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We ’ ve written a lot about our Hackathon hackers: their shirts, their hats, their capacity to code all night sustained by only snack food, beer, and Red Bull. However this year we decided to do something a little different.
We followed one hacker, David Kay, with all 24 hours of the event. Through the ups, with the downs, and with the delirious moments.
He and his partner, Steven Jung, have been regulars at this event for quite some time– he ’ s attended 5 Disrupts, 4 Disrupt Hackathons, and been a Disrupt volunteer twice– but determined that software application wasn ’ t going to cut it this year. As an alternative, they got a couple of Parrot AR. Drone 2.0 designs and determined to teach the smartphone-controlled quadrocopter a few tricks.
The item they finished with was called Quadro, and was indicated to fly, guide, and land via voice controls. And if not voice, an Xbox controller. This implied marrying base-level coding with Python, a more high-level shows language. But to take it a step further, they tried to utilize facial recognition with the Drone ’ s video camera, hoping to acknowledge the judges ’ faces during their presentation.
It was a hard difficulty, as you ’ ll see in the video– the duo finished with 5 minutes left on the clock.
David has worked for Google in New york city, but now operates as an independent professional with a focus on Android and iOS.
Right here ’ s exactly what he needed to state about the part of Disrupt in his life:
Disrupt NYC 2010 was my very first occasion in Startupland. After dropping out of school, I had been a professional DJ for a time, however, looking for something greater, I took some pc science classes and fell into programs. TechCrunch Disrupt was the very first concrete assurance that I had actually made the right option. As a lowly volunteer, I sat in the primary hall, overwhelmed by the roster of developers, wet-behind-the-ears new venture creators, grizzled tech veterans, angels and VCs, and could possibly see myself, one day, taking pleasure in each of these functions. It was then that I recognized that Startupland was my house.
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As you might have read minutes ago right here on TechCrunch, there ’ s a brand new iPad application on the market place that delivers the most effective of the Reading Rainbow show that numerous of us enjoyed so much as kids to the present generation of budding bookworms.
So it was an actual thrill to have LeVar Burton, the tremendously favored movie and television actor and director that was additionally — of course — the host of the long-running Checking out Rainbow show on PBS swing by TechCrunch TELEVISION to provide us the first-hand pitch on the app that he helped to develop.
Watch the video presentation above to obtain the complete review on why digital apps are the brand-new frontier for projects like Reading Rainbow, keeping a book-like feel in a high-tech machine like the iPad, precisely how he first linked with his co-founder Mark Wolfe, how being an tech business owner contrasts to a successful career in enjoyment, and a hands-on demo from Burton himself of the brand new Reviewing Rainbow application.
It’s in every science fiction book and movie since forever. Humans — the ordinary non-astronaut kind, like you and I — going up into space like it’s no big deal. And it’s generally believed that one day, eventually, space flight will become mainstream.
But alas, the day draws nigh. XCOR Aerospace and Space Expedition Corporation (SXC) have introduced the first aircraft that can endure frequent repeat trips to sub-orbital levels before tuckering out: the Lynx. Since the Lynx, a small fighter-esque plane that only holds two people, can make multiple trips a day back and forth to space, space flight becomes affordable enough for anyone to take the trip.
Well, not necessarily anyone. By “affordable,” I mean $ 95,000 for a ticket.
You’ll co-pilot the mission yourself, since there’s only space for two. The flight will last four or five minutes, over various spots on the planet, wherein the Lynx will flip upside down to give you a full view of our lovely rock.
According to Chief Test Pilot Rick Searfoss, who has traveled up into space with NASA three times as a Space Shuttle Commander, you’ll be able to see the curve of the earth and the thin blue line that separates our atmosphere from the black vacuum of space.
And though the Lynx doesn’t go past sub-orbital levels (around 100 kilometers), you’ll still feel entirely weightless.
The company has already sold over 175 tickets, and at $ 95,000 a pop, they’ll turn a profit immediately once they begin regular flights with private citizens. For now, we’re only in the testing phase, with commercial flights beginning no later than 2014.
Here’s an animation of the Lynx:
I’m smack dab in the middle of my HTC Evo 4G LTE review (the full review will be up tomorrow), but as I judge, I felt the need to bring John Biggs into the mix for a little Fly or Die.
Now, John is notoriously hard on Android phones, namely because they’re all incredibly similar. The Evo 4G LTE is no different. I, on the other hand, think it brings some pretty strong design language to the table, which could be great for someone looking to stand out.
I’m impressed with how comfortable the 4.7-inch 720p display is on the phone — usually that’s much bigger than I like (perfect “that’s what she said” moment, since you can’t say it yourself). But despite the fact that I threw out 25GB of free Dropbox storage, Beats Audio, and HTC’s Sense overlay, John still could not be impressed.
And to be honest with you guys, neither could I. Evo is a huge name to Sprint customers, but the yellow carrier has beefed up its offerings to now include the Galaxy Nexus and the iPhone 4S. Those are major competitors, which should crowd the shelves that the Evo line once dominated.
Dies across the board.
Check out the rest of my HTC Evo 4G LTE review coverage here.
This shouldn’t be the first time you’ve seen Skullcandy’s Hesh headphones appear on TechCrunch, but I’ll forgive you if it is. As a refresh, I reviewed the cans last week and found that it really came down to like vs. love. They’re fine, but I can’t necessarily justify a $ 60-$ 70 purchase.
John felt the same way when we sat down to chat about the Hesh headphones in this latest episode of Fly or Die. But it extends far beyond that. As John would say, “friends don’t let friends buy bad headphones.”
There should really only be two choices: get yourself a cheap pair of earbuds that will last you six months, or if you really enjoy high quality sound, make a solid investment in a set of Grado or Sennheisers or “the upper echelon of headphones” and really enjoy yourself.
Either way, mid-range headphones shouldn’t even exist in our book. They offer very little in sound quality and try to make up for it with style and brand cache, like Beats.
Beats by Dr. Dre headphones certainly aren’t the best headphones on the market, but the following behind them is huge, based mainly on the fact that Dre’s name is behind them and they look cool. Beats is about status, and the very worst part is that Skullcandy doesn’t even have that going for it.
We both give them a die.
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Rob Schmitz is a reporter and Marketplace Correspondent based in Shanghai, China. He has spent time in many factories – as well as a bit of time outside of the Foxconn factory in Shenzhen, the same factory fabulist Mike Daisey interviewed workers he purported were 12 and 13 years old. Schmitz’s findings definitely didn’t jibe with Daisey’s and I decided to sit down for a few minutes to go over his experiences reporting on Chinese manufacturing practices and problems.
“I think the truth is pretty complicated,” he said. “Foxconn has a little over one million employees in China.” Schmitz spent time talking to employees with Daisey’s translator, Cathy, and found a whole range of problems, from low wages to, oddly enough, complaints about the food. He didn’t see much of what Daisey described, but there’s a reason: Foxconn is one of the tightest-run manufacturers in China and Taiwan. There are problems, he said, but many of these problems are being addressed and when issues arise, workers are actually beginning to strike.
The truth, as Schmitz said, is complicated, and Daisey’s fabrications sadly cloud the real and pressing safety issues found in many of China’s lesser suppliers. To go after Foxconn and Apple is an easy ploy to gain eyeballs and attention, but the real concerns happen away from the bright media glare.
Today at Samsung’s media event in NYC, I got the chance to chat with VP of Content and Product Solutions, Eric Anderson, on the future of Smart TVs. The company just recently released a number of new Smart TV offerings equipped with what Samsung is calling Smart Interaction — the ability to control the TV through voice and gestures.
And while this is sure to wow consumers, Samsung is far more concerned with what it will mean for the company once these Smart TVs infiltrate the market. See, Samsung’s long-term end goal is an ecosystem. As a company that builds everything, from cameras to phones to displays to TVs to dishwashers, Samsung actually stands a chance when it comes to unifying your multimedia experience under one brand name. And I was pleasantly surprised to find that the experience itself was seamless and intuitive.
As expected, Anderson and Samsung aren’t too threatened by competition in this rapidly changing industry, but he did mention that Samsung loves nothing more than a challenge. While he sees Boxee and Roku offerings as more of a complementary set-up — assuming that consumers are using those with older model televisions that eventually migrate toward less prominent rooms in the home — while Google and Apple pose a threat in terms of consumer loyalty.
He admits that they’ve built up an ardent following, but that he hopes the next cycle of TV buyers can see the potential of Samsung Smart TVs when it comes to personalization, simplicity, and building out an ecosystem. He said that Apple and Google may be asking you to make a “quantum leap” with their forthcoming products, while Samsung is respecting the old way of consuming media via TV, and is ready to hold your hand through the transition.
Anderson also touches on some of the most popular apps on Samsung’s Smart TV platform, which might not be just what you’d expect, and admits that the future may actually be missing apps. He agrees that people want the content apps provide rather than the apps themselves on a TV, and that intelligent viewing is definitely on everyone’s mind right now. When we’ll see a real-life iteration of it, however, was off the table.
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In this episode of the TechCrunch Gadgets Webcast we assess the value of camera film, decide that Devin is the 6th Decemberist, and express how much we love Asus’ new ultrabook.
We promise every week that we’ll do these more often and we love doing them. Our questions: is it too short? Too long? What would you like to hear about? Would you like guests? Is the format alright? Would you prefer an audio podcast or should we strip the video for audio consumption? We, as you well know, are at your service.
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Steve Wozniak likes to be the first person in line to buy the latest Apple products. This evening, the Apple co-founder and designer of the Apple I and II, was #1 on line outside the Apple store in Los Gatos, California to get the iPhone 4S. He tweeted about it and he’ll be staying up all night. TechCrunch TV caught up with Woz and asked him why he does it. He explains what feature the new phone has that will change his life. Woz also tells us why “search engines should be replaced by answer engines.”
We’ll post another video soon on his thoughts about Steve Jobs and some concerns he has about the future of Apple. This exclusive interview was shot, fittingly, on an iPhone 4, so excuse the shaky camera.
A Silicon Valley icon and philanthropist for the past three decades, Steve Wozniak helped shape the computing industry with his design of Apple’s first line of products the Apple I and II and influenced the popular Macintosh. In 1976, Wozniak and Steve Jobs founded Apple Computer Inc. with Wozniak’s Apple I personal computer. The following year, he introduced his Apple II personal computer, featuring a central processing unit, a keyboard, color graphics, and a floppy disk drive. The Apple…
Started by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and Ronald Wayne, Apple has expanded from computers to consumer electronics over the last 30 years, officially changing their name from Apple Computer, Inc. to Apple, Inc. in January 2007.
Among the key offerings from Apple’s product line are: Pro line laptops (MacBook Pro) and desktops (Mac Pro), consumer line laptops (MacBook) and desktops (iMac), servers (Xserve), Apple TV, the Mac OS X and Mac OS X Server operating systems, the iPod (offered with…
The iPhone 4 will be offered in the US by AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint.
Dual-core A5 CPU, said to be “2x as fast at CPU tasks”
Dual-core graphics, up to “7x faster than the previous iPhone”
Battery life estimates: 8 hours talk time on 3G, 14 hours on 2G. 6 hours of browsing on 3G, 9 on Wi-Fi. 10 hours of video playback, 40 hours of music.
Theoretical download speeds of 14.4Mbps (as opposed to 7.2 on the iPhone 4.)