Tomorrow Daily 125: Drone delivery, waxy 'Star Wars' exhibit, the back of the moon, and more
On today's show, a Chinese company is gonna start shipping products via drone, or so they say.
There's a catch.
And in honor of Star Wars Episode VII, LucasArts is letting you step inside of Star Wars.
But there's a catch.
And NASA shows astronomy fans the dark side of the moon.
But there is a catch.
Greetings citizens of the Internet.
Welcome to Tomorrow Daily, the best geek talk show in the known universe.
I'm your host Ashley Esqueda.
Join me as always-
Oh and, and me.
And our new robot.
Our new windup robot.
Here [UNKNOWN], wanna get a shot of this?
It's our new robot.
Here he is.
It's very chrome.
Are you trying to sell.
Oh, the robot.
I don't understand.
No he's adorable, I just want.
[CROSSTALK] The like considering.
Want everyone to know what he looks like cuz it's kind of small and.
Considering what we cover on this show this is the most low tech robot I think you could possible do.
Listen I think if we get some raspberry pie too, we get [INAUDIBLE] we should get some, get some programming in, we learn how to code.
Then throw away this robot.
And build our own, I think it could really, I think it could really be something.
Okay well we got some, we got some.
Very ca, yeah, very catchy stories today.
So let's hear the headlines.
I don't know if you're familiar with the company Alibaba.
Like, may have heard of?
I've seen Aladdin.
But I don't
International, international company.
They have a online marketplace called Taobao.
It's in China.
And they're saying that they are going to start delivering a special tea via drone.
So they, they released this video.
Which if you're listening to the show and not watching, it's it's a very well-produced video where somebody orders this ginger tea off of Taobao.
And then all of a sudden, this drone there's a garage door opening and this drone lights up.
And it takes the tea and it goes and delivers the tea.
But here's the thing as we're watching this video.
I'll explain a little bit.
This would be the first time that real customers, not test flights, would be receiving actual product.
So this would be a big deal if it were actually happening.
But there's the, I agree with Evan over at IEEE Spectrum which is where I like to read a lot of robot news.
This kind of smells like a stunt, so if you are watching this video, again very well produced, looks great.
But also I think maybe it's a little bit unrealistic and, the drones are going to have to deal with all kinds of things like power lines.
And, when they land, they're going to have to deal with things like people, not hitting people.
Which they, you know, they, they're not really going to be able to see a lot of that stuff, after a certain range.
And there's some, there's some translations on the website that sort of suggest that these unmanned aerial vehicles are gonna have a preset flight plan with like, pre-programmed, you know, wave points and GPS and all this stuff to sort of avoid hazards.
But I think the important take away for, for everybody, including us, on this particular video is that.
I think that a lot of people think that drone delivery, or something like it, is, like, gonna be just all the rage this year.
And it's really important to remember that even though we see these things on video, they can be very well produced, we, we're still kind of a ways off from this type of technology being really prevalent.
There's a lot of hoops to jump through, one of them being range.
You know, being able to figure out how to get.
They're saying they're going to deliver this tea to customers in Gwangju Beijing and Shanghai.
Which you know, is not an insignificant distance.
It's like depending on where the original factory or warehouse is where they are going to be sending out these drones or whatever.
But they say that they're going to deliver it to 450 people.
Like, like right.
Like soon, or right now, or whatever it is.
But no official word yet on if anybody has actually received something delivered via drone.
So I don't know, I would regard this with a little bit of skepticism, but it is really interesting to see that not only are we, you know, watching companies like Amazon say they'd like to, even half-jokingly, get into the drone delivery game.
We're starting to now see this, like, globally, like, people saying, oh, hey, like this is our plan to deliver things via drones.
So while it sounds really cool and I think a lot of people are really interested in it, it's possible that, you know it's a little ways off.
So, I know that we get really excited about, like, future tech and everything.
Why are you, you're like sad
I don't wanna be a downer
You're being, you're being a huge downer
No, no, I just want, I just want
Yeah, yeah, you just happen to know what it is.
I just want fans to the show to like look at things like this that they see online with a discerning eye and then say well
I think the internet already has a discerning [LAUGH]
No, I don't think so.
I think it's easy to pull the wool over the internet at large.
I'll say this.
But it doesn't seem feasible that a tea company should be doing this.
Well no, this is like a big.
Tea is already pretty cheap.
This is like a big market place.
So like an Amazon actually.
I thought it was just tea.
No, no, no.
Then it would users.
But it's this very specific tea that is the thing that they are saying their delivering.
Oh okay, so it is just the tea.
450 customers would get this.
Just like tea, it's ginger tea.
I don't know.
Really interesting choice.
I like tea, so I'm totally on board.
Tell me about Star Wars please.
Okay, so if you've ever wanted to step inside of Star Wars you may have a chance.
Thanks to Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum in London.
They've parterned with Disney and LucasArts, [LAUGH] yes [UNKNOWN] in everything.
To Disney, they've partnered with Disney and LucasArts on a multi-million dollar exhibit.
What the hell [CROSSTALK]
There's going to be.
sixteen heros and villains from the movies.
As well as 11 recreations of scenes from the movie that you can walk inside of.
So here are some of the ones that they talked about.
You can hang out with Hans Solo in the Cantina Bar.
And shoot first.
I assume he is sitting down, yeah.
You can sit next to Chewbaca in the pilot seat of the millennium falcon.
Which I love that, that is what I want to do.
That seems too easy.
So really in this video, they're really only showing off Yoda.
That's the only one they really show off in the video.
But we can assume, they, we can assume they're gonna have all the popular characters.
You know, like [UNKNOWN].
You know, the popular ones.
Oh of course, yeah.
[UNKNOWN] the cool and the cool-
I'm so made up.
So if you watch the video and they pretty much say everything that I said, but they also at the end.
Talk a little tiny, tiny, tiny bit about how they make these things.
they, there's, they talk about Yoda.
So much detail.
There's 20 artists.
It took 20 artists four months just to make Yoda.
They're saying the difficulty of his size.
: Look at how detailed that is.
Judge him not by his size, though.
No, no, of course not.
they, they talked about the process, including molding the wax.
And then also painting on his little, tiny, tiny, tiny, tiny, tiny wrinkles.
So yeah, there you go.
His tiny Yoda wrinkles?
This is coming out in May if you live in London.
Yeah, in, in May.
You have some time to put.
May the force, force be with you.
That's what it is.
May the force be with you.
That's gotta be it.
I got it.
All right, so that's.
So that's pretty cool, I really like the fact that you can actually go inside of the thing instead of just being like, that wax looks pretty neat.
Or you know, they have it where it's just the figure and you're like, that's fine I guess.
Like you can take a little picture of it, then you walk away.
You're like, I was there, but listen.
Why, how are they going to make wax Chewbacca, he's just like all hair.
Well I imagine you'd have to do a hairless Chewbacca and do the hairs one at a time.
They said they were doing it, the Yoda, they do the hairs one at a time.
Right, but you don't see underneath Chewbacca's hair.
They started in 1977, building that wax figure, just now finishing, which is why this.
Exhibited its opening finally.
But there you go.
Multi million dollar exhibit.
So if you guys live in London in a, in May, we'll forget.
We'll just forget.
But go and make, and send it as your phonetographer.
If you remember at all.
Yeah, if you remember at all.
But no, seriously, you guys should go if you live over there.
We should book some plane tickets to London.
We should just go.
I don't, I, I we won't do that.
That actually brings us to our hashtag of the day.
That's our hashtag of the day.
I want to know what scene from a movie, t.v.
show or a video game would you want to recreate in like in like in wax.
Like if so you could say okay Madame Tussaud's.
This is the thing that I need recreated in wax, this scene right here that I wanna sit in.
Like, what would it be?
Okay, you go first.
No, I asked you first.
No, no, no.
I gotta think a little bit.
Why do you think about it?
I would say, I'm gonna take your shirt as inspiration, and I would say I would.
That's not fair.
I was gonna say Jurassic Park.
That is totally fair.
Can't say Jurassic Park.
Cuz you asked me first.
See, you didn't let me think.
Okay, go ahead.
no, I would say, I would totally love to do the the science lab, where they, like as they're all talking about, you know, pulling all of the DNA out of the mosquitos in the amber and stuff.
The science lab?
There's no like.
Dinosaurs, there's, like a little tiny Velociraptor
[CROSSTALK] It's okay, I don't want, that, or the kitchen scene, or the kitchen scene, where's up on the thing, [CROSSTALK] And then I can hide behind the thing and look really scared and take a picture.
I think it would be fun.
That's pretty cool.
I like that.
I'd do Spacejam.
Oh, my God, Spacejam.
It would be me and all the Looney Tunes and the also the, what, th-
Yeah, that'd be, that's.
Space Jam, mad I'm too slow.
Call us with great ideas.
Yeah, we'll put you into Bakersfield
You'll have no money for a ride.
[LAUGH] It's a good think Max is cheap.
Oh, well, if it's terrible, they can just melt it down and
a multi-million dollar cheap
Well, we can just melt down all the characters.
ok, so this last story is from NASA.
This is really cool.
I just thought this was awesome because NASA was like.
All right well if that's what you want we'll give that to you.
So last year, late last year NASA released this video, and it was really cool because it showed all of the moon's phases over the next year.
Like so this is what the moon is gonna look like every single night for 2015.
Like was just really cool.
So a whole, after they did that.
People are like, this is amazing.
We love it.
But like, what would the back of the moon look like?
Like, which is kind of a weird question.
This is all well and good, but what about the back?
I think it's 'cause it was the year of the **** last year, and now we're like-
That must have been it.
Everyone's like, what about the moon's booty?
Like, I need to see-
You wanna see the moon.
[CROSSTALK] So NASA is the coolest is the coolest group of people ever, and they were like, yeah, okay, we could totally do that.
Yeah, we got that.
We go it.
We got it.
We got that lock down.
And that's exactly what they did.
So they made tis new video that flips the moon phases around, and they show you the backside of the moon.
Which is pretty awesome.
And then they show it to you in a couple different ways.
So this is as a, this is all computer generated.
So it's all, this is in a telescopic lens so the moon, so the earth looks huge.
As you're looking at the back of the moon.
And then they do another version, another view of it, that they'll show in a second where they, they actually, do a wide angle lens.
So the earth looks really really tiny as it's orbiting and then you can see like, basically that's kind of what it would look like if you were actually looking.
So it would be like much smaller cause it would look.
Look at the little Earth.
Little tiny Earth.
But I just thought this was really cool.
It's like proof that you know, NASA just does awesome things.
And like, they don't even need to, it doesn't need to be like, oh, I can't believe it.
Oh, we set a camera on that.
Blah, blah, blah.
No, they just.
They're, they know exactly what it looks like.
They've mapped the moon so well at this point, they can literally computer generate the back of it and just be like, Well, this is what the back of the moon's gonna look like for the rest of 2015.
Deal with it, guys.
You're welcome Internet.
Yeah, spoiler alert.
Stop asking us dumb questions.
But no, it's not a dumb question.
I thought that was, i-it seems like a question, like, you would hear from like, a kid, be like, Well, well what about the back of the moon?
What does that look like?
Yeah, now I wanna see what the back of the earth looks like.
I just, I'm just.
No, but that's pretty cool that they're just like done, here you go.
I love how they were just so open about it, just like, oh, back of the moon, yeah we can do that, no problem, and then they just released this video.
So, thank you, NASA for showing me what the back of the moon looks like in different phases.
And where do we see this?
You go over to NASA's website, or their YouTube channel, they've got a bunch of really cool stuff over there.
That's it for our headlines.
We're going to come back with a round of Into It, cuz it's Thursday and we're about to head into the weekend.
And then of course, we have Your User feedback and our Phonetographers for the day.
So don't look away.
It's Tomorrow Daily.
Welcome back to the show.
We have returned, [UNKNOWN] is looking at me suspiciously, which means it's Thursday.
And it's time for another Into It.
I wanna go first.
Dudeiwantthat.com is a site that I've spend most of today on, and I dare you to go to this website.
And not find something that you wanna buy.
This is like, one of those sites where you find something cool and then you end posting it on Facebook and people are like, I want that!
And dude, I want that, that's what they say.
they, they have the.
Okay, so on the screen, there's a, a camping doughnut that has everything you like, you need for camping.
Oh, there's that wristband that has all the utility stuff.
You can buy any one particular like, if you only like red Starbursts, you can just buy red Starbursts.
That I like
They've got cat armor.
There's cat armor?
You can buy an exoskeleton.
A power pot cooking camper.
Which is which it basically boils water like if your camping
and you can charge your phone with boiling water.
A book of butts.
You can buy a Tron book.
There's so many like weird stuff that you wouldn't expect to find.
like, really, anywhere.
There's, like, that loch ness monster ladle so when you put it in there it looks like the loch ness monster's coming out.
Oh, adorable, it's like a little Nessie ladle.
There's a little helicopter on there.
I want a helicopter.
I'm going to go buy it.
There's a survival bike, so it has like a whole bunch of attachments in case you're, like, in danger or whatever.
Logan, producer Logan, why are you obsessed with the ****?
Yeah, but there's, there's Pink Queen which makes it so you can lighten your nipples.
There's a LEGO strip club right there.
It's like, it's all kinds of stuff.
You'll find something that you wanna buy on there.
Oh, a TRON light cycle.
Stop right there.
We found a TRON light cycle.
It's pretty cool.
What's even better about this site is you click on it and it, and then it has like, little buy links on the bottom.
You don't buy it from the site.
It's just a site that like, aggregates everything,
So, it'll have a link to go, like, where you can buy on Amazon,
And see where ever it is, it's just an aggregate.
I've seen that similar, but like with women's clothing and accessories.
There's a site like that, that I. that I'm a member of.
Yeah, this is basically Sky Mall for nerds.
Sky Mall for nerds.
It's just weird stuff
that you may or may not buy.
And I'm probably gonna go buy of 'em.
Totally filling a niche because Sky Mall is now bankrupt.
So Khail and I are gonna buy Sky Mall.
We're gonna start, we're gonna start a Sky Mall.
So for me, I am into Better Call Saul.
Oh yeah this Sunday
I will, so I will say this" Better Call Saul" comes out this Sunday and full disclosure I have not finished watching" Breaking Bad" yet.
Like Kale and Producer Logan know I just started watching it like maybe a couple months ago.
It finally got to my Netflix que.
The husband and I have been barreling through episodes.
We just started season four.
It's so so good.
And I love the character of Saul.
And so now I feel like I'm far enough along in the series to where I can finally like watch the show and not be spoiled be cause it's a prequel to breaking bad.
It's like this, this guy's.
I don't want to be like.
For anyone who hasn't seen Breaking Bad, I don't want to be like oh it's this person.
But his character, Bob of Odenkirk's character, Saul.
Is a lawyer, and it's his sort of prequel, like, his life before he ended up meeting, Brian Crantz's character, Walter White.
There isn't a human being alive that watched Breaking Bad that wasn't even just a little bit worried that this wouldn't be good, or that it was-
Soil the name of Breaking Bad.
So many people were kind of upset.
There was like a lot of nerd rage about this when it got announced.
Saying you're ruining everything.
Oh there was nerd rage but there was also like oh I trust Vince Gilligan.
But the reviews are coming out.
And they're it's good.
And they're pretty positive.
They're like it even like it even gives you a reason to re-watch Breaking Bad.
Because there's like, there's like undertones.
Cross over and undertones.
This is our, this is what we're doing right now.
I am stoked as well with the Walking Dead and that,
It's all coming back, TV it's all the great stuff.
It's gonna be a great Sunday.
All the good stuff is coming back and I'm excited about that.
So yeah, that's what I'm into.
But now we have to talk about what you guys are into, which is.
Which means, it's time for your user feedback.
So, yesterday we everybody to write in with [UNKNOWN] verses and tell us if they, wa, if they had to do mixed reality sports, like we talked about with Oculus Rift versus a real life athlete.
Would you be real life athlete or would you be the virtual athlete?
And what sport would you do?
And what did you say?
Oh, I think, what did, what did I say?
I don't even remember.
You realize that, like I literally when we're filming the show, my brain just like erases what we just said.
I can't remember all of it.
You should watch the show then.
Maybe I will.
You should watch tomorrow
Well no, I do when I edit it.
I do when I edit it and then as soon as I post it, it's gone.
I'm like a hard drive.
It just goes away.
So Mohamed wrote in and said I would like to be a Formula 1 driver (virtual of course and race against the rest of the F1 drivers or any racing really.
I like that.
Well in any of these I am going to be like well you know it's much more dangerous for the other person.
Well how much cool would it be to hit those corners way hard.
And he's going to crash and he's just going to laugh about it.
He's going to be like ha ha ha.
The others guys are like if I crash it's going to be very serious.
With a very expensive car.
And their sweating.
But that would be very very cool.
That would be very cool.
Rick wrote in and said Ping Pong.
I will be a real player playing with robot on the other side imitating KhailAnonymous moves who will be on Virtual Reality.
Are You Game?
What Ping Pong.>> But he wants to be a real player though playing against a virtual you.
We will have to body scan you.
? ? I am terrible at Ping Pong, I was just aggravated because that last person was like I want to see you on real engine.
And now I'm starting to see a theme.
And everybody wants to play Ping-Pong in some way, or shape or fashion, or form.
Hey, let's [INAUDIBLE].
But I'm game, let's go.
Some people juggle geese [INAUDIBLE].
Some people really into Ping-Pong.
Listen to me crack it.
That's your backhand.
That's good practice.
Yeah that's really nice.
Kajan wrote in and said, I'd wanna fight George, George St.
Pierre in VR of course and not get totally schooled [LAUGH] and any sport from XGames and parkour.
And then he wrote an extra tweet and said, and to add, it's not V, it's not versus, but it would totally help in training high risk jobs, like firefighting.
Hashtag, thinking out of the box.
That is a really good way to train people.
Cuz it's like, instead of actually.
They I don't even know how to even put this without giving away like a part of my life that I'd rather not tell everyone on the internet that happened.
But, it's just like in firefighting when you do training stuff.
They have like actual buildings that they burn, and you can run into them in fire regalia, and, like, rescue a dummy.
But it's still kinda dangerous, even though it's a controlled burn.
And you did this?
Yes I did.
Why is that something you don't want to share?
Well cause I can't share the context of it.
Alright, fair enough.
You're, you're, you're, you're an arsonist.
I get it.
That's, that's definitely not it.
But yeah no it's like instead of doing that you'd be able to just give.
He put em, put them on with the oculus and the virtuix.
And then you have him running like into the building.
Like go up stairs and like put out the fire.
Grab the body drag it out.
Like that would be, that would be amazing.
There you go, yeah that would be fun.
It would be a good way to do it without potentially injuring anyone.
Unless you call down in the virtuix then.
Break your arm or something.
In which case-
Somebody will do it.
Somebody will get injured, I'm sure.
Somebody named Kale.
Somebody whose name rhymes with Kale Anonymous.
Oh, I got the VR on lock.
okay, guys, it's time for our last [INAUDIBLE] user feedback, which is, our phonetographer of the day.
Are we gonna tell them what we're doing this weekend?
No, I think we should, well should we?
I think, definitely think we should.
Do, do you wanna say right.
So I just, hang on through the phonetographer and we'll tell you.
We'll tell you the cool thing we're doing.
What we're doing this weekend.
It's, it's pretty cool.
Yeah, well because they're gonna wanna like, oh, okay.
Well blah, blab, blab.
All right we'll get when we.
Let's paint a pretty picture.
This actually comes from our, the person who started our Reddit, our sub-Reddit.
Edwin, thank you for sending in this picture of your dog.
He says, my phone photography, as you'll probably notice, I'm obsessed with depth of field shots and my dogs, all untouched aside from the one HDR on one photo, but I picked this one in particular, he sent in like.
This is an awesome picture of your dog, my friend.
Uh,and he took it with a Galaxy S4.
I love the S4.
The Galaxy S4 is great, it's kinda saturated, rich color, it looks really good.
Love the, love the blurred out lake in the background.
I bet that dog
Wish you would've told us your dog's name.
Tell us your dog's name next time.
Give your dog a shout out.
Let's name your dog.
So what's this dog's name?
What does he look like to you?
He looks like Biscuit.
I was gonna say Bojangles.
So maybe his name starts with B. We're feeling kind of psychic.
Maybe it's Barry.
Barry the dog.
Could be Barry.
Barry White the dog.
I like it.
So yeah, that's your dog's name now is Barry White.
But thank you for starting the Reddit as well.
That's very cool.
I see a couple, like there's two people.
What goes on there?
There's like four posts.
I gotta look.
But, you know, we should have more people show up.
I posted good job on.
Or something, I said, I replied to one of the threads so, you can find me over there lurking around, on sub Reddit.
You should like do a weekly, well will come up with stuff after the break.
Well that is that's our fun time for the day, if you want to be our fun time for the day, if you want to be considered you can email us tomorrow at cnet dot com, you can send us user feedback.
And of course, you can always find us over on social media.
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Oh, I thought you were like.
Take that Google Plus.
But real quick, this weekend, we're covering something, we're trying to get out of the studio more often because you know we're getting too pale.
So we're going to check out the Marvel Experience which is happening down in Del Mar, basically this is a thing that Disney is putting on.
It's this big giant thing that takes up like all of the Del Mar fairground.
But Marvel themed.
They're gonna have like the characters, there's gonna be like shields, like cards everywhere...
Hydra's gonna be there.
...there's gonna be like 3D experience, all kinds of stuff.
Blowing up people, or stuff, I don't know.
We're gonna be covering that for the press stage and we're gonna have some footage from that.
Maybe we'll, like they can follow us on our snapchats or twitters and stuff like that.
Probably, yeah yeah.
Maybe we can post some pictures.
So you may want to, like,
You may wanna just hang out.
I don't know when we're gonna have it up, do you have any idea?
Probably sometime next week.
Okay, so, so make sure to keep watching and, and we'll give you an update on that.
But it's pretty cool, so, yeah, and if you're on You Tube don't forget to leave a comment and like.
And then if you're listening on the, on the podcast.
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And watch out for feral cats.
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And that's it for our show this week, we're, we're done and you can, you may now go and enjoy your weekend.
Or not, if you're Kale, I guess.
If you're going to The Marvel Experience let us know.
And we will be back on Monday with a new docket of weird, wonderful, awesome news stories that you didn't know you needed to know.
So with that being said, be a good human.
We'll see you guys Monday.
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