If you thought that private, LEGO surveillance blimps were something from some kind of bizarre steampunk dystopia, you’d only be half-right. Two endeavoring LEGO tinkerers, Tyler Westmoreland and Chris Shepard, have brought such a thing into being using nothing but Mindstorms and a couple of balloons.
It’s not the most menacing drone there ever was, but it’s pretty cool for a DIY job. All the code for the blimp and its controller are open source too, so there’s nothing stopping you or anyone else from preparing an army of the things. Strap a 1.8 gigapixel military drone camera on there and you’re really in action. That last step might be a littlehard though. [Dexter Industries via Engadget]
I just watched this video and still have goosebumps. Seriously. Crank up the volume, make it full screen, play and enjoy. The wonderment overdose is really worth it.
And sure, it’s just a compilation of incredible clips showing Earth from every possibly amazing place in the planet , edited to some “everything is wonderful” soundtracks, but screw it, I left my cynic pants at home and my tender parts are all exposed. [Facebook]
This guys job is to walk on a mattress. No, seriously. His name is Reuben Reynoso and he’s a professional mattress walker. This is apparently the important, final step in making a mattress. I am not joking.
If you watch the video of Reynoso walking above, you wouldn’t be crazy to think that anyone could do that job. Sure Reynoso looks like a well-built walking machine with powerful footwork and solid weight-to-body distribution but… it’s walking on a bed. There’s a science to it though! Well, sort of. Reynoso says:
“It’s work. It’s not for everybody. There is a right way and a wrong way to do it.”
So I guess it’s not exactly a science. But still, there’s a purpose. Reynoso needs to walk on a mattress to “expertly compress no fewer than 28 layers of fluffy cotton batting while seeking to detect tiny lumps or other imperfections.”
The mattresses aren’t your run of the mill springs either, they’re handmade at the McRoskey mattress factory in San Francisco and retail for about $2750. The walking on the mattress needs to be precise to make the cotton batting perfectly compressed but still fluffy and most importantly without any lumps. What a gig. Read more about the mattress making and walking process here. [Arbroath via Neatorama]