Tomorrow Daily 113: Project Ara news, a hacked Nintendo Power Glove, Hyperloop tracks and more
On today's show Google releases a new video about their modular smart phone experiment Project Ara.
The power glove is back.
And it's actually, it works this time.
Yeah, and the lab-grown muscles respond just like the real thing.
We gotta get implants.
Greetings, Citizens of the united.
I feel like I should be punching this guy.
Now I gotta sue you.
You have a patent on this.
Welcome to Tomorrow Daily.
I'm your host.
Ashley Esqueda joining me as always.
The man, the myth, the legend.
I don't know how to, I don't know how to do this.
We switched sides because of my hair.
Its like this is really sad.
I'm sorry to say.
But it was Khail's idea it wasn't mine.
I just wanna put that ego rumor to rest immediately.
You can't, you can't do all the things that I do or again I will sue you.
I've got good lawyers.
You do have good lawyers.
Spare no expense.
Better Call Saul.
All right, guys.
It's time for the headlines.
So an exciting thing about 2015 is we've been waiting for Google's Project Ara.
We saw phone blocks last year.
We've seen a lot of modular smartphone ideas where you have your smartphone, and you switch out pieces.
Which is pretty cool.
It's like building your own computer, but a smartphone.
You're huge on this.
So, google unveiled Spiral 2, so this is the new prototype of their project [INAUDIBLE] smartphone.
They did it at the Project [INAUDIBLE] developers conference in Puerto Rico.
So here they put a speaker in there, there are 2 power blocks, so say you want double the battery life.
There are two different battery modules, this one is night vision camera.
They showed a whole bunch of different modules in this video, which was pretty awesome.
So the parts that snap in place by using magnets.
So these magnets, they slide these pieces into place.
I really like that part of the video where they had a cracked screen, and then they just slide in a new screen.
Look at that.
Compass, heart rate monitors, there's all kinds of stuff in there.
And then they show this big array of like different pieces that could potentially be in the, in the blocks on the back of the phone.
There's like Nest, Google, Toshiba.
Like, there's all these different people in there and companies.
Was pretty awesome.
Looks cool, looks really really cool.
And, and actually I was a skeptic when I first heard about this like when phone block came, I'm like I don't know you guys.
Like, I mean it makes sense because we started buying computers prebuilt and then a bunch of hobbyists got into make them you know themselves.
And building them themselves, and now.
You and I build our own computers.
So this is sort of an evolutionary step in smartphones, I think, for me.
I want that!
I can think of a million things to put on there.
Is it, is that our TD of the day, what kind of things would you want to put on your phone?
It's not, but you guys can totally tell us, and we can talk about it anyway.
Like, if you wanna tweet at us.
I like because I- what was it?
The night vision thing?
Yeah, it was cool.
And it's like-
Now can I stalk people on-
from my phone.
And the neat thing is is that you can pick the things, like, so the idea is that you can pick the things that are the most important to you.
So I'm all about camera on a phone.
But I don't necessarily need a front facing camera.
I don't know.
Like, maybe I don't need it.
You don't selfie?
Or, well, not, not that often, no.
I'm so, but maybe I really want a high end camera, so maybe, for example, Canon makes a modular piece that is like a super high end lens and I can just pop that right in.
It's like, it's like it's for every different person so if you're someone who likes.
To, like, travel or hike a lot, you've got the compass, you've got the [CROSSTALK] a heart rate monitor.
If you're a doctor, maybe you have, like, a pulse thing or, I don't know, a pulse thing.
We're real technical here.
Yeah, super, we're doctors, really.
But I love it!
So, like, I, like, I'm.
I'm like a gamer so maybe there's, like, things you can add on that are like little joystick knobs.
This is great, I like, I like the possibility.
I'm worried about it being chunky, to like, make up for all of the like,
It might, well I'm sure the prototypes are probably a little thick.
But over time the neat thing is that they said they're,
You are going to have to buy a new phone, I know it
Of course, the new base model, you gotta buy the new base model, but the cool thing is, is that you're [INAUDIBLE].
Switch out even [INAUDIBLE] like processors and stuff.
So you, when you upgrade your phone, you're not just throwing away a phone.
You just pop a new processor in then it's faster.
I am interested to hear what everybody else comes up with.
Yeah, please send us your ideas because I have a feeling they're going to be really good.
But yeah, I really like, there's three different size blocks on this.
Smartphone and then, they're saying they're gonna go into pilot testing this year and have about 20 to 30 modules available.
We'll see it in, like, obviously beta or Google Glass where you can do like the Explorers program that just got discontinued today.
You like, some developers will be able to get their hands on this this year which is exciting.
So tell me about the power hub because.
This story is everywhere right now.
Is the guy's name Lucas?
Super duper cool.
Is he in The Wizard?
Nah, no, but the.
The power glove is so bad.
So bad it's good, I think you mean.
So this story is everywhere because it's totally amazing.
It, it, it involves the power glove and actually serving a purpose.
Okay, so this guy Dillon Mackey, dis, he works on Robot Chicken currently and he also works for Pez, one of my favorite YouTube channels.
He decided that he wanted to use the Power Glove to help him with stop-motion animation.
This is brilliant.
Okay so how this works is he DIYed this, he replaced the circuit board inside of the Power Glove so that he could use it to scroll, through frames, play the frames, and capture.
And all I did was just DIY it.
So you can see it.
Before he was carrying around a, like a, like a, you know, a little controller.
Like a keyboard.
Like a wireless keyboard or something?
And it was hard for him to hold it in his hands, so he wanted it to just be like, you know, so he didn't have to hold anything in his hands.
And he's saying that it's, it's way easier to do and he's very excited about it.
This is cool.
It's, it's based, it uses a Bluetooth.
That connects to his camera.
And the best [APPLAUSE] part [APPLAUSE] above all about this is, he built it so that if you fist bump [NOISE].
It makes a sound that says, effing awesome!
It goes, effing awesome!
Well it says the actual thing.
I would, I would want it to say now your playing.
But I'm on CNET so I cannot say that.
You can't say those, you can't say that word.
You can think about it in your head.
We only get one a year and you, we've already met that quota.
But there you go, you can check out the full video.
It's on, it's on Vimeo.
Yeah, so cool.
He, oh yeah, I forgot to mention, I forgot to mention, he has a little, few analog things on there, like tweezers, with which he can, pick at things like faces and stuff like that.
And he also has a magnet that he can attach a bunch of different things on to.
Yeah like parts.
And he has an eyebrow case that you saw there.
So that he can pick up little pieces of eyebrows for the characters and like change their eyebrows with the little tweezers.
It's just super awesome.
But that's really cool.
I love when they repurpose things to like make it useful.
Because obviously the power glove, you know.
You could see-
We'll have our hashtag of the day.
So our hashtag of the day is #tdpower and the question is, if you could Macguyver any old product into something useful today, what would you do?
Okay, you go first.
I, I think I would use a viewmaster, remember the viewmasters where you put the thing, and I would use it as a VR headset.
I want to be able to slide my phone in and like-
The view, the viewmaster?
I would definitely, no.
I would definitely I would definitely do the power glove.
You'd use the power glove?
I like the power glove.
You've already seen, like this, this guy using it, and you're gonna pick.
Yeah, but I don't make stop motion.
Like, there's a million other things that I could do.
Like, maybe I could type.
What would you wanna do?
Or maybe like I could-
Get a robot that'll like, pets my cat for me.
And I don't have to leave the couch.
That is super-duper lazy.
That's really lazy.
I did get pizza.
I mean, there's a whole bunch of stuff.
He figured it out.
And you turn it into a pit boy.
There ya go.
W, wh, what was in there?
Dale figured it out guys.
But there's gotta be a lotta different stuff.
You can do.
Or what's some other old tech?
Just anything, I mean.
Get bit, you could-
Who is skip it?
What could you do with a [UNKNOWN]
I don't even want to know.
I don't want to know that.
Anyway, so yeah.
What, what, what would you repurpose?
What would you repurpose?
And, and what would you repurpose it into?
Dont, don't even talk down to me for wanting to repurpose power gloves.
You guys only scratch the surface.
And that's why everybody is excited.
No, it's super cool.
By the way, I do have an issue with this, and that is that, have you ever tried a power glove on?
A-as an adult-
They're made for kids.
And so like, it's really-
I have giant hands.
Let me see.
Let me see.
I have giant hands.
They're, my hands are, have you ever seen Archer?
Like, look it, my hands are gigantic.
My hands are huge.
And even with the fingernails.
It's really sad.
It's kinda cool.
You can catch footballs and-
yeah, and p-palm a basketball, whatever, you know?
Slap people, like in Everlong and [UNKNOWN] girl gets a big hand.
Th-that was me.
I was a stunt double in that video.
Yeah, it was me.
Good career you got goin for ya.
Okay, so what do you got?
All right, last thing we have for headlines is lab grown muscles.
I'll keep this.
Pretty brief, this is awesome.
We've seen lab grown muscle fibers before, but the reason these are so particularly interesting is because they not only respond to electrical stimulation which, has always existed.
Including inside the human body but they also respond to drugs.
So, it like=
For example, muscle relaxers or drugs designed to, make muscles do something in particular.
What about steroids?
They're drugs, drugs, drugs.
So, drugs are drugs.
So this is from Duke University, and the researchers show this awesome video.
And like I said, the important part of this whole thing is they can respond to drugs as opposed to just electrical stimulation.
And they put these slightly developed stem cells into a scaffolding, and then grew muscle fibers, to like coax them into growing as muscle fibers.
And the cool thing about this is that say, for example, you go to the doctor and you're like, you know, I'm having this muscle issue whether it's a, a disease, or maybe you're having a general problem there like, okay-
Or a knee problem.
Hey yeah, that's me.
And they say okay, well we're not really sure if this like, this trial drug is gonna work for you.
It might respond very badly to you, so we're gonna grow your muscle fibers in a lab and test them.
So you're your own, you would be your own test subject.
Well, it's kinda.
So I, like this, kinda just a really neat thing.
It might also help, like, human trials for muscular drugs because the thing is you're not putting people at risk.
So it's just for testing?
So it's actually for testing.
It's not for, like, actually putting it in your body?
Yeah, this isn't a thing where it's, like, hey, we're gonna grow you some muscles and then implant them.
Like it, it's not like that.
Be like this.
You do a, eat four dozen eggs so you're roughly the size of a barge.
yeah, no, this is really cool, and I just saw it and thought it was so fascinating.
That we're doing stuff like this and that, and that and it's actually, these fibers that are not connected to anything else are able to response to.
Drug treatments, which is super weird.
Did they, do they say how long it took to grow the muscles?
I didn't see that in the couple articles I looked at.
I would imagine it takes a little while.
You know, cuz it takes a lot to grow things like skin grafts, and other, other stuff in a lab.
I mean, God they're growing organs in a lab.
Now, which is bizarre.
They're gonna accidentally grow a human.
One of these days.
It's just gonna, there's gonna be like a little sentient liver that's like, hey, guys!
Like, it's gonna be so bizarre.
On that note, we're gonna take a quick break.
We'll be right back.
It's time for another round of Into It when we come back, at, which we have some good stuff this week.
And and then, we have your user feedback and our phone-tographer of the day.
Don't click away.
Welcome back to the show.
We're, what are you.
You always look like you're looking at things and this room is.
I'm looking for you.
You're supposed to be over there.
Over that way.
The walls are literally, right on the other side of this.
So it's like, this is just the wall.
And like, it always looks like we're looking around as if this is a giant cavernous room.
The, the way I, the, I, I'm a YouTube guy, so I'm looking at all the related videos, usually.
I'm looking over to the related videos.
That makes a lot of sense.
That makes a lot of sense.
Okay, it's Thursday.
We haven't done this in like, three weeks?
It's time for Into It.
All right, so Kale.
You are you are into some very specific things this week which I think we all are.
So go ahead.
Well, television is back.
It's been, you know, everybody took the holiday.
But I'm more excited about the, that right now the comedies are the ones that are making the big, the, like the early returns.
There are a lotta good comedies.
There is Parks and Rec.
It's coming back for its final season.
The first two episodes were, were all right.
But it's just exciting to like watch a show get its like final season.
But man I love, I love comedies because those are the ones that you're like, eh, I'm cooking dinner.
I had a pretty great return.
It's first episode was like like yesterday, or something like that.
If you haven't checked out Broad City, it's really fun.
It's about these two young ladies
It just got renewed for a third season.
Great show, Broad City.
Archer is back.
My, this, this my, this is one of my favorite shows.
Archer is back.
They're, they're, they work for the CSCI, CSI.
They work for the CIA now.
This show is always great.
Some of the best voice actors in television.
Krieger's my, one of my favorites, Krieger and Pam.
And then yeah, so they-
I do, I don't think we had any footage for that.
Always Sunny is, is back.
You can just imagine the things,
So I'm, I am so excited.
Yeah, I can imagine them doing terrible stuff.
Yeah, you imagine the things [UNKNOWN].
But all these comedies are back.
These are really great for like, coming home after work and destressing and, and,
I always cook a steak.
I don't know why.
I cook a lot of steak, and chicken.
[COUGH] Chicken and steak.
I'm gonna die.
Khail's favorite, Khail's favorite hashtag is steak till you break so,
Steak till you break.
Steak till you break.
All right, cool.
So what are you into?
So I'm into, this is really exciting.
I saw this today.
Elon Musk tweeted, and I quote, will be building a hyperloop test track for companies and student teams to test out their pods.
Most likely in Texas.
Hyperloop is a technology that Elon Musk has discussed, but we haven't really seen in action.
They, there's this great video over on Wise Puppet, where they explain exactly how it works.
He had mentioned originally that he would have a hyperloop that would go.
It's like super high-speed rail.
So it uses this technology.
It goes the speed of sound.
It's super duper fast.
It will go in pods of, I think they said six people.
And so, the concept idea for this is kind of a thing that some people have said that I don't think this will ever happen, some people have said this is a great idea.
It's almost like you know those like weird vacuum capsules at the bank.
Like old timey like, old school bank stuff where you put a capsule in and it sends it via vacuum.
Or the tubes.
Totally like that.
So this is how it works.
This video's super great.
I highly recommend anybody watch it if you're not sure what hyper loop is.
So and then it would, and then it push things really really fast.
You'd be able to go, I forget what the time frame was, but it was like 45 minutes to go from here to San Francisco.
That's like super duper fast.
And he was saying its relatively safe.
Because the thing is it's not on rails like a traditional commuter train would be.
Why would you say relatively.
Well, cuz we, it's, it's never been tested.
This is, it doesn't exist.
So so yeah.
He's saying now that they are officially look into build a, a straight-up hyperloop test track, which is really exciting for anybody who loves super fast travel.
And the future.
Cuz this seems like a very Jetson Z idea.
This is very, the future.
But it's very exciting and very cool.
Yeah, I'm really looking forward to what's going on.
I'll be keeping a very close eye.
I mean we'll probably be 76 by the time it comes out.
I always feel like the day after I die, all these great things are going to happen.
Like we're going to cure cancer, we're gonna find immortality, the secret to immortality, and uploading our consciousness.
Like some sort of virtual reality stimulation.
We're gonna have these flying cars, super high speed, you know, mag lev, like whatever.
Super high tech travel, teleportation, like where just gonna figure all this stuff out the day after I'm dead.
You want to be immortal?
I think in a computer simulation I would, yeah
In a computer simulation?
Like the Matrix?
Like the Matrix, yeah.
Yeah, yeah I think I would.
I think I would do it.
But yeah, so that's what we're in to, which now it's time to get in to what you're in to, which is your user feedback.
So that was, I'm sorry, that was- you're into your user feedback?
Well yeah, 'cause they're into their own opinions.
I trust you, you're much better at transitions than I am.
So yesterday we asked you guys to use hashtag TD Nintendo and tell us what you got or didn't get or wanted to see from the next Nintendo direct.
Did somebody say F zero?
I mean I don't want to-
No, not yet.
We only got one piece of feedback on Twitter about this, so maybe YouTube, Cale didn't look at YouTube so you can blame Cale for not listening to you guys.
But Hector wrote to us on Twitter and said the next Direct needs to showcase an Amibo specific game.
I haven't been impressed with Amibo basically giving you DLC.
Which you know, Cale, obviously, he's super, what are you, why are you, what do you look like that for?
I don't want anymore Amibo stuff.
He's over Amibo.
That looks, that shot is insane by the way.
It looks hilarious.
I, I'm waiting for, I, I'm actually, I actually agree with him because I want, he's saying I want the amiibos do something
It needs, they need to have a purpose.
Totally fair, I think that's a really good thing.
I was hoping when I bought the amiibo, and obviously nobody's excited about this because nobody tweeted at us, but I want the amiibo to save my Super Smash Bros.
Like save, like, how many of this or this and then you can take it to somebody's house and compare it or like, level em up somehow.
I like that.
Because you unlock movies and stuff if you're, see?
And then we got another, we got an email from Ron.
And Ron wrote to us, he's a long time fan, and he says, In episode 110, Kale seems to have given all the credit for House of Cards to research done by Netflix.
Technically, not true.
"House of Cards," the new Netflix version was based on the earlier version of "House of Cards," done on the BBC back in the 1990's starring Ian Richardson.
Again, available on Netflix and, apparently, hysterically funny.
Good show, good stuff last week from CES, you two keep up the good works.
However, however, okay, however, I did some research on this, you're both right.
You're both right, okay?
Take that Ron, we're both right!
On Huff Po, I, I looked up an article, I did some research, I looked up an article about how House of Cards came to be, and at the time, there was a gentleman working for one of the development guys at Netflix.
He said their wealth of data on user viewing habits.
Proved there was a large audience for David Fincher, Kevin Spacey, and political thrillers.
So that was definitely a thing, but they chose to license House of Cards from the BBC because of that data and because they wanted to make it a thriller with Kevin Spacey.
But they wouldn't have bought House of Cards.
If they didn't have that data.
Had they, had they not had that data.
So you're both right.
You're totally both right.
Because I did this research.
House of cards is actually a novel.
So before even that show, it was, somebody wrote.
It's based on.
I hope they do a house of cards novel now.
Since it's just, yeah, gonna come [INAUDIBLE]
But that just means that Ron and I should be hosting this show.
I wanna see [INAUDIBLE]
Together we complete the information.
So, Ron, call me.
Yeah, order me a pizza, and then call me.
So, I, I really like that you guys were both right.
So there, there you go.
I like it.
But I did the research.
I was like, okay, I'm gonna look this up.
I actually liked the rebuttal stuff.
Usually people, usually people,
They like to agree.
They'll do it in the comments, they'll be like, you're dumb!
Railroads aren't purple or something really just like,
And, and Ron,
Ron was like, he didn't say I was wrong.
But, yeah he kind of gave of like gave us some information.
He gave you a little massage and then told you you were wrong.
So that you felt kind of good about it.
Some YouTuber's are on point, others.
Just to punch people in the face.
Yeah, just wanna watch the world.
Thank you Ron and yeah.
I'm a big researcher so I was like ok I'm gonna look this up.
U hand then finally, it's time for our phone talk for the day.
Our, our delightful [UNKNOWN] wrote to us.
Are you crossing your fingers that it's y, your favorite?
Is that Disney World?
She says, Hi, my name is Corban, my mom took this picture in Disney World on the monorail with a Nexus 5.
Your mom rules.
And then did some editing in the gallery app.
Obviously its, its, the colors have been enhanced, the contrast is in, you know, boosts it a little.
But super gorgeous still.
And the fact that it came from Nexus 5.
We've been seeing a lot of Nexus 5 pictures.
I guess a lot of people have Nexus 5s, which is pretty cool.
I, I, I'm, I'm kinda interested in what he did, but like, as, as, as far as like touching up.
Disney has some beautiful resorts, but the fact that she was able to get this one and get the entire resort is really impressive.
Yeah, super great.
Really, really good.
Cor-corbin's mom, I guess.
Like, you should have had that.
He's trying to take the credit.
Corbin, you're not my favorite viewer.
Your mom is though.
Your mom is our favorite.
Even if she doesn't the show.
That's very impressive though.
Thank you for your submission.
Yeah, super good.
And if you guys want to submit your phonetography to be considered for the show, please email us.
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Also, tell us, tell us what you want to see again.
TD power, what old school device would you recommission and turn into something new.
What would you do with it?
Is that a lot of homework?
Yeah, you guys got some homework.
Listen, I did help the cards research, the least you can do is drop us a line.
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Just kill off a little bit of YouTube anger, don't put it in there.
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You need something deep.
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Don't forget to rate and review.
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Something nice about Corbin's mom.
Something nice about Corbin's mom.
So, there you go.
But not too nice because that might be weird.
It might be awkward.
Yeah, don't go there, girlfriend.
Yeah, yeah cause maybe Corbin's mom has Corbin's dad in the picture.
So, let's not
We're breaking too far into this.
Yeah, we're breaking, we're getting way too deep into this.
So, that is it for the show.
You can find us on social media.
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And we'll be back on Monday with a brand new docket of weird future tech.
All the things you didn't know you wanted to know.
And until then be a good human.
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Have a good weekend.
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