Posts Tagged ‘jack’
You look awfully delighted for a pumpkin with no bottom teeth. This is the pumpkin created and fitted with braces by Redditor Bob223 buddy’s dad, who is a dentist. I think it might be trying to send some subliminal message about taking care of your teeth or something. Or perhaps he simply has to let everyone on the block know he went to dental expert institution. I in fact had a dental expert in my area expanding up, and you know exactly what the problem was? They provide out the shittiest sweet. And do you understand exactly what the shittiest sweet is? “Sweet corn?” No– pretzel sticks. “However pretzel sticks aren’t sweet.” PRECISELY, SO WHY THE F \*\*\* ARE YOU HANDING THEM OUT ON HALLOWEEN? Thanks to my buddy Terry, who has every objective of spending Halloween laying on his porch in a pool of artificial blood and never breaking character even if he’s poked with a plastic pirate cutlass or wizard’s staff.
Verizon has a new 4G LTE home internet router that includes voice, and it’s meant to replace your home phone line and cable internet subscriptions in one fell swoop. The “Verizon 4G LTE Broadband Router with Voice” (rolls right off the tongue!) packs in WiFi connectivity as well as three Ethernet ports and a phone line jack for your landline. Up to 10 devices can connect to it wirelessly, though we wouldn’t suggest as much given the LTE connectivity.
Should you choose to pick one up ($ 50 w/ two-year plan or $ 200 outright), there are a few options for subscription: data only, voice and data, or just voice. Initially, if you snag that voice-and-data plan, the router itself is actually free — and it’s available starting today. Of course, as CNET points out, Verizon’s “Share Everything” data plans come with limitations (notably, data caps) and that means you’d better be a pretty light internet user (or employing the service for a brief period, like a vacation). Interestingly, Novatel Wireless — the company behind Verizon’s new LTE router hardware — is also offering its own, non-carrier-branded version of the same device, dubbed, “MiFi Home.” The price and release date for MiFi Home isn’t clear, but we’ve reached out for more info.
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If you’re of a certain age, you think of You Don’t Know Jack as a relic from the ’90s. But to its credit, the trivia game has made an impressively smooth transition to the twenty-first century: Jackbox Games already has apps for iOS, Android, Facebook and even OUYA. Until now, though, gameplay’s been about as protracted as a game of Words With Friends: you took your turn and waited for your friend (wherever they were) to take theirs. Today, the company launched You Don’t Know Jack Party, an iOS version of the game that’s specifically meant to be played by a bunch of people hanging out in the same place. Using AirPlay, you guys can stream it to an Apple TV and use your device as a remote, or you can play on an iPhone / iPad and use your phones as controllers instead.
The nice thing, obviously, is that multiple devices are supported (up to four players, to be precise). Also, your friends with Android phones can still use their handsets as controllers, so they won’t be left calling out answers on the sidelines. In addition, Jackbox says it would like to port the game over to other platforms, including Android and maybe even Chromecast. For now, though, it’s an iOS-only affair. The app itself is free, and you get one gratis episode, but after that you’re looking at regular in-app purchases ($ 2.99 for five episodes or $ 9.99 for a pack of 30). Luckily for you, our demo video below don’t cost a thing.
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This is a life-size version of Jack from the Mass Effect universe made entirely out of paper by Deviantartist Tankball. As I’m sure I’ve told you before, I actually tried to romance Jack in Mass Effect II but didn’t understand that once you set up a romance it doesn’t happen until you were heading into the final mission so I kept going back to talk to her and choosing different dialogue options until I pissed her off and she refused to ever talk to me again. Aaaaaaand that’s when I went with plan B: Tali’Zorah the lobster girl. I actually romanced Tali again in Mass Effect III because I am a FAITHFUL COMPANION. Damn if I didn’t spend some time staring at all those other hot alien bodies though. Mmmmm — Samara, Liara, Garrus. “Garrus?” Hey — an alien is an alien, who cares if it has a penis like a spiked war club? “I do.” And that’s why you’d make a terrible astronaut.
Hit the jump for a couple more shots and a 12:00 video for some reason.
For the record, I will never not use that Titanic quote whenever I can, I just can’t help it. It’s like picking and eating scabs to me. Remember that taxidermied cat quadocopter? Well here’s an ostrich one. It’s cool because, like, ostriches probably spend their whole lives dreaming of being able to fly. And now, this one can. Just look at that smile on his face. No? Not a smile? Oh. Well how about how his eyes are aglow with happiness! “Those are marbles.” Jesus, really? Man, that poor f***er.
Hit the jump for a video of the ostrich’s second flight ever.
Time for an even greater upgrade to our blade! Previous Episode: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tG4xoZWrED8 Playlist: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL…
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Jack Conte, musician and founder of Patreon, has been on a tear lately with a set of unique music remixes performed by him and a group of pneumatic robots that fire off audio sequences to create some amazing music.
In this video Conte used a QuNeo pad controller, a wooden surface, and a projector to create a stage for his music. He then used an Arduino-controlled solenoid hand made by Rich Humphrey to trigger various sections of the music and played and sang the rest of it. The resulting mix of DIY robotics, live performance, and general chaos is pretty infectious.
Conte even did a behind-the-scenes video to share how he built the project using Ableton, Final Cut, and a lot of patience. It’s a great look at an artist at work.
Danish startup Robocat has built a lot of software for Apple’s iOS devices, but today the company is branching out with the launch of a new hardware accessory for the iPhone, iPad, and Android devices. It’s called Thermodo, and it’s a very small hardware thermometer that fits in your device’s headphone jack, and transmits real temperature data for use in apps.
The Thermodo hardware has a passive temperature sensor, housed in an audio jack and protected by a small cylindrical end cap that only extends around a quarter of an inch out from your device. It doesn’t need its own power source, and it transmits weather data as an audio signal that can be picked up by your phone and translated into the corresponding temperature on your phone via an API, which the company will first use in a dedicated Thermodo companion app for iOS, as well as in two of its previously released apps, Haze and Thermo.
The Thermodo works offline, indoors and out, and comes with a carrying case keyring to make sure you don’t lose the tiny thing when it’s not in use. Robocat says that eventually, any device could potentially support Thermodo, including Raspberry Pi, Macs, and Arduino-based gadgets, thanks to the company’s open source SDK.
I talked to Robocat founder Willi Wu about the project, and why it came to be in the first place. He says the company branched out from its core focus on mobile weather apps based on feedback from users.
“The idea Thermodo is actually based on an indirect request from our users,” he explained.” We received several one star reviews because our users wanted the feature of measuring the temperature themselves right where they are. Currently the iPhone does not support any access to any temperature reading within the phone nor is there a dedicated sensor for this purpose. We wanted to attack to this problem anyway and came up with the most simple solution we could imagine, Thermodo.”
While other devices like the Square credit card reader and the Jawbone UP fitness band use the headphone jack as a way for accessories to communicate with smartphone devices, Wu says that Thermodo is fundamentally different in its approach. That opens up plenty more possibilities for how the company could use the tech in the future to create other kinds of sensors, he says.
“Thermodo is not translating sounds to data like Square or other softmodem-based products,” he said. “It turns out that we can apply this method to all kind of applications. What we do is converting the temperature into an electrical impedance and this impedance is determined by what we call the “Thermodo Principle.” Now we can convert all kind of things into an electrical impedance, like for example wind speed, pressure, brightness and so on.”
Wu says Robocat’s technical lead is already measuring his resistors and capacitors in this manner, and that the company is experimenting with some of these alternate sensing capabilities already. Eventually Thermodo could have a number of sibling devices to gauge just about everything under the sun (including the sun’s brightness).
Thermodo is looking for just $ 35,000 in funding, and pre-order pledges start at just $ 19 for a single Thermodo unit. This is a project that will hit its goal quickly, and I can’t wait to see what comes next from Robocat’s new hardware focus.
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Sony’s PlayStation 4 statement last night notably consisted of no footage of the actual console– and now, Sony Computer system Entertainment of America CEO Jack Tretton says that’s because the company still hasn’t got it ready. In an interview with AllThingsD, Tretton stated that “we & rsquo; re definitely efficient in revealing usable game material, but we put on & rsquo; t have a mass-production box that we can highlight and pull out. That & rsquo; s still in advancement in regards to last specifications and design.”
He defended the decision to show it later on this year on the premises that looks aren’t as important as capacity: “You certainly look at it when you insert a disc, however for most people, it & rsquo; s behind a cabinet or on a rack somewhere and you invest all your time …