Man-made meteor showers for Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games (Tomorrow Daily 228)
On today's show, a big giant Light Bright for adults, man made meteors for The Tokyo Olympic games.
And a big step forward in Virtual Reality.
As in actual steps.
I see what you did there.
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I'm Ashley Esqueda, joining me as always, the sock king, Khail Anonymous.
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I miss You yesterday and fooling it out with Matt Damon, but I was sitting and talking to him and sometimes I kinda wish this was Khail.
I don't think you really set up that you were hanging out with Matt Damon.
Yeah, I'm sorry.
And then you kind of just dropped it in the conversation.
I tweeted about it yesterday.
I was at NASA JPL for an extended preview of The Martian which is a movie that's coming out, a Ridley Scott directed movie that's coming out October.
It looks like a comedy with Seth Rogen.
Yeah, it's got Jonah Hill and Seth Rogen.
They go on a wacky road trip in Mars.
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You're not allowed to talk about it though, you're [UNKNOWN]
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I don't want to give anything away but I got to see 50 minutes of the movie, the first almost hour and it was Really good.
I liked it a lot and I'm really excited to see the rest of the movie.
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And then I got to interview Matt Damon.
I got to talk to Andy Weir, the guy who wrote the Martian.
I got to talk to Dr.
Jim Green, who is
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I just wanted you to tell people what you thought of Martian.
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Can't wait to see it.
All right, that's enough spoiler for me.
Let's talk about other things from space that are manmade.
This is so awesome, I'm so excited that I get to come back to this story.
Spectacle is always kind of the name of the game at the Olympic opening ceremonies.
Like we would see these crazy opening ceremonies.
And every four years they get bigger and more expensive and everything.
So now there's the possibility we may see a man-made meteor shower over the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.
[CROSSTALK] Let me explain how they're going to do that.
This is kind of nuts.
This is a company called Star-Ale.
And this is an astronomer, her name's Dr. Raina Okijima.
She started this company and she thought it would be super cool if there could be a meteor shower on demand.
So what they do is they send up this satellite and it's filled with a material that Star Ale has created that burns very brightly as it re-enters the earth's atmosphere, creating A meteor shower for all intents and purposes.
If you're maybe a little younger or you are not sure how meteor showers are created.
They are created by minerals re-entering Earth's atmosphere and then they burn up.
And so you see them kind of [INAUDIBLE] sky.
That's what it looked like, so that's how they do it.
And doing stuff in terms of getting something in the sky at a specific place at a specific time, it's actually, they've been doing that for a really long time, for years and years and years.
And so, it's not that difficult to do, it's just a matter of creating the material that burns brightly enough for people to see.
In light polluted areas like Tokyo, for example.
A lot of light there, really hard to see stars.
So, that was what their goal was and it looks like they are ready to go forward with this.
And they have been working on it since 2011, but now they feel this new material that they're working with.
It's bright enough to where they can start kind of doing smaller, like meteor showers on demand for rich people and all that jazz.
Always sounds like such a weird concept, meteor showers on demand.
So they're aiming to do this with the Olympics, is what you're saying.
They want to pitch this to the Tokyo Olympic committee for the 2020 Olympic games.
And they feel that if they start doing this commercially next year-
They'll have enough time to make it to perfect it.
I'm going to go ahead and ask the question that you're thinking.
No, we're not even worried about that.
Oh, cuz I know the cost.
But I don't even care about the cost, I'm worried about people getting hit by whatever's falling to Earth.
So these pellets are only one centimeter around, so they will burn up before they hit anything on the ground.
All it takes is one.
A pellet to be just a little too big when it gets produced.
Like they make it, like, oh that one's baseball size, and they don't even notice it.
No, I don't think so, and it's things that small definitely burn up in reentry, like theres no way it would get to the ground, and even if it did-
I'm just saying
Hurtling things towards the ground is probably going to have some hurdles to have to get approved.
I see, I see.
I don't- I, like- from what- for all intents and purposes from what they have said, this is very safe.
It all burns up, there's not-
It looks cool.
They would have to send pretty large pieces of this material, like they've specifically designed it to burn up in reentry.
They're really small pellets.
The satellite that carries them up, drops them not all at once.
It's not like, they didn't like fling them down or anything.
They just get released a few at a time.
So seems safe.
Apparently it's going to cost, the rumor is about $4 million to have this done, so Which is cheap in the sense of the cost of things that happen during
Of throwing garbage to the ground, yeah.
For bait, yeah of course.
But also pretty expensive for, you know, me and you.
So I don't think we'll be doing that for the second year anniversary tomorrow.
Yeah, it looks awesome
But it also looks really, really cool.
It looks awesome.
I think it's better than fireworks, but that's just my opinion.
But they haven't done it yet, right?
So they've done some testing.
I'm sorry, I don't mean to extend this.
So they tested?
But they're still perfecting it, they're still working on it.
And that brings us to our hashtag of the day which is TD2020.
TD2020 is our hashtag of the day.
And I wanna know because the Olympic Games will be in
In Tokyo, that year.
What super cool technology should be part of the open ceremonies in Tokyo?
They have robot battles that we're waiting to see happen.
I agree with that.
They should have robot battles as the start and that could even be an Olympic sport.
An Olympic sport, robot fights.
Yeah, and have Hugh Jackman there
[INAUDIBLE] Guide one of them, too.
Remember Real Steel, kids?
But yeah, so what other kinds of crazy technology would you wanna see in the opening ceremonies?
I think I would like to see hologram performers, like AKB48, no, no, no, like a full, do you know the Japanese pop group that's like
I think it's 48 girls.
It's a huge j-pop group.
I wanna see a big hologram performance by them.
Why wouldn't they just be-
Huge group of them.
Well, no, they could be, but it would be so cool if they were holograms.
I know, but you can project people that aren't alive.
I think Abraham Lincoln could be there and he-
Why would you.
You need Abraham Lincoln there?
You don't need him.
Why do you need people that already exist and live in the city performing it?
I know but you could have them like flying in the sky [INAUDIBLE] stuff that they couldn't normally do.
[INAUDIBLE] 20, 20.
So let's talk about virtual reality and how it's Taking a step forward as in my pun because it has to do with steps.
Now we are talking about immersion and virtual reality because people have made a lot of sort of harnesses and things so you can feel like your walking around in a virtual space.
Well there's a brand new contender to the field and it's called Katwalk.
Get on the runway.
And this one is.
Boasting that it doesn't have a lot of the harnesses that get in the way.
If you've ever tried on the Omni, you'll notice that there's like a bar completely around you in a circle.
It kind of hinders your movement.
If you were to swing your arms you'd be hitting the pole all the time.
Well, Kat Walk promises that there won't be anything like that.
Basically how it works is, as you can see, your harness From the top, it's kinda like-
Kinda, just kinda keeps you in place, so you don't run away.
Other ones kinda put you in like a, like a diaper-
I even said that, I did a little demo and I was like, oh it's like I'm wearing a diaper.
But, so this right now is on Kick Starter so it's not like really a thing.
Oh, let me back up and tell you before we start getting into the Kick Starter thing.
Another, look, you're looking at this and you're like, I don't want that giant
Thing in my house?>>> Yea me neither but they're actually promising that the newer like the ones they are going to make for the house will be a little bit smaller and they'll be able to lift up and fold away.
Look there's people playing Battle Field and Grand Theft Auto>>>Look at the seat>>> Yea>>> There's like a seat there too>>>Yea so hold on, we'll get to the seat in a second>>>Okay>>> so it's on Kickstarter right now, so it's not really a thing So the Kickstarter is at $599 will get you the platform.
Okay, that's not bad.
Then it comes with the platform, the harness, the sensors, and the shoes.
Competitively priced, right?
I think the Omni's about 300-ish.
This one is promising to do more.
And, you know, it comes with stuff.
And also, the hanging chair.
So they're saying, what they're saying is you can play games from the seat, and kind of like, I guess, rotate around, or you can And I don't know why I would ever do this, is you could just have the seat there and you could just have it there as another piece of furniture.
A very expensive piece of furniture.
You can just buy a chair, a folding chair.
They have them down at Big Lots, I know where you live if they have Big Lots.
They're talking ship date is April 2016, so this is our movement, I guess, into virtual reality immersion.
I don't know.
I like the concept, I like the idea.
I think it's important to Make people feel like they're not.
Oh for sure.
Like that free motion is really nice.
Like that was the one thing at the Omni that I was bummed about.
I hit my hands on the guard rail all the time.
Like if I moved them and I just [UNKNOWN] a lot like you guys know.
I just [UNKNOWN] a lot and so for me it was I was just hitting it all the time.
You're [UNKNOWN] right now.
I think for a lot of people already having the bulky headset and then potentially a wire and then a gun and then having this big, giant thing it's gonna be a big turn off.
I think once we start seeing that paired down.
But, you really have to try one of these things.
Again, just like a real car, when you try one of these on you'll see why it's super duper cool.
You'll get it.
You'll also get really tired and sweaty.
I promise you it gets intense.
So there you go.
That's pretty cool.
So, do you remember light bright.
Logan can we play that clip?
Do we have that?
Oh my God.
Do you remember light bright?
All right, so we'll stop with that.
Okay, so you remember Lite Bright
I have a love hate with it, yeah
I remember that being one of my like must have Christmas items one year, when I was a kid and so I love Lite Bright and now, so you can imagine my excitement when I saw this which is the Everbright, it is-
Lite-Brite that is way more high-tech than a kid's Lite-Brite.
So here it is.
This is pretty amazing.
It is over 40 times the size of a regular Lite-Brite.
It has 464 LED dials that have a huge range, basically every color in the rainbow.
You can create any color in the rainbow.
Any hue you want, you can just keep turning it until you get the color you want.
This one is at four feet high and eight feet wide.
Let me see.
This is a giant thing, this is a humongous thing.
You can walk up.
You can adjust the images.
You can create your light art, it's pretty cool.
You can scrub it, there's a reset button that'll just wipe the screen.
There are also pre-programmed animations.
So like it's not in use like nobody's messing with it.
You can just set up an animation.
You can get custom ones and all that stuff.
And so the cool thing about this is, as I was researching it, I'm like okay, that's awesome, I'm sure it's just some like art installation or prototype or whatever.
No, this is a real thing you can buy.
This is real, you can buy it, and I got really excited.
I got out my wallet, pulled out my credit card.
And then I saw the price.
The standard EverBrite, which is the one that you're seeing that's
Eight foot by four feet.
Five thousand dollars.
25 thousand dollars.
But don't worry, Cal, don't worry, that includes tax and shipping to anywhere in the U.S. Includes tax and shipping, so that's a pretty good deal.
Okay, so Beyonce and Jay-Z totally bought one.
Yeah, yeah, for Blue Ivy, of course.
You've got to have one of those for Blue Ivy.
Then I got excited because they said, oh wait, we have a mini version.
It's four by four.
And I was like awesome.
[UNKNOWN] that one.
Four by four?
Four feet by four feet.
Oh, I thought you meant four lights up.
And I just got really sad.
That's the one for Blue I.V. The other one's for Jay Z.
Jay Z. and Beyonce.
So, obviously, this is meant for corporations, like startups who want a really cool thing to put in their waiting lobby.
And rappers and their R and B princesses.
Rapper, yeah, of course.
Rich people, I don't know, oil barons, do we have any of those any more in the US, Rockefellers?
They're underground now.
So, yeah, super cool, but definitely out of my price range which is a bummer, but awesome to look at.
Hope that I see one at a business someday that I can at least play with.
Yeah, they probably won't let you touch it if it's $25,000.
Don't touch the art, don't touch the light installation please.
The Everbright is not a toy.
All right guys, we are going to take a quick break, but before we do, I just want to show you what exactly is happening with DARPA, I'm sorry I believe it's [UNKNOWN] well, I'll just show you, they're in [UNKNOWN] now, but it's gonna be over soon.
We'll be right back.
We're interested in getting this robot out into the world.
Out in the world is just a totally different challenge than in the lab.
You can't predict what it's gonna be like,
Welcome back to the show.
We have returned.
You know, it's Wednesday, it's the middle of the week, we like to talk about things that people are putting together in really weird, cool ways.
So, mod squad.
Have you seen Ferrofluid?
Are you familiar with it?
You may have seen it in a YouTube video.
Some people don't know exactly what the name is but when they see it they know what is is.
It's like a liquid.
Ferrofluid kind of floats in water and you could put a magnet on it and it changes shape.
Kind of cool.
I don't think I've seen that
Kind of really fun.
Show me it.
So it's really fun.
So, ferrfluid is a really interesting kind of material to play with.
Generally I've found there's not a lot of uses for it until now.
This guy, his name is Zelf Koelman created what he calls Ferrolic.
And so this looks very minimalist.
And you see there's a [UNKNOWN] you can manipulate how it moves and this is a desk clock.
So it uses Ferrofluid to tell the time, kind of like a living Rorschach test.
I think this is so beautiful and I would love to have this in my house So there's, the front of it looks very basic and very simple.
And you're gonna see it start forming the time soon.
You'll see what happens.
You can do designs and letters and things with the software.
So there's a faro reservoir in the back.
And there's some really strong electro magnets that manipulate the faro fluid and make it move around.
So there's the time.
This is the coolest thing ever.
It's pretty dope.
Oh my God.
I want it.
Like really bad.
That's super cool.
So that's in slow motion you can see the [UNKNOWN] being manipulated.
Being moved around by electromagnetic in the back.
How do I get this?
Okay so he's gonna make 24 of these.
Well, but there could be-
Okay, me, Beyonce, JayZ and Blue Ivy.
All right so that's four already, so there's 20 left.
Gwyneth Paltrow, we have John Rockefeller Junior, Junior, Junior, the 5th.
Johnny Underground, mole man.
[LAUGH] Okay, so he's gonna make 24 of these, limited edition [UNKNOWN].
They can be changed, [UNKNOWN] can be changed to show texts, shapes and transitions in addition to the clock aspect.
Pharos Pharalick>>oh my god [INAUDIBLE]
Well the hand made limited edition of twenty four is eighty three hundred bucks each so pretty expensive but>>But it's still not as expensive as the light bright>>as the light bright, but there is a light at the end of the tunnel here
I'm going to die?
He also hinted that there might be a Kickstarter in the future, which would, because it would be mass produced, make [INAUDIBLE] much less expensive and much more accessible to more people.
So if you want one and you don't want to pay $8300, if you don't even have $8300, which I definitely don't, laying around
Wait for the Kickstarter, because potentially there will be a Kickstarter.
I mean like, I'm impressed by lavalamps, and that's all this is, is just like a really cool programmable lava lamp.
I'd say yea, it's kinda like that.
I like it.
And it also is kinda scary it's like the symbiont from Spiderman, it kinda has it's own personality.
Man, I love it.
I love this thing.
It's just so cool.
So thank you Zelf.
So, yes, well done Zelf, high five to you and now we have to talk about, we have to talk about you, you cause you're great.
Sometimes, he can be maybe a jerk.
But I guess that's all of us, right?
You're not being a good human today.
I'm just [INAUDIBLE] some tough love.
So yesterday, we asked you what
television series or show would you like to experience in VR whether you be on the set or doing a live episode and that was hashtag TVVR.
So what do we got?
Alright, so we got Rick [UNKNOWN]
Says they should plan an old episode of #Friends in VR it would be nostalgic.
I like that.
You know, Friends is really popular and a lot of people, I think, would be super excited to sit in Central Perk.
Yeah, how you doin?
Well, you know, if you want to come visit L.A., on the Warner Bros.
lot they have a recreation of Central Perk.
And you can just hang out and sit on the couch and stuff, so-
Gail wrote in and said there's gonna be an episode of Supernatural just set it in the car.
That would be so good if you were in the back seat.
See, that's really cool.
I like those kinds of ideas.
I feel like writers can build
A story around the VR once they know that they have a whole world to play with.
Well you talk about bottle episodes of TV, which are ones that are usually taped in one location and that's it.
So if you seen Breaking Bad, the Fly episode, which was written by Ryan Johnson, he, like it takes place in one location.
You can totally do a VR.
Experience for that episode which would be pretty cool.
You could be the fly in that episode.
Oh, you're amazing.
That would be pretty cool.
I just thought of it.
And you could have your little catwalk from earlier.
Be so great to fly around.
Anyway, that's stupid.
Let's just keep going.
Oh my God, it'd be glorious.
and then Kajan wrote in and said, exploring the CW Arrow bunker on VR and running like the Flash on VR would be awesome.
I like that.
Yeah, see those would be pretty cool.
Experience super hero power.
Super bummed nobody mentioned any CBS shows so I'm gonna go ahead say you would be on the island with Survivor and you would hang out with Super Girl in her apartment
Don't know where I went there.
And Big Bang Theory, you can hang out in their living room.
So there you go.
Board Game Night with Big Bang Theory.
So there is your CBS ::>> Really good user feedback.
We are Part of the CBS Family.>> We are part of the CBS Family.
These are some shameless plugs I wasn't expecting from you today.
I was not expecting that today.
All right guys, we have talk about our last [UNKNOWN] user feedback.
It is time for our phonetographer of the day.
You'll send me the check immediately, okay.
Thank you, thank you Mr. [UNKNOWN] [LAUGH].
All right guys, Jacob wrote in and sent of this lovely picture he took with his iPhone 5S.
He said, hello my name is Jacob and I would like to share a photo I took at Hume Lake in Northern California.
My family Were going for a hike around the lake.
We stopped at a dock in the lake so I could take this photo.
I used my iPhone 5S.
Thank you, I hope you enjoy.
I'm gonna go ahead and say that Jason is hanging around that lake.
That is, I might give It's Crystal Light, right?
My friend Jason?
No, like Jason the murderer.
well my friend Jason is a murderer, too.>>>Masked Jason.
Oh okay, great so it's probably the same guy.
No, they're not related but they know each other.
[LAUGH] Okay, I gotcha.
This would be a really cool shot in black and white and throw some contrast up on there.
Put it in a picture frame and then, put it in Target.
And make it just look like, well no make it just look like the standard image that comes with it.
Oh the insert that you get with the photo, yeah.
It's that good that it's just locked in a place where people are just like, that is a beautiful frame.
Well done Jacob.
What a lovely photo.
I must have this frame.
Yeah I like the distressed little boats here.
I want to know if you went fishing in that lake.
with those boats.
Tell me now.
Email me right now.
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