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Google reveals prototype self-driving car

2014 at 02:12 pm by admin | Comments Off


Google has been testing autonomous self-driving cars since 2009, driving over 700,000 miles in modified vehicles with no accidents or injuries. Now, Google has unveiled its plans to take this project to the next step with their new prototype autonomous vehicle! Unlike the last two Google self-driving cars, which were modified from existing vehicles like the Totoya Prius and Lexus RX350h, the new Google car has been designed from the ground up to drive itself! Because of this, it has removed many items and equipment from the car that was necessary for human-input driving, like the steering wheel and pedals.

This first prototype vehicle is designed with safety in mind, taking advantage of foam-like plastics and windshield in order to minimize damage in the event of a crash. The car also only has a range of 100 miles, and can only reach speeds of 25 mph, but both of these limitations were designed with the purpose of safety, as well as to test out the autonomous driving functions. 100 of these new cars will be tested in California this summer, and will be taken to public roads across the nation by the end of the year. While Google says that fully autonomous cars are at least five years away from being ready for commercial use and retail, this new prototype vehicle is a big step towards making this sci-fi dream a reality.


Intel announces 3D-printed robot for retail release

2014 at 05:15 pm by admin | Comments Off


In a move to help bring robots to an affordable retail price, Intel has announced a brand-new robot: Jimmy! Jimmy is a robot that able to walk, talk, move its arms, dance, and more, and is made up of primarily 3D-printed parts! Intel says that the robot will come in two special varieties: a $1,600 retail consumer version that will run on the Intel Edison chip, and a $16,000 research version, which will run on a more powerful Core i5 processor.

The robot itself will be sold as a kit, featuring the few non-3D printed parts to robot such as motor, batteries, processor, and wiring, but the rest of the robot will be made available online for consumers to download and print at home. Intel states that the Jimmy setup kit will be made available to purchase by the end of 2014, and will be fully customizable trough the use of apps to make your Jimmy into your own personalized buddy!


Hungarian students break LEGO tower world record

2014 at 05:09 pm by admin | Comments Off


Fans and spectators gathered from all over Hungary on May 25th as a five-day construction project came to a close in the capital city of Budapest, creating the tallest LEGO structure ever built! The tower reaches a total height of 114 feet, breaking the previous US record of 113 feet, and was assembled by over 5000 students with the help of older builders.


The project was supervised by LEGO managers, and features a wide variety of designs and characters, including infamous video game characters, flags, and more. Including hundreds of thousands of bricks in its construction, the tower was crowned with a Rubik’s Cube, and was certified by Guinness World Record employees and spokesmen. Located in front of St. Sephen’s Basilica in Budapest, this tower is a testament to the ingenuity and determination of its builders!


Bandai creates Figuarts Mario animation

2014 at 05:21 pm by admin | Comments Off


Earlier this month, Bandai and Tamashii Nations worked together with Nintendo to release the first fully posable Mario figure in the popular S.H. Figuarts line! In order to celebrate the occasion, Bandai artists and animators worked together to make a stop-motion animation using the figure and its accessory sets! Based on the concept of the classic zoetrope, invented in 1833 as the first animation method, the team put together a looping scenario with a number of Mario figures, as well as mushrooms, coins, blocks, pipes, and more, on a multi-level plane in order to create a fun full-motion experience for the viewers.

In a video released on their official website, Bandai shows off glimpses of behind-the-scenes work on the animation, including planning, design concepts, and more. The video ends the video with the animation itself, showing the spinning platform from several angles and perspectives. The animation shows off the S.H. Figuarts Mario figure and its degree of possibility along with its accessories, making this video a must-watch for fans everywhere!


TMNT Ooze Action figures by Viacom

2014 at 12:47 pm by admin | Comments Off


The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, originally created as a comic book series in 1984, have since become international cartoon icons, with a brand-new movie releasing in August 2014. To celebrate this occasion, media company Viacom has partnered up with Kidrobot to release a brand-new series of collectible figurines based on the hit franchise! This new set of vinyl figures features the four title protagonists, Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello, and Michelangelo, alongside their mentor Splinter and arch nemesis Shredder! Each figure stands at 3 inches tall, features their own sets of accessories and weapons, and even glows in the dark! TOMODACHI now has these iconic cartoon character in stock, so make sure to drop by our Rosedale Shopping Center location or our online shop to pick up these adorable animals for yourself!

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Pharrel Williams x KAWS perfume bottle revealed

2014 at 10:41 am by admin | Comments Off


Information about Pharrell Williams’ latest exhibition venture at the Galerie Perrotin in Paris, France was originally released in late April, with news on upcoming collaborations with KAWS, Murakami, and other artists. Now, with the exhibit opening next Tuesday, May 27th, photos of Pharrell’s collaboration with KAWS have finally been revealed! The collaboration itself is themed after Pharrell Williams’ laters album, “G I R L”, and is a joint venture between Pharrell, KAWS, and fashion label Comme des Garçons. This unique fragrance will contain scents of iris, styrax, violet, patchouli, and cedar, and will be made available worldwide in the coming months.


Williams’ upcoming exhibit at the Galerie Perrotin, which will remain open from May 27th to June 25th, will be a show dedicated to independent artists all over the world, and will host unique artworks from 34 international artists like Takashi Murakami, KAWS, Marina Abramovic, Andy Warhol, Laurent Grasso, Guerrilla Girls, and more. The exhibit, like the perfume, will be themed after Pharrell’s “G I R L” album, standing as a tribute to strong women and love across the world. With his recent music video collaboration with Murakami’s “Jellyfish Eyes” movie alongside the release of his newest album, 2014 is a big year for Pharrell Williams, and more is sure to come in the following months!


Disney reveals Big Hero 6 trailer

2014 at 03:17 pm by admin | Comments Off


Disney, who has created a number of comic book movies alongside Marvel since their acquisition in 2009, has released our first look at the newest Marvel comic movie: ‘Big Hero 6′! This movie, which will be the first animated Marvel feature film, stars the protagonist Hiro Hamada and his robot Baymax.


Disney has released photos of Baymax alongside the first teaser trailer for the movie, showing off the new animation style and humor implemented into the film. The producers of the film say that ‘Big Hero 6′ will also be one of the first Marvel films to be independent of its comics origin, and use the original story as inspiration in the creation of an entirely new world. The movie is set to release on November 7th, 2014, and news about more characters and the story will surely be unveiled as we move closer to the release date.


Transformers life-size statues announced!

2014 at 06:30 pm by admin | Comments Off


With the Transformers universe celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, alongside the upcoming release of the ‘Transformers: Age of Extinction movie on June 27th, toy company Kids Logic has decided to celebrate the occasion in a big way with their new Optimus Prime and Bumblebee statues. While not exactly life-size, these statues stand over 10 feet tall, making them the largest Transformers retail release in history!


The two statues, modeled after their appearance in the upcoming film, feature their own stands, as well as numerous LEDs throughout their body. Optimus even comes with his sword from the movie, making these statues an astounding display piece. Priced at $13,000 each, these statues will release at the end of June, coinciding with the movie release.



Star Wars Episode VII first look

2014 at 06:26 pm by admin | Comments Off


With information steadily coming out about the upcoming Star Wars Episode VII movie set to release on December 18, 2015, fans have been treated to the first look at one of the new sets for the movie! The video, hosted by director JJ Abrams, shows off the set located in the Abu Dhabi desert, and even shows off the first exclusive look at one of the new aliens from the movie. The video also announces the Star Wars: Force for Change contest, in which fans can donate money to have a chance to appear in the brand new film! Prizes for this contest include the opportunity to meet cast members, and to appear on film as a Star Wars character in the movie. Check out the video for more information!


Shepard Fairey's first art show at his homtown

2014 at 05:32 pm by admin | Comments Off


Shepard Fairey, contemporary graphic designers and illustrator, has been known for his decals and posters, most iconically his “Obey” design as well as the “Hope” poster for the 2008 Obama campaign. In order to help celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Arts, which is located in his hometown of Charleston, South Carolina, Shepard Fairey has worked together with city officials to host a new joint exhibit at the institute! Titled ‘The Insistent Image: Recurring Motifs in the Art of Shepard Fairey and Jasper Johns’, the exhibit will open this Thursday, May 22nd, and will remain open to the public until July 12th.


The exhibit, which has no fee for entry, will be the artist’s first exhibition at his hometown, and Fairey is celebrating in a big way. To help commemorate the occasion, Fairey has worked together with city officials to paint four large-scale murals across town. These murals, which are part of Fairey’s new ‘Power and Glory’ series of works, cover four different parts of downtown Charleston, including locations on King Street, Calhoun Street, and atop the Francis Marion Hotel.


Shepard Fairey, born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina, is an American contemporary graphic designer and illustrator who emerged from the skateboarding scene, where he designing skateboard decals and T-shirt designs. His art, which often incorporate imagery from social movements, is created with a single message in mind: “question everything”. His works, such as the “Obey Giant” sticker campaign and the “Hope” poster, garner worldwide popularity and are displayed in a number of museums across the world. Together with his wife, he has also founded the Studio Number One design agency, which has provided album covers for many bands, including Black Eyed Peas, Smashing Pumpkins, and Led Zeppelin.