Silicon Valley startup Mojo Vision is working on a smart contact lens which can help users see in the dark, combat sight loss and provide a heads-up display for daily activities.
Mojo Vision’s ultimate goal with the project is to provide the sort of futuristic heads-up display we’ve seen in films. It wouldn’t be active all the time, rather, when information is needed it would appear in your eye-line. So, for much of the time, there would be no noticeable difference for the wearer in actually having the lens in their eye. Mojo call this “invisible computing”.
The AR lens is apparently still years away from being a consumer product but the possibilities are already exciting. Night vision, medical uses and generally feeling like Tony Stark are all among the biggest selling points.
Mojo had a presence at CES despite not being an official part of the show. The company’s smart contact lens is very much still in the development stage, but some selected hands-on experiences were offered.
CNET reported on their chance to get hands-on with the lens in a Vegas hotel suite, but were not allowed to wear the product ‘in-eye’, instead holding it on a small stick. Seemingly though, the product can already be worn in-eye, with some Mojo staff reportedly already doing so.
In medical terms, this lens could be a huge step forward for people with visual impairments. The device could potentially counter conditions like macular degeneration and has already been designated by the FDA (US Food and Drug Administration,) as a “Breakthrough Device”.
Visually, the lens looks just like a normal contact lens, with a tiny green circle in the middle. This circle effectively covers your pupil and presents the images you see while wearing the lens.
We have contacted Mojo Vision for comment and hope to be able to offer more updates on the smart lens project soon.
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Warning: This recap contains spoilers about the final two parts of the Arrowverse’s “Crisis on Infinite Earths” crossover, which aired Tuesday.
The Powers That Be promised that nothing will ever be the same after the “Crisis on Infinite Earths” crossover — and they weren’t lying.
In the Arrow hour of the crossover, the Paragons fought the Anti-Monitor at the Dawn of Time and rebooted the entire universe. In this new universe, as revealed by the Legends of Tomorrow episode, all of the CW’s superhero shows — Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Batwoman, and Black Lightning — now reside on the same planet, which is called Earth-Prime. In other words, Barry Allen no longer needs to use an extrapolator to see Kara and vice-versa.
Apparently, this was always the end goal of “Crisis on Infinite Earths.”
“We knew from last year, quite frankly, that we were going to merge and create Earth-CW basically, but Earth-Prime sounds better,” crossover executive producer Marc Guggenheim told reporters at a screening in December. “Even though in the comics, Earth-Prime is our Earth, I just personally like the sound of Earth-Prime. So all of the CW shows will be on the same Earth.”
In fact, the Arrowverse starts embracing the possibilities of Earth-Prime in tonight’s episode. At the end of Legends , White Canary, the Flash, Supergirl, Superman, Martian Manhunter, and Black Lightning convened at the old S.T.A.R. Labs hangar/Hall of Justice from “Invasion,” which has been transformed into a superhero hangout spot with a JLA-style conference table in case they ever need to team-up again. (Oh and Gleek, the Wonder Twins’ pet alien monkey from the Super-Friends show, is also on the loose in the building, as revealed by a shot of an empty cage with his name on it.)
And Earth-Prime isn’t the only change. The original Crisis on Infinite Earths comic, which the crossover is based on, destroyed the multiverse, leaving only one Earth in existence, but the Arrowverse didn’t follow that example. In the TV crossover, the multiverse was reborn following the Dawn of Time battle, and the Legends episode revealed what those news Earths are:
Earth-2: Home of Stargirl, the forthcoming superhero show that will air on both DC Universe and the CW. Executive produced by Greg Berlanti and showrunner Geoff Johns, the show stars Brec Bassinger as the titular hero and Luke Wilson as her sidekick in a giant robot suit.
Earth-12: This is where 2011’s Green Lantern movie, which crossover executive producers Marc Guggenheim and Greg Berlanti co-wrote, is now set. What a retcon!
Earth-19: Home of the shortlived Swamp Thing series on DC Universe.
Earth-9: Home of DC Universe’s Titans, which was renewed for a third season last year.
Earth-21: Home of DC Universe’s Doom Patrol. Placing Doom Patrol on a separate Earth from Titans helps explain the discrepancies between the show and the “Doom Patrol” episode in Titans season 1.
Earth-96: Brandon Routh’s Man of Steel from Superman Return lives!
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Season 1 of The Witcher hit Netflix on Dec. 20, where it remains available to stream for any and all fantasy-inclined viewers. But even a month after release, there’s still more to say about the show — and that’s where Netflix’s new official podcast about the show comes in handy. Behind the Scenes: The Witcher is a three-part podcast, the second episode of which came out Wednesday, featuring interviews with cast members, directors, writers, and producers about the fantasy saga.
Here are the most interesting things we learned from the first two episodes. The third episode will be released Jan. 22.
Polish influence on the Continent
Ever since J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings took over as the dominant fantasy archetype in the 20th century (and again in the 21st with the release of Peter Jackson’s movie adaptations), most fantasy realms have been based on Britain. Game of Thrones in particular is pretty explicit about this: The Wall guarded by the Night’s Watch is a fantastical extrapolation of Hadrian’s Wall, and the central conflict between the Starks and the Lannisters is based on the War of the Roses between the Yorks and the Lancasters.
The Witcher is an exception to this tradition. The show is an adaptation of novels by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski, and the world of the Continent is heavily influenced by his home country. For instance, The Witcher features strong female characters as the mage Yennefer of Vengerburg (Anya Chalotra) and the heroic young princess Ciri (Freya Allan). Growing up in post-World War II Poland, Sapkowski saw women performing roles usually reserved for men, and this is what he explained to showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich when they met in person.
“Women who had been the center of their home lives had to become the center of their communities and work lives,” Hissrich says. “They were the breadwinners, they were the ones who were allowing the generations below them to survive. Sapkowski talked a little about his mother to me, but also about the other women he knew in his life. Yennefer and Ciri are based on these women he saw walking around in real life, and I thought that was such a stunning part of the story.”
The show, of course, expands even more on the story of Yennefer, showing viewers what she was like before she became the iconic dark mage of the novels.
Henry Cavill did all his own stunts
The Witcher star Henry Cavill is a longtime fan of Sapkowski’s books. In order to fully embody the titular witcher, Geralt of Rivia, Cavill made the rare choice to do all his own stuntwork.
“Every time Geralt is on screen, Henry is on screen, even if it’s just his hand. No one else acts as Geralt,” Hissrich says. To clarify, she notes, “That is not normal, for various reasons.”
Hissrich continues, “Obviously we have Henry’s safety to look out for, that’s our first consideration. Everything has to be safe, and he needs to be protected. But what I find is that Geralt’s physical job, killing monsters, is a very important part of who he is. So Henry didn’t think he could fully embody Geralt without doing that aspect too.”
Cavill’s Geralt is much less talkative than the books
Ever since The Witcher hit Netflix, fans and memes have seized on the fact that Geralt barely speaks, except to his horse, Roach, and occasionally to the talkative bard Jaskier (Joey Batey). This is somewhat in line with The Witcher videogames, which by the nature of the format don’t involve a lot of talking — but it’s a distinction from the novels, where Geralt is very talkative.
For instance, an early conversation between Geralt and the wizard Stregebor (Lars Mikkelsen) about whether someone is naturally cursed by being born during a rare eclipse is drastically less wordy than the book version.
“One of the things Henry and I discovered when shooting the first episode is that our Geralt doesn’t need to talk as much as in the books,” Hissrich says. “I had written a lot of words, a lot of words, for him. And what we realized is our Geralt is a little more stoic, doesn’t always respond. We like to make fun of his grunts. He answers in grunts a lot. That I think is one of the biggest changes. The other things we tried to stay true to. Geralt’s dry sense of humor was really important to us.”
The non-linear storytelling was based on Dunkirk
One thing that can initially be difficult for viewers of The Witcher to understand is that the stories are not necessarily being told in linear order. There are three main characters at the center of the story: Yennefer, Ciri, and Geralt. The books are told exclusively from Geralt’s perspective, so Yennefer and Ciri only appear when their journeys intersect with his. But this way, viewers can see each character’s story lines building up .
On the second episode of Behind the Scenes: The Witcher, Hissrich brings up a direct inspiration: Christopher Nolan’s Oscar-nominated film Dunkirk. The World War II movie tells three different stories set around the famous evacuation, featuring the pilots in the sky, the soldiers stuck on land, and the sailors coming across the Channel to rescue them. They’re chronologically out of sync with each other, but the movie cuts between them freely. Dunkirk’s success with this storytelling inspired Hissrich to mix these story lines from The Witcher source books from across time. This allows Yennefer and Ciri to be co-equal protagonists with Geralt rather than secondary characters in his journey.
“I hopped out of the shower and asked my husband, ‘Do you think that’s crazy? Do you think this could work?’” Hissrich recalls. “He looked at me like it was a little bit of crazy, which it was, but also it was one of the first things that made me really interested about telling this story: fooling with this narrative and making it more interesting, and being able to then create and craft all of these stories the way that I wanted to.”
Anya Chalotra had to play older and younger versions of the same character
Host Brandon Jenkins notes that while Geralt’s journey through season 1 spans 20 years, Yennefer’s spans 70 — a much longer timespan for growth and change. As a result, the Yennefer in the final episodes is much older than the hunchback novice Yennefer of the first few. On the second episode of the podcast, Chalotra explains how she matched these depictions.
“All I kept thinking was, ‘It’s a breath, it’s a change of breath,’” Chalotra says on the podcast. “That’s something I thought about a lot. I couldn’t change too much about myself. It wasn’t about affecting anything. Her breath as a 40-year-old woman would be different at that stage of her life. Because of the experiences she had up until then, she’d be calmer about some things and more hotheaded about other things.”
Not to invoke another movie reference, but Chalotra’s description of this process is very similar to what Al Pacino and others have said about making Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman, another story that spans decades with the same actors playing the same roles.
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In 2018, an image of Daniel Radcliffe in boxers and slippers, holding two guns, went viral, with plenty of people captioning it to reflect either their own lives or a downturn in fortune for Harry Potter, who Radcliffe played across eight films.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Bullets pic.twitter.com/qBpDbYwtqb— Felipe Herrera 🇨🇺 (@FHerrera97) May 17, 2018
Now, a first trailer for the film this image is from has been released. The film is Guns Akimbo by New Zealand director Jason Lei Howden (Deathgasm). Howden also previously worked as a visual effects specialist on movies like The Avengers and War for the Planet of the Apes.
Radcliffe plays Miles Harris, a sadsack video game developer who is drawn into a real-life online deathmatch game called Skizm after being awful in the game's comment section. The film also stars Samara Weaving (Ready or Not) as Nix, the game's hotshot star.
The trailer below is decidedly NSFW, so be careful where you watch it.
As it turns out, those guns we've been laughing at all this time are literally bolted onto Radcliffe's character's hands. Ouch.
The film is scheduled to release in the US on February 28, 2020.
Flash, Meet the FlashFirst of all, we have to address this tweet from Marc Guggenheim, the co-creator of the Arrowverse and the executive producer of Crisis on Infinite Earths: [caption id="attachment_228728" align="alignnone" width="720"] @Mguggenheim shares that the cost of getting Ezra Miller would roughly be the price of four kidneys. He's kidding, of course. Or is he?[/caption] Guggenheim also tweeted, "I’m doing a few interviews tomorrow and I’m sure the subject of Ezra’s appearance will come up, but what you need to know right now is that gentleman and scholar, @JimLee, was instrumental in making this moment happen." [caption id="attachment_228727" align="alignnone" width="720"] @Noradominick is shocked that Grant and Ezra got to be in a scene together, face to face, after all these years.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_228727" align="alignnone" width="720"] @Sophiaspirelli points out the humor in Ezra appearing on The Flash before getting his own standalone movie off the ground. Don't worry Ezra, it's going to happen![/caption] [caption id="attachment_228727" align="alignnone" width="720"] @Bamsmackpow commemorates this special moment with a well-timed Paul Rudd meme.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_228727" align="alignnone" width="720"] @Geeksofcolor is stoked to see Ezra appear during Crisis on Infinite Earths.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_228727" align="alignnone" width="720"] @the_snickman reminds fans that Ezra also appeared as The Flash during a Suicide Squad cameo.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_228727" align="alignnone" width="720"] @1raith did not expect Ezra to show up during this episode. The gif expression on Keegan-Michael Key's face is perfect.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_228727" align="alignnone" width="720"] A well-placed Patrick from Sponge Bob gif perfectly sums up @Betovstheworld's feelings about Ezra's cameo.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_228728" align="alignnone" width="720"] @Thenicecast_ points out Ezra's Cyborg/Victor Stone name drop! Cyborg lives.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_228728" align="alignnone" width="720"] Lastly, @MissAusten shares the best superhero twinning gif of all time: Spider-Man meeting Spider-Man from the Spider-Man cartoon. Yes, there are two of them![/caption] For more coverage on Crisis on Infinite Earths, check out our review for "Part 1," "Part 2," "Part 3" and the epic two-part conclusion. [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2019/11/27/arrowverse-the-road-to-crisis-on-infinite-earths"]
[poilib element="accentDivider"]Lauren Gallaway is a Social Media Coordinator for IGN. Find her tweeting at @LaurenGallaway and streaming at Glimpse Entertainment on Twitch.
What Is Earth-Prime?In many ways, the conclusion of Crisis on Infinite Earths mirrors the original 1985 comic book series. In both versions of the story, the battle against the Anti-Monitor ends with multiple versions of Earth being fused into a new, unified Earth. In the comic, the heroes of Earth-1 were joined by the Shazam family of Earth-S, the Justice Society of Earth-2 and the Charlton Comics heroes (Blue Beetle, The Question, Captain Atom) of Earth-4. [widget path="global/article/imagegallery" parameters="albumSlug=arrow-crisis-on-infinite-earths-part-four-photos&captions=true"] Similarly, the TV version of Crisis ends with The Flash's Earth-1, Supergirl's Earth-38 and Black Lightning's Earth-BL being merged to form a new, streamlined Earth-Prime. The characters are now able to freely interact in a way they weren't before. And as far as the vast majority of the world's population is concerned, that's how it's always been. Only the seven Paragons and those heroes who had their memories restored by Martian Manhunter remember there used to be three worlds where now there's only one. In a weird way, those old Earths never existed. That raises some major logistical questions, such as whether Earth-Prime has a massive overpopulation problem now that it's housing three worlds' worth of people. Given how much The Flash has dealt with the concept of parallel universe doppelgangers, we'd guess that most citizens of Earth-Prime originally existed as three distinct doppelgangers on Earth-1, Earth-38 and Earth-BL. In this new, unified world, they've each been condensed into a single person. However, the opposite is true when it comes to the Diggle family. Originally, John and Lyla had a daughter Sara (named in honor of the temporarily dead Sara Lance), but Sara was transformed into John Jr. after Barry meddled with the timeline in Flashpoint. As we saw at the end of Crisis, Sara and John Jr. now both exist on Earth-Prime. Something similar appears to have happened to Superman and Lois Lane, as they now have two sons where before there was only Jon Kent. At a recent press event, executive producer Marc Guggenheim revealed that the creation of Earth-Prime has been a long-term goal for the Arrowverse, with the wheels being set in motion during 2018's "Elseworlds" crossover. "We knew from last year, quite frankly, that we were going to merge and create 'Earth-CW' basically," said Guggenheim. "But Earth-Prime sounds better even though, in the comics, Earth-Prime is our Earth. I just personally like the sound of Earth-Prime. So all the CW shows will be on the same Earth." [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2020/01/15/crisis-on-infinite-earths-exclusive-crisis-management-featurette"]
What Happened to the Multiverse?There is one crucial difference between the comic and TV versions of Crisis. The comic ended with the multiverse being completely wiped out of existence. Once the dust settled, there was only one Earth left standing (at least until 2005's Infinite Crisis finally restored the DC multiverse). But in the TV version, the multiverse was restored shortly after Earth-Prime came into being. The very name "Earth-Prime" denotes how this world is the core pillar of the multiverse and the one from which all others formed. The closing montage of cameos shows there are still many other parallel universes out there, meaning that Earth-Prime coexists alongside the Earths seen on Titans (Earth-9), Doom Patrol (Earth-21), Swamp Thing (Earth-19), HBO Max's upcoming Green Lantern series (Earth-12), the Earth that is home to the version of Superman played by Brandon Routh in Crisis (Earth-96), and probably also the DC theatrical movies. Basically, the multiverse as it existed before Crisis started seems more or less intact. The only differences are the fact that three Earths merged to form Earth-Prime, and that Earth-2 (which was destroyed in Arrow's Season 8 premiere) has been replaced by a new version that will serve as the setting for DC Universe's Stargirl series. [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2020/01/15/crisis-on-infinite-earths-links-dc-tv-and-movie-universes-ign-now"] With the comic, DC's ultimate goal was to streamline its decades of convoluted history and give readers one Earth and one version of all its heroes. The Arrowverse doesn't have nearly the amount of history and continuity baggage the comic book DCU did at the time, so there isn't necessarily a burning need for one world and one set of heroes. Worse, eliminating the multiverse would mean either killing off the DCEU and countless other fan-favorite universes, or trying to shoehorn all those characters into one world. As difficult as it must have been to arrange Ezra Miller's surprise Flash cameo, we can't imagine WB would have allowed the character to be sidelined or wiped out of existence.
The Arrowverse's FutureThe creation of Prime Earth promises to have far-reaching consequences for every Arrowverse series. For one thing, the potential is now there for Barry Allen and Kara Danvers to have crossovers a lot more often, which can only be a good thing. The formerly isolated Black Lightning will have to start reflecting the existence of characters like Flash and Supergirl, while now literally everyone in the world will know who Superman is. And the fact that Lex Luthor has managed to cheat death and reshape the world so that he's a Nobel Prize winner and owner of the DEO will no doubt have huge ramifications for both Supergirl and the upcoming Superman & Lois spinoff. The closing moments of Crisis even set the stage for a full-fledged Justice League team on Earth-Prime. The "Justice League" name is never actually uttered (and we're not even sure The CW has the rights at the moment), but our heroes have a Super Friends-inspired headquarters that is reminiscent of the Hall of Justice. How often this team will actually assemble remains to be seen, but it's a safe bet we'll continue to see these heroes join forces in future crossovers. [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2019/11/27/arrowverse-the-road-to-crisis-on-infinite-earths"] As for the Arrowverse's future crossover potential, we'll no doubt continue to see The CW unifying its various shows every December, along with what we hope will be a steady stream of smaller-scale crossovers in the vein of episodes like "Worlds Finest," "The Brave and the Bold" and "Duet." DC's comics provide plenty of options should The CW want to attempt a direct follow-up to Crisis on Infinite Earths, but that's a topic for another day. For more on Crisis, check out our review for the final two installments of the crossover and see how Twitter reacted to Grant Gustin and Ezra Miller's surprise crossover scene. [poilib element="accentDivider"] Jesse is a mild-mannered staff writer for IGN. Allow him to lend a machete to your intellectual thicket by following @jschedeen on Twitter.
Robert Wuhl as Alexander KnoxOur first cameo came from actor Robert Wuhl, who you may recognize from Tim Burton's Batman (1989), in which Wuhl played Alexander Knox. In "Crisis on Infinite Earths: Part 1" Wuhl can be seen reading a newspaper as the skies of his Gotham become red. Knox was a reporter for the Gotham Globe in Batman. And what was the name of his Earth? Earth-89, of course. You can also hear the Batman theme song playing over this scene!
Alan Ritchson and Curran Walters as Hawk and RobinOur next cameos were of two cast members from Titans, which just wrapped its second season on DC Universe. First, we saw Alan Ritchson, who plays Hank Hall/Hawk on Titans, then Curran Walters, who plays Jason Todd/Robin. This scene took place in San Francisco on Earth-9. Seeing these actors came as quite as a surprise because Titans is a currently-airing DC show. This is the first time anyone from the DC Universe has appeared on a CW show. (Also, fun fact, before Ritchson was on Titans he played Aquaman on Smallville.)
Russell Tovey as The RayNext, we saw Earth-X. We've been to Earth-X before, in the 2017 Arrowverse crossover. This Earth was home to evil versions of our superheroes, including the awkward evil power couple of Oliver Queen and Supergirl. Earth-X is also home to the Freedom Fighters, including The Ray. "Part 1" showed us that after the events of "Crisis on Earth-X," The Ray is still fighting for truth and freedom. Actor Russell Tovey reprised his role for this unexpected but welcome cameo.
Burt Ward as Dick GraysonOur next cameo was a fun one. As the camera panned over Earth-66, we were treated to an appearance from Burt Ward. Ward played Dick Grayson/Robin in the 1966 series Batman and its subsequent movies. To make this cameo even sweeter, Ward was walking Ace the Bat-Hound! Ward's inclusion in this episode is such a sweet tribute to one of the most beloved live-action DC shows on television.
Wil Wheaton as a Doomsday ProphetAs the episode zeroed in on Earth-38, Supergirl's world, the camera focused in on an apocalyptic doomsday prophet, played by none other than actor Wil Wheaton. If you've been in the geek community for any amount of time, you probably recognized him. Wheaton is best known for his roles in the film Stand by Me and the TV series Star Trek: The Next Generation. In recent years he has appeared on The Big Bang Theory and as the voice of Aqualad on Teen Titans.
Griffin Newman as the Trivia HostHe may not be a DC character, but Griffin Newman still has superhero cred thanks to his role as the long-suffering Arthur on Amazon's live-action reboot of The Tick. He can be seen in "Crisis on Infinite Earths Part 1" as the host presiding over a pub quiz attended by Legends of Tomorrow's Sara and Ray. (Well spotted, Thribs!) As we ventured into "Crisis on Infinite Earths Part 2," we were met with even more familiar faces.
Tom Welling as Clark KentTom Welling's return to The CW was easily the most anticipated cameo/guest star of this Crossover. We found Welling's Clark Kent on Kent Farm, right where he should be. Welling previously played Clark Kent/Superman on Smallville for over 10 seasons.
Erica Durance as Lois LaneTom Welling was joined by fellow co-star Erica Durance. In "Crisis Part 2" she reprised her role as Lois Lane from Smallville. It was lovely to see her Welling on Kent Farm, happily raising two daughters.
Kevin Conroy as BatmanKevin Conroy voiced Bruce Wayne/Batman in Batman the Animated Series for four seasons. He went on to voice the Caped Crusader in 13 other animated films. In "Crisis Part 2," Conroy made his live-action debut as Bruce Wayne/Batman. This version of Batman had been badly damaged, thus his reasoning for wearing an exo-suit.
Wentworth Miller as Leonard SnartAs Sara and co. made their way to a new Waverider on a different Earth, she was met by a "retired" Heat Wave. Heat Wave was writing a romance novel and arguing with his ship's version of Gideon. This Gideon, however, was not voiced by the same person as the Earth-1 Waverider, but by Leonard Start! That's right, Wentworth Miller AKA Captain Cold was back in a small but cheeky voice cameo.
Johnathon Schaech as Jonah HexJonah Hex was also back for the Crisis Crossover! Actor Johnathon Schaech has appeared in the Arrowverse previously, on Legends of Tomorrow. In this episode, he was the key to finding the Lazarus Pit. He also happened to get his scar (on his Earth) from Sara Lance herself. "Crisis on Infinite Earths: Part 3" brought even more guest stars.
Ashley Scott as HuntressCrisis Part 3 kicked off with a glimpse at another Earth - Earth-203, to be precise - where Huntress (Ashley Scott) was still protecting New Gotham alongside Oracle, as seen in their shortlived WB series Birds of Prey, which aired for one season back in 2002-03. Fun fact - Batwoman's Alice, Rachel Skarsten, also starred in Birds of Prey as another DC character: Dinah Lance.
Cress Williams as Black LightningJefferson Pierce (Cress Williams) may be the star of his own CW series, but Crisis Part 3 marked Black Lightning's first appearance in the Arrowverse - a probable precursor to the end of the Crisis, when we're predicting that his Earth (like Supergirl's) will likely be merged with the rest of the Arrowverse to facilitate future crossovers.
Tom Ellis as Lucifer MorningstarA resident of Earth-666 (of course) where his Fox-turned-Netflix series apparently takes place, Lucifer Morningstar (Tom Ellis) seemingly has a history with Earth-1's John Constantine (one we would LOVE to see explored in some kind of one-shot special, if anyone at Warner Bros. is listening!) that prompted him to give John, Mia, and Diggle a ticket to Purgatory to try and retrieve Oliver's soul. Unfortunately, that didn't go completely to plan...
HBO's WatchmenPart 3 snuck another cool cameo into the already enjoyable Lucifer sequence. A billboard on Earth-666 features an advertisement for HBO's Watchmen series. This doesn't necessarily confirm Watchmen exists in this live-action multiverse (as it does in DC's comic multiverse), but it's a fun reference regardless.
Stephen Lobo as Jim Corrigan/The SpectreDC fans - and those who watched Matt Ryan's shortlived Constantine series - will be familiar with the name Jim Corrigan, who was played by Emmett Scanlan in Ryan's NBC show. But the troubled detective took the form of Stepen Lobo (no relation to the Main Man, we're guessing) in Crisis Part 3, revealing himself to be The Spectre and setting up Oliver Queen to take his place as the green-hooded antihero.
Osric Chau as Ryan ChoiSupernatural star Osric Chau made his Arrowverse debut as Ryan Choi, another version of The Atom and successor to Ray Palmer, in Crisis on Infinite Earths: Part 3. While this isn't technically a cameo, since he'll presumably be appearing in Parts 4 and 5 of the crossover (and maybe even joining the Legends once Brandon Routh leaves the series), it's still a notable DC character appearance, so we figured we'd include him here.
John Wesley Shipp as Barry Allen of Earth-90John Wesley Shipp donned his 1990 Flash costume one last time in Crisis Part 3, as Earth-90's Barry Allen sacrificed his life to stop the Anti-Monitor's anti-matter cannon so that Earth-1's Barry could live to run another day. It was an emotional moment, made all the more resonant because the episode utilized a clip from Shipp's iteration of The Flash, showing Barry with his future wife, Tina McGee, before he died.
Ezra Miller as DCEU Barry AllenIn perhaps the single biggest cameo of the entire crossover, Grant Gustin's Barry Allen bumps into Ezra Miller's Barry Allen inside the Speed Force in Part 4, confirming even the DCEU exists as part of the same multiverse. What's more, it appears the DCEU Barry is inspired by this crossover to take up the Flash name.
Marv Wolfman as Marv WolfmanThe Arrowverse shows often namedrop famous DC Comics creators when it comes to street names and landmarks, but Crisis: Part 5 goes a step further by giving original Crisis on Infinite Earths writer Marv Wolfman a cameo role. Wolfman is the eager fan who approaches Flash and Supergirl for an autograph as the two heroes are coming to terms with the existence of Earth-Prime.
Brec Bassinger as Earth-2 StargirlCrisis: Part 5 reveals how exactly the upcoming Stargirl series fits into the larger multiverse. Though Earth-2 was the first to fall in the buildup to Crisis, it's now been replaced by a new Earth-2 that will serve as the setting for Stargirl. In addition to Brec Bassinger's Stargirl, we also see her armored stepfather S.T.R.I.P.E. (Luke Wilson), Doctor Mid-Nite (Henry Thomas) and Hourman (Lou Ferrigno, Jr.).
Earth-12 Green LanternsPart 5 forges a bond with another DC movie universe, revealing Earth-12 to be the setting of 2011's Green Lantern. We don't actually see actors like Ryan Reynolds and Mark Strong reprise their roles, but it's nice to know the the multiverse still has some Lanterns.
The TitansFollowing up on the Robin and Hawk cameos in Part 1, Part features pretty much the entire Titans lineup, making it clear that this series still exists on its own Earth and hasn't been rolled into the Arrowverse.
The Doom PatrolThe Doom Patrol also appear during this closing multiverse montage. Their appearance also confirms that Titans and Doom Patrol take place on different worlds, despite Titans: Season 1 introducing the characters.
Derek Mears as Swamp ThingThough his show was abruptly canceled after one shortened season, Swamp Thing at least has his place in the multiverse cemented thanks to Crisis. Again, this cameo confirms the series is set on its own world and isn't connected to Titans or Doom Patrol.
GleekCrisis closes out with another big cameo, as Barry brings together his new superhero neighbors to form a team. The unnamed group's headquarters looks an awful lot like the one in the Super Friends cartoon, and we even hear superhuman monkey Gleek and see his opened cage. Can the Wonder Twins be far behind? Did we miss anyone? Did you spot another DC movie or television cameo? Let us know! And for more on the epic Crisis finale, check out our review for Part 4 and 5, see the reactions to Miller's surprise cameo and see why the Arrowverse's DCEU connection is such a big deal. [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2019/11/27/arrowverse-the-road-to-crisis-on-infinite-earths"]
[poilib element="accentDivider"]Lauren is a social media coordinator for IGN. She's been an OG Arrow fan since the pilot. Say hi to @LaurenGallaway on Twitter.
HBO has a new limited-series coming this March that rewrites history. The Plot Against America focuses on the political rise of Charles Lindbergh, dragging America towards fascism, based on the book of the same name by Philip Roth.
Revealed at the TCA winter press tour, the six-part limited series is created by David Simon and Ed Burns, the minds behind HBO's The Wire and Generation Kill. The Plot Against America "imagines an alternate American history during World War II, told through the eyes of a working-class Jewish family in New Jersey as they endure the political rise of Charles Lindbergh, an aviator-hero and xenophobic populist, who captures the presidency and turns the nation toward fascism," according the synopsis from a recent press release.
The series stars Zoe Kazan (The Deuce), Morgan Spector (Boardwalk Empire), Winona Ryder (Stranger Things), John Turturro (Tranformers), Anthony Boyle (The Lost City of Z), Azhy Robertson (Marriage Story), and Caleb Malis. Ben Cole will be in a supporting role, playing Charles Lindbergh.
"As one of our greatest novelists, Philip Roth was generally more known for narratives that went directly to the human heart and the human condition," says Simon, who was able to meet with Roth once to discuss the project before the novelist’s death in 2018. "But with 'Plot,' he delivered an emotionally moving political tract about our country taking a dry run at totalitarianism and intolerance. That it was published in 2004 makes it no less prescient a document at this moment in time. Roth was warning us that it can happen here. And it can."
Burns and Simon will write the series, with Minkie Spiro (Downton Abbey) serving as director Episodes 1-3. Thomas Schlamme (The West Wing) will direct the final three parts of the series.
The Plot Against America comes to HBO on March 16 at 9 PM ET/PT.
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Fitbit is testing a new ‘Snore Detect’ feature, and if you own a Fitbit Versa 2 you can sign up to try it out early.
The now Google-owned fitness brand says the aim of the feature is to help it to try to improve people’s sleep.
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In an invitation sent to selected Fitbit users, the company announced: “The Fitbit Labs Snore Detect Beta program is now open for Fitbit users who have a Versa 2. It will be open for a limited period of time and to a limited number of users, so enroll now!
“Don’t let snoring rob you of your rest. By joining the Snore Detect Beta, you can easily monitor snoring and your bedroom sound level: Use the built-in microphone on your smartwatch to monitor snoring from you or your bed partner. Receive a daily report that shows snoring duration and intensity. Find out if a noisy bedroom disrupts your sleep. Perhaps a pet, siren or chirping bird is the source.”
If you own a Versa 2 and haven’t checked your emails for a while, it could be worth having a look to see if you’ve been invited. If the trial is successful we can expect to see this feature added to the standard Fitbit setup.
How good an addition would this be to Fitbit’s roster of features? We’re not immediately sure. The NHS advice on snoring certainly doesn’t make it sound serious enough to monitor constantly…
The advice says: “Snoring is very common and usually isn’t caused by anything serious. There are things you can do to help yourself if it’s a problem.”
Unless snoring really impacts on your sleep, or your partner’s sleep, it isn’t likely to be an issue. That is, unless you have sleep apnoea, which is a related condition that could be serious if it isn’t treated.
Perhaps a more compelling argument for the snore detection feature is its ability to monitor other sounds. It could tell you, for example, if your room was filled with noise from the street while you were sleeping. You might be unaware of recurring noises, happening at certain times of night, which could impact your sleep.
We’re not immediately sure this will be a valuable addition to Fitbit’s features, but it will definitely be interesting to see the results of the beta testing. Hopefully it will answer key questions: Do users like it? Is it reliable? And can it help people develop better sleep patterns?
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Police in Scotland are planning to roll out more than 40 new kiosks that would enable officers to access data from smartphones without need for the master password.
The so-called “cyber kiosk” technology, which will come into effect from January 20, is designed to speed up investigations into tech-based crimes, including those that involve child abuse.
Cops north of the border say the cyber kiosks will enable officers to “bypass passwords [and] overcome locks and encryption security to access the data held on a mobile device” once a phone is plugged into them.
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Despite the obvious privacy implications, Deputy Chief Constable Malcolm Graham claimed the new tech would make it possible for the Old Bill to keep pace with the advanced tech users, hinting that those in the nonce community could suffer most.
He said (via The Herald) officers are “committed to providing the best possible service to victims and witnesses of crime.”
Graham added: “This means we must keep pace with society. People of all ages now lead a significant part of their lives online and this is reflected in how we investigate crime and the evidence we present to courts.
“Many online offences disproportionately affect the most vulnerable people in our society, such as children at risk of sexual abuse, and our priority is to protect those people.
“Current limitations, however, mean the devices of victims, witnesses and suspects can be taken for months at a time, even if it later transpires that there is no worthwhile evidence on them. By quickly identifying devices which do and do not contain evidence, we can minimise the intrusion on people’s lives and provide a better service to the public.”
The fuzz in Scotland have spent almost £400,000 on the kiosks over the last few years, but now it seems they’re ready to come into effect, following objection. While the tech is likely to assist in catching some criminals, there are obvious fears the tech might be misused.
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CBS All Access’ Star Trek: Picard has been renewed for a second season, before the first season even premieres on January 23.
Julie McNamara, executive vice president of original content for CBS All Access, made the announcement on Sunday as part of a Television Critics Association presentation.
“We’re thrilled to announce plans for a second season before the series’ debut, and we are confident that ‘Star Trek’ fans and new viewers alike will be captured by the stellar cast and creative team’s meticulously crafted story when it premieres on Jan. 23,” McNamara said in a statement.[ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2019/01/12/star-trek-the-picard-shows-timeline-explained"]
Reports of a season 2 being in development were all but confirmed back in December, thanks to Deadline. Those early reports indicated that season 2 would be 10 episodes long, but CBS has yet to confirm that much.
Terry Matalas, writer on 12 Monkeys, Nikita, and two episodes of Star Trek: Enterprise, is set to join as executive producer on the series.[ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2019/12/14/picard-viewing-guide-the-star-trek-to-watch-before-the-show"]
Star Trek: Picard will follow the continuing adventures of the former captain of the USS Enterprise, Jean-Luc Picard, as played by the iconic Sir Patrick Stewart, 20 years after the events of Star Trek: The Next Generation. He’ll be joined by a cast of new (and plenty of returning) faces, including Jonathan Frakes’ Riker, Jeri Ryan’s Seven of Nine, Brent Spiner’s Data, Marina Sirtis’ Deanna Troi, and others.
IGN spoke with Sir Patrick Stewart about Star Trek: Picard at Comic Con, where he revealed the name of his canine companion.[ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2019/07/20/a-look-at-the-world-of-star-trek-picard"]
If you want to know more about Star Trek: Picard before the show premieres later this month, check out our rundown of the Star Trek: Picard timeline and how it lines up with every other series and movie. Seven of Nine actor Jeri Ryan also shared how her character has resonated with people with autism.
The Witcher's timeline has been officially updated by NXonNetflix.
UPDATE (1/7/20): NX On Netflix, which is Netflix's official "home of everything super, sci-fi, the fantastic, and beyond," has posted an official guide to The Witcher's timeline. Check it out...
— NX (@NXOnNetflix) January 7, 2020
War. Death. Betrayal. Backstabbing. Subterfuge. Yes, those last three words mean basically the same thing, but the world of The Witcher has a lot of it, so it’s worth highlighting. Here’s a handy summary of places, politics and events you need to know when watching Netflix’s The Witcher.
Read on for the full cheat sheet on the world inhabited by Geralt of Rivia, Yennefer, Ciri and the rest...
What is the Continent anyway? Well, it’s where most of the Witcher takes place - the landmass containing both Nilfgaard and the Northern Kingdoms. It’s also home to both the elves’ Brokilon Forest and the dwarfish mountain region of Mahakam. It’s part of the Northern hemisphere, with the southern being much less explored and populus. The planet this all takes place on, by the way, is generally just referred to as “Earth” or “The Globe,” despite our repeated suggestions to Netflix that they call it “Witcheros.”
Adam Pally punched Baby Yoda. Now he’s ready to tell all.
The Happy Endings vet is heading back to the episodic-comedy world next month with NBC’s Indebted, but viewers just saw him pop up in a buzzed-about scene involving one of the literal small-surprise delights of the holiday season: Baby Yoda. Late in season 1 of Disney+’s Star Wars series The Mandalorian, Pally and Jason Sudeikis pop up as bike scouts for Moff Gideon (Giancarlo Esposito), tasked with delivering Baby Yoda, who’s tucked away in a bag. In the season finale, when Pally’s character sticks a probing finger at the Child, Baby Yoda bites it, prompting Pally’s character to wallop him.
Pally — who is friends with Mandalorian creator Jon Favreau — told reporters at the Television Critics Association’s Winter Press Tour about the offer for the role: Favreau asked if he was interested in a “thing” in which he needed “someone to do ‘something special.'” “That was the headline I got,” he summed up. “So Jason and I talked and were like, ‘Yeah, we really want to be part of it.’ It seemed exciting.”
Especially given his love of Star Wars. How big of a Star Wars fan is Pally? “Huge,” he answered. “I knew what a bike scout was versus a stormtrooper, so that should answer your question.” He adds: “It was very hard to keep it a secret. I told Abby.” (That would be Abby Elliott, his Indebted costar.)
The secretive assignment turned stressful, though, when Pally was informed by the boss just how expensive that Baby Yoda prop is. “I remember the first take that I did when I punched him,” he said. ” They called ‘Cut!’ and Jon, who was watching on a monitor in his office, he came down from this office and said, ‘I just want to let you know that this is the hero Yoda and it costs, like, $5 million. So while I want you to hit it, I just want you to know that.’ Because I think I took a big swing at it. And the next three takes I missed, because I was so nervous.”
Nerves aside, what was it like to work with the little guy? “I gotta tell you, the truth is that Baby Yoda is a bit of a diva,” Pally deadpanned. “He’s constantly vaping.”
Was this Mandalorian moment the realization of a galactic dream come true for Pally? “I want to be in Star Wars,” he responded. “I mean, I’m in it. I can’t play Han. It’s not the dream at all. No, the dream would be to be Han Solo. This was super fun.”
Pally also weighed in on the possibility of a Happy Endings revival, in which ABC has expressed interest. “I don’t want to get anybody’s hopes up, but I know that everybody wants to do it,” he shared. “So right now, they’re trying to find a way to make that happen because there’s a lot of moving parts. And if we were to do it, I think David would want to do it his way.”
Indebted — which also stars Fran Drescher and Steven Weber — debuts Feb. 6. Season 2 of the Mandalorian premieres in the fall.
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Morbius @SonyPictures leaked photo looks killer. Hope it’s a dark movie, awesome if he cross paths and teams up with Venom in the future like in the comics. @VenomMovie #Venom #Morbius pic.twitter.com/ItIMFm6bi4— Chad Larsson (@ChadLarsson) January 11, 2020
Morbius looks great & now I'm even more hyped then before pic.twitter.com/BxrEaGRPgw— Alkhan1 (@Alkhan111) January 11, 2020
Scott Derrickson has dropped out of Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness, Sony may have found a new director for its Uncharted movie, and Nicholas Hoult has joined the next two Mission: Impossible films. [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2019/04/16/morbius-jared-letos-marvel-movie-explained"] [poilib element="accentDivider"] Matt Fowler is a writer for IGN and a member of the Television Critics Association. Follow him on Twitter at @TheMattFowler and Facebook at Facebook.com/MattBFowler.
I forgot #Morbius had been shot.I really like this brief look at him, in a way that pays homage to a classic panel from the comic. pic.twitter.com/8fj2Q0Jthw — TGR⚡️ (@TerrelleGraham) January 11, 2020
“I live there, that’s the thing,” Sabbat tells EW, referring to the famed West Hollywood hotel. “So a lot of things in my life revolve around this place.” At the time he met Barris, he wasn’t necessarily looking to act. “I went to acting school and stuff, but when I was in high school and got into fashion, I no longer wanted to be an actor. I was down just because I liked Kenya’s energy. I was like, ‘All right, f— it.’”
Born into a fashion family — his father is a designer, his mother a stylist-turned-chef — Sabbat has racked up 2.1 million followers on Instagram with gender-bending red carpet looks, high-profile collabs with the likes of Roberto Cavalli and Maison Margiela, and eye-catching street-style photos. In addition to his grown-ish role as Zoey Johnson’s (Yara Shahidi) artsy, nonchalant love interest Luca Hall, he appeared opposite Adam Driver and Bill Murray in Jim Jarmusch’s zombie comedy The Dead Don’t Die last summer.
Fresh from hearing that grown-ish was nominated for three NAACP Image Awards, and before the series’ season 3 premiere (Jan. 16 on Freeform), Sabbat hopped on the phone to chat about the parallels between him and his character, what fans can expect from Luca this season, and more.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: How has Luca grown in this upcoming season?
LUKA SABBAT: He’s become more susceptible to his feelings, especially now that he has fully dated Zoey and then become friends with Zoey and all of Zoey’s friends. He’s more open to people and dealing with more things. It was bound to happen.
You seem like the spitting image of your character. How much do you identify with him?
It’s like an alternate TV version of me. I’m calm and stuff, but I’m not like a stoner in real life. I don’t smoke weed . Season 1, I was a lot like my character, but as my character developed they gave him different traits than mine. I do share some things, in terms of energy or whatever the case may be, but I don’t handle things the same way he does emotionally.
What’s something you would have handled differently?
You remember what happened at the end of season 2? Well, I wouldn’t do that. I wouldn’t chase a girl to the airport, you know? I’d text her when she lands, to like f— with her head or something. I might tell her I did , but I didn’t in real life.
When last we left Zoey, she had broken up with Luca and kissed Aaron . What can we expect from this love triangle in season 3?
There’s drama, all right. I mean, there’s a lot going on besides my love triangle. It’s pretty comedic in the sense that and Aaron are such different people. He’s this super-charismatic, outgoing, fun guy. I’m not going to say I’m a recluse, but I’m definitely keen to chill. And Zoey has different moods, and we each fit differently with different moods.
What is it like working with Yara Shahidi, and do you have a favorite moment with her?
I hang out with Yara in real life, so I forget that we’re in a show together. We have a lot of fun cognitive discourses, and we agree and disagree on a lot. We always share music because we have similar but different music tastes. We kick it. The other day we had lunch at the Chateau and hung out, and I saw her at the Golden Globes after-party. It’s just funny: I could not see her for months, and then we see each other and pick up on the last time we talked.
You seem pretty close with your castmates. What was your reaction when you found out your costar Halle Bailey will play Ariel in Disney’s live-action Little Mermaid movie?
That was so fire. I’m so proud of her. It’s insane. I mean, how else am I supposed to feel about that?
Hold up, your character says “that is so fire” all the time on grown-ish. So you say that in real life too?
Yeah, I think that’s why they use it in the show. I said it at a table read for season 1, and they wrote it in the script.
You’re a trendsetter on and off screen. What can we expect from Luca’s style this season, and how much of a hand do you have in the looks?
He loves robes, like kimonos and loose pants. He really has some chill s— in season 3. They always give me options. I come in pick what I like and don’t like, then they pair some s—, and then I’ll be like, “No, I’m going to put it with that.” But also there’s certain colors you have to wear because if too many characters wear the same color, it looks weird on screen. It’s not all about me.
You’re always gender-bending your style: wearing eye makeup, skirts, etc. What does masculinity mean to you in 2020?
It’s as far as you’re comfortable. Some people are not down to wear makeup. Some people are not down to do a lot of things, and that doesn’t make them any less masculine or any more masculine. There are definitely people who have very fragile masculinity, but that’s just probably because they’re insecure, but I don’t know. I can’t speak for 4 billion men. I know what I like, so I could kind of do whatever and still be able to sleep at night.
What is something a lot of your fans don’t know about you?
Well, I like Shrek 2 on DVD. Have you ever seen the DVD version?
Yeah, I love Shrek 2 on DVD, especially the American Idol parody they do at the end of the movie.
Yeah, the “Far, Far Away Idol!” It’s so good. I just love Shrek 2 on DVD.
I once read that Zendaya’s idea of self-care is watching Harry Potter every day, so I’m just now imagining you watching Shrek 2 every day and being like, “Just need some self-care!”
I also like really spicy food.
Do you like Tapatio? It’s good on everything, including spaghetti.
I love Tapatio. You put it on your spaghetti? Do you like macaroni salad, and if so, do you eat it hot or cold?
Yes I do, and I eat it cold.
Okay, so what makes macaroni salad, salad?
But if you make a macaroni salad hot, is it just a pasta dish?
Yes, do you feel otherwise?
I don’t know how I feel about it, but I was just asking.
Is this the type of stuff that you debate about with Yara?
Yeah, just weird questions.
This interview has been edited for length and clarity.
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The doctors will be in for a very long time.
NBC has ordered not one but three more seasons of New Amsterdam, the network announced on Saturday at the Television Critics Association’s Winter Press Tour. That will take the high-rated medical drama through the 2022-2023 season. A similar mega-renewal was given by NBC to another one of its powerhouse dramas, This Is Us, last year.
The medical drama has been drawing almost 10 million viewers in live+7 ratings while notching a 1.7 in the key 18-to-49-year-old demo. The David Schulner-created series — whose cast includes Ryan Eggold, Janet Montgomery, Freema Agyeman, Jocko Sims, with Tyler Labine and Anupam Kher — launched strongly out of the gate in the fall of 2018.
The season 2 fall finale, which aired in November, left viewers on a cliffhanger as prisoners from Rikers Island were posing a violent threat at New Amsterdam. The show returns for the second half of the season on Jan. 14.
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We’ve all been there, haven’t we? After enjoying a nice relaxing number two we’ve made that glance over to the loo roll holder to see the tiniest scraps of paper clinging to that cardboard grey tube.
In this situation, our minds instantly go to survival mode. Shall we sacrifice a sock for the cause? Attempt to stealthily waddle to the downstairs bathroom? Or – shamefully – call on a loved one to fetch you a new roll.
Well, if the good folks at US bog roll purveyor Charmin has its way, that dilemma – and poop anxiety in general – will become a thing of the past.
The Charmin RollBot joins the annals (correct spelling) of weird and wonderful CES gadgets can be summoned to bring you a fresh roll whenever disaster strikes, via a quick tap of the smartphone application.
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The small, two-wheeled robot is powered by Bluetooth and simply carries the fresh roll on top. It’s also got a friendly face to “provide emotional support in your moment of need,” Charmin says.
“So you’re on the commode, you look over, oh no, somebody didn’t change the roll. Hello? Nobody home,” Gregg Weaver, an R&D pro at Charmin’s parent company Procter & Gamble, told NPR.
“This builds on our mission to always bring better bathroom experiences to unexpected places and showcases our relentless obsession with helping people ‘Enjoy the Go,'” another spokesperson told CNN.
Naturally, the company isn’t actually planning to sell this invention, although it could potentially be quite useful. Another item in the company’s GoLab that could aid some more odorous bathroom buddies is the SmellSense, which will inform loo visitors when their stench is too hideous to comprehend, and again when it has dissipated and is suitable for another human to enter the premises without a gas mask.
There’s also a VR experience called V.I.Pee, which will help people escape the nastiness of a portapotty by transporting them to another location.
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