I, for one, welcome our new ocular plant overlords

Creepy video of plants with eyes:

There are some more videos of fake robots in the directory.
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17 Responses:

  1. vireoibis says:

    This is just too cool. Thanks!

  2. lars_larsen says:

    I cant wait for transgenic plan-imals.

  3. crasch says:

    That is both one of the coolest and creepiest things I've ever seen.

  4. rosefox says:

    I can't recall whether your attitude towards typos and misspellings is "suck it up, dipshit, I know what I meant" or "oh good, that's useful to know", but in case it's the latter, it's "ocular" with one c. If it's the former, kindly disregard this letter.

    That's a very cool video and I want to make lots of animated userpics out of it.

  5. ultranurd says:

    I was wondering when you'd find this... one of my friends (a CG person) posted it two days ago, and it seemed right up your alley. Where do you usually find such things? Do you take suggestions?

  6. hadlock says:

    A lot of these, particularly towards the end, remind me of coral, or something you would see in a saltwater aquarium. Do a google image search for "xenia" coral, which waves back and forth in the current, grabbing at the water. When it grabs something substancial, it'll close it's hands in tightly and pull it towards it's mouth until it's done eating.

    Does anyone know where I can find that music? Band/artist?

  7. catenoid says:

    They're behaving like robots. I would have thought that mobile plants with eyes would be more interested in eviscerating us expediently. Nice video, though.

  8. lushlush says:

    How the hell do you find this stuff? I mean... how? How?!

    If there be one such mining-place for these things, would you point me there? Your penchance for the obscuro-weird disturbs and fascinates me.

    • jwz says:

      95% of the links I post are within 2 or 3 clicks of the stuff on my friends page, since I use LiveJournal as my RSS aggregator (any site I read on a regular basis is RSSified there). Sometimes people mail me things, but not too often. So, if you've got the time to wade through all that crap, you can be cool like me... Or something.

      • lushlush says:

        Naw, I prefer it that you filter the best from the muck! You've got a great eye for these things, and I love your taste.

  9. ciphergoth says:

    That's just incredible.

    Do you think it's pure CGI, or a mixture of CGI and real footage? If the former, the shaky camera-work is a fantastic touch - it's so true to life, I can't help but wonder if they built some sort of rig for measuring the position and focus of a real hand-held camera so they could make their virtual camera behave the same way. Then again, if the latter, making their virtual camera follow the real one must have been even harder, so...

    • jwz says:

      It looks to me like a mix of real and CGI, but if so, they did some truly mind-blowing motion-matching. But, you see a lot of good motion matching in movies these days, so that must be pretty well understood now.

      If it's all CGI, it's even more impressive, but I doubt it is.

    • benediktus says:

      actually it IS a mixture of cg and real and it's not very difficult to make
      a motion analysis of a given video footage by calculating an interframe
      motion field or if you want it in other terms: discontinuity.... or maybe
      just use pftrack and enjoy.

      what strikes me is the visual quality. impressive!

  10. notoupee says:

    The one in the picture looks like an Ur-Quan to me. Take a look: