Dropping Science: The Fastest Robot Alive

 

In a story that would fit quite nicely into a comic book, Boston Dynamics sprinting Cheetah Robot this week shattered the robot land speed record with a staggering speed of 28.3 MPH. That’s impressive enough when you consider that the previous record (also set by Cheetah) was a mere 18mph but downright terrifying when you realise that it also out paces the human land speed record held by Usain Bolt (why is 27.9 for those keeping score).

That’s right, science has given us a robot cheetah that can chase you down no matter how fast you run. So long as you only run on a treadmill, underneath a stabilising boom and within reach of a mains power supply.

For more info on the project, visit www.BostonDynamics.com

Suck it Asimo!

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First Trailer for Adorable-Larceny-Based-Old-Man-and-the-Droid Movie Robot and Frank

At the age of 31 (coming up 32) I’m already a little bemused by modern tech. I know how to operate my I-Phone pretty well but I’m too scared to put the RAM chips I bought with my current Mac in case I break it – meaning I’m using a potentially high end piece of kit like a neanderthal using an IPAD to beat a passing mammal over the head. I’m aware that there are 7 year olds who know how to use In Design better than I can. A bit of education should sort that out (keep an eye on future Diary of a Bum Artist blogs for further details) but I can appreciate that at some point technology is going to pass me by. Which is why newly released / sightly delayed film Robot and Frank kind of appeals.

Ol’ geriatric Frank (Frank Langella) is being left behind by all the crazy tinpot developments in the world in a fairly plausible future in Sundance success Robot and Frank. Of course old Frank is a thief and finds uses for Robot that we probably wouldn’t’ve thought of but certainly makes good movie plots as he attacks the twats that plague him in the world the only way he knows how. And tries it on with Susan Sarandon (well you would wouldn’t you…)

Here’s the blurb:

Frank (Frank Langella) a retired jewel thief gets a new lease on life when he is introduced to a surprising new companion. With the help of his new friend, he attempts to woo a local librarian (Susan Sarandon) and resume his criminal escapades. ROBOT & FRANK is directed by first time filmmaker Jake Schreier, written by Christopher Ford (TVs “Atom TV”), and produced by Galt Niederhoffer, Sam Bisbee, Jackie Kelman Bisbee and Lance Acord.

Directed by Jake Schreier and penned by Christopher D. Ford, Robot and Frank will be in US theaters on August 24th – though if it’ll see a UK release is anyone’s guess….

Watch a man turn into a blowfish in a short film (Fugu and Tako)

Watch as a man turns into a human pufferfish, but carries on with his normal life, in Ben West’s short film Fugu & Tako. The pufferfish man sings karaoke, drinks with the ladies, and passes out on a train (note the gills!). The detail is so intense you can even see the tiny stubble on the Pufferfish Man’s face.
West is a part of the Australian visual effects studio Robot. This is just the trailer, but let’s hope the full short film is out soon. Reminds us of a certain Moon faced boy… named Moon!! Turning heads into other stuff is fun!!

Destroy All Robots 1: Eve

Trading Card design introducing one of the characters from Destroy all Robots by Darrin Grimwood, a novel in which a disparate group of robots specialised for specific industries are pitched against each other in a televised fight to the wrecking yard on an isolated Island on the South China Sea. Completed in 2010, Darrin is currently pitching the idea in the US. More info is available at http://www.destroyallrobots.com.

Destroy All Robots 3: Tooth Fairy

Trading Card design introducing one of the characters from Destroy all Robots by Darrin Grimwood, a novel in which a disparate group of robots specialised for specific industries are pitched against each other in a televised fight to the wrecking yard on an isolated Island on the South China Sea. Completed in 2010, Darrin is currently pitching the idea in the US. More info is available at http://www.destroyallrobots.com.