It seems as if Pepper, dubbed the "world's first emotional robot," is not only capable of guessing your mood, but also using artificial intelligence to master certain skills. Demonstrated by the AI Lab at SoftBank, Pepper initially requires human assistance to figure out how to play the "ball-in-cup" children's game. After a painstaking 100 tries, the humanoid robot finally figures out the optimal trajectory of the path and is able to land the ball at a 100% success rate entirely on its own. While it seems like a simple enough function, a range of complex calculations were needed to process each mistake in order to improve its movements. Eventually, this trial-and-error approach could lead to number of complicated tasks being performed by robots. Watch the full video above, and try to not mind Pepper's bewildering side-eye in the process.
Designed by Paz Gersh Architects in Ramat HaSharon, this modern Mediterranean villa located in Tel Aviv remarkably makes the pool the focal point of the home. With no steps leading down to the pool from the kitchen and dining area, the design makes for a seamless transition from the outside to the interior. Additionally, the unique L-shaped layout, large glass sliding doors and open floor plan further harmonizes the indoor/outdoor spaces, while teak panels throughout the rooms provide shade and privacy as needed. On the second floor, the master bedroom opens up to a rooftop garden, complete with stepping stones and steel planters while the living room encompasses floor-to-ceiling bookshelves. Overall, the dwelling embraces a neutral color palette with hints of bold hues for a clean and contemporary look. Scroll through the images above to get a better view at the stunning space.
After releasing a powerful new video for his single titled "Black America Again," Common has released the full 6-minute version, which includes additional verses. The song is the title track to his upcoming eponymous album and features Stevie Wonder, along with Esperanza Spalding on bass, scratches by J Rocc, strings by Patrick Warren and ad libs by Chuck D and MC Lyte. A champion of social justice throughout his career, the single is a "rallying cry and call-to-action" against the overwhelming police brutality that's currently plaguing the country. Produced by Karriem Riggins and Robert Glasper, watch the compelling video above and listen to the full track below.
Kicking off its 2016 Color Rush jersey line with the NFL, Nike has enlisted the help of 11 New York-based artists to celebrate the collaboration's debut. A splashy revamp of each of the 32 teams' "Vapor Untouchable" uniforms, the NIKE+ Space in Manhattan has transformed into a multi-faceted display of sculptures, paintings and installations evoking the collection's theme. And because it is located in New York, the pieces were undeniably dedicated to either the Jets or the Giants. From robot sculptures built out of shoeboxes to customized newspaper dispensers, the artworks display a diverse range of creative interpretations and responses to the NFL, highlighting its role as a cultural influencer. Artists who participated in the exhibit include Ars Thanea, FAUST, Meguru Yamaguchi, Naturel, Pawel Nolbert, Christophe Roberts, Raven B. Varona, Patrick Vale, Jack Aguirre, Lemon Andersen and Saiman Chow. Take a closer look at the pieces in the gallery above.
Sneaker reviewer Brad Hall returns with another video to showcase the adidas Yeezy 350 Cleat. While the shoe has been banned by the NFL and subject to a $6,000 USD fine, Hall seems quite keen on integrating the Turtle Doves in all aspects of his life -- especially on the football field. He highlights the Primeknit upper with SprintSkin technology, explains the perplexing "tackle tab" on the heel and tries to understand the 5-star frame. In order to fully appreciate the features of the shoe, the socially inept internet star realizes he needs to start playing football now if he wants to become a professional player. Envisioning Kanye West as his coach giving an inspirational speech, watch the full video above as Hall tests out the cleats during an intensive training routine.
Aside from ketchup, Sriracha sauce is probably the one of the most recognizable condiments. At its factory in Irwindale, California, over 100,000,000 pounds red jalapeño-hybrid chile peppers pass through each year. Alongside the ground chilli, ingredients such as vinegar, salt, garlic and sugar are added in. The recognizable green-topped bottles are also made in the factory. Check out the video above and learn how this condiment is made, and click here to see our own HYPEBEAST Process video on Sriracha sauce.
Uber is introducing real-time ID checks, the company's latest effort in ensuring secure rides. Utilizing Microsoft Cognitive Services, the new feature will randomly prompt drivers to share a selfie before going online to pick up passengers. This is aimed to reduce driver fraud, ensuring that the right driver is using someone's profile. This also adds another layer of security for passengers. Learn more about the initiative here.
The face of Milano-based streetwear just received a noteworthy upgrade in the form of a new retail space. SLAM JAM opened its doors last night to the warm reception of some industry insiders as they welcomed the grand occasion in style. Home to an eclectic mix of finely curated brands, Slam Jam’s newest venture will carry such names as ALYX, Bianca Chandon, Craig Green, Fear of God, Ganryu, OAMC, Undercover, Wtaps, Visvim and Suicoke, just to name but a mere few. Designed from the architectural mind of Andrea Caputo, the progressive shop also features a Guest Room reserved for monobrand pop-ups, exhibitions and special projects. Occupying the special room first was OAMC, where its military inspired 2016 Fall collection took center stage.
Ahead of this years Halloween season, adidas prepares to unveil the Unearthed Pack as part of its football lineup. Based off of the 2017 Freak x KEVLAR and the 2017 adizero 5-Star 6.0 x KEVLAR models, both silhouettes feature a black base with a glow-in-the-dark skeletal foot graphic sitting atop the upper for a little spooked out effect. With Dorial Green-Beckham, Von Miller and Darron Lee targeted to sport these bad boys, the new adidas Football Unearthed Pack is slated for an October 10 release at select adidas retailers and online.
This week saw the drop of another pair of Kanye West's adidas Originals Yeezy Boost 350, in the V2 colorway. This undeniably was the top news of the week, with many fans and sneakerheads hoping to cop a pair. If you weren't able to get your hands on them, make sure to sign up for our giveaway here. In related news, Kanye West finally signed up for an Instagram account, and Pokemon Go proves to still be a popular topic. UNDERCOVER and Supreme collaborated on a fall collection, and you can see the entire lookbook and collection -- which includes a Supreme-branded Gilapple light. Scroll through to see what news you might've missed.
As was seen in the Bond flick Spectre, Tweaked Automotive offer a chance to deck out a Land Rover Defender to the same specs as the movie model. Dubbed the “SPECTRE EDITION,” the automotive specialists can outfit either a 90 or a 110 model supplied by themselves or from the customer end to apply the themed package. Some of the key features include 16” beadlock wheels, widened arches and off-road lights, just to name a few. Rounding out the package is a numbered interior plaque as well as an exterior “SPECTRE EDITION” plaque.
Sneakersnstuff CEO and CFO Erik Fagerlind posted a public letter on Instagram urging adidas to do better, and to produce more Yeezys in an effort to meet demand at least a little better. Fagerlind asks adidas to stop "undercutting" the market, "level the field." He also provides some graphs and charts showing only the traffic Sneakersnstuff attracted. Read the entire letter below, and let us know what you think about this.
It's yeezy season... I think we had more simultaneous visitors than @adidasoriginals global production of the Yeezy 350. I see a lot of people angry, frustrated and sad. And I share their frustration. We do all that we can for a fair and smooth release - but since we get nowhere near the qty to cover even 1% of the demand, people still misstrust us. I think there is a lesson to be learned here @adidasoriginals. If you continue to undercut the market this hard, people will get tired of trying. I know it is not likely that you will sell us 50000 pairs (I'm game if you are...). But you have to level the field here. Disrupting the marketplace with chaos on release day feels very 2015, and you are the "brand of the future". I am in Herzo monday - happy to share all info, insight, feedback with anybody who cares #yeezy