Sphere full of plants rolls around town autonomously (Tomorrow Daily 355)
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Sphere full of plants rolls around town autonomously (Tomorrow Daily 355)

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[MUSIC] Greetings citizens of the internet. Welcome to Tomorrow Daily the best geek talk show in the known universe. I'm Ashley Esqueda. And I'm Jeff Cannata. Let's catch you up with the headlines. A little more cybernetics might bring to ming Terminators at first. But what about something more eco-friendly? Like this. Researchers at University College London created hortium machina B, a geodesic sphere with a decidedly green twist. It's filled with plant life and electrodes allow the sphere to detect how the plants respond to different environments. The sphere can also move, albeit slowly and awkwardly by using actuators that shift its weight around. So what is the point of this exactly. Well the architecture students behind Wharton Marketing B, say they feel plants should be integrated into modern society in a way that allows the plants to autonomously interact with humans and get around town. I really like they called it a This is a quote. A speculative, urban, cyber gardener. That was the way that they described it. I saw speculative, urban cyber gardener at Coachella, and they were amazing. Super amazing. No, this is a really cool idea. I think that we need to figure out a way to integrate plants more in modern Of big cities and this is exactly the kinda thing we need to be working on.>> Yeah, I really dig that.>> Speaking of things we need to be working on, have you been working on your duck face? Well, it's time to abandon your duck face. And start perfecting your trout face or at least your pet fish can work on their trout face. The submanner camera is a little remote controlled boat With a little camera on board and you can record video of your fish as they swim inside your aquarium or take simple snap shots of your underwater family. If you want to record your more nocturnal fish, the submariner even has itty bitty headlights on board And here's the best part. Obviously you don't wanna take pictures as your fish swimming away so it has small arm that you can stick fish food capsules on allowing you to get the best shot of your prettiest fish. What would you pay for a fish selfie device. Wow, give me an infomercial I'd pay $20. Yeah, no this is gonna be about $90, so. And no. I like the little come here, come here, come here, fish. Ready for your closeup. The lure bait. If I were a fish, I would not trust anything that involves bait or lures. If you're a fish, that seems like the worst way to attract a fish. Yeah, that's true. Maybe if they had pretty lady fish that looks just like your fish men. They say hey, come over. Yeah, put some lipstick on your goldfish. That's a good way to get your fish to come closer. [LAUGH] So which of these stories should we talk about? I really like, you mentioned something important, I think. As we make everything more modern, as we make everything, we see an urban sprawl kind of happening. I think it's really important to talk about ways that we can bring the green and ecofriendly plant life To cities. I think that's a great story, and in order to provide balance I'll be doing my trout face the entire time. Great, that sounds good. If you guys want to share a picture of your best trout face, you can [LAUGH] you can tweet us with the hashtag HEYTD Yeah, that's how we know that you're talking at us, by shouting at us over Twitter. And we'll be able to check your comments and incorporate them into our discussion on thursday.>>If you don't want to send your trap face, just tell us what you think of this lovely horde of machina beams.>>Or any of the stories we talked about.>>Any of them>> We're going to be deep diving tomorrow.>>Yeah, get out your nose plugs. All right guys its time for our second to last, our penultimate. Monument phonetographer for the day, look. [MUSIC] Today's phonetographer is Jacob, who took this with a Note 4. Yeah, Jacob wrote to us and said Hi Jeff and Ashley, my name is Jacob Hersely, and of course, I give permission for you to show my pictures. These are from when my best friend and I went to Israel in december of 2014 I took them on a Note 4 but now I have the galaxy S7 edge. The top edge is [UNKNOWN] top right are the [UNKNOWN] from the North, bottom left is also in the north and the bottom right is the [UNKNOWN] gardens in [UNKNOWN]. I'm a huge fan of the show and hope I get featured. Hopes granted Jacob. Featured right now. You know, I've never been to Israel, but I don't picture this when I think of it. Yeah, I mean, it's really interesting. I think I picture the upper left picture, but I certainly would not picture the top right and the bottom left, which look very sort of tropical. Like it's gorgeous, I mean it's all beautiful ridiculously beautiful, a colorful that's always the thing I love about pictures from all around the world is you guys send these photos in from places that I have in my mind and then it sort of almost like seeing a color picture of something you previously seen in black and white. Like in your mind I guess I just don't see it as colorful as it truly is in real life. This has been a Fun month of monuments. It has. We've got a new month getting us pretty quick. What should May's scene be? Well May, I think, always reminds me of May day. First of May was really good. And of course I was raised Catholic, so I always think of Mary. There's this big celebration of Mother Mary and all stuff. So I'm gonna say I think spring time is good, the flowers. Yes, it's spring is springing. So whatever spring means to you we'd love to see phonetography around that theme, maybe some beautiful outdoor shots but maybe spring Means something else, maybe an actual spring. I don't know. Fog? Maybe it's weather of some kind? Maybe it's a place that you go every spring for spring break? If it's you doing Jell-O shots on the beach in Cancun, fine. [LAUGH] There you go. We'll take those pictures. We'll take that as well. We'll take those pictures. So spring it is. That is our new theme and we'll start on Monday. We'll remind you guys Tomorrow if you guys want to send in your phonetography please send your spring photos to tomorrow@cnet.com. Yeah, make sure you tell us what device you took it on give us permission to use it on the show, tell us how to pronounce your name. A little story about what that picture is and why you took it, always appreciated too. Excellent, four very important posts, points not posts, points. That is it for today's show. We'll be back tomorrow with our deep dev episode. Make sure you watch all of our short shows this week so you know what we're gonna be talking about, and get in on the conversation with #heytd. We'll be welcoming video game writer, screen writer, and all around great guy T. J. [UNKNOWN] to the show who is very very funny and a friend of mine. And I can't wait to have him here because we are going to grill him on life. Good. It's gonna be great. So if you ever wanted to be writer in the industry, this could be a really good episode for you to watch. That's it for today's show everyone. We will see you tomorrow but until then- Be good human. Bye guys. [MUSIC]

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