A window into another world is what you often see on Gizmodo UK’s ‘Watch This’ page. Showing videos from other sites or made by our very hands, you can while the hours away by checking out awesome timelapses, drone footage, educational videos, viral laugh-a-minutes, or even trailers for upcoming movies and TV shows.
The rozzers have slapped the wrists of a prankster extraordinaire that streaked through a Tesco store in Olds Field, Sutton, twice in two weeks. The 19-year-old trotted through the store with nothing but a scarf around his head and a pair of shoes.
Off the top of my head there are quite a few applications I can think of for a remote, VR-controlled robot system, but petting a cat is probably not as high up on the list as it should be. Taylor Veltrop didn't have that issue and using Kinect; a Wiimote; a head mounted display; a treadmill (!), and a Nao robot, he concurred the distance and managed to brush his cat remotely.
A big five-fingered high-five to the British Heart Foundation, which has created one of the best ads I've ever clapped eyes on. Hiring hardman Vinnie Jones (crib-notes: Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels; Snatch; Swordfish) to front a CPR campaign urging people to pump in time to the Bee Gees' hit Stayin' Alive is one of the most hilarious, not to mention effective, commercials of history.
I don't think annoying your brother with a few foot jabs warrants getting slapped across the face with an iPad but hey, boys will be boys. Maybe brother was trying to set a new high score! Or maybe he was Facetiming a cute girl! Who knows! All I know now is that the iPad makes for an awesome slapping device. [YouTube]
If you're a fan of the silly hijinks of Jackass, you have to watch this upcoming Nitro Circus movie. Nitro Circus is the super crazy extreme group headlined by motocross legend Travis Pastrana and his friends that pull stunts that even Knoxville and gang wouldn't even dare of doing.
I want to believe this is real. I really want to believe this is real. Please internet, just let us have this one thing: an astoundingly cool WipeOut model car track based on superconductivity and magnetic fields. It's incredible looking.
Details are thin on the ground on this one. All we really have is this rather over-produced teaser video, but it certainly looks like HP's readying a new ultrabook. Either that or it's pulled a fast one on us, and all this shuttering of webOS has been a front to cover the development of an incredibly cool-looking tablet.
Gizmodo reader Kien Lam just sent me this beautiful video that has made me extremely jealous: a time lapse video of his year backpacking all around the world. 343 days, 17 countries over five continents reduced to just five minutes.
If you have a crappy memory like me, watch this video of 2011 as told with Twitter. It's a summary of the past year's events as documented through people's tweets. Natural disasters, death, Charlie Sheen, Rebecca Black and more. 2011, you were an interesting one.
Sensory adaptation, the same phenomenon that causes you to stop hearing a continually ticking clock, also prevents you from seeing the branching network of blood vessels inside your eye. Except when you use the simple trick demonstrated in this video.
The end of the year seems like as appropriate a time as any to take a deep dive into how and why our calendar got to be the way it is. And while you may have some of these facts scrambling around in the dusty recesses of your brain somewhere, I promise you've never seen them so lithely illustrated.
Of all the trends to close out 2011, I couldn't be happier with the emergence of Animals Playing Games On Gadgets. First came the agile bearded dragon, then the vicious African Bullfrog, and now, in perhaps the most impressive display yet: a cat that is very, very good at Fruit Ninja.
I don't know about you, but my high school chemistry class was filled with equations and titrations and the occasional back row nap. The gentlemen at the Periodic Table of Videos, however, have spent the last year making elements go boom. And here's every last fiery feat of 2011, for your last-work-day-before-New-Year's pleasure.