Our modern world is full of simulations, from synthesized human voices to realistic security drills, representational art to CGI-filled blockbuster movies. Gathered below is a collection images of things that are real, but not quite real -- mockups, practice drills, lifelike works of art, simulators, puppets, models, prototypes, automatons, and more
A woman pretends to wait for a drop of water while standing under Simon McGrath's giant sculpture "Who Left The Tap On" at the Sculptures by the Sea exhibition in Sydney, Australia, on November 3, 2011. Sculptures by the Sea is the largest free-to-public outdoor sculpture exhibition, featuring over 100 sculptures by artists from Australia and across the world.
(AP Photo/Rob Griffith)
Physicist Daniel Schildhammer wears the Aouda.X spacesuit simulator during a field test of Oesterreichisches Weltraum Forum (Austrian space forum) inside the Eisriesenhoehle (giant ice cave) at Dachstein mountain near the village of Obertraun April 28, 2012. The Aouda.X is a spacesuit simulator for manned missions to Mars, which is being developed under the Mars Analog Research Program PolAres and allows to simulate environmental conditions, a real space suit would be faced on Mars.
A policeman pretends to administer an anesthetic shot to "Tigger" during a drill of tigers escaping at Chengdu Zoo in Chengdu, Sichuan province, China, on June 2, 2011. A zoo staff member dressed as Tigger performs in a mock drill of tigers escaping in the zoo in order to enhance emergency responses and enforce security measures, local media reported.
A sculptor puts the finishing touches on a sculpted head for the new wax figure of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, which will portray Her Majesty as she appeared in the official Jubilee portrait photograph released in December 2011. Madame Tussauds London is marking The Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations with this, the 23rd wax model portrait of the Queen.
(AP Photo/Madame Tussauds)
Pet First-Aid & CPR instructor Denise Fleck demonstrates how to perform CPR on a cat dummy at the Burbank Animal Shelther in Burbank, California, on October 21, 2009. Fifty-eight percent of pet owners would be at least somewhat likely to perform CPR on their pet in the event of a medical emergency, according to an Associated Press-Petside.com poll.
(AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
A fully immersive 360-degree flight simulator is seen at a plant owned by Barco, a Belgian company specializing in high-definition projectors and displays, in Kuurne, on October 11, 2011. Barco unveiled a fighter jet training tool designed to reproduce reality exactly as a pilot sees it. The dome is the first ever flight simulator to give trainee pilots a full 360 degree view of the world as they conduct virtual missions, said a Barco official.
An electron microscope photograph shows a micro-scale model of Vienna's St. Stephans cathedral created by a newly developed 3D printing technique. The base of the model is 100 micrometers (.004 inches) long. Researchers from the Vienna University of Technology have set a new world speed record for creating these tiny 3D objects. The University team create their grain of sand-size structures in just four minutes, a fraction of the time that other items have previously been printed. The process called "two-photon lithography" involves using a focused laser beam to harden liquid resin in order to create micro objects of solid polymer. The scientists said the technique could be developed to make small biomedical parts to be used by doctors.
(Reuters/Vienna University of Technology)
A person wearing a Mars suit Aouda.X prototype drives a European Space Agency Mars rover called Eurobot during testing in the semi-arid desert of Rio Tinto, Spain, in April of 2011. The 1.5 million euro Mars rover Eurobot prototype was transported from the Netherlands to Spain for its first test under field conditions.
A worker inserts the eyes of an inflatable sex doll at Ningbo Yamei plastic toy factory, on the outskirts of Fenghua, Zhejiang province, China, on February 13, 2012. The company started producing sex dolls three years ago, and now owns a total of 13 types of dolls at the average price of 100 RMB (16 USD). More than 50,000 sex dolls were sold last year, about fifteen percent of which were exported to Japan, Korea and Turkey, according to the company.
The Megajoule Laser project, currently under construction at the CESTA (Centre d'Etudes Scientifiques et Techniques d'Aquitaine) in Le Barp southwestern France. At this facility, scientists will be able to simulate nuclear tests using amplified energy from 176 lasers, directed at a target located inside a 140-ton aluminum sphere, reproducing nuclear fusion under temperature conditions some 100 times higher than those found at the center of the sun.
A giant mechanical spider, operated by French production company La Machine, walks along the waterfront in Yokohama, south of Tokyo, on April 19, 2009. The 37 ton spider, which stands 12 meters tall, was in Yokohama as part of the events celebrating the 150th anniversary of the opening of the Port of Yokohama.
Soldiers from the Uganda People's Defence Force (UPDF), one holding a piece of wood representing a weapon, engage in urban operations training in a mock urban setting nicknamed "Little Mogadishu" at the Singo training facility in Kakola, Uganda, on April 30, 2012. The camp provides different training courses run by the U.S. Marines and also by instructors contracted by the U.S. State Department under the Africa Contingency Operations Training & Assistance (ACOTA) program, both aimed to better prepare Ugandan soldiers heading to Somalia as part of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) peacekeeping operation.
(AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
Argentine aerospace engineer Pablo de Leon, a NASA team member, tests a space suit designed for possible use on Mars, at Argentina's Marambio base in Antarctica on March 13, 2011. The NDX-1 space suit, designed by De Leon, endured frigid temperatures and winds of more than 47 mph (75 kph) as researchers tried out techniques for collecting soil samples on Mars. The $100,000 prototype suit, created with NASA funds, is made out of more than 350 materials, including tough honeycomb Kevlar and carbon fibers to reduce its weight without losing resistance.
Farmer Wu Yulu drives his rickshaw pulled by a his self-made walking robot near his home in a village at the outskirts of Beijing, on January 8, 2009. This robot is the latest and largest development of hobby inventor Wu, who started to build robots in 1986, made of wire, metal, screws and nails found in rubbish sites.
Members of the Mars Science Laboratory/Curiosity team, which includes rover drivers and scientists, test out an engineering model of its next generation Mars rover, dubbed "Curiosity", in the desert near Baker, California, on May 10, 2012. The real rover is currently en route to Mars, with a scheduled arrival date of August 5, 2012.
Mass killer Anders Behring Breivik (right) and his defense lawyer Geir Lippestad (front left) look across the courtroom at a life-size dummy to be used to illustrate to the court how and where the different victims at Utoya island were hit by Breivik's shots, in Oslo, on May 4, 2012.
(Reuters/Heiko Junge/NTB Scanpix)
One of the lifelike mannequins that will be used at the University of South Florida's new $38 million Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulations Center in Tampa, Florida, on April 19, 2012. The center expects to draw more than 30,000 health professionals from around the world every year wanting to hone their surgical skills.
(AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
Joe Biggins, owner and CEO of Inflatable Crowd, works on some of his dolls in Gardena, California, on August 12, 2010. The company has 30,000 inflatable dolls which it rents out to studios for use in films instead of hiring extras. Biggins' dolls have appeared in more than 90 movies since their debut in the film "Sea Biscuit".