We realize there's only so much time one can spend in a day watching new trailers, viral video clips, and shaky cell phone footage of people arguing on live television. This is why every day The Atlantic Wire highlights the videos that truly earn your five minutes (or less) of attention. Today: New York's amorphous cab of the future, a robot-guided White House tour, and Fender guitars throughout the years.
You know those taxis you see around New York these days that are car-shaped, proper-looking and above all, car-shaped? Forget about them. The taxis of tomorrow -- courtesy of the fine folks at Nissan -- will be amorphous blobs, not quite vans, and certainly not quite sedans. So, what do you guys think. Again, we're not thrilled -- because the cabs look like blobs of something -- but the fuel-efficiency number certainly is right. Still: they look like amoeba! In conclusion, we're really not sure what to think. [via ABC News]
Too busy to wait in line for a White House tour? Thanks to a robot, you can now now get (almost) the entire experience for free and without the line waiting. Admittedly, the effect isn't complete -- you can't get the musty, definitively lived-in smell from a robot-guided tour -- but the time investment figure certainly can't be beat. [Whitehouse]