'LM3D' racing to be first 3D-printed electric car to market (Tomorrow Daily 271)Jeff discusses a drone avoidance algorithm from an MIT student, a small device looking to transform regular homes into part of the Internet of Things and a company aiming to launch its 3D-printed electric car by 2017.
[MUSIC] Greetings citizens of the Internet, welcome to Tomorrow Daily, the best geek talk show in the known universe. I'm Jeff Cannata and this is one of our mini-episodes. But one week from tonight, next Thursday you'll get our first of the new longer episodes. I am so excited, long episodes on Thursdays, Mini episodes Monday thru Wednesday. Everybody wins, speaking of winning, let's get to the headlines. [MUSIC] First it was the living Skin, then there was the cell growing Lab, MIT is killing it this week, and we're going talk about them a third time. Let's give them a hat trick, shall we? This time, MIT's computer science and artificial intelligence lab is in the news. PhD student Andrew Barry created a drone with an obstacle detection and avoidance system that can sense its surroundings and adjust its flight path in real time. The drone has one camera mounted on each wing, giving it stereoscopic vision, and two processors similar to what we have inside our smartphones powering the software. The algorithm that lets the drone avoid objects in real time only takes readings up to ten feet in depth, but Barry wants to keep improving his design so that his drone can fly around autonomously in denser places like forests or Cities. Great, so autonomous flying drones. That's definitely not the beginning to every sci-fi horror movie I've ever seen, let's keep working on that. Hey, if you've been wanting to upgrade your house into a smart home, but your house is full of analog devices. Microbot Push might be what you're looking for. Microbot Push is a series of Bluetooth LE devices with a mechanical feature that allows you to transform any object with a button into a smart home device. It's from a South Korean startup called Naran and works around an automation system that's kinda like using IFTTT. You can set parameters to activate Microbot Push when certain conditions are met. One of the examples in the video mentions writing time for coffee in Slack, and then push starting up your espresso maker. There's no cost or release date for the Microbot Push, but it'll have to be a low cost for people to adopt this kinda thing in mass. I love these things. I wanna put them all over my house on every switch, but it's gotta be inexpensive. I don't know, 10 bucks, 20 bucks what do you think. How much would you pay to turn your things into an Internet of things. Let us know in the comments. And speaking of buying stuff. You probably wanna buy an electric car, but what about a 3D printed electric car? Local Motors has been showing off 3D-printed electric car concepts for a while. But now they're gearing up to take one of their designs to market. The LM3D Swim is a kind of beach cruiser version of their concept car and takes a few cues directly from the Mazda Miata. A four-inch-thick hull keeps the battery safe on the underside of the car, and about 75% of the car is 3D printed. With Local Motors looking to make it 90% by the time the car goes on sale. Looks like they're gonna start up pre-sales next year, but this thing isn't cheap. The LM 3D Swim is gonna set you back $53,000 Alright, it's Thursday, so that means it time to talk about stuff we really like. [MUSIC] My pick this week is for a film that absolutely blew me away. It's called. Called Victoria. It's an independent movie and it's probably not playing in your area. You might have to search far and wide to see this one or keep an eye out for it when it hits video on demand. The cool thing about Victoria, It's done in one shot. One long continuous take. Kinda like the movie Birdman, except Birdman faked it and Victoria really did. This entire movie was shot in a two and a half hour period on one night in April. It's amazing, and where it goes, and what happens, I urge you to check out Victoria. I just thought that movie was Absolutely amazing. And now Ashley has a recommendation for you, and I'm told that if I snap my fingers she'll magically appear. [SOUND] Hey fellow nerds. Alright, this week I am into Masters of None. It's Aziz Ansari's new show on Netflix. The trailer is hilarious. There are some really funny moments in it. It kinda reminds me of Louie. Where it's sort of a show about a guy with a very specific life point of view, but instead of being Louie, it's Aziz Ansari, and he plays a character named Dev. And he is a really interesting guy. Fun fact, Aziz Ansari's actual parents Play his parents in this show, and they're actually pretty funny. But I highly recommend it, it's really really fascinating, and honestly, Aziz Ansari is an excellent comedian and a really good writer. I mean, he's just fantastic. Traffic. So don't miss Master of None if you have a Netflix subscription. So all right guys, that is it for what I'm into. Let's check out your pretty pretty pictures. [MUSIC] All right, now it's time for our phonetographer of the day. This picture was sent in by Albie, who took it on an iPhone 6. Albie writes, hello my name is Albie Hoheb. Which I'm sure is not how you pronounce that. I took this photo when I went to Austria to take a tour of a salt mine. I took it on my iPhone 6. Of course you have permission to use my photo on the show. Thanks for sending that in Albie. I'm realizing that I've never seen a salt mine until right this moment. Very very cool. Hey if you want to see your picture on the show you can always send it to us. Tomorrow@cnet.com is where you send that. Be sure to give us permission to use your photo, and let us know what you took it on. That's gonna do it for this episode. Thank you so much for watching. You can always follow us on Twitter, @TomorrowDaily, or us personally. I'm @JeffCannata, @AshleyEsqueda, @LoganMoy. And we will see you next time, again next week. Long show, get excited for that. Good day. [MUSIC]