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.
While not quite as imposing as BMW Oracle's USA-17, the Vestas Sailrocket Mk.II is no less impressive. It's aiming to top 65 mph on wind power alone—the water-borne equivalent to going plaid—and break the short-distance world speed sailing record.
Your typical fake cockpit simulator has limited maneuverability, but this high speed robot arm can move in multiple axis at the same time, accurately recreating the feeling of flying including the extreme g-forces that come with it.
Using stop-motion animation and imagery from Google Maps Street View, director Tony Jenkins provides a look at how a lonely desk toy manages to escape his confined world and take a cross country drive to the Pacific coast.
Micaël Reynaud, a French animator, turned photographer Michael Jang's black & white head shot series into a fluid animation that merges different people's faces, mixes other people's features and trips the hell out of you. It looks like a gentle, rippling pond of changing faces.
Even after spending years solving countless placemat mazes at restaurants around the world, I'm still no match for this robotic micromouse that races through this giant maze in just 3.921 seconds, shaving a full second off the previous record.
All we have really is this video from ExoPC, the guys behind that familiar looking tablet with the unusual UI. It shows a 40-inch touchscreen replacing a your desk, which lets you swipe, pinch and tap your way round a custom interface.
You probably won't be in demand on the club scene, but you can save yourself the cost of a pair of 1200s with this DIY analogue turntable made from discarded technology including a cooling fan and a cassette player.
There are two theories at work here. A) Arnold doesn't quite understand what the purpose of a commentary track is, or B) He is actually narrating Total Recall for blind people. Either way, it's friggin' hilarious.
You can go the simple iron filings on a white piece of paper route if you want to see the invisible fields surrounding a magnet. But I prefer this DIY contraption, which carves 3D foam sculptures of them instead.
There's not much room for a cooler, but the Sailrocket 2 isn't designed for a casual afternoon on the lake. It's engineered to set a new sailing speed record, and it's in Namibia right now trying to do just that.
Destin from Smarter Every Day, flew to Germany to meet up with Joerg Sprave, the man behind those highly entertaining slingshot videos, to take an educational look at the physics behind them. He also brought a high-speed camera with him — need I say more?
My favorite winter olympic sport is bobsledding. Not because I want to sit in a sled with three other guys and rocket down a track. They don't even get to look up. Mostly because I've also imagined how cool it would be to ride my skateboard down the track. Well at least one guy made my dream a reality.
Everyone loves setting things on fire — it's okay to admit! And some people enjoy skateboarding. That's fine! But the combination of the two can be tricky, especially when you've doused yourself in petrol and literally ride through fire. Daaaaaaaaaaarwin.