Posts Tagged ‘Plays’
It may be hard to believe, but that transparent disk in the photo above is actually a fully functioning speaker. A team of researchers at Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences have pioneered a never before seen application of ionic conductivity by creating a see-through artificial muscle that can produce sounds spanning the entire audible spectrum. While ionic conduction isn’t a novel idea, it’s been considered impractical due to the fact that ionic materials react poorly to high voltage. The team, which included postdoctoral research fellows Jeong-Yun Sun and Christoph Keplinger (pictured above), circumvented that obstacle by placing a layer of rubber between two sheets of transparent conductive gel, allowing the system to work with both high voltage and high actuation, two qualities necessary for sound reproduction. Theoretically, soft machine technology such as this can be used to do much more than play Grieg’s Peer Gynt, particularly in the fields of robotics, mobile computing and adaptive optics. To watch it in action, check out the video after the break.
Via: The Verge
This is a video of a precious little scrapheap of a dog using a slow moving stream to play fetch with itself. Apparently the owners were right there watching him too — he’s not just playing by himself because he has to. Which is a relief, because if your dog teaches itself to play fetch alone because you don’t have time for it, you have no right owning a dog. Whether you want to admit it or not, you’re a cat person.
Hit the jump for the video of Scrappy in action.
Something I’ve always wanted to try – BO2 on Wii U! ▻ Part 2 – http://bit.ly/1cQRjys ◅ Watch me play BO2 using just the Gamepad (link above)! I’ve played …
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The renowned open source video playback app VLC has just returned to iOS after a very public withdrawal back in 2011. The app plays all of the file types supported by its desktop counterpart, including .mkv and .avi, as well as network streams, and includes Dropbox integration, support for subtitles, and variable playback speed. Because the whole project is open source, you can also download everything and take a look at how it works inside Xcode. It looks like the app isn’t available yet in all markets, but it is free (as in beer) to download.
This is a video of actor and musician Brad Carter playing the guitar while undergoing brain surgery to repair damage done by Parkinson’s. Sorry but brain stuff makes me queasy and I feel myself getting a little lightheaded so I’m going to copy/paste something now. Hopefully not an excerpt from my diary.
I sad next to Nancy on the bus today. She smelled like apricots.
I SAID NOT MY DIARY, DAMMIT — something about brain surgery.
For this type of brain surgery, which is fairly routine, the patient remains awake and responsive for parts of the procedure to assist doctors with placing electrodes into the correct position.
Carter made an unusual request: could he play guitar during the procedure to make sure everything was working properly, and to see if the shakiness in his hands was improving?
The procedure was a success and Brad is super excited to get back to making music. Good lookin’, bro. I bet years from now we’ll all be able to look back on this video and still experience the same sort of queasy nausea we felt today. That’s something, right?
Hit the jump for the video.
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Hey guys i’m really sorry becuase i made a BIG mistake.I accidentally writed pt.9 I’m really sorry so please ignore that…I will not do that anymore..I’m so…
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Nokia’s Asha line of less-expensive smartphones, not developed on Microsoft’s Windows Phone but Nokia’s own proprietary OS, is getting a new boost of attention today. The company is unveiling a new (and free) premium developer program for Asha developers. Modelled on a premium program started for Lumia developers last year, those participating will get extra developer resources, credits towards promoting finished apps in Nokia’s app storefront or via advertising in other apps, and a free device, so that they can boost numbers in the Nokia Store for content made for the Asha line of phones. Nokia tells me that there are now 130,000 apps, ringtones and wallpapers for Asha in the Store already, without breaking out the number of apps compared to other content.
Not only will this help to boost the number of apps in the Nokia store, but it furthers the idea of Asha as the “other” smartphone line being pushed by Nokia — and not just another high-end feature phone. As IHS analyst Ian Fogg noted after seeing the news: “Nokia builds the case for Asha to be considered a smartphone.”
Nokia says that for developers to be considered, there are some criteria to be met. For “stage-one productivity membership” (this includes extra developer support, the free device and expanded remote access), a developer need to have at least two apps built for any mobile platform and currently in any mobile store (not just those run by Nokia itself). For “stage-two” membership (this includes the promotional options of either app store placements or $ 500 worth of advertising), the developers need to agree to develop and publish at least one app for the Nokia Store to work on an Asha device.
The Lumia premium developer program, Nokia says, has proven to be its most successful developer program ever.
But if Nokia’s Lumia line is considered its “flagship” fleet of smartphones, then the Asha devices are the company’s ever-essential workhorses.
In Nokia’s Q4 results that it reported in January, the company announced 9.3 million Asha devices sold, more than twice the number of Lumia devices (at 4.4 million). While Nokia has been working hard to create Lumia handsets that are stretching ever further into the low cost segment — the most recent being the $ 180 520 handset unveiled at the Mobile World Congress this year — Asha devices were already there, with devices going for under $ 100 already unveiled last year.
This fact makes the Asha and ever-more important link in the chain that Nokia has to be careful not to break as it tries to bring its vast population of users in emerging markets on to Nokia smart devices, rather losing them to the rival Android ecosystem as led by Samsung, Huawei and dozens of other handset makers. Samsung in particular has approached the market with an aggressive device strategy across virtually every mobile handset price point (and feature set).
The developer program and its stated purpose to create apps for Asha devices is very much part of that strategy. As Apple has very conclusively proven both with the iPhone and iPad tablet, one of the biggest draws to a particular piece of hardware is the software that you will be able to use on it.
The idea, of course, are for those apps to be quality as well as in quantity. “We want to reward apps that really engage the user,” Kenny Mathers, director of developer programs and monetisation at Nokia, said in a statement. “We’ll be looking for high-quality graphics and user interface, plus great user reviews, with a minimum rating of four stars from at least 25 Nokia Store user reviews.”
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Do you hear Spotify? Do you have a Raspberry Pi? Well, Pi MusicBox might just be the thing for you. It’s a bootable Debian image for RaspBerry Pi that implements Modipy, a songs server which allows playback from local storage space, Spotify streaming and remote-control from any MPD (Songs Player Daemon) client. There are MPD apps for most platforms, consisting of Android, iOS, Windows and Mac OS (see screenshots above). Pi MusicBox additionally supports WiFi, USB sound and AirTunes streaming right from the, err … box. So, if your Raspberry Pi is jonesing to play some tunes, go on and strike those links below.