Tomorrow Daily 119: Robot bats, real-life ad-blocking headset, a futuristic piano and more
On today's show there's a robot that flies and walks like a bat and his name's not Val Kilmer and he wasn't in Batman Forever.
If you hate ads as much as me, now you can block them just from your everyday life.
And a very futuristic grand piano that took ten years to design.
It looks like a space ship.
It doesn't fly though.
It's Tomorrow Daily.
Greetings citizens of the internet.
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I'm your host Ashley Esqueda.
Joining me as always the man, the myth, the legend.
Killing all men.
You seem like you're made of meat.
You're made of meat.
I'm very I'm very medium rare.
I'm not rare.
No that's true.
But that's, that's good.
Yeah I by the way.
Thanks for getting me into Kickstarter.
After that game yesterday I spent
like an hour and a half on Kickstarter finding a bunch of stuff.
That I'm not gonna get for a year
You're welcome Kickstarter
You're welcome future [INAUDIBLE]
Yeah, you're welcome
with your hoverboard and whatnot
You paid for the hoverboard?
I didn't know you had ten grand just layin' around, that's just how you do?
Yeah, it's pretty good.
I have a lot of side gigs.
I was going to say, you must have a great financial advisor.
[UNKNOWN] It's time to make the headlines!
Alright, let's make some headlines here.
I don't like this one.
I don't like this one either.
It freaks me out a little bit.
I actually really like bats.
I think they're cool.
I like to go see-
I like to go see them at the zoo.
I like to take pictures of them, but-
Little doggie faces.
They have those real cute little like half rat, half doggie faces, they're kind of adorable.
However this is not so adorable.
This is a robo bat.
This is called Daler, D-A-L-E-R, and it stands for Deployable Air Land Exploration Robot, and, yeah.
As you can see in this video, it has, completely flexible little wing tips there.
And this comes from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology at [UNKNOWN] and the National Center of Competence and Research, which I like that center, it sounds funny.
But it looks like a little bat and it has some interesting features, so as you're seeing in this video, it has a foldable.
Skeleton under its wing so it can, it can retract its wings or spread them.
And then the tips of the wings can rotate, which actually allows it to do a couple different things.
Not only can it fly and sort of do that, it can also walk.
Which, this is horrifying to me to watch this thing like,.
Dragged itself along the ground.
Just like a bat would.
It's super weird.
It can go from flying to walking and back without any human adjustments.
See it can.
So there it's going it's flying all around.
It flies very, very quickly.
Faster than a person can run.
So at some point these will be hunting us down and murdering us.
Anything that goes fast, that runs faster than a human being, an average human being, I just assume will be killing us at some point.
So there it is, so there's the transition, it lands on the ground, and then all of a sudden, oh, there it goes it's gonna get its little back, wing tips together and start walking around on the floor.
Very quick turnover straight to the walk.
Super quick turn around.
So what's their goal?
Point of this is proof of concept right now.
But the point of this is maybe to use for things like search and rescue.
So really fast-
You know they only say that.
At least they say that.
[LAUGH] We're stating to get very suspicious-
about this whole search and rescue purpose.
Because I think it's been used so much now that's it's like.
Oh yeah, it's.
I know it has a gatling gun attached to it's face, but it's search and rescue.
Search and rescue, obviously.
Yeah well it's but, but to their point.
You can fly into a place and without having precision land it.
And then just go.
> And then have it walk the rest of the way.
Yeah and it's flexible so it can kind of I'm sure it can maneuver a little bit better than a rigid robot.
It was durable too.
Yeah it had the thing in the video where it wa shock proof.
They were like hitting it in the wings and stuff so that's.
And, they said they were actually inspired by the Empire Back.
I'm assuming version 2.0 will have blood draining, human blood draining abilities.
So would you rather have this flying around than drones?
Well it seems like this is a drone that could actually really harm you, on purpose, so I'm gonna go with regular drones.
Doesn't have the hover capability, but.
And it can chase after you when it crashes into the ground.
This is actually.
I'm still actually really, really impressed with it, its versatility.
[LAUGH] It is super versatile.
Like, most of them are like oh, yeah!
It's a, it's a drone, but like if you do anything to it-
But if you barely look at it, it breaks.
Breaks into a million pieces.
So, kudos on that one.
It's pretty cool, but also a little terrifying.
Okay, please, please continue.
This is bonkers.
This is a little crazy.
Okay, I don't know of anybody has ever really had the problem of looking out the window, seeing an ad or a billboard and just was like, ugh, I wish I didn't see that.
Well, check out Brand Kill.
This is a device that erases and blocks brand names and logos.
from your vision.
That looks ridiculous
when you look at actual brands.
This is a, obviously this is a hack from a hack-a-thon from 4 student developers.
It uses, look, it's very primitive.
It uses cardboard goggles, webcam and a 7-inch display with a webcam feeding your entire field of view.
Your whole field of view [CROSSTALK]
So you can't see anything, it's just, well, it's feeding, okay, so you're seeing with the screen and that's what the web cam is shooting [CROSSTALK]
Exactly, so it's a little delayed.
So here's, here's what it does.
It blurs logos that are pre-programmed in to your headset.
So the ones that they had.
Only pre programmed ones.
It's not going to like [UNKNOWN]
Here's the ones they programmed.
See that a lot.
See that a lot.
Pepper, that's awfully specific.
I just saw lucky charms.
Real quick, I have an issue with them blocking Dr.
Pepper because it looks like.
Because it's delicious, first of all.
First of all, shout out to Dr. Pepper.
Yeah, why would you ever want to block Dr.
But also, it looks like motor oil.
So if they block out a motor oil logo and you start drinking it thinking it's Dr. Pepper,.
Maybe sometimes you need labels, guys, is what we're saying.
Back, back to the back to the, the.
Please yeah, continue.
The science inside computing is Python and an open CV.
Ready for the goal?
I always break the goal, the goal that I have separately.
Yeah, what exactly is the point of this?
So here's their quote.
They want to blind consumers to the surplus of corporate branding
I like how you paused at we want to blind consumers
We just want to blind them
We want to blind consumers to the surplus of corporate branding and envision a future in which consumers.
Can augment reality to opt out of corporate influence.
Well maybe Microsoft will buy this for HoloLens.
I was just about to say that.
HoloLens that can to, this can totally, totally happen.
Make it integrate.
Yeah, just blur out all the things.
We have the technology.
I don't really have this issue, but all right.
yeah, I mean, I know some people complain like oh, gosh.
It's like all day long constant.
Branding in my face.
So I guess, I mean I guess I get it but,
It's interesting enough.
But I love Dr.
It brings us to our hashtag of the day which is #TDBlock.
I love this one.
I want to know what you wish you could block out with technology and how that would work.
So my thing is I would like a technology.
That would go into my contact lenses and that would blur out or otherwise remove like annoying people.
Like if I could just you know, like more specifically if I, if I had to be more specific I would say people who are rude to like servers.
People who are rude people.
Block out rude people
They don't exist.
Just erase them.
That's like black mirror.
On the holiday episode you can block out people that are criminals
But that's interesting.
Don't give out any spoilers.
But what about you?
Mine is much simpler.
Its more like any ad block space.
I want to block people that have bleeding hearts on Facebook.
Just people that just complain about like-
Complain about everything?
It's just like, all right, you know, deal with it internally and figure it out, maybe talk to someone close.
Create a real, you know, connection with somebody rather than just going and getting,
this artificial you know, praise that you become addicted to when you feel like you have to keep doing.
And I've thought about this too much.
I think that's pretty much the point of Facebook at this point.
I'm deleting my Facebook today.
Oh, yeah, but you can also share and connect.
True, you could ma, post pictures.
Get party invites.
Events all like that.
Mm-hm see all those yeah.
And that's a good.
That's a good one.
Like seeing it.
To get rid of all of the, the extra nonsense on Facebook.
We just I like how both of ours are we hate people.
Oh my god people are so annoying.
Alright well at least they're not flying robot bats.
That is very true.
Lets move on.
Lets talk about this.
Future piano because it is really cool looking and I can't wait to show this to you guys.
So this is from- this is the lead designer.
He's a piano player named Gergely Boganyi.
So we're seeing some previews here of this piano and it's like- I don't want to give it away yet because it's very sleek.
So this piano looks like spaceship.
Like I'm not, I'm not even kidding you guys.
This piano is insane looking.
It took over ten years to design, around 8,000 engineering hours.
It has over 18,000 parts.
It is called a Bogany.
Oh my God, just reveal the thing already.
Yeah, there it is.
Ah-mm, it is extremely attractive.
ah-huh>> In terms of pianos.
It is gorgeous.
It is like the fir
I'd like to spend the night with that.
It's like the Maserati of, it's a ridiculous like expensive after mark up of pianos.
There, there you go.>> Wow!
Look at that!
So it has two legs instead of three.
And this is very interesting.
The reason why is because there's a hollow under the piano where a normal third leg would be, like in the back, that you'd see on, like, grand pianos now.
That there's a hollow there instead of a leg that allows the sound to be conducted in a hollow that pushes it clearer so it has more clarity when the sound comes out to the audience.
Which is really cool.
It has a unique composite sound board, a mo, and a modified iron and wood frame so the sound board, this is very interesting, is weather resistant and uninhibited by humidity or dryness, and, and some other elemental kind of issues that a lot of pianos have.
So, for example, if you travel with a piano, if you're a professional.
And you have piano that you either travel with or otherwise let's say you live in an area where there is a lot of weather.
So New York for example.
And you can't necessarily fully control the room that your piano is stored in.
That means that your piano might go out of tune sooner or you live in a house.
Their piano was out of tune sooner.
And what they're saying is this, because of this sound board that's extremely resistant to elemental issues.
That it holds its tune longer.
And it has less maintenance as well.
So over time, you will have to maintain this piano less.
I'm sure the cost,
I was just about to say, actually, cost?
Borrowing the piano, there's no, there's no cost yet, which means.
We will never, ever buy them, but.
But I'm sure like, Lady Gaga's already like, scoring one out and making like, some sorta sleep chamber.
Yeah, she sleeps inside of it, yeah.
I'm sure she has already and like, sleeps in it and actually flew it here from whatever planet she came from.
I, okay, so.
Super fast [UNKNOWN].
This is, this is crazy.
Why did it take 10 years?
Well cause he was saying it, it, this was a whole team of like dedicated engineers, designers, musicians, like people who came through and, and worked on this project to make sure that this was.
Because we haven't really seen, if you think about it, great advances in the actual grand piano in a really long time.
Very true, yes.
If you go back in time they look all pretty much the same from like a certain time forward.
And they've just, they've gotten better at different things, but never like to, it's never changed this drastically since the invention of, you know, the grand piano.
It's, it's really strange to me that it doesn't, it didn't sound like it has a lot of like.
Technology in it.
Like I think that they just really worked on the design being really beautiful, and sorta futuristic-looking.
And on top of that figuring out exactly what parts and creating new things like this sound board that would enable the piano player to have the best possible sound, hold it's tune for the longest amount of time, have the least amount of maintenance, and also give the clearest.
And most robust sound experience sound experience to anybody listening to it, which I think it awesome.
Very cool looking.
I like it.
So that's the, that's the, really expensive spaceship piano that I just want really bad.
It looks like, the cars in the Jetsons.
You just jump in and go
Do you even know how to play the piano?
I do a little bit.
I tired to teach myself once.
My cousin got piano lessons when I was little and I didn't, so I was kind of jealous.
And so I just started learning myself.
What'd you get?
When I was five, I took hosting lessons instead of [UNKNOWN] and soccer.
I learned hosting.
I'm here on the scene where the dog is lost.
I played volleyball.
That was my jam.
Sorry to waste your time, audience.
But I tried- I tried to play piano.
I can still play a little bit.
But I never actually like- Formally learned how.
But I can play a couple songs.
I don't know.
Anyway, on that note.
Do you see it?
Did you see what I did there?
On that note?
We're going to take a quick break.
I know Khale, I know.
But we're going to be back with new releases and of course your user feedback and our phone [UNKNOWN] of the day.
So don't go away!
Welcome back to Tomorrow Daily.
Which is always an exciting day for you especially but both of us.
Well because it's the day we tell everybody all the great stuff that's coming out this week.
And what they should be doing.
So this is the new releases.
First up, I'm not going to bury the lead.
Guys, you've got to go buy Grim Fandango.
Gonna rematch it.
Oh, my god.
Let's think of it this way.
No, I finally get to play.
You'll never have to hear it, you'll never have to hear about me saying I'm excited it's coming out again, because it's here.
It's out, available today.
It is one of the oh, gee point and click adventures, right?
It's one of the classics.
One of the classics, yeah.
One of the classics.
You play Manny Calavera, you're an agent [INAUDIBLE]
And you sell like, so like vacation packages for people to go to like the land of the dead, it's like a four year journey, anyway [CROSSTALK] [INAUDIBLE]
Is this 4:3, in the?
Yeah, of course it is, cuz that's how the game was made.
So yeah, it's I'm just super excited about this.
We got [INAUDIBLE] .I mean, oh man.
I'm just so jazzed.
I can't wait to play it.
I already pre-ordered it.
It's over on, over on my Playstation 4.
What are they, what are they saying?
Oh, so, I want to know, I wanna know how they are updating it.
What are the things [CROSSTALK]
The controls were a little wonky back in the 90's.
And then they're also doing all kinds of stuff.
Like they're redoing the, they redid the orchestral, the music.
They did, I think they have like some special features.
I'm not sure what they are because I haven't downloaded the game yet.
But all of the-
Are you going to replay it?
Of course, yeah.
I've already pre-ordered it.
So I can't wait to replay it.
Xbox got screwed on this one.
It well the thing is I think Sony was more willing to take a risk on it and so I think that they worked with Tim on sort of Tim Schafer on bringing.
And the other thing is they had to get permission.
Cause Grim Fandango was a Lucas Arts game.
So they had to get permission from Disney now who.
So that was like a whole big thing.
So I'm hoping though that, that means cuz they obviously are now remastering Day of the Tentacle which is huge.
I'm really excited about that.
Do you like that one better?
I like Grim Fandango the best.
But I really like them both.
I'm gonna try it, I'm gonna try it out.
I'm gonna try it out.
It's like, it's like 15 bucks so it's, it's not even an expensive.
But you have to play Fallout again.
Fallout 3, There's no other Fallout,Sorry
I'll consider these words.
I have to be able to play it on XBOX One.
I don't have a XBOX 360 anymore.
Dying Light is coming out.
I thought this was a very interesting game.
Have you heard of this?
I thought it was already out, people are playing it on the Oculus Rift.
So dying light is a first person survival horror game.
And the, the thing that I thought was interesting about this game is that, like apparently it's very realistic in the way that like when you start your week and you like, you have like boards and stuff, you have to like fight off zombies with and then you get better at actually fighting them off later and you like makeshift things that are actually cool and useful.
But not at, not at first.
[CROSSTALK] Who's the developer on this?
You're pretty rough.
That's a really good question and I don't have that off the top of my head.
But it's, it's gonna be available, it's available today, the 27th on Play Station 4, XBox One, and Steam, so really it's kinda just choose your own, choose your own console.
And, I just, I've heard good things about it.
I think a lot of people are hoping that this is sort of a, sort of a, not a substitute but sort of something like.
A dead rising or you know what I mean?
Yeah no people are people are trying to get away from DayZ and H1Z1.
Well those are so much more expansive and I think this is sort of like a short jaunt.
See that's why I didn't remember it cause I don't know who that is.
Yeah I don't know who that is either.
But dimelight I heard pretty decent.
Yeah so you can definitely check that out.
And then this was also a favorite thing for me to read.
Not necessarily a new game, but older games available in a new way.
GOG has been releasing all kinds of Star Wars games, like older Star Wars games and so, now today.
Star Wars or Public Commando, Star Wars Jedi Knight, Dark Forces 2.
Jedi knight, woo!
And Star Wars Star Fighter are all available as of today.
Joining, joining, I might add, the first two waves of games which were Galactic Battleground Saga, X-Wing Alliance, X-Wing versus Tie Fighter, one of the greatest games of all time, Dark, [LAUGH] Dark Forces, Knights of the old Republic 2, The Sith Lords, Battlefront 2, Rogue Squadron 3D, Rebellion, and Empire at War Gold.
Those are pretty, serious collection of Star Wars games.
Just make another Battlefront!
I really liked Battlefront.
Please just make another Battlefront.
Battlefront was so fun.
Don't even make The Force Awakens.
Just make another Battlefront.
Make, make Star Wars Battlefront The Force Awakens.
Like give us a Battlefront game set in that.
Set in that universe.
I would totally play that game.
George if you're listening, I know you're not involved anymore.
He, he isn't.
He's not involved.
But I swear he get, he's a sneaky little fella.
He can get in there.
They're gonna be, they shu, I think they shut the door on George Lucas.
Did you hear what he said?
He's like, I gave my ideas to Disney.
I gave my treatments for episodes 7 through 9, they basically through them out.
That's bold Disney.
Bold, bold play.
They're like, not enough Avengers in it.
[LAUGH] [UNKNOWN] I don't see Iron Man anywhere in this script.
All right, so, with that being said it is time, as we always do everyday, for your user feedback.
You guys came up with some really good answers for the hashtag TDVR browse, to say what browse, what site you'd wanna look at in virtual reality.
They stayed away from the-
You kept it clean.
The, the, the sexy proms.
Kept it clean.
Fabio wrote to us and said well the first thing I would do is probably install adblock.
Look at that.
He's got a Futurama reference in there.
He's got Leela there.
I had thought that too.
I thought that.
He actually has #scarciting.
Kajan wrote to us and said any high end car manufacturer's website #SpeedForDays.
Also what would VR browsing do to hackers and hacking.
I'm gonna tell you right now what it's gonna do with hackers and hacking.
Roll that footage, Logan.
That's, that is what it looks like.
And that is footage you know, do you know that-
He totally nailed it though!
Can just I say that's one of like my favorite, all time.
Like it's so bad, it's good.
Do you remember-
From Back to the Future Two that they had the headsets?
Yeah, yeah, yeah.
How did you do?
I said that's what it's gonna look like.
And if you wanna see the future just watch Johnny Mnemonic.
Cuz it's, I mean, pretty much a great, one of the greatest films of all time.
Yeah can we quote you on that?
Put it on a poster?
Put it, it's a pull quote, put it right on the DVD.
Right on the black, cuz I'm sure it's not out on Blu-Ray.
It's on the DVD, it's on the VHS tape, put, put my pool quote on the VHS tape.
Rawdeadfish wrote to us and said," Hey, Google Earth and Mars sites and the Vatican archives."
Go, Google Earth was a great idea.
Good call on that.
The Vatican archives, I thought, was really interesting because you're not allowed in there unless you're like a super.
Theology, historian person.
So that takes a lot of doing to get special access.
So I thought that would be really cool.
Like things that most people can't see because their afraid of destruction of property or otherwise like harming.
So like museum exhibits.
I thought that was another good one.
You could get up close and personal with something, get really close to it.
Put some thought into that one.
Glen and Stephansee said the same thing but I used Glen's tweets.
I'd keep it simple Google Earth and street view.
I'd be happy and fit if I could explore the world on demand and in VR.
I like that.
Yeah, great, great, great choices.
Amdillae wrote Tristan said TVTropes would be incredible.
Swallow the red pill and jump down the rabbit hole.
And lastly, Jesus [UNKNOWN] said Wikipedia galaxy from a few weeks ago.
And VR, the most beautiful way to grasp.
Interconnectedness of knowledge.
They like that a lot.
They really like this one.
That was pretty cool.
So what [INAUDIBLE] on this week?
The one that's, for today?
Today's is TD Blocked.
Okay, TD Blocked.
What do you wanna get rid of, and how would you do it?
It's gonna be us being cranky.
We can see how cranky the audience is.
It is, everybody, everybody got cranky about it.
All right guys-
[UNKNOWN] Block those dang kids.
I would get those kids off my lawn.
I'd erase them from my lawn.
All right guys, it's time for our phonetographer of the day.
Well, I'm sorry.
Technically, it's not a phonetographer today.
That's not a great way to start.
It's a dronetographer.
All right, so Mike S. wrote to us and said, hey guys, just got a drone, wanted to share this shot with you.
It's not from a phone but I edited it on my iPhone 5 S.
Does that count?
I will allow it.
I visited Vermont this weekend and found this frozen, frozen reservoir.
Perfect for some drone photography.
Love the show guys!
Look at it!
And you can see, I'm right down there.
See the little, little dudes?
Look they're so tiny.
They're like, they look like ants.
Does that, is your mind blown?
Are you freaking out?
I can't believe we're getting photos from drones now.
I'll take it.
Done photography, pretty awesome.
And he took it with his DJI Phantom, which is a pretty, pretty good priced drone there.
Fancy with it.
Yeah, yeah, yeah.
That, that definitely my favorite viewer.
I'm gonna say close again.
You've gotta be kidding me.
It's going to take a satellite photo
it's going to have to have a robot that plays grim fandango
and takes it and in the drone, in the drone
that's incredible, I, if you're going to keep upping the tech, yeah, absolutely,
you have to wait in the bar,that's what I'm saying
like 361 or something like that
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Your blood pressure?
You're getting so jacked on phonetography.
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And watch the actual video version of the show because that piano was a.
Yeah, the piano was amazing.
And the, the creepy bat robot.
You're going to need to know what to look out for when it's chasing you in about 15 years.
Just FYI guys.
We're just looking out for your best interest.
That is it for the show today.
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And Cale is at @taylorswift13.
We have the same idea just different artists.
Ya, I don't know who won that one.
We will be back tomorrow with a brand new docket of weird wonderful side texts.
Robot, space, whatever we can find.
But until then be good humans.
And we'll see you guys next time, bye!
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