the field. Read More

  • Zero Punctuation On Duke Nukem Forever

    You probably know what to expect out of this one. Since the critics have been almost uniform in their judgement of this storied and unfortunate title, and Yahtzee’s take was likely to be even one step further. Actually, he has some sympathy for the game, and while it’s not a good game, its failures are comprehensible in a way some modern games errors aren’t. I’m glad it… Read More

  • "Magi-Cam" Uses Mirrors As Camouflage To Spy On Vigilant Animals

    One of the hardest things to do when filming a nature documentary is convince the animals you’re not there. Sometimes it means constructing an elaborate blind and waiting for hours, days, or even months. Sometimes you have to send a remote-controlled proxy out there, if you’re filming, say, polar bears. But these little robots are loud and difficult to effectively disguise. Who… Read More

  • Behind The Scenes At The Impossible Project's Resurrected Polaroid Facility

    Although we weep for the Polaroid of yesteryear, the world of instant film hasn’t just disappeared. As we’ve noted over the last couple years, Dutch company Impossible has taken it upon themselves to keep the old Polaroid film factory running — no small task. This little 10-minute documentary shows some of the process and a few of the people involved. Read More

  • Ever Wonder What In-Lens Image Stabilization Actually Looks Like?

    Not content with Canon’s claims that it is simply unicorn tears that makes their in-lens stabilization work, Camera Technica decided to take apart an 18-55mm IS and record just what was going on in there. Aren’t you curious too? Read More

  • Japanese Robo-Drone Will Interrogate Your Leia

    This odd robot, made of spare parts, has more in common with the IT-O than anything of this world. It can float around for 8 minutes on one charge and goes 40 miles an hour. Plus it’s a unique form factor for this sort of RC drone, making it a real one of a kind. Add some spinning blades and an arc blaster and you’ve got a party. Read More

  • Inside F1's 20-button Super Steering Wheel

    F1 racing has long been a technology battle, and while the driver is an important component, his role has been increasingly supplemented by computers and engineers. This is perhaps no more visible than on the steering wheel which, once just the way you changed the direction the tires pointed, has turned into an Xbox-esque controller for a huge variety of precision settings and high-tech abilities. Read More

  • Double-Barrelled Pneumatic Water Cannon Makes The Greatest Noise Ever

    To be honest, the performance of this pneumatic cannon isn’t really blowing me away — but the noise it makes is cracking me up. Can you spare fifteen seconds to watch the video? I knew you could. Read More

  • From The Makers Of "Machete Crossbow" – "The Avalaunche"

    Remember a couple weeks back, we saw that sweet crossbow that shot machetes instead of bolts? Well, the creator of that engine of destruction has put together a new contraption: a slingshot that fires six 20mm steel balls at once. It powers through that watermelon like there’s nothing there. Read More

  • Video: Camera Shake With Hand Versus Tripod

    The guys on Camera Technica’s Vimeo channel stuck a laser pointer on the top of a Canon 7D and took this video, showing just how much the camera moves when you’re holding it or taking a picture. Not exactly scientific, but it’s worth watching. Read More

  • Behind The Scenes: Constructing An F/0.95 Voigtlander Nokton Lens

    If you’re interested in lenses at all, this video is worth a watch. While the high-volume output of the Canons and Zeisses out there is amazing, Cosina’s F/0.95 25mm prime (sold under the Voigtlander brand) is a bit more old-school. Every piece is assembled by hand, manually cleaned and oiled, and tested individually for flaws. The result is one fantastic lens. Read More

  • Video Review: Element Case Vapor Pro Short version: The original Element Case Vapor certainly looked slick, but it had problems accepting larger 1/8″ headphone plugs — like the original iPhone. The latest revision, the Vapor Pro, addresses some of the complaints, but there is still an issue with the design. Read More

  • Some Railgun Porn For Your Friday

    Back in December we heard about the “Mach 7″ railgun developed by the Navy. Looks like the private sector is hard at work on these things as well, as shown by this video. In fact, the two systems appear to be very similar: the “bullet” is flanked by a pair of break-away shells that help launch the payload properly. This one also shows the whole launch module more… Read More