Robo-dancing, bionic arms and popping corn


Came across three remarkable videos that I thought I’d share. This first one features a dancer who will probably be revealed as some sort of triple-jointed anatomical anomaly any day now. Take a look. I watched it with my jaw on the floor half the time, as the judges probably did as well. Brought to my attention by my sis.

This next video is about a state-of-the-art prototype set of bionic arms attached to a harness. It’s about that harness worn by an amputee. It’s about that amputee using that harness to control those arms, to pick up a grape, to pour a friend a drink, to hold a mineral water bottle, to scratch his nose, to feed himself. It’s about the engineers challenged to build this amazing device, to give amputees a new quality of life. The video is not on YouTube or Google Video, so I don’t think it can be posted in WordPress, but you can see it by clicking here.  This came to my attention via this metacool post.

This third video had me (i) seriously thinking about getting a headset for my mobile phone; (ii) wondering just what exactly the mobile phone companies aren’t telling us and (iii) thinking about my brain as so much popped corn. Now, this is a vivid way to communicate a message, as this Seth Godin post so lucidly points out.  [Update: Turns out that this was a viral video commissioned by Bluetooth headset maker Cardo Systems.  See this Wired article.]

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Author: lichone

Ethics by Enid Blyton; physique by deep-fried things. I think we all have an instinct to tell stories and to build things and relationships,

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