Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Video: Box (No post processing special effects)

Video description: "Box explores the synthesis of real and digital space through projection-mapping onto moving surfaces. The short film documents a live performance, captured entirely in camera."

Kickstarter: The Peachy Printer - The First $100 3D Printer & Scanner!

Here is another project I found on Kickstarter recently.  I think this is a really cool product with a lot of promise.  Although, I think it will take some time to evolve before it really shines as a 3D printing technology (just my personal opinion).

Product description: "It's affordable, small, lightweight, and unique. It's a 3D printer in a class all its own!"

Kickstarter: vrAse - The Smartphone Virtual Reality Case

I found this a on Kickstarter today (watch the video for more information).  I have been a fan of the Oculus Rift, which reminds me of that that product.  Although, I really like the concept.

Product description: "Turn your Smartphone into the ultimate device for Movies, Games and Augmented Reality. Huge 3D screen, everywhere and hands free"

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Video: Andras Forgacs: Leather and meat without killing animals

Video summary: "By 2050, it will take 100 billion land animals to provide the world's population with meat, dairy, eggs and leather goods. Maintaining this herd will take a huge, potentially unsustainable toll on the planet. What if there were a different way? In this eye-opening talk, tissue engineering advocate Andras Forgacs argues that biofabricating meat and leather is a civilized way to move past killing animals for hamburgers and handbags."

Video: Marla Spivak: Why bees are disappearing

Video summary: "Honeybees have thrived for 50 million years, each colony 40 to 50,000 individuals coordinated in amazing harmony. So why, seven years ago, did colonies start dying en masse? Marla Spivak reveals four reasons which are interacting with tragic consequences. This is not simply a problem because bees pollinate a third of the world's crops. Could this incredible species be holding up a mirror for us?"

Sunday, September 01, 2013

Opinion: The Tablet Bubble is Going to Bust Soon

We are told we live in a "Post-PC" world, and the tablet and the smartphone is going to replace the laptop and desktop computer.  Personally I don't see either the laptop or desktop computer being replaced anytime soon.  Just as I don't see "cloud computing" replacing the need for companies to own servers in the near future.

The technology pundits who look at things as black or white, will almost always be wrong.  In the eighties, they told us that mainframes were dead with the invention of the PC.  Mainframes are still being used today. Every technology has its place, and like all market trends today's popular technology will eventually find its niche.

Although like all popular technologies, it has its time in the spotlight, but soon it will fade.  Before the tablet, the rage was netbook computers.  Then as soon as Steve Jobs announced the iPad that market seemed to die quickly.

For me tablets are too limiting (i.e. the inability to run Windows applications) to even come close to replacing my laptop.  I found most modern mobile apps and devices too under-powered in the features I need.  They also required making too many compromises to use them for everything I wanted to do.  The Microsoft's Surface Pro is the first tablet I would consider buying because of its ability to run native Windows applications.

The problem with the tablet market right now is that there are so many different tablets being offered by a plethora of manufactures, and they all look like they do the same thing. Products are now being distinguished by price and not innovation.  It looks like the market may soon hit a "glut", where small manufactures will fail, unprofitable product lines will be discontinued, and people looking for a great deal will feed on the remains.

Personally I believe we might see a great deal more tablet/laptop hybrids (i.e. laptops that convert into tablets) from PC manufacture and eventually Apple.

Video: I Forgot My Phone

Video: Message To All YouTubers (Keep End Of Videos Short)

Video: "Brain Divided" (CGI Animated Short)

Video: If Computer Problems Were Real (Comedy)

Article: Tips and Tricks for Saving Money, and Getting Discounts on Everything Else

Saving money on anything is not something that will generally happen automatically. You may get lucky at times and get an awesome deal every now and then. Although, to get the best deal possible does require work in the form of research and the ability to negotiate.

 There are some basic things that you can do that can help save money on buying new products and services (online or in the real world), or how to get better deals on ones that you're already paying for.

Read all tips in the rest of the aticle