Archive for April, 2012

Virtual Tupac Shukar Takes the Stage at Coachella

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

Attendees of the Coachella 2012 music festival in California received an unexpected surprise when Tupac Shukar, who was murdered in 1996, took the stage for a rapping duet with Snoop Dogg.  Following his performance, the virtual version of Tupac disappeared in a flash of light.

What fans were actually seeing was an incredibly realistic 2D projection created by AV Concepts and Digital Domain. It wasn’t the first time a computer-generated performer took the stage at a concert (virtual Japanese performers have been touring for a few years) but it could be the first time a deceased performer seemed to have been brought back to life. Aside from the technical feat this performance represents, it’s raised questions about ownership of an artist’s image after their death.

Read more about the technology behind Tupac’s appearance on Gizmag and check out the amazing virtual performance on YouTube.

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Dirt Devil Detailer Gadget Vacuum

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

Anyone who has a computer in their home has probably dealt with the problem of a dusty keyboard and screen. The Dirt Devil Detailer is a cordless bagless portable vacuum that’s the perfect size for cleaning computers, phones and other gadgets. The rechargeable vacuum includes batteries, a battery charger and brush attachments. It retails for about $20 at home improvement and decorating stores like Home Depot and Bed Bath & Beyond.

If you’re interested in high tech cleaning appliances, you’ll have to check out Du.Static. This combination air purifier and dust absorber includes a metal wand that generates a static charge to attract dust on surfaces and in the air. Dispose of collected dust by turning off the wand over a trash can and letting the dust fall away.

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