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Remote Control Helicopter Tour Of Las Vegas

Using a simple GoPro camera attached to a remote control quadrocopter, Team Black Sheep made this very sweet tour of the Las Vegas strip. The first person view video stands with 30,000 views, and is featured on MPViral.  

 

Read more: http://www.viralviralvideos.com/2012/04/09/remote-control-helicopter-tour-of-las-vegas/

Yo-Yo Tricks In Space

Having the amazing opportunity to work in space is many scientists dream. And one of the best parts of being in space is the fun parts! Like experimenting with toys from Earth, such as the yo-yo. 

Since the physics are different in space, the yo-yo behaves differently, causing the tricks to have new outcomes. 

 just published this video NASA Astronaut Don Pettit showing us some cool new and classic yo-yo tricks in space that has started to trend. 

 

Read more: http://www.viralviralvideos.com/2012/08/10/yo-yo-tricks-in-space/

Australian Beaches Are Introducing Shark-Detecting Drones

The government of New South Wales (NSW) in Australia has released a high-tech $16 million (US$11.6 million, 7.55 million) plan to address this year’s flurry of shark attacks.

Last year, there were three shark attacks leading to two fatalities in NSW. Even before the beach holiday season in December, this year has already seen 13 attacks,including the death of41-year-old surferTadashi Nakahara.

To tackle the issue, the NSW government is launching a wide range of newly developed shark mitigation technologies. They will spend$7.7 million (US $5.6 million, 3.6 million) of the total fundon surveillance and deterrence, while another $7 million (US $5.1 million, 3.3 million) is being allocated to scientific research on sharks and tagging.

A good chunk of money$3.5 million (US $2.55 million, 1.65 million)will go towardsahelicopter surveillance program. New technology to alert citizens ofshark sightings is also being invested in, with a $1.3 million injection into the SharkSmart app. Five Clever Buoy systems will also be deployed,which usesonar signals to spot sharks. The tagging of sharks will allow real-time 4G tracking with the help of 10 listening stations between Tweeds Head and Forster.

Starting this December, when the beaches are at their busiest, shark-detecting drones will also be deployedover the beaches. This follows on fromCalifornia using dronesthis summer to deter shark attacks.

Along with this surveillance technology, six sites will trial eco-friendly barrier nets.

According toThe Sydney Morning Herald, Minister for Primary IndustriesNiall Blairsaid: We are proud to be the first jurisdiction anywhere in the world to adopt an integrated approach toward keeping our beaches safe.

However, environmentalistshave been skeptical of the new plan. Last monthat asharksummit in NSW, Associate Professor Daryl McPhee said, Theres a lot of impressive YouTube videos that shows various devices being able to deter a shark but as a scientist thats not a scientifically definitive approach. No matter whats used, it will not be 100% effective. Other experts suggested the government shouldnt placate to peoples fear.

Image credit:Lee/Flickr. (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Read more: http://www.iflscience.com/technology/australian-beaches-are-introducing-shark-spotting-drones

Google Introduces Project Wing

Google Introduces Project Wing

The Internet and tech world exploded in glee when Amazon introduced their drone delivery program, Amazon Prime Air. Though the program is years from reality, it demonstrates what will soon be commonplace. Now, the world’s most famous tech company, Google, is joining the drone game. 

Google‘s semi-secret invention center Google X has just debuted Project Wing, a similar drone delivery program. Soon, the sky will be full of buzzing drones delivering pizzas to headphones. 

 

Read more: http://www.viralviralvideos.com/2014/08/28/google-introduces-project-wing/

NASA Explains What Exploded Over Russia

The world was shaken when a giant meteorite hit the mountains of Ural, Russia last week. Now that all the dust has finally settled, Science At NASA has analyzed the data, and explains what exploded over Russia in this new trending video. 

Gizmodo, GeekoSystem, and EarthSky all cover the video in greater detail. 

 

Read more: http://www.viralviralvideos.com/2013/02/27/nasa-explains-what-exploded-over-russia/

Grandmother Tries Oculus Rift Virtual Reality Helmet

Paul Rivot‘s grandma has become a viral video star after footage of her reacting to wearing a virtual reality helmet hit the web. The 90 year old granny was blown way by the impressive visuals by the Oculus Rift 3D gaming VR helmet. 

“Is it my eyes, or are the leaves blowing?” she asks as she views a virtual grassy field. To add to the virtual effects, gyroscopes on the helmet constantly measure her movements to dynamically change the canvas she sees as she ‘looks around.’ 

 

Read more: http://www.viralviralvideos.com/2013/04/16/grandmother-tries-oculus-rift-virtual-reality-helmet/

OmniCorp From RoboCop 2013 Product Line Commercial

As a clever way to market the new RoboCop reboot in 2013, fantasy company OmniCorp published this advert offering their futuristic services in our world. 

Imagine no crime and no need for police. It may sound alluring, until you realize it’s because there is a fleet of weaponized drones flying in the sky controlled by one corporation. Read more on Collider

 

Read more: http://www.viralviralvideos.com/2012/07/09/omnicorp-from-robocop-2013-product-line-commercial/

According To DARPA, This Is What The World Will Look Like In 2045

The U.S. militarys scientific and technological wing, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), is essentially tasked with constructing the future. Robotic soldiers and artificial intelligence (AI) have both been in development for some time, as have instantaneous language translation systems and advanced contact lenses. So it shouldnt come as a surprise that DARPA has given its predictions for what the world will be like in 2045, as reported by Tech Insider.

In a video series entitled Forward to the Future released on YouTube, three DARPA researchers have explained how the technologies they are actively working on could transform the world in 30 years time.

The first of these predictions comes fromPam Melroy,an aerospace engineer, former astronaut, anddeputy director of DARPAs Tactical Technologies Office.This department, along with others, handles the development of drones.

Militarized drones are becoming increasingly spooky, with oneDARPA project aiming to create vampire drones, those that sublimate into nothingness in direct sunlight, leaving no trace of their exploits.

Melroytakes this one step further. Instead of merely ordering drones and other machines around, advanced AI will allow us to work as partners with machines and have them understand our intent for much more complex tasks. Instead of having rudimentary voice recognition and keyboards, machines drones, aircraft, and even spacecraft will respond to our commands dynamically and control multiple systems simultaneously.

DARPA is currently developing an empathetic system that will even allow robots on the battlefield to detect and analyze our emotional and physical state in real-time; this will permit them to predict our needs before we even need them. Even before this system is operational, a quarter of combat soldiers will be robots by just 2030, according to one U.S. general.

Stefanie Tompkins, a geologist and director of DARPAs Defense Sciences Office, believes the world of 2045 will be dominated by nanotechnology. Our ability to manipulate materials at the atomic level already means we can produce incredible materials, including prosthetic limbs that have the ability to feel and night vision contact lenses only a few atoms thick.

The future will bring with it increasingly strong and lightweight materials, according to Tompkins. You can now start to control properties of materials that we always thought were impossible to exist but by building it at the atomic level, we can force them to [exist].

Justin Sanchez, a neuroscientist and one of the program managers in DARPAs Biological Technologies Office, is convinced that thought-powered technology will become far more common by 2045. Neuroscientists are already working on prosthetic limbs that are controlled by your mind, andprototypes of mind-controlled cars already exist. Sanchez thinks that by 2045 we might be able to communicate with our friends and family just using neural activity from [our] brain.

The future may see this technology come in leaps and bounds, with the electronic architecture of your home, from the heating to the lights, possibly controlled by just your thoughts. Combining this ability with miniature sensors that power themselves, the homes of the future will be almost unrecognizable to the ones we have today.

Read more: http://www.iflscience.com/technology/world-2045-according-darpa