Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Nintendo's Wii Fit Aims to Keep Americans Fit

  I am not really that into gaming but I am definitly looking forward to Wii Fit and any similar games. My favorite game for the Wii so far is Wii Sports, hands down. The Wii was bilt for active/sporty games and thats where it excels.
  Nintendo has finally anounced the price for Wii fit in North America. The game which includes the Wii fit excercise board will be available for $89.99, which is not too bad considering how much of a blockbuster hit the game should be.


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Sunday, April 13, 2008

Geek Tourism Coming Soon

  The mainstream media has already began to dabble with the idea of tourism tailored towards geeks, its only a matter of time before a major travel publication picks up on the trend. Another example of this unique travel concept was touched on (although rather poorly) by Discover Magazine.
  They looked at a number of attractions that may appeal to people that some would classify as geeks. For example, the Ice Hotel, Astronomers Inn, Jules Undersea Lodge,Ell Bulli, uWink, Forty Six, Croft Institute, Miracle Of Science Bar & Grill, Ein-Stein Cafe and Pub (Toronto).
  Good intentions, but ther examples were lacking.


Friday, April 11, 2008

Where's Waldo For Google Earth

  A student in Vancouver, Canada has created the first of what will hopefully be many giant rooftop Waldo's. The idea is that Waldo's will spring up in major cities around the world, and after being photographed by Google Earth satellites everyone will be able to take place in a giant worldwide Where's Waldo hunt.
  The artist hopes other strangers across the world will build their own Waldo's to make the game truly global. The art piece asked the question, "is Google God?", the answer of course is no, but its a nice way to put an artistic justification on building a giant Waldo.


A Garbage Dump In Space?

  The European Space station has released simulation photos that give a perspective on how full of junk the earths atmosphere has become. There are over 6,000 pieces of space junk in earths orbit, and only 800 of those are functional satellites. The problem is going to get a lot worse unless more precautions and action is taken to limit the amount of space junk.
  While we may not need to worry about bloating out the sun with our satellites, the space debris travels at extremely high speeds. If the debris impacts a space shuttle or satellite they can cause a lot of damage and possibly a loss of life.


Wednesday, April 09, 2008

OCZ's Neural Impulse Actuator: The Brain Mouse

  OCZ's Neural Impulse Actuator(NIA) is placed on the users forehead and uses a combination of muscle movements, eye movements,and EEG readings to work its mind reading magic.
  The device is mainly meant for to be used with games, and is said to take some getting used to. Its not as simple as just placing the device on your head and being able to have the same range of motion as a standard as a regular 20th century mouse. After a few hours training most users should feel fairly comfortable with the device, and eventually the response time should be slightly better then your current mouse.
  OCZ's Neural Impulse Actuator is designed for processors with multiple cores and will run you about $300.

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Sunday, April 06, 2008

Nintendo's Flash Focus Improves Eyesight

  When I first read about Nintendo's Flash Focus game for the Nintendo DS that claims to improve eyesight I was a little skeptical. However, it was recently reported that MLB White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski used the Flash Focus game regularly during the off season and claimed it greatly improved his hitting. He backed it up early into the seasoning with two home runs and a batting average well above 500.
  People are always skeptical of the claims these Brain Training, or Flash Focus games make because there are no clinical studies to back it up. Although one man claimed the game improved his batting it is still not 100 percent credible. I think in the future game companies will do more to have a independent clinical study done on the merits of their self improvement games as this style of gaming becomes more important.

Asterisk Disrupts a $7 Billion Dollar Business

  Phone switch software Asterisk has gone up against such industry heavy weights as CISCO and Nortel in the seven billion dollar a year PBX corporate telecom systems. The PBX systems usually higher switchboards, voice mail, and other key phone functions for medium to large businesses.
  The entire industry was turned upside down by 23 year old Mark Spencer who coded the Asterisk PBX software for his own company Digium. Where the big companies used to snicker at his efforts they are not laughing any more. With Asterisk's open source model the platform has rapidly expanded and had many application built around the service. That has the corporate companies sweating as their billion dollar business evaporates before their eyes.


Friday, April 04, 2008

Sony and Fossil Watch & The Shocking Adjectives Used To Describe It

  Sony and watch design house Fossil have teamed up to create a Bluetooth watch. The watch uses the Bluetooth to notify you when you have an incoming call or a text message. You can use the watch to stop your phone from ringing, or to reject the call, the watch can also control the phones mp3 player. The phone retails in Europe for around $380.
  The most amazing thing about this watch in reviewers and journalists description of its appearance. The words "sexy", "stylish", and "fashionable" have all been used to describe the watch. Are we the only ones who see a $10 drug store Timex when we look at this watch?

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Thursday, April 03, 2008

Sony Mylo: The Diamond In The Rough

  The Sony Mylo (My Life Online) is defined as a personal communicator. The device was launched September 15th, 2006. The communicator features a QWERTY keyboard, 2.4 inch LCD screen, and 1GB internal memory and a memory stick pro duo slot.

  The Mylo starts to get really attractive when you look at the services it supports. As well as full web browsing on an Opera browser the Mylo handles; Skype, Google Talk, Yahoo! Messenger. The Mylo also supports MP3, WMA, MPEG4,AAC, anf JPG playback.

  Technology wise the Mylo packs some punch, and arguably has a slick design. So why has it been such a failure? The Sony Mylo was originally priced at $299 and since its launch has dropped to $199, which in our opinion is still $50 too expensive. Sony Mylo, a diamond in the rough, just like a diamond needlessly over priced.

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Tuesday, April 01, 2008

The Sentient World War Games

  Ever think you might exist in an alternate universe? Well maybe your not as crazy as others think, the Department of Defense (DOD)is working on a war game simulator that ultimately aims to recreate every individual person on the planet. The software wants to know how long you can go without food or water, how you will react to the DOD's propaganda, and basically probe your breaking points.

  So far their models are fairly limited and only work in high priority areas such as Iraq and Afghanistan. The system has limited capabilities for 60 other countries including China. The system

  The simulations take in data such as economic indicators, news stories, census data, climactic events, and combine them with military intelligence to give the most accurate intelligence to the military.

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