DT Daily: Numa Numa turns 10, print the SWTFA lightsaber, UFO speaker

Today on DT Daily, we celebrate the tenth anniversary of Numa Numa, one of the first viral video sensations. Plus, you can make a 3D-printed version of The Force Awakens lightsaber, and a levitating Bluetooth speaker? Sure, why not.

It seems like there’s always some new viral video sensation on the Internet these days, but this week we’re celebrating the tenth anniversary of one which was there at the very beginning. In fact, there are some who would argue it’s the viral video that started it all. Internet noobs may not be familiar with Gary Brolsma and his Numa Numa video; so it’s time for a history lesson.

Ten years ago, Brolsma lip-synced to a Romanian pop song, uploaded it to the website newgrounds.com, and it was an instant hit. Since then, it has been viewed 700 million times across many different sites. The video doesn’t feature fancy graphics, and it’s not even shot in HD, so why is it so successful? Because it’s funny, and what’s more, it’s still funny now. Do yourself a favor, and enjoy all 99 seconds of Numa Numa glory at least once today.

The trailer for next year’s Star Wars: Force Awakens movie took the Internet by storm recently, and much of the conversation following its release focused on a shot of a lightsaber with an unusual design. Regardless of whether it turns out to be a claymore-style crossguard, energy exhaust ports, or one big tease never to be seen in the movie – it was hard not to love the super-cool sword saber.

So, do you want one for yourself? Silly question, right? Of course you do, and if you have a 3D printer, you can make your own version right now. The team at leFabShop in France has published the designs for a customizable Force Awakens lightsaber, complete with telescopic blades. You’ll need some serious 3D printing skills to make all the pieces, but judging by the video showing a completed version in action, it’ll be worth it.

Tired of Bluetooth speakers that actually look like speakers? Right, us too. How about one that looks and floats like a flying saucer, instead?  It’s called the Mars speaker, and it’s taking crowd funding website IndieGogo by storm. The waterproof, aluminum speaker disc dishes out 360 degrees of high quality sound, all the while floating above the subwoofer dock, which doubles as a wireless charging station.

It’s clever too, thanks to a proximity sensor that adjusts the volume depending on how far away from the speaker you are. It’s also versatile, and has a microphone so it can be used as a speakerphone. The Mars speaker easily surpassed its crowd-funding target after just a few days. There’s still time to grab one for $190, but you’ll have to wait until next April for shipping to start.

Your host today is Greg Nibler. Miss a day? Watch all the episodes of DT Daily right here. And be sure to catch our latest podcast.

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