Man bikes across the UK...in VR (Tomorrow Daily 405): Tomorrow Daily
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Synchronized dancing robots break a world record; also, a man combines a stationary bike, Google Street View and a VR headset for a virtual adventure.
[BLANK_AUDIO] Greetings citizens of the internet. Welcome to Tomorrow Daily, the best tech talk show in the universe. I'm Ashley Esqueda. And I'm Jeff Cannata and it's time for headlines. First, the robots came for our jobs and now it turns out they're coming for our world record. Ever Win Company and Limited made 1,007 robots all dance together, breaking the previous Guinness World Record for most robots dancing simultaneously, by almost double the number of robots. So how did they make it happen? Every robot was controlled by a single mobile device. An encryption technology assured that there would be no interference from nearby devices. They had to complete a synchronized dance for a full minute. A handful of robots couldn't keep up, but more than enough made it through the time To capture the new record, besting Chinese company UBTech Robotics' 540 robot record. Will this start a new dancing robot race between companies? Only time will tell. I like this kind of technology race. If we're gonna make robot armies, let's make them dance. I think, yes. I think dancing is what they should do. I think all wars could be solved by dance competitions with robots. [LAUGH] Yeah. I think that is the most delightful robot story I've seen in a while. Ever since VR started gaining traction, we have literally been waiting for a story just like this, Aaron Puzey Is a game developer with a very specific mission. He wants to bike across Britain but he's not jumping on to a frame and hitting the road, no no he wants to make the trip while staying in one place and never leaving his house. Using a Samsung Gear VR headset, A cadence monitor and an exercise bike, Jose uses Google Street Maps for a surreal but interesting VR ride across the UK. He started the journey back in May and recently reached the halfway point. He's been keeping a diary of his travels and says he has a new appreciation for nausea in VR after getting Sick a few times while riding. It's definitely not a perfect process, there are lots of glitches and weirdness while [UNKNOWN] rides through the areas. But it's a start toward virtual reality applications made for this sort of tourism slash exercise. Well, clearly we're not there yet cuz he's puking! Well, yeah. But I mean, you could argue that if you bike too hard you make yourself sick anyways in real life. I guess, but man. I don't know. He didn't realize how much he would get sick cuz apparently he found that he is very sensitive. Que nausea. Well, also, they're not using an app that's dedicated for this. It's not made for that, no. Right. It's using just janked together Google Maps. Of course you're gonna throw up. Janked together Google street maps with these white cubes that look like you're playing Pac-Man. Yeah, of course you're gonna throw up. I'm sure the frame rate is awful, too. It's like come on, bro. So what do you like more, dancing robots or? I mean I think the VR one bears more conversation. Yeah. The dancing VR robots are adorable, but I think that VR bikes and exercise and People talk about doing bike yours in Italy and in the UK and stuff and this exactly that except it's very sort of primitive. Yeah, I like it. I like the marriage of active VR and I also like the idea of being able to visit places and do things that we normally couldn't. That's pretty cool. Yeah, so if you guys were gonna use an exercise machine to explore an area of the world, where, in fact, would it be. You #HEYTD. VR rowing machine rowing down the Amazon. I would say a rowing machine, but at the Great Barrier Reef cuz you know Google Maps can go underwater there. So that's really cool. That's good too. Don't forget heyTD as the hashtag, hit us up on Twitter. Tell us what you would want to do for exercise in virtual reality cuz I'm dying to know. Yes! You can also follow us individually on twitter @Ashleysketa, @JeffCanada. Yes. That being said everybody it's time for our phonetographer of the day. [MUSIC] Today's phonetographer is Scott who took this glorious photo on his iPhone 5S. Scott wrote us an email and said Ashley, Jeff, and producer Logan, I'm deeply saddened of the news that Tomorrow Daily will no longer be part of my dreary existence. I've enjoyed the show since the very beginning. And without the sparkling ray of light your show brings, I may have to resort to actually doing my job to fill the time. What? As a parting gift, I thought I would share the best photo I ever took. This was taken back on the morning of December 7th, 2013, on my old iPhone 5s, as I was flying from Sacramento to Los Angeles. You of course have my permission to use it on the show, missing you guys already. Scott. Pronounced like hot but with an SC instead of an H. Aw, I love that he gave us a pronunciation. Scott, you're a real joker. Yeah, we like it. I love it. Awesome photo. Whenever I fly and I get to see that blanket of clouds, I always feel like I could just dive into it and land softly. And bounce. I know, and just be hugged by the clouds. I agree, but you'd probably just fall through to your death. Probably. The reality. I'm sorry, I hate to just shatter your dreams. [LAUGH] I guess I won't leap out of the plane, then. [LAUGH] Don't do that, don't do that. So yeah, if you guys wanna send in your phonetography, we're accepting phonetographers until next week. Yep, and we're looking for the best picture you've ever taken, like Scott did. The best, Scott, Scott. And you can email them email@example.com. Yeah. And you have to do four things. Four things. Let us know how to pronounce your name, like Scott did. We'll they've got. Tell us what device you took it on. So, we know cuz we like tech. Yes. Give permission to use it on the show because we don't like lawsuits. Legal check mark. [LAUGH] And a little story about why this is the best photo you've ever taken. Indeed, and if you wanna like shade some of the other photos and be like, no, no, mine, this is why mine is not only the best photo. It's also better than everyone else's. Wow. Throw down. Listen let's throw down. Now's the time. [LAUGH] We're in the last week and a half of the show. Yeah. So, once again, we'll be spinning down Tomorrow Daily on the 18th that's next Thursday. Jeff will not be here tomorrow or Thursday. So, make sure you get in your stuff ASAP so we can discuss and check things out early next week. That is it for today's show. I will be back tomorrow with a brand new docket of science facts and science fiction. But until then. Be good humans. See you guys next time. Bye.