On today's Daily Brief Chloe checks out a life-altering prosthetic, Twitter's roll-out of interactive images and Michael Bay responds to the Transformers 4 casting rumors.
First up, looking eerily similar to Terminator 2's exoskeleton, the bebionic3 prosthetic arm is showing us the future of artificial limbs. As demonstrated by Nigel Ackland, a British man who lost his arm in an industrial accident, the bebionic3 is controlled by muscle twitches in Ackland's arm, letting him perform up to 14 different grips. With this highly sophisticated replacment, Ackland can type, tie his shoes, crack an egg or kick back with a beer. Besides its dexterity, the bebionic3 can also support up to 100lbs of weight and can be concealed with your choice of 19 different skintones, or you can just stick with the awesome jet-black-future-robot look. I guess the question now is, how much longer until prosthetic limbs become more appealing than our own natural ones? Let us know where you stand in the comments.
Next up, yesterday we told you how Instagram was evolving on the internet. Well, now Twitter's showing off a few new tricks - mainly, adding interactive pictures to your Tweets via Twitter's Card Service. By using ThingLink, an online service that lets you embed information into your photos, you can steer your Twitter followers towards YouTube videos, sound clips, Facebook pages, contact forms, almost anything you can imagine. The ability to add rich media tags to images will no doubt become a popular platform for bloggers, musicians and any business looking to create more dynamic social content. But what about you guys? Are interactive images something you can get excited about?
And finally, in a bit of art imitating life, it seems that all those internet rumors about Mark Wahlberg starring in Transformers 4 might have actually persuaded Michael Bay into casting him. I know right? The action filmmaker recently finished shooting Pain and Gain with Wahlberg and was apparently a huge fan of his performance. Once he heard all the web buzz about Transformers, the wheels began turning and now we may just get our wish. This isn't the first time online fans have tried to assert their influence. A recent backlash against Bay's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles remake likely had a hand in shutting it down, so it's becoming clear that Hollywood is starting to focus more and more on what their online fans have to say. If you guys could have one Hollywood "wish", what would it be?