Archive for June 1st, 2006

The Gripen Fighter Aircraft

Thursday, 1 June 2006; 12:52

The Gripen Fighter (13 MB Mpeg) is the first of the new generation, multi-role combat aircraft to enter service. Using the latest available technology it is capable of performing an extensive range of air-to-air and air-to-surface operational missions and employing the latest weapons. Gripen is designed to meet the demands of current and future threats, while at the same time meeting strict requirements for flight safety, reliability, training efficiency and low operating costs. Gripen is in service with the Swedish and Czech Republic Air Forces and has also been ordered by the South African and Hungarian Air Forces.

Gripen International is pleased to present its award-winning Gripen video Controlling the Battlefield (37 MB Mpeg). At this year’s U. S. International Film and Video Festival’s annual awards competition, the Gripen video won two Certificate for Creative Excellence awards in the ‘Audio’ and ‘Advertising, Sales, Sales Promotion and Marketing’ categories. The festival, founded in 1968, is one of the world’s leading international events devoted exclusively to the yearly selection and recognition of outstanding Business, Television, Documentary, Entertainment, Industrial, and Informational Productions. The Gripen soundtrack is sung by Yana Mangi Sundgren.

Controlling The Battlefield in Quicktime (27 MB) and Windows Media (29 MB). (Addendum: This short promotional film is as good as anything one might see from Hollywood–or, Bollywood.)

We [Gripen] are also proud to present our brand new video Controlling The Machine (48 MB Mpeg). Launched at this year’s Farnborough International Air show in the UK, this innovative and graphically stunning new product presentation, allows the viewer to get up close and personal with the Gripen fighter. Featuring a virtual guided tour of the world’s first new generation aircraft in-service by Gripen test pilot Magnus Olsson, the viewer gets to see and understand how the modern design and technology inherent in the Gripen, makes it the most advanced and effective aircraft in its class.

Controlling The Machine in Quicktime (36 MB) and Windows Media (32 MB).

Gripen Fighter 02 Gripen Fighter graphic 01


Roomba & Scooba (iRobot Corporation)

Thursday, 1 June 2006; 10:32

iRobot Corporation’s name is likely unfamiliar to you. However, at least one of its products likely is not. Certainly you have heard of iRobot’s self-governing vacuum cleaner, the Roomba. (Click on Product Video to see the video demonstrations.)

Simply amazing, isn’t it? It appears the Jetsons and their wondrous technologies from TV past and a looney future are alive and well in the 21st century.

Red iRobot Roomba Roomba Discovery SE Roomba Scheduler

And while you are at the iRobot site, also have a look at its Scooba, the little robot that assumes the tedious burden of washing your hard-surface floors. (For additional videos, look for Product Video on the upper-right side of the page and Scooba in Action on the lower-right side of the page.) And from where did iRobot get that spokesperson with the squeaky and somewhat irritating voice? Might I suggest another voice-over instead by James Earl Jones (a.k.a. Darth Vader)?

iRobot Scooba