Archive for ‘Tech’

March 9, 2012

KARA is amazing!

I want to preface this post with a little tidbit. The name KARA is said like karat, as in “Look at that whopping 20 karat diamond ring.” Think Kara Starbuck or Supergirl. The name CARA is said like CAR-uh. As in “Hey mechanic man, about my car… uh why is it making that noise.” 

PlayStation released this amazing new video a few days ago. “The KARA video was created by Quantic Dream solely to show the jump in development technology they have made since their last game Heavy Rain.”  This little technology exploration plays like a movie. The imagery is beautiful and I would love to see more. A few years ago, I read a novella called His Robot Girlfriend by Wesley Allison. I think if that book were to come alive it would look very similar to KARA.

Take a look.

 

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February 6, 2012

A Day Made of Glass Part 2

Corning released their new follow up video to last year’s “A Day Made of Glass.” The technology explored is truly amazing, and I may never leave my car when this technology comes into my life. I’ll take this in lieu of my highly overdue flying car any day. Watch the video below and click here to read the back story on what Corning is doing and how they are going to make it a reality.

 

January 31, 2012

Siri …Perfect for Everyone…Unless You’re Scottish

Siri has been noted as one of the best things to ease the use of daily task keeping, and has rave reviews from tech writers everywhere. She even gives iPhone users a little sass, thanks to humorous Apple developers. USA Today has a fun video showing responses to different prompts, including, “will you marry me,” to which Siri replies, “My End User Licensing Agreement does not cover marriage. My apologies.” She even answers age old questions like “what is the meaning of life” and “how much wood could a wood chuck chuck if a wood chuck could chuck wood.”

As pioneering and revered as Siri has become she has one small drawback for some users. She can’t understand a Scottish accent. Watch this video of a very patient Scotsman who finds the humor in what appears to be one of Siri’s only shortcomings.

(newser)

January 31, 2012

New Alien Invasion Short Film

A new alien invasion short has hit YouTube, in first person raw footage, Cloverfield style. The film is about 9 minutes long, and chronicles the beginnings of an alien invasion in Britain through the eyes of four different groups of people. Filmed with full production, story boarding, scripts, actors, a BAFTA nominated director, and even some cool CG alien creatures. The visual effects are really good. So, what’s the catch?

The catch is it was all filmed as part of the Xperia Studio project, on an Xperia arc S phone, but you can’t tell. You wouldn’t know it unless you read it. Click here to read about the Xperia Studio and how they are giving innovators their devices to capture “Reality remade.” Check out their videos and be impressed. There is some gorgeous footage available, and they look like high quality documentaries. To add to the radness, it’s less than $400, so it’s obtainable. Want!

Watch Swarm and the Making of Swarm to see what this awesome little Android phone is capable of.

January 30, 2012

Google Thinks I’m a Man

Google has done it. They have finally killed my belief that living in a small town was the reason that I feel so out of place being a dorky girl. My love of video games, music, Star Wars and all things fabulously geeky, along with the fact that I watch fan films, drool over collectibles on the Kotobukiya website and watch Sumo has apparently made me a stereotypical male. Yep, you read that right. Google thinks I’m a man.

Google’s Ad preferences cookie, the bot that figures out what to flash randomly on the right hand side of my web browser (usually, there is an ad for World of Warcraft and a dancing goblin in the ad bar), took it upon themselves to determine my age and gender based on the websites I’ve visited…I’m a 25-34 year old Male. (Click photo above) That’s rad, Google!

With the new privacy practices that Google just unveiled, I was worried about something like this happening. I am no longer allowed to check out amazing cosplay and “accidentally” happen upon the Red Tubes, while checking out ehow’s tutorial on building Cloud’s Buster Sword,  without Google deciding that the best ads for me are some funky fetish porn.

Want to check out your ad preferences? Go here! If you get an awesome one like me leave me a comment and tell me all about it.

January 11, 2012

The I Want Thats of CES 2012

Though CES 2012 isn’t over yet, I have already got my sites set on the awesomeness that is new tech. So far so good on the things to come front, I am gonna start my Dear Santa letter off with

Ssiss Army penknife SSD

Swiss Army 1TB drive

the 1TB USB drive. Are you freaking kidding me? This is like crack to me. Walking around with my whole world tucked nicely into my purse, and not only is it a 1TB USB drive, it’s a freaking Swiss Army Knife drive. That just takes the awesomeness level to wicked awesome. This little baby will only knock you back around (gasp) $2000, and it will be available in April.

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Parrot Zik headphones

Next on the list of Yes, Please! is the Parrot Zik headphones. Not only are they designed to be one of the best noise cancellation headphones ever, but you can use swiping to control volume and forwarding through tracks. I watched the Digital Experience coverage on AOTS and maybe it was the way Kevin was flicking that headphone, or the excitement that rang in me with the idea of true noise cancelling headphones, but these are going to be a must have.

Lytro Light Field Camera

Oh and lest I forget the Lytro Light Field Camera. This little big gadget is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand and lets you do post-production focusing. This is just too rad. What it means is when I’m trying to take a sneaky pic of someone the Lytro Light Field Camera will shoot light in all directions, so I can’t mess up the shot, my phones slow ass processor won’t affect how blurry the photo ends up, and I can look at it after I’ve been stealthy to fix the shot and make the subject of my stalkery come into focus. Seriously though, one of it’s claims is that you don’t have to worry about low light shots anymore, because it’s lighting the entire scene. I really want to see this in action, especially when I’m in a poorly lit concert and photoshop just isn’t making magic. They’re calling it “living pictures”, I’m calling it Awesomesauce! 8GB approx 350 photos $399 or 16GB 750 photos $499.

To be continued…..

December 16, 2011

Imperial March Floppy Drive

Love! Found this on Geekgasm , which is one of the most awesome websites out there, and I recommend any true dork or geek at heart go there when you are done watching this awesome video and reading the rest of my awesome blogs. Cheers!