Wii U Evolution

June 11, 2011 at 11:42 pm (technology) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , )

wii u controller

Nintendo showed off its controller for its next system, the Wii U, at E3. The controller with its own user interface. The player can play the game directly on the controller which has a 6.2 inch touch screen. This allows the player to interact with the game very much like people are interacting more and more often with the world around them, through a mobile device.

Nintendo looked at how people are increasingly interacting with the world through tablets and smart phones and applied it directly to its next system.  What will this bring to gaming? What does interacting with the real world through mobile devices bring? With mobile devices people are interacting with the world less directly and are missing out on reality. Whereas this controller will have you looking at the big screen less often.  I like mobile devices. They do let you get more out of reality, I think, as long as you don’t let them take over you or cause you to walk into fountains.  I for one don’t want this issue with the new Wii U controller, having  Mario falling down holes or Link running into Baddies all the time.

What do you think about the Wii u controller? Yea or Nay?

Kagehime

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Phone App Bubble?

February 7, 2011 at 4:04 pm (technology) (, , , , , , , , , , , , )

Remember the .com bubble that burst after the 90s? Investors were just throwing their money at dotcom startups, but not all of them were good.  This created a bubble that eventually burst. Of course in the 90s it seems like everyone had money and then afterwards…not so much…

I’m hoping that doesn’t happen with phone apps. Everyone’s jumping on that band wagon like flies to sweat.  Every company’s getting their own app and then we’ve got ones like Instagram and Picpiz  that are turning into legit or at least semilegit businesses. Both of  these apps are edit photos and are bringing in the bucks from investors. I don’t mean to pick on photo apps but I’m not sure how profitable they are, especially if they’re free.

What do you think? Are we creating a phone app bubble that will eventually burst or are apps a new way of doing business?

Kagehime

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Is it truly 1984?

February 7, 2011 at 12:13 am (commercial, technology) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

In 1984, Apple had a commercial played at the Super bowl that made commercial history.

Years later, at the Super bowl, this Motorola Xoom commercial makes obvious reference to the 1984 commercial.  While its awesome I can’t say I’m going to go out and get a Xoom.  I kinda still want an ipad, even if that will leave me in the sea of sameness that is 1984. And too bad Motorola isn’t the only company making digs at Apple commercials right now. Tmobile got there first with the I’m a mac and pc campaign they’ve been on.

How do you like this Motorola commercial? Thing Apple turned into the bad guys from 1984 with its dominance over the mp3 and tablet markets? In 1984 Apple was the challenger that brought change to the market. Today who doesn’t refer to an mp3 as an ipod?  Or refers to a tablet as an ipad? Is it truly 1984 and can Motorola do what Apple did in 1984?

Kagehime

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What is Tasty Labs?

February 6, 2011 at 3:36 pm (technology) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , )

What is Tasty Labs? Tasty Labs sounds like a food tasting factory of sorts.  That would be kinda cool, but its supposed to be better than that, what ever it is.  They claim to be putting the useful back in social software.  You can look at this stealth but tasty sounding company’s  fledgling site which tells you what they are not and what they aim to be.  With more than one guy working on Tasty Labs and some $3 million dollars from Delicious, I’m wondering if these guys aren’t just hungry.

Kagehime

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Copycat

December 6, 2010 at 7:28 pm (commercial, technology) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

I’m going to talk about a commercial.  Talking about ads is part of what I do anyways. But this one I noticed for this one to its similarity to the Apple ads.  At first I thought it was. I knew that I’m a PC was not planning to be in any more commercials so I just assumed they got new people for the roles.  So much for assuming. Its actually a T-mobile ad. I almost mistook it except it was bashing the iphone for its AT& T service. If I didn’t pay attention to it I would have except I paid attention because of the similarity.

I don’t want to run out for 4G with Tmobile.  In fact I don’t want Tmobile.  Tmobile’s currently 4th in the race for phone service.  What does this say about its service? Is it good? How far is its coverage? I know this ad is claiming Tmobile is better than AT&T, but at least AT&T is number 2 in the race.

And the other thing about this commercial I still think iphone from seeing it. I don’t think about whatever other phone is associated with Tmobile. I might not know any phones with Tmobile…the Evo? And do people get the service for the phone? Or the phone for the service? If people get the service for the phone I’m not sure how helpful this ad is, but maybe it’ll get people thinking.

Personally I have Verizon because they bought out Alltel. So far I haven’t had any service problems, but I’ve yet to upgrade to a smartphone.  If I do upgrade I don’t want Tmobile unless they can show me awesomeness.  My eyes are currently set on the iphone. The Droid seems more technologically advanced than what I would have use for.  Really I had someone show me all the thing the ipod Touch could do before I decided to get one.  I wouldn’t have bothered to get it otherwise. Maybe the Droid isn’t actually more advanced, but that’s exactly what I think from seeing the commercials and I’ve seen more people with iphones than Droids so its not on my list to get or even look at.

What did you think of this ad? And what kind of smartphone do you have or want? 

Kagehime

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Gaggia Coffee Espresso

September 21, 2010 at 2:28 pm (food, pop culture, technology) (, , , , , , , , )

 

I saw the Gaggia Coffee Espresso  machine and went gaga.   An espresso machine that sounds like its got something to do with Lady Gaga? Awesome. Well it is an Italian company that makes it.

But really the most awesome thing about them is their coffee cups.

With a cup this awesome you can feel like Lady Gaga.

Granted she drinks tea.

Kagehime

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Willy Wonka’s popping up

April 21, 2010 at 10:41 am (commercial, technology) (, , , , , , , , , , )

Willy Wonka’s been popping up in commercials recently.  The tunnel scene was used in a Lost commercial and the song Pure Imagination is used in an AT&T.  One is used for the creepiness, the other for the power of the imagination sparked in the original Willy Wonka. They were released around the same time.  Coincidence? And do you like the commercials?

Kagehime

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Now trending, this is i, and the curse of the copycat

January 18, 2010 at 7:16 pm (technology) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

There’s too much copying and mass production of the same thing going on and this will lead to the curse of the copycat in which everything will be the same, but produced by different companies.  I for one like originality.  See what’s not.

Like the apple invented the lamp and etc.  And this makes a good analogy for the Iraq war too.

Yahoo‘s got now trending like its twitter.

                          Nexus One                                                               Iphone

There’s igoogle and its copy of the iphone with the nexus one.

Kodak’s got a flip camera and so does someone else.

Where does the copying end? Certainly not with generic medicine or store brand foods. Maybe I should start referring to everything personal as I, the ifriend, the i enemy since there are so many iproducts and programs and not all of them belong to apple.

Kagehime

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