Absolutely incredible! Though I wonder if there are big queues at the end of every workday?
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There have been no shortage of people basing Microsoft's new console the Xbox One over the past two weeks since its announcement, and I for the most part have defended it. But today's announcement of the restrictions placed on the next generation console are just plain ridiculous.
Have a look at the infographic below - the 360 has been my console of choice, but I'm seriously unimpressed by its follow up. Disgusting.
A great piece from The Verge's Katie Drummond on a extraordinary science of transplanting a human face:
Cheryl’s face was the best match that surgeons had found for Tarleton, but it wasn’t perfect: Tarleton’s body was already producing some key proteins that might fight off the transplanted tissue, and Pomahac estimated that the procedure carried up to a 20 percent chance of failing completely. If it did, surgeons would be forced to remove the transplanted tissue, leaving Tarleton with some variation of the disfigured face she’d had before the procedure.
Points too for the beautifully produced video of the story.
Seattle company Planetary Resources are trying to raise $1,000,000 in Kickstarter to launch a user controlled orbital satellite, complete with external screen and self facing camera for the ultimate 'selfie'.
You can add your support now and get a picture of your choice displayed and photographed in space for only $25 - freaking cool!
From the Monitor Digital Festival in Guadalajara, Mexico comes 'Lumarca', an immersive 3D sculpture made from the hanging of hundreds (thousands?) of pieces of string and a digital projector:
I'm a little late to the party on this one, but Marco Armet's inside look in to the acquisition of Tumblr by Yahoo is a great read:
Anyone who knows David can tell, very clearly, that he wrote every word of his announcement post. Not only did Yahoo let him end it like that, but the subhead on their official press release shows that Tumblr and Yahoo are seeing eye-to-eye on quite a lot already. In many ways, this feels more like a merger than an acquisition. This is clearly what David believes is best for his product. On such big decisions, he hasn’t been wrong yet. This time, though, I don’t have any doubts.
Marco was one of the driving forces behind the creation of Tumblr and his unique perspective on the company and it's founder is second to none.
Following a post on Reddit, user Candlematt posted to a video demonstration of how ceiling mounted automatic fire sprinklers work. It may sound a little dry (pardon the pun) - but the technology used is strikingly simple and effective. Fascinating stuff!
I'm generally not crazy about the Gawker network, but this piece from Gizmodo.uk is great:
Images show gloss plastics with complex shapes that have been produced on machines worth hundreds of thousands of pounds, and then have been meticulously post-processed for hours, days, even weeks, at great expense by highly-trained professionals. People see images or videos of 3D printed mechanisms, 3D printed tables, material 3D prints, and of course guns, and then they see that they can buy one for under £500 and think WOW! I can do all this at home — this is the future! And it is, in some respects — it’s going to open so many things up in the world. But that doesn’t mean to say that you will do it yourself or that it will decentralise manufacturing, like the hype seems to suggest.
The author (Nick Allen) describes the current fascination with the technology as being part of a honeymoon period for 3D printing, with the public's growing excitement over the technology not being matched by the reality of what is actually possible.
Well worth your time.
I'm fascinated by the life of Aaron Swartz and the work he was able to complete before in tragic suicide earlier this year. Today The New Yorker launched a new service called 'Strongbox' that allows anyone to provide documents to the newspaper in a completely anonymous and untraceable fashion
In truth it is such a shame that such a service is needed, especially with President Obama's hostility towards whisteblowers and a number of news organisations. Aaron was one of the good guys, a great loss for so many online and off.
"Aaron Swartz was not yet a legend when, almost two years ago, I asked him to build an open-source, anonymous in-box. His achievements were real and varied, but the events that would come to define him to the public were still in his future: his federal criminal indictment; his leadership organizing against the censorious Stop Online Piracy Act; his suicide in a Brooklyn apartment. I knew him as a programmer and an activist, a member of a fairly small tribe with the skills to turn ideas into code—another word for action—and the sensibility to understand instantly what I was looking for: a slightly safer way for journalists and their anonymous sources to communicate."
It's heartening to see modern digital technologies being used to preserve and protect free access to information and accountability. I desperately hope it proves to be a success, if for nothing else than a fitting memorial to an extraordinary human
A fantastic parody of Adobe's new version of Photoshop.
Following a number of scathing reviews for the intial release of the OUYA Android gaming console, the company has responded in a statement to GamesIndustry.biz claiming the console is not yet ready for reviews:
"We will be making Ouya review units available in early to mid-May so that you are able to review the more complete consumer experience and prepare your coverage in time for the June 4th retail launch," a representative said. "To clarify for you--Ouya has sent no review units out to press. Any reviews you have seen online are a result from individuals who received early backer units from supporting our Kickstarter."
Although I can't find exact numbers, the company has begun to ship out thousands of kickstarter edition products to it's many supporters, yet at the same time claim that console is not ready for commercial release. Whilst this may make sense in an abstract sense, I just don't think this forced distinction holds any water in the real world. Developer previews of unfinished hardware and operating systems are commonplace in the gaming world and are necessary for development and testing. By comparison the OUYA is being sent to thousands of paying customers, not to test software but to be used as gaming machines, complete with consoles final hardware.
This move is somewhat understandable as the high profile kickstater campaign has forced the company into this early release of the product - but the question remains, will it do more harm than good? Has the funding model that enabled the creation of the device also created a set of expectations that are next to impossible to deliver on and which may ultimately kill the product?
As we work our way through the new world of crowd sourced funding these issues highlight rather dramatically the potential downsides inherent to the funding medium - particularly in regards to the management of consumer expectations. The OUYA may yet be a success, but it's development thus far can serve as both a source of inspiration and concern for other kickstarter creators.
The development of any creative product takes time, often much more than initially envisaged and when you add in thousands of eager investors in your product these set timeframes have the potential to lead to disaster.
This little box is a really interesting concept, and there does seem to be some potential to the device... Having said that, you can't help but feel that such a weak first release could be devastating to such a high profile device and company.