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Colin Furze Creates Jet Powered Micro Scooter for His Kid

Mad scientist and all-around fun guy Colin Furze has created another crazy project. This powered micro scooter is a bit less dangerous than some of his previous builds, because he actually wanted to let his 5-year-old son ride on it. Even though he calls it “Jet Powered”, it actually doesn’t have a pulse jet or turbine engine on it.

That would be crazy even for Colin. Hell, the kid would be shot into the air as soon as he stepped on this thing. Furze chose to go with an electric EDF (electric ducted fan). He threw in a few R/C essentials like an ESC, receiver and battery pack, some brackets and the Jet Powered Micro Scooter was born. Check out the build in the video below, or skip ahead to 6:10 to see it in action.

Since it’s remote-controlled, Colin was able to let his son take a ride while he controlled everything. With his son riding this scooter, it’s obviously not as insane as some of his past creations. You have to keep your kid safe after all. This scooter looks like a lot of fun. All I know is, it must be super cool to have a dad like Colin Furze.

I bet this kid grows up to follow in his dad’s footsteps.

[via Mike Shouts]

Disney Releases New Wreck-It Ralph 2 Trailer

Disney animation fans got a special treat today, with the release of a brand new trailer for Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2. The trailer shows off the latest adventure where Ralph and friends have to travel into the Internet to find a replacement part for Sugar Rush.

As you can imagine, this is going to be a strange world for Ralph. The trailer is full of a ton of Internet references and it also has Disney references everywhere, whether it’s Marvel, Star Wars or nearly every Disney princess together in one room.

Here’s the official description from Disney:

Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-it Ralph 2 leaves Litwoak’s video arcade behind, venturing into the uncharted, expansive and thrilling world of the internet – which may or may not survive Ralph’s wrecking. Video game bad guy Ralph and fellow misfit Vanellope von Schweetz must risk it all by traveling to the world wide web in search of a replacement part to save Vanellope’s video game, Sugar Rush. In way over their heads, Ralph and Vanellope rely on the citizens of the internet – the netizens – help navigate their way, including a website entrepreneur named Yesss, who is the head algorithm and the heart and soul of the trend-making site ‘BuzzzTube.’

Sounds like fun. Hopefully, the sequel will be as good as the original Wreck-it Ralph. We’ll have to wait until November 21, 2018 to find out for sure.

 

LEGO Sculpture Displays Daft Punk Lyrics: Everything Is Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger

Daft Punk fans will want to check out this video of a very neat LEGO build by TECHNICally Possible. It displays the words to Daft Punk’s Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger while the song plays in sync. Pretty cool huh?

Not only does this LEGO sculpture display the lyrics to the song in a cool way, but as a bonus, the GoPro used to record the video is controlled by LEGO Mindstorms. That’s pretty wild. If you’re a LEGO fan and a Daft Punk fan, this just made your day.

I could watch this video all day long and I’ve already seen it like 5 times. Some people are complaining that the words don’t move, but they are missing the point. It’s all about perspective. When the camera moves around the sculpture, the words become apparent. I give this video a B+. It would have gotten an A if it wasn’t for the camera shaking as it pauses.

I hear that he’s making a version 2.0 that’s harder, better, faster, and stronger, which only makes sense, right?

[via The Awesomer via Geekologie]

Disney’s Stickman Robot Is Master of Acrobatics

Disney is always pushing boundaries when it comes to their robots. That’s why the robots in their theme parks are so cool. Check out this video demonstration of Disney Research’s Stickman. It’s a robotic, and acrobatic stickperson that can do single and double backflips.

Robots have become better at imitating some of the stunts that humans can do. So much so that a simple two degree of freedom robot can be an awesome acrobat. It uses a gravity-driven pendulum to launch, and can perform a bunch of somersaulting stunts. The robot uses an inertial-measurement unit (IMU) and a laser rangefinder to estimate where it is in mid-flight and actuates to change its motion both on and off the pendulum. That’s nerd talk for “It’s really effing good in the circus.”

We have no what Stickman will eventually be used for, but I’m hoping that Disney puts on a circus show with nothing but robots. Or maybe they will enter one of their robots in the Olympic games and it will win a gold medal. I have no idea. They’ll probably use these robots to round people up and force them to go to Disney World against their will.

Seriously though, it’s pretty cool to see this thing in action.

[via Boing Boing via Geekologie]

Thor’s Stormbreaker Gets Real

In Avengers: Infinity War, Thor had the world’s littlest giant forge him a one of a kind Thanos-killing weapon named Stormbreaker. Now humans have gone and built one in real life. Man At Arms: Reforged has brought the weapon to life, and it looks pretty impressive.

Instead of just casting the replica, they decided to forge it. First, they laid the foundation by hammering out the shape of the axe portion and leaving the other side rounded. Next, they added some stylish overlays to make it look like it does in the film. It doesn’t take long (for us thanks to the magic of video) for Thor’s new weapon to take shape, complete with a handle made by none other than Groot.

The surrounding parts of the hammer were made out of 316 steel because otherwise, it would weigh around 400 lbs. The end result is a weapon worthy of Thor himself. Naturally, they tested out the weapon after it was completed, so we get to see stuff like watermelons get destroyed. It’s awesome.

[via Comicbook]

Insane Mod: Motorcycle Engine in a Barbie Power Wheels Car

Look at this brilliant and brave, yet insane man. This guy and his buddies took the engine off a Honda CRF230 dirt bike and figured out a way to graft that thing into a Barbie Power Wheels Mustang. This is exactly like the Barbie Mustang my daughter terrorized the neighborhood in as a 4-year-old. The main difference is that I could jog faster than she could go in top gear and this nutcase hit 70 mph in his.

Grind Hard Plumbing Co. cheated a little by setting the body of the kids’ Mustang over a go-kart frame, but damn if it’s not still awesome. I really want to drive this thing. Check it out in action in the first two videos below, then a little of the build process in the time-lapse afterwards:

[via Laughing Squid]

Kids In Transformers Costumes Are More Than Meets The Eye

Kids love to dress up in costumes, and there’s no better outfit for the little ones than some giant transforming mechs. Check out these three kids showing off their adorable Transformers costumes, which look awesome. There’s Optimus Prime, Starscream and Bumblebee. The costumes are not only perfect, but these kids are pros at the transforming game. They’re much better than in the movies, if you ask me.

They do take a little while to transform, because kids are easily distracted, but once they do, you’ll want to watch it again and again. Sadly, the whole thing was filmed in portrait mode, but at least they caught it on video so the rest of us could see it.

I hope you are paying attention, Michael Bay. Look how well these kids transform. Look at how effortless that is. It looks natural. And Shia Lebouf is nowhere in sight, which I also love. Although I did feel that this vertical video masterpiece could have used more Megan Fox.

This is some next level Transformers action right here. These kids get it done. We know they can transform, now they just have to practice rolling out.

Whoever made these costumes designed them perfectly. And even filmed vertically, this footage beats Michael Bay any day. I would pay to see this in theaters over his stuff.

[via Boing Boing]

What Amazon Would Have Been Like in the ’80s

The 1980s. That decade gave us some of the coolest things ever like The Empire Strikes Back, The A-Team, Back to the Future, arcades everywhere, computers with graphics that we thought were so awesome, and Amazon. Wait, what? Well, we didn’t have Amazon in the 1980s, but if we did it would look like this.

Jo Luijten of Squirrel Monkey has imagined a world that gave us Amazon in the decade of Pac-Man and Rubik’s Cube, and it looks pretty awesome to me. I would have loved to order my items using my old Commodore 64 or Amiga computer. The latest episode of the Wonders of the World Wide Web series shows us what it would have been like.

It may take about 15 minutes to load for the first time, but once it does, just hit the spacebar and get shopping. You’ll be able to take the elevator to all of the different departments. Wow. A virtual store that you can shop from on your computer. This just blows my mind.

I hope it’s safe to use my credit card. Yeah, I’m sure it’s all good. My 56K modem will surely protect me. What I’m really fascinated with is how many people will probably think this is a real video from the ’80s.

[via Laughing Squid]

Slo-mo Magnet Collisions: That’s What Happens When Magnets Start Crashin’

Magnets are very cool, and I’d wager everyone who has ever put hands on a pair has moved them ever slowly closer together in hopes to catch that moment when the attraction is too strong, and they slam together. YouTube channel Magnetic Games posted an awesome super slow-mo video that shows the collision of magnets slappin’ together… Tone Loc would be so proud.

The video’s description says it’s sort of like Tony Stark getting suited up, and the bit where all the little spheres are attracted to the big block does remind me of that. The anodized coating on the colorful ball magnets isn’t so strong, so you can clearly see it flaking off everywhere in the shots of those beads whacking the other magnets.

Hit play below and spend nearly three minutes enjoying magnetic whyillld thanggs.