What else could be a phone used for? A record breaking result? Well, it has already. Using a Nokia N8, Sumo Science and Aardman hold a Guinness Record for creating the largest stop-motion set stretching over 11,000 square feet of Welsh sand.
Stop motion is an animation technique or a cinematic process that is used to makes static objects appear as if they were moving. The technique is generally used in clay-animation. It works by moving objects slightly and shooting it in different frames. When you playback the frames, the illusion of fluid motion is created and the objects appear to move by themselves.
The short film titled, Gulp, tells a simple story of a fisherman going about his daily catches and gets swallowed by a larger predator. Shot on location at Pendine Beach in South Wales, every frame of this stop-motion animation was shot using a Nokia N8, with its 12 megapixel camera and Carl Zeiss optics. The film has broken a world record for the “largest stop-motion animation set”, with the largest scene stretching over 11,000 square feet.
Co-director Will Studd said: “The film was a huge test of planning and coordination with mother nature. We were incredibly lucky with conditions and tide times sometimes we got our final frame for the day just as the waves crashed in around our set.”
Watch the short film here:
Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at how it was made:
Earlier in August 2010, Nokia hired Aardman to create the world’s smallest stop-frame animation. The film was shot using a Nokia N8 with a macro lens.
Apple has released a new iPad 2 commercial entitled “Now” that highlights more on user experience rather than hardware specs. This 30 second video clip showcases how users can use iPad to watch movies, read magazines, newspapers and video call using FaceTime.
Now, we can watch a newspaper; listen to a magazine; curl up with a movie; and see a phone call. Now, we can take a classroom anywhere; hold an entire bookstore; and touch the stars. Because now, there’s this.
Apple’s competitors emphasize more on technical specifications, but Apple has decided to take a different route. They are working completely on a different strategy to market their products by highlighting more on user experience. This commercial is simple and to the point, and does not amplify on technical specifications.
The instrument is called as Escopetarra, a combination of the Spanish terms “rifle” (escopeta) and guitar (guitarra). LÃ³pez does not sell any of his creations nor receives money from his music, rather he expects listenrs to take away his words, “in the end the gun dies and the guitar is born”
Students at the Swinburne University of Technology have built a robot called Ruby, that can solve a fully scrambled Rubik’s cube in just 10 seconds. The robot uses cameras to scan each face of the cube and then uses a software algorithm to solve the puzzle. Now, that’s called Artificial Intelligence!
While Ruby is the fastest bot to solve the cube, the fastest human time for solving the cube is 6.24 seconds, so Ruby needs to work a little harder to beat that ;)
So what is the next step for Angry Birds? More platforms? That may happen, but before that this popular game will be featured in a movie called Angry Birds: The Movie.
Well, if it interests you, here is a trailer of Angry Birds: The Movie created by Rooster Teeth and is approved for All Audiences. The movie features real life Angry Birds who are used more than just for props. Have fun watching the video after the break.
I did find some of the commercial videos on My Microsoft Life. These videos are only 8 seconds in length, so I was wondering what Microsoft was thinking about them.
I understand that it is a webmasters goal to load webpages in 8 seconds or less, but that is because they want users to start reading the content in that time, not understanding it. So Microsoft’s thinking in these 8 second ads goes beyond me, even though I understand that it is in theme with "Internet Explorer 8", I found the 30 second Google Super Bowl ad more interesting.
Check out the advertisements for IE8 being shown in UK right now.
Techmeme is no doubt every Tech Pundit’s resource for the best technology news. However, getting on Techmeme is not a easy job and it is really hard to figure out a algorithm which will get you on it.
In a video a Techmeme editor, Rich DeMuro, describes how Techmeme generates headlines and conversations around it. He elaborates that Techmeme is a mix of both machine generated stories, as well as user submitted one’s through Twitter, which you can read more about here.
So if you have been thinking how Techmeme generates stories, or how you can get your story on Techmeme, don’t forget to watch the video interview below.
Several of you might have missed the iPad announcement, and might not be sure as to what it looks like. For those who were not so fortunate, here is a video of the iPad in action presented by Steve Jobs himself, courtesy Digital Inspiration.
If you are not yet comfortable with jail breaking your iPhone OS Firmware 3.1.2, using Blackra1n, here is a video tutorial which I came across on Softpedia. The video tutorial details, on how you can jailbreak your iPhone 3G and 3GS phones, which are updated to Firmware 3.1 or 3.1.2.
The video tutorial details how you can jailbreak iPhone 3G/3GS with OS 3.1 and 3.1.2 using Blackra1n.
The instructions in the video are pretty simple to understand. You may want to watch the video a couple of times, before you can start jail breaking your iPhone.
Looks like someone had a lot of time on hand or really didn’t have anything else to do, so he/she came up with a video, uploaded it to YouTube and tweeted about it on twitter.
That was enough for many of the top blogs go bonkers over a very secretive Google Chrome OS video being leaked on the internet. If you haven’t watched the video yet we have it for you, the initial screens look a bit real, but you can spot the obvious towards the end.