Avatar Days

Avatar Days

This CGI composite documentary by Gavin Kelly follows the stories of four MMORPG players who describe their exotic role-play characters as we see them in the context of their mundane real lives.

Trailer: Avatar 2

Trailer: Avatar 2

No, this isn’t really the trailer for Avatar 2. However, this parody trailer does its best to poke fun at Avatar’s plot originality (or lack thereof). Sorry, James Cameron, we still love you.

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Blu-ray/DVD: Avatar

Blu-ray/DVD: Avatar

Blu-ray gets just a bit bluer on 4/22/10 with the release of Avatar; it’ll be available as a two-disc Blu-ray and DVD combo, with an “ultimate” edition with extras coming in November.

Funny: Avatar… with Babies

Funny: Avatar… with Babies

We’re up to our pointy blue ears in Avatar parodies, but The Midnight Show’s Avatar… with Babies will make you a true Pandora believer … or it’ll make you poop in your pants.

Funny: Avatar Review

Funny: Avatar Review

NSFW: the guy who created the epic Phantom Menace review is back with an epic Avatar review; if you’ve been looking for a totally un-PC antidote to Avatar’s hyper-PC themes, this is it.

Action Dev Diary: Avatar

Action Dev Diary: Avatar

This dev diary for Avatar gives us hope for the movie’s game tie-in; the human and Na’vi sides offer different experiences, with bullets and mechs vs. neurotoxin arrows and beasts.

Avatar: Colonel Quaritch

Avatar: Colonel Quaritch

With Avatar’s 12/18 theater date almost here, this Colonel Quaritch video features our favorite Na’Vi crusher; we get a first glimpse at what happens when the plug gets pulled on Jake.

Art: Twitter Avatars

Art: Twitter Avatars

Adam Koford’s Twitter Avatars are limited as Twitter’s only 140 character limit, but the results are anything but: he’s done everything from Wolverine and Yoda to Chewie and Link.

Movie Trailer: Avatar

Movie Trailer: Avatar

The official domestic trailer for James Cameron’s Avatar is up; a teaser it ain’t, with over three minutes of somewhat weighty dialog, flying Na’Vi, and Sigourney Weaver looking pissed.

Avatar AMP Suit

Avatar AMP Suit

Now that Avatar’s trailer is out, let the toy onslaught begin: this AMP maquette is based on the 14′ suits used in the film, albeit scaled down to 21″ but still tipping the scales at 12 lbs.

Movie Teaser: Avatar

Movie Teaser: Avatar

James Cameron’s Avatar debuts with a lengthy teaser; in theaters 12/18/09, the alien/sci-fi movie looks gorgeous, but may have been over-hyped. Note: watch directly here.

Funny: Date My Avatar

Funny: Date My Avatar

Online gamer show The Guild’s Do You Wanna Date My Avatar left us confused, but in a good way: it’s simultaneously geeky, cheesy, pithy and, most surprisingly–sexy. Buy the MP3.

Burping Xbox Avatars

Burping Xbox Avatars

Gavin Halfleft of Negative Gamer has finally found a use for those burping Xbox Avatars: listen as he belches out this stomach churning rendition of the Tetris theme song.

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Coke Classic Avatars Ad

Coke Classic Avatars Ad

Hidden amongst a sea of mediocre Superbowl Ads was this gem for Coke Classic; it pokes fun at our online personas without getting too preachy; life really is the ultimate MMORPG, no?

NVIDIA Virtual Meetings AI Tech

NVIDIA Virtual Meetings AI Tech

With the increased need for video calls these days, those with low-bandwidth connections may experience poor video quality. This tech being developed at NVIDIA dramatically reduces bandwidth needs by sending a fixed image, then using an AI-controlled avatar to track and replicate their facial movements in real-time.

Masterclass: Dad Loads a Dishwasher

Masterclass: Dad Loads a Dishwasher

We’ve all seen those ads for Masterclass, with their haughty explanations of skills to be taught by leaders in their respective fields. Jim Cameron is an expert too. But he’s not the guy who made Terminator or Avatar. Nope, he’s just Kathleen Cameron’s dad – and he knows the one right way to load a dishwasher.

Total Recall (1990) Honest Trailer

Total Recall (1990) Honest Trailer

(Gore) Screen Junkies reminisces about Paul Verhoeven’s classically campy action sci-fi movie that asked the question “If I’m not me, who the hell am I?,”, literally sucked the air out of the room, introduced us to three-boobed women, and eventually went on to inspire the plot of Avatar.

I Was a Winner

I Was a Winner

(PG-13: Language) “When we weren’t playing, we… We were almost always playing.” Jonas Odell’s thoughtful short film features three recovering video game addicts talking about their experiences in the guise of their old video game avatars.

Lyrebird Voice-cloning AI

Lyrebird Voice-cloning AI

Bloomberg journalist Ashlee Vance sat down with the founders of Lyrebird, a startup developing artificial intelligence tech that can learn the sound of any human voice, then make it say anything. Amazing, yet creepy stuff. Try an early version here.

Siren: Synthetic Human

Siren: Synthetic Human

A brief look at the latest in CGI tech, which allows an actor to take on a synthetic role in real-time, capturing every nuance of the performer’s movements and projecting them onto a virtual avatar. Demo by Unreal Engine, 3Lateral, Cubic Motion, Tencent, and Vicon.

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Mondo Korra & Asami Statue

Mondo Korra & Asami Statue

Mondo’s latest statue calls back to the ending of The Legend of Korra, where the Avatar and her girlfriend Asami take a much needed break in the Spirit World. The Mondo exclusive version has backpacks that can be swapped out with the plant.

Animoji Karaoke

Animoji Karaoke

With the release of the iPhone X, we were pretty sure that Animoji were just going to be a dumb gimmick. However, videos of creative uses for the silly avatars are starting to prove us wrong, like this amazing version of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody. Head to YouTube for much more.

SNL: Papyrus

SNL: Papyrus

Ryan Gosling stars in a hilarious sketch that will be most appreciated by graphic designers, as he portrays a man who just can’t seem to get over the fact that James Cameron’s blockbuster Avatar used the Papyrus font for its subtitles and logo.

Handmade Buckeye Candy

Handmade Buckeye Candy

Looks like we won’t be leaving the house because it’s football season now, so it’s a good thing that the Sweet Brittle Baking Company can ship, among other delicious treats, these Buckeye candies. Perfect for celebrating when The Ohio State beats that team up north.

Amusien 3D Metal Model Kits

Amusien 3D Metal Model Kits

While we’re not sure the designs are officially licensed, the metal model kits from Amusien are still pretty awesome – especially the ones with color. Among their flat-pack kits are a Peterbilt 389 truck and Optimus Prime, along with a Scorpion Gunship straight from Avatar.

Dan Sultan: Magnetic

Dan Sultan: Magnetic

Dropbear Digital’s incredible music video for Dan Sultan’s track Magnetic was created through a mix of 3D printing, stop-motion, and projection mapping techniques to bring the singer’s digitized avatar to life. The behind-the-scenes photo album is equally fascinating.

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