Phone-brella frees up your hands for texting in the rain (Tomorrow Daily 245)
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Alright guys we've got to hit the headlines.
And you tried to send a text message, you probably looked like this while you try to hold your umbrella and text at the same time.
But fear no more, a Korean telecom company has you covered.
This is called the Phone-brella.
The Phone-brella looks like a pretty regular Regular umbrella except it has a C shaped holder at the end of it.
That handle actually, has a counter weight in it.
So, you can either hold it like a normal umbrella, or slide it on your wrist and get that double handed texting action on.
Again, made by Korean Telecom company.
There's no wind resistance, so if you're in the middle of some heavy winds, you're probably not going to be too happy.
And unfortunately, for those of you looking to buy the Phone-brella, it's actually a limited edition release, so unless you have a friend in South Korea who is Thinking of you one day, as they some how thought to themselves, I'd really like for my friends to text, while holding their umbrella.
[UNKNOWN] Logan, no.
Okay, next story.
Lets talk about this.
Flying robots have a little bit of trouble building rigid structures.
We know about this, it's a little bit difficult, they carry weight and everything.
But, a group of researchers have decided that.
Maybe they shouldn't be making rigid structures.
Maybe they should be making rope structures.
This is a collaboration between ETH Zurich's Institute for Dynamic Systems and Control and an architecture firm named Gramazio Kohler Research.
They use quad rotors to weave a bridge across a 7.4 meter gap.
That's pretty awesome.
And they ao use a bunch of knots and different things that You're probably familiar with, if you've ever been camping.
It's not quite an autonomous system though.
There's a really expensive piece of machinery monitoring all the quad rotors to make sure that they didn't crash in to each other while building that bridge, or strangle themselves on the rope, which would be very bad.
This could be great for light weight structure building in the future.
But generally speaking it's a little cost prohibitive so you won't be stuffing this kit in your camping backpack and taking it with you to Yosemite next year.
Okay, very last headline and then we'll talk about new releases.
Have you ever wanted advice about solving a problem and wished that you could get advice From Doctor Sigmund Freud.
[LAUGH] Yes, that is right, a group of researchers at the University of Barcelona have done this and they found some very interesting things about their participants in that study.
So the way it works is There were 22 people who were using an Occulus DK2 to give themselves advice in virtual reality.
One time as themselves, a real life, full version of themselves, and the second time as Doctor Sigmund Freud talking to themselves in virtual reality.
I know, it sounds weird, bear with me.
Okay, so they described the problem as themselves in first person and then would jump over to the other person whether it was Sigmund Freud or the likeness of themselves giving advice on how to Solve the problem.
Well the interesting thing was every single one of the participants decided that getting advice from Dr. Sigmund Freud in virtual reality made them feel better.
They felt like they had a really good reaction to that response.
Even though it was the exact same thing.
That they'd by themselves, looking like themself.
This sounds super Inception, and really, really meta.
But at the end of the day, it's a really interesting concept that might come in handy for helping future mental health professionals treat patients, or it could be used to treat yourself.
Now, you're probably wondering why Freud, that seems a really odd choice.
Why not Oprah?
Or Dr. Phil?
Or somebody else?
Well, because all of the students on campus, when asked, What famous person they'd like to get advice from for a problem they had picked Dr. Freud.
So there you go.
Alright guys, its time for new releases.
On the game front we have a lot of new releases this week.
FIFA 16 comes out today.
We've got Animal Crossing, Happy Home Designer coming out today.
Also Lego Dimensions which is the big thing everybody has been waiting for They have all kinds of different kits.
It's pretty pretty cool.
Comes out his Sunday, so get your wallets ready because it's not going to be cheap.
And also we have a movie coming out this week.
Not super exciting on the new releases front, but Hotel Transylvania 2 is coming out.
So if you really liked the first one.
Maybe swing by, check that one out if your interested.
I don't know.
Whatever you want.
All right, guys.
Let's do our phonetographer of the day.
Today's phonetographer is Kareem.
And Kareem writes to us and says hey Ashley.
I took this shot last year with my Galaxy S5.
Great camera, that.
The detail and dynamic range are really pronounced, as you see.
I waited for the sun to eclipse the clock over there and touched it up a little in Lightroom, et voila!
Kareem, that is a great, amazing picture, gorgeous.
Yes, HDR, very dynamic, lots of range there in terms of color and lighting.
If you guys wanna send in your phontography to be featured on the show, you can email us.
Or you can just hit us up on Twitter.
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Or you can follow me on Twitter @AshleyEsqueda or Producer Logan @LoganMoy.
All right guys, that's it for the show today.
We'll be back with Another mini episode tomorrow, but until then, be good humans.
We'll see you guys next time.
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