Gangnam Style Fever
I think everyone in the world really know this dance. It’s the world famous dance right now. People try to shake their body following the music and together do the Gangnam Style. Gangnam Style is a Korean pop single popularized by Park Jae Sang or PSY. He is a rapper from South Korea. This song was first released on July 15, 2012. Gangnam Style as the most watched K-Pop video on Youtube. The video of Gangnam Style has been viewed over 730 million times on Youtube. Gangnam itself is actually a lifestyle associated with the Gangnam district. Gangnam district is an elite area (high class) where we can find many top artist, public figures, etc. For those who want to be more beautiful, Gangnam is like a paradise for them. We can find more than 300’s plastic surgery clinics in Gangnam. Because of the uniqueness and the funny video of PSY dancing at the some point in the Gangnam district, then the K-Pop fans began spread the video through by the social networking media. The snowball effect came so quickly. Gangnam Style itself is identical to the “horse dance” which is done a very attractive by PSY.
Here’s some of the Gangnam Style lyrics:
Naje-neun ttasaroun inkanjeo-gin yeoja
Keopi hanjanye yeoyureuraneun pumkyeok i-nneun yeoja
Bami omyeon shimjangi tteugeowojineun yeoja
Keureon banjeon i-nneun yeoja
The video has been attracted the attentions of famous singers, including Robbie Williams, T-Pain, and Josh Groban through their tweet. I also heard that the Justin Bieber’s management reportedly invited Park Jae Sang (PSY) to collaborate. We can find several of Korean artists in the video, like: Hyuna (4minute member), Seungri and Daesung (Big Bang members), Yoo Jae-Seok and Noh Hong-cheol (Comedian/television personality). International media also reviewed the Gangnam Style, like: The Huffington Post, The Los Angeles Times, BBC, USA Today, ABC News, Bloomberg, ESPN, CNBC, The Vancouver Observer, etc. “Gangnam Style is a ridiculous and incredible dance”, reported by The Washington Post. PSY succeed to bring the “pop culture moment” into the “colorful” video. Gangnam Style is being celebrated in the USA and around the world today.
PSY recorded a new achievement, related with the Gangnam Style song. This song was sold more than 2 million based of digital sales. So, PSY got the double platinum award by Recording Association of America (RIAA) in USA. Gangnam Style now currently ranked at the second in term of the most viewed video. PSY taught several famous artists, like: Britney Spears, Ellen Degeners, even the Oxford student. He also appeared in some television show, like: Saturday Night Live, The Today Show, and The X-Factor. He had no trouble with English language, because he had studied in the university in USA.
Gangnam Style Fever (Humanoid Autonomous Robot)
Gangnam Style fever really hit the world. Many people try to dance following the PSY. Even some events which involving many people also practice this dance. Not only human, the robot also dancing with the Gangnam Style in USA. This robot is actually as fire extinguisher at the U.S Navy warship. However, the researcher from the Robotics and Mechanism Laboratory at Virginia add new program. So, the robot can dance the Gangnam Style. This robot has full name: CHARLIE-2 (Cognitive Humanoid Autonomous Robot with Learning Intelligence- Version 2). As reported by the NBC news, CHARLIE-2 also “possessed” with the Gangnam Style. His hands were in the front, and the movement like riding horse. The CHARLIE-2 video is also uploaded on Youtube on October 19, 2012. CHARLI-2 has behaviors for humanoid robots. It is designed for safety and low cost. As the next generation of CHARLIE series, CHARLIE-2 improves speed in walking and stability, autonomy and intelligence, and also soccer playing skills. That’s why CHARLIE-2 designed to participate in the robot soccer competition.
The robot was made in 2011. CHARLIE-2 has height about 141cm, length about 48 cm, width about 20 cm, and weight about 12.1 kg. The speed while walking is about 1.4 km/h. Computing system using SBC with 1.6 GHz Intel Atom CPU. CHARLIE-2 also completed with Sensors, 3-Axis rate Gyro and 3-Axis accelerometer in the pelvis, and then one camera and two microphones in the head, encoders at each joint. CHARLIE-2 use power, like: rechargeable 14.8V Li-Po for actuation and II.IV Li-Po for computing, 30 minute of operation time. Material: titanium, Aluminum-alloy, and carbon fiber composites for the structure, and then plastic for the cover. CHARLIE-2 got few awards, like: 2011 Best Invention of the Year by Time Magazine, RoboCup 2011 Adult Size World Champions (won first place for autonomous soccer), RoboCup 2012 Adult Size World Champions, Louis Vuitton Best Humanoid Award.
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