Watch this mind-blowing photorealistic painting of Morgan Freeman finger painted on an iPad
iPads can be pretty good for painting, though generally iPad paintings look like they were done with a fat finger on a touchscreen. However, Kyle Lambert went all kinds of badass and spent over 200 hours meticulously re-creating a photo of Morgan Freeman in incredible detail.
Star Wars thing to add to your Xmas list: R2D2 USB car charger hub
R2 units: is there anything those little guys can’t do? While we don’t yet have the technology in this quadrant of the galaxy for fully-automated repair droids like the R2 units from Star Wars, we can get a portion of the R2′s versatility into something small enough to sit in your vehicle’s cupholder.
You see, it makes R2-D2 whistle sadly when he sees a device that’s run out of power. Make him bloop and bleep happily again by letting him use your vehicle’s power to recharge your devices. With him plugged into your cigarette lighter socket, you can get 2.1 Amps through each of his USB charging ports, which is enough to charge two tablets or smartphones or, well, pretty much anything that charges via USB. What’s that, little guy? He says, “Bloop bloop bleep,” which we think means “Yay!”
This looks like a normal trailer for a normal CG animated Tarzan film, until… aliens?
Edgar Rice Burrough’s Tarzan stories have been adapted hundreds of times into live action and full length feature animation and Disney animation and video games and everything in between. This new CG animated Tarzan movie generally looks pretty forgettable, until you realize that for some reason they’re throwing aliens into the mix. Okay, sure. Tarzan opens May 2014
Listen to Da Vinci’s viola organista being played for the first time ever
500 years ago, Leonardo Da Vinci sketched an instrument he called the viola organista, which plays like a piano but creates sound more like a bowed instrument like a viola or cello. Polish concert pianist and instrument maker Slawomir Zubrzycki built the viola organista from sketches and notes in da Vinci’s voluminous manuscripts. The process took 5,000 hours spread across three years.