Video game director Leonard Menchiari and a small team of Italian developers are working on a riot simulator (RIOT) based on worldwide events. The project that will target iOS and Android devices first, with eventually PC and Mac ports following. You are able to choose which side of the protest to control, the riot police or a gang of rioters. "The main purpose of this project is to create a game that will get people to be interactive with two opposing forces during clashes between rioters and police while showing the moral aspects and viewpoints of both sides," the campaign states. The campaign has raised $1,000 of its $15,000 flexible funding goal.
David Laferriere is a illustrator and an awesome dad. He has been drawing stuff on his kids' sandwich bags since May 2008, using Sharpie markers. David writes: "Since May 2008 I have been drawing on my kids' sandwich bags with a Sharpie marker. Each drawing is done just after I make the sandwich. I take a picture and post to flickr. My kids don't see the drawing until it is lunchtime. The challenges are coming up with an idea and then drawing quickly and directly on the bag, every line counts." [ Flickr set]
Google has just released a video which shows off the UI for its Glass project. "Want to see how Glass actually feels? It's surprisingly simple. Say "take a picture" to take a picture. Record what you see, hands free. Even share what you see, live." On-lens directions, voice-controlled messages, web searches, notifications, and even on-the-fly translation. The glass looks kinda fun! Watch the video. Now, the glasses will be available "creative individuals" via its #ifihadglass page, for same princely sum of $1,500. Google claims to "be looking for bold, creative individuals who want to join us and be a part of shaping the future of Glass...We’re still in the early stages, and while we can’t promise everything will be perfect" [ Google Glass ]
HTC unveiled their new flagship Android smartphone, the HTC One. With a sleek aluminum body, the phone features a 4.7 inch full HD display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and 468ppi, a quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor with a clock speed of 1.7GHz, 2GB of RAM and a choice of either 32GB or 64GB of built in storage. And it also included HTC’s new Ultrapixel camera with a dedicated HTC Image Chip2, dual front-facing speakers, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0 and 4G LTE. The HTC One measures 137.4 x 68.2 x 9.3mm/4mm (max/min) and weighs in at 143 grams.
Have you ever just wished you could lift your pen off the paper and see your drawing become a real three dimensional object? Well now you can! 3Doodler developed by American toy company Wobbleworks is the 3D printing pen that can draw in the air. You can draw anything within minutes by plugging it into a power socket. It is the world's first and only 3D Printing Pen.
"Dachshund & Retriever shaped stylus for iPhone and iPad, with the dog's nose being the stylus tip. When you're not using it, you can put the dog on its leash and attach it to your iPhone's or iPad's headphone jack."
Sharetapes are physical cards that contain NFC chips and QR codes so they can play mixtapes on smartphones and tablets. Using your existing platforms like Spotify, YouTube, 8tracks and more, you can create personalised playlists which will then be saved onto your very own Sharetape by hitting record at sharetapes.com.
Canonical introduces the Ubuntu tablet interface, which will compete with Android, iOS, and Windows with its own take on multitasking and advanced security features. Canonical claims that future versions of Ubuntu will be able to run an Ubuntu app across four different user interfaces (desktop, TV, smartphone and tablet) with no need for special programming for each version. Users can start testing the interface on Feb. 21, when the Touch Developer Preview of Ubuntu will be published with installation instructions for the Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 tablets, as well as smartphones such as the Nexus 4 and Galaxy Nexus. The new Ubuntu tablet OS can be differentiated with partner branding, content, services and apps and has been specifically designed with operator and OEM customisation in mind. Watch the promotional video about the Ubuntu Tablet OS and see it in action. Canonical explains: “Our unique interface design scales from the phone to the tablet, and works equally well on pocketable consumer-oriented tablets from 7″ up, and full-blown media or enterprise tablets with screens from 10″ to 20″ and high definition resolution. And since there are no physical buttons needed beyond the power switch, you have more flexibility for incredible device design with Ubuntu than any other platform today.”