Pancake printer is our wacky, delicious future (Tomorrow Daily 142)
One today's show stroke victims using robot hands to rehabilitate themselves.
And the selfie of the future is here.
And also a very interesting capsule for natural disasters.
Kay all right.
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Greetings, citizens of the internet!
Welcome to Tomorrow Daily, the best geek talk show in the known universe!
I'm your hose Ashley Esqueda.
Joining me, as always, Khail Anonymous.
Those are pretty good.
Pretty good tea?
Pretty good, pretty good episode.
You're rocking that tea.
Actually, you know what?
This episode sucked.
WE say every episode is amazing.
It's gonna be great, yeah.
Well, this one is terrible.
He's lying, it's gonna be really great.
We'll see if you can even make it through it.
Yeah, let's see if you can do that.
No, it's gonna be, it's, it's, it's always a good episode.
Let's, it is, yeah.
There's some good stuff today, so, let's hit the headlines.
Boy, they're gonna hate, they're gonna hate this first one and the next one and the one after that.
I mean, it's just terrible for everybody involved.
It's just a sad story.
No, it's a great uplifting story.
No, it's a good, it's a great story.
It's cool medical tech.
So usually when we hear about like, robot hands, they're usually prosthetics.
All right, so this is a little bit different.
This is actually sort of a, it's kinda like a power glove, but.
Okay, yeah, go on.
Times like 100 way better use case.
When people have strokes, they can be, it can be really devastating for them and it can be a really long time to recover fully or sometimes not at all.
So this is an awesome thing that comes from the researchers at the University of Hertfordshire in the UK.
They have made this robotic glove that it is meant to help patients in stroke recovery.
So, they've made two prototype devices.
So, they have these, you can see they're doing, like, fingers, flexion, all this stuff.
They're kinda showing you the glove.
They combine this glove with games, like, like, in software.
So, like, there's games.
So, a power glove.
And basically, you, if you've had a stroke.
You have limited, maybe, mobility, in your hand or your arm.
You put this glove on and then it has like three different types of games that you can play that make you move your arm.
It's like, it's like rehab.
So here it is right here.
So they're, they're showing you like with the hand opening and closing and stuff like that.
So there's a couple different games.
There's a clam-hand, so that you, you're like clam, and you gotta close your hand up to like close the clam.
That's a full eyesore.
There's a crocodile jumping in sort of, movement game that makes you move your arm around.
And then there's a ball in a maze that like, makes you flex your muscles and like, move the ball around inside the maze.
It's really cool.
So now it's not just about someone being like, oh I had to squeeze my hand 500 times to do this.
500 times [CROSSTALK] dive board
It actually, it actually works.
Works with your brain, which always wants to like, complete these fun goals and then.
Fun little tasks and stuff, yeah.
Oh my god, yeah.
So it's literally putting rehabilitation in their hands.
Like it's, it's actually like, putting it right in there.
There it is.
And it's really cool because they were saying that once they play these games.
The data gets sent to their physical therapist, and the physical therapist can say, oh ok, well you're doing really great on this, but maybe not so well on this, so we're gonna up your time on this.
Like, they can really see over a period of time like, how well they're doing and sort of adjust which games they're playing and for how long.
And it's, they've seen pretty good results.
So, they had 30 patients do this, and they said if they practiced about a 100 minutes a week.
So, a little over an hour and a half, they showed a clinical improvement.
So there were actual quantifiable.
Of all improvement shown that, you know, because they were, you know, working on specific hand movements with this device.
So the game was actually involved in the rehabilitation for sure.
Yeah, of course.
It's just like they when they released like the thing that you see the, the.
The Wii or the Wii fit.
And they gave them to like.
And the old people showed more activity.
More activity yeah.
Because they were playing the game, they were bowling and stuff.
Exactly and it's also a specific movement and it's.
It's engaging like you're really into it.
And so it's you don't feel like oh I'm so bored with this.
Like I just want to stop doing this.
If people are having fun, then it's a little easier for them to go through rehab.
Up next, streamlining and improving the device based on what they've kind of taken notes on thus far, and then they actually want to get some funding for commercial prototypes, so maybe we might see this someday as a thing that, you know, everybody gets to use, which is-- any stroke victim would be able to use something like this.
That's pretty cool.
Yeah, that sounds like an awesome way to rehabilitate somebody.
So now I want to talk about a robot that is just, it's not just about everybody.
It's just about you.
Cuz this is a selfie drone.
This is created from the University of [UNKNOWN].
Now check this drone out.
So what this drone does is it flies away from you.
It's fully autonomous.
It drives, it flies away, up to you and then when it does is it does the 360.
Degree scan of you.
Oh, this is
Yes, so see, there he is.
You have to lay, you have to lay down on the ground.
It's the only way it works.
That's kind of a bummer.
So I know that [LAUGH]
Flippin' right now.
I need to take a selfie
And as you can see, it's flying around him.
Is that a him?
I think it's a l, I don't, I can't tell.
I can't really tell.
Our monitor is tiny, you know.
Either that or we're just jerks.
He's pointing around and, and scanning him, look, he puts his hands up cuz it's like it's autonomous.
Yeah, he wants to show he's not controlling it right, so he's like okay, there you go.
And it's making a 3D selfie of this person.
And it looks like it's not just.
Like, it, it doesn't look like it's just, you know, like kinda scanning a little, like a spot.
Like, it, this is actually-
It's moving around.
It's moving around and making sure it gets every single little thing.
This is like a composite 3D model.
Like this is serious business.
And he's, oh [INAUDIBLE] he's moving around.
Oh, hey, hey, hey!
Don't do that!
It's not gonna mess it up is it?
No, I don't think so.
I think it, whoa, whoa this camera is like actually [CROSSTALK]
Apparently you know, it's not like super perfect, but I mean look.
Well, that looks pretty good.
It's pretty good.
Like you can see the camera.
You can see what it's looking at and everything.
I wonder what the, like, okay, so now I'm curious about what the finished project is this actually looks like.
Is it the be-, it's probably not the best ever, like you said.
Probably not amazing, but
No, no, it's not, it's not the best.
[CROSSTALK] But it's pretty, pretty close.
So, yeah, there you go, you can actually see, oh it got like the shirt and some of the details in his hoodie.
Yeah, see, some of the things they couldn't have gotten if it didn't move around and get, like, get you from different angles.
But, because it was moving around it could get a, a more 3D.
Sense of the space.
Instead of just getting a top down.
That weirds me out a little bit.
Well, you know, there's always a group of people out there excited about selfie tech.
And 3D selfies, yep.
3D selfies, everybody.
All right so, going back to helping people again instead of, being, you know.
Yeah, we had our selfish break.
Let's move on.
We had our selfish break, let's move on to helping more people.
So, funny that this story actually we're doing today, because exactly.
Four years ago in 2011 was the tsunami and earthquake in Japan.
Like I don't know if you remember that.
So if you, if you were living under a rock at that point.
A terrible earthquake and and subsequent tsunami hit Japan.
It caused all kinds of devastation and you heard of the Fukushima meltdown like that's.
That's that earthquake.
That was like the aftermath of that earthquake and that tsunami.
So this guy who lives in Palo Alto, his name is Chris Rob Robinson.
He's a designer, and he was super affected by the images that he saw on TV.
And him and his friends were talking about like how, how in the world would you survive that kind of a disaster.
Like that's crazy.
And so instead of just leaving the conversation at that like most of us would, going oh well, you know, there's nothing we can do about it, he was like, I'm gonna do something about it.
And here it is.
This is called the Tsunamiball.
Now you'll notice it's not a sphere.
And he's, he was saying in this this is like a 24 minute long video, and it's super fascinating.
He was saying that.
He researched why we don't really see spherical objects in the ocean, like boats or crafts, like watercrafts.
And there's a very specific, there's a whole bunch of different reasons as to why it's a bad idea.
So he's like so I realized I had to make something a little bit different than a ball.
That he's, cuz he wanted it to have basically like this little spherical capsule that you could hide in when, when a tsunami hit and then you would survive.
So he's been building this thing for a couple years now, he's been building it since 2012.
It's been a few years.
And, basically the capsule lives in your yard.
And he was saying, like, this thing would live in your yard, and then in the event of an emergency, you would get in it and brace yourself for impact.
And this thing is, like, hypothetically, because obviously it hasn't been tested in a tsunami.
Hypothetically would be able to withstand the impact of water and debris and in that situation it would stay floating and it would keep its riders safe for a period of time, like, to get rescued, which is pretty awesome.
He said it was inspired by escape pods.
Like, I guess some oil rigs have escape pods.
and he was like, okay I'm going to, kind of, do something like that.
And it's made of marine plywood like, dozens of layers of marine plywood, aero, aero marine epoxy, and floatation foam.
Wh, what's this guys job.
He's, well he's a designer.
Like that's, so he-
[INAUDIBLE] Was he funded for this?
No, I think he's just doing this in his own spare time.
Like, this is like a fun project for him.
Like he talks about how it's been really interesting because a lot of it's been trial and error [INAUDIBLE].
Like Ive never you know made anything like this before.
So it still floats.
It's 22 feet long.
And the plan is to test it in a pool first.
See how it does.
And then, and then if that works their going to toss it in the ocean and see how it does for like a day or so.
And he was saying that cuz it's in his back yard.
And there's like, a hammock in there and stuff.
Like he was like relaxing in there.
I was watching this thing, I just think it's crazy.
You, I highly recommend that you spend like a half an hour and watch this thing.
It's really, it's a testament to how cool people.
Some people are like, they just do things, like [INAUDIBLE]
Yeah, that's pretty cool.
He said he might rent it out on Airbnb because it's in their backyard.
He's like, yeah might rent it out on Airbnb once I'm done.
Here he is putting up a hammock.
And stay in there for Airbnb?
Yeah, you just like spend the night inside the Tsunami ball.
And, listen, bonus.
If there's ever a natural disaster in Palo Alto, there's a tsunami there.
Oh, yeah, you know.
Highly unlikely but if that ever happens, I mean you're probably in the safest place in the city.
But yeah, there, look it, you got a hammock.
Got everything you need.
Everything you need in a tsunami ball.
You're just like what.
I think it's awesome.
Did it say how long he worked on it?
Still working on it.
He's been working on it for three years.
You said, yeah you said three years.
So he started in 2012 and now he's still working on it.
I'm not throwing any shade, it's just.
No T, no J.
He worked, worked real hard on that thing.
And that's not his fulltime job.
It's really impressive.
Not his fulltime job.
So we're going to take a quick break.
We'll be right back with a, a delicious round of Bag it, or Hack it, literally.
And we have your user feedback.
Which is gonna make you and all of you so happy because I'm gonna have to apologize.
And then our phone caller for the day, so don't click away; it's Tomorrow Daily.
Welcome back to the show, you know we like to feature a specific crowd-funding venture every week on the show,
Yes we do.
and then we like to tell you if we like it or don't, and I have a feeling you guys are going to like this one, Back or Hack it.
How many times, Khail, have you made pancakes for breakfast, which also, pancakes greater than waffles.
Superior breakfast food.
I will, I will literally fight you after the show for that.
So, how many times have you been making pancakes and you're like, I wish I was a pancake artist.
Like, every time, right?
Cuz that's how I feel.
I mean, yes 100%.
So here's the thing.
There is now a pancake bot.
And it kind of is like a 3D printed pancakes.
Okay so this little girl drawing a picture of a rocket.
We're watching the video right now.
If you're listening and she draws a picture of a rocket.
And inside the software.
And what happens is this amazing pancake bot.
Draws in pancake batter the line art and then fills it in.
So it does the lines first so that when you flip the pancake over the lines are darker.
Than the in than the inside filling part of the pancake.
This is pretty much the greater human invention.
That is fantastic .>>This is the pinnacle of hu, just of.
Advanced civilization guys, this is the pinnacle.
This is really good.
This is the top.
This is amazing.
This is the top, this is where it ends.
This, there's nowhere to go
Oh, okay, so now it's going for the detailed Eiffel Tower.
So we're gonna see how well it actually gets like the crossbeams
Yeah, so here's the thing.
Its basically like you can trace over stuff.
Like, you can import an image and then trace over it with your, with a line art, like simpler line art.
So it's not gonna be perfect, but look at the stuff that they've been able to make.
That's some crazy good detail.
Crazy cool pancakes.
Okay, now that we've got our awe, shock and awe out of the way, let's get to reality.
I'm gonna add some, gonna add some, fill in some information just like the PancakeBot does.
You can save your designs to an SD card, so you don't have to keep doing it over and over again.
You can, you can save your designs.
This one, they drew this and they imported it.
And then what they did was, you can actually stop the PancakeBot and you can do a different color batter.
You can use food coloring and add in, like, colored batter.
Watch, you're gonna see the guy and he's gonna hand fill in all of the other stuff with like a blue pancake batter.
And then flip it over, and it's so awesome.
So while he's doing that.
It, they have pre-loaded pancake designs [CROSSTALK]
Is it the Chicago Bulls?
Yeah, I believe so.
So it's okay.
So that's what it does, very clearly.
With the pancake maker you can make your own designs.
Listen, I am really excited about this.
Bare with me.
Like I said preloaded pancakes designs.
Early Bird is already sold out.
They have already met their goal.
They have blown past the $50,000 they have wanted.
How big is this thing?
You haven't said how big it is.
It's not huge.
It's not very big.
They, they show like, the three different prototypes on the Kickstarter site.
And it's like the first one is insane.
It's like this giant contraption.
And apparently he got guilted into making it because his daughters thought he said he was going to make like, a Lego pancake printer or something like that.
And he was like, he commented on something and then they kind of made him build that.
So he built it.
And they realized, wow there's really something here.
And they streamlined it.
And then there's like second version, and this version is super nice.
It's like real [INAUDIBLE].
He made it because you promised his daughter
It's super cute.
She'd make him like a pancake machine.
And then they went ahead and made it.
And they're in the video, they're in the video.
So he made them a little pancake.
And then they, that's them.
And they draw the, draw the rockets and stuff, the pancake rockets.
My god, that's adorable.
It is super adorable.
So, the early bird was 149.
The regular retail price is gonna be 299, but, on Kickstarter if you spend 299 you get two.
So they do two for the price of one, if you do it.
Or, you get one for one, I think it's 179.
So you a, you have to look at your computer though.
And it has to be near heat, a heat source?
It's an SD card.
So you, you use the software on your computer.
You load it on the SD card, and you put the SD card in the pancake box.
I'm just saying, my birthday's.
[INAUDIBLE] It delivers in July.
If you're interested.
Oh, that's really soon.
So, if you wanna start getting on your pancake.
I backed it this morning.
I was like, done.
I, I, I put my money where my mouth was.
I was like, I'm in.
Sign me up.
So, I say, back it.
Pancakes are my favorite breakfast food.
I love pancakes.
It's the best.
I, I say back it.
I'm not gonna buy one, I don't-
Is my enthusiasm affecting you?
No, the, the, the awesome-
The adorable story?
Like breakthrough, and the adorable story, like it's.
I mean, it's not that they're expensive.
All things considered with the software and whatnot.
[CROSSTALK] For 3-D printed pancakes.
Definitely back it.
And I have no artistic talent.
There's more, there should be more breakfast food in the, in the world.
3-D printed breakfast food.
So yeah, there's the PancakeBot.
So nice, nice work Pancake [INAUDIBLE] All right guys, every, every single day we like to talk about what you think about the show, so it is time for user feedback.
I have an apology for everybody.
Pancakes are not better than waffles.
Shut your mouth.
Bite your tongue.
Less you be struck.
So I said I yelled at you guys yesterday.
Because I said nobody wrote about T.D. House.
And you were wrong about it.
I may have mistyped in the hashtag on Twitter source.
So I may have missed all of your really nice pieces of feedback about the pet house.
So I yelled at you for no reason
I know and I would like to apologize to you
But I will say that I was happy that because of my mistake I dove into the YouTube comments and pulled some nice, some, some good stuff from there.
I feel like something good still came out of it.
My terrible mistake.
But I messed up and I apologize.
I'm not above apologizing.
I'm not too proud to beg your forgiveness.
Okay, so where are we at now?
Okay, so now we're going to actually talk about the TV pet house hashtag.
Yeah, we're going to talk about that.
A little late, but all right.
It is a little late.
I get it.
But and then and then we'll do yesterday's hashtag tomorrow.
If that makes sense.
Yeah, yeah no that's good.
That makes sense.
So or I'm sorry.
Yes that's what we're gonna do.
Is that what we're doing?
I don't know what we're doing.
Yes just read today this is yesterday's two days ago and then tomorrow.
Okay Logan throw up throw up the first one please.
TD Pethouse, Hogwarts theme.
That's from, that's from Nate.
And he sent a picture of his dog sleeping on the couch.
All right, so and then we have the next one from rawdeadfish says no robot Khail or robot Ashley.
They would be too witty and hunt me down and kill me.
I, I agree.
Well they got that second part right.
Yeah that we would hunt you down and kill you.
And then we had Frank who said a doghouse that has a custom made OculusVR so they can play with a Cyberdog and a built in ten foot high ferris wheel.
A dog ferris wheel.
I like that.
[CROSSTALK] OculusVR for dogs.
I think, well they actually have doggles for, like, dogs that actually ride motorcycles and stuff?
I don't know
Listen I don't know.
Anyway, we've got one more I think, and it's from Neil and he says, my pet's dream house would be for my dinosaur dog.
Gate would be open, Welcome to Jurassic Bark!
Wait a minute!
He stole part of mine!
The only thing he added was, welcome to Jurassic Bark which I guess is.
So we'll have TD First tomorrow, which is the first person camera.
Wait, we have one more.
Oh, that's right.
We have Jerome's Photoshop.
Jerome was like challenge accepted and conquered.
No more Golblum's please.
TD shops, can we get, year, there we go.
[CROSSTALK] Please show the full photo.
Yeah, so yesterday we, we got that picture submitted in our phonetographer and then.
[INAUDIBLE] And it was so good.
You said and what would make this better and I said, Jeff Goldblum with floaties on his arm, and I was right.
And I said left shark and [INAUDIBLE]
You got to give him credit, he, he, he put left shark in front of a fire and added smoke and Jeff Goldblum is running away from the fire just.
This is what he always does at daybreak.
Well he's taking a jog.
He's taking a great jog down the beach with his floaties.
And then as, when he's done with his jog, he's going to go in the ocean, swim around a little bit.
And left shark will join him.
No he won't.
No he won't.
Left shark's too busy partying, too busy worshipping at the fire pit.
That's what left shark's doing.
That's what it looks like.
Alright, so so that is our [LAUGH] that's our you had to be there page.
Again, I'm sorry.
I am an idiot and I messed it up.
Again not too proud to admit my own mistakes.
If you, if we also are very, of course, as always, are last feature is feedback which is our phonetagraphers for the day.
This lovely picture comes from.
[UNKNOWN] Steven sent this in and said, hey guys I just want to share this photo with you and really hope it makes the show.
I snapped these little cuties with my iPhone 5 while taking a walk, walk along the beach last summer.
Which I'm assuming is the exact same location that we saw in that previous photo shot
This is rare for two reasons, number one snapping a butterfly and a bee together, and.
To Scotland actually had a hot sunny day.
[LAUGH] I love your show and I never miss an episode.
Love and peace.
That's an amazing photo.
That's from Scotland.
Look at that.
Look at that butterfly.
It's so good.
I love it.
They have the fuzziest little bugs over there.
Such a fuzzy little bee, I just want to pinch his cute little bee cheeks.
I just want to cuddle him until he stings me and dies then I'll be sad.
Please don't sting me bee.
So even now its pretty great.
Good, good picture I can't think of anything that I would add to that one.
I mean, its already, it feels like its already photoshopped.
Good, great, I like it.
Maybe Ferngully, maybe add a fairy in there, make it the trifecta of adorableness from the forest.
And the beaches.
Anyway, if you guys want to submit your phontography you can email us firstname.lastname@example.org Send us the picture obviously a little story about it if you will.
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