plasma vs. crystals

  I need a new television set. Actually I do not need one, but I want a new one. Currently I still have got a widescreen ↑cathode ray tube (CRT) machine, which is great, but I want a way larger screen. Some eight—or is it twelve?—years ago all of my dear friends and acquaintances watched the whole soccer world championships at my home. For a long time I thought this was because of my charismatic persona and tremendous sociability. Until last week one of them parasites explained:      “Well, you definitely had the largest television screen.”      And … Continue reading

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more touchy

  ↑Watch the video, or ↑watch the magician himself ↑at TED, or the ↑first video, read everything about it at ↑Jeff Han‘s own website, at ↑multi touch screen, or in Adam L. Penenberg’s excellent article “↑Can’t Touch This“ at ↑FastCompany, and leave me alone, because with all those spooky interfaces making the techno-phantasies from “Minority Report” (2002) come alive, I feel so backward with my mouse & keyboard :-( … but then again, being ↵lo tek is a lifestyle.  P.S.: Just an observation: like with the ↵demonstration of the iPhone‘s browser capabilities, here again Wikipedia was used and clearly shown—is … Continue reading

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touchy

  Definitely I won’t repeat all the hype—if you are out for that, watch Steve Job’s Macworld keynote and the animations at the ↑iPhone homepage. What indeed strikes me is the usual Apple understatement, clear-cut physical design, and of course the multi-touch interface which promises to be intuitive to the max. And more than that—judging from the animations, the interface lets all our visions and dreams derived from countless science fiction and cyberpunk phantasies come true. If it really will work like illustrated above, enabling us for instance to push a row of album covers, neatly set up vertically on … Continue reading

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high end keyboard

  “When I first saw a picture of the ↑Boomslang in an advertisement, I immediately fell for its aesthetics,” I wrote in 2004, when I first attempted a case study in cultural appropriation of peripheral computer hardware, called ↵the taming of the boomslang. Not everybody around me shared my appreciation of the aesthetics of this legendary gamer mouse—when a close friend of mine first saw my Boomslang, she said: “This resembles more a rat than a mouse.” Anyway, Razer went on producing peripheral hardware, I stuck with their product line and later got my ↵new snake, which I am using … Continue reading

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wii motion

Once upon a time there were collections of pictures online, showing gamers in front of their screens, making impossible grimaces, and caught in quite astounding involuntary movement—results of their being deeply immersed in computergame action. Then have a look at professional gamers. Only fingers, hand, and eyes are moving, moving rapidly. For years I’ve tried to train myself in adopting that cool stance. Now everything is turned upside down by the ingenious input devices of Nintendo’s latest game console ↑Wii, the ↑Wii Remotes or “Wiimotes”. The latter sense their position in space by a combination of accelerometers and infrared measurement … Continue reading

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razr modding

It seems that I am attracted to ↵things “Razer”, however spelled, just ↑like John Romero is … ;-) As some may remember, I am the owner of “that girlish piece of hardware” [tnx 2R] called the Motorola Razr—which at some times is quite ↵inconvenient. As it is with inconvenient, but nevertheless popular pieces of technology … they get hacked and appropriated. Because the following information was deleted at the place where it originally stems from, I’ll repeat it here:  ↑ModMyMoto.com (M3)—The premiere Motorola modding forum site! A very helpful and friendly site dedicated to modding all the versions of the … Continue reading

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on target

  After ↵collecting toilets and ↵more toilets, now it’s the other way round—not toilets in computergames, but computergames in toilets. Designer ↑Marcel Neundörfer has developed urinals with integrated gameplay: “Recessed into a urinal is a pressure-sensitive display screen. When the guest uses it, he triggers an interactive game, producing images and sound.” To make things clear: you actually have to well-aimedly pee on the touch-sensitive screen. A gender-sensitive topic? And what about combining Neundörfer’s gadget with ↵shocking roulette? Unthought-of business opportunities. But there will be copyright issues, as Hayes Solos Raffle and Dan Maynes-Aminzade had the idea already in 2002 … Continue reading

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chinese shock

  China definitely is the world’s factory. No matter what kind of product I turn around—be it the cheapest plastic toy, little-finger sized, or be it a high-end expedition sleeping back, or be it any random electronic device, no matter from which price-segment—always I am going to find the embossed imprint “Made in China”. China manufactures everything. Everything. Remember ↵VirTra Systems’ glorious idea? Well, the fatal feedback has returned … today ↑Anthronaut notified me by e-mail of a party-gadget called “Shocking Roulette”. A quick search revealed that in China of course a similar item is produced. The picture above shows … Continue reading

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