Medieval skeleton found in roots of toppled tree, Ep. 219This week on Crave we see the future of aircraft landing gear and robotic automobiles inspired by insects and prehistoric fossils, we learn how to get over your ex-boyfriend with the Nickelblock app, and the remains of a young medieval stabbing victim...
Hey guys. My name is Stephen Beacham and here's what's happening this week on CNet's Crave Block. Nickelback? That sounds like torture. Star Wars marketing machine has been fully operational this year. Blasting out product left and right. And even creating a Being a pseudo Star Wars holiday called Force Friday to launch all the toys. Some of the products are affordable and some are not, like this limited edition Star Wars watch by Devon Works, which'll cost you a whopping $28,500. The watch was produced in collaboration between Devon Works, Disney and the United States aerospace industry. And according to Scott Devon, the founder and Creative Director of Devonworks, the watch uses a revolutionary new system of telling time with time belts, which use four microstep motors powered by a hybrid-electric- Mechanical power source, along with an optical sensor that tells time more precisely than any purely mechanical watch made today. The watch was inspired by Darth Vader's helmet and a tie-fighter sits on a wireless tie-fighter charging stand. There will be only 500 of these watches made and they will go on sale in October on Amazon and high-end watch dealers around the country. Oh, and did I mention they come with matching tie fighter cufflinks? [MUSIC] DARPA is working on new types of experimental landing gear for aircraft. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency released a video showing off insect-like landing gear that could land a helicopter on almost any type of terrain. According to the agency, they believe the technology could be used For forward operating areas, ships at sea and natural disaster zones. Landing legs are equipped with contact sensors that respond to force and tell the computer how much the landing gear legs need to extend or retract to safely land on an uneven landscape. So far the landing leg technology has only been tested on unmanned aircraft. [MUSIC] In a similar robotic experiment involving transportation and robotic legs. The Halluc IIX is an eight legged robot with a wheel that might just be the future of automobile. The Halluc IIX is the second prototype of the Hallucigenia Project under development at the Future Robotics Technology Center of Japan's Chiba Institute of Technology. [SOUND] We showed off the Hallucigenia 01 concept in 2010. [MUSIC] Both robots were modelled after an extinct organism called the Hallucigenia, which we discovered in fossil deposits in Canada and China, and resembled a horse-shoe crab. According to the future robotics technology center website, the concept that [INAUDIBLE] modelled into a Hallucigenia project The future vehicle that can coexist with the natural environment. It features a newly developed ultra multi-motored system with six motors which makes traveling on unpaved surfaces possible. It eliminates the need for paving. [MUSIC] A large beech tree blew over in the small town Collooney in County Sligo, Ireland, during a winter storm, revealing the skeletal remains of a medieval man who died violently in his 20s. According to the Sligo Leitrim archaeological services who investigated the skeleton, the tree was over 215 years old, but the remains found under the tree were dated back to around 1030 and 1200 AD. The man was killed with knife wounds to the ribs and hands, and then was given a formal Christian burial according to the archaeologists. [MUSIC] All right, guys. That's the show. Thank you very much for watching. As always you can always find all these news stories you've seen at the Crave Block at crave.cnet.com. Make sure you follow Crave on Twitter @crave. And check out this week's Crave giveaway. This week's Crave giveaway is a FurniQi wireless charging table from Fonesalesman. Score an early prototype of a bamboo charging table that's headed to Indiegogo next month. Go to the blog and enter to win. [MUSIC] [NOISE] Sweetie. It's just since Brock broke up with me a week ago, I can't stop looking at his Facebook photos. Girl, I've been there. I went through the same thing with Chase. What did you do? I found Nickelblock. What? Nickelblock. It's this amazing new app by the developers of Peeritracker and FrodioFinder. I love Frodio. All you have to do is open the app Type in your ex's name, and any time you try to look at their profile on Facebook, a Nickelback song starts to play. [MUSIC] Nickelback? That sounds like torture. Exactly. And it doesn't stop until you do. When you're down in the dumps after being dumped by a douche, fast acting Nickelblock lifts you back up within 15 seconds or less. [MUSIC] Hey. Hey. You're looking really good. Maybe we should get that together. [MUSIC] What do you think? No, thank you. [MUSIC] Thanks Nickelblock. [MUSIC] Risk include, being attracted to [INAUDIBLE] frosted tips, pooka shell necklaces, and chin pubes. A strong desire to bomb Canada for creating a monster, and the loss of dignity. Please contact your doctor if you are able to listen to an entire Nickelback album as this may be a sign you'll be alone forever. [SOUND] [BLANK_AUDIO]