Tomorrow Daily 040: Netflix on Oculus Rift, cyborg moths, and hard drives in Minecraft
Netflix is showing off a 3D lobby built with oculus rift.
Breaking Bad binges are about to get super intense.
Scientists can make moths fly wherever they want.
That buzzing sound inside your head, is your brain exploding?
And a handful of MineCraft players created hard drives.
Are you listening to me, Neo.
Or are you looking at the woman in the red dress?
Greetings, citizens of the Internet.
Welcome to Tomorrow Daily, the best tech talk show in the known universe.
I'm your host, Ashley Esqueda.
Joining us, once again.
I was actually looking at your multicolored lips.
In fact, one color on the top, one color on the bottom.
I'm feeling very graphic novel, comic book, pow today, so I changed it up.
How do you even know these are two different colors?
I can tell.
Well, you told me.
I actually wouldn't.
In all fairness, as a dude, I would never notice that in a million years.
Unless you mentioned it.
Unless you told me, which you did and I was like, ok now I see it.
I feel, I feel good about that.
But yeah, I can tell that they're different colors still.
Even a colorblind person can see it.
I feel pretty good about that.
so, we are back.
The dynamic duo's back so let's hit the headlines.
I was not aware of this but Netflix holds a hackathon kind of thing event up in, up, up North near San Francisco.
And some really cool stuff came out of it this time.
Realy, really neat.
So one of the things was.
That's what they call it.
Kind of a weird, mm, yeah.
Sort of a weird mash-up.
I'd say the Brangelina, if you will, of this, of this experience.
So what this is is a Netflix, engineer hacked together this 3D lobby experience.
So this is your queue, or, you know, the lobby of Netflix.
Using the Oculus Rift, so you'd be able to kind of look around and that's what you'd be seeing if you're looking through Oculus, which is a little bit weird, but unfortunately it's not a 3D version of the shows or movie that you'd be watching of course because they're not made that way.
But really neat navigation through all of your stuff.
And I mean I don't know that I'd be watching it from home on an Oculus Rift because you have your TV right there.
But if you're traveling this seems like it could be a really cool thing to like sort of watch a movie while you're on a plane or something like that.
Oh yeah, I think the planes in the future are literally gonna be people just all seated in their rows.
With an Oculus.
With the Oculus on, you know.
Remember that, that iconic picture from, like, I don't know, the '50s, or whatever it was, where everyone's watching the movie with the 3-D glasses?
Yeah, super, yeah.
In the future, it's just gonna be that, like,
And I think it's awesome for planes.
The thing is, it looks really cool.
I tried on that Sony, like, personal 3-D viewer thing that had.
Remember that thing?
It's not the Project Morpheus
It's ID3, right?
You showed it with the-
Not the Project Morpheus,
Oh, no, this was a different thing
This is like, the, just standard movie thing.
And I watched a movie in there,
Oh, that was at CEF.
That was at CEF.
And it was so cool, like this is the way I'd love to experience a movie, especially if you have kids at home.
Or maybe your TV is like older you just don't want to-
Or you're in bed you don't wanna watch your iPad like you normally do.
Right and you can't mount a TV on your ceiling.
You could but it'd be weird.
Could, it would be weird.
In earthquake country it would be especially weird.
You just want to lay down and not, you know.
Prop your head up and all this stuff, that's a good way of doing it.
And of course, you know, we've all been there.
You're on your tablet, you're watching something and it flops on your face as you fall asleep because you're an idiot and you can't stay awake.
Well how long do you prop up your tablet to watch it right?
My fingers start going numb and I'm just like I'm gonna get through this.
And you're like this okay, one hand, okay let me do it like this, and you're trying to get a pillow in front of you.
So you put a pillow in front of your chest.
There's gotta be a better way.
It's the worse.
Really cool, I think this is neat.
They made other stuff too.
Apparently there were over 150 engineers working on this project not specifically on Oculus but [UNKNOWN].
And at this event here are a couple of other cool things they mentioned.
Netflix Q that would adjust the lighting level and color of your bulbs based on what you're watching using [UNKNOWN]
And then, nerd flick, which was a little bit more of a tongue in cheek, heck, hack, where it featured NetFlix with a dos-like text interface
it's for people who are averse to using the mouse.
As a traditional form of navigation.
So he found a way to sort of make Netflix into kind of this [UNKNOWN] experience, which I thought was really funny.
So should I type in CD comedy to get into like the comedy, that's awesome.
I imagine so, it's really neat, I thought that was cool.
And then if I want to watch movies it's like movie title dot exe.
Yeah it's gotta be something like house of cards dot exe.
S1 F1, you know say.
One or whatever.
It'd be a lot, you'd have to know what you want.
A lot of typing.
Very cool, Netflix always doing cool stuff always fun.
Yeah, really good.
So I like that, maybe we'll do it.
Of course I'm sure they will do that in the future.
Tell me about these moths because I'm concerned.
So this is very strange.
It almost borders on like eerie, like it almost seems like too sci fi, but scientists at North Carolina State University have figured out a way to control where moths fly.
By implanting electrodes in their bodies at, like, a very early stage of their life, letting their bodies sort of grow around these electrodes and then they transmit signals to these electrodes using the same signals the body of the moth produces itself.
That's super crazy.
Now they have this whole weird rig to do this, they can't just like control them in midair right now.
Right, right, right.
It's really weird, this is like one of the weirdest stories I've ever seen before.
I wonder why they wouldn't build electric moths?
This seems like a lot of extra work for something that we've seen.
Robo-cockroaches, we've seen robotic, you know, we've seen a lot of robotic insect.
You can probably make-
A billion moths-
You know, with like one little moth or two, I guess you need two to start, I don't know how they reproduce.
I'm not a moth expert.
But, they're saying this could be useful in, like, search and rescue operations because once they have these things flying and controlled.
They can attach little, tiny sensors to them, that can, maybe, fly into buildings, or fly into rubble, and sense if there's human people are, you know, humans that are still alive in that rubble.
So, really interesting, it just seems very weird.
It's like, it looks like an eerie circus you might see on, like, a creepy horror movie.
That thing has, like, a, yeah, where, see the arrow, it changes direction?
It just reminds me of the Amazon smiley, smiley face.
There is no smile in that thing.
No, this moth seems.
Terrified [INAUDIBLE] I feel really bad about this, like oh my God, like I, I hope that we're never in a position as humans to where we're tested on
like that, like by some kind of, you know, of alien beings that come from some different.
Got, some different galaxy, that would be bad.
Like I'm not a huge animal activist person but when you see that I'm kind of like.
It's bad, you feel bad.
Even though it's an incest, like I've killed flies and moths.
I know, I've killed moths, my cat will eat moths I'm like, I get it.
But yeah I feel really bad for that moth.
But it's I mean [CROSSTALK] that's interesting that they.
I was gonna say that, that's interesting that they're, that they're working on it for search and rescue type stuff.
That's pretty cool.
I think that's kinda neat.
So, the last thing is a little unnerving to me in that it makes me feel like in a few years we're gonna found out that we're in this infinite loop of Minecraft players creating more and more sophisticated.
Simulations that then create people that create MineCraft, that then create more, this is, yeah-
An infinite, I know, I just, everybody's brain just exploded.
I don't even know what you just said.
I don't understand the story, at all.
So, a handful of players in MineCraft, there's two in particular that we're gonna talk about today, are pushing the boundaries of the game.
They have created in-game hard drives.
Okay what does this mean?
I don't understand what that means
So in Minecraft you can build anything.
I'm sure everybody out there is pretty familiar with the concept of Minecraft.
These are computers inside computers inside a simulation.
Oh my gosh.
This is Minecraft.
So one one of these is the one you're looking at right now.
This is by a computer science PhD student named Cody Lipley.
And it holds one kilobyte of data.
and, the simplest way to explain this is, okay.
So you can make an ingame machine, that can run calculations using binary logic.
The game is run on
That's a simple way of explaining [LAUGH]
Okay so, binary logic.
So the heart of making devices like this is a minecraft resource called redstone that can give things power.
So in the game like you'll see.
People make things with like buildings that light up or rooms or ramps or whatever, and so that's the same type of material that this is powered by.
As far as I'm aware I will couch all of this with I'm not a professional Minecrafter.
All the time, so if i get this wrong, please, those of you out there who love Minecraft...
Explain it to us.
You know what, exactly.
Email and explain.
But this is how I am to, I am to understand how this works.
So, these guys grounded up this resource redstone into a powder and then coated these redstone circuits with them.
And that allowed them to power pistons, which you're seeing right now.
And that can then show true and false values in binary, which are normally represented that we've always seen as one and zero.
Ones and zeros, sure.
So it's not quite The Matrix, but he was saying that it's now if you were to shut the game down and come back up, you'd be able to store a very small, one kilobyte, one small amount of data in there, which is.
What would that be, like what, 1000 characters?
A tiny text file, yeah.
Something like a .txt file.
Then of course reddit for suggestions with porn.
They're like oh, just put the porn in there.
Store it in Minecraft.
Put the porn in the Minecraft.
Yeah, but I find this very fascinating.
And the other guy.
Kilobit, Kilobyte for that.
I would think.
For that yeah.
Well this other guy, an Imgur user named Z0JJ and holds, his holds four kilobytes, and this is really intense.
The other one looked simple and even though it's not, but check this out, this guy's got data, like to cpu bus, like this is crazy.
This is crazy.
This is wild.
It's so impressive.
So, so impressive.
I just hope that these geniuses are using their powers on the internet for good.
I'm sure they are.
They, so they're basically building working machines inside a virtual environment.
That's pretty awesome.
It's so, so amazing.
I don't really get it, but I'm sure it has huge ramifications that just make.
A lot of sense to a lot of people.
Like I said, over time it's gonna get more sophisticated.
Maybe they'll build an in, a simulation of a city with a bunch of Minecraft people inside of it, living and having jobs and things.
And then that simulation will one day build Minecraft inside Minecraft.
I know, I'm just, we're, yeah, we're freaking out.
But it's so cool.
And good job, you guys, cuz that's pretty amazing.
We're gonna take a quick 30 second break.
We will be back.
We have a sink or swim that I, I'm curious because I think there's gonna be some dissension in the ranks here, and then we also have your feedback, and of course, our phonetography of the day, so stick around, it's Tomorrow Daily.
Hello everybody, welcome back.
It's Tomorrow Daily, we are done with the headlines part of the show.
We have, we have thought about this and picked out a good one.
Now it's time for sink or swim.
Those are, I think we're the sharks in that.
We're the sharks.
Deciding whether to let something live or die.
Today we our, I'm very interested in this.
It's called the Q bracelet.
And, and Q bracelet reminds me of James Bond.
Like, designed by Q.
How's it spelled?
Oh, just Q.
And so what this bracelet is, is it looks pretty innocuous, and then boom, you put it, plug it in.
It's a phone charger.
Whoa, a bracelet that doubles as a phone charger.
Yes, looks like a handcuff.
What kind of body analytics are we collecting on this device?
What do you mean?
Yeah are we, does it calculate how many steps you take, is it, how long you walk, what the weather.
What do you mean no?
None of that.
So, what does it do?
It charges your phone.
That's what it does.
It charges your phone.
Okay, so you're going to wear an entire bracelet that charges your phone?
Yeah, you know why, cause I hate, first of all I hate putting a case on my phone, that's number one.
And number two, I hate carrying around an external battery, or, or in the case of a Galaxy device, I hate carrying around a removable battery, an extra battery just hanging around in my bag.
See, I find, well, I agree.
well, by the way, first off.
Every one of these videos now, have you noticed like how.
They are ridiculous.
They have to have like these models in them.
Everybody's just so fancy.
Everyone's so beautiful in these videos it's like unbelievable.
So, I agree with you on the case.
I don't like carrying a case.
But I also don't mind having.
I mean the chances that I'm.
The only time that I need to not carry something is when I go out for dinner let's say.
When I'm really I'm just having me.
And that's it.
Like dinner okay.
But like at that point it's usually late at night and like I you know I'll be out.
For let's say I'm out for eight hours.
Like my battery's usually charged by then usually I mean i try to.
So the only other use cases to me are like when you're out and about on your day.
And most of the time you have a purse.
I've got a backpack or some sort of bag.
If I'm traveling I've got a mofi case.
I've got a spare you know ten thousand million f hour.
Yeah but like carrying all that stuff with me though.
But, but you already have a bag.
It's so heavy.>> Oh yeah.
Oh my purse is so heavy.
Okay and this is gonna be.
I'm sorry I've already got a wallet and makeup and all this other.
[CROSSTALK] This is going to give you half, almost half a charge or a little bit more.>>Cool stuff.>>80%, 80%>>No, it said 60%>>Oh, I though it say 80.>> Oh, I thought it said 60 and there it is, 60% charge.>>Okay.>>So, 60% charge it's, it's, it's just a little bit more than a half.>>Okay.
But I say that, but I say that's pretty good though for, for most phones.
Now, a half a charge is pretty good.
It'll last you a while.
And the other thing is, here's, here's my other argument which is I would use this for things like CES, which I don't want to keep [CROSSTALK] well, no, no, no.
You need more than this for CES.
For nighttime stuff, because during CES
Okay, for nighttime.
you're plugging into everything and that's fine.
But if you go out at night, like I don't want to carry a purse.
I don't want to carry, I don't.
If I have a little clutch bag.
As a lady, as a lady.
If I have a clutch bag I don't want to carry around a bunch of stuff in there.
I want bare minimums.
Like I don't even get to fit in
No I, I agree.
My normal wallet.
In a little bag.
No, I agree act, Lindsay's had the little tiny thing where I'm like, can I just put this in there?
She's like no.
And it's like, there's no, no room.
I know, my husband too.
He's like, can I just put this here.
Can I put my wallet in here?
Can I put my keys in here?
I'm like, no, no.
It's like this.
It's like the equivalent of that.
Like if you had that space, and it's just like, shoop, and there's no space.
Yeah, that's what it is.
It's like a little cereal bowl.
That's how much we can fit in there.
Okay, I see the use case for going out at night.
And that's basically it, but during the day.
It's a good one.
Hunter, it's, yeah, it might be.
I just think it looks too bulky, even though they say it's really light and it seems like if it did something else, like if it was a Fit-Fit as well?
A carry-out pedometer?
But some sort of activity tracker,
I think Fit-Fit should buy this or fit, Fit-Fit should take a signal from this company.
Or not [UNKNOWN], a jawbone.
And do this, and you've got a winner.
I really like it as an idea.
They, and they, and it's not just lightning, as well.
You can use it on a micro USB.
Oh wow, Okay.
I like that they have both.
So you have two different versions.
Yeah, you can do both.
And then there' s a bunch of different colors.
You can get it in, like, brushed silver, brushed black, or brushed gold.
And then matte versions of those three things.
But it's not bad.
It's $79 if you wanna pre-order it and 99 up front.
And, and honestly, like I said, I mean, for something that's just a little bit of extra juice when you need it.
For me, I feel like that might be worth it.
It gives you reassurance.
That charge anxiety that we all have.
When I was at the airport yesterday, I mean.
It is unbelievable.
When you see.
People walking around the airport, they're all.
They're attached to plugs.
And with the mopies and all that stuff like everyone's got them now, I mean.
That is like a thing.
If you have a phone, you're worried about your battery, so I like the idea [CROSSTALK].
I just, I just hate putting a big, bulky, gross case on my phone.
Like all these phones are made to look.
And you everybody, it's just look.
I get the appeal everybody out there.
I get it.
You want a device, you wanna have all this extra battery life.
But the thing is is like it really just kills the aesthetic of a device that's so pretty.
I, I agree but here's the thing.
99 point 9% of people
have a case, have a case on their phone anyway.
Yeah well and they don't care.
And they, and they don't care.
They don't care about the aesthetics of the phone.
Oh no I, I'm totally there with you on the thing.
I gotta give this company props though for coming up with a new way of doing this.
Cause there are a million battery chargers out there.
Those little bricks.
There's a billion Mofi cases.
This is definitely unique like.
Cool it's different
I like it.
I might, i think I'm gonna back it.
I think I'm gonna I say, I say swim.
I say good.
It's only gonna get better from here.
I stay swim.
I'm gonna say hack it.
You say no?
If they have it, if they have the activity yeah.
I'm sorry sink.
Yeah it's sink or swim.
Didn't you say you said I thought you said back it.
I said back it and then I said this is gonna swim.
Okay but we're gonna swim.
You're gonna swim I'm gonna sink.
alright, fair enough, fair enough.
So that's it, that's the QBracelet.
If you're so inclined, and it is time now to get into our user feedback.
Cuz that's, that's right after we do our thumbs up, thumbs down.
I know, we just said thumb, we can't, we gotta get these things straight.
Yeah, yeah, yeah, I think it's like, think.
Sink and swim, just up and down.
I don't know.
Yesterday we Kale, Kale came in and we talked about fish playing Streetfighter.
I don't know if you saw that.
I did not see that.
Goldfish playing Streetfighter on Twitch.
[LAUGH] Very interesting.
I'd, I'll show it to you after the show's over.
You don't watch our show?
I'm just kidding, I know you were traveling.
I was traveling all day yesterday.
With a three year old.
So, so we asked everybody.
I used the hashtag tdfishfight and tell us who, what kind of fish they would use and what game they would play and what character they would play as.
Matt wrote in and said, my fish would play co-op portal 2 as a clown fish as P-body and a blue crab as Atlas.
I love it.
I really like that.
I like the clown fish.
Yeah, good choices.
But honestly on Twitter, I haven't seen anything else and I may have missed some of your hashtags but maybe I spelled it wrong, maybe.
I don't know.
But anyways, there is only one.
So now, we are gonna get into, we are gonna have two phonetographers of the day.
I know, we should, maybe we should call in to graphics and have them fix it.
Maybe for next season.
Maybe for next season.
Second season, we'll start adding some other devices.
Second season yeah.
It's like when something drops in the Appstore first, and then it's like you gotta wait for the android version.
Sorry you guys, sorry.
Our phonetographers of the day.
We're gonna start off with Rudy G. And Rudy G writes to us and says, hello Ashley and Rich.
Love your show.
Here is a local pic for you guys.
I don't usually take too many photos with my phone however the view was so good I couldn't resist.
This is Marina Del Rey!
Rudy G will be in charge of our meetup when we end up having one here in LA.
That's right, that's right.
This is on his iPhone 5s so this is not too far from here and that is, I will say, one of the great things about Southern California is we might not have a lot of green, lush green foliage here, but we do have some pretty amazing sunsets.
That is very true.
Punjab>> love it
beautiful sunset>>I say>> great picture>> I say 9.8
I'm going to back it
out of 10, your going to back that, alright, good, I say, I say swim
oh I think swim
swim, back it, whatever, no I love it, Rudy, great job.
And then our next one is from Chris D and Chris actually says I'm 12 years old.
He's 12 and he took this picture.
a huge fan of the show.
I took this picture a couple weeks ago in the Bahamas, taken with my iPhone 5 app.
Well listen, Chris.
You are a lucky lad to be able to go to the Bahamas.
I've never even been in the Bahamas.
I have never been to the Bahamas.
That water looks amazing.
It looks like you could walk on it.
Looks like it's made of glass.
It's see through.
Look at the umbrella in the water.
Yeah that, that's really nice.
You can just right there and you order a drink.
I would just imagine some sort of frosty drink.
Well for that 12 fpi
Not for him.
Alcohol free pina colada.
Not for you.
Shirley Temple, mister.
A Shirley Temple good I like that.
Some of those numbers are reversed.
Arnold Palmer, Arnold Palmer.
Yeah, a little AP.
[LAUGH] So, yeah.
That is, that is his picture from the Bahamas.
Two iPhone 5S pictures today.
Sorry, guys, I just r-
It's all right.
It's only the most popular smartphone, like, iPhone-
For pictures, [UNKNOWN] photography.
It's the only other smart- Okay, no.
Well we can't all like Galaxy devices.
It's only the most popular phone in the world, practically.
No, no, the Galaxy is.
Or, no, sorry.
Phone-camera though, yeah.
I know on Flikr, there's like- it's the data and stuff, yeah.
I know Flikr they do, like, the most pictures things, so maybe, maybe iPhone users take more pictures.
I feel like they do.
Yeah, well I think it's the, yeah it might be.
'Cause I'm talking about iPhone.
I see a lot.
I see a lot of Galaxy.
I see a lot of Galaxies.
A lot of Galaxy.
It's HTC every now and then and Lumia seems to come up quite a bit.
Personally when I'm out in the wild I love seeing like random phones.
Because I'm always like, when I see an iPhone I'm like OK, iPhone.
When I see like the random like motoX or like Nexus 5, I like I almost wanna like, talk to those people and be like, hey, you've got that Nexus 5, why are you so cool.
The guy at the store told me to buy it.
And then you feel like a jerk.
I don't know, they just told me it was cheap, yeah, I always see people, do you ever see people with cracked phone screens and you literally want to just give them a phone, like you're gonna, I'm like I just wanna help you.
I was home in New Jersey, and she's like, iPhone screen cracked like you cannot believe.
Like, I'm talking, she's like oh, I got a glass shard in my thumb.
I'm like, buy a new phone.
She's like oh, I'm not up for upgrade.
I'm like, how often do you use your phone?
She's like every day, every minute.
Every second of every day.
I go, so divide that $600.
I understand it's a lot of money, but divide it up.
And the reality is do what ever you have to do
$2 a day.
to figure out how to get that money or, I don't care if you have to open up a new line.
Yeah, open a new line.
I wish, if I had one wish.
I mean I would feel bad though.
If I had one wish, it would be to fix all the cracked screens in the world.
I would really like to, I always like seeing people with the HTC.
Somebody do this a couple of years ago.
I mentioned it on a podcast that I did a couple years ago.
He worked with HTC, and they gave him a bunch of devices, like not brand new ones.
But like one generation back.
And he was able to like give them to people who were using really old phones.
You know what?
You just gave me a great idea.
I'm gonna that.
I'm gonna, I'm gonna do that for a segment on KTLA.
I'm gonna get.
Someone to gimme a bunch of phones, I'm gonna go out into the streets, ask [CROSSTALK] upgrade it on the spot!
Bam, that's a good idea.
Maybe I'll cross too.
I'll do it for that and here.
We could, we could totally do that.
So, that is it for the show today, if you want to send your phonetography, in, you can do that firstname.lastname@example.org, if you want to find us on social media, you can also do that.
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