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Here be Virals: Samsung OmniaHD Camera Trick

Aside from eating dogs and occasionally making good cellphones, those crafty Koreans at Samsung also know a thing or two about viral marketing. In April this year Samsung and a company called The Viral Factory released a video to shill the Samsung i8910 (OnmiaHD). It features a dude unboxing his i8910 and showing off the HD recording abilities of his new handset; he performs a trick in the process and challenges the viewers to guess how it’s done.

This clip was shot on an I8910 HD phone, a new camera phone just released by Samsung with an 8 megapixel camera that can actually record and output video in HD format. It was shot in one take, with no post production or special effects of any kind. Everything you see here was done “in-camera”. Our challenge to you is to figure out how we did it.

Some of you may not bite this little bit of viral bait, but it’s certainly worked well, receiving over a million views and almost 2000 comments. Check out the video below or watch it in HD at YouTube.

Let us know in the comments if you know how they did it. And then see the secret behind the video after the jump.

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Friendly Reminder: Win Sweatshirts from 2BOP!

Just a quick reminder that our weekly t-shirt competition ends this coming Sunday so if you haven’t done so yet, this is a good time to submit your entry.

This week we’ve got two retro sweatshirts from 2BOP to give away to our readers.

To stand a chance of winning one of these prizes, head to our competition post for more details.

The Longest Way

On November 9th 2007 (and his 26th birthday) the clean-cut, beardless Christoph Rehage planned to take a little stroll from Beijing, China all the way to his hometown of Hanover, Germany. Whilst he didn’t accomplish the feat on foot, he did spend a year trekking through China. During his journey from Beijing to the town of Urumqi, Rehage walked an astounding 4646 kilometres!

During that time he grew a mighty long beard, and his inspiring time-lapse video The Longest Way chronicles the journey and his hair growth. The Times Online think it could be the best travel video of 2009. Take at look at it below; I would recommend however that you see it in HD at YouTube.

BONUS: If you have the time, MapVivo plots out his route. They currently have 237 days of his trip available for you to browse – on each day you can read his notes and see the photos that he took. Check it out!

[via Trendhunter]

Flash Game Friday: Star Beacons

It’s Friday and I don’t think I need to tell you what that means. Today’s timewaster, Star Beacons, takes you to outer space where an evil armada has invaded a peaceful water planet and shattered its sun into many star pieces. And you, the intrepid hero must scour the nether regions of space to retrieve the fragments.

You are positioned at the top of the screen and your objective in each level is to clear all the stars pieces by hitting them with your balls.

Play Star Beacons at Kongregate.

Mykola & Kanye West: “Robocop” 1988 Import Version

Kanye West is complete nutter, but when it comes to his music and music videos he usually sets the bar higher than most. And it seems his fans do the same. A 24 year-old Ukranian graphic designer by the name of Mykola Dosenko decided to create an 8-bit throwback video for Kanye’s song, Robocop. Mykola created all the graphics specifically for the video and throws in references to classic video games like MegaMan, Ninja Gaiden, TMNT, and Mike Tyson’s Punch Out.

This video is made of awesome sauce. Check it out or watch it in HD at YouTube.

Hit the jump to see more of Mykola’s 8bit, NES-like music videos.

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Wilkins Coffee Adverts Are Persuasive, Threatening

Despite having an uncle in the furniture business and pricing that is inspired by me, I find product advertisements in South Africa to be a tad bland and uninviting. And in another “they don’t make them like they used to” moment, I found a set of vintage ads that I think are pretty persuasive.

Between 1957 and 1961, a Washington D.C. coffee company commissioned Jim Henson to created a series of  TV commercials to pitch their product. Each commercial was 10 seconds long and featured two puppets named Wilkins and Wontkins. Wilkins pushed the importance of drinking the coffee to Wotkins through physical pain. The commercials are violent, dark, and quite funny. Check it out.

[via Super Punch]

Last Meals: Final Requests by Death Row Inmates

Aside from continually spilling food down her top, Lucy Furr also has a knack for bringing up odd conversation topics at the dinner table. Some time back it was the Russian exorcism, and last night as we were tucking into the pasta, she started talking about last meals – as in the customary meal a prisoner is entitled to before they get summarily executed.

According to Wikipedia, the history of the last meals goes back to the ancient Greeks, Chinese, Egyptians, and Romans; apparently the overly-generous Aztecs fed their human sacrifices for up to a year before their death. In any case, here are some famous last meal requests.

Adolf Eichmann

So called the architect of the Holocaust thanks to his organizational talents, Karl Adolf Eichmann was captured by Israeli Mossad operatives in Argentina and tried for crimes against humanity. Before his hanging in 1962, Eichmann’s refused the last meal but requested a bottle of Carmel, a dry red Israeli wine.

John Wayne Gacy

John Wayne Gacy, Jr raped and murdered 33 boys and young men and hid some of them under a floor of his house. During his trial in 1980 he pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity but that was flatly rejected and in 1994, he was executed by lethal injection. His last meal consisted of a dozen deep-fried shrimps, a bucket of original recipe chicken from KFC, French fries, and a pound of strawberries.

Ted Bundy

Actual numbers remain unknown but Theodore Robert Bundy is thought to have murdered around 35 people. He would bludgeon his victims and strangle them to death; sometimes he would rape them and perform necrophilia depending on his mood I guess. In 1989 he was executed by electric chair. He declined the last meal, so he was given the traditional steak (medium-rare), eggs (over-easy), hash browns, toast, milk, coffee, juice, butter, and jelly.

Timothy McVeigh

Convicted for the 1995 bombing the Alfred P. Murrah Building in Oklahoma City that killed 168 people, McVeigh was executed on June 11, 2001. He asked for two pints of mint chocolate-chip ice cream.

Rainey Bethea

Bethea confessed to the rape and murder of a 70-year-old white woman and was the last person to be publicly executed in the United States. On August 14th 1936, in front of a crowd of 20,000 people, Bethea was hanged. The previous day his last meal comprised fried chicken, pork chops, mashed potatoes, pickled cucumbers, cornbread, lemon pie, and ice cream.

If you had to make a last meal request, what would it be? I’d die for a Steak a’ Portuguese from our favourite restaurant, Dias Tavern.

High Speed Bullet Photography Makes a Colourful Mess

Spotting a speeding bullet with your naked eye is almost impossible, and normal photographic flash units can’t truly capture the impact that a bullet makes after hitting an object. Flickr user alan_sailer knows a thing or two about high speed photography – not only does his super-duper flash unit produces a flash of light around a microsecond (a millionth of a second) but his setup also uses an automatic trigger mechanism.

His photographs are taken in darkness, and as the bullet passes through a laser beam, the flash is triggered, and the image is captured. Here’s a small gallery of this shots:

See more of alan_sailer’s photography on Flickr.

[via futurebackwards on Twitter]

The Terrible Thing of Alpha-9!

Created by Jake Armstrong as his thesis film at the School of Visual Arts, The Terrible Thing of Alpha-9! is a brilliantly-told sci-fi-noir of a bounty hunter who seeks a monster that has become a plague to a tiny planet.

All is not as it seems though as the bounty hunter faces off against the terrible thing. I don’t want to give it away, so check it out below.

[via Drawn!]

Tokyo Tilt Shift

Tilt-shift photography is a technique that makes life-sized locations look like a miniature-scale models. It’s been done to death in photos, but I haven’t come across a video that uses this technique. Until now.

Using a Canon EOS 5D Mark II and both time-lapse and tilt-shift techniques, Vimeo user mockmoon creates these most awesome clips of Tokyo and Yokohama. See them below.

Miniature City

Miniature City 2

You can watch them in HD at Vimeo – Miniature City | Miniature City 2.

[via The Awesomer]