The Google Lockout first Apple does away with Google maps and Facebook introduces a new Bing Search feature in their new graph search engine.
Archos already has its hands in the kiddie-tablet market, with its 7-inch Arnova Child Pad, and it’s taking on the productivity-minded crowd with its keyboard-toting 101 XS. Now the company is going after another niche segment with the…
Coco Looks To Be The One And Only Controller For Your iOS Device
The guy’s at Milk Shake Labs have a big task ahead of them and so far it looks like they have all the gear they need to tackle it. Controllers for iOS are nothing new though we haven’t actually scene many of them made available on the market plenty have come across KickStarter and even been displayed at CES. Coco gives you everything you could need or want in a tactile iPhone controller. The physical buttons are their a nice smooth case for the phone to set in powered by your headphone jack and access to your audio port is still made available to you so you can use your headset. The Coco can even hook up to your iPad or if you have an Apple TV you can play it on the big screen using your iPhone as a second screen similar to that of a Wii U controller. It looks like a great project but the live or die of it is that of all the others, getting game developers to make the games compatible with the controller. A handful of titles have done that so far (see link http://cococontroller.com/games/ ) one notable game being Air Mail, if more quality games become compatible like that then Coco has a chance. You can get in on the action as an early backer and grab your controller for just $35 now on their KickStarter here http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/games/the-coco-controller?ref=live
Ouya The Android Based Gaming Console Raises Over $2 Million On Kickstarter In One Day
Yesterday the Ouya launched on Kickstarter a $99 Android based console system. It already had a good start by being half way to their funding goal at lunch time. The console is pretty simple with a gorgeous design rocking 8GB of storage, 1GB of RAM, A Tegra 3 proccesor, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and utilizing a wireless controller that a lot of thought and care has been put into. It was pretty obvious this would be one gamers and geeks would love to back but this morning we found out they really love it as Ouya has now raised over 2 million dollars in one day! What can you play on it, well that’s where the guys want your help hit the link to go over to their Kickstarter page and you can do their survey putting in the top five games you want, Ouya is going to be open sourced so essentially every game developer from the indie guys to Rockstar have their chance to make a game for it. Could Ouya be the next big thing in console gaming, it’s possible especially if the guys take into consideration the PS Vista theory. Play it on the console and then play it on the go, with the box being Android based and the game developers already doing gaming apps it could be a seamless integration.
Pebble E-Paper Watch Gets Bluetooth 4.0
One of the most asked about features other than waterproofing for the Pebble has been the desire for Bluetooth 4.0 low energy. Now that the guys have reached over $9 million in funding they said this feature would be added. The main goal their stating isn’t for the energy consumption but the “eventual support of wireless sensors like heart-rate and cadence (for cycling).” Though this will be a feature not initially enabled on the watch but come later on by way of a free update.
Let’s Talk Mobility Series: iPad and Kindle Fire in Gaming
So let me say this first, I recommend two tablets and only two right now the iPad and the Kindle Fire. If you don’t like that well, oh well stick around for the cool Star Wars pictures I post then. The Kindle Fire is the simplest and easiest to use of all the Android tablets and it’s cheap. As I’ve said before overall the iPad wins every time with simplicity, form, speed and price that just can’t be beat.
I’ll start off with the Kindle Fire in gaming. One word “Simple” they’re going to be your basic games, think Angry Birds or Plants vs Zombies. Both games play well on the Fire and don’t require overstraining the CPU anything along those lines is a great matchup for it. Do get this if you want Words With Friends, Draw Something and some casual gameplay while you read an eBook. Don’t expect to play a ported version of Doom on this or hook up an external controller, that’s not what this is for. Think more Moms, your 12yr old or a community tablet at the house.
Next is the iPad yes it does Angry Birds and more but come on how about a fully immersed, graphic intensive, multi-player game, oh yeah it does that to. For the casual user things like Draw Race, Smash Cop and Zombie Ville USA bring not only easy to use arcade style game play but highly detailed and graphic immersive games. Before I go on you need to know what “Arcade Style Game Play” is, for those of you not familiar with going to an arcade or have never been its pretty simple. You go pick out a game and drop your coin in, you might play for just a few minutes, you might play for 10 or 20 minutes and even some of you might do an hour or two but you can put it down walk away and comeback. Unlike a FPS where your immersed deeply in the game and story you pick the iPad up run a few laps on Draw Race and kill 10 or 15 minutes on your break. It was fun, quick and your scores and achievements are kept there for you in the Game center. That’s “Arcade Style Game Play” and for those of us who were kids in the 80’s and 90’s we can remember those old cabinet’s that inhaled our quarters. The iPad offers you the same thing and then some. Now on top of that you also have something you can play graphic intensive, highly immersive multi-player games on. Games like Shadow Gun give you that immersive FPS gameplay much like that of Gears of War. Infinity Blade I and II along with Sky Gamblers Air Supremacy give you multiplayer interaction with hours of online play. The iPad lacks one thing though to propel it forward to be a competitor against your XBOX 360 or PS3 and that’s a controller. The processing and computing capabilities are there and we might soon see this change if we go by what the rumor mills say. That aside it’s easy enough to spend hours on the iPad locked in on a multiplayer game or even killing time with some of the more casual ones. Don’t grab this hoping to replace your home console. Do grab this if you’re looking at tablets as an option whether it be for a media device or work the iPad is a great pic and a capable gaming machine.
Pebble E-Paper Watch Update The guys at the Pebble project are now just short of $6 million in funding. Update number 6 gives us a full warranty on the watch and the guys have launched a forum board for you to discuss the wath with them.
Google showed off a mock-up today of Project Glass for your glasses.
Pebble Is Your Smart Watch
Pebble is a smartphone interactive watch, it sinks up with your iPhone or Android device via Bluetooth giving you the ability to not only control certain apps on your phone but also change the watch face and see incoming calls and txt. Now this isn’t the first watch to do this the same team has previously made inPulse a Blackberry interactive watch. However due to high demand for an iOS capable one they’ve set out to make Pebble available to everyone. The watch uses an E-Ppaer display allowing it to be viewed even in bright light and a backlit display that allows it to be viewed at night. A rechargeable battery powers the device for up to seven days and though it comes with a rubber wrist band the guys say any standard 22mm watch band will fit. You can grab your Kickstarter first for $99
Google Isn’t The Only One With A Project Glass
An AR Developer from Oxford Will Powell has come up with his own version using items and apps available.
Stupid Addictive Games
I recently finished reading the article in the NY Times “Just One More Game” by Sam Anderson and it is beyond accurate. It came out yesterday and I passed over it as the title just made me role my eyes but I bumped into it again and sat down to read the whole article and I am glad I did. I am not going to even try to summarize it I will give a couple inserts from it but the link is here at the bottom click it and take a minute to read it.
“Games, he told me, are like “homebrew neuroscience” — “a little digital drug you can use to run experiments on your own brain.” Part of the point of letting them seduce you, as Lantz sees it, is to come out the other side a more interesting and self-aware person; more conscious of your habits, weaknesses, desires and strengths. “It’s like heroin that is abstracted or compressed or stylized,” he said. “It gives you a window into your brain that doesn’t crush your brain.”
Lantz told me that the deepest relationship he has ever had with a game was with poker, to which he was almost dangerously addicted. “Somehow teetering on the edge was part of the fun for me,” he said. “It was like a tightrope walk between this transcendently beautiful and cerebral thing that gave you all kinds of opportunities to improve yourself — through study and self-discipline, making your mind stronger like a muscle — and at the same time it was pure self-destruction. There’s no word for that in English, for a thing that does both of those at the same time. But it’s wonderful.”
I asked him if he knew a word for that in another language.
He said no, but then he thought for a minute.
“I think it’s ‘game,’ ” he said. “I think the word for that is ‘game.’ ”
Source: The New York Times
Google[x] Brings You Project Glass Your Personnel H.U.D.
The long rumored Project Glass from Google has finally been announced by the Google[x] team. The HUD gives you information such as received txt’s, maps for directions and location based info. I appears as though they would integrate a HUD, mic, headset and camera. Much of the info on them can be seen in the video so take a minute to watch, it’s pretty cool.
The Helo TC Assault Touch From Griffin Tech
Griffin Tech brings a new spin on iOS controlled RC Helicopters and throws in missiles for fun. There are already several app driven RC devices that are nothing more than a spin on the common control scheme allowing touch joystick control and accelerometer control. The Helo has those features as well plus missiles! Ok, that’s not all it has but shooting your coworkers with a flying helicopter is great. It also has flight pattern mapping allowing you to save up to three flights and the routes taken along with control of the Helo’s LED lights and an auto land feature via a quick tap. Little things can often make a big difference and let’s hope that’s the case for the Helo. This isn’t Griffins first round at an app controlled helicopter and the first one had a quirk or two we’ll see what the Helo brings it’s yours for $60.