Winged drone lands gracefully...on top of a moving car (Tomorrow Daily 303)A drone without landing gear touches down on a moving vehicle, and the Sundance film festival expands its virtual-reality program.
[MUSIC] Greetings citizens of the Internet. Welcome to Tomorrow Daily, the best geek talk show in the known universe. I'm Ashley Esqueda. And I'm Jeff Cannata. And today is Monday. We're going to hit you headlines as we do every Monday through Wednesday. It's kind of like your homework for the week. Yeah and then on Thursday we are going to take our three favorite topics and we are going to deep dive into them. Not unlike Scrooge McDuck in his vault. And at 45 minute long, amazing tech music extravaganza, and we might welcome again. Yeah and since this is Monday, let's get right to those headlines. [MUSIC] You've seen drones land precisely on targets here and there, but this drone landed exactly on top of a moving car. The Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics at the German Aerospace Center recently landed a 10 foot wide, winged drone on a car that was moving 47 miles an hour. The car was equipped with a large net on top of it to sort of catch the drone as it landed, and the drone used sensors and an optical tracking system to match the car's speed as it touched down smoothly. The goal here is to find ways to land unmanned aerial vehicles without any landing gear, which would increase a drone's range and allow for heavier payloads, like scientific equipment or even retail products. The car was operated by a human driver, but the team does believe that a robotic driver could complete this task in the future. That's all we need is robots delivering stuff to robots on the move. It's just a robot to robot economy. Yeah, I can't wait for the next Terminator movie. [LAUGH] Just Arnold Schwarzenegger getting a AK-47 delivered via drone- On the road! While he's on the, yeah, perfect. Hey, Sundance is going on right now, the film festival and there's a lot of excitement in the VR space. New Frontier is a special program designed to feature virtual reality experiences and storytelling at Sundance. This year, hundreds of entries will whittle down to a handful of excellent effort. Including music videos, narrative fiction, documentaries and avant garde experiences. One of the installations called, The Leviathan Project aims to bring the novels of the same name to life through VR and augmented reality, combining virtual reality and motion tracking gloves for an even more immersive experience. If you have Google Cardboard, you can download the Sundance VR app. And watch the finalists until February 12th. I'm convinced VR is going to be huge, not just for video games, but for all media and all entertainment, don't you agree? Yeah, people at Sundance are really excited about this and apparently there are tons of exhibits that you can check out in person, like the leviathan project that look. Incredible. They look amazing. It's just the beginning. It is just the beginning. And if you guys want to talk about either of the subjects we discussed on today's show either of our headlines. You can use #HEYTD. We love it when you shout at us via Twitter and if we like what you say Say in your shout, we might throw it into our Thursday episode and talk about your comments on the show. Yeah, which would de delightful. But for now, speaking of delightful, let's check out our phonetographer of the day [MUSIC] Today's phone-tograhper of the day is Austin, who sent in this picture which he took with his Galaxy S5. Austin wrote to us and said, "Hey, Jeff and Ashley, my name is Austin and these are some pictures of the Golden Isles that I took with my Galaxy S5 and of course I give my full permission to use my photos in your show." Also you should have a dronetographer segment for pictures taken with drones. I think we should have a dronetographer segment. 100%. I'm embarrassed to say I don't know where the Golden Isles are. They are right next to the Silver Isles. Well that makes sense then. I don't know where they are either. [LAUGH] They look amazing. Americans are bad at geography, we are terrible at it. Thanks public education. Yeah, thanks public education. I can't even say it. I'm, just because [LAUGH] it's not great. It's not great. I'm not educated. If you guys wanna send in your phonetography or dronetography, hey listen, we're down for that too. Please email us firstname.lastname@example.org. Give us permission to use it on the show, tell us what device you took it with, and tell us a little story about it, cuz we love your stories. Yeah, we love those stories. Hey, you wanna talk to us on Twitter, you wanna talk to us for any other reason, we're all there. Ashley's there, I'm there, Logan's there, the show's there. All the information is in front of you. We'd love to hear from you, so be sure to do that. Yeah and that's it for today's show. We'll be back tomorrow with a brand new docket of wonderful science facts meeting science fiction. But until then, be good humans. Bye till next. Bye. Bye. [SOUND] [MUSIC]