Surgical robot gets a bendable 'wrist' (Tomorrow Daily 215)
On today's show, a robot swan in Singapore.
A really, really, really, really tiny robot claw that's gonna help you maybe someday in surgery.
And Star Wars [UNKNOWN] are coming soon.
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Greetings, citizens of the Internet.
Welcome to Tomorrow Daily.
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I'm Ashley Esqueda, that's Khail Anonymous.
Yeah, we survived another weekend.
Yet another weekend.
They let us go to the bathroom and then they put us right back in the studio.
So, that was pretty much it.
it's like big brother, like the show Big Brother.
Also on CBS, that was like a weirdly shameless plug on your behalf.
I'm just kidding.
Can I get some money?
Give me some money for doing that!
[LAUGHS] All right, let's get the headline.
Okay, I'm going to tell you about a robotic surgical instrument that could in fact save your life, give you less down time after your surgery, and help you heal faster.
Alright, are you ready?
This is a little tiny claw from a team of researchers at Vanderbilt University
That's how small it is.
That's not a giant penny.
That's just a normal penny.
That little wrist that it has is only two millimeters wide so the claw part of it is a little but wider.
It's really little.
And this is going to freak you out a little bit, okay?
I'm sorry but this claw can go up your nose and into your brain.
Okay, and like it can do things like remove pieces of tumor tissue or like help doctors.
So, which is pretty remarkable, considering if you need brain surgery in some fashion, usually they have to take a piece of your skull out and get in there.
This would help not do that.
It's really gross.
<< No, that's great.
I just don't like you talking about it.
<< Yeah, exactly.
But one of the people working with the project was saying that this type of technology could be really incredible in terms of helping patients heal faster because it's not as invasive, obviously.
<< You're not sawing off a square of your skull and opening it up and It takes forever for you to heal and your hair has to grow back and it's all terrible.
Too much work.
So how it works is, there's this little claw type thing and then there's a tube that's hollow and there's a wire in it and so the surgeons are able to bend, retract and extend this object, this tool.
With by pulling this wire.
So they're actually pulling a wire inside it that's allowing it to sorta bend like that.
So what they're saying is the reason this is really awesome is that it's almost like a steerable needle.
So instead of only having access to things that you can get in a straight line.
You can actually go around.
So during surgery this can be very handy.
It could help doctors tie really tiny knots inside the body without having to make a big incision.
Things like that.
Is that the only video they have?
I think so, yeah.
It's like a really short video.
It's like a little weird penny.
Yeah that's what it looks like.
I mean it really tells the story.
I wish there was more but unfortunately hey I wouldn't want to Show you surgery on a Monday.
That's like seems...
maybe Thursday, guys.
Thursday seems like a surgery day for B Roll.
All right, so Thursday will be real messed up.
But yeah, they've been working on it for six years.
Here's the thing, though, they have not quite made it ready for surgery because there's an interface that needs to go with it and some software.
For a surgeon to be able to use in surgery.
So they're still working on that, and then they'll get it all together.
That's really cool.
Kind of impressive.
I love medical tech.
It's really interesting to me.
So that brings us to our hashtag of the day.
Which I thought we could have a lot more fun with the claw, [CROSSTALK] this little robot claw So the hashtag is TDCLAW and what exactly, what else?
What other fun things could you use a robotic claw for that's not tiny?
Getting stuff from beneath the cushions of your couch without taking your cushions off?
I like that.
No, it's pretty stupid in comparison to saving human lives.
But go ahead, what's yours?
I would like to de-seed my lemons with that thing.
I get real aggravated when I have to deseed a lemon.
Cuz it's super dumb.
Like I said, pick a petty thing.
Pick something that is terrible and dumb.
I'm sure it's gonna be the most petty, we're gonna waste this technology.
Everyone else is gonna be like, you know, nanotechnology.
Fixing tiny robots.
To kill cancer in the body.
We are picking deseeded lemons and reaching between our couch cushions.
Waste your tech.
Tell me about Star Wars!
Okay, Star Wars VR!
Just show it!
Just show it!
I'm not even gonna set it up, just show it, and then I'm gonna tell you about it.
Play that beautiful-
Play the thing.
Play it, there we go!
So what you're looking at is A concept for a VR Star Wars experience.
Director Rob McLellan and VFX Effects artist Craig Stuff worked with Hammerhead VR to make this demo of VR Star Wars game.
Now it's not an official game.
But it's really impressive.
It runs on the Unreal Four engine.
It looks amazing.
It's not a commercial tie-in.
It's not sanctioned, nothing.
There's no tie.
There's just kind of like a pictorial.
Like something they wanna do when the Occulus comes out officially next year.
They could go to Lucas Film or whatever.
And be like, look what we made.
You should let us make a Star Wars game.
Look at those chumps.
Yeah, it'll be great.
Look at that shot!
As it comes around in, since Star Wars is coming out in 2015.
So maybe they'll start working on that.
But this is an idea, it's something that somebody's already put some time and effort into.
And it looks like they
Has the ability to actually make it again, we don't know, again, this is just showing things off, we don't know exactly how it works, we don't know if, you know, you fly in any of this stuff.
I didn't see any light sabres in this trailer.
I did not see one light sabre yet.
Which is kind of a huge bummer.
To play the Rain Corp.
Nothing, we know nothing.
It's just this visual, all the possibilities that could happen, so there you go.
I would like a game in which you entirely play in first person as the Rain Corp.
The whole game is Rain Corp's POV.
But like Sims.
And you work a job at Jabba's palace.
You gotta go there, like nine to five.
And, you eat people that they throw into the pit.
Fine, you know, cool.
And, you get like an employee review.
Yeah, and you get reviewed.
You gotta sit in front of Jabba, and he's like- Listen, your productivity is through the roof.
You're just eating people like crazy, but I think maybe you could lose 15 pounds is what I'm saying.
Like you gotta look good.
This is an entertainment establishment, this is Java's Palace, this is a palace, this is not a place where you can let yourself go after [UNKNOWN] hundreds of people So just watch what you eat.
And then there's things like CrossFit.
CrossFit turns in to Just Dance.
I'd play that game.
I think we all would.
Just saying it seems like a great game.
So there you go.
We could be hopeful kind of.
Maybe it will happen.
I don't know.
I tried to look at the video on Vimeo and it was taken down so booya.
[UNKNOWN] coming at you.
They were like take it down, take it down.
We don't know.
Maybe it won't happen and maybe Then he'll go to people's houses and something.
Or maybe look at films like, this is amazing, we want to talk, but make it private.
We never know.
Click on which part of the screen, who you agree with
Yeah, click a lot too.
Click on this side with me, and click on this side.
Like you're playing Diablo.
It's probably just gonna pause your video, but whatever.
All right, tell me about your story.
Last thing, let's talk about robot swans.
This is very It's a very clever way of measuring water pollution.
So researchers at the National University of Singapore created, these are robots in the water.
They're are not real swans, they're robots!
They look like
Like real swans from far away but up close not so much.
They can obviously tell they are definitely not real life swans.
The program is called New Swan and it's designed to test the pollution levels in water around Singapore over time.
The swan, apparently, that size bird was the right shape for the robot that's inside it and they test In water that's subject to polluting by recreational and industrial groups.
So they're not just watching corporations they're also watching like people, and different events, and things like that, and testing the water for things like chlorophyl, pH levels, oxygen And then they can also have these add on sensors that they can put inside the swans legs and say, Oh well we have this one very specific sensor that we want to test for this thing, and then they can add on different sensors.
They say they are way more expensive than the autonomous underwater vehicles that can go around and get samples.
And also way cheaper than actually sending a human out to do manual sampling to all these different spots, they can operate autonomously, they can be set up and track their own GPS marks so they don't recover their tracks.
Or you can actually operate them via remote control, so you can send them around.
Drive them around the lake like bumper boats
Rowboat swamp fight?
Hashtag TD rowboat swamp fights.>>Swanbot
Listen guys, if you want to bring these bot these
One to battle bots maybe next year for the next round of competition.
I bet that will give you enough time to put some really dangerous stuff on them.
I'm just saying.
Yeah, there will be a little flame thrower coming out of the beak.
Just putting it out there.
Seems like it could be good.
Quick note before the break.
I didn't see any other actual swans in that water.
That's weird, that's gonna.
But apparently even though
It's not like swan-infested waters.
But the environment around them is used to seeing swans, so it's actually less stressful for the nature surrounding them regardless of whether it's a bird or not.
All right, we're gonna take a quick break.
However, we actually have, it's a first.
Our break video is a fan submitted video.
Yeah, this is from Eddie.
And he says, hi Khail and Ashley.
Big fan of the show.
Just wanted to share with you a cool video that took me two years to make.
Wait, he actually made it too.
Made this video.
Shot it using my Canon.
And combined hundreds of 4000 by 300 images to produce this quick time-lapse video of a building being constructed across the street from my office.
It is in 4k, which you can set on YouTube to see the amazing details.
Here's the link.
And so here is this marvel video from Eddie, and we will be right back with Back it or Hack it and your user feedback.
Check this out.
Welcome back yo the show.
Returned, thanks Eddy once again for that delightful time lapse.
Alright, so it's Monday, which means we have to talk about Crowd Funding and whether or not we're gonna give our money to something.
So it's Back it or Hack it.
Khail, you like music.
Yeah I like to hear things.
You like technology.
Oh yeah that 's why I'm here.
Alright so I'm going to tell you about Helix.
I saw this and I was like, Khail might really like this.
Logan will too.
Producer Logan also likes music and technology so you guys might like this if you also like music and technology.
This is a wearable.
That's a cuff Okay, it looks a little bit dorky, but it's wireless bluetooth headphones
Oh, look at that.
That live inside your cuff which is pretty freaking cool.
So this is a discrete pair of Bluetooth headphones that live inside like these top sort of compartments on the wrist band so you can see the metal part is actually the compartment
Where the earbuds and the control unit live.
Which is awesome.
So the band is made of the same material as the Apple watch bands.
So they're really durable and kinda soft.
That sort of soft rubber.
It's curved, so it'll be pretty comfortable.
I watched this part of the video and I'm like, you have headphones in and you're walking across the street not paying any attention, you're gonna get hit by a car.
But, Bluetooth 4.1, you can do up to 8 paired devices.
You can be up to 30 feet away from that paired device.
So you don't have to be right next to it.
You get three hours straight of live music time and 200 hours of standby, which is pretty good and so they want $100,000.
They have almost $80,000.
They're definitely going to hit their goal.
It's a gorgeous device, it's gorgeous.
Yeah, it's really nice.
Looks like it's subtle enough to where I would feel okay, like wearing it in the street, I wouldn't feel like a total dork, so they have close to 80,000, I think they have like 52 days left, they did a longer Kickstarter.
You have time, but the early bird's still available.
So okay, tell me what you think the regular retail price of this is going to be.
Like, when it comes out in stores after Kickstarter's over.
Like what would you guess?
Which is usually like, we see that a lot.
Still super early bird levels available, like 500 of them, so if you watch it relatively soon, you could probably get one for 99 bucks.
Which is pretty decent and when you look at the delivery date on it, it's December of this year.
So it's not like hey, buy this bracelet and you get it in a year and a half, they're saying December of this year.
So are you in or are you out?
No, no, not really my style.
Are you out?
I don't really understand the bracelet aspect of it, I could just shove a bluetooth headset thing in my pocket.
I don't really need to be carrying it around and if I'm going to use it, I'm going to use it.
And the dangly thing, once you're dancing around was going everywhere.
Well, yeah that was going berserk.
And the reason I could think of wearing a wireless bluetooth headset is because I'm going running or something like that.
And that would not function very well.
Well maybe you could put it on your back.
And the bracelet didn't look like it grabbed too, even when he moved it went down really far.
I think it's adjustable.
You don't have to defend them.
No, no I just think that one part was, it looked like you were able to, you know those
Those weird bracelets when you're in high school, that you wear where you can squish them together or like rings that are like open, and you can kind of push them a little farther.
I thought that's what it looked like.
I could be wrong.
No, it is that.
But it doesn't always grasp you all the way.
Especially because it's got like
Walking around everywhere.
I mean, three hours, I wouldn't need this.
I can't really think of anybody that wouldn't.
Ear buds are fine for me.
Unless they're crazy light and just the ear buds, I don't know.
I think, I can see where this could be really handy if you took a lot of public transportation, for example friends in New York.
This might be a thing.
But, for me, I don't use ear buds.
Out and about, ever?
Like if ever, so it, I mean if I'm walking around in LA, usually I have somebody with me and I don't want to be rude and put some headphones in, like that seems rude.
And then if I'm in my car, I'm listening through my car, like why would I have bluetooth headphones on?
Maybe less for a car culture community?
More for people who use public transportation a lot.
I could see a lot of people in London using stuff like this.
London, New York, places with a lot of public transportation.
Yeah, but I listen to so many different.
I don't know.
If I'm gonna take my phone out to hit it, I might as.
And I have a really good.
Pair of earbuds, it's really good.
So the only argument I could make for it is, I have a wallet case and I don't carry a bag.
And I don't want to stuff, I can't stuff headphones into my pocket.
Like, that would make me crazy.
Producer Logan, would you back this or hack this?
Nope, he says no, he's out.
No, all right.
So yeah, I don't know, I mean.
That's three hack-its really.
Yeah, I'd say for me, not
I like the idea and I think it's cool and I love the compartment, secret compartment and it looks like and actual piece of jewelry.
Something interesting looking as opposed to a big dorky smart watch.
No I like it.
If I had money to throw every where, then maybe.
Yeah maybe I would buy it.
I'd do it but probably not.
Here it just doesn't make any sense.
But, if I lived in New York I think maybe I might.
That's good thinking, you can't just think what you would do, but yeah.
There you go, that's what it is, again it's called Helix.
But let's go from crowd funding to the delightful people known as you, it's time for user feedback.
I knew you'd like that.
Alright so we asked everybody last Thursday to tell us about Kepler 452B and if they would move there, not really knowing anything about the planet.
We've learned a little bit more, apparently the gravity there is pretty intense because its bigger than Earth,
But they said because its in the habitual zone, like, plants could photosynthesize, which means we might be able to take plants there.
And also over time, over generations we'd probably become stockier because of the gravity, the extra gravity, but we could survive it.
Like we wouldn't die, there wouldnt be so much gravity that we'd immediately be squished.
Like our bodies could handle it it would just be a little tough.
They likened it to.
Like firefighters and people in the military who have to carry really heave packs, they're like we can do that, like physically humans would be able to handle it, it's just over time being weighed down all the time, we would probably breed shorter, stockier people.
Our bones would be denser, like we, you know, the evolution of humans.
That's so far down the road, in the mean time people's backs are hurting, people's legs go out.
Oh yeah, my knees would be killing me.
Anybody that's in some sort of physical activity like sports or golf, like
Yet water sports only, just
get a pool out.
So let's talk about what you guys thought.
Paul wrote in and said, I would love to go.
I'd procreate the heck out of that planet, wink, wink.
I have the Winks but--
Get out there man.
Yeah, get out there and get good.
Rick wrote in and said, "I would go all Interstellar on it like Anne Hathaway.
Raise my own community and they will praise me as lord almighty." [LAUGH]
Well I don't know man.
You could sit there and have this like super advanced group of people who are like hey dub dub [LAUGH] Hey dub dub get out of here.
Well I said I would go there and read books and watch Netflix and stuff, and everyone else is like I would Netflix and chill over there
We are starting a tribe of humans!
And everyone is like I would impregnate everyone.
It'd be just like Fallout Shelter.
Kajan wrote in and said I'd move there after I establish a penpal (Earthling 2.0?
I like Kepling.
We've got to call him Kepling.
So I have someone to show me how to survive there.
I think that's a really smart idea Because AOL is still around I bet you could still sign up for a pen pal.
And you might get one on Kepler-452b.
You don't want to know what kind of pen pal you're going to get on AOL.
Weirdo pen pals on AOL.
I used to have one when I was a kid.
Right when the Internet started.
Her name was Jenny and she lived in Gainesville, Florida.
How old is she?
She would just Sent me school pictures and I sent her school pictures and we'd write each other letters.
And then one day, she came to California and I got to meet her and her family.
She was a real person.
I had one that was a guy in a different country, who knew his own language and English.
And it got too intense because his life was way more difficult, but he was way smarter than me, and I was just like, I'm way too much.
Hey sorry, can't write back to you.
You're better than me.
Oh no, and then he was sad for the rest of his day.
There's a guy out there who is like, " Kale, my pen pal Kale, what happened?"
Mitchell wrote in and said no.
Mitchell said no, he would not go.
If they, presuming human life, have not seen or discovered space activity it could be underdeveloped forms of life.
So that might be true, that might be a thing.
So like, if we haven't noticed, but...
A lot of people wrote in for this one, a lot of you guys wrote in and so many people had great answers.
Like Pin was mentioning and few other people are mentioning, we can't really see anything about the plan.
We just know it's there.
We have detected it and we know where it is and about how big it is.
But we don't really know anything about
We can only guess what's there.
It could be rocky, it could be covered in terrible poisonous gas, we have no idea.
There's no way to really tell until we can get a mission that either has way better stuff to see that stuff or detect it Or we get closer, which, you know, 1,400 light years away, not so great.
The series of Kepler planets are not close.
The planets orbiting 452 are very far away, so it would take a really long time and we would be really dead.
Unless we were robots, which cool.
All right, last piece of user feedback, it's time for our phonetographer of the day.
Another painfully honest viewer wrote in, his name is Max Says, hey guys, just started watching your show and it's pretty good.
[LAUGH] It's pretty good.
I took this picture at the USS Arizona memorial with my iPhone 4S.
I just, and all of this you know what?
You know what I think about this picture?
It's pretty good.
Yeah, it's pretty good.
Oh man I've been there, that place is emotional.
Yeah very intense.
When you're, you can feel the weight of how important that area is where you're there.
And that's a great photo
Yeah I took my girlfriend there.
She said she hated it.
She said it was boring.
If nobody was going to tap dance for you at a memorial.
Yeah, it's a memorial.
You're not going to see a parade, I mean.
No, but if you're
You don't expect these things.
If you ever get the chance, if you get an extra day in Hawaii.
Like, an extra day.
Or a couple hours by the airport.
If maybe your flight gets delayed or maybe you have a couple hours to kill before you get to check into the hotel.
It's super worth it.
Yeah, it's messed up.
Really, really nice.
And it's really beautiful memorial.
And Max did a very nice job.
A pretty good job of depicting that.
So thank you Max.
Pretty good Max.
We appreciate your pretty good phonetography for our pretty good show.
C. Let's say C. Let's say C. A solid C. All right, guys.
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That's it for the show today guys, we'll be back tomorrow with a brand new docket of science fact, science fiction blowing up in your face.
But until then, be good humans.
We'll see you next time.