Archive for August 24, 2011

500 People in 100 Seconds

Here’s an excellent video from Eran Amir that features 500 people holding 1500 photographs in a mere 110 second clip.

What’s interesting about this film is that it’s a stop-motion video within a stop-motion video.

 


From London to Sydney… in a black cab

Three friends are driving 32,000 miles half-way round the world from London to Sydney – in a black cab.

Paul Archer, Leigh Purnell, both 23, and Johno Ellison, 27, have so far clocked up more than 17,000 miles since they set off from the capital on February 17.The mammoth journey has seen them drive through herds of sheep in Armenia and get stuck in a snow-covered ditch in Finland.

If the meter was turned on, the bill when a passenger reached the Australian city would be a staggering £70,000. The three explorers from Aston University are hoping to set a new record for the longest taxi trip and raise £20,000 for the Red Cross. Mr Ellison said that their specially adapted black cab, nicknamed Hannah, was strong and they were expecting to reach Sydney in one piece.

If you want to follow the guys – itsonthemeter.com


Duracell Promo Packaging

Spencer Bigum’s concept packaging for Duracell batteries is brilliant in its simplicity. The geeky covers should be a hit with consumers looking to power their game controllers and remote controls.

The new package is made of 100% recycled cardboard and uses the back of the “original” battery package as the front for a larger canvas, which is why there isn’t a need for a clear plastic case to hold the batteries anymore.  A few other ideas for other pop-culture references were included to see how the system could work.


Tom Cruise – Red Bull F1

Tom Cruise, producer and star of “Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol”, which comes out in theaters on December 21, tested the Formula 1 Red Bull Racing in Southern California, having David Coulthard as instructor.

Cruise, a fan of motorsport, who has driven many racing cars over the years, but never a Formula 1 car, reached a top speed of 291 km / h, with only 4 km less than the maximum speed reached by Coulthard, after driving a 850-horsepower car around the 4 km  circuit at Willow Springs, in Rosamond,California.

“Tom really knows his way. I was surprised that he learned so fast and he really is a perfect driver, ” said Coulthard.” His reactions were incredible, considering how complicated it is to drive aFormula 1 car. He’s a driving his car to the limit in daily life. Today was not monotonous. Tom really impressed me. “

 


Ferrari 458 Spider

Yesterday  Ferrari announced their 458 Spider, a convertible version of their 458 Italia sports car. The 570 horsepower racer comes with a foldable aluminum hardtop roof, which folds into a space in front of the engine in just under 14 seconds. That of course seems long, considering that this beast goes from 0-100 km/h in just 3.5 seconds. Except for some other minor design changes and upgrades, the car looks pretty much the same as the 458 Italia. A release date has not been announced yet.


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