Posts Tagged ‘ Terminator ’

So Japan Has Cyborgs Now?


 

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Kunihiko Miyahara loved to surf. His wife, Kaori, points out photos of her husband catching waves as her fingers wander through an album filled with images of the couples’ history.  The Miyaharas met as actors. They played a couple on stage, and although Kunihiko admits that he loved Kaori first, they’ve been happily married for 20 years. Together, they’ve been through thick and thin, good times and bad.  Arguably the worst was when Kunihiko was hit by a motorcycle while riding his bicycle in Tokyo, Japan. In an instant, Kunihiko’s surfing dreams were crushed along with his spine.

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“The doctor told me I would never walk again,” said Kunihiko.  New technological advances in robotics, however, are giving people the ability to overcome some of their physical limitations.  “When I was nine years old, I read the book I, Robot,” said Dr. Yoshiyuki Sankai, a professor, roboticist and founder of robot maker CYBERDYNE. Isaac Asimov’s work of science fiction, which outlined his Three Laws of Robotics, inspired Sankai in his childhood, and the first – to protect humans – informed his work in developing the Hybrid Assistive Limb (HAL) exoskeleton.

As a cyborg-type robot – a fusion of human, robot and information systems — the robot suit HAL, which looks a little like legs of a Stormtrooper, detects signals from the wearer’s nervous system. The wearer of the suit is tasked with re-training his brain to communicate with his body.  Sankai states that HAL can improve damaged physical functionality.

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HAL follows a series of steps: The brain transmits nerve signals to the muscles it wants to move; the skin propagates those impulses as bioelectric signals, which are picked up by HAL, and HAL computes the required movement and level of power exertion accordingly. With the movement occurring in real time, the brain can receive sensory nerve signals from the muscles and joints, and this allows the wearer to improve their impaired functionality.

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“After therapy with the robot suit, I can stand. I can walk. I can use my arms,” Kunihiko said. “My body is changing.” Kaori said a year ago her husband couldn’t do anything. Today he’s a different man.  Dr. Sankai said this is part of what makes the robot suit so special.  “By using HAL, people’s mindset and emotions change,” he said. “It motivates people to have hope.”  HAL is designed to augment human capability, said Paul Tapp, director of technology for Intel. And to do so requires robust processing capabilities.

“Within the HAL robot exoskeleton, there’s an embedded Intel Atom processor,” he said. “That’s really the central processing unit for all of the different sensors and microcontrollers that are taking nerve signals from the human body and interpreting them and feeding back that data.”  The suit’s movement sensors track the patient’s mobility in three dimensions, which helps transmit information about how the patient’s body can and cannot move. Tapp said the data is crunched through a series of complex algorithms that helps physicians determine exactly what kind of enhanced therapy is required.

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Tapp said the robot technology is the futurist fodder used in old movies.  “If you look at the future of an augmented human, you only need to turn to science fiction in the past 30 years,” he said. “The sort of capabilities that inspire kids, teenagers, even adults today, this is really the beginning of it.”  For Kunihiko Miyahara, HAL has helped him believe again in his body. “One day,” he said, “I want to go to the ocean and ride a wave again.”

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via Intel

Top 10 Female Action-Movie Heroes.


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Action movies have been storming the box office since almost the beginning of cinema, and iconic characters have been born from countless movies, and subsequent franchises.  Rating the top 10 action heroes is something any movie goer could probably do off the tops of their heads, but unfortunately female heroines have fewer spots in cinema history.  This being the case, we thought we’d have a go at the top 10 (of many) female movie icons.  Our honorable mention is Neytiri of ‘Avatar’.  James Cameron’s most successful motion picture may be about the dopey human male who gets all of the native Na’Vi killed on the planet Pandora, but we all know that Neytiri is the real hero here. She’s the warrior who always stood by her principles, and as played by Zoe Saldana (with the aid of an army of animators), she embodied a unique new action hero for the modern age.  The following list is IN an order, however, if you think the order should be moved around, feel free to comment, and let us know.

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10. Alice – Resident Evil

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Of the two female-driven, utterly superficial action movie franchises, Resident Evil has the most personality. (Sorry, Underworld fans.) Milla Jovovich has been bounding from one ridiculous, zombie-fighting, clone-army forming situation to the next over the course of this ludicrous series, and it only gets sillier – and more entertaining – with every passing sequel. She still embodies unadulterated bad-assery in every film.

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9. Foxy Brown – Foxy Brown

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Foxy Brown’s boyfriend was a secret agent, but when he’s killed in the line of duty she goes on a one-woman mission of revenge against a vile syndicate, destroying sex traffickers and rescuing their victims. Pam Grier is described as “a whole lotta woman,” and the description fits. She is raw and powerful and is an exemplary vision of what strong, driven (black) female heroines can look like.

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8. Mindy Macready – Kick Ass

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Mindy Macready, aka “Hit Girl,” is a contradiction. She’s a pre-teen martial arts master and mass murderer of bad guys, and that’s kind of awesome, but only if you ignore the fact that her father has brainwashed her into thinking there’s nothing wrong with it. Kick-Ass doesn’t spend much time questioning her state of mind, which makes it rather a superficial film if you think about it, but Chloe Grace Moretz is undeniably fierce and formidable anyway.

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7. Yu Shu Lien AND Jen Yu – Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

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Not one but two great action heroes headline Ang Lee’s Oscar-winning kung fu epic Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Michelle Yeoh represents maturity and grace and Zhang Ziyi represents recklessness and passion. Their fight together is one of the kung fu highlights of the 21st Century, and the two acclaimed actresses bring their characters to vibrant life even when they’re not kicking ass.

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6. Princess Leia – Star Wars

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Princess Leia might need saving in Star Wars: Episode IV, but only once, and she only gets captured because she was being a badass. They bring her to Darth Vader, the most threatening person in the galaxy, and she says “I thought I smelled something” right to his face. Then she proceeds to plan rebel warfare, infiltrate criminal underworlds, strangle Jabba the Hutt to death and take charge in an epic speeder chase. She is anything but a typical movie princess. She is a royal badass, and in the upcoming ‘Force Awakens’ rumor has it, that she’ll be “General Badass”.

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5. Imperator Furiosa – Mad Max: Fury Road

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Although the Mad Max film is ostensibly about a male action hero, but that gets completely stolen by his female co-star. Mad Max is pretty much just along for the ride in Fury Road, while Charlize Theron’s Imperator Furiosa kidnaps a warlord’s sex slaves and fights off horde after horde of high-octane bastards in her quest to find freedom. Theron explodes off the screen, and so does practically everything else in George Miller’s acclaimed post-apocalyptic thriller.

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4. The Bride – Kill Bill

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Over the course of the two Kill Bill movies, Uma Thurman takes us on a rich and complicated journey of self-actualization, tragic love and violent vengeance. She’s a thoroughly convincing fighter who dispatches an army of masked assassins, but when the time comes to confront the man who wronged her, she can still feel recognizably human emotions. Quentin Tarantino’s films are vast in scope and intimate in nature, and Thurman gives arguably her best performance within them.

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3. Katniss Everdeen – The Hunger Games

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Jennifer Lawrence is building up her action movie credentials (see also: X-Men: First Class and Days of Future Past), but she will always be a legend for playing the reluctant revolutionary Katniss Everdeen in the blockbuster Hunger Games series. She’s comfortable with a bow, uncomfortable with killing, and increasingly confident leading the disenfranchised to war against an apathetic ruling class. Plus she’s a beast with the bow and arrow.

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2. Ellen Ripley – Alien

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It was a miracle that Ellen Ripley even survived the first Alien movie. In James Cameron’s sequel, she finally fought back, taking the fight directly to the Alien queen and setting the stage for two more sequels in which she refused to be victimized ever again. Sigourney Weaver remains one of the great action hero icons, regardless of gender.

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1. Dora The Explorer

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JUST KIDDING.

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1. Sarah Conor – Terminator 2

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Sarah Connor was running from danger throughout the first Terminator movie, and runs right into it in the blockbuster sequel to save her son from yet another killer automaton bent on bringing about the apocalypse. Linda Hamilton convincingly makes the transition from victim to hero, but James Cameron’s film wisely dedicates time to illustrating the unthinkable psychological toll the events of these movies have had on a woman who, prior to these events, as just as normal as you or I.  This is why we specified ‘Terminator 2’ because although she may be a regular 19 year old (Yeah… in the first one for some reason she’s 19 in the script), in the sequel she is a trained military machine, capable of flying off the rails to do whatever is necessary to save her son, and the future.

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Like we said, if you think the list was missing anyone, or should be re-arranged, sound off below.

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Superhero Models?


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Kate Mara (above), star of the new Fantastic 4 reboot, has proven time and time again that she is much more than a pretty face.  Her acting chops include ‘House of Cards’, Ironman 2, 127 Hours, and Transcendence, among many more.  Her characters are always intelligent, well spoken, and well acted representations of whoever she’s tasked to. However, just because she’s not just a pretty face, doesn’t mean she doesn’t have a pretty face, as the photos above prove.  Emilia Clarke (below), is a british actress that has blown half the world away with her character on the most revered television shows of all time ‘Game of Thrones’.  Her most recent appearance is as Sarah Conor in the Terminator reboot, (and future sequels), which has made her a staple in the minds of fanboys everywhere.  Check out one of her most recent shoots below.

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Audemars Piguet x The Terminator


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Yeah son.  It’s true.  One of the finest watch makers “Audemars Piguet”, has released a tribute watch to the Governator.  Arnold Schwarzenegger has just finished his term as Governor of California, and should work again with James Cameron.  Business Montres reports that he might also become an administrator of Audemars Piguet with whom he has a long-established friendship.  2011 marks a new step in the historic partnership between Arnold Schwarzenegger and Audemars Piguet with the Royal Oak Offshore ‘Arnold Schwarzenegger The Legacy’ Chronograph, a vibrant tribute to the actor/politician/businessman/athlete.

Inspired by the Man’s onscreen roles as well as his human values, this piece is a perfect blend of strength and control and will be the first Audemars Piguet watch to feature an all-ceramic 48-millimeter case middle and bezel.  The combination of materials, the exceptional level of finishing and the sheer sophistication of its design makes this watch a showcase of an impressive range of technical know-how.  In this case, a diamond grinding-wheel removes tiny layers of material from the ceramics in order to achieve the same level of detail as on steel.  Thus the ceramic case appears to glow in a variety of light conditions and gives off a shimmering high-tech glow.

The contrast between black and anthracite is further enhanced by the use of beadblasted titanium, chosen for the screws that punctuate the octagonal bezel, the pushpiece-guards, the two applied inserts on the left side of the case, accentuating its sporting appearance.  To add the perfect finishing touch to the range of materials, the applied numerals, as well as the hour-markers are crafted in pink gold.  The gold of the pushpieces is adorned with a non-slip gridwork motif echoing the geometrical “Tapisserie” pattern that is a signature feature of Royal Oak Offshore dials.

The mechanical movement inside features an equally exceptional level of expertise, and the hand-assembled, finely decorated self-winding movement is equipped with an ultra-efficient chronograph mechanism that measures short times where speed and power are of the essence.  Anticipated to be the last watch in the series created by Schwarzenegger and Audemars Piguet, this be issued in a 1,500-piece limited edition, each engraved on the back with the inscription Royal Oak Offshore Arnold Schwarzenegger The Legacy.

Re-hashin’ the classics.


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Now, many people know that I enjoy dressing like a gentleman, and doing my thing at the same time.  Recently Empire magazine trotted the globe to deliver 27 of the planet’s biggest stars, recreating iconic performances from two decades in film, for a unique 20th birthday celebration.  All parties involved are in classic poses from their respective films, but dressed to impressed with designer suits (‘cept for Tom Cruise and a few others), which puts a very unique spin on the entire concept.  I’ve thrown a few of my personal favorites onto the blog for your enjoyment.

Minority Report

Silence of the Lambs

Braveheart

The Matrix

The Bourne Trilogy

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American Psycho

Harry Potter

Shaun of the Dead

Zoolander

Atonement

Seven

Terminator