"woo-ooo-ooo-ooo what is that?... the ghost of PacMan"
September 28, 2019 11:31 AM   Subscribe

cue Deepstaria resident isopod sidekick shtick …
posted by scruss at 1:31 PM on September 28, 2019

Gee whiz... nobody's ever excited about my resident isopod.
posted by 2N2222 at 1:55 PM on September 28, 2019 [5 favorites]

Came for the jellyfish (Hello, Charlie MacCharlie! Yeah, I made that up. ;D ) Stayed for the sighs and gasps from four or more scientists. Yes, this IS awesome!

You wanna isopod? The Bay (2012) has no love for isopods or corporate suits. For your Halloween entertainment.
posted by TrishaU at 3:13 PM on September 28, 2019

I love videos like this, not just for the cool creatures, but also for the nerds nerding out over the cool creatures.
posted by Thorzdad at 4:09 PM on September 28, 2019 [3 favorites]

the shapes it made surprised me. I didn't expect them to have such specific motor(?) abilities (like towards the beginning when it raises part of itself up so high like a cliff).
posted by evening at 4:13 PM on September 28, 2019

That is awesome, thank you for sharing!
posted by xarnop at 6:44 PM on September 28, 2019

Just back from a mid-Atlantic beach visit where, thanks to stormy conditions offshore, there were many oddities on the beach like blue dots, velella and man o’ war. Those things are creepy, but oh my that thing in the video was in a whole other universe of weird. Plus that isopod was straight-up Alien nightmare material.

Loved the science folks’ commentary. What is it thinking, indeed?
posted by kinnakeet at 5:19 AM on September 29, 2019

You learn something new every day. I learned that there is an American spelling for spectre.
posted by kozad at 7:59 AM on September 29, 2019

I'm feeling unsure about how big it is. They mention measuring it, but don't give the result.

Other sources mention the diameter of the circle as a meter or as two feet, but this is pretty vague considering how much it changes shape. Anyone have something more specific? I'm wondering how tall it is when it's looking like a ghost.
posted by Nancy Lebovitz at 10:03 AM on September 29, 2019

The article from the first link describes it as being "the size of a trash can" but that's a curiously variable object to serve as a measurement benchmark; it gives at best some idea of order of magnitude.
posted by Nerd of the North at 11:48 AM on September 29, 2019

According to the tech specs, the lasers are mounted 10cm apart.

So at the beginning (:25), ~15x45cm, at its largest (4:25), ~80x160cm.
posted by LEGO Damashii at 4:26 PM on September 29, 2019 [1 favorite]

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