What happens when you let anyone in the world control robots with their phones? Well I wanted to find out so I teamed up with my friends at Twilio to find out. We ended up with these two robotic arms programmed to respond to the following SMS commands: forward,left,right,back,down,up
If a viewer texted one of these commands to the number corresponding to the bot then the bot would move a step in that direction. We mounted small 3D cut circular blades to the bots “hands” so they could pop the balloons. And it worked!
Check out the full recorded Facebook Live feed here
Special thanks to Mark Kleback for the programming.
Some behind the scenes pics below.
Although you can see the Sony FS7 set up here the actual live ended up on a Canon C100.
Where were you the first time someone sent you a link to something and said, “you have to watch this!”? Of course you clicked it, because you trust your friend’s taste and want to share in the excitement with them. You watched it and liked what you saw so much you sent it to two other friends. What was that video? Where were you? Why did you share it?
Before YouTube existed I made a lot of silly videos with my friends. We didn’t have anywhere to post them so I uploaded a video file to a server and sent an email to colleagues at work who then sent it to a few more colleagues. It didn’t go much past that point (Those videos are out there, you can easily find them yourself 😉 ).
One of the first videos I remember people at the office sharing around on something called YouTube was a video of two Chinese guys sitting in their dorm room lip-syncing to The Backstreet Boys’ hit “I Want it That Way”. You have to watch this!
(This doesn’t appear to be the original 2005 upload. I have no idea where that is)
What was YOUR first viral video experience?
Here is my own first “viral” video. It was featured on the then hand-curated front page of YouTube in 2006 (somewhere I have a screenshot). This page slowly cycled through hand-picked staff favorites throughout the week. I think my video was up there for a few days. Back then a video like this one with 60k+ views was considered “Viral”!
“Trainwreck” (starring my roommate Chris).
Music: Theme to “Magnum P.I.”
Shot on a Sony Mini-DV
It’s that time of year again for another Star Wars feature. But before watching Rogue One in theaters catch up and see where it all began in this hamsterized version of Episode IV: A New Hope. Starring the amazing hamsters of the Westchester Rescued Hamster Haven. Enjoy!
Video by Keith Hopkin & Laura Vitto
VFX by Loris Ravera & Peter Carlson
Music by Tommi Kelly
Additional Illustrations by Bob Al-Greene
The force is strong in this one