Friday, November 28, 2014
What will we be seeing with the big Microsoft unveiling in the coming months? One of the biggest features that has been catching the attentions of news sites all over the world is the fancy new Continuum touch input interface, which certainly promises to change the way we're used to using PCs. The future isn't looking too good for keyboard and mouse hardwares, in my opinion. If you got stock in Razr, cash out while you can!
The new Windows 10 will now also seamlessly mesh with the Xbox One, as we saw in announcement of Xbox Music coming together with Microsoft OneDrive cloud hosting ware. While 8.1 users are pining for free upgrades (or at least free downgrades to 7), Windows 10 promises to be make a splash. Keep your eyes peeled for the launch date sometime in mid 2015.
|A patient hosted in a NASA study room|
So why is NASA interested in all this doing nothing anyways? Well, the fact of the matter is that your body isn't really doing nothing; all the while, it's working away at adapting to your physical needs and environment, which in this case is 'not much' and 'in a bed.' When you get back up after such a stint, your body is not quite the same as one that has been getting constant motion for the same duration.
This mimics the durations of rest astronauts will be getting, and that is valuable information for NASA scientists. When an astronaut reaches a planet, they will need to be able to perform certain tasks like lifting and moving heavy objects, operating machinery, etc. That's why NASA asks participants to perform duplicate tasks during their recovery phase from the test. NASA gains valuable knowledge, and people get paid. Everyone wins!
Interested in putting your name in? Here's the application.
|Space Age game play|
If it sounds like a complicated cloud of ideas, it's because it is. Despite being a quaint little pixel game that tried to stay true to the simplistic adventures of the past, it shines through as a real gem with well-designed written all over it. All this from an app you can download for four bucks made by three guys. My judgment: totally worth it.
Video of Space Age trailer and game play below:
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
The price for a Chromecast is a sweet $35, which is much more manageable a cost than television subscription services and all that. Though Chromecast is not as versatile as cable or TV and movie streaming yet, it is well on its path to surpassing them. Even in the worst-case scenario, it can still stream your Chrome window, so you can watch bootleg copies via Chromecast!
Monday, November 24, 2014
Clever groups have been working on a solution to this hardware issue: streamed cloud computing. Of course, we can already access some software, files, data, etc., on remote devices thanks to the cloud already, but that's not the brilliant part here. The hardware will essentially be a server-end issue, meaning your computer only has to do a fraction of the work (i.e., the streaming).
This could allow for significantly cheaper and smaller devices than the ones we are used to today, as well as allowing for advanced software to run on relatively primitive, fundamental, or basic computers like membranes and films. Think of the future, where you can play World of Warcraft on your shirt, or Photoshop doodle all over a wall. Maybe I'm getting a little ahead of myself, but the applications are endless!
Friday, November 21, 2014
|Woah dude, it's like, a tablet, man -- except it's PAPER. ຈل͜ຈ|
Sounds like a bit of a convoluted idea, sure -- who wants to pay for a notebook that does exactly what any old notebook and scanner can do? Since smartphone camera technology is improving so quickly, a smartphone camera could do the job, even. It's not like iPhone cameras are suffering that badly (cue droidsters).
That's not the point for some artists, though. Considering the price is just over $30 for a notebook that can accurately upload your hand-drawn images to the cloud, with little to no wait time, it's not a bad deal. I mean, I pay that much for going out to eat sometimes! My only beef is that it won't be released in time for the holidays.
Thursday, November 20, 2014
|I have come for John Connor.|
Well, maybe that is its only function, but that doesn't mean it can't do a lot of other really neat things as well. For starters, let's talk about the power this sucker's packin'. High PSI CO2 tanks are used to power the shot, so that means it could probably blow a body part off if handled incorrectly -- but for some reason, that just makes it seem even cooler.
The madness doesn't stop there. The cannon can track your movements, which means that no matter where you try to run, it will find you. Doesn't even matter if you flick the light switch on it, because it can see in the dark, too. Yup, it has the advantage over puny, feeble humans even in pitch black darkness.
How does it do all this? Using the Kinect, of course! Yup, that little video game accessory is starting to look a lot more like a DIY tool. Speaking of DIY, you can build an awesome t-shirt cannon yourself, thanks to Microsoft's Steven Edouard and his open source code. I would advise, though, that you think a bit about what it will entail, safety-wise, and whether or not you're up to the challenge.
Always be safe, kids! [/afterschoolspecial]