Wednesday, March 30, 2011

2022 Qatar World Cup, 122 Degree Summers, and Robotic Clouds

While I do watch some football from time to time, I've never really been a HUGE fan of the sport. However, fan or not everyone should know by now that the 2022 World Cup will take place in Qatar.

For those of you who don't know, Qatar is pretty much smack dab in the center of the Middle East and has summer temperatures that can climb up to 122 degrees Fahrenheit. With nearly 90,000 people crammed into a stadium open to direct sunlight, temperatures like that are sure to melt the skin off of bones.

Good decision FIFA,  great way to kill off your fans. You don't need them anyway.

BUT WAIT, we have science and scientists at Qatar University are currently developing a solution to the sweltering heat dilemma. That solution is...wait for it....

...

ROBOTIC CLOUDS. WHAT?!




These bad boys are made from a crazy carbon fiber material, injected with helium gas to make it float, and are remotely controlled. Those round spots you see in the image are large propellers that allow the robotic cloud to hover like a helicopter. They are also programmed to automatically follow the sun's path in the sky to optimize it's shielding capabilities.

They are estimated to cost around $500,000 US.
But, pfft. That's no biggie. It's the World Cup. Spend a billion!

Take that mother nature.

29 comments:

Alexis said...

I read something about robotic clouds before. I was wondering whether or not they'd be good-looking on a TV / actually necessary at all... It's really, IDK, a strange concept.
I suppose if it's for a desert arena though, then that's acceptable. :P

BTN Hip Hop said...

technology is absolutely mental

Jesper said...

Saw that on the news this week, pretty amazing.

mac-and-me said...

the future is now

benchmark said...

Is this one of those things that sounds awesome but will never get past the planning stages, like robot butlers?

Joe said...

I can't wait for the middle east oil countries to run out of money. seriously theyre just waving their liquid-money-soaked dicks around showing off now.

Punky said...

Oh man I love 122 degree weather. Those remote clouds look ridiculous, I want one for my house because I hate the heat.

MikeRo said...

So awesome.

Qatar really isn't that bad though. Hot, sure, but f you stay out of the sun its just fine.

George Valentine said...

i'm sure they'll keep the fans in the shade to prevent incidents, but it really is an odd choice of location

Danny Murphy said...

Russia getting the 2018 World Cup was a surprise but is understandable they do, after all, have a big history in the game but Qatar have nothing. We can looking forward to half empty stadiums with a Qatar with 11 Brazilian born players.

From a technical point of view it should be a very impressive World Cup but it doesn't change the fact that Qutar getting it is a disgrace.

Stewart A said...

It's crazy really they could have had the world cup here in england and spent the money they saved on fighting world hunger or something. 500000 dollars for a cloud?! we have them to spare here!

Pentele said...

Qatar is awesome, I'd really want to get there sometime.

Doc-Mitchell.blogspot.com said...

wow, that's a nice thing that science have created there

Hutch said...

haha what? that's insane!

http://dasmeistro.blogspot.com said...

hahah awesome stuff, what if it fails and fall down on the arena tho? xD

dende said...

Robotic clouds, well that's scary

Püllï said...

I can't wait for the middle east oil countries to run out of money. seriously theyre just waving their liquid-money-soaked dicks around showing off now

EmoGoth said...

Robot clouds sounds like something an 8 year old would draw.

SOMS said...

500.000 isnt that much for such i big object i believe

Tibble said...

Robot clouds? Wow. icloud ?

Daan said...

I've been to the Qatar world cup once :D

Mu said...

Wow. That's amazing.

The technology we have these days is amazing.

I'd like to see what the conspirators think about 'fake clouds' I'm sure there's some haarp nonsense talk going on :P

Slamcakes said...

Or they could just build roofs over the stands to shade spectators

Wayward Disposition said...

^lmao thats most definitely true.

Insider33 said...

That is really ambitious, but I'm sure they have that oil money to build a dozen of those.

Kingmush said...

That's Quatar for you...they seem to be up there with Japan for crazy tech inventions.

doomsday said...

Bro, this is insane, pure MADNESS!

subrand0m said...

I would be so scared that it would simply crash that I would not want to attend.

Mr Duke said...

Pretty cool stuff. Now to build some robots to can digest pollution.

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