Archive for the ‘Tech’ Category

OnLive

March 27, 2009

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Quite simply…  the answer to our prayers or Satan in disguise?! Its fate is its own to decide.  This could be a huge success or a gargantuan failure.  If successful this would revolutionize the way games are marketed, sold and experienced.  Guess we will just have to wait and see….

-Z-

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The Legend of Zelda: Tesla Coil of Time

March 23, 2009

Twin Solid State Musical Tesla coils playing the Zelda theme song….

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“The music that you hear is coming from the sparks that these two identical high power solid state Tesla coils are generating. There are no speakers involved. The Tesla coils stand 7 feet tall and are each capable of putting out over 12 foot of spark. They are spaced about 18 feet apart. The coils are controlled over a fiber optic link by a single laptop computer. Each coil is assigned to a midi channel which it responds to by playing notes that are programed into the computer software. What is not obvious is how loud the coils are. They are well over 110dB. Listen for the echo after the notes stop. These coils were constructed by Steve Ward and Jeff Larson. Programming and musical content by Steve Ward. Video was captured by Terry Blake and edited by Jeff Larson.”

Pretty amazing!

-Z-

Sheep Pong!

March 20, 2009

This is some impressive shit…

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Who knew sheep were good for anything other than eating and making clothes!?

-Z-

Mobile Wifi

March 20, 2009

Check out the new Cadillac CTS. Its gonna have Wifi as a built in option which is pretty sweet.

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iDiots

March 17, 2009

Apple wants so desperately to be percieved as better than Microsoft and then they go and pull shit like this…

The new iPod Shuffle is controlled soley by the headset.  I special little touch pad is attached to the headset chord and requires the user to push a series of three buttons for different lengths of time and different combinations to issue certain commands.  The new shuffle offers no other means of control so it will be necessary for third party headphones to include this pain in the ass interface.  However Apple doesn’t have any intentions of letting the manufacturers to have this technology for free.  Apple has stated that they intend to charge a lisencing fee to anyone who wants to build some of these.

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Apple, you so desperately want to be perceived as a better company than Microsoft and then you go a pull shit like this!?  /sigh

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Live Streaming Breaking and Entering!

March 11, 2009

Last night David Prager, the COO for Revision3, awoke to find a strange man inside his apartment.  Rather than call the cops Prager took this opportunity to share the experience with the world.  He began Twittering as the encounter took place.  As his Twitter followers mashed their f5 keys with reckless abandon hoping to keep up with each post.  Half an hour later Prager announces that he is finally going to confront the man and not only that but he intends to stream the proceedings live on Ustream! Here is a link to the Silicon Alley Insider who has a list of Pragers Tweets.  You can catch both of his videos after the break… (more…)

Twit-provements

March 8, 2009

Twitter is a social networking site that provides users with the ability to post short, 140 character updates on the most recent happenings in their life.  You can post from the web, your iPhone, via text, etc.  And lately it seems that everyone is jumping on the Twitter bandwagon…

From celebrities such as Levar Burton, Jimmy Fallon and Britney Spears to businesses such as Dog House Systems, Jinx and Apple .  With growth comes the demand for more functionality and so far Twitter has let the addon community handle that.  Sites like Twitpic, Twitbacks and Twhirl help you to better customize and control your Tweets.  However if Twitter continues to grow the way it has been it will be necessary to further develop the functionality in-house.  Its this thinking that prompted Jacob Gube over at Six Revisions to write this article about possible features that Twitter could add to help spruce itself up….

10 Features that will make Twitter better

Its an interesting read and the upgrades Gube suggests aren’t too advanced that they would be difficult to implement.  I’m excited to see how Twitter progresses in the future and it will be exciting to see how many of Gube’s suggestions become reality!

Feel free to follow me on twitter!  I am Artsoldier1

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Nokia Morph Concept Phone

March 8, 2009

Ahh, phone technology.  Will this be the next iPhone or Blackberry?  Absolutely not!  This Nokia concept phone goes just a bit farther than trying to remember where you parked. Morph is a phone that is made with nanotechnologies, allowing it to twist and bend into many shapes and sizes.  This will become possible by creating a material that is very similar to spider silk. It is also self cleaning, repelling dirt and water.  And yet another amazing quality is that the phone will be able to sense the environment around it’s user.  This will go as far as analyzing the air pollution to protecting you from eating a dirty piece of fruit.   Supposedly, the concept will become reality within 7 years.  Enjoy the little animated short for a preview.

–Twan

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iPhone Fun

February 15, 2009

A short article by the folks over at Wired about the top ten games for you iPhone

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I’ve played a couple of these and they are pretty fun.  Word Warp, Topple and iShoot are quick and challenging enough to keep you playing but not enough to cause you to fling your iPhone across the room.  I’m a huge Risk fan so I would love to get my hands on Lux Touch, which is essentially the same idea just a little watered down.  Galcon also looks like it would be good time.

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A nomadic nerd’s wet dream

February 11, 2009

The world today keeps all of us pretty damn busy.  With work, school, kids, volunteering, extra curriculars or whatever other various activities absorb the hours of our days we just don’t spend as much time at home as people used to.  Its because of this that laptops are becoming more and more mainstream.  You can take them to class, to the park, to the coffee shop, etc.  One of the big restrictions of laptops is their size.  They can’t be to big otherwise the becoming inconvenient to lug around and thus loses its purpose.  Because of their generally small demeanor their screens aren’t necessarily ideal for certain uses. (gaming and design projects are the two things I tried to do on mine that were gimped by the screen)  Now maybe everyone doesn’t share my opinion.  Maybe you can edit photos with ease or raid an entire instance without giving your 15 inch monitor a second though.  But I can’t!  Or I can, just not as well as I’d perfer.  “What the hell is all this leading up to?!”  You ask.  Well….  a laptop with larger screen space.  Not a larger screen, but rather two screens.  You heard me right, a laptop with two screens.

Drool away…..


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This is the Lenovo ThinkPad W700DS.  It weighs a hefty 11 pounds and its main screen measures in at 17 inches.  Its second screen is quite a bit smaller at 10.6 inches.  Its miniscule size doesn’t make it ideal for web pages or other screen hogging applications but it is great for coralling IMs, your itunes or even the toolbars for Photoshop, Illustrator, etc..  Its equipped with a dual 200-GB hard drives and 2.53 GHz Core 2 Extreme. Nvidia Quadro FX 3700M GPU, 4 GB of RAM and the 64-bit version of Windows Vista.  Its battery lasts around an hour and a half which isn’t too bad considering the hardware its powering.

Needless to say, I want one of these!  Also, needless to say, I’m not even close to being able to afford it.  However if anyone gets one I’d love to hear about your experiences with it and how it handles.  Though I imagine that most of you will remain as my fellow droolers.

Wired Review

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