Welcome To The World’s First Hotel Ran Entirely By Robots

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(PCM) This is the reason we totally need to visit Japan! The Henn na Hotel (which translates to Weird Hotel) located at the Huis Ten Bosch theme park in Sasebo, Nagasaki Prefecture near Nagasaki, is the first hotel to be staffed entirely by robots. 

The front check-in desk features a realistic looking humaniod robot women along with a hilarious velociraptor robot sporting a bow-tie that perfectly speak both English and Japanese. There is also an adorable tulip-shaped tiny robot concierge in every room named Tuly that controls not only the lighting in the room but can give you information about the time and the weather as well.

There is also a robot porter that automatically carts luggage to visitors rooms and each room incorporates facial recognition software to grant entrance. The hotel currently has over sixty guest rooms available and hopes to offer up at least 1,000 by 2016.  Given the initial success of The Henn na Hotel, the company also plans to expand and create more hotels similar to this one across other areas of Japan. Because of the lack of a paid staff the hotel can also offer up great rates on rooms with the average cost being about $75 per night. 

Check out the video below for a full tour of the Henn na Hotel … when do we pack our bags!!

 

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Crystals Make It Possible For Humans To Breathe Underwater

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(PCM) A group of Danish scientists have made a breakthrough by creating crystals that will allow humans to breathe underwater without the assistance of an oxygen tank. They even say that these new absorption crystals could even be used to help individuals suffering from certain respiratory aliments that require the use of heavy oxygen tanks.

The crystalline material discovered by the scientists has the ability to pull oxygen out of both water and air. It can then bind to and store oxygen in high concentrations. The crystals can also control the release time and amount of oxygen depending on the needs of each individual user. It could basically turn people into their very own version of the superhero Aquaman! Just think of the possibilities.

Scientists from the University of Southern Denmark and the University of Sydney, Professor Christine McKenzie and Jonas Sundberg, showed that approximately 10 liters of microscopic crystal grains, could be enough to completely suck the oxygen out of a room. The scientists say “A few grains contain enough oxygen for one breath, and as the material can absorb oxygen from the water around the diver and supply the diver with it, the diver will not need to bring more than these few grains.” The crystals use the element cobalt which is then bound in an organic molecule. 

The material has a sponge like effect with oxygen. Once the oxygen has been absorbed by the crystals a bit of heat or low oxygen pressure causes it to be released. The scientists are also looking into whether or not light could have any effect on the crystals as well. 

There has been no additional information released about how the crystals would actually work on human test subjects, however there is certainly a lot of promise with this amazing discovery. 

 

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This is Jacobi Oscar Kafer, by Ginger Fish

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BY: Ginger Fish

Jacob1I stopped for coffee & to go the bathroom at a Starbucks in the Venice, CA area, & this gentleman walked up to my cycle today to spray windex on it, & clean it. My first reaction was “Stay away from the bike” then I stopped myself; he looked broken & mentally & physically worn from the sun, so I turned to him and said “Go ahead and clean it, I’m gonna run into Starbucks for coffee, & when I come out I’ll give you $10″.

I’ve been meaning to clean my bike but I just haven’t found the time to do it. The Starbucks was busy & I wondered when I came back out if he would still be there. When I returned, he was working up, down, & all around the bike. I’ve had my bike detailed at my local Harley dealership & it costs around $150 for them to do the same job this gentleman is doing right now for a fifteenth of the cost.

I finished my coffee & told him I didn’t want to take up anymore of his time today. I reached into my pocket & pulled out all of the spare bills I had that totaled a whopping $36 & handed them to him. I said I wished I had more to give him, & the expression of respect and joy that built up inside of him was immeasurable.

As I bent down to unlock my Helmet, and after I had put it on my head, I reached into my saddle bag to organize a few things I was carrying, and as I did this, he starting working feverishly scrubbing my helmet clean right as I knelt there wearing it. I thanked him for a job well done & went on my way. I got about a half mile away when I decided to turn around.

I found Jacobi in the corner of the parking lot crying with his head held down as tears ran down the bridge of his nose, as if to say I’ve had enough of the struggle & humiliation today. I asked him if could please take a photo of him with my cycle so I could remember him & this job he has done so well. Again he filled with great joy and gratitude for the little bit of respect I bestowed upon him.

He stood proud and strong with an inherent sense of satisfaction & pride for his ability to bring happiness to another person & to contribute to something that brought someone else so much joy today. I was homeless for about a year around 1990 & 1991, so I understand some of what this man has to endure on a day to day basis. As I thanked him again & began to exit, more tears started streaming down his face.

I said to him “please don’t cry” “I have an old friend named Jacobi, & now I have a new friend named Jacobi”. I saw my own feelings of self worth and pride shining through Jacobi as if he was my own child. Never take for granted a helping hand. Even if it’s from someone whom you truly feel doesn’t have a helping hand to give. We are all one.

Sincerely, Ginger

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The Marvel Experience Is Simply Out Of This World

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(PCM) Immersing yourself in the world of Marvel, pretending that you are a beloved super hero and battling the bad guys could just be the perfect way to spend a summer afternoon.

That’s what Marvel comic book lovers and movie fans, gamers, families and others are doing when they head to the Philadelphia tour of “The Marvel Experience: The World’s First Hyper-Reality Tour,” at Lincoln Financial Field through Sunday, July 5.

The creative brainchild of Hero Ventures’ Doug Schaer and Rick Licht, The Marvel Experience is an immersive, attraction, that features the world’s first-ever traveling 360-degree, 3-D stereoscopic full-Dome theater.

There is also a state-of-the-art motion ride, rock climbing wall, a laser maze, motion rides, holograms, and a “training course” that offers the opportunity for Marvel fans to actually feel like they are part of the adventure. All of this is done at the visitor’s own pace.

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Of course, Marvel comics, is 100 percent the experience. “They saw the vision in what we presented and made sure that we captured the essence of these characters,” he said. “They are extremely protective of everything that bears the Marvel name.”

“The three words that are most used during our exit pools are fun, overwhelming and awesome, and we couldn’t ask for three better words,” Licht explained during the recent event opening. “I want this experience to encompass all three for everyone.”

According to Licht, once the technology for the show emerged the next step was to create a story to enhance it.

“When I first talked about this with friends and business associates, they thought I was a bit crazy. Flash forward a few years, and I had 28 family members and friends at the Dallas opening and 30 in San Diego and I could feel the love in the room.”

As agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. in training, guests of The Marvel Experience can swing with Spider-Man, smash with Hulk, fly with Iron Man, and assist Captain America and Black Widow, and others, all in preparation for an epic battle alongside Marvel’s biggest super heroes in a fight against Red Skull, M.O.D.O.K. and an army of evil Adaptoids.

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The Marvel Experience incorporates next-generation interactive technology including augmented reality and multi-person gaming so that you can see yourself in action. Everything happens with cutting-edge technology and advanced computer animation. There’s nothing else like it. Not only do the members of audience get to join the adventure, in the end they may even become heroes themselves.

Hero Ventures, of L.A., has brought together top-notch creative and business minds in animation, and interactive technology to create dynamic live entertainment experiences to share with world-wide audiences in unique and unprecedented ways.

Doug-marvelHere is a recent chat with 43-year-old Doug Schaer:

Q: Please tell me the history of The Marvel Experience.

Doug Schaer: We’ve been working on this show for more than four years. We have hosted the [preview] shows in Phoenix, Dallas and San Diego for a total of 54 days.

Q: What are the highlights of this show?

DS: For me its just a fun show. Every single person who goes through this show has something that they like and it’s always different. The key here is to make people smile.

Q: What was the idea behind the show?

DS: To leverage technology to bring enjoyment for everyone. I experienced this with my dad, who is now 71, and my children, my five-year-old son and eight-year-old daughter, and all of us had a great time and a different favorite.

Q: What is the challenge with this?

DS: The most challenging thing is to create something for everybody – that’s what every marketer wants to do, and they want it to be the next generation. There are fans of The Avengers movies, gamers, comic book lovers and more. This is basically a house of ideas. It’s all about the narrative and the story telling – and that has to be accessible to everybody. Our aim was to create the most complex and cool show that is a great deal of fun and had something for everyone.

Q: What else is involved?

DS: We are not a theme park and we are not a tech company, so we can be an introduction to the Marvel Universe, there are treats a plenty for the hard core fan boy, movie lovers, several generations of family members, and everyone in between.

Q: So are you the coolest dad on the planet?

DS: Good questions. My children don’t know any differently; they assume that everyone gets to play with superheroes all the time.

Q: But they must be thrilled by all of this?

DS: Yes. They love superheroes and super heroines. And I often hear; ‘So dad, where are the domes going next?’

Q: So far what has the feedback been?

DS: I hear people say they took their children, they went with their college buddies, went for costume night, and we all had a great time. I don’t want to hear, ‘I munched popcorn and watched my kids play.’ I want it to be an interactive and immersive experiential time for everybody who comes.

Q: What else comes to mind.

DS: This is exciting because you are literally dropped into this Hollywood scripted adventure. It will propel you though this two hour narrative and you can touch it and feel it. It’s not a museum, a Comic-Con, or theme park — the interactives are meant to be accessible to everybody.

Q: What do you want the take-away to be?

DS: I am looking for the audiences to think it was fun, that it is a good value based on the ticket prices, and that they will tell their friends about it. For a show to succeed, especially since we are only in town for a short time, there has to be word-of-mouth.

Q: What’s personally exciting for you about the Philadelphia show?

DS: I am coming home. I am a Jersey boy from Bergen County, and I have spent hundreds of great nights in Philly. I love it there – the sports, the food and everything else. Capt. America has to come there; he can be the stanch defender of The Liberty Bell.

The Marvel Experience schedule includes the following dates:

· Chicago, at McCormick Place: Saturday July 11 to Sunday August 2

· New York, NY at The Park Avenue Armory: Thursday August 13 to Sunday August 30

· St. Louis, at America’s Center Convention Complex: Saturday September 5 to Sunday September 20

For tickets go to www.ticketmaster.com or call 800-745-3000. For a complete schedule go to: The Marvel Experience website: www.themarvelexperiencetour.com.

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Keep Off Of Australia’s Famed Wedding Cake Rock

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(PCM) Australia’s National Parks and Wildlife Services department has issued an important warning for tourists that urges them to please keep off of the famous Wedding Cake Rock located along the Royal National Park Coast Walk. The NPWS warns that the rock could collapse at any moment leading to serious injury and/or death.

Standing on top of the rock, which closely resembles a slice of layered wedding cake, has become an incredibly popular tourist destination and photos of people posed on top of the rock have surfaced all over social media in the recent years.

Wedding Cake Rock got it’s name due to its’ milky white sandstone and squared off layers, however the NPWS warns that the color is due to the rock formation being leached of iron over time. which is actually weakening the formation. The vertical fractures that make it look like layer cake are actually areas where the rock formation will eventually break off and plummet into the sea below.

NPWS says they are concerned about the number of tourists standing on the rock shelf very close to the edge knowing that it could give way at any time. NPWS says that they do not want to close the site, however they are currently working out a plan to make it safer for tourists to visit. As of right now, temporary fencing and signs have been put up warning tourists to keep off. NPSW plans to create a safer viewing area further back from the edge of the rock formation.

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A Raccoon Riding An Alligator? We Couldn’t Believe It Either!

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(PCM) If you never thought that you would see an image of a raccoon riding on the back of an alligator, think again, because it has happened and there is photographic proof. 

Richard Jones and his family were out on the search for alligators along the Oaklawaha River in Ocala, Florida when they caught the amazing spectacle right before their eyes. Jones’ son startled a raccoon that was hiding the the brush and it then proceeded to hop on the back of an alligator and take a little journey to escape. 

Jones was able to capture a photo of the incident, which has quickly gone viral, before the raccoon quickly hopped off the gator. Glad he was a quick with photo capture, as it is truly a sight to behold! 

The Oaklawaha River is located within the Ocala National Forest near Central Florida. It also happens to be the second-largest nationally protected forest in the state of Florida.  

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