Posts Tagged ‘Awesome’
The merry band of scientists over at Microsoft Research — who apparently get paid to have fun and speak with fixed tones over videos — have put together something called FlexSense, a flat piece of bendable material loaded with sensors. You torque it, and it accepts the “deformation” input. That means it can tell how you are bending it and translates that information for… Read More
Just in time for fall comes this Star Wars Landspeeder pool float. As awesome as it is, it costs $ 200, which is entirely too expensive for something that’s gonna get popped by a lightsaber when my friends and I are playing Jedi vs. Sith warriors in and around the pool. Also, what’s up with those sandals and shoes in the picture? Where the hell did their owners go? You don’t think…oh no — they’re Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru’s, aren’t they?! Thanks to Clint, who doesn’t need $ 200 pool floats because he already has a shit-ton of fun noodles.
The freefall robot guys are doing some bedroom testing and their device is “looking awesome”. More videos from this series at: http://bit.ly/robotcamera Film…
It has the potential to make the most difficult section of a daunting book more approachable.
The infamous third episode in James Joyce's Ulysses, Proteus, starts like this:
Ineluctable modality of the visible: at least that if no more, thought
through my eyes. Signatures of all things I am here to read, seaspawn and
seawrack, the nearing tide, that rusty boot. Snotgreen, bluesilver, rust:
coloured signs. Limits of the diaphane. But he adds: in bodies. Then he was
aware of them bodies before of them coloured. How? By knocking his
sconce against them, sure. Go easy. Bald he was and a millionaire, maestro
di color che sanno. Limit of the diaphane in. Why in? Diaphane,
adiaphane. If you can put your five fingers through it it is a gate, if not a
door. Shut your eyes and see.
This paragraph alone may have done more than any other discrete section of Ulysses to give the book its reputation as prohibitively difficult; it's certainly the point at which many readers give up on the great novel. That's a shame.
Now Eoghan Kidney, an Irish director and animator with a totally fitting last name (in the fourth episode of Ulysses, we find out that our protagonist Poldy Bloom's favorite food is “grilled mutton kidneys which gave to his palate a fine tang of faintly scented
urine”) has decided to use the Oculus Rift to make things a little easier. His “In Ulysses” is a virtual reality game that puts players in the headspace of Stephen Dedalus (Joyce's alter ego and our narrator at the time of the daunting Proteus episode).
Here's how the experience will work:
As a user of “In Ulysses” walks along a virtual Sandymount Strand, the book will be read to them – they will hear Stephen's thoughts as they are written – but these thoughts will then be illustrated around the user in real-time using textual annotations, images and links. A user can stop walking (therefore stopping Stephen walking) and explore these illustrations, gaining insight into the book and adding to the enjoyment of it.
Kidney is about 3/4s of the way to his 4000-pound funding goal; after making the Proteus episode, he plans to do additional versions featuring later sections of the book.
I got through Ulysses the first time with the help of Harry Blamires' indispensable 1966 guide. If Kidney's project can help a new generation of readers persevere through this wonderful, life-improving book, it will be a very, very good thing.
Question by Brookie: Awesome thing technology have done?
I’m trying to convince my friend that not all technology/the internet is bad and that it has done wonderful things. I have the Project for Awesome but anyone know of any other notable things that technology and/or the internet has done that’s amazing and awesome recently (like in the past couple years)
Answer by Dan_Abnormal_1
I don’t know how much this particular technology will change the world or anything like that, but I was amazed that the first ‘moving print ad’ appeared in my lifetime. I would love to see it in person. Sure, it’s just a gimmick, but I think the Organic Light-Emitting Diode technology that made it (both technologically and financially) viable to show films on the pages of newspapers is incredible.
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Here’s a few things we learned about Facebook today: It's growing like mad. It announced a net income of nearly a half a billion dollars and roughly three quarters of a billion people log on and actually use the service every day.
This was the news Facebook shared in its earnings report. Today should have been a good day.
And YET, starting this morning, Facebook has, rather inexplicably, been on the losing end of the tech news cycle. Multiple times!
It began early, with a Wall Street Journal article where, for unknown reasons, Facebook's communications team let analytics chief Ken Rudin say this:
New types of data Facebook may collect include “did your cursor hover over that ad … and was the newsfeed in a viewable area,” Mr. Rudin said. “It is a never-ending phase. I can't promise that it will roll out. We probably will know in a couple of months”
Ultimately, a story designed to herald some new back-end advances in Facebook's ad technology rolled out with the headline: “Facebook Tests Software to Track Your Cursor on Screen” and was passed around the internet as another example of “creepy Facebook.” Probably best not to refer to your increasingly refined ability to track people as “a never-ending phase.”
Then market research group Forrester issued a devastating report on the social network, stating, quite bluntly that “Facebook is failing marketers” :
Facebook hasn't revolutionized marketing; in fact, it now does little to support social experiences between brands and customers. Instead, it has quietly become almost entirely reliant upon Web 1.0-style display ads and simplistic targeting — and marketers say those display ads just aren't working.
Then came the earnings call, where CFO David Ebersman dropped this clunker in response to questions about “youth engagement”:
We remain close to fully penetrated among teens in the U.S.
Wait, how many daily active users? I’m having trouble remembering after that last bit about the teens.
Because some family has to be the best family in the neighborhood, this is Redditor Deconstructress and her family’s group ‘Labyrinth’ Halloween costumes. You are jealous right now. I am jealous right now. Who do these people think they are, the perfect family? God — they are, aren’t they? Not pictured: white picket fence, apple pie baking in the oven. I remember one year my family and I dressed as the people who turned all the house lights off and watched TV in the basement. Hit the jump for a bonus shot of the Beetlejuice gang the family went as last Halloween.
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To commemorate the launch of Wind Waker HD today, here’s a 7-piece set of Wind Waker influenced ‘stained glass window’ wall decals. They’re formally certified from Nintendo too, so you can rest simple knowing part of your $ 37 (apiece) is going towards the struggling game giant. I’m getting all them (potentially on layaway) then put them all on the same wall and pretend I stay in the Church of Zelda rather of a ground floor apartment that truly must have bars on its windows.
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