Archive for the 'Technology' Category

Marco Tempest And EDI

Posted by Michael on October 18th, 2017

We are still in a robot frame of mind… so we dug out this footage of Marco Tempest with EDI. We are sure we have run it (or something very similar) in the past, but today is a historic day in the evolution of robots. We’re celebrating.

GIANT ROBOTS ARE MAGIC!

Posted by Michael on October 17th, 2017

I have resisted mentioning this as best as I could, because it isn’t magic, but iTricks does cover unique technologies here and there… so check it out. Tonight. Twitch.tv. America versus Japan in an honest to goodness giant robot fight!

Both 5 year old me and 45 year old me are ecstatic.

Above is the trailer to fill you in… the robot fight stream starts at 10 PM Easter, 7 PM Pacific tonight; stream it on Twitch.

SparkFun Talks To Mario The Magician

Posted by Michael on September 22nd, 2017

The folks over at Spark Fun (an electronics company) posted this interview with Mario the Magician about his magic and how his “maker” skills literally build his act.

Magician vs Slow Motion

Posted by Michael on August 28th, 2017

Sony is probably going to make a few magicians mad with their new video to promote the Xperia XZ, which boasts one of the most advanced slow motion features in any smartphone. SO they proved it by shooting Australian magician The Chelsea Joker work in slow motion… The Joker’s website, by the way, appears to be down.

Computer Magic!

Posted by Michael on August 14th, 2017

From the Computer Science For Fun website comes this video of Peter McOwan talking about magic and computers. We mentioned the IEEE Spectrum article focusing on some of Peter’s work earlier this morning and thought we’d share this extended look at his marriage of AI and magic.

Jaquet-Droz Automaton Workshop

Posted by Michael on June 9th, 2017

It has been a big Video Friday with lots of different magic, but mentioning the upcoming giant robot fight got us thinking about how closely magic was once tied to automatons, which are kind of the first robots. Here is a a feature on the automaton work of Jaquet-Droz, a 18th century watchmaker, from The Watches (because watchmakers often doubled as automaton and magic prop designers/builders).

Enjoy and have a great (and of course safe) weekend!

Mario the Magician’s Mr. Lamp

Posted by Michael on June 2nd, 2017

Part magic trick, part robot… Mario the Magician presents Mr. Lamp. You can see more of Mario’s magic and madcap creations on his YouTube page.