Connect with us

News

Rugrats Character Will Be Openly Gay ‘Beacon for Young Queer People’ in CGI Reboot

The upcoming new Rugrats CGI reboot is being touted as being “brighter, bigger and more mischevious.”

Published

on

Like this article? Get the latest from The Mind Unleashed in your inbox. Sign up right here.

The upcoming new Rugrats CGI reboot is being touted as being “brighter, bigger and more mischevious.”

It will also culturally be more in touch with the world of 2021, as one of the show’s main characters will be openly gay – a move that the voice performer behind the role hopes will make the character “a beacon for young queer people.”

Seventeen years following the end of the celebrated Nickelodeon cartoon, the original voice cast will be making a comeback to television screens and reprising their roles as Tommy Pickles (E.G. Daily), Angelica Pickles (Cheryl Chase) and Chuckie Finster (Nancy Cartwright). See the new trailer here:

Joining the old cast will be Natalie Morales, who starred in Parks and Recreation and will be taking on the role of Betty DeVille, the mom of Phil and Lil DeVille.

Morales, who is openly gay, explained that the update makes perfect sense.

“Anyone who watched the original show may have had an inkling Betty was a member of the alphabet mafia [a reference to the LGBTQ+ community],” Morales told The A.V. Club.

“Betty is a single mom with her own business who has twins and still has time to hang out with her friends and her community, and I think it’s just so great because examples of living your life happily and healthily as an out queer person is just such a beacon for young queer people who may not have examples of that,” Morales added.

“And yeah, Betty is a fictional cartoon, but even cartoons were hugely influential for me as a kid and if I’d been watching Rugrats and seen Betty casually talking about her ex-girlfriend, I think at least a part of me would have felt like things might be okay in the future.”

The new show is being produced by Nickelodeon Animation Studio for streaming platform Paramount+ and will follow the toddlers as they run rings around their hapless parents who are supposed to be in charge.

“They’ve brought it into 2021. They use cellphones, they have computer screens, there’s video, they’re zooming,” said Nancy Cartwright, who voices Tommy.

The show premieres today, May 27, on Paramount+.

Typos, corrections and/or news tips? Email us at [email protected]

Good News

Awesome New Infrared Goggles Could Help Blind People ‘See’ Surroundings

Published

on

Like this article? Get the latest from The Mind Unleashed in your inbox. Sign up right here.

People who are blind or deal with low vision face a unique number of challenges in their daily lives, ranging from accessing published material to holding a job or living on one’s own.

However, emerging infrared technology under research could help the blind and visually impaired navigate the world around them using a pair of innovative goggles.

In new research recently published and yet to be peer-reviewed, Manuel Zahn and Armaghan Ahmad Khan at Germany’s Technical University of Munich explored how their 3D camera and haptic feedback armband can assist people with low vision.

“Even in the present era, visually impaired people face a constant challenge of navigation,” the pair wrote. “The most common tool available to them is the cane. Although the cane allows good detection of objects in the user’s immediate vicinity, it lacks the ability to detect obstacles further away.”

The two students’ design deploys two infrared cameras placed in a 3D-printed goggles prototype to get a stereoscopic view that is transformed by a small computer into a map of the user’s surroundings. The infrared gear also works in the dark. The armband then uses 25 actuators arranged in a grid that vibrates when users come close to objects while also assisting them in their orientation. As users walk near obstacles, the vibration intensity of the actuators increases.

In tests, subjects enjoyed roughly 98 percent accuracy while getting through obstacle pathways, with all five participants completing the course in their first run. After two additional runs, the volunteers were able to navigate the obstacles more rapidly.

Zahn and Khan frequently cited Microsoft’s Kinect motion detection system for the Xbox in their study, but the pair are confident that their own setup will be far smaller, cheaper and less conspicuous than the gaming device.

The new headset could offer an interesting opportunity for blind and partially sighted people to clear the myriad obstacles they face when performing regular tasks or navigating the world around them.

Typos, corrections and/or news tips? Email us at [email protected]

Continue Reading

News

Toddler Goes On $2000 Furniture-Shopping Spree On Mom’s Phone

Published

on

Like this article? Get the latest from The Mind Unleashed in your inbox. Sign up right here.

A New Jersey mom learned that keeping your browser open may not be the best idea as children, and even infants, become increasingly tech savvy.

Madhu Kumar was browsing Walmart’s furniture selection on their website and had added some items to her shopping cart but never checked out. She was shocked and confused when she started to receive a steady stream of packages from the big-box retailer.

Madhu immediately turned to her husband and two older children to find out who ordered the packages.

“I need one or two, why would we need four?” Madhu asked.

As it turned out, her toddler Ayaansh Kumar – who, at 22 months old, was barely learning to count – had gone on a $2,000 shopping spree while playing on his mother’s phone.

“It is really hard to believe that he has done this, but that’s what happened,” Ayaansh’s dad, Pramod Kumar, told NBC New York.

Among the packages were some that could barely be squeezed through the family’s front door at their home in Monmouth Junction.

Purchases included accent chairs, flower stands and a range of other household items that arrived throughout the week.

“He’s so little, he’s so cute, we were laughing that he ordered all this stuff,” his mom remarked.

From birth, young Ayaansh had observantly watched his family members engage in a range of activities from home – including shopping, attending classes, and going to school. And as it the case for many kids of his generation, he knows the basics of operating a smartphone.

The parents are still waiting for all of the boxes to arrive so that they can return them to their local Walmart. The retailer has already told the Kumars that they are eligible for a refund, but the parents plan to save at least a few items to remind them of their son’s first e-commerce adventure.

“Moving forward, we will put tough passcodes or face recognition so when he picks up the phone he finds it in locked condition,” his father said.

Typos, corrections and/or news tips? Email us at [email protected]

Continue Reading

Trending

The Mind Unleashed