Competitive Gaming

 

Its without a doubt that gaming has definitely expanded its audience in the past 20 years, now with the rise of games that are meant to have a competitive environment how exactly do they work?

Video games like League of Legends, Defense of the Ancients, Counter Strike: Global Offensive and Overwatch all share the same trait. Each game has a competitive ladder where the better you get the higher you climb. What this means is each games has a mmr which stands for Match Making Rating, this rating is used to describe how good of a player you are and help the match making system find mores players similar to your skill level. Typically the mmr rating is hidden from players with the exception of Defense of the Ancients and Overwatch (which is shown to players at ant point of their climb),  usually the mmr system  is hidden and replaced by a rank that players can see.

The rank system is completely based off your mmr so you have a rough idea of what your rating is but not exactly. I’ll use League of Legends as an example, their ranking system from bottom to top goes bronze, silver, gold, platinum, diamond, master and challenger. With each rank comes 5 divisions, what this means is you cant just go straight from silver to gold, you have to go up divisions from silver 5 to silver 1 in order to get to the desired gold rank.

With a very competitive matchmaking system developed it started a trend of people watching “pros” (highest ranking players) play these games with streaming websites like twitch.tv.  Competitive tournaments with thousands of people coming to watch teams of players fight each other for prize pools (in the 2016 League of Legends worlds tournament the prize pool was 4 million dollars) is proving to be one of the most successful trends in gaming over the years, with the U.S government acknowledging gaming as a sport. Players from around the world are now able to get visas and play in these tournaments.

But with a very competitive ranking systems and tournaments worth millions is likely to bring some bad apples. These games are very notorious for sparking hate filled communities, a lot of players desperate to climb the competitive ranks are known for getting angry with other players. League of Legends is especially notorious for having the most “toxic” players (a term used to describe rude or hateful players in online video games) infesting their servers.

With these features it is without a doubt what made gaming go competitive, i highly encourage anyone to at least try League of Legends, or Defense of the Ancients as they are both free to play and could kick start a love for climbing ranks and maybe even being the best.

The Sims Evolution

Through years, the sims has been a fun and exciting game-play experience, from making your own sim with different features and a funny personality to mix the sims has always been one of those old games people like to play and build their sims to the top while fulfilling their sims wildest dreams.  Starting with the first Sims down to the Sims 4, here’s a small review of what is offered in each Sim game.

The Sims

The Sims, created in 2000 by Maxis and produced by Electronic Arts, an idea that came from SimCity Maxis brought the sims out, letting you live out the lives of the sims, making their choices in everyday life. In the Sims you control a sim starting out from their mothers house, your sim’s dream is to reach the top, and meet that special someone along the way. As you go up to the top house, you meet different types of people, the one most memorable would have to go to Mimi for being that vein turner in the game. Anything could be possible become a skilled pianist or maybe rise to the top of the military career. Just don’t test out if the bus will leave or stay if you’re a child it does leave, with or without you.

 

The Sims 2

After the Sims for the PS1 came out and was a great success, everyone’s long awaited question “When’s the next Sims coming out?” was answered. Maxis brought the Sims 2 into the gaming world, and as the last was another huge success. In this new story mode you were able to play with a friend in two player, and the newest addition: Control your sims every action from your controller! You could move your sim just by moving your thumb forward along the controllers Left stick. Each home had its very own story, with loads of mysteries and tasks to be done. You spent hours on end inside the sim world, until you finally reached the last house.

 

The Sims 3

Little after the Sims 3 came out, though it went up in graphics and skills to emotions, the multiplayer and controls were gone, leaving you only with a tiny cursor to deal with. The story mode was also taken away, the sims leaving you to “make your own story” that was the start when it begun to lose it’s flame, because do you really reach the last house? But with all the DLC’s that come with the Sims 3, it’s more enjoyable as you get to do more things. The Sims 3 Supernatural allows you to take on the role of a werewolf, howl at the moon feel its power, or even become a vampire or fairy. Maybe you want to send your sims to University with the Sims University Life, it’s your story and how you play that makes it fun.

The Sims 4

Though I have little to report on about the sims 4, the graphics themselves speak for it. With the cartoon-ish look and vibe of the Sims 4 leaves you wondering what happened while in development? I have downloaded the demo for it, creating a sim was neat but with the look of them they got less realistic than what we were taking from the sims 3. And with another fact, they forgot one important stage in a sim life, a toddler stage. The sims 4 is going to be one big cartoon in itself in my opinion.

What’s your take on the sims as it is now? What would you like to see be brought back before the Sims flies off into cartoon land?

Razer Project Valerie

CES 2017 has been giving us big surprises such as Razer new project, which has been presented as what could be considered the most innovative video game laptop of the moment.

Is well known that laptops dedicated to gaming are anything but portable, despite being able to be
transported way more easily than a desktop computer, the great weight and huge
dimensions that usually distinguish this Computers, makes it a good reason to
leave them on your desk, but it is also a fair price to pay for bringing your powerful
entertainment center everywhere.


And now Razer arrives with an amazing
laptop called Project Valerie, which has the amazing peculiarity of having three
screens of 44 centimetres inside, which unfold to provide a wide-angle coverage without beeing bulkier than common gaming laptops.


For the rest of the components we
find a similar design to that of the Blade Pro 17, but obviously with a large
increase in the thickness of the cover, which now houses 3 screens with 4K resolution,
where NVIDIA Surround View technology it’s needed, along with a powerful GeForce
GTX 1080 card to work perfectly.

The best thing is that Razer
maintains an amazing design and ensures that your laptop has a total thickness
of 3.81 cm while its weight amounts to 5.44 kilograms, measures and weight are
similar to a laptop focused on video games, but if we count that it has 3, 4K
displays, Razer demonstrates its amazing handling of the subject in portability.


But before we create any illusions, we
must wait until they present the final model to know the complete
specifications of the equipment, where we have to put a great deal of  attention to the
battery, since feeding 3 4k screens is not an easy task, as well as seeing the price
since a Equipment of this caliber will surely not be at all accessible.

 

That’s if it ever comes out.
Shortly after that presentation, the company reported that two of its prototypes had been stolen from the event count, initiating an investigation with the organizers of the same, as well as with the authorities, to find out what exactly happened with them and Who was behind

Razer did not rule out at any point that it could be some type of industrial espionage, although they did not mention which prototypes disappeared exactly from all the presented ones, they did mention that one of them had 3 screens.

Air Selfie Drone

The Air Selfie drone is taking the selfie game to a whole new level of taking pictures. It fits in the palm of your hand and its light weight. The drone works with IPhone 6/S, 7/ plus, Huawei P9, Samsung galaxy s7 and google pixel. The drone is designed to store and charge in its case that can also charge your phone which is a plus. The Air Selfie drone gives your arms a break and does the picture taking so you don’t have to stretch out your arm to take a selfie. If your worried about shaky or blurred photos don’t worry it’s a thing of the past with this picture taking drone because of its vibration absorber and in-flight stability system. The drone can fly 20 feet above the ground and comes with 5 megapixel camera making this drone excellent for your selfie needs. Air Selfie comes with its own self-generated Wi-Fi, which I find pretty sweet. When the drone is at a full charge it has about 3 minutes of flying time but it’s easy to charge it only takes 30 minutes to get it back to a full charge again. Air selfie comes with a 4 GB micro SD memory card for storing the pictures you take with this drone. The drone is half an inch thick which makes it easily to fit in your pocket. I personality would love to test out how well the image quality of this drone really is because I for one need to see to believe it before saying a product is great. The fact that the drone works with an app on your phone is really awesome but for a person who takes tons of selfie’s a day I wonder if the drone has enough storage. I would use the drone more for taking pictures of other things then myself because I’m not a huge selfie fan.

Air selfie is the new fun way of taking group selfies while you and your friends are having some fun at the beach or having a great time in your back yard having a Barbecue. Air Selfie is you’re on the go pocket size drone. You can take the selfies that you took on the drone and post them on your Instagram because the drone’s app wirelessly shares the photos with your smartphone. Air selfie is slowly replacing the selfie stick which I personality didn’t really get why the selfie stick was all that great in the first place.

Brain Controlled Devices

Brain Controlled Devices: Good or Bad?

Technology has definitely come a long way from us thinking that microwave ovens, toasters and televisions are the new and exciting thing (which they are. I mean who doesn’t want to make food with ease while watching television?). Now, you can buy a headset that will control your mouse and keyboard while working on the computer. Now I can see the appeal here as I am someone who suffers from wrist and hand injuries so constantly working on a computer and using a mouse are not always a fun undertaking as they can re-aggravate the injury so the appeal of the headset would be good for some one who does not have the ability to use their hands. But what would be the downside to this? Well, a controller such as this is not just a pick up and use controller; there is some work that goes into being able to use this piece of tech. Now, if you’ve got the patience to be able to put this controller together and placing each sensory pad into it’s own separate place (and with a controller like the EPOC EEG there are sixteen of them) and then carefully sliding it onto your head without letting letting those sensory pads fall out and all over the floor. And the same thing applies to when you are done using this piece of tech as you have to carefully slide it off and take each sensory pad out and put them back in their carrying case. Phew! That sounds like a lot of work and I don’t even own one!
So aside from being time consuming, would this piece of tech be user-friendly and beneficial for everyone? My feeling is no. This is because of the fact that things like the EPOC EEG read brain patterns and facial expressions to complete the users desired tasks. However what about those people who have brain disorders? Or even turrets? reading facial expressions and brain patterns might not be the easiest thing for the tech to do, leaving the user unable to use it with ease. Now if that is the case, someone with the kind of issues i just described probably should not buy this kind of thing. But what happens if this becomes the way of the future?Then these are going to have to be some issues that will need to be worked out, now won’t they?

 

 

Pokémon Go: World Economic Forum at Davos.

Pokémon Go is a mobile app that uses augmented reality to place little Pokémon into the real world.

By now pretty much everyone and their moms have heard of Pokémon Go.

In the game you can go to select location around your hamlet, village, town or city and collect special items to help further you in the game.

You can also get eggs that will hatch into other Pokémon, and incubators to hatch the eggs.

The World Economic Forum is an annual meeting held at Devos-Kolsters. It is the most creative force for bringing  the world’s top leaders in collaborative activities to shape the global, regional and industry agendas at the beginning of each year. For 40 years now the World Economic Forums plan has been to improve the state of our home, planet earth our vessel through the universe.

This year Pokémon Go is taking advantage of the meeting and have implemented special Poké Stops around the events and city. Each special Poké Stop gives you quick reading about the issue with the world it is representing.

The 17 special Poké Stops are spread across Davos. Below is a list of the new 17 Poké Stops being released.

17 Davos Poké Stops

Goal 1 – No Poverty

Goal 2 – Zero Hunger

Goal 3 – Good Health and Well-Being

Goal  4 – Quality Education

Goal 5 – Gender Equality

Goal 6 – Clean Water and Sanitation

Goal 7 – Affordable and

Goal 8 – Decent Work and Economic Growth

Goal 9 – Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

Goal 10 – Reduced Inequalities

Goal 11 – Sustainable Cities and Communities

Goal 12 – Responsible Consumption and Production

Goal 13 – Climate Action

Goal 14 – Life Below Water

Goal 15 – Life on Land

Goal16 – Peace Justice and Strong Institutions

Goal 17 – Partnerships for the Goal

I think that this is a really good idea of getting the issues talked about. If more businesses or awareness groups jumped on this kind of advertising I think it would be extremely successful.

Pokémon Go was designed to get people to gut up and be more active in the same time helping them get healthy. People who haven’t walked, went outside or have been very social had broken those barriers people made, and helping spread awareness of global issues is another way the game is helping in what seems a small way but it could have a larger impact than expected.

DLC – The Good & The Bad

 

It is rare nowadays to find games that are fully released and do not need DLC. Now, as a gamer myself, I do not think that DLC is necessarily bad. However, there’s a right and wrong way to go about additional downloadable content for games.

Halo”, “Dragon Age”, “Mass Effect”… all of these could be considered good examples of the correct approach of DLC. You have the whole story when you first purchase the games, and the DLC only consists of content that are simply extra tidbits (ie: extra maps you can use in custom games, small side-stories, etc).  Even Capcom’s “Dragon’s Dogma”, though I feel the DLC could have been implemented a bit differently, tackled the concept of DLC in a way that makes sense. The game had a complete, fulfilling story all on it’s own, ending on a cliffhanger as a perfect set-up for an all new game. The “Bitterblack Isle” DLC they implemented, which is admittedly a bit different than a map package for “Halo” considering it’s vastness, acted like a sequel to the game. The DLC added a large amount of primary story to add onto the story of the main game, as well as a side-story on a whole new and unique area, a plethora of new items and quests, and even fixes that enhanced certain features.

The incorrect approach is best represented by the ever infamous “Destiny“, created by Bungie in partnership with Activision. Following the game’s development since the beginning, what was expected was pretty incredible and held a lot of promise. But what released, if we are to use the “hamburger metaphor”, may as well have only been the bottom part of the bun. A vast majority of the story was cut out, only to be sold later on as DLC with a vast majority of said DLC taking place in the same locations you have already been to time and time again. The DLCs were admittedly getting better, with the first having been very dry and only containing a few missions. But there’s still a sense of being cheated. To make matters worse, the newest DLC is only for new generation consoles despite the game being for both generations.

It can be good for business, but DLC should enhance the game. Not /be/ the game. And it needs to be done properly.

Thoughts? Do you think the “empty hamburger” trend for games will continue?

 

Should You Get A PS4 Pro?

 

All gamer’s want a console that is fit for a king. Everyone wants that system that brings their games to life. A game is only as good as the console that you run it on. If the console doesn’t run like it should, everyone will complain about it. So if you’re looking for a console that has some of the best graphics out there  (right now ) look no further than the PlayStation Pro. The Pro promises amazing graphics in 4K but is it really worth the price.

I’ll start off by saying if you already have a PlayStation 4 you may not want a PlayStation Pro. If you have the base model you are set, you can play all the same games on both. Where the Pro has the upper hand is in the graphics department.  If you are already rocking a 4K setup, the Pro will give you some of the best graphics out there. You are able to customize the settings and make your games look crispy in a good way.

 

So far the Pro does deliver on looking better than your usual 1080p display but it’s not perfect.  Some reviewers found that some of the games looked a little “soft” and not as crispy. Also if you are looking to just set it to normal 1080p you will have to manually do that, and it’s not the most simple process.

Some of the games that only run at 1080p, start to lose some natural luster. Some games do implement the different settings that allow for games to look good, but not all games will deliver the best graphics. Unfortunately, not all games give you the options to have full customization either.  In fact, some games run worse on the console. So the general consensus is that until a majority of the games are properly patched for the Pro that may be a turn-off for some. You will experience some dropped frames, but that might be okay for others.

In conclusion, you won’t benefit from the Pro if you already have the base model. If you don’t have a 4K TV you won’t benefit either. If you do have the right setup, not all games are optimized to play in 4K and you will lose some frames. There is some talk about fixing theses issues. Hopefully,  the bugs will be worked out and the Pro will finally be worth it.

So to answer your question, should you get a PlayStation Pro right now? Maybe not just yet.

 

Neuroprosthetic Arm

The Next Terminator?

I think we can all agree that it’s tragic when someone loses a limb (or multiple) and the rehabilitation that these people go though, only to have minimal use of their prosthetic, is really frustrating. But it won’t be long till that is a thing of the past.

Enter neuroprosthetics, the prosthetic you control with your mind.

Neuroprosthetics are a fairly new study and has only truly just begun. They are a prosthetic that, through surgery, can be controlled using your mind. It’s a truly remarkable advance in technology and we can only imagine how it will stem from there.

By performing 2 types of surgeries, doctors can enable mobility and feeling into an amputee’s prosthetic. Targeted muscle reinnervation allows an amputee to control their prostheses with their mind by moving residual arm nerves to different areas of muscle. Targeted sensory reinnervation allows them to feel it by moving nerves that were one connected to the fingers to the skin. A woman named Melissa Loomis is the world’s first bionic woman, having mobility and feeling of her prosthetic arm. Although she is the first person to have targeted sensory reinnervation performed on her, the results were incredible. Through wires connected to her fingers nerves, she is able to moves her elbow, wrist and fingers, as well has feel when something has touched her fingers. She described the feeling as a tingling in her fingers.

Now, the big controversy of this technology is people are worried about it getting so advanced that were going to be living in the Terminator universe. This (at the moment) isn’t going to happen anytime soon. The arm itself can only carry 45 lbs and, it’s only an arm. There is talk of a leg being built by an independent engineer, but I can’t figure out how true it is. If anything people should be more worried about the exoskeletons that are being built… but that story is for another day.

Overall, I think this is a remarkable advance in technology and that it will really help a lot of people. The prosthetics cost sits around $10,000 so until they can find a cheaper way to build them, I don’t think we will see them out in public for the next foreseeable future. But, for now I think they should just keep working hard and improving it in anyway they can.

Xbox One S

We’ve all heard about the new Xbox One S and its 4K Blu-ray and video streaming, but what else does it have to offer?

In August of 2016 Microsoft released a new and improved Xbox One, called the Xbox One S, but how “improved” is it actually?  Now although there aren’t very many differences between the 2 consoles, the Xbox One S does have a new design and newer features.

Speaking about the design, the dimensions of the Xbox One are 333mm x 276mm xx 78mm with the power supply being external, the Xbox One S is 40% smaller, with the power supply inside the unit which is remarkable.  A new design the creators brought to the table are the holes covering half of the system, this in no way improves the console but it does help with cooling purposes and gives it a pleasing atheistic.  The design of the Xbox controller has mainly stayed the same other than making it sleeker with a grippy underside.

Now the newest feature to this system is it’s 4k capabilities.  These capabilities include HDR (High Dynamic Range) support, 4K Ultra HD, and 4K Blu-ray.  With HDR it means that supported games will look a lot better thanks to it’s high contrast ratio and sharp resolution.  Although it may not make a huge difference with the TV you have now, it will definitely be a game changer to those with a 4K TV.  The 4K Ultra HD makes streaming a much better experience, and with the console having a 4K Blu-ray built right in, it’s the cheaper route for wanting a 4K Blu-ray player.

Other small differences to this console consists of storing the system in an upright position, possibly making it easier to tuck away.  They have added and IR Blaster which, when configured, will be able to turn on other devices.  There is now no sole port for the Kinect since there has been a huge decrease in interest around the product, but there is an adapter available to purchase if wanted.

Now, is the Xbox One S really worth it?  Speaking for myself, I would definitely purchase this system.  For the sole reason of not owning my own Xbox to begin with.  If I already had an Xbox One and didn’t care for the 4K capabilities I really see no reason to be getting a whole new console.

Project Scorpio – Xbox

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I’m writing this blog for all of the console peasants out there, including myself. Now I have been playing videos games for a good portion of my life, and when it comes down to it, I want a system that can run games at their peak performance, and you can if you want to spend thousands of dollars on a PC.  I on the other hand do not have that much money to spend and thankfully there’s a solution. Recently Microsoft announced “Project Scorpio,” an evolution in the console gaming industry. The Scorpio will be able to directly compete with PC, and even Sony’s new project code named “Neo”. It’ll be interesting to see how they compare in specs.

The Scorpio runs at 4.5 times the power of the regular Xbox One, which raises the question, will you have to re-buy all of your games and accessories, the answer to that is no. The Scorpio will run any previous Xbox One games, and it’s not a for sure thing but it might even be backwards compatible with all of your Xbox 360 games (if you had a 360). For the accessories, any controllers, headsets, or charging stations you have should work with the Scorpio as long as they’re Xbox brand of course.

As for the specs, the Scorpio will have an 8-core CPU from an unknown manufacturer and graphics card with 6 TFLOPS (Trillion Floating point Operations Per Second) of power. Meaning, the Scorpio can go toe-to-toe with today’s high end graphics cards.  In comparison, the regular Xbox One only had 1.33 TFLOPS, so you can definitely see the difference of power and performance. It also has a 320 GB/sec of memory bandwidth and it even supports VR (Virtual Reality).  To simplify it all for you, the Scorpio will be the equivalent of a mid-range gaming PC. To top it all off, the starting price will be around $600, which is quite reasonable considering everything it’s bringing to the table.

Now that’s all fine and dandy but nothing is flawless, the Scorpio was designed for 4k gaming, now I know what you’re thinking, how is that a flaw? Well there’s no other way of putting this, but if you don’t have a 4k TV you’re not going to be able to experience all of it’s greatness, but not to worry Project Scorpio won’t be released till the end of the year or early 2018, so you have plenty of time to save up for a new TV.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Razer’s Blade Stealth

Razer has done it again, bringing out an ultra light and thin laptop, some would say this laptop is an Ultrabook. The new Razer Blade Stealth raises the standard for mobility and powerful performance.

The Ultrabook is made of thin CNC aluminum that encases the latest 7th Gen Intel Core processors, has 16GB of RAM and would arguably have the most stunning 12.5″ 4K or QHD high-resolution display available. For those who are looking for an extreme performance, the Blade Stealth fuses with the optional Thunderbolt 3, delivering external desktop graphics and expanded connectivity. The Blade Stealth is 1.32cm thin and 2.84lbs making it extremely portable and the ultimate Ultrabook. For those who choose to use the Blade Stealth at work or just on the go will have up to 9 hours of battery life meaning you will be able to power through your daily work on a single charge. Being of the newest generation, the Stealth holds 15% higher battery capacity with a 53.6WH supply.

Razer’s Blade Stealth has a breathtaking display that is available in two resolutions, 4K at 3840×2160 pixels and Quad HD at 2560×1440 pixels. Both displays are touch-enabled with high color saturation and wide angles to provide unmatched color and image quality.  At the 4k resolution you will have access to 352 PPI and 100% Adobe RGB, while going with the QHD you will only have 234 PPI and 70% Adobe RGB. You are able to get the Stealth without touch display but it will limit you to an Intel Core i5 model. The Blade Stealth was designed for ultimate visual clarity whether it be editing content or sharing presentations.

Seeing as the Stealth is extremely thin and light you’d never guess it holds a ton of power. Being stacked with an Intel Core i7-7500U, Intel HD graphics 620 for smooth visuals, 1TB of solid-state storage and up to 16GB of fast dual channel memory. The processor (Intel Core i7-7500U) provides 2.7GHz of processing power and can be boosted up to 3.5GHz.

If you are wondering how to transform your Ultrabook into a desktop gaming PC you will need Razer’s Core. This is the first true plug and play Thunderbolt 3 external graphics enclosure.  The Core comes with 4 USB 3.0 ports and Ethernet too, making it incredibly easy for you to connect the Blade Stealth into a full desktop gaming rig.

In my opinion this could be one of the better purchases to make if you are not willing to spend over $5,000 on a professional grade gaming desktop. This way you are able to use your laptop at work or just on the go which is perfect for those who like to travel. The Core is just an added bonus in my opinion, a cheaper and reliable way to play great quality games with stunning visuals.

 

 

 

Emerging Technology For 2017

The technology industry is one of the most dynamic industries in the world. It keeps changing and improving on a daily basis. So, which trends should we pay attention to this new year? There are uncountable tech trends but these are my top four tech trends for the year 2017.

Internet of Things (IoT)

Jacob Morgan regards IoT as a concept of basically connecting any device with an on and off switch to the Internet. This includes everything from cell phones, coffee makers, washing machines, headphones, lamps, wearable devices and almost anything else you can think of. There will be more research into IoT this year. Today, we have smart homes equipped with connected products that turns our home to a smart home.Artificial Intelligence

Simply put, Artificial Intelligence is intelligence exhibited or shown by machines. Many tech companies are aggressively investing in the development of AI which is set to become the next big thing. A good example of AI was when Google’s artificially intelligent Go-playing computer system defeated Korean grand-master Lee Sedol in the final game of their historic match, finishing the best-of-five series with four wins and one loss. This is interesting but the more AI becomes part of our daily lives, the more robots can take over human jobs. But lets be assured that AI is something to look forward to this year.

3 Dimensional printing for everyone

According to Wikipedia, 3D printing, refers to processes used to synthesize a three-dimensional object in which layers of material are formed under computer control to create an object. Although 3D printing has been around for years, the price of 3D printing is very expensive. But according to projections, the price is expected to become pocket-friendly.

Innovative wearable’s

Wearable’s are gadgets that can be worn on our body as an implant or accessory. This year, it is expected that there will be more innovative and amazing wearable’s produced.

At Home Touch-less-Flush Kit

Over the years, cleanliness has become more and more important. Whether it is in public or in the comfort of your own home, we seem to become more aware of our surroundings as the generations go on. (Which I believe is a very good thing) From the ascetically pleasing look of clean surroundings, to the concern of your health; What is the next step? Some may say it is the new at home touch-less toilets.

We have all been there. You were at someones house and need to use the washroom, but the last thing you want to do is touch the toilet when you are finished. It may have nothing to do with the owner of the house, it could be that they have young kids, or maybe you are just a complete “germafobe”. On average the bathroom carries more germs than any other room in the house. Being able to just wave your hand over the toilet and not physically push the handle down would make the situation easier. I also think this is a less expensive alternative for schools.

 

 

How do these things work?

Not so surprisingly, it is pretty simple. There is a battery powered compartment that goes inside the back of your toilet. When it senses your hand motion it triggers the arm to move, causing the chain to be brought up. Which then flushes your toilet.

 

When I first heard about this I thought it was a great idea, I still do. The convenience it provides you with to potentially make potty training easier, or to help everyone stay a little more sanitary. But, the more and more I looked into it; the more questions I had. When I searched the down sides to this products. There was not as many concerns as I thought. There was no complaints on the batteries getting wet, or the machine draining the batteries quick. There was also hardly unhappy costumers at all.

But, one person in particular had a very unique experience with theirs.

They claimed that the toilet would flush multiple times throughout the night. They had no pets or children to set the sensors off. They began to call in the “Phantom Flush”. So whether it was a defect in the system, or their house was just haunted. I still think this was a great development.

 

High-Tech Fishing Drone Creates Waves

If you’ve ever been fishing, then you know that most of your time is spent waiting for a bite. Usually this would be paired with hanging out with friends, working on your tan, and enjoying a few bevvies. However, if you’re fishing purely for sport, and you want to prove your “fish-catching” worth, then this new piece of tech is for you. UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) and PowerVision have come out with the PowerRay, a sure-fire way to catch all the fish you could imagine.

The PowerRay is an underwater drone that allows someone to heighten their fishing experience. The drone uses sonar to detect fish, the underwater landscape, and temperature info, which is then sent to the user’s WiFi. It has the capability of taking 4K videos and photos and streaming them directly to your smartphone. It submerges up to 30 meters, can spot fish up to 40 meters away and lures them in with a blue LED light.  With the drone’s impressive camera, you can also take photos in 12 megapixel resolution using the 100-degree wide-angle lens.

Another impressive capability is the use of Virtual Reality. It provides a first-person interactive view with the use of Virtual Reality. You can strap on a V.R. headset and, simply by turning and tilting your head, you can drive the drone below the surface of the water. This adds more of a gaming aspect to the device.

Recreational fishing has basically been the same ever since it’s beginning, which was a whopping 7000 years ago. So, this update to the ancient past-time is huge for the fishing industry. Some of the “old school” fisherman might not be too keen on using this to catch their fish, however, I think a younger demographic would. Wally Zheng, the CEO of PowerVision, says, “PowerRay is going to provide more efficiency, thrill, and fun to fishermen around the world”.

Fishing isn’t something I do, however, this underwater drone would definitely get me out on a boat attempting to make a catch. The price is still unknown. However, the company’s recently released aerial drone, the PowerEgg, runs for approximately $1200, so expect to pay roughly the same.

PowerVision will be taking pre-orders in February 2017.