Video Tech: Popcorn Robot, Time Hacks, Siri Beatboxing and a UFO Drone

Posted on April 27, 2016


Robotic Glockenspiel plays Popcorn

Canadian James Cochrane created a beautiful prototype for this robotic glockenspiel player built out of solenoids, wooden dowels, paperclips and elastic bands. But this is a completely different bag of computer chips, using servos, an Arduino Uno, MIDI shield and Adafruit’s 16 channel I2C servo driver. “My next project is to finish my robotic violin player,” he brags on his Youtube channel. For now, enjoy Cochrane’s version of Gershon Kingsley’s synthpop classic ‘Popcorn’.


UFO Drone

When the camera breaks on your DJI drone what do you do? Well if you’re Ian Wood you turn it into a tribute to Close Encounters of the Third Kind by attaching LED lights and scaring the neighbours.


Jet Powered Go-Kart

Colin Furze has a yearning to create the first pulse jet powered go-kart. He has previous – using a 500cc engine and a ton of torque to remove decorations from a Christmas tree, plus removing his socks with a rocket launcher. This first vid in a two-parter sees him modifying the chassis and mounting the jet. T-minus slight derangement.


Hackerman Hacks Time

Beautifully pitched comedic piece about Hackerman’s attempts to bridge time and see what computer storage will look like in future. Cue 80s computer technology, warped VHS dodginess and sound FX comparable to the cult British comedy Garth Marenghi’s Dark Place. Superb job Hackerman. Time warp ready.


TV Destroys Your Mind

“This is the voice of Vrillon, a representative of the Ashtar Galactic Command, speaking to you.” Thus begins TVestroy, the 1977 hacking of a British television network by an extraterrestrial intelligence. This awesome glitch noise installation was presented on three large screens and nine cathode ray TVs. Earth is the target of an imminent invasion and Commander Vrillon says we must rid ourselves of weapons of mass destruction and cease worship of false prophets.


Shooting Anvils into the Air

World champion anvil shooter Gay Wilkinson posted this gem back in 2009 before video was invented. Here he shows how to turn a 300lb forged steel blacksmiths tool into a dangerous projectile, shooting it 200 feet into the air. Fun fun fun in the sun sun sun.


Siri-ous Beatboxing

You know the drill: ask Siri to calculate 100 trillion to the power of 10, then beatbox along to the answer. 1, 0, 0, 0… boom bip etc. Plus, check out the father versus daughter battle in this other vid to see who gets owned.