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Machine will let people read “dolphin language”

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on April 13th, 2009

Machine will let people read "dolphin language" An acoustics engineer named John Stuart Reid from the UK, is creating a machine that does the unthinkable. He claims it will enable people to “read” the “dolphin language.” The device is called the Cymascope, and it converts the sounds dolphins make when communicating into images, which can then be mapped into a sort of dictionary, then later “read” by people trying to understand what that dolphin is going on about.

I’m guessing half of the chatter is LOL and OMG or how they totally owned that human. The Cymascope uses a pool of water monitored by a video camera, along with some sand, brass plates and a violin bow. It sounds pretty wacky.

What Super Smash Bros. Brawl looks like in 720P HD

Posted in Wii by Conner Flynn on March 29th, 2009

What Super Smash Bros. Brawl looks like in 720P HDStill disappointed that Nintendo missed out on high definition Nintendo games with the Wii? Luckily for you there is a workaround. You’ll need a Dolphin emulator for the Wii and to legally copy your own games to your PC. Then you can see what they’d look like if Nintendo had decided to up the Wii’s graphics.

The clips below show the game running in what is equal to 720p. So click on through to see how they would look if Nintendo had only joined the 21st century. And yes, it looks awesome. Just make sure you hit the HD button.

Artificial dolphin fin makes champion swimmers even faster

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on March 9th, 2009

Artificial dolphin fin makes champion swimmers even fasterWe may never be able to swim as fast as fish, but guys like Ted Ciamillo are hard at work to make sure we can at least get second place. The Greek engineer has come up with a contraption called Lunocet, which is basically a dolphin-inspired 2.5 pound monofin.

It’s lightweight and made of carbon fiber and fiberglass, and spans almost a meter. It’s capable of propelling swimmers almost 33 miles per hour, converting nearly 80 percent of the applied energy into thrust. The appendage is efficient, lightweight and fast. And can propel swimmers almost twice the speed of Michael Phelps.

Seabreacher submarine confuses dolphins

Posted in Outdoors by Conner Flynn on July 9th, 2008

Seabreacher submarine confuses dolphins
Check out this submarine that looks like a dolphin. It’s called the Innespace Seabreacher, a two-seater submersible that looks and moves like a dolphin. Interestingly, the Seabreacher uses the same canopy as an F-22 fighter jet to insure that the inside stays nice and dry with a watertight seal. The vehicle seems a lot like a jet fighter for the water when you see it in motion.

Since it’s made to mimic a dolphins movement, it uses the downward lift of the wings to jump out of the water, and even do barrel rolls. I suppose it’s as close as humans can get to actually being a dolphin. You have to wonder what the dolphins think about all this. Check out a video below.