Peruvian 'Game Cars' offer Mario Kart 8 for passengers (Tomorrow Daily 265)Ashley discusses a Spanish research team's "tractor beam," one cab company's fun new gaming feature for customers and two major milestones for two different self-driving cars.
[MUSIC] Greetings citizens of the Internet. Welcome to Tomorrow Daily, the best geek talk show in the known universe. Yes, I know. One person does not a talk show make, but our new set which I'm looking at right now, looks amazing. It's almost done, and we actually have some very important changes that we're gonna be telling you about with the show. Needless to say, we have been listening to your comments both on YouTube, Twitter, and the rest of the internet. So, you guys are awesome. Let's see the headlines. [SOUND] Well everybody, congratulations. We've hit peak civilization. There's tractor beams now. Okay, okay, maybe I'm getting a little too ahead of myself, but this is definitely future tech at work. Scientists at the Public University of Navarra in Spain published a paper describing how they were able to use ultrasound to move tiny 3-millimeter beads around inside a grid. So by adjusting ultrasonic waves and interfering with them, they created moving acoustic holograms which are able to work like tweezers Spirals and cages that could manipulate the positron of the tiny beads. So what exactly is the goal here? Sadly it is not pulling the Millennium Falcon into a super star destroyer although they do mention they are able to move larger and heavier objects than the beads. On the contrary, they are actually most interested in moving those small beads because of potential medical applications. They call it containerless transportation, which means doctors may someday be able to move things like kidney stones, blood clots, or even tiny instruments Inside a person's body without any incisions. That is pretty incredible stuff. Or if you're feeling super ambitious, a magic school bus. Of course, we definitely need that technology where you shrink everybody and everything down. Still waiting. All right. So moving from the magic school bus to really cool taxi cab, there is a cab company in Peru that have I think my favorite cabs of all time. Easy Taxi is a company with markets in 30 different countries, and they got a little creative in their Lima, Peru market. They have ten game cars in service. Now what's a game car, you might ask? Well, the game car has a giant controller decal on the side and if you happen to catch a ride in one, you get to play Maro Kart 8 in the backseat. Yes, that's right, there's a Nintendo Wii U and a tv screen all set up for passengers. There's even a second controller in case you're riding with a friend and it doesn't appear to require you to watch any ads or otherwise pay additional fees to enjoy a little. Little Mario Kart action. Now, all I can think about is getting into my self driving car, flipping on my PlayStation 4 that's built in to the center console, and letting my car autonomously drive me to work while I play Rocket League. So, thanks for giving me all those hopeless dreams. Lima, Peru and game card. You're the worst. Also the best. Now want to come to Peru. Okay. Self-driving cars. They have been hitting a lot of milestones as of late and I have to tell you about two in particular. In the past week, like I said, two instances of self-driving cars have set distance and time records. First, a team of researchers broke an autonomic distance record in Mexico by driving a modified Volkswagen, named Autonomos. The rode fifteen hundred miles from the US/Mexican border straight to Mexico City without any major safety incidents. And they hope the data and information they gathered helps make self-driving cars safer on surface streets. Then, not too far after that road trip took place, three enterprising drivers used Tesla's new autopilot feature to go from Redondo Beach, California To Manhattan in New York City, a relatively short 57 hour 48 minute ride. They let their Model S cover 96% of the almost 3000 mile trip, at speed of about 90 mph. Per hour, which sounds really risky, and actually was, because the team said they had a couple of scares because the car couldn't compensate for the higher rate of speed. [UNKNOWN] was so impressed about that Tesla cross country trip, that he tweeted them some congratulations. But still, Tesla says you should absolutely keep both hands on the wheel if you're going to use auto pilot. Wink wink. All right guys. It's Tuesday, that's it for our headlines. Let's talk about new releases. [MUSIC] This week's major release is of course, Halo 5: Guardians. Get to revisit Master Chief, Master Chief is back. People are excited. There's great multiplayer aspect of this. [UNKNOWN] all kinds of great features and honestly I am just praying that I don't run into the flood ever, ever again. But that probably won't happen. Also, last week I actually missed this as a new release so I figured I'd throw into this week's show, Assassin's Creed syndicate is out for Xbox One and Playstation 4. You know, it's the same Assassin Creedy stuff that you Know and love, you go around, you kill people. This time, you can go around kill people as a man or a lady main character, which is awesome. All right, next thing is, Run Mo Run is also out right now for iOS and Android. It's been out for a little while, but I wanted to mention it this week because next week On November first is movember. So, movember. Very important. Kind of a big awareness run where everyone grows moustaches. And ladies donate money for people to grow moustaches. Anyway, you should definitely get Run Mo Run because any in app purchases made are donated directly to the Movember Foundation. And then lastly in theaters this week is the Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse, which honestly I don't know a whole lot about but The trailer looks kind of fun, so maybe I'll check it out this Halloween weekend. All right guys, that's all for our new releases. Let's take a look at our phonetographer of the day. [MUSIC] Gary sent in this Fabulous picture. He took it using his LG G3. He wrote to us and said this is a picture of my two year old cat named Runchkin chilling on his favorite sunny spot on our back porch. I took it with my LG G3 phone held up very close to my cat's face. Afterwards, I used the magic wand and the Google photo app and then zoomed in to crop it really tight to show the excellent detail. I have it as a wallpaper on my phone, so I see him peeking out when I turn on my phone. Of course, you have permission to use this photo however you'd like, like featuring it on your Phonetographer of the Day segment of your awesome podcast. Well, congratulations. That's exactly what we used it for, and I'm not really sure where else we would use it in this show, so here it is. If you want to be just like Gary and you want your phonetography to be featured on the show, you can submit it to us. Tomorrow@cnet.com is the e-mail address. Send us your name, the device you took your picture with, the picture itself so that we can see it, and of course tell us a little story about it and give us permission to use it on the show. If you want to find us online, we are tomorrow daily on social media, I'm @ashleyesqueda and producer Logan is @loganmoy. Please share [UNKNOWN] where tomorrow daily.com is that easy. And that's it for today's show. So we'll be back tomorrow with a brand new [UNKNOWN] of weird, wonderful science fact and science fiction smashing together right in your face and being all awesome. But until then [UNKNOWN] human. We'll see you guys next time. Bye. [MUSIC]