Disney's Playmation toys make us wish we were kids again (Tomorrow Daily 188)
On today's show a 20 year old's idea that might clean up half the plastic in the ocean in the next ten years.
Robots that can adjust after they get injured and keep on walking.
And Disney may have mad one of the coolest toys ever.
Greetings, citizens of the Internet and welcome to Tomorrow Daily, the best seen talk show in the known universe.
I'm Ashley Esqueda and joining me as always, not Christopher Walking, Khail Anonymous.
That was a
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And I felt like that was a little bit of a Walken there.
Before we get started, obviously a big, important thing to us is that Fallout 4 has been announced.
No release date.
There's a trailer out there, it's about two and a half minutes.
It's taking place in Boston as revealed through the trailer but not spoken out loud.
We didn't make the story because we're-
It's just a trailer
But we do have
We don't have that much information.
We have a little bit of it in the break video, when we go to break we'll show a little bit of it.
Yeah, so if you don't wanna go away.
I want some Salem witches.
Because if it's in Massachusetts I want some like post apocalyptic witches in a community.
Nothing's off limits.
Nothing's off the table guys.
Spaceships and stuff and space weapons, nothing's off limits.
But I'll tell you what is on limits Our headlines.
I really like, you're really crushing it lately, all right, tell me about this best toy ever thing because I feel like I didn't know about it.
The more I read about this, the more I got excited.
I'd like to introduce to you
This was revealed by Disney.
What's super cool about this is it's amping up playtime.
When your kids pretend, they're like oh, I'm Iron Man, or oh, I'm a Jedi,
So not only, they don't have to pretend that much.
Basically what it is, is it is, they're like attachments and toys and such.
For the Iron Man one, which I read an article about, and it tracks your child's movements.
Their hand movements, their fingers, their thumbs.
And it has this little IR base
And they run around the room and it senses where they are, what movements they're making on their hand.
This is amazing.
It's incredible technology for playtime.
There's a, they released a few
They have Iron Man.
They're also promising there'll be a Jedi one.
I just saw the villain pop off of a giant swing.
Fling him off of a [CROSSTALK].
There's a Marvel vendor system that includes a repulsor from Iron Man.
You strap on Jarvis who helps you out with your instructions.
This all seems really cool, a fantastic concept.
I would have loved this if I was a kid.
I read an article and the guy that was using it
Said that he kept freaking out the more that he kind of experienced moving it.
It looked like out of the box, like too toy based.
But the more he moved and had different.
He really got into it.
More different features, yeah.
So the starter pack comes with a Repulsor, two Power Activators, which you saw.
The little stand figures.
And two Smart Figures, Captain America
And the iron skull.
We get a villain too, okay cool.
So basically you go on these missions.
There's 25 missions right out side of the box.
It works with your room and I guess you can hide behind a bed.
Like there was a kid behind a bed.
Cuz they can sense where you are.
Okay got it.
And also there is two player multi player at launch.
All I'm saying is, as far as a toy is concerned, [CROSSTALK], that's really impressive considering that kids want to be their favorite character.
They don't want to just necessarily have an action figure, and at least it's getting them up and moving around and working with A.I technology [CROSSTALK]
They're going to just Star Wars.
Yeah, so there you go.
They're also working on a Playmation set for Frozen, Star Wars and.
For the ladies and boys who love Frozen.
The little girls and boys who love Frozen.
Oh, I thought you said, the lady-boys.
Ladies and boys.
Let it go.
The Marvel set comes out in October.
I'd love to get my hands on this, just because I want to like, try it out.
Yeah, I totally want to try it.
It's very very cool, but unfortunately that brings us to the hashtag of the day.
That's so unfortunate.
Sorry, it is #TDPLAYTIME, and our question is
What kinda juice box are you gonna have before playtime?
Yeah, that's not our question.
No, that's not our question.
Our question is what game would you want translated into toys like this?
So, simulated play time, accentuated by a toy, what game would you want?
Metal Gear Solid.
Because then you can have Ocelot talking to you instead of Jarvis.
And then you do missions where you have to like hide from your parents and stuff.
And if they see you, it's like
Cuz they can see where you are.
Hiding from your parents.
You're gonna the house and stuff.
And then you like choke out your parents and take them down.
No, actually I'm just kidding.
Don't do that.
But, I think that would be really fun.
Like, if you have sort of this mission that sort of scans your room and is like, okay now you've got to sneak through the house.
So you've got a couple of sensors around your house, and you've got to sneak around your house and stuff, and make sure that nobody sees you.
And guards don't see you, and you make it through your house without being seen.
I'd go horror but I think I'd do The Shining or something.
Something real creepy.
The stuff of nightmares.
The Shining or maybe that PT game that they were gonna launch.
Where Stanley Kubrick yells at you through the wrist set to do a take over and over and over again.
Was it 126 times?
Yeah, I think.
Listen Shelley Long So there you go.
Do it again.
TV play time.
TV play time.
What would you like to see this game tackle.
Oh, man, that sounds really fun.
What incredible technology to have as a kid.
Where was this stuff when I was a kid.
We had, like, the duck hunt gun, which was very cool.
Yeah, the light gun was alright.
We had the Burgertime, we had ROB, we had the robot.
Those are things we had.
It wasn't cool.
It wasn't as good as this.
Plus the light gun, you just put it to the screen.
Alright, I gotta tell you about these robots that can fix themselves, because really, this seems like an awful idea to teach a robot.
I'm not Super thrilled about this but a team of robotics researchers released this really interesting publication in nature about robots and teaching them to adapt if they become wounded or injured.
Now here's how they do it, and this is gonna creep you out just this phrase alone.
They give the robot a childhood.
Okay, and by that We mean that so when you're a baby, you learn how your body works, right?
So like you get on your tiptoes, you're on your hands, you learn how your feet work, you learn how you walk.
You learn to adjust your walk if something's wrong with your foot.
All that stuff
So what they do is they do something similar.
They upload a "childhood" to these robots With a gamut of different gaits and adjustments that can be made.
It's like experience in walking in various kinds of ways.
And then, there's an algorithm that lets the robot.
Search through that database when it recognizes, hey, like I'm not walking the same way that I normally do.
It can't tell which leg has been disabled.
It can just tell, hey, I'm not walking the way that I am supposed to be.
And then it can go through the algorithm and, through the process of elimination, figure out how to move with a modified gait that is very similar to their original gait.
So see that, he's got a disabled leg there in the middle on the right?
And he's walking pretty standard, and so see he's learning as he goes, like these are different gaits that he can test
And they are saying that within seven to ten tries, it can get the closest approximation to okay, well, through the process of elimination I've figured out exactly what's the closest
Oh so he's getting closer right now.
What the closest adjustment is to my original gait.
What's the adjustment I can make that will get me walking very similar literally to what I was going before
How many tries?
Seven to ten tries.
Which is pretty great
And the other crazy thing about this is, the team says it doesn't really matter what kind of robot is using this algorithm.
Like there's not a specific robot that is required for the use of this algorithm, and they were saying that they think that with some more testing it can pretty much work on any robot as long as it has sort of an approximation of experiences.
A childhood that's similar to another robot, so.
For example, if you have a six-legged robot, one six-legged robot, and you upload that experience, or that childhood, to another six-legged robot that's different, it could probably figure out how to continue and adjust after being injured or disabled.
[CROSSTALK] That's really crazy
Super impressive that they tackled this.
Yeah, and it's great, because the thing is in a lot of situations obviously you have a robot out, let's say in the field doing something dangerous, its leg becomes disabled, you want it to be able to continue doing its job, so that, obviously is the point of this
But next they would to try using this algorithm on really complicated robots.
And more complex robots like Boston Robotics' Atlas Robot, which is that terrifying, like humanoid.
They're really, kind of, it's a bipedal robot.
It's gonna be at the DARPA Robotics Challenge this weekend.
A lot of the entrants are using Atlas as a base model for their robot.
So they want to try to use this algorithm on Atlas at some point.
Which to me seems like an awful idea because you're teaching a robot how to, once you've disabled it when it's running after you.
It'll be able to heal itself [CROSSTALK].
You remember any time they had like a, what, T-600 in Terminator, whenever they'd knock off their legs and it would still, like, crawl at you.
And it just kept going, that's what it reminds me of.
That's what we got.
We're on our way.
That's what it [INAUDIBLE].
So, if you're so inclined, you can check out their publication.
It's in Nature, which is a [INAUDIBLE]
I thought that was really impressive.
Really impressive science, though.
Giving it a childhood.
Still not a great term.
Giving a robot a childhood.
It freaked me out.
Now I have to tell you about this.
This idea that this 20-year-old kid has.
He was just a teenager not a year ago and might change the world, might change the world in the way that we clean up our oceans.
So there's a lot of plastic hanging around in our ocean.
And that's not good.
And this guy's name is [UNKNOWN] and he is 20 years old.
And he has an idea And he thinks the ocean should be able to clean itself.
He has a great idea for this.
He has this idea to place these giant barriers in ocean current spots around the globe.
They're these huge, huge, huge V-shaped [UNKNOWN] things that naturally capture objects that are floating on the surface.
Only on the surface, though, so it's not like a net.
A net would be dangerous, because then the animals and marine life could get stuck in it.
So, what these giant barriers do is they're these huge V-shaped barriers that have The sort of floating boom just slightly underneath the surface to keep it locked in place, so you can see that's kind of how it would work.
This is another sort of conceptual image of it, and that would be a platform a person could walk on and stuff.
And so the great thing about this is there's nothing it, so the current just moves freely underneath.
Meaning all kinds of marine life could just keep going as they please.
It's just skimming the surface basically.
Basically skimming the surface.
And the plastic, it's plastic, it floats right to the top.
The buoyancy of the plastic would bring it to the top and help collect these huge amounts.
[COUGH] Excuse me.
They're 605 feet wide, these barriers.
So they're huge, they're gigantic.
You place them in the ocean And then as the current goes through, which is, it's basically like a skimmer.
Just grab plastic and then you just clean it up.
So, really impressive, and so garbage would naturally drift into the barriers, collection becomes a lot easier.
They're gonna launch one of these things next year between Japan and South Korea, and they wanna see what kind of a difference it could make.
They wanna launch more of these all around The globe but they think that it's possible that if this idea works we could decrease the amount of plastics in the ocean by half in ten years.
Which is a lot.
So right now this foundation I want to say as far I was,
Like, as I understand it, this 20 year kid founded, this foundation is currently scanning the Pacific ocean waters for plastics, like, to see where and how much there is to be collected.
So it's, I mean, this is really philanthropic impressive stuff that this kid's putting together, and he's 20.
The video that we used is from one of this sort of im It's like unofficial TED talk.
So it wasn't an officially sanctioned TED talk, but it was considered a TED talk.
And he just went up there and talked for like 15 minutes about his project, and his foundation, and all this stuff.
So really, I mean crazy stuff.
But I mean listen, that's what makes the world so great.
There's people like that out there that just want to leave it a better place than when they showed up.
Which is pretty cool.
Yeah, I didn't, I mean, he pretty much thought out everything without messing around with the sea life.
The platform that you saw that looked kind of like a manta ray, he was saying that that, in theory, would be solar powered and also water powered.
I was going to say.
And that way, you could take them to different places on the planet and you would just
to your collection, and then you move to the next.
So, keep up the good work.
That's it for our headlines.
We're going to take a quick break.
We have a very short clip from Fallout 4, from the trailer today, and we will be right back with a mod squad that is very [UNKNOWN]
Very Wolverinie, very Wolverinie.
And then we have user feedback.
And of course our phonetographer of the day, so don't click away.
It's Tomorrow Daily.
Oh, Fallout 4.
Welcome back to the show we've returned.
Roll Fallout 4 again!
Roll it in!
No I'm just kidding.
We are going to check out Its Wednesday which means it is we like to check out things that people have cobbled together on the internet and this one is pretty cool so it's time for Mod Squad.
Cobbled because it's a shoe
No, cobbled, things are cobbled together.
No, like MacGyver cobbled solutions together.
So this is from Myoware.
And it's a Wolverine claw, glove.
Like, the bionic claw?
It's pretty awesome.
Let's see it.
So, MyAware is a sensor that can
figure out how, it's so cool.
You have these electrodes, you set it up, you have your MyAware.
You can literally, it's foreign claws that extend when you flex your muscle, and that's it.
And there's a lock, too, you can set a muscle lock that says "No, I'd like to leave them out.
At a certain time.
Even better this technology is fully open-source.
Myoware has released all of the step by step instructions for you to help you build your own really cool Wolverine glove.
So I expect all of you dressing up as Wolverine at Comic-Con to have these.
Available and ready to go at the show, otherwise I'll be disappointed in you.
That's really cool technology.
I always find it weird, however, that usually these creators have a really good, you know they have really good technology and the first thing they do is create some sort of Iron Man thing or some sort of Wolverine thing, no it's just it can help people out, but check this out [NOISE] They're gonna help people out, though, and you made a really good point there, and I'll segue into this.
It's actually on Kickstarter, so you can buy, I think it's for 35 bucks, you get a [UNKNOWN] you get the little fencer, you get the electrode, you get six electrodes to build your own.
Oh, wow, that's fantastic.
For every five backers that back over the $25 mark, they give a MyoWare sensor to Limbitless Solutions, remember?
The Iron Man prosthetic for the little boy?
Yeah that was awesome.
That's them, that's that non-profit.
So for every Five people who back over twenty five bucks, their gonna give a [UNKNOWN] sensor to Limitless Solutions to help build and 3D print really cool prosthetics that are low costs to kids in need.
Well that went crazy awesome.
It was really good at first.
That went from like
And then I went way up here.
Another guy making Wolverine claws-
And then you're like oh my God-
Do gooder, then it turns out they're do gooders.
Not only is it good technology but he's going to help people.
They're doing great stuff.
Nice job, bub.
So I thought that was really cool.
Usually I wouldn't, like pick a bigger company that is doing a Kickstarter and stuff for Mod Squad, usually it's kind of smaller, kind of individual people building stuff, but I just thought this was really great and they're limitless solutions as a non profit, that we've talked about on the show with Robert Downey Jr.
giving the Iron Man glove to that kid, or the prosthetic to that kid and he was so excited.
That's the very same company.
So if you want to back this, you would be helping a very good cause, and I just thought it was really awesome.
Plus also, we'll [INAUDIBLE] that are muscle activated.
Still don't think people should have Wolverine claws-
You're probably right
I still maintain that they shouldn't have any super powers at all.
At least their not made of adamantium, they're made out of plastic.
Probably for the best.
Do you want to talk about user feedback?
I dove into YouTube.
Oh god, so no then.
Well we have to.
No, I'm just kidding.
Some of you.
Some of you, I'm just kidding.
You guys are really, usually the ones where I jump in they're like, pretty nice.
Are you sure?
But see, I don't go over there that often, so.
I just get really lucky.
I'm just saying that some of them are like, the best people in the world.
So we asked you guys to use tweeting pothole.
Tell us what other kinds of, like, services would you want to use that type of technology for if the pothole is tweeting to the local government to get stuff fixed.
Jennifer wrote in and said I would make the line between a bicycle track And a pathway pressure sensitive, so you wouldn't run into bicyclists.
That's really smart.
I like that.
Which basically, I love the idea of, you know those, when you're driving to Vegas they have those, the road is like really rigid, it's textured, off of the freeway.
So that way if you start drifting off, you get tired, It makes your car make a loud vibrating noise [UNKNOWN] and then you're like oh gosh I'm not on the road.
You described that really weird but they're little bumps on the side so that if you [INAUDIBLE]
Your car make a noise to wake you up if you're falling asleep on the road.
Or to remind you that you are in fact driving a very heavy vehicle.
Pin tweeted us and said a YouTube for aggressive/bad driving, sorted by license plate with most number of videos.
So basically, if you're a bad driver It auto-uploads videos if you bad drive on YouTube.
It's like your licence plate number, so people can look you up and how bad a driver you are.
Then over on YouTube.
Here we go.
Alexander Blums said they already have talking trash cans in Latvia.
So yeah, here's the talking trash can.
Somebody already took my idea.
I feel bad, but I'm glad that they exist.
That's pretty cool.
It was a good enough an idea that it exists, so there you go.
Maybe I put my finger on the [UNKNOWN] of garbage.
None of my ideas.
Garbage, yeah, trending.
And then lolzerzwtf Great name, by the way, said, Pretty sure those sensors are gonna get stolen.
[LAUGH] Which, I mean, I can see where that would be kind of tempting to see these little discs that have the hashtag on it, it would be kind of a fun keepsake to take, but they are, they all kind of have Locator stuff in them, cuz they have it on Google maps, you can tell exactly where they are.
So I think maybe stealing one would be not a great idea.
But, you know-
It's just, there's idiots out there that would do it.
I think you're right, yes, I'm sure somebody has either managed to or tried to steal those sensors.
We also had somebody write in from Panama City that I don't have but he was saying that these things actually are working.
So he was saying yeah these things are working and the roads are actually getting fixed.
And then said greetings from Panama City.
But yeah that's our [UNKNOWN] back for today Not a whole lot, but quality over quantity you guys, I always say.
Okay, so it's time to do our very last piece of user feedback, which is always our phonetographer of the day.
George sent us an e-mail and did not tell us what phone he took this picture with, so we're going to have to guess, okay?
Here's the picture.
HI guys, I just wanna share my photo for Phonetography.
Took this photo on my recent vacation in Mexico.
Grand Velas Hotel, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico!
I love your show and the whole CNet team.
Not a day without checking the website.
Look at that nice picture!
I want to go to there.
That doesn't even look real.
Okay, I'm going to assume that George is the richest person in the world.
So I'm going to say an unreleased phone and that's why he can't mention it.
I like it.
It's a super hyper phone and-
An iPhone 10.
And it comes with a telephoto lens that you have to **** on and it also has a lighting kit that's built in to it.
I like it.
It makes popcorn.
So very cool phone, George.
Yeah really good.
So glad your life is going so great.
That you get to have a fancy phone from the future you jerk.
That's an unbelievable photo.
That's a great picture.
What do you think?
Or note four, I'm going to guess one of those two.
Maybe a note four.
Right on, note four.
It's got to be one of those top ones.
You don't think Iphone?
It could be an Iphone six plus.
It looks really good but, I don't know.
I mean [UNKNOWN].
I don't know, could be an iPhone 6. It's definitely a flagship, I mean, obviously.
If it's not a flagship, I'd be shocked.
Cuz yours is [UNKNOWN]
But it looks really good.
I really do wanna say though, cuz the color is so full and rich, I would like to say a Note.
I'd like to say a Note or an LG?
Three or four, yeah, anyway.
You're really getting into that.
I think that George's rich and set up, pay a photographer to take a picture for him.
Then, he threw that picture away, and then someone painted it, and then he threw that away.
Yeah, I like all of that.
I think that's a much more likely story.
Thank you George!
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