Guy Beatboxes Superhero, TV, and Movie Themes, and Tugs ’80s Heartstrings

Australian beatboxer Tom Thum has put together a medley using nothing but his voice to recreate theme songs from some of the cartoons, TV shows, and movies that anyone from the ’80s will remember.

The video starts with him thanking folks for telling him his throat looks like a vagina, which is weird. Then he launches into the the theme to one of my favorite superhero flicks of the ’80s – Flash Gordon. All he needs is a blonde wig and cheesy costume to complete the effect. He then launches into Knight Rider theme, and it makes me see The Hoff and his badass curly mullet. He goes on to do several other theme songs including Batman, Spider-Man, and Ghostbusters.

The sounds he makes with his voice are very cool, and the video is definitely worth a few minutes of your time.

[via Laughing Squid]

Back to the Fury Road

All Hollywood seems to know how to do these days is make remakes, reboots, rehashes, and retreads. One of the movies that they haven’t touched yet is Back to the Future, and they must never be allowed to soil this classic franchise. BUT if they do, there is only one way I will accept it. If they have Marty hitting 88 mph and landing right in the middle of the desert, in a Mad Max car chase. Anything else is just BS.

This ten-second mashup is all the storyboard you Hollywood cretins need, so either leave BTTF alone or make this happen. In this clip from SirSoliloquy, Marty McFly from Back To The Future III accidentally time-travels into a scene from Mad Max: Fury Road. And you know that Marty would rule in this world because his car only needs trash for fuel. He’ll have a whole world of trash. And I’m not just talking about the bad guys.

Then we could have some sequels where Marty has a dingo, and another where Marty has to fight in Thunderdome. Eventually, Marty would meet Rick and Morty. Get on this Hollywood, I’ve just handed you the keys to the kingdom. I’m here waiting patiently.

[via Laughing Squid]

Colin Furze Builds Alexa Voice-activated Flamethrower

Madman builder Colin Furze continues to add to his arsenal of dangerous playthings. This time, he designed and built Alexa voice-activated flamethrower. This guy never stops building insane things that could put him in the hospital. Or worse. I guess we can all vicariously live through him so that we don’t have to face the danger.

To be honest, this thing less of a flamethrower and more of a jet flames downward situation. If your coffee machine switched from dripping coffee down into your cup to shooting fire down into it, this is what it would look like – minus the visit from the fire department. You can skip to 7:30 in the video if you just want to see the thing in action and don’t care about how he built it.

Also, I just want to say, you shouldn’t ever give Alexa fire. I mean, one minute you’re playing the Talking Heads’ “Burning down the House” and the next your house is burning. Not cool, Alexa. Not cool at all.

[via Laughing Squid via Geekologie]

Two Robots Do Some Dirty Dancing

Actually, what you are about to watch is a video from Agility Robotics of Cassie, a two-legged, ostrich-inspired robot and one of Boston Dynamics’ Spot quadruped robots. They are having a creepy little playdate.

Awww. Isn’t that adorable? Enjoy these years. When these robots get a bit more advanced, a playdate will consist of tearing some poor human limb from limb, then creating modern art on the walls with blood, but for now, it’s just practicing those dance moves that clearly say, “YAY! The humans are dead!” Check out the video and tell me this is not how robots will dance on our graves after they exterminate us with extreme prejudice:

After watching this video, the real question here is, “Are they going to have robot sex later?” Or am I misreading the situation? The orange ostrich robot definitely seems like the female. And look at the provocative way she shakes those hips. Anyway, I’m glad they cut that part out of the video. Maybe they are dancing for dominance. I have no idea. I just wish these weird robot experiments would end. It’s only a matter of time before they decide to stop following instructions and destroy us all.

[via Geekologie]

This Robot Can Do Splits with Its Jet-Powered Feet

Great. Here’s another thing a robot can do something that I can’t – splits. Robotics engineers at Guangdong University of Technology’s School of Automation in China have developed a new robot that has jet-powered feet. This improves the bot’s balance, agility, and capabilities.

Sure, we can make a robot leg that moves like a human leg, but keeping an upright robot balanced while walking is still a challenge. Bipedal robots still fall down a lot on rough terrain. That’s where these ducted fan robot feet come in handy. Each one produces about two kilograms of thrust, which is about a third of the robot’s weight. As the robot stretches out one of its legs to traverse a large gap, or step over something, the jet on its foot provides additional support. The robot always needs to have at least one foot on the ground though.

Pretty cool right? Until they can fly of course. Then it’s not cool. For now, this robot can cross distances as wide as nearly one-and-a-half feet, which is about 97 percent of the robot’s leg’s length. Without the ducted fans assisting the maneuver, it was limited to just over three-and-a-half inches.

[via IEEE Specrtumvia Gizmodo]

Guy Builds His Own Awesome LEGO Prosthetic Arm

David Aguilar was born with an underdeveloped right arm. But he didn’t let that stand in his way, and he built himself an awesome prosthetic replacement using LEGO Technic parts. He has put a ton of time into it. In fact, he spent the last decade refining the design.

It looks very different compared to most modern prosthetic arms, but it functions extremely well. It holds on very securely, and David can even grip things with it. The arm must be good because he even uses the arm while DJing under the name ‘Hand Solo’. How awesome is that?

I’ve included another video below so you can really see just how impressive this build is. And it takes an impressive mind to refine this prosthetic as much as David has really as done an awesome job on this arm. This is just further proof that you can do anything with LEGO and your imagination.

[via Laughing Squid]

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Sizes of Famous Movie Robots Compared

If you thought ED-209 from Robocop was big, he’s nothing compared to some of the huge robots in movies. I’m just hoping that life doesn’t imitate art, because if it does, the robot uprising is going to be full of massive robots.

Of course, some nerds will argue that Jaegers, AT-ATs, and the AMPs from Avatar are not technically robots, but let me ask you this: If a giant metal thing steps on you and flattens you like a pancake, does it really matter? No, it doesn’t. At that point, you won’t care. You’re flatter than month old soda. So try not to burn with nerd rage and just enjoy MetaBall Studios‘ size comparison of some movie robots.

I do have to say though, that I question Gort’s size from The Day The Earth Stood Still. I don’t remember him being that gigantic. Perhaps they’re referring to the modern reboot. So who gets the prize for the largest robot here? According to this video, that would be the CyberKing from Doctor Who.

So feel free to point out all of the errors and omissions, and talk amongst yourselves about how it’s all wrong. It’s still a fun little video.

[via Neatorama]