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Bloodborne Threaded Cane Gets An Incredible Fan-Made Recreation

This Bloodborne fan went to great lengths to create one of the most iconic weapons from the beloved PS4 game, the Threaded Cane.

While it’s been five years since its release, Bloodborne has still left a mark for those that made their first ever trip to Yharnam. The PS4 exclusive by From Software has continued to spark the imagination of fans in the years since its debut, including some exceptional cosplay and recreations from the game’s haunting gothic setting. However, one fan has taken things to the next level by recreating one of the game’s most iconic weapons, the Threaded Cane.

Bloodborne fan Mitori (Twitter) shared their fan-made recreation of the Threaded Cane weapon which is not only extremely accurate to the game, but also works and can extend its blades. You can check out a video of the Threaded Cane in action along with some photos:

While the blade doesn’t fully extend into a whip like in the original game, it’s still an impressive recreation that brings one of Bloodborne‘s most iconic weapons to life. Of course, we’ve also seen plenty of other incredible fan creations tied to the From Software classic, including a funky bass remix of its boss battle music, a near-perfect Lady Maria cosplay, and the Bloodborne Zelda mashup called “Yarntown.”

Bloodborne is available now on PS4 and can also be played through backward compatibility on the PS5; the game is included as part of the PlayStation Plus Collection for PS Plus subscribers.

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This incredible Google experiment lets you time travel to your hometow

In the 20 years he’d lived in New York, Raimondas Kiveris had seen the city change immensely. “It was a completely different place, a different town,” says Kiveris, a software engineer at Google Research. This got him wondering what his neighborhood looked like even before that—before he’d lived there, before he’d even been born. “There’s really no easy way to find that information in any organized way,” he says. “So I was starting to think, can we somehow enable this kind of virtual time travel?”

Three years later, his attempt at virtual time travel is taking shape as an open-source map that can show, in both a bird’s-eye view and a pedestrian-level view, the changes that happen to city streetscapes over time. With a slider to control the year, the map displays a historically accurate representation of development in almost any U.S. city dating back to 1800. Automatically generated 3D models of buildings rise from the landscape as the slider moves forward through time. It can even show a rough estimation of what a city would have looked like from the pedestrian’s view, like a low-res Google Street View.

[Image: Google]

The map, called “rǝ,” is a project Kiveris has led through his research into artificial intelligence and machine learning at Google. Though still in a very early form, the map is functional enough to offer a glimpse of what someone would have seen on a city street decades in the past.

The map was created using historical fire insurance maps, a rich source of information for the built environment that includes precise information about building ages, sizes, heights, roof shapes, and even materials. The map creates simplified 3D models of these buildings, and the time slider allows a user to see, for example, Washington, D.C.’s Dupont Circle nearly devoid of buildings in the 1870s and almost fully developed in the 1920s.

Kiveris wants the map to do more than model buildings over time. He and his team created it as an open-source project so that people such as librarians and map enthusiasts can contribute their own historical sources to add detail. It can even integrate photographs of buildings, using deep learning to analyze images and augment the blocky 3D models with architectural details.

“If we have photos of a building showing the facade in some detail, we can do much more,” he says. “We can essentially do semantic parsing of that facade and figure out this area here is a window, this area is a cornice, this a stair, this is a door.”

This level of detail has already been visualized in some parts of Manhattan, such as the Chelsea neighborhood, where a user can enter the map’s 3D street-level mode and see streets lined with porches and stoops.

[Image: Google]

Eventually, with enough visual data contributed, Kiveris says the map will be able to create lifelike representations of entire neighborhoods that could be good enough to use as the setting for video games or even movies. “If it’s

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