Robotic Spider Dress

Ever wonder what would fashion and technology look like together? In 2015, Intel did the impossible. A dress made up of technology. Why is it called a spider dress? It the mechanical limbs on the dress that makes it look like a spider. Intel used a 3-D printer to create the top part of the dressed and the parts as well. It was design by Anouk Wipprecht, a female Dutch designer. This is her second design. It also follows your behavior with the wireless biometric signals. Just looking at it, it looks pretty and fierce. So far the only colors is white and black, but we might see more different varieties of it in the near future. It also lights up from the six black balls along the stomach. You have nine degrees of movement along the shoulder plates. (Don’t worry, there is something covering the bra line). The dress is made out of white or black nylon.

I showed this to my roommate at home a few days ago and she would diffidently want one if they were on sale.

I’m not sure how much does it cost, but I would really like to see it on the red carpet soon. I can probably see some of the big names in Hollywood wearing this dress at award shows, the red carpet, and so on.

For my opinion, I really like this dress because now we can see technology in the fashion world. The model looks pretty good in the dress, she’s got me sold on this product. I would diffidently buy this for my daughter(s) for their high school or college grad, (if I have any in the future).

I have provided you two videos of this product. One being the whole look, and the other is a teaser of the dress.

I have also provided the link to the website I found it on. I have also provided you her webpage on here as well.

Robotic Spider Dress Powered By Intel Smart Wearable Technology

http://www.anoukwipprecht.nl/

 

What are your thoughts of this dress? Leave a comment below if you like or don’t like the spider dress.

Meet Gita, your new best friend

Technology is changing everyday and so are human emotions. More and more people are getting insecure and lazy. So the robot industry is having a heyday on what kind of products to invent for consumers. Because if the money’s right, lets make robots do everything.

This is where Gita comes in. Gita is a smart vehicle designed to act as your personal assistant. The bot is circular shaded and features 2 wheels that take up the sides of its body. Gita can carry things for you, like groceries and personal belongings. It can also follow you around using live 3D mapping. It can also teach itself to navigate through urban spaces. Gita can stroll for 8 hours on a single charge, while holding your belongings. Gita also features color changing LED lights so you don’t lose them at night.

The robots features/specs include the following: Gita is 22 inches tall and features a smooth and shiny surface. Gita has 2 large rubber treads and cameras on the front and back to help Gita navigate. Unfortunately Gita does not use GPS, but Gita can follow a person wearing a special belt, which connects to the robot via Wi-Fi. If you open the hatch at the top of Gita, you will find a small compartment that can hold up to 40 pounds.

Gita is also made by the same company who made the Vespa. That company is called Piaggio and they are working on developing a bigger sized Gita called “Kilo” which is supposed to hold more stuff. When you stop moving Gita sidles up close to you. The other mode is the autonomous mode. This will allow Gita to map out a area and travel on its own. This is used for running errands or delivering, doing this Gita only unlicks its compartments once its reached its destination. Gita’s can also work together to convoy in a train. Wouldn’t that be a site to see? They communicate with each other too.

So far there is no set price for Gita as it’s still in development. I would be worried personally about someone damaging or trying to steal Gita when I’m not looking. So hopefully they develop some sort of security feature to help prevent that. There is also talk about using Gita in hospitals and on campus’s. I think this is a good idea for people with disabilities, but for people who are completely capable of moving around and carrying stuff on there own, there’s no need for it.

Crosstalk: The Dark Side of Information

“In the not-too-distant future, there is a simple outpatient procedure which increases empathy between romantic partners, and Briddey is about to go through with her boyfriend Trent.  But things don’t quite work out as planned, and Briddey finds herself connected to someone else entirely—in a way far beyond what she signed up for.”

One of my favorite authors, Connie Willis, touches base with how we communicate in her most recent novel, Crosstalk.

For those unfamiliar with her and her work, Willis is recognised as a highly acclaimed science fiction writer, having won prestigious awards such as the Hugo Award, Nebula Award, and the World Fantasy Award.  She often weaves technology into her stories in order to prompt readers to question what impact it has on the world.  In Crosstalk, she came up with some very interesting points about privacy and communication.

Throughout the book, this operation—called an EED—is explained to reinforce (or deteriorate) a couple’s relationship by feeling each other’s emotions no matter where they are.  This brought up questions about how private our thoughts and feelings would really become if such a thing were possible… With how we are posting and storing our information digitally more and more, we are finding that in today’s society, privacy and security aren’t as interchangeable as we thought.

And Willis dares to take that privacy away in Crosstalk—whether it’s due to the characters’ choices or not.  It became chilling to think that someone could read your thoughts whenever they’d like, especially once we learn of how unhappy and aggressive our thoughts can become.  Whatever we are thinking, we filter it through our communication, and that filter is much less prevalent with our smartphones and social media.

Another concept Willis plays with is how there is “entirely too much communication”. As Briddey faces her new-found telepathic powers, she spends less time focusing on work and being bombarded by her all-too-eager-to-communicate-at-all-times family, and begins to notice how no one speaks to each other and instead uses their phones as a third party to interact with everything and everyone, essentially isolating themselves.  Willis calls it “the dark side of information”, and I can see how the author is trying to express her own feelings about the issue.

Of course, the book’s themes are much more complicated and humorous than just what I’ve tried to explain here.  The real world is changing with how we can access more and more information daily.   It’s inevitable that our social relationships are changing, and we need to think about how we communicate and interact with each other.

Give Your Creativity a Boost

Legos are one of those toys that became a staple in almost everyone’s childhood. You would come home from the store, rip open your new lego set and, sure enough, in about an hour’s time, you’d have legos from one end of your room to the other. Lego taught children a very hands-on approach to creativity, and now, with Lego Boost, kids can make their imaginations come to life!

Lego Boost, is Lego’s newest addition to their lineup of toys. Targeted at kids ages seven and up, and priced at $160, Lego Boost is a set of legos that comes with a set of motors and programmable bricks that can work with new and existing sets to bring a creation to life.

The Lego Boost set comes with 5 different instructions for different models you can create. Two of them are Vinnie the Robot and Frankie the Cat. Vinnie the Robot can be programmed to behave in a “western” style. You can code him to shoot a gun at a target every time it hears a clap, and, of course, dress him in western gear. You can even code him to *cough, cough* fart, when you pull his finger.

Frankie the Cat comes with a number of unique and engaging programmable behaviours. He starts out as a kitten, and, as slowly or quickly as you want, you can program him to behave more like a full-grown cat. You can program him to hiss at you when you grab his tail, or purr when you feed him through a milk bottle. You can even leave him running in the background, so when he starts meowing, you will have to figure out what it is that he needs.

Now, you’re all probably thinking, how would a seven-year-old know how to code this? While we’re all used to being utterly baffled while attempting to code something, this, however, is much simpler. The app that is integral to the success of this toy uses color-coded icons. Basically, if you want Vinnie to say, “Howdy, partner!” every time you snap your fingers, you would place an icon used for audio next to one used for action. Therefore, it will know what to do when it hears you snapping your fingers.

Lego Boost will allow kids to express their creativity and it will spark a curiosity for how inventions are developed. I think that this will do wonders for children’s growth and development.

Steam Game Publishing

For anyone who is not familiar with Steam, it is an online entertainment platform which allows members to purchase and download different games onto their personal computers. Other platforms, such as Blizzard’s Battle.net, Origin, and Ubisoft, restrict the available content to games developed by their own companies. Valve Corporation’s Steam, on the other hand, has a much more open policy for which games can be uploaded by independent developers, and in turn, download by Steam’s members.

In recent years, Steam has used a system called Greenlight to regulate which games can be uploaded to the distribution platform. Greenlight operates on a popular vote basis. Steam users vote or pledge support for the games they think will be good, and Valve then takes the most supported titles and works to get them up and running on the Steam platform. Unfortunately, many of the games don’t turn out to be as good as they look; some are poorly coded, badly scripted, etc. This left users feeling cheated and mistreated after they purchased the titles. Steam attempted to curb the flood of shoddy games by implementing a $100 fee for listing a game on Greenlight, however it seems that this was not enough.

Now, Steam is making another change in the way its games are added to the platform. Can you guess what the new Golden Ticket is? You guessed it: money. In the near future, independent developers will be able to pay a publishing fee to have their games published on the Steam platform. Steam hopes that this will discourage the flood of submissions of bad games. This new system will be called Steam Direct.

Valve hopes that Steam Direct will stop the bad games from coming in, but they are not sure that it will work. However, it may also bring in a lot of good games that otherwise wouldn’t have made the cut. Why is this? With the previous Greenlight system, developers depended on thousands of votes from Steam users to finally get published. Many agree that it would be much easier to pay a fee than to rely on the public’s vote. While the dollar amount for the fees have not been officially decided yet, the new Steam Direct will cost developers anywhere from $100- $5000, which is much less than the cost of releasing a game to platforms such as PlayStation or Xbox. Games that are successful and popular will earn back some of the money they paid.

I think this is a really cool opportunity for independent game developers to get their work out on the market. You can’t always rely on popular vote to carry through your work, and this will give serious developers the chance to “make it” in the industry.

Smartbuses

There is a huge demand for public transportation, whether you can drive or not. Traveling by train, plane, or bus is sometimes necessary, but it can also be a hassle. Wi-fi signals will soon be a common thing in public transportation like buses, this will help students, worker, and everyone else with productivity by using the time that we could never use before.

One of the companies doing this is kajeet, who are more than just an internet provider. Kajeet’s “Smartbus”, is all about adding a router that can be used anywhere on the road. Having wi-fi for the students on the bus will help with homework, and it will also the bus ride less hectic by keeping the students engaged with their phones. Kajeet can customize the school’s plan to their budget and needs.

 

 

Smart buses are fantastic for those would don’t have an internet connection at home. Students are living in a time where everything needs to be done on a computer, and giving all the student a chance to do these assignments is a must. In Coachella Valley, California, the Coachella Valley Unified School District has already rolled out wi-fi in their school buses. Some of the benefits for them were, increase in students showing up to school, more homework getting done, and happier students altogether. Their wi-fi signals also don’t end after school, they park the buses at public places so the students can use them there. All this traffic is monitored, and certain things online can be blocked like a normal internet.

Soon, in larger cities, we will have this same technology in normal buses open to the public. Having a connection to the internet on your way to work, could make a huge difference. Buses could become incredibly efficient, and until self-driving cars with wi-fi, the only way to get stuff done on the move. In a decade or two, we could have internet connections all around us, making us more productive, and more happy.

uArm

Being in this industry we are constantly working on computers, so what if we had a little helper by our side? Introducing the uArm, an a adorable robot arm from uFactory. This robotic arm is precise and small enough to fit on your desk. Currently the uArm is seeking funding from Indiegogo, where it has already raised $300,000. The uArm is programmable via a variety of methods and has several attachments such as suction cups and a claw grabber. Most people are hesitant on funding products such as the uArm, because other products seem to fail, but this robot arm is different. The company has had success in its past with its other products so they guarantee success. There are two versions of the yet-to-be-built uArm available through the Indiegogo campaign. The uArm Pro, which is currently going for $489. The uArm pro has a repeatability of .02 millimeters, which is the degree of change in motion you can expect when the arm repeats the same motion over and over. The regular uArm Swift goes for $289 and has a repeatability of 5mm and a less powerful motor. The robot is capable of taking input from a leap motion gestural control sensor and includes wheels it can use to roll itself around.

 

The robot will be ready by May, just in time to break out the mini-fan attachment to cool you down during the summer.

 

So how can this technology benefit us? This technology will prove to have many benefits for us starting with convenience. Being in the profession that we are in, we will be most likely be in front of a keyboard. So while working you start to feel hot you can simply as the uArm to use its mini-fan to keep you cool. If you want a piece of paper that is perhaps across your desk uArm can bring it to you. Also the robot arm shows great potential and may soon be able to do much more. Maybe in the near future you can ask the uArm to grab a drink out of the fridge and bring it to you. However, this can be problematic because we will become very lazy and probably become obese. Also the price is pretty high for something that will do things for us, that most of us are already capable of doing.
The possibilities are endless for this piece of machinery and I can’t wait to see what’s next!  

Noise-blocking Device

noise-blocking

Do you have a hard time focusing while there are loud distractions around you? Do you have an issue falling asleep at night because of loud vehicles and rowdy roommates? Most of us do. Well this noise-blocking device promises a solution for you.

This device is called a “Muzo”. It was created to provide you with more of a quite surrounding. By sticking it to a flat surface, like a window or a wall, the Muzo will send vibrations throughout the surface to block out the sound by using a large speaker membrane.

The Muzo has three different settings depending on what you are looking for; serenity, sleep, and secret.

Serenity – creates more of a silent surrounding area by using an anti-vibration system to prevent the surface from vibrating.

Sleep – Allows you to sleep better by using a soundscape.

Secret – Uses voice-masking sounds to create a bubble of privacy.

Depending on your situation, this device can help solve a lot of problems for concentration or sleep. But when it’s turned on the sound levels can be adjusted in an app, so you can completely customize what you want.

The device was funded from “GoFund Me” It not only reached their goal of $100,000, they reached over $430,000 from their goal. It is now available for pre-order on Indiegogo.

The Muzo sounds great, a little too great. In the add it shows a person working in a coffee shop using this device. It also shows the “bubble” of space that would be cancelled out from sound.

Although I do not think 100% of the sound can be cancelled out, I do think it is very possible to help get rid of the unwanted sound.

Although I could not find prices, I am interested to see how expensive it really is.

Overall, this was a great idea, and can be taken very far.

 

Easier Web Design

Most of us are quite familiar with some of the most popular Adobe software by now, and these programs are great tools for creating a vast number of different projects. However, as technology moves forward and we are required to create better and faster, the usual Abode products are a bit inadequate.

I’ve been using Photoshop and Illustrator for most of my web-based and digital projects until quite recently. I learnt from experienced UX/UI designers that these programs are not ideal for the digital design process. These are some of the reasons why:

  1. They were not created specifically for digital projects (despite the fact that we can optimise and create images with them).
  2. You can’t easily reuse the elements that are repeated over a project preserving its properties.
  3. It is a huge headache separating or selecting each item as we need it for exporting.
  4. You have to choose whether to work with vectors or pixels.

 

Meet Sketch!

Sketch was created specifically for digital design and everything related to it (icons, web interfaces, websites, etc). It provides a huge number of advantages, but here I’ll mention a few to encourage you to take a look at it.

  1. Time-saving. You can reuse elements with similar characteristics throughout your project and store them in your project library so you can use them as many time as you need.
  2. Infinite projects. You can create lots of pages, which at the same time can contain as many artboards as you need so you can keep all the style elements at hand for the whole project!
  3. Text styling. You can create as many text styles as you need and you can apply them with just a click. You can also make changes to the original style, and it will be reflected in all the other elements with it applied. Also, the text will be displayed exactly as it would on the final product.
  4. Mirror. You can see your project on Apple devices so you can see how it actually looks on a determined screen.
  5. Versatile. You can have both vector and pixels working together, and toggle the view of your project.

 

I have a lot more of reasons why I love working on Sketch, but if you want to take a closer look at it, you can do it here. There’s also a discount for students if you feel like getting the license (which you might not have to pay for every year).

Antsy Lab – The Fidget Cube

Fidgeting is oftentimes seen as something bad. Something that you need to try not to do  in certain situations. But should it? Fidgeting is something natural that people do, and while it can perhaps be found annoying depending on what people do when they fidget, it can help those people focus, think, and help with anxiety. So, what if there was a good, ‘less distracting’ or ‘obnoxious’ way to fidget?

Well, it just so happens that Antsy Labs was able to get enough kickstarted backers to launch their project known as “The Fidget Cube”. What is the fidget cube? It’s fairly simple, nothing super high-tech. Just a regular six sided cube, but with some added features for your fidgeting needs. Each side has a different kind of interaction available. The cube’s different sides are: click, glide, flip, breathe, roll, and spin. The ‘click’ side features 5 buttons, three of which make a clicking noise when you press them, and two that you can press without making noise. ‘Glide’ has a small glider similar to a joystick on a gaming remote that you can move around, while ‘flip’ features a toggle switch and  ‘breathe’ has an indented impression for you to rub. ‘Roll’ features 3 little gears to spin, along with a ball for you to roll that also has a click feature. The last side also features another indented item to fiddle with.

As someone who can sometimes have a short attention span, trouble focusing, and can struggle with anxiety, I think that this is a pretty brilliant idea despite the simplicity of it. With each side containing something different, it provides multiple options so that you’re not limited to one option such as loudly clicking your pen, resulting in the annoyance of your neighbours, or twiddling your thumbs.

Aside from the interactive features, it also has options for a variety of colors so that you get a a fidget cube that not only helps you with your fidgeting, but is also visually appealing to you as well. The color schemes they provide on their site are: Dice (white with black), Graphite (a soft grey with black), Midnight (pure black), Aqua (white with light blue), Sunset (white with orange), Berry (white with kind of a magenta color), Fresh (white and a light green), and Retro (a mix of different grey-ish blue tones and black).

Pricing and colors can be found here: https://www.antsylabs.com/products/fidget-cube?variant=30253661068

Drones and Medicine

When people hear the word “drone” they think of the ones used in everyday military applications, but they can be used for so much more. With that in mind a lot of companies have refrained from the use of drones, but there are still some who see the benefits. One of these companies being Matternet. Their goal is to create invisible highways allowing drones to deliver medicine in the developing world and above busy streets in major cities.

The tech is available and the need for medicine delivering drones is real. There are more than a billion people who don’t have access to reliable or actual roads. Now you might be saying to yourself why not just build a structure that could distribute the medicine, well there’s two reasons. One the possibilities of being able to build something like that aren’t always there, and two the cost of something like that would be to great for these countries.

Right now with the state of the Earth, many of the global leaders are focusing on other things and won’t allow the construction of actual, reliable roads. Matternet said in a TEDTalk that it would take 50 years for some countries to build the necessary road systems.

With the advancement in telecommunications were able to look up the most recent flu outbreak and how to protect yourself from it. Other countries around the world now have this information thanks to telecommunications but have no solution to protecting themselves.

As we all know there are epidemics happening around the world to small populations that are physically inaccessible. During the same TEDTalk Raptopoulos expressed how the current system is flawed. You can place an order using an app on your phone, “that’s the part that works” he says. With the current system it might take days for the medicine to arrive becuase of terrible roads, meaning it could all be for nothing depending on the severity of the illness. That is why Matternet wants to put three technologies into play; flying vehicles, landing stations, and routing software. With these we will be able to deliver the necessary goods to inaccessible locations.

The drones are capable of carrying a variety of goods up to 10 kilometers in 15 mins. Each drone is self-directed by a built in GPS and will hover around 400 feet before reaching the landing station. The real kicker here though is that it will only cost 24 cents to deliver a 2 kilogram payload 10 kilometers.

This system has huge benefits to mankind. We will be able to connect with the developing countries and be able to help our fellow man without the expense of billions building roads.

Chameleon Markers and the Scribble Pen

Markers are a hit or miss for me personally, they can dry out, they can run dry, and if you have a yellow marker you have to watch carefully not to draw over black ink or chances are it will be ruined. Luckily there is new innovative markers coming out to suit your creative needs! With the brand new Chameleon markers you can add colorless tones to the tips of your markers allowing for a seamless transition from light to dark tones. These special markers come with the option to purchase both refillable ink cartridges and replaceable tips. These new additions will definitely make for a easy to use option when creating things like depth, shade, or even just changing colors, because you can add another colour tones to the marker tips to easily transition from colour to colour.

 

There is also a another new marker that i’m sure at least a few people would have heard about. A while ago there was a concept for a pen that could scan any colour off of your surrounding objects and use that same colour to draw. This concept is being developed by a company called Scribble, it is unknown whether or not the original concept artist is still assisting Scribble, if she isn’t hopefully she gets respect where respect is due.

 

The way the “Scribble Pen” works is pretty cool. It uses a scanner that can detect the colour of say, an apple. It then saves the hexadecimal number in the Scribble Pen. You can then write with the colour using the red blue green colour cartridges attached to the pens rear.  The red blue green cartridges then mix colours into the tip in order to create the colour that was scanned. Currently you can pre purchase the pen on kickstarter for $150.00 (American)
In my opinion both the pen and the markers are super cool. I feel like both of these tools would be a great addition to any artist, professional or casual. When the Scribble pen gets released and some reviews are made I would be more excited for it, because at the moment the pen could actually last you maybe an hour worth of drawing before you had to refill. With the colour markers the refillable tones and tips may cost a lot.

Plot Holes & Special Effects

Have you ever watched  a movie with amazing special effects. Have you ever wondered if the plots in some movies suffer because more time was invested into special effects rather than the script. Well, maybe you haven’t but I have. I was recently watching a movie with a lot of special effects and action. It was fun to watch but, as I took a closer look at some of the effects , I  started to see the seams of the movie unraveling.

An action movie with heavy special effects can be fun the first time, but that can sometimes distract the viewer from noticing how terrible the story actually is. So I thought it might be interesting to see how much money actually goes into special effects.

CGI can be really expensive.What really makes CGI costly is the people and the hardware that is used to make it.There are so many programs that developers need to accomplish some of those beautifully generated scenes and characters we have grown to love over the years. Plus you need to pay the people who do it , and you also need talented people to get the work done right. Sometimes its not done right , even with a large budget.

I can think of just a few movies with not so amazing CGI , but with amazing budgets. For example R.I.P.D had an interesting story line. But, when it came to CGI, the effects were terrible and not fun to watch . They were grotesque and just not appealing , and the story itself suffered and didn’t really receive raving reviews. Their budget was $130 million dollars.  So in some ways they had potential but failed.  Another movie that was heavily plagued with CGI is The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, their budget was $250 million dollars. In my opinion they had some very good effects , especially the Smaug the dragon. Unfortunately the story failed in some ways because it dragged on. The adaptation of of the story itself suffered and didn’t please some of its long-time fans. I personally did not enjoy the effects and they verged on being creepy sometimes.

I think that CGI does have the potential to enhance a story but sometimes , it takes away. I can’t wait for the day that CGI becomes so seamless that you don’t even notice it and fall in love with the story.

 

 

 

 

Blackberry update lol

 

Blackberry was one of the worlds largest mobile phone creators around for years. I remember when my cousin Joél Gaétane Fleury had his first blackberry i was around 8 years old, I was super envious of him and so mad i never had one. Back in 2007 when Apple released the first iPhone is when blackberry started to see their decline. Then Blackberry made some horrible decisions as a company in a whole, including hiring a dud of a CEO. over the few years after the iPhone had released Samsung became a huge power house in the mobile industry as well. With those complication and Blackberry releasing “out of date” technology in their devices and mostly updating the physical design of the devices to make them look more classy and sleek with the same old graphic user interface and hardware with the device, only releasing slight updated to the devices. Don’t get me wrong Blackberry does have a very nice line of mobile phones and i like their graphic user interface as well, even though it can be a bit confusing at first.

Blackberry has announced at CES 2017 that they will no longer be designing their own devices anymore. Instead they will be partnering with various companies who will be creating their own blackberry branded devices. That may sound like bad news for BlackBerry loyalists but the CEO said the shift will actually enable the company to get more of its handsets on the market via partnerships since it will no longer need to devote its resources to hardware. I feel this could be a good step for blackberry to make a move like this, because they have not been doing a good job in my opinion keeping up with other cellular device manufacturers. Blackberry has had a small amount of success in the past two years, they had released a phone called “Blackberry Priv” which was their first blackberry device released with a non blackberry software and had a full android based graphic user interface and software. This is a great move I feel on Blackberrys part. There has been large success in this type of development. For example the Nexus line, many companies have developed and produced a Nexus. I look forward to see how this works for blackberry.

Nintendo Switch?, what about the games?.

Although Nintendo company has spoken in the last few hours about some games coming to Nintendo Switch from other consoles in the house such as GameCube, Wii or WiiU, many of its fans expected some kind of compatibility in the new Final Console It can not be, Something that, seeing the hardware of the machine that will come out on March 3, becomes more evident.


Remastered Yes
It has been the president of Nintendo that has closed any option to a possible backwards compatibility of Nintendo Switch: “In some cases, systems games can be relaunched for Nintendo Switch as improved versions with respect to the original games. And that’s it. remasterización yes. Retrocompatibility no.


As we can see, you did not have to be too smart to know that Nintendo’s plans with Switch did not go through making a retro-compatible machine. And we do not say it for its graphic power, which is surely above Wii and Wii to launch any of its games, but because it is physically impossible to do.
Firstly because if GameCube, Wii and Wii U became compatible with each other, the first with the second and the second with the third, was by the presence of a disk drive, which allows us to insert and play quietly. But as you know, Nintendo Switch is impossible. What’s bought in digital and we could play it? Well the same, but from the company will have thought that doing that favours one format over another and that is not the policy they want to follow.


Remastered, the new reef
This remasters policy yes, backwards compatibility was not seen since the first moment in the announcement of the console a few weeks ago, when we saw images of Skyrim, a now old game that makes it seems that Bethesda is preparing for the new console , It is about Of a remastering like the one we saw last year for Xbox One and PS4.
We hope that in addition to all things Nintendo and third parties make a good original catalogue with names that decide to leave in Nintendo Switch because they trust the machine and its possibilities. And not because it is easy to remaster a game of four, five or more years ago to get them from 40 to 80 dollars.

Ways to maintain a smartphone battery

 

 

The mobile phone as you all know has become many users’ personal assistant, companion, day planner, wallet, health instructor, pay television station, video/audio camera, photographer and so many others. All these functions are driven by applications that could drain battery life.Statistics shows the total number of mobile phone users worldwide  for 2017  is forecast to reach 4.77 billion and by 2019 it will be over five billion.

But how diligent or otherwise the batteries of smartphones are charged can also affect its battery life, last week I read a research by Battery University which shows that Charging smartphone’s lithium-ion battery in short bursts can improve its lifespan, while leaving the phone plugged in once it is 100 per cent charged is bad for the power source, the research warned.So how do we make sure that our smartphone batteries last long. well here are some tips I like to share with you.

 

Remove phone when fully charged

Leaving it charging keeps the battery under high stress, which wears it down.

Removing the device from charging when it reaches 100 per cent is like “relaxing muscles after strenuous exercise”.

Regular charge at 100% unnecessary

lithium batteries do not need to be fully charged all the time, and doing so is not the best way to maintain the battery.

“It is better not to fully charge, because a high voltage stresses the battery”,  which will wear it down over time.

So I recommend multiple, short bursts of charging over one long charge.

Charge device regularly

Smartphone batteries respond better to multiple stints of charging throughout the day instead of one long charge when the battery is running low.

Battery University stated that charging your device every time its drops 10% of its battery life would be the best-case scenario.

As this is not practical for many people, charging your phone when you have an opportunity should be fine.

This will keep your smartphone’s battery performing better for longer.

Keep device cool always

Smartphone batteries must avoid extreme heat to function optimally, and Apple advises users to remove phone cases if they notice their device heating up while charging.

“It’s especially important to avoid exposing your device to ambient temperatures higher than 35°C, which can permanently damage battery capacity,” stated Apple.

Upcoming Movies: Transformers 5

The next installment of the Transformers franchise will be out this Summer. This will be Michael Bay’s fifth and final transformers movie. Usually I would tell you about the movie, but this time I’m going to look at the tech they are using to make this. This will be my last upcoming movie blog as I should start looking at what’s beyond.

From the technology standpoint, after looking at the trailers, all the autobots and decepticons have a new look and new vehicles. There is a lot of detail on Optimus Prime, showing one side smooth and the other side barbaric, especially with the red mark on the left side of his face, extra points on the eye color change. He has change from the past four movies. Almost all the robots and the machines are using CGI, there is one robot that will use a little bit of CGI, and this one is 3 feet tall. Squeaks is a new small Autobot in the new movie. Not sure if it is a boy or girl so I’m calling Squeaks a “it.” It looks like it is hand built, but they might use the CGI to see “it” transform into a scooter. Here is an image of the small Autobot and the vehicle it transforms into. You can tell from its design that it has a peg leg where the other tire suppose to be.

I am so planning to go see this because I’m a huge Transformers fan and I want to see what happens next with this saga. I’m a sucker for Camaros, and Bee’s car is sweet. Here is an image of the car they are using for the movie. Now that’s a sweet ride.

Just think about it, how many cars, trucks and planes are used in the movie, and how many cars will get wrecked as well. That idea came from the Dukes of Hazards bloopers, that’s a lot of destroyed Chargers.

Looking at the poster for the movie, I hope they don’t kill Bee or have Optimus kill off his friend.

Here are the trailers for the movie coming on June 23, 2017.

Drumi: The Foot Powered Washing Machine

Have you ever gone camping and gotten your favorite shirt dirty? Or do you live in a small apartment that doesn’t come equipped with a washer and dryer and you find yourself not wanting to use the provided facilities in the building? If you answered yes to either of these OR you just simply want to know what I’m going to be talking about, then consider this…A washing machine that does not use electricity, is small and compact, and PORTABLE.

Now that I’ve got your attention, I’d like to tell you about the Drumi: the foot powered washing machine….

Costing only 299$ USD, this little guy is perfect for those who have a small apartment with no room for a washing machine. With it’s small size, the Drumi can easily be put in a corner of a room or packed away into the bottom of the closet until it is needed again to make room for something else that might be necessary. I also mentioned before that this little gadget is also portable. That is absolutely correct. Since this little thing does not use electricity but rather foot power (stepping on a peddle to make the mechanism run), it is perfect to have in the middle of nowhere on a camping trip to wash those soiled pieces of clothing that the kids don’t want to be without. This would sure beat using a washboard and a piece of soap in a river or a lake.

Convinced yet that you should get this washing machine?

Well how about a couple more facts about the Drumi that might sway your decision. Not only does it not use electricity and has a compact size but it also has a handy handle to make carrying this little gadget a little easier for those of us who might be strong enough to carry it without a handle. I know it would definitely be good for me to have a little gadget like this with a handle as my hands cannot manage carrying something this size and I also like to multi task. Why carry one thing when you could carry multiple things. Right?

So, what did we learn?

That the Drumi is perfect for those people who love camping but also love having clean clothes over those extended camping trips and for those who might live in a tiny apartment and don’t have a regular washing machine. Definitely a good investment!

HUDWAY Glass

HUDWAY Glass

Welcome to the next level of navigation systems. HUDWAY Glass is a navigation system that doesn’t hinder your view of the road. “How is that possible?” you might ask. Well, this navigation system is a simple piece of glass. Really, that’s it. By placing your phone on the base below the glass, and using an HUD (heads-up display) app, you have a glass display of your navigation, speedometer or speed camera.

Now, I’m sure you’re thinking that this seems pointless. “Why not just use my old GPS?”. Well with a see-through display, you can see the road straight through the HUDWAY Glass. There is no obstruction. This help’s a little with distracted driving. IN Canada, distracted driving is now the number one cause for all vehicle accidents. 8 in 10 accidents are caused by this. Also, if you’re like myself, and are always fiddling with your GPS for what seems like forever, the simple to use apps allow you to enter your destination and go.

HUBWAY Glass side view

This may eliminate the use for google maps, but in my opinion this would be much safer. Instead of having to just listen to my phone’s navigation and hope that it doesn’t miss my turn, you can see your route easily and undistracted. The display is also visible in all weather, so even if it’s pouring or there’s a blizzard outside, you can see the display clearly.

The price is less than you than you might think. It’s only $49.95, which, if you’re willing to spend $150 to $300 on a GPS, you can easily dig out the money for the Glass. The price overall I think is very appealing, especially for those who have a low income or are on a tight budget.

Would I buy and/or use this product? Most definitely. It’s innovative, smart and I think could really help with distracted driving. I, myself, admit to using my phone while driving, (primarily for messing around with google maps) and this would take that away completely. I also think it would prevent cell phone use in general, as you need your phone for the navigation/speedometer. This will make you have to wait to answer that text from Becky.

I deem this product a must-have technology and you can get your hands on one here.

The Art of Oxenfree

As a gamer, and designer, one of the things that catches my eye and draws my attention to a game is the style in which it is done. Now, just because a game has an appealing art style doesn’t mean that it’s the only thing that matters. The story matters too! However, there are games in which the style of the rendering(s)/art helps portray the mood and feel of the game as you play. “Oxenfree”, a recently released single player supernatural adventure game developed by Night School Studio, is a great example of such instances.

Starting out as a simple, innocent trip to an island with friends, Alex (the main character) and her friends soon get more than what they bargained for. After tuning into a strange radio frequency inside a cave, everybody gets split up and things evolve from there. With strange occurrences such as on-screen glitch effects, to time loops, and weird visions, your stay on the island becomes less fun and more… foreboding. The style of the game (both artistically and musically) doesn’t give you much respite either. 

The art style is hard to describe, and it is quite pretty. But when looking at the in-game scenery, I can’t help but wonder what will go wrong. It’s an interesting mix of 3D rendered characters (stylized in a way that reminds me a little bit of Playdead’s “Inside”), and layered 2 dimensional art with unique textures to create depth and an uneasy sort of ambiance. When watching online play-throughs, or simply looking at the art itself, it’s easy for me to see that the developer knows exactly what they are doing. It’s not all nail biting and uneasiness though. There’s nice moments. Little snapshots where nothing is wrong and they are all having a good time, enjoying each-other’s company and not having a care in the world. These snapshots step away from the 3D render stylization, and into 2D territory in a way that perfectly fits with the rest of the game’s art style. Oxenfree is incredibly unique through and through, and has already inspired quite a bit of fan-made art for having released so recently. Personally I find such unique stylization in a video game today incredibly refreshing.

 

For more information, and a better insight into the game, you can follow this link: http://nightschoolstudio.com/oxenfree/

Or for a look at the music within “Oxenfree”, you can go here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OgjEymUAgaQ&list=PLzC-9vfwuEe7anLjq_NM2sjb1Gg_WVfo0

Electric Bikes

Electric bikes make longer trips, faster and easier. Patents for the electric bike go back as far as 1881, but they were very expensive and dangerous. There are two types of people, ones who think electric bikes are a waste of money, and the others who see their value. Since these bikes go for thousands of dollars, you need to make sure you will get your monies worth. If you feel like an electric bike would assist everyday life, this article will help you chose whether or not to go for one.

Pros

  1. Parking: If you are in a bigger city, parking can sometimes take a long time. With an electric bike, there are many places you can leave it. Don’t worry about someone just taking the battery, as there are security measures to prevent that on almost all electric bikes.
  2. Energy: Since you won’t have to pedal as much as a normal bike, you won’t get sweaty and tired, which is great if you have a meeting after.
  3. Health: The motor won’t do all the work, so you will get healthy.
  4. Environment: If you are currently driving as your main transportation option, an electric bike will help the environment by reducing carbon emissions.
  5. Gas Money: Since you will only need to charge it when it’s low, you won’t have to spend crazy amounts on gas.

Cons

  1. Expensive: As mentioned before, electric bikes are thousands of dollars, so if you are on the fence, even after the pros, you might want to hold off for now.
  2. Safety: Since you are only on two wheels, falling off is a possibility. The max speed isn’t too high, but it could still hurt.
  3. Winter: As we live in Canada, winter can stop you from riding. You could buy a bike made for winter riding, though.

There are more pros and cons, but they are minor and only affect a small demographic. So, if you would like to buy an electric bike here are some of the manufacturers to check out.

 

Trek Bikes.

Gocycle.

The interesting science behind RealD 3D

If you follow social media closely, you most likely have a Facebook account. Facebook is a great way to find out interesting stuff about new tech. Although 3D movies and TV’s aren’t exactly something new, RealD 3D just released a video on their Facebook page explaining the science and tech behind something as simple as 3D glasses. Back when we were kids, 3D glasses where tacky and looked gross with those red and blue lenses. Then one day these new hipster-styled 3D glasses came out and it was a huge advancement to 3D glasses, and they really haven’t changed since then.

According to what I’ve learned from RealD 3D’s Facebook video, human eyes are 2.5 inches apart and each eye views an object at a different angle, the brain then combines those angles and forms a 3D object inside your mind. Movies are equipped with a special 3D projector also known as a Z-Screen. They can play both 2D and 3D movies. You have probably noticed that when you take your 3D glasses off you can still watch the movie just fine, only the camera is slightly out of focus to allow the 3D effect. The movie projector symbolizes both left and right human eyes, merged numerous angles to create that 3D picture, and the system alternatively filters the light waves in each frame at 144 frames per second. The projection is so fast your brain views both images simultaneously.

The human eye is filtered using a process known as Polarization. The RealD 3D glasses use polarization lenses so each eye only sees the image it’s supposed too. Unlike the gross red and blue lensed glasses we used as kids. The way those worked was, movies were filmed using 2 different cameras each with a red or blue filter. Then both are merged to create anaglyph images, they create the illusion of depth.

When you think of something as silly as 3D glasses using science in order to work it’s quite amazing. Most people don’t care to see how far technology has come since 3D glasses are so cheap to make and easily get thrown away. I personally don’t think 3D really needs to evolve considering that its stayed the same for years. I cant think of anything else that would make 3D movies better, considering its just the image. You cant really make something more 3D. Either way I quite enjoy 3D movies.