'Tesla Suit' hopes to add full-body touch to your VR experience (Tomorrow Daily 178)On today's show, Ashley and Khail discuss a set of VR modules looking to add the sense of touch to your virtual experiences, a device that makes meals in 30 seconds with freeze dried food pods and an artistic take on drone flight.
On today's show a robotics company tries to show us that drones can be beautiful. And the Star Trek replicator has become a reality and [UNKNOWN] consume, like consumers can get it too. Weird. And also a virtual reality The accessory that is kind of like a suit that gives you haptic feedback. We're gonna tell you how it works. Just don't get shot. It's Tomorrow Daily. [MUSIC] Greetings, citizens of the internet. Welcome to Tomorrow Daily, the best geek talk show in the known universe. I'm Ashley Esqueda. Joining me as always, Khail Anonymous. One of the best. How's it going? Well the best is great. Yeah. Plus, yeah. We're gonna actually talk this time. Instead of yesterday, we were like, sup. Yeah. Sup, sup. I like how our small talk today, is talking about yesterday. How we didn't talk. Our non-small talk. Yep. It's really good. And I [NOISE]. And that's it. Lets hit the headlines. [NOISE] [APPLAUSE] We're really, we're really getting out of that. It's so meta. So much faster now. It's so good. It's so meta! Okay. I gotta tell you about this crazy virtual reality accessory. This is pretty cool. So there's a UK company called Tesla Studios, no relation to Elon Musk's car and battery company. They are making what they call the Tesla suit. And I thought at first this was sort of like a Faraday cage like suit where you have the chain mail. No this is a virtual reality suit. This is a, a suit designed to give you a full body haptic feedback experience in a virtual world. Meaning you put these things on, you put these little sensors on, these modules and as you're walking around in virtual reality. You can not only touch things in virtual world, virtual things can touch you. So that's a little bit scary. That's a little bit awesome. A little bit awesome as well. It's the scare sighting and so okay. It starts off with a T-belt, so you got this belt and there is all these different modules that go on different parts of your body. The T-belt is the main control unit, it is wireless it connects to pretty much everything like PCs, consoles, smart phones, VR headsets and that stuff. Wow This is, these are all the different modules that have so you can see there's two ar- two modules on each arm, two on each leg and then the belt and then the gloves, the t-glove So the T gloves provide tactic feed back for touching things, so reaching out and touching stuff. And you can see how it works is, if, they also do things like heat. They can heat up or cool down, so if there's cool air touch you, like they'll cool down. [INAUDIBLE] needs the [INAUDIBLE] fan to cool down. And it will also do things like track muscle movement, temperature, posture. Also machine washable for those of you out there looking for something something convenient. Mm-hm. You can clean it very easily. And then, the bands for the arms and legs, you can all see from motion capture, motion capture system. Various points that deliver a range of blows and heat so lets say you even grass brush up against your legs in Fable, those virtual Fable worlds, okay? Well then you'll feel light kind of haptic feedback. Well lets say then maybe you go over to Call of Duty and you get shot in the arm. You're going to get a much stronger feedback on that arm. It's going to like hit you, you're going to feel like you got hit by something, which is kind of crazy. Unfortunately, each piece will be it's own module and each module will be sold separately, so they're not going to sell it as like 1 big piece And the first modules will hit the market this year, they're saying. They want to do it this year. Which is pretty crazy. And then how much? No word yet on pricing or, or specific availability dates or which modules will launch first. Maybe they will only do the Bell and then The other bands will come later or maybe they'll do them all at once, we don't really know. So their website is up and like I said. It's like all or nothing with this, honestly. It's kind of all or nothing, but here's like, here's somebody using one of the bands and it does seem to be kind of working and that's the, oh balloon is popping, okay, so you're going to kind of feel that as you like pop the balloons and stuff, so I thought this was like really fascinating. That is a huge bound by by far. Yeah. I mean if you remember that we covered a story where these people made this mask that you can smell in virtual reality? FeelReal. They were like, it's the future. But no, this, these people are like you're gonna put you inside of it. This is cool. And you're actually gonna feel everything. Yeah. And no cables. All wireless. So it's pretty neat. And that's really cool. Which brings us to our hashtag of the day Which is TDTESLAVR. I wanna know, like, are you in on this? Are you gonna use it? I feel like this is something I'm looking at that I feel, is really cool, but I'm like, I don't know if I'd buy that. Why not? Well I guess I'd have to see what the games are like in virtual reality first. So basing it on nothing? Well I mean, I feel like I'm hedging my bets a little bit and that's fair. That's a fair assessment. I'm hedge better. [LAUGH] Ok. This is an awful lot like ready player one. And I know I keep bringing that up but the, it's It was about full and complete immersion. And if we're gonna do virtual reality, might as well, right? I mean this isn't gonna make you bleed if you get shot. It's not gonna like, you're just gonna feel it. And it's gonna be, I mean if you're gonna be doing vir Virtual reality might as well go full emerge, and that's all I'm saying, and this is awesome. I hate that it's all separated and you have to buy it piece by piece. When you said it I felt like it was just going to be one suit. One suit. You put it on. And what is that, Laura Croft? Yea. Ok, now I want this. Oh come on! Don't, oh. Oh, I thought they were going to. Yea. I thought they were too. Reach for the stars, I think they are. But anyway, go ahead. You know what I'm going to do? I'm going to buy you this for your birthday next year. And I'm gonna have it. But that was like, two days ago. I know that. But I'm gonna have it sewn into like a morph suit, so you can just put it all on in one go. And then it's like, have it sewn into a suit. That's what I'm saying. It, that's what it's missing. Like yeah, just, listen, guys. Tesla Studios, if you're watching this. Here's our suggestion. Do an add-on for a bod, like a body suit. So just sew in all the things and then like, or have like little Like pa, pouches on each of the arm bands except for you can like, slide it in and then slide them out and wash them. That's my, that's my idea. You can have it that for free. I want it. So that's, that's the tell us would we wear this thing? Yeah, what, are you, is this, are you in? It's kind of weird. How about what would you want to experience in this. Okay. Yeah. In the Tesla VR. So #TDTESLAVR. Yeah, T-D Tesla V-R. What would you want to experience? What's the experience? Lara Croft, my vote. Done, sorry done, you're not going to be able to do that, you're in. Go on a date with her, we go see a bad movie and we both hate it and it goes poorly and we break up. It's a whole cycle, it's the cycle of life, don't be sad, don't be sad. Even my virtual life sucks. Oh no, what about the Star Trek replicator? So you saw it That. So, you like future stuff, well I got another story for you, because I want to tell you about a little device called the Genie. Ok, so, the Star Wars replicator. Can you describe the Star Wars replicator? It's Star Trek. Star Trek replicator. Star Trek, sorry. And it's a little device and it has these like, it's kind of, it's a little bit like the Jetsons in way, like, you know, where you put in this little like pod and you get food. Anyway. A full meal. So this device called the Genie Is basically that, if you think of the Keurig that you may have in your house, you put a little coffee filter thing and you put a coffee cup in there. Oh yeah. And then it shoots the hot water through it? This kind of runs the same exact way, you put a pot in that's freeze dried food and then it creates a full meal in like 30 seconds No. Yeah, so what's great about this app great about this device is it works with an app. Okay. [INAUDIBLE] app. So that you can control it with an app. And there's a lot of ways that you can kind of tailor it to how you live your life. So if you don't like If you're like allergic to gluten or dairy or egg free, like they'll build it around that. Oh. And it kind of learns to the point that it will eventually, the Genie will know your microbio and will prepare food for you directly. That's creepy. So that's, that's, I like this. You know, what's with this, okay, these are. There's ramen, chocolate souffles. There's a lot of stuff that they're developing right now. They're preparing for mass production already. Ooh. There's no price or release date. You can buy it. Yeah. It's gonna be expensive. But they said it's gonna cost like a couple hundred bucks. Well, okay, that's not terrible. Yeah, that's not- Pay 200 bucks for a Keurig. That's not bad at all. And Yeah, they're saying that the, the, the pods that are coming with it will actually be, like, comparable to an actual meal so. The price. Spaghetti will, like, be comparable in price. Ten bucks or something. To you know, the pod of spaghetti. I guess the only thing we're missing here is how do they taste. How do they taste? And also- 'Cuz it, because it sounds like an amazing idea, and I'm totally in on this. Like, I totally want to do this. I love this. I think this is very Jetsons-like. The, the food-replicator in Star Trek is like, food synthesis. So it like synthesizes items. Yeah. Anyway, my question is this, like they show in this video from Reuter's, and that's where we found the story, Reuter's, so, thank you, Reuter's. They show this video, and they show these, like, plated dishes. Yeah, and they look beautiful. But the thing is in this, in this little pod, that's not the case. You're not going to be able to like pick out all the things and put it on a plate, so it's just going to be, like, a pile of mush kinda. Mm-hm. Not unlike Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Yeah. Where it's like you eat the gobstop, or the you eat the gum and it like gives you all the meals. But it's just one piece. It's like. Look. Mush. But that taste like that plated thing. Look, this is just, this is just a fancy way of doing microwave dinners. This is- That's really all it is. It's just- Next level Top Ramen, guys. It's just heating up your food in a little- [LAUGH] It's just putting it in a pod- Boop. And making it- And, and, and another thing is This is I don't know if you've ever heard of MREs. Yes, it's edible. The military uses these things called meals ready to eat. And basically they have a, a pouch of food, then they put it in a hot water packet for I'd say about five minutes and pull it out and they have the little mushy food. Food. That's all this is, so. So I wonder if this would be a really good thing for like emerging markets, I mean if they could keep it cheap, like this could be something really cool. And also I mean college students, let's talk about that. Like, just a little something actually in a dorm room. Yeah. You like put your little Keurig [CROSSTALK] That's why I think it'd be work best as, is like, people that don't know how to cook and people that don't have a whole lotta time to cook. And that's especially why I think it's important that they have the dietary and gluten stuff because, Good point. if you're busy and on the go, a lotta the time you don't, you can only eat like, fast food and like, junk food and don't really have time to eat healthy. Yeah. So Yeah. No. I like it for, as far as the health. That's pretty good. Benefits. So there you go. Hm. All right. But we'll see. We shall see. They're still, they're mass producing them. We'll see how much it costs, if it tastes good, so. Send it to us. We'll try it out on the air, we'll try it out. I like it. I like it. The Genie. The Genie. Okay, I want to tell you about dancing with, dancing with drones, which is a, a little short That kind of short film, i guess. So, Colmott Robotics wanted to show people that drones do not always necessarily have to be associated with surveillance, and military use. They wanted to show that drones could potentially make something really beautiful and they did that with dancing. With drones, which this is really cool. Oh, that's great. So this comes from choreographer Nina Cove, and some biological [UNKNOWN]. There are seven to ten automated drones. They are autonomous drones, I'm sorry, completely non automated. They do not have any preprogrammed routes, and what they do is they respond to a human dancer on the ground Outdoors, so they, they take these drones outside, this guy's dancing. And as he's dancing, he has a wearable the, that he's wearing, that communicates with the drones and they dance, which sort of makes him like, the leader of the drones. And so he's spinning and stuff and so now the drones are going around in circles. And they, so they made this system that basically tells the drones This guy, the, the main person with the wearable on, is, is one, is a drone. Like they're, they consider through the computer that he is a drone, like that's what they, the drones are set up to believe. And, so, beyond that, beyond it just being like, sort of the beauty of drones and being able to kind of show off this technology One of the other things their doing, the, the, physicists are studying multiple drones in the sky and how they interact with each other because they think that at some point there's a very high likelihood that we would have multiple drones in the sky all at once from different Parties. And they want to make sure that like you know, they can study sort of how they move in the sky and relate to each other and kind of send each other data and things like that. So I thought that was really cool. It's, it's a super short story. It's not anything like super deep or You know, but anything that's like, oh, this goal and like, in the future we're gonna have like drones that are your friends that dance. No, they're not. I just, they wanted to show that drones could also make something very beautiful and artistic and also it doesn't hurt that they get some data about multiple drones up in the sky. What do you know? Yeah. I thought it was just some guy that had too many drones. Well, there are. [CROSSTALK] really into dancing. I mean I. No, but It was It was cool. Except for he was a little, he got a little too into it. He was into it, listen- It was pretty cool. When you're a dancer you gotta commit, and that guy committed. He was, they could, please, yes. Please send us your drone interpretive dance. So but- Because I think it'd be great. But that's cool. That's a cool way to test it. That is a, I think it's a good way, yeah. A cool artistic way to test it. Yeah cool artistic way to test it. I mean it looks beautiful. It's really cool to watch. I, I just really enjoyed it. So that's it for our headlines. We're going to be right back with Mod Squad which is kind of like an art Statistic mods, I don't know, it's a stretch this week, I'm sorry, like I really liked this and I wanted to show it off, so, and then we have of course your user feedback and finally about Nintendo and their theme park. Oh, okay. And then we have of course our phone caller for the day so don't click away, it's Tomorrow Daily. [MUSIC] Welcome back to the show. We have returned. It is a Wednesday, which means we like to talk about modifications that people make and and the cool things that come out of them. So this is mod squad. [NOISE] Such a good graphic. I, I noticed a mistake that I made. I mean, we'll have to go back and fix that. Better fix that. If you spot the mistake, you win a high five from us. I got to tell you about Mark Hagan Geary, he's better know online as The Paper Dandy, I don't know if you've heard of this. No I haven't. I love that name. Yeah. It's delightful, The Paper Dandy. Delightful. He works in an art form called Kirigami, I don't know if you've ever heard of this. Which is, I'm sure you've seen it online, if you are of any, if you love looking up really cool stuff. [FOREIGN] is cutting out 1 sheet of paper into a beautiful 3D sort of portrait and this guy made his favorite scenes from Star Wars. Awesome. These are all made from single sheets of paper, he cuts out the shapes and folds them up so that they make this sort of 3D landscape He did all of these scenes on each scene is on one single piece of A4, so it's a little over 8 and a half by 11 inches. And yeah, look at that, he cut that out of paper. God. And his only tools are an X-ACTO Knife, a metal ruler, and a cutting mat. The fit. And so he wants, I, I figured this was kind of a Mod Squad, cuz he's modifying paper. I'm like, he's modding paper, right? Right. Yeah, yeah. So he, he backlights them. He has these really cool art exhibitions. He's been doing this for a very long Time, like this is sort of his thing. And and so what he wants to do right now is cut scene, which is the name of his new exhibit. This is the Star, look at Jabba's bar. Wow! It's like, unbelievable. It's just so fricking cool how great this is. On, and he wants to make this an exhibit that travels around. He's looking for funding so of course he's on KickStarter. And as of right now he's pretty close. Like, I wanna say he was within a few thousand dollars of getting fully funded but I mean, god, what, what an amount of work that went into this. I can't believe. I mean this guy's just so talented. It's amazing. And yeah, he's like, I'm not, not officially affiliated at all with Lucasfilm. I'm not making a profit on this, like, this is basically, the funding is just to take the project out and show it to people and go on a little tour. my god that is amazing unreal I can't even take the time to make a paper airplane is because making it star battles and what not I know is making Java party barge it's incredible I mean I would love to see those actually I hope he gets to take it around yeah he's he's in the UK and I am hoping that maybe he brings Money he's able to bring to the states with the the kickstarter funding. So, but like I said he's got, I think he's got, I, I want to say last I checked it was like three, three or four thousand dollars left. He's asking for around 25 grand. Can you see him like board the plane with just like a stack of papers? [LAUGH] I know and everyone [CROSSTALK] I'm going to my exhibit! These are my art, this is my art, has a stack of papers and is like, whoop! And then he flips them out. Yeah, I may have liked So yeah. Just super cool. Great work Paper Dandy. You are fantastic and we love what you do. I just, I thought it was amazing. I love the video too. Okay guys, we finally are going to talk about the Nintendo theme park and your thoughts on it. It is time now for user feedback. Feedback. [MUSIC] So many good ideas, like blowing my mind, making me crazy. I love all of them. Let's just call up Universal and implement them all immediately. Joe wrote it and said: hidden coins around the park that can be collected and used to play classic Nintendo games at an arcade near the food court. Oh, nice Boom, love that. Okay, all right. You could even do that with like an AR game. With like coins around the park, you'll collect them [CROSSTALK] That would be pretty fun to have an AR game sort of thing. Yeah. Neil wrote in and said, an extreme F-Zero racing rollercoaster, two cars, jumps, loops, super speed, and vomit bags! [LAUGH] I think you would definitely need that last one. Yeah, you I don't know about you, but I didn't survive on F-Zero very often. So there's probably a lot of death too. [LAUGH] Yeah, the death toll. They just put, instead of you must be this tall to ride, it's like instead of a million burgers served. They're just like, this is the death toll ramp. [LAUGH] Yeah. Zero. Todays death toll. Like it keeps going up in a counter, Martin Rodin said this is my first tweet but a mix of practical, first time tweet but a mix of practical effects AR to take to Hyrule form The Legend of Zelda. See that's cool I I like that that everybody is using the AR. Yeah, like AR and I love this idea of rollercoaster that sort of changes like once a year like the AR changes and like you can So like Legend of Zelda, you could a great Legend of Zelda past title and then in a couple of years you could push it the new Legend of Zelda game. Yea. Like that would be pretty awesome. Joseph Thomas wrote in and said StarFox: Arwing Arwing Assault! Think of the Rip RideRockit rollercoaster with a VR display and way more barrel rolls. I knew he was gonna say barrel rolls in there somewhere. Love that. Yeah. And also, I mean, instead of building a Or you can just, there can just be a barrel ride and they're like, ha, it's a barrel ride. Can you just wait Barrel No, not the barrel roll. But that got me thinking like you wouldn't even have to build a full roller coaster if it was VR. You could just put in like star tours. You have the simulation. You're right. And just have your VR headset and you'd look around during the ride and stuff and it would just be. You would just be in a little simulator. Amazing. Or they could go the route of Like the Buzz Lightyear ride, and you actually have to shoot down- Oh, that'd be so good. And amazing stuff like that. And he's like, then you hear- See, isn't it fun to pretend? And then you hear, do a barrel roll! And it feels like you did a whole barrel roll- Yeah. And you're like, shooting. Oh, that'd be so amazing! Okay, and then Justin lastly wrote in And said, a Star Fox single seat roller coaster in the cockpit of an Arwing that has screens to make you feel like you're in the game. Yea. I love that. Yea. Screens, little screens, [UNKNOWN] not be a big [UNKNOWN] everything. So yea, really good, oh and he said also make it with four different roller coasters weaving between each other [LAUGH] so you can have four player co-op. Great for high scores! Good point Good point. Excellent, excellent choices guys, you guys really kind of crushed it on this one, so great one. Of course, we knew that. Yeah we knew you guys would do that and of course, because we're all done with user feedback, it's time for our very last piece, which is time for our Phonetographer of the Day. [MUSIC] I can't wait for next week because I've already picked out a couple of Phonetography Pictures, and one of them in particular, I'm just, I'm so excited for you to see. Okay. All right. This is actually from Ashley so, great name. [LAUGH] Ashley says, hi Ashley, nice name. Well, thank you. I, after I came home crying from the first day of school and said Ashley was a girl's name, Mum said boys were spelled L-E-Y. I'm beginning to believe I've been duped. [LAUGH] you weren't. It actually, I swear, it used to be a boy's name, its just, we got, I'm sorry, girls took it over. I took this at Semicore Beach, Adelaide, Australia. It's the last commercialized beach before industrial forces had settled on the northeast corner of the city. It has an old timey low budget cinema, water slide, mini golf and restaurant. I live 20 kilometers away, but there's a 90 kilometer Per hour expressway going to it from my house. Took this on a LG G3. I feel as bad about a bridge shot as some people should feel about instagram filters. Cheers, Ash. I like this guy. I like. Yeah, I like. This is a great picture. Gorgeous. Beautiful. Makes me wanna go. I've never been, have you been to Australia? No. I'm scared to be a giant spider. Not be a [UNKNOWN]. Or giant spiders. Hm. Yeah. There's a lot of deadly things in, in Australia that, that aren't pictured in this, but they're right behind the camera. Yes. And underwater, too. They're under the water. There about to come after Ashley, yeah. No, this is a great photo. I like the color. I love it. I like the composition. Yeah. It does look like a filter. I like it a little aqua. I like that you didn't send her that bridge. Like that's the pier. Yeah, that, that should redeem it for you, Ashley. By the way,I think when you get older, having Ashley as a name is awesome, like its cool. Yea, It's pretty great. Like, as a kid I'm sure it's hard because you get made fun of. Yea, but it's a boy named Sue type of thing, but it's like as you get older, it's pretty great. Like, you're a guy named Ashley. I don't know a dude, like a grown up dude named. Named Sue really is all that cool. Have you heard, have you ever heard of that song? I've heard that song, but he was angry even until he died. I know, I know, but I'm saying Ashley is a pretty cool name. It was the guy's name in Gone With the Wind. It made him tough, right? Yeah. So you think Ashley's tough? Yeah. Well he lives in Australia and is still alive. Tha's right. Guys got to be tough. He's probably riding a spider right now. A huntsman spider. Lassoed onto a spider and he rides it around. He takes that, that expressway is actually for spiders, No. it's not for cars. Ninety kilometer an hour spider expressway. [LAUGH] Oh, if you guys want to send in your photography, you can always email us. We're firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also send over other stuff if you want. Story ideas and whatnot. And if you wanna find us on social media we are Tomorrow Daily pretty much everywhere on the internet. Just look up social, just look up Tomorrow Daily on YouTube, iTunes, whatever. And don't forget to follow us on our own personal twitters @ [UNKNOWN] and @ [UNKNOWN]. And that's it for the show today. We will be back tomorrow With a brand new docket of weird, wonderful, exciting, science fact/science fiction stuff. We're gonna go throw Khail's shoe at Producer Logan, for no particular reason other than it's Wednesday and that's what we feel like doing. Also we have a surprise for you tomorrow, and it's gonna It's gonna be pretty awesome, so don't miss tomorrow's show. Bye. [MUSIC]