Jimmy Kimmel to Host Marvel Superhero Week

In a run-up to the release of Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War, late-night host Jimmy Kimmel is going to be hosting a Marvel Superhero week, offering not just one but many of the films Marvel looks to release in the coming month.

Starting on Monday the 11th of April, Kimmel will host Team Captain America with Chris Evans (Captain America), Sebastian Stan (Winter Soldier), Anthony Mackie (Falcon) and the latest to join the party, Paul Rudd (Ant-man).

On Tuesday night, you will get to see none other than Benedict Cumberbatch, the star of the soon to release Doctor Strange movie. During the one hour, you will get to watch none other than the first official trailer for the upcoming feature film.

Evening the odds on Wednesday is Team Iron Man, with Robert Downey Jr (Iron Man), Don Cheadle (War Machine), Emily VanCamp (Sharon Carter), Paul Bettany (Vision) and the soon to be revealed Black Panther, Chadwick Boseman.

Come Thursday and it’s all about Thor (the day was named after the guy after all). Chris Hemsworth, the god himself, will be advertising the sequel to the Snow White and the Huntsman film. If that wasn’t enough there a good chance he will be carrying some exclusive looks at Thor: Ragnarok, set for release in November 2017.

So many superhero films, so little time!

Meta 2 AR Headset Impresses Crowd at Ted

Augmented reality is one step beyond virtual reality, with popular VR hardware like the Oculus Rift or even Google Cardboard looking to put you into the action, there is something missing from that Iron-Man experience. This is where Meta wants to surpass everyone else by not only letting you see images in 3D but also by letting you manipulate them.

We’ve seen augmented reality in a million movies and TV shows, the ability to create a 3D image and then using your physical body manipulate the digital image, from dancing with your favourite stars on a holodeck to crafting a vase on your table ready for printing.

We’ve commented on the Meta Spaceglasses before but they’ve come a long way since then. At a demo in Vancouver, Canada, Meron Gribetz, the founder and CEO of Meta, demoed just a few of the features that could soon see it become a must buy. On stage he was able to pick apart an object and manipulate it, work with a colleague somewhere else in the world by telepresence and then creating virtual computer monitors.

Being able to create something with your own hands is always rewarding, and can be easier than attempting to draw the object using a pen of some kind for your computer to interpret. The ability to create virtual screens will be a live saver for anyone who works on the go and needs access to private screens to get the most out of their work.

I personally can’t wait to see what Meta have accomplished with the Meta 2, but I guess we will only find out when the countdown reaches zero.

China’s New Space Robot Looks Like an Iron Man Knockoff

At the 17th China International Industry Fair in Shanghai, China’s space agency rolled out their new Mars Probe, which consists of a new orbiter and landing rover, and while normally that would be the star of the show, it certainly wasn’t. The new space-faring robot known as Xiaotian is a lawsuit waiting to happen, sporting some very familiar Iron Man colours and a check piece that looks to be a knock-off arc reactor, albeit a fake one, not a real arc reactor, that would be a tad implausible to say the least.

As I was saying, the robot (pictured above) looks a lot like Robert Downey Jr’s version of Iron Man (pictured below, obviously).

The new robot, Xiaotian, which translates as “little sky”, was developed by the state-owned China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp., which is the nation’s primary space contractor; let’s just hope their tech department is a little more creative than their design team.

The robot is designed to deal with the harsh environment of space, to perform tasks in zero gravity on space stations, lunar landings, space probes and more. It uses flexible arms and hands, allowing it to do intricate work. Unfortunately, there are no plans to put Iron Man, erm, I mean Xiaotian in space just yet.

Marvel Phase 2 Collection Available For Pre-Order

Marvel have been releasing film after film, bringing together TV series, online series, and movies to create a rich and diverse universe. Marvel have called each set of films they aim to release (normally ending with a big film containing several of their heroes) a phase. With Marvel phase 2 recently over, the limited collector set is now available for pre-order and it impresses.

The first phase was what started it all, with Iron Man (1 and 2), the Incredible Hulk, Thor and Captain America, all coming together in The Avengers as one of the biggest films ever seen before. As if this collection of amazing films wasn’t enough, they went further and created a collectors edition and we all know that nothing bad comes in collectors editions.

In this case, the Blu-ray’s (both 3D and 2D) came in sleeves that were hidden nicely within a metal case alongside Shield documentation on the Avengers Initiative. As if that wasn’t enough, the case also carried a replica Tesseract (Devices Of Ultimate Power supplied separately).

So why would we expect any less from the Phase 2 collection? With films like Iron Man 3, Captain America 2 and the second Thor film carrying on strongly from the first, while the Guardians of the Galaxy join the universe and Ant-man being the latest to join. This time, your collection is ordained with the orb from Guardians of the Galaxy.

Being a huge marvel fan I own several films, but you can’t help but appreciate the effort and style found in the collectors editions. Do you buy collectors editions? Are they not worth the difference in price? Voice your opinions in the comments.

Avengers Fan Makes Iron Man Glove That Can Actually Do Damage

Pew! Pew! Pew! That what’s going through my mind as I write this article, Youtuber and real-life inventor Patrick Priebe has created a stunning piece of gear that looks like it came straight out of the film itself.

The gadget is an Iron Man glove that has the ability to fire an ejecting shell out of it and has a fully functional burning lase; it also has a lower power red laser from the back too. The YouTuber said that he made the glove in anticipation of the new Avengers: Age of Ultron movie. Priebe tells us in the demo of his glove that the outside is made from aluminium and then painted red. The slugs firing mechanism is made from brass. He said in the video: “When you make a slide with moving parts, you want it to be as smooth as possible and brass is awesome for that.” 

Of course, the lasers are the best part of the invention. The blue 700mw laser can burst balloons and burn wood in the video with no effort at all; the red laser that is on the back is a much less powerful version that runs at 300mw but can still pop balloons with no trouble.

Priebe states that the whole project took him three weeks to complete, I think that’s pretty impressive considering the amount of work put in and complexity of the device. Priebe sells all sorts of gadgets on his website, might be worth a look!

Thank you Cnet for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of youtube.

Square Enix Redesigns Star Wars

First Batman, then Iron Man; now Star Wars is the latest iconic property to be given the Square Enix makeover, and it is some of the video game developer/toy designers most impressive work yet. The figurines – which include Darth Vader, Boba Fett, and a Stormtrooper – are part of Square Enix’s Variant Play Arts series, which has included a host of DC Comics characters.

The Stormtrooper and Boba Fett figures are due out in July, while Darth Vader will be available from May. Each figure is priced at $109.

Source: Kotaku

Robert Downey Jr. Gives Disabled Boy Prosthetic Iron Man Arm

Robert Downey Jr. helped a disabled boy to become a real-life Iron Man when he presented the child with a 3D printed prosthetic arm modelled after that of the Marvel superhero. Iron Man actor Downey Jr. was working with non-profit organisation Limbless Solutions to give young Alex Pring – who was born with a section of his right arm missing – the fully functional prosthetic.

Limbless Solutions uses engineering students from the University of Central Florida to create 3D-printed limbs for children, allowing for inexpensive production of prosthetics that kids quickly grow out of. Each limb costs around $350 in materials, and takes up to 50 hours to construct.

Seven-year-old Pring, a Transformers fan, also received an Optimus Prime arm from Limbless Solutions last Christmas.

Source: Engadget

Square Enix Reimagines Iron Man as a Dark Ninja

A partnership between Square Enix, developer of the Final Fantasy games and Marvel Comics has produced a reimagined, ninja-inspired Iron Man figurine. Though the action figure is black-accented and has a hexagonal arc reactor in its chest, it is still recognisable as Iron Man and is part of the Square Enix Variant Play Arts Kai series.

“The armor’s detailed articulation highlights several special effect pieces such as the palm repulsor rays, boot jet emissions, micro-missiles projecting from the thighs, back flaps and expandable air brakes on the legs,” said Marvel’s Alex Lopez wrote on the Marvel website. “These additions give all you Iron Man fans the ability to structure the collectible in various actions poses such as the high flying stance or the iconic fist-to-the-ground landing position. The battle-worn paint gives off a realistic feel to assure collectors that this Iron Man can go a few rounds with the best of them.”

The figure is 27cm tall, priced at $120, and due for release in July this year.

This isn’t the first time that Square Enix has redesigned comic book classics. Last year, Final Fantasy designer Tetsuya Nomura produced striking new versions of both Batman and Catwoman for the Variant Play Arts Kai range.

Source: Polygon

Never Run out of Power Again with the Iron Man Power Bank

Ok firstly, this looks insanely awesome, secondly, it’s full name is the Iron Man V Armor Power Bank. Now that those two things are out of the way, I can talk a bit more about what you’re looking at.

This is a mobile power bank, these are very helpful devices that act as a second battery for your mobile or tablet device but this battery is huge. If you’re ever out and about and running low on tech juice, grab your power block, connect your device via a USB cable and there you have it, nice and simple indeed.

Now this power block in-particular comes with a massive 12,000 mAh battery capacity to provide users with enough power to charge a tablet or a smartphone. This is enough juice to recharge an iPhone 5S 5 times, apparently.

“Each Iron Man Mark V Armor Suitcase Mobile Fuel Cell has 12,000 mAh of power. That’s enough to charge an iPhone 5S five times! The Iron Man Fuel Cell also has two USB ports (5V at 1 amp and 5V at 2 amp), so you can charge a tablet and phone at the same time. But this just isn’t a Mobile Fuel Cell, it’s also a 1/4 scale prop replica, as the Iron Man Mark V Armor Suitcase Mobile Fuel Cell was designed using the original prop and 3D digital files provided by Marvel. If you like showing off technology, charging your doodads, and carrying a little bit of Iron Man in your pocket, then this is the charger for you!”

As awesome as this little thing is, it’s not cheap. This little armor case will set you back $99.99 but I think it’s worth it just because it’s Iron Man. 10/10 would buy.

Thanks to Geekygadgets for supplying us with this information.

Image courtesy of Geekygadgets.

$2,000 Will Buy You A Replica Iron Man Mark III Suit… Awesome!

Fancy kicking it up a notch at your next fancy dress party? A company in China is offering custom full-body Iron Man costumes, complete with glowing lights. The aptly named Iron Man Factory is charging $2,000 for the suits, sure that’s a lot of money, but this isn’t your usual fancy dress attire, it’s freaking Iron Man!

It will take around eight months for your order to be complete and shipped as each one is built to order, there is a faster option is that you can order a 3D printed version, however that will set you back an insane $35,000 and let’s be honest, that’s freaking stupid.

The suits are made using injection moulded pieces that use reinforced polymer, and come fitted with a sensor on the side of the helmet that will allow you to open it up Iron Man style. Finally, the internal lights in the hands are powered by batteries and will offer up the glowing features that are a trademark of the suit. The suit is only suitable to be made for people between 5ft 6inch and 6ft 1inch (164cm to 185cm).

The suit isn’t even licensed from Marvel, but the company has made a statement on legality: “We will only charge your credit card when your order is shipped and we will still ship out all orders no matter what.”

So, who’s going to put in a pre-order?

Thank you T3 for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of T3.

Real-Life Iron Man Suit Could Allow Space Diving Without a Parachute!

The movie and comics of Iron Man have clearly inspired some to take the next step in crazy, developing a suit similar to that of Iron Man that will allow astronauts to jump to earth without a parachute, using rocket boots to soften their landing instead…. cool! The idea is to use augmented reality goggles, power gloves, movement gyros, rockets and a commercial space suit combined to create the system and I can’t help but think that the Felix Baumgartner jump helped research this one, given that the guy practically jumped from space just last year.

Solar System Express, a Baltimore based space firm and Juxtopia, a biomedical design firm, have been working together to combine their space tech and biomedical knowledge with the hope of releasing a production model of the suit by 2016. The yellow suit you can see in the image above is made from a commercial space suit, it’s to be fitted with “rocket boots” and tested by July 2016.

These tests will be similar to that of the Baumgartner jump, but will later integrate everything from wing suit tech, to small aerospike engines to allow proper propulsion and maneuvering, while the AR glasses will feed information about speed, altitude, radar and oxygen levels.

It’s obviously completely freaking mental, but it’s still incredibly cool and while this may sound like the reserve of extreme thrill seekers it’s also another step in providing an emergency escape system for astronauts.

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