OK Go - "I Won't Let You Down" Video Videos for Engineers
OK Go is perhaps best known for sophisticated videos that require extremely high levels of choreography. Their I Won't Let You Down video was posted on YouTube just yesterday and it has nearly 2.5 million views a day later. Back in 2010 I posted their Mousetrap-like This Too Shall Pass video; it now has more than 45 million views.
Two major aspects of high technology are featured here: Honda's UNI-CUB β robotic unicycle and the use of a remote control octocopter drone for filming the video. Honda is not selling the UNI-CUB β yet, so the company must have been involved in the effort. The I Won't Let You Down video is featured on the Honda website. Obviously inspired by the Segway scooter, the self-stabilized, gesture-controlled unicycle's talents are aptly demonstrated by OK Go band members. Although you never see the octocopter itself, you can easily imagine a camera suspended from the airborne platform as it flies smoothly and effortlessly at various positions and altitudes. Personal versions for peeking in your neighbor's window* can be bought for under $200, but the type used for filming this video likely costs more than $20k not including the camera.
Artistically, training and coordinating more than 2,300 (see my counting image) Japanese schoolgirls with colored umbrellas is a monumental challenge, but it comes off extremely impressively. How many hours must have been invested in creating and producing this video that ends up running for 5 minutes and 20 seconds? (rhetorically asked, of course)
The song, "I Won't Let You Down," comes from OK Go's CD titled, "Hungry Ghosts."
* Legal disclaimer: RF Cafe does not recommend or condone illegal use of drones
Just another grey autumn day You're the sunshine trying to break through No I never imagined that my path would lead to you A look in your eyes as they met mine Seem to say we're the same In so many ways Though we're worlds apart I will promise you
I won't let you down No I won't let you down
There are so many reasons to keep us apart But it won't stop me losing My mind or my heart What would I give To touch your hand Oh just feel your skin I'd breathe you in Could this ever be You'll be next to me
No I won't let you down No I won't let you down
I know myself so well But I've never been here before You're just out of my reach But I will be here Of that you can be sure Can be sure
It's another grey autumn day You're the sunshine trying to break through I can only imagine that I'm walking with you I realize if you were mine We may fall apart Oh you'd have my heart There's too many things between you and me
No I won't let you down No I won't let you down No I won't I won't let you down No I won't let you down No I won't I won't let you down No I won't I won't let you down No I won't I won't let you down No I won't let you down
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