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chicken powered steadicam

Here’s a great reference of a chicken using it’s internal image stabilization for the locking of it’s head in space:

How insane is that??? It’s something called vestibulo-ocular reflex (VOR) which is a reflex eye movement that stabilizes images on the retina during head movement by producing an eye movement in the direction opposite to head movement, thus preserving the image on the center of the visual field.  (wiki)

People have been talking about how chickens are able to do that in the context of designing a better steadicam.  This guy didn’t talk about it, he did it…. well sort of:

It’s funny and all, but there really is something to that.  The concept of tracking a camera through the lens in real time, then feeding the data back into a motion control rig of some sort is very interesting.  Seems like it would work, just an engineering/speed problem to solve.  I’m sure people are out there working on it!  Until then strap up your chicken-cam.

we found the original blog posts <here> and <here> at petapixel.com

new works from edouard martinet

French sculptor Edouard Martinet uses myriad discarded parts from old bicycles, cars, and mopeds to create these astonishingly anatomically correct representations of sea life, birds, amphibians, and insects…  <full blog post> @ <http://thisiscolossal.com/>

vispop comment:

This guy’s work is amazing.  Love the character design… love to get him designing some robot concepts for VisPop.  You out there Edouard?  Let’s work on a film together!

Anyone else wanna see a film with these robo-animals?