Viral videos of the week

16 Sep 2012

We take a look at some of the most-viewed and most-shared videos on the web. This week features Apple fans loving the ‘new’ iPhone, pop star Britney Spears learning to dance ‘Gangnam style’, something to pass the time at pedestrian lights in Germany, and an epic presentation of everyone’s favourite mode of transport – ‘The Bus’.

More than 72 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute, 500 years of video watched on Facebook every day, and more than 700 YouTube videos shared on Twitter each minute, ensuring there is always video trending on the web.

With so much video available for viewing, we take a look at some of the viral videos that have caught our eye this week.

First Look: iPhone 5 

Oh dear. Apple fans are synonymous with accepting that the phone they have in their hands is the greatest piece of technology in the world. This video (from the hugely popular Jimmy Kimmel Live) goes one step further to prove that point. Telling fans they are holding the new iPhone 5 and asked to compare it to the old version, responses of “It’s way better”, “A lot lighter than the last one” and “Definitely faster” followed. The only problem? They were given the previous model, the iPhone 4S to test. #AppleFail

You can see a proper hands-on video of the iPhone 5 here.


Uploaded: 13 September, 2012 


Britney Learns ‘Gangnam Style’ from Psy

*Sigh* I can no longer claim I have never watched a single clip from The Ellen DeGeneres Show, but I think I can be excused on this one. Having claimed she would like to learn the dance from the biggest viral hit of the year, Psy’s – Gangnam Style, Britney Spears received the perfect lesson from the KPop star himself.


Uploaded: 10 September, 2012 


A pong traffic light in Germany

Bored at a pedestrian crossing? Not for much longer, it would seem. Streetpong is a concept of urban interaction by Sandro Engel and Holger Michel, developed at the HAWK Hildesheim which allows pedestrians to play a game of the classic ‘pong’ against each other on opposite sides of the road until the light turns green. Unfortunately, this is just a concept at the moment but I look forward to the day this can be rolled out worldwide.


Uploaded: 9 September, 2012 


LS3 – Legged Squad Support System

The Legged Squad Support System (LS3) is a rough-terrain robot developed by Boston Dynamics with funding from DARPA. It is designed to carry 400 lbs of payload and travel 32 kilometres (20 miles) without refuelling. LS3 has sensors that let it follow a human leader while avoiding obstacles in the terrain. Awesome.


Uploaded: 10 September, 2012 


Midttrafik Commercial – ‘The Bus’ 

Sick of those Dublin Bus ads trying to glamourise the Leap Card? Yeah, us too. Proving there are better ways to make everyone’s least-favourite mode of transport seem epic, Danish agency M2Film brings us this autumn’s hottest action thriller – ‘The Bus’.


Uploaded: 10 September, 2012