The Pong clock is the mostest ultimate timepiece in the history of gamegeekery. Designed by award winning Dutch design studio Buro Vormkrijger, Pong Clock went on sale Monday and quickly sold out. Buro offered them for $285.85. The ten left from an original run of 400 are to be offered up on EBAY. 25 % of the sales go to the warchild charity which helps kids who have become a victim of war, back into a normal life. Try your hand at bidding on one of these or wait until someone from Taiwan knocks off the design so you can pick one up for a crackin' discount.
Why read the manual when you can let someone else do it for you. This site boasts many insightful tutorials that will help get you get a leg up on the following: 3D Studio Max, Flash, Photoshop, Illustrator, Fireworks, Cinema4D, Swift3D, Maya, plus several miscellaneous tutorials. Do yourself a favor and give it a quick looksies.
I've been lazy with the posts lately. Google is one of the reasons. Google offers new free and paid software that allows anyone to create satisfying 3d scenes with minimal effort. It ties in directly with Google earth when you want to put your building, park, or whatever you've built on the virtual globe. The tutorials are built directly into the scene and, as a result, are extremely easy to follow. The above image is a simulated version of my backyard I whipped together over several hours while learning the software. You can also upload your 3d creation to what they call the 3d warehouse. A repository of 3d models that you upload to or download from with just two clicks. This is great when you need to quickly put trees or cars into your scene. New content is being uploaded every day so a tree you could not find today might be there tomorrow. SketchUp was amazing software before google bought them and now its even cooler with all of the benefits Google brings to the plate. This software is well worth learning.
Indo Asian writes, "Hubo, the world's most advanced humanoid robot, and its creator Jun-ho Oh will be introduced to viewers during CNN's roundtable 'Future Summit: Of Man And Machine', starting Thursday evening."
CNN's Michael Bay writes, "Originating from Singapore, the one hour program will focus on the long-term impact of research into the fields of robotics, cybernetics, genetics and stem cells...
...We've asked our panelists to share some of their insights into the impact of research into robotics, cybernetics, genetics and stem cells."
A full show description can be found on CNN
The program is to air tonight and will have repeat telecasts June 17 and 18.
It appears that spaceports might be popping up all over the place sometime soon.
James S. Tyree writes, "The Federal Aviation Administration this week approved an operator’s license for the Oklahoma Spaceport in Burns Flat. The spaceport is a former Navy and Air Force base now called the Clinton-Sherman Industrial Airpark with a runway exceeding 10,000 feet...
...Rocketplane, a company based in Guthrie, is expected to begin test flights into the lower reaches of space early next year, and the company plans to take passengers into space later in 2007."
Spotted from Digg. DJ dangermouse of "Grey Album" fame along with long time American hip-hop, funk, soul and R&B musician Cee Lo dress up as Star Wars characters in their collaborative effort, Gnarles Barkely, performing their You Kay hit "Crazy" with Chewbacca on drums.
Jim Fitzgerald from the The Associated Press writes "Lying in his hospital room, on a mattress designed to protect his fragile skin, 13-year-old Achim Nurse poked his bandaged fingers at an orange button on what looked like a souped-up video game console.
Half a second later, in a social studies class discussing the Erie Canal, a 5-foot-tall steel-blue robot raised its hand.
"You have a question, Achim?" said the teacher."
How long before I can send a mechanical Martoon to my office? Entire article here.
New York Times article re-blogged from hatch.org
TECHNOLOGY is having a double-edged impact in the workplace, says Ed Reilly, president and chief executive of the American Management Association. It improves productivity, he says, but it may also be a distraction that prevents high-quality thinking. Here are excerpts from a conversation:
Q. Do all the distractions mean that people don't have time to think deeply about what they're doing?
A.There is no arguing that productivity has been improving at a historically unprecedented rate, particularly in the past five years. Look at the things that are enabled by improved technology. In retailing, look at how Wal-Mart has combined information technology to set their supply chains against other people's supply chains and to allow for outsourcing and offshoring that they've been able to do. The Internet has driven down pricing in lots and lots of industries. From a consumer point of view, eBay is the ultimate in pricing transparency. If you want to sell a watch or an antique piece of jewelry, it used to be very difficult. Now you can put it on eBay and 10 million people look at it.
Read the rest of the article here.
(image borrowed from this modern world)
BBC news states "US scientists have created a sensor that can "feel" the texture of objects to the same degree of sensitivity as a human fingertip.
The team says the tactile sensor could, in the future, aid minimally invasive surgical techniques by giving surgeons a "touch-sensation".
I think it It would be interesting to see how this technology scales in the future. Imagine "feeling" the rocky mountains or "feeling" the eyeball of a fly.
My 80 mile a day commute is wearing on my car and my attention span. To pass the time, I turn off the radio and turn on the podcasts. Podio Books is the newest addition to my morning syncing ritual. They house about 40 different books that you get served a chapter at a time. The best part, once you register, you get to pick the schedule of when you want to receive the stories. Once a day, once a week, once a month or any combination in-between.
Current Podiobooks I subscribe to:
What if the cataclysmic Tunguska explosion of 1908 was caused, not by a meteor or a comet, but by a microscopic black hole? What if that fantastic object - smaller than an atom, older than the stars, heavier than a mountain - is still down there, orbiting deep inside the earth, slowly consuming the planet? What if only a rookie government agent and an uncannily-insightful consultant stand between a renegade Russian billionaire and his plans to use the black hole to change history - or end it? What if it's all true?
Sonic Fiction features an eclectic mix of authors from a range of ages and backgrounds. This collection of short stories is a true potpourri of genres. From fantasy to noir, to modern-day struggles with relationships, this book spans the gamut of human emotions and experiences, from the ancient past to the far-off future. Featuring works of Science fiction, gritty war tales, murder and intrigue, comedy and farce, this is a book for any fan of short fiction.
In a time when gamers have been clamoring for bigger and better and more polygons and denser textures, it's refreshing to see someone pull together a home-brew that is just fun to play. It's been a while since I played an exciting, fun, old-school platformer like cave Story. It's an impressive freeware game you can download to your computer to play, Mac or PC. The learning curve is smooth with new weapons introduced just in time for beating down the next big boss. My lousy screenshots do the game no justice. The motion is smooth, graphic are pixel, the music is midi, and it all comes together to make an awesome experience. Authors description: Cave Story is a jumping-and-shooting action game. Explore the caves until you reach the ending. You can also save your game and continue from where you left off. His description does the game no justice. Play and be amazed.