Tomorrow Daily 098: Orion's launch, playing crosswalk Pong, mind-reading Pizza Hut and more
On today's show, NASA's Orion spacecraft makes a successful launch at landing and we're gonna tell you why that's so awesome and how it could lead us to Mars.
New technology lets you play video games at the crosswalk while you wait.
Oh, I like it.
And also Pizza Hut has a new piece of software that can read your mind.
I'm reading your mind right now.
Greetings citizens of the internet, welcome to Tomorrow Daily.
The best geek packed show in the known universe.
I'm your host Ashley Esqueda, joining me once again, as always, on a Monday, Khail Anonymous.
I want to go to Mars.
I do too.
Yeah, would you.
No cell phone reception, no internet.
I was going to say, no, no Fios, that seems.
Yeah, no Internet would be the reason we wouldn't want to go to Mars.
I think that would be the hardest thing.
Yeah, that I mean.
If we could have an internet connection, I feel like maybe I would go.
What if it's 56K?
Well, the problem is that it would take so long to get, like if we could just ask, like Google.com to NASA here on earth and then they have to send it back.
It would take forever.
Half hour to like, load up a page.
I changed my mind, I'm not going.
Yeah, me neither.
But let's talk about how some other people might go there.
Let's check the headlines.
Aah, before we get started, if I start coughing uncontrollably, I'm feeling a little under the weather today, so [COUGH] if I sound like a dying person.
I'm sorry, I promise I won't get you sick.
Sit far away from your screen.
So you don't catch it.
yeah, stay away from your screen, please.
Don't, don't touch me during the show on your screens.
[LAUGH] It's all germs.
So let's talk about Orion.
We were going to report on this Thursday.
But then they moved the launch date back a little bit because of the weather.
They said, it wasn't the right weather.
We're going to wait a day and we'll see how it goes.
And then, NASA successfully launched the Orion spacecraft.
The actual footage of the launch.
Which is super cool looking.
Look at that.
So this a four hour test flight.
Short flight, four hours.
It safely landed in the Pacific Ocean, so it went from one side to the other.
[LAUGH] And it landed in the Pacific Ocean, pretty cool.
And it, basically the point of this, if you haven't read up about this, if you haven't been hearing about this, is this is a capsule.
So it's not quite a space shuttle.
It's a capsule.
And this is one of the first steps in exploring and sending human beings to Mars, which is pretty great.
So what this capsule did was it tested critical onboard systems while it was in the air, like heat shields.
It took measurements on radiation exposure, and it orbited the Earth twice.
And then landed in the Pacific Ocean.
So basically the goal is to send someday, send astronauts in a capsule like this, to Mars.
So the road map includes sending Orion on an uncrewed trip to the moon.
So they wanna send this capsule again, like up to the moon uncrewed.
And then in the future, at some point hopefully by 2021, they wanna send astronauts.
Into the craft.
I don't know if that's specifically tomorrow.
I wanna say that might be a little bit farther down the road.
But, having a crewed set of astronauts get into the capsule and fly it around.
It's pretty awesome.
We got a lot of work to do.
We got a lot of work to do.
There's still a lot of work to do.
Lot of work.
But that's good.
It's good that we have, we have, you know, it's good to have a success.
Yeah, yeah, I mean it's, it's been a rough couple months.
But I think now with, you know, even, even Philae like landing, even though it didnt' go perfectly, I think that was really exciting.
And then of course, you know, now we have this so, more successes.
Like it's, it's feeling a little bit better.
I know for a while there it was kinda dark.
Like we were all kinda bummed.
Cuz there were some, some bad things that were going on.
Some explosions, some very, like not cool things.
But the neat thing about the castle is, we saw a lot of people kind of, or I did anyway, saw some people say oh, it reminds me of Apollo, the Apollo missions, and like oh, it's the exact same, and why aren't we progressing, and why isn't this technology better than it was.
But the cool thing about this castle as opposed to a shuttle.
As I were to understand it is that it's a safer and a, a more efficient way to launch and recover spacecraft.
And the other thing is it's mostly reusable.
So this is, it's capable and it's also capable of farther and longer, or further and longer time space exploration.
So this is like a much better choice.
For the first set of, you know, missions to get, you know, crews out farther into space for longer periods of time, things like that.
It sounds like that's the kind of upgrade you'd want.
I mean it's not like you're gonna add laser guns or anything to it.
Or, you know, like space whales, like, following next it or anything like that.
I'm sick, please.
I can tell.
So I, really, really cool and I would just, good job NASA and everybody involved.
Yeah, great job NASA.
So but now-
Always good new.
Now I would like to hear about this-
Oh, this is, this is the brink of technology right here.
[LAUGH] No, I'm just kidding.
Listen, I know we're excited about going to Mars, but this is something we could maybe potentially enjoy very, very soon.
Yeah, this is true.
This is all happening in Germany, but if you've ever been impatient while waiting to cross the street,.
Well, now there's technology in video games that'll keep you occupied.
Now, back in 2012 these two Germans decided that they wanted to create a video game where you can play pong with the person waiting across the street.
There's a pong game.
And they finally, they got approval, so now they, they made it on a few street corners, and as you can see, people are, are sitting here playing Pong.
They've even they now have a company called Urban Invention.
Yeah, and they've created a device called Active Wait and you can just sit there and play video games with the person across the street.
Oh, it's with a, yeah, it's interactive with the person across the street.
So they're, look at, they're, they're playing, it's time lapse.
And then of course, like oh, we can walk now.
Yeah, when it, when it
When it turns green it'll, it'll give you a alert.
Go across the street.
There's not much time you have left.
I love it they high five.
And you, made friends.
They were playing against each other.
Yeah, it's, it's an adorable way.
they, they are, they now have an Indiegogo that they have up.
To try and raise funding for future.
Aah, future games, or just developing technology.
Developing it further.
Yeah, because I think this is only at one intersection.
Yeah, it's only one intersection.
But that's still really cool that even
A step in the right direction.
You just dropped your phone, oh my God.
There you go.
But that's really cool that they are doing that they are working proto type.
That's really neat.
Producer Logan said something very appropriate for this, which was guys, how did you miss the obvious?
You should have put Frogger on.
Oh, man that is great.
It's like so obvious.
They should have had Frogger, play Frogger, and watch.
He meant to say, he meant to say Grand theft auto.
Yeah, of course, well that's always the first choice.
But then you know, Frogger or Pong, those are your second and third options.
Yeah, so there you go I didn't, I don't have the information for the Indy Go, go.
But if you look up.
If you look at Acti weight, you can go see plenty of what they're up to.
I like it.
What they go.
Fun little, fun little tidbit there for you.
So, speaking of fun little tidbits, as we all know, Pielo's Pizza.
Nobody, nobody knew that.
Nobody knew that, it's a secret, trade secrets.
So, I saw this story, and immediately thought of Kale.
Because Pizza Hut would not actually need this piece of software for Kale, but maybe for other people.
So this is what they're calling a sub conscious menu.
And what Pizza Hut is doing is they are going to, they would give.
Patrons a tablet and it has this software called Tobii, it's eye tracking technology called Tobii.
And the tablet running Tobii will do this little thing if you're watching right now, the Pizza Hut logo would go around and that actually calibrates your eye movement.
And then It'll show you a whole bunch of topping that are happening and then based in your eye movement in three seconds it'll decide, what topping are the most important to you and show you tho, and, and put in algorithm together and parsed it and then say, this is the pizza that you want.
How great is that?
Are you, wow, [UNKNOWN] you're crying.
I'm just glad it finally happened [LAUGH].
No, this is super weird.
It's so weird.
Why, why is it, why, why?
Why is it?
Also, well, I'm looking at that tablet screen, and the only thing I can think of is some of those toppings look super weird, and at first I didn't even know what they were.
So I was.
I spent more time looking at it.
Looking at it.
And then I'm like this thing is going to think, look at these toppings.
Doesn't that look like little doughnuts like.
You ordered pig elbows.
I knew looking at you what it's about.
I knew what that was.
It was like I'm sorry but [UNKNOWN].
It has corn on there and shrimp.
Like I would look at the.
Shrimp, going who would shrimp?
Oh, you've ordered shrimp.
Yeah, I know Yeah, before you can even say like why is this on here, it'd be like oh here's your pizza, it's shrimp and hushpuppies, like on a pizza with, like it's just weird.
So, so instead of somebody coming up and going like, what do you want, and you go god I've never had pizza before.
I just don't know.
I just have zero idea, what could you possibly put, that's just weird, Pizza Hut.
But it's like, I guess it's for the people who come and are like, I don't really know what I'm in the mood for, and then it's like, oh well, look at this thing.
And then it all is.
Tell you, you know, oh, based on your eye movements, these were the things you were most interested in.
Here is a, here is a pizza that we think would be good.
It's not like, here's your first and second choice.
It's not like, your first choice is this and so based on that we've created like a pizza with that topping and, you know, some other stuff on there we think you would like.
Based on what you looked at.
What if you just want one topping?
Well, then you wouldn't need it.
You'd just say, I want a pepperoni pizza.
You just look at the pepperoni, and just be like.
Just stare really hard at just the pepperoni.
Don't look at anything else.
There you go.
I'm sorry it's a weird pizza.
That is really, really weird.
By the way, I forgot to do our hashtag [INAUDIBLE] question of the day.
Oh, because it's sick.
Yeah, it, it is.
But producer Logan, can you throw up the hashtag of the day on the the, the lower third here?
That would be fantastic.
The hashtag of the day, #tdgamewait, and I wanted to know, and, and-
What would you play if you were sitting at.
A stop light.
Like what's the game you would want to be playing.
I said Fallout, but I changed it to Heart Stone.
Cause it's got to be, it's got to be a quick game, right?
Quick game yeah.
Nobody is going to be like, yeah, nobody can say like Sky Rim, and be in there.
In there for 300 hours.
Like, no I'm sorry I can't ever leave this cross walk.
That's a good question though.
What game would you want to play at a cross walk.
I would say three.
The, it's a card game, it's a puzzle game.
Did you ever play 2048?
Okay, well, that game.
Well, Threes is, is the original.
Shout out to Threes, but it was a, it's a game that just won iPhone Game of the Year.
So you can go, you go check it out.
It's, it's an awesome puzzle game.
You like puzzle games?
Like, you have to basically get cards, and you have to match ones and twos to make threes, and then you have to match cards.
It's really, and, and you can only swipe like up and down.
I'm glad we both picked, like, card games.
And that drag in and answer inquisition.
So that's your, that's your, that's your hashtag.
Yeah, what game would you want to play at a crosswalk?
What game do you want to play on a crosswalk?
Cuz that's actually cool technology.
And it keeps you safe which is neat.
You're also, you can also pick a game that you're playing with the person on the other side.
Whatever you want.
It could be the smash brothers.
Whatever you want.
So alright cool.
Well, we're gonna take a quick 30 second break, and then we will be back with a back it or hack it, and your user feedback.
And of course, our phonetographer of the day.
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Welcome back to the show!
We're back, after a very quick break.
so, this next thing is actually, it's a Back It or Hack It, and we were really interested in it but, you know, we were a little sceptical so we have some fun stuff for you.
So check out Back It or Hack It.
So of course, the holidays are upon us.
Everybody is decorating.
One fo the things that we always see like the jokes, the constant jokes about Christmas lights, is that they always get jumbled up in to a big knot, and they're really tough to unravel.
So these two guys started a company.
And, it's called Aura, powered by Aura, and these are Christmas ornaments that light up.
So, that's what it looks like.
And they're wireless.um, and it's powered by a ring that goes around the tree.
So, of course.
duh, here's, here it is, the trope that you always see.
It's like all these Christmas lights are so hard to [CROSSTALK] untangle.
Yeah, like a, Mer, a Christmas vacation.
Yeah, and these are the two guys.
I, oddly enough, I talked to them and they said that they met on, via Trickster.
You, you actually went and talked to them?
Oh, no, they came to me.
They came to my house.
And they came to my house to show me the technology, because honestly, like, I saw this video you guys, and I was, I was pretty skeptical.
I'm like, I don't know.
Like it just seems kind of gimmicky.
We're, we're skeptical people.
And I notice that they were located here in southern California.
So I reach out to them, and they, you know.
Can't like, talk to their, their lovely p r person and, had them, had them come out to the house.' Cause we don't have a tree here, we couldn't fit one even if we tried, so.
Yeah, plus we hate nature.
Yeah, we also just hate trees.
And so why don't,' cause I have one in my house.
But, I really wanted to see this technology first hand.
And so I did.
So I invited the guys over to talk a little bit about Aura, and then also.
Show me the actual product in you know working.
So, check out this little video that I put together.
My name is Hardeep Johard, I'm the co-founder and CEO of Aura.
My name is Chris Higgins, I'm the CTO at powered by Aura.
I've always been annoyed at the amount of wires on the Christmas tree.
My mom actually puts so many lights.
On the tree, it just, kind of strangles it.
So we really wanted to, get rid of them and, just make it, a more fun experience.
The technology, that we're using is a perfect fit for the Christmas tree.
Because it's vertical, and, it works better with the technology.
To get to this point we've gone through quite a few prototypes.
I'd say six, seven different iterations of testing out different prototype on the transmitter side to bring itself in the ornaments themselves.
I can't even count the number of pcb's I've got at home.
So probably on the magnitude of ten to twenty different models of the pcb's.
[INAUDIBLE] Is really exciting to the future.
We're getting a lot of people interested as, a lot of people want to license the project as well as distribute it.
The response has been pretty amazing.
People have suggested and we originally had gone with glass, all glass, frosted, clear, and crackle.
But, people brought up the point and have shown us that they really like plastic for kids, for dogs, for animals, and for just normal safety purposes.
So, we're actually launching a plastic option as well.
Once you have a field of awareness that there's electricity around Christmas trees, it's incredible what you can do with ornaments.
Things that really have never been done before.
You can bring motion, music, all sorts of syncronizations with smart songs, and just a whole internet of things.
That was a little bit on, you know, the technology, and how many prototypes have gone through.
It took them about a year, about a year to put together.
And yeah, it's actually really cool.
Like, I was really surprised at how well it worked.
I loved how, you know, they were able to kinda run, you know, the different colors over the board, and, sort of show me, like, how each bulb lights up and it was just great.
Like it, it works really well.
So they're already-
It's crazy talking to the people that actually like, worked on it and-
Yeah, no it was-
Know a little bit deeper.
They brought over because, you know, obviously they have to go through the manufacturing process to get this.
Small, you know, retail version of it.
So that prototype that you saw, it's like what they brought to the house.
It's this huge thing, and lot of things going on.
But it was amazing.
Like it was really neat technology with, you know, this, they're calling it a power ring where it's, you know, it's this loop that you would clip into your tree.
Like if you had a tree that was taller than I think they said five feet.
You would clip it into like the middle of your tree and then it would light up all the bulbs.
Fu, from the top to the bottom.
Which is, I mean it's really cool, like it's really good technology.
Of course, it's not gonna be available this Christmas but they're hoping
It's next Christmas.
Is their goal.
Yeah, they, that you would get all your stuff by next Christmas.
and, and I really like the, like they were saying in the video, one of the things they did was.
They really listen to their backers and, at the start of it they only had glass available, and glass ornaments.
And then a lot of people said, well I have kids, or I have, you know, I have animals and pets that are, you know, love to get in my tree.
That are jerks, yeah.
Yeah, like I have cat jerks who like to just swipe stuff off my tree.
[LAUGH] All cats are cat jerks, but go ahead.
Yeah, and so, so they listened to them and they actually put together ,.
And the, what, what you saw in the video, the the one that was really glittery was a plastic ornament, that would w, also work with it.
So it's, it was really cool and it was really nice to be able to talk to them.
They're super nice guys.
I just, I really enjoyed kind of seeing what that technology was about.
And as a sceptic, like I mean when I saw the Kickstarter video I'm like, I feel like this could be manipulated in some way, like the lights could be made a little brighter.
You know, like, and, and it's real tough with Kickstarter.
Cuz sometimes you watch these videos, and you're like, how much of this is real?
And how much of it is, you know, either doctored or otherwise like, kind of, out of a 100 cakes, this is the one time it worked perfectly.
So, it was really nice to be able to actually just see it functional and working right in front of me.
It was really cool.
So, I actually backed it this morning.
After seeing it and like.
I felt really good about it, and was like okay, I'm going to back it.
I kind of want some.
That would be a great Christmas gift.
Well it's only 69 bucks, and so 69 to get a version that is not WiFi enabled, so you get the loop and you get the 12 ornaments for 69 dollars.
And then for 99 you get.
A WiFi enabled one, where they are going to have an app where you can control lights.
And turn them on and off.
So super cool.
And they did, I mean I'm sure somebody, some company is going to have like lots of interest in this, like some Christmas lights company, I'm sure they'll have you know, like various arrangements.
This is really cool, and I think people would really enjoy this.
Kind of a neat way to light up your tree, right?
I like the charger thing.
I like the charging ring.
The loop, yes.
I want that.
I want that thing.
It's really neat.
And, it's, it's bigger that I thought it was but it also was, a lot more subtle.
Like, I feel like you could put it in a Christmas tree and, it would camouflage in pretty well.
It's called Aura powered by Aura.
You can go check it out but thank you to the team over at Aura for, for coming over and showing me the technology.
I know that, that's a little bit of a hike for them because they out by the beach.
Little bit of a drive so especially on a Friday in Los Angeles.
So I appreciate that and.
But yeah, so that's Aura.
I say obviously back it because I, I actually.
Puy my money where my mouth was and backed some this morning.
So, I was very skeptical but now I'm a believer.
[COUGH] I think it looks great.
I'm, I'll back it.
I like that, that technology and actually that it's pretty affordable too.
Like I was expecting it to be like, oh it's $199 for the starter kit, cuz that's.
How we see the [INAUDIBLE] price point for a lot of stuff on Kickstarter that's sort of tech based, where it's like $200 is the get in.
Or like $150, or, you know.
So to hear it was under $100 was pretty nice.
The one I backed, I got like four box, I got like four boxes or something.
Well, it's like if you're gonna, you know, go big or go home.
That's, I'm a Kickstarter, guys, I'm a Kickstarter fiend.
It's very, every week I'm always telling-
You get a box and you're just like, what is this?
There are Kickstarters we don't even cover on this show that I'm like, I just backed this, I just backed this, like I back lots of stuff.
So, but I, I did back this.
I decided, put my money where my mouth was and I backed it this morning.
So thanks, Sora.
Are you ready to talk some user feedback?
Alright, let's do it.
Last week we asked you guys on.
Two side squad, right?
Two side squad, yeah.
To use the hash tag t d s squad to tell us whether or not they got the casting right.
And everyone said.
And most people were pretty much in agreement with it, which is pretty cool.
Even the creator of Suicide Squad didn't write to us, but
In an interview, the guy who created the comic book was, like, he was, he was very happy and pleased with the casting.
He thought it was really good.
He said he, he was really impressed.
And felt that Warner Brothers was taking his property very seriously by casting these major actors in all the roles.
He thought that was awesome.
So it was really neat.
And I, I read that this morning, and I thought that was cool that he was so excited.
Who wouldn't be excited to have, Margo Robby play Harley Quinn.
Yeah, yeah, exactly
So what did they, what did they say?
So Rick wrote to us and said, excited for Will Smith, I hope he doesn't pull another Hancock.
By the way Jai Courtney is son of John McCain and he's gonna be Kyle Reese.
He's, I, I'm well aware.
That he is going to be in the Terminator movie.
That I'm still kind of ignoring in my head.
Cale, you've got a lot of hate for some of your Jaicourtney.
Was one of them Jaicourtney?
I, actually maybe all of them.
All right, what else we got?
Also Leo wrote and said I personally think that, the Joker should have that, should have that awesome man bun of Jared Leto's.
#TDSquard, #10/10moviecast, #besteyebrows, #caradelevigne.
She does have the best eyebrows in the university, I'm pretty sure.
Yeah, that's pretty good.
But Jared Leto does have the best man bun, I will give you that.
Yeah, we gotta go, we gotta go man bun and eyebrows, all right.
I think, I think that's a really good comic book series that we should start.
Man bun and eyebrows?
Man bun and brows.
I mean, I dig it.
But those wer our, those are our two main ones, and then also we're still collecting your TD100 Tweets.
Oh, there were some really good ones.
So, any of, if you've been leaving comments about.
What you, what your favorite, moment in.
In all of Tomorrow Daily.
We've had some really good ones.
Yeah, we're going to share them with you on our 100th episode.
We're sifting through them, but we want more, so.
Yeah, we're sifting through them, and then we're going to make producer Logan stay up all night one night to comb through every show we've ever done to find every one of those clips.
We like to make him.
Stay up late and not have a social life as often as possible.
Yeah, it's true.
So this is another opportunity that you can help us out with.
Yeah, very true.
And of course it's time for our very last piece of user feedback.
This is our phonetographer of the day.
So I hope I get this right.
It's not from Jaiquanee.
This is from Joao.
I think that's how to pronounce his name.
I hope that I got it correct.
He says hello guys.
My name is Joao Gustav, Gustavo.
I'm sending a picture of a huge ant I found, while practicing tennis at a club here in Brasilia, Brazil.
It was taken on my Note 2 cell phone.
Say hi to the Brazilian fans, I love the show, bye.
Look at that ant.
Look at that crazy ant, that is a giant ant.
That's a really good photo.
I feel like I could, I feel like I could destroy a city.
I like all the details.
It is very macro.
It's super good.
Yeah, no, it looks amazing.
I thought that was really cool.
[CROSSTALK] Like some of the best fans.
Like all of, like, some of the fans that have come up to me and talked to me.
Just fans in, no I would say fans in general-
They're really good at being fans of everything.
Yeah, they really are.
They really are.
Like whatever a Brazilian chooses to be a fan of, like that's bonus.
That's literally gravy, because they are such good fans.
Like, I'm not joking, this is, I'm super serious.
Like I have a friend whose family's from Brazil.
She lives here.
She's like, anytime she gets fanatic about something, she's like number one fan.
Like she doesn't mess around, like she's serious.
So that makes this guy my favorite viewer now.
He's my favorite viewer now.
But yeah, hi Brazil.
All of Brazil, big country.
All of Brazil, not one person.
Not just one or even just Rio Dejenaro, no, all of Brazil.
Nobody in the, yeah, even the people that hate the show in Brazil.
Even if you hate it.
Fine, how you doing?
I'm still saying hi to you, hi.
We, we like you anyway.
We'll like you too.
We like you anyway.
If you guys wanna send your phonetography to be considered, to be featured on the show, you can email us, firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also send us your hashtag of the day, your TD 100 thought, whatever your favorite moment on the show was, feel free to email us, if you absolutely hate emails, that's fine, we use social media.
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He does say that.
And also subscribe.
I'm Jack Courtney-
That's a direct quote.
That's how he, and he finishes it off with that one.
[COUGH] That's, that's definitely a direct quote.
And if you want to find us individually on social media, you can find me at Ashley Askella on Twitter.
Yeah, we're super easier to find.
But until then, until tomorrow, we're gonna have a brand new plate of new, weird, wonderful, geek.
Stories for you to check out.
And hopefully you're better by then.
I hope so.
I'm hoping it doesn't get worse because I have this feeling that trajectory wise, like I'm gonna get worse right at the 100th episode.
And then I just won't be here.
Or you'll hand like a, I'll get sick.
And we'll, it'll.
You'll have to wheel me in on a gurney.
For the 100th.
I'll be like.
Like, oh God.
I'd watch that show.
It'll be terrible.
But until tomorrow, be good humans you guys, and we'll see you next time.
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