Pretend To Be James Bond With This Laser Watch

laserwatchGerman inventor Patrick Priebe has just fulfilled many people’s dreams: he’s invented a gizmo that turns him into James Bond, at least for a little while. The guy actually made a working laser watch that blows stuff up (alas, it can’t make a martini, not yet anyway). I don’t think I need to state how cool that is.

Priebe has a substantial background for this sort of thing, and he has a company called Laser Gadgets, which does exactly what you’d think it does. There are a number of awesome devices on his site, including laser gloves, a pulse laser gun, a flame glove, and many more tools for your spy kit. Many of his mechanism are inspired by movie characters, such as Iron Man, Wolverine, and Spiderman. The disclaimers are also fantastic: “You understand ESD (Electrostatic Discharge) and the precautions necessary to prevent it!” “You will NEVER use this device outside or in front of crowds.” Aw…why ruin all the fun?


Battlestar Galactica Pitch Reel Brings Modern Effects To The ‘70s Cult Classic

Star Trek: The Original Series got a whole new lease on life back in 2006 when CBS kicked off a new syndicated run of the show featuring gorgeous high-definition remasters of the episodes and upgraded special effects. The results were, well, stellar, and gave fans the perfect excuse to rewatch the series, which would have looked like a million bucks if only they used money in the future. The trend has continued with the Blu-ray releases of The Next Generation, but there are still tons of older science fiction shows that could benefit from a high-def facelift. For instance, what would Glen A. Larson’s original cult classic Battlestar Galactica look like with effects work that looked more like it belonged in Ron Moore’s reboot? Well, probably a bit like this, actually:


Blade Runner 2 Will Have Much Less Ridley Scott And Harrison Ford Than You Expect

Blade RunnerMost, if not all of us have trouble with the idea of Blade Runner 2 happening. It’s been more than 30 years since Ridley Scott delivered one of the greatest sci-fi films of all time, and sequels that happen this far after the fact, well, lets just say they can be hit and miss. Still, it’s been in the works for years, especially the last few, and it is expected to shoot in 2015, but we just received word that two major parts may not play as major a role as we expected, as Scott and star Harrison Ford’s level of involvement just took a drastic nosedive.

Scott is on the publicity trail, stumping for his upcoming biblical epic, Exodus: Gods and Kings, and talking to Variety the subject of Blade Runner 2 came up. That is where he said he won’t direct the film. Though this is hardly surprising—with movies like The Martian, which is scheduled to begin filming later this year, and Prometheus 2 on the horizon, he’s going to be busy—it’s difficult to imagine anyone but Scott at the helm of a Blade Runner movie. Though James Cameron directed Aliens, the sequel to Scott’s 1979 classic Alien, and that turned out pretty well, so who knows.


The Walking Dead Episode That Robert Kirkman Regrets

the walking deadAs a steady viewer of The Walking Dead since its beginnings, I can come up with several storylines I wish I hadn’t spent time with. But I’ve never considered what parts of the series the creative team might regret showing audiences, as hindsight is rarely vocalized in the entertainment world. Robert Kirkman, creator of the Walking Dead comics, as well as a writer/producer on the show, says his biggest regret with AMC’s ratings beast goes all the way back to when Rick finds out the truth about the walkers at the end of Season 1.


Star Wars Rebels Already Has A Follow Up In The Works And It Takes Place Here

star-wars-rebels-trailerDisney and Lucasfilm are in the process of expanding the Star Wars universe in ways it has never grown before. They’ve got Star War Rebels on the air, episodic movies like Star Wars: The Force Awakens in the works, standalone films scheduled, and comics, movies, games, and novels all adding to the official canon. If that sounds like a lot, it is, but if it sounds like enough, it is most certainly not. They’re taking the Marvel, lets-do-as-much-as-we-possibly-can approach, and they have another animated series in development.

Rebels has turned out to be a lot of fun (I’m still way, way behind because I don’t get Disney XD at home), and was renewed for a second season right as season one kicked off earlier this fall. But according to a report over at Slashfilm, the high Disney muckety mucks already know how the series is going to end, and have a new one lined up to fill the void. This isn’t super imminent, as they still reportedly plan to do “about” three or four seasons of Rebels, but it definitely shows how they’re approaching this new age of Star Wars, and that they have an eye on the future.


SpaceX Plans To Use These Drones For Reusable Rocket Landings

landing pad droneIf you’ve been following Elon Musk and SpaceX, you know that one of the ways the company drastically decreases the cost of transporting cargo (and eventually humans) into space is by the implementation of reusable rockets, such as the Grasshopper and the Falcon 9, the rocket that will eventually launch the Dragon capsule. EMusk recently announced a new addition to this plan: autonomous landing pads that serve as movable launch and recovery platforms for those rockets.