It was just a few weeks ago when an autographed Steve Jobs iPod Shuffle was placed on the Ebay auction block, for the modest price of $25,000. The auction received nearly 70 bids, but was CANCELLED by Ebay under the assumption that the autograph could not be authenticated.
But then yesterday rolls around and the Jace Hall Show received this e-mail from the individual selling the Steve Jobs item on Ebay. Keep Reading
Progeny Systems, a company that specializes in developing advanced technology for the United States Department of Defense, recently visited marines at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejune, N.C to get their opinion on future advanced military technology.
Lt. Col. Randy G. Pugh, an intelligence officer for the II Marine Expeditionary Force had this to say on the Official U.S. Marine Corps Website:
“The idea was to bring together the engineers that are building these different systems with the people that are going to eventually use these systems. So that rather than waiting to the end when you hand a Marine something and say this is what I think you want. You’ve asked them all along the way your building it.”
Sensics isn’t the first company to market a pair of so called smart goggles. However, while most other concepts act simply as a display for another machine (like a smartphone), these Android-powered 3D Smart Goggles work completely independently of your phone.
The goggles concept shown off in the video below and image above is known simply as the Sensics SmartGoggles, codenamed “Natalia”. AndroidCommunity correctly points out that it is really more a helmet, then goggles. Nonetheless, Sensics is promising full 3D capability, a 360 degree field of view, and an overall experience that caters to gamers.
As you can see in the video, it appears that some type of motion control/ gestures will Keep Reading
The guys over at The Verge recently went behind the scenes at Microsoft’s Building 99, where approximately 850 researchers (or 1% of all Microsoft employees) work to develop the latest technologies that might one day make it into consumer products.
In the most recent episode released, GM of strategy and communications at Microsoft Research, Kevin Schofield, shows us the future possibilities of Kinect. We also get a look at researchers playing around with a depth-sensing UI concept known as Lightspace. Keep Reading
Likely inspired by the bearded dragon who received attention last month for his skills in Android game Ant Smasher (video below), YouTube user “KoreanFrogMania” and his pet African bullfrog take their best shot at the high score. However, this video doesn’t go exactly as planned… Keep Reading
The Recording Academy announced last night the recipients of this year’s Special Merit Awards, which include Lifetime Achievement Awards, Trustees Awards, and Technical Grammy Awards. One of this year’s recipients for the Trustees Award stands out from the rest– Steve Jobs. Keep Reading
We recently had fans of our YouTube Channel going bonkers when we showed off what may be one of the greatest toys ever. But what the video doesn’t show you is the secret to the copter’s amazingness…the pilot flying it.
We had the opportunity to catch up with the man, dubbed Warthox, who flew and built the copter in the video, and to learn how he garnered the skillz to master the amazing quad-copter: Keep Reading
Apple’s policies on accepting (only to quickly remove) most emulators from the App Store have been sketchy to say the least. Commodore 64 has slipped through the cracks and remains in the App Store, while the majority of others have already been given the axe by Apple. For whatever reason, it appears that they have now allowed iMAME.
There’s no doubt the free download, which comes with 9 pre-installed games, is definitely worth picking up. Among those titles– Circus, Crash, Fire One, Hard Hat, Robot Bowl, Side Track, Spectar, Star Fire, and Targ. Keep Reading
Anyone remember the big virtual gaming craze that came and went way back when, with those huge polygons, and movies like The Lawnmower Man?
Well, the PS VITA is out, and it may be the closest thing we may have (minus the ridiculous headsets) to “virtual gaming.”
Equipped with two special cameras that projects a separate ‘gaming world’ layer on top Keep Reading
Lack of responsiveness when typing on the iPad’s onscreen keyboard has always been a strong argument for those who think it can never truly replace the efficiency of a laptop’s full-size, physical keyboard. That’s precisely the inspiration behind a new product called TouchFire that recently received over $200,000 in funding on Kickstarter.
The TouchFire is an ultra-thin silicon keyboard overlay that is meant to provide your iPad with all the benefits of a real, physical keyboard. It attaches via iPad 2′s magnets and also clips onto a Smart Cover with a small clip. The best part is the accessory has been engineered specifically to allow you to rest your fingers on the keys without accidental presses on the touch screen, but also still lets you swipe horizontally. Keep Reading
A new app called Tactical Nav developed by U.S. Army captain Jonathan Springer was designed specifically to help soldiers in combat. Bloomberg interviewed Springer at his base at Fort Bragg in North Carolina:
“I wanted to give something back to soldiers that might help save their lives”
Taking advantage of the iPhone’s camera and built-in GPS, Tactical Nav has been downloaded by approximately 8,000 troops and hunters across the U.S., Canada, and Australia. The app allows users to plot navigational waypoints on a map using the military grid reference system (MGRS) used by NATO Armed Forces and U.S. Military. Keep Reading
Thanks to HDMI out, there are more than a few ways to get out smartphones to display content on the big screen. Apple is also making it even easier to wirelessly stream content to the living room with AirPlay, and there are a ton of different solutions for doing the same on Android. However, the LightPad from QP Optoelectronics aims to be more of a mobile solution, acting as a laptop sized display and projector for your smartphone.
Essentially the size and look of your average notebook, the LightPad has an 11″ 854×480 rear projection display built-in (the company is planning a 1280×720 res for the second gen). That same pico-projector also flips around and is capable of projecting up to a 60-inch display out front.
The accessory is compatible with pretty much any smartphone that supports HDMI/MHL out, offers up to 7 hours battery life and has a full-size keyboard. Keep Reading
Today we get a story from NBC New York who profiles two thieves who not only reportedly went after iPhone users, but also declined to take Android devices from their victims.
A pair of would-be robbers targeting Columbia students in upper Manhattan seem to be rather picky as they prowl. Twice at 526 114th St., and once at 556 114th St., the suspects demanded the victims hand over their iPhones, police said. The first victim complied, but the second only had a Droid, according to police. The thieves apparently didn’t want a Droid — so they took cash instead.
There are approximately 50 million millennials living in the United States and the infographic below lays out some of the most prominent traits of a millennial in all of its colorful, char-happy demographics. But for the impatient (and who isn’t amongst millennials with their all-time short attention spans) here’s the gist of it all, broken down with the most interesting stuff at the top of the pack: Keep Reading
According to the often reliable Asian trade publication DigiTimes, who relays information from various sources within the asian supply chain, Apple is prepping two new iPads for 2012. This probably isn’t reason to hold off from buying an iPad 2 as the most interesting upgrade will be coming in the later half of next year, but it does back up previous rumors of a new iPad in the 7-inch category…
The report says Apple is “likely to launch” a 7.85-inch iPad before the begininning of Q4 2012. In addition to that yet to be unveiled device, they also say a “new iPad” (fingers crossed for a full fledged iPad 3 upgrade) sometime towards the end of Q1. That puts us in a March timeframe for the iPad 3, which would lineup with previous releases and current rumors from other sources.
When it comes to the 7.85-inch model, which we’ve also heard various rumors about in the past, DigiTimes’ sources say Apple is particularly looking at taking on Amazon’s Kindle Fire and similar devices that might be stealing potential new iPad customers: Keep Reading
If anyone is qualified to comment on the future of graphics in the tech industry it’s GPU maker Nvidia. If you believe CEO Jen-Hsun Huang, the real-time graphics in console games will be surpassing the quality of the highest quality pre-rendered cutscenes by 2019.
While noting that a PS3 has only several hundred gigaflops, he claims consoles in 2019 will reach up to 40 teraflops, on par with some of today’s most powerful supercomputers. However, while your typical supercomputer takes megawatts to power, Huang says, “We will be able to deliver that level of capability in 2019 in a game console with a 100 watts”.
While Huang has certainly been no stranger to making bold claims in the past, as gamers it’s interesting to hear how far away we are from truly achieving a seamless experience between cutscenes and gameplay. Keep Reading
French startup Aldebaran Robotics is trying to engineer the perfect robot companion intended for “research, teaching and, more generally, for exploring the new area of service robotics.”
If you’re familiar with the first generation Nao, which the company has sold 2000 of since launching last year, you’ll definitely be impressed by the upgrades that have been made to the latest iteration.
Among the newest features are a 1.6GHz Intel Atom chip, two HD cameras with field-programmable gate array for “simultaneous reception of two video streams”, and more reliable Nuance-powered voice recognition for text-to-speech in 8 languages. Keep Reading
Dr. Jérôme Waldispuhl and Mathieu Blanchette, of McGill University in Montreal, have developed something called Phylo — an interactive online game which allows players to help arrange different sequences of colored blocks, in this case representing the nucleotides of a DNA strand (think Tetris, only with more reality-based results).
You don’t necessarily have to think of it as research — just like so many other online games, a number of players show up and register to play just for fun. Others come to help work in their own way towards finding a cure, and choose which disease they’d like to work on.
Here’s how it works: Keep Reading
For musicians that are looking to breathe some life into your compositions or get a little inspiration when on the go, two cool new iPads apps launched today– one is a complete music studio mashed into a single instrument that anyone can play, and the other claims to be the “first professional iOS synthesizer” for guitars. Both are definitely worth checking out…
First up is Rockmate ($0.99)– Imagine taking every instrument in your average recording studio and creating a single instrument with elements of each that one person can play by themselves. It’s essentially a one man band packed into an iPad app, but it also includes a metronome, realtime looper, fader and pan controls, and a ton of effects, so it’s more like a mini studio built onto a single screen on the iPad app. Other features– up to 4 simultaneous players, customizable/saveable chord progressions, export to .aac and.wav, and Airplay support. Keep Reading