Thursday, 26 May 2016

Android's lack of direction is helping Apple  

Apple Insider has a detailed analysis of Google I/O 2016 and the lack of focus currently affecting the Android platform.

Rather than focusing on the incremental innovation needed to win back the attention of enterprise users and premium consumers, Google’s vision for Android this year has again leapt in new directions which appear even less attainable. Android’s scattered, imitative strategies du jour are resulting in a platform that looks a lot like Apple’s–albeit the very unsuccessful Apple of the mid 90s.

Although the article does lean heavily in Apple’s favour and could be dismissed as pure fanboism, it does make some good points. To me it hoighlights how the race between Apple and Google to control the mobile space is almost tortoise and hare-like in its progress.

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Cheap Super Zoom Cameras  

The latest sub $1000 superzoom cameras are impressive. The video below is from a Canon Powershot SX50 SH with a optical zoom of 50x and digital zoom of 4x giving a total zoom capability of 200x.
Another contender for most powerful non-SLR zoom is the Nikon P900 which has a combined zoom of 332x. See the video below.

Racing Quadcopters  

I've been busy the last few months building a mini racing quadcopter. While I've only been able to have a couple of test flights so far, I've been keeping myself content watching quadcopter videos on YouTube such as this one.
Though I don't plan to actually race the quad, I'm looking forward to free flying like this and just enjoying the sheer speed of it.
Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Windows Phone market share sinks below 1%  

Microsoft only sold 2.3 million Lumia devices in the latest quarter, a massive 73 percent drop from the 8.6 million in the same period last year. As a result, Microsoft’s revenue from phones declined 46 percent.

Ouch.

Sunday, 13 Mar 2016

Blue Monday 1930's old skool  

One of my favourite songs from high school, Blue Monday by New Order, is creatively covered by Orkestra Obsolete using only instruments and technology available in the 1930's.

This is such a good and original cover of a great song, love it.

Via Kottke

Friday, 11 Mar 2016

3D Dress Making  

Two technologies I feel will have an enormous impact on our lives over the next decade is Virtual Reality/Augmentation and 3D Printing. An example of where 3D printing is headed can be seen in the video below. Kinematics Cloth App is an interactive 3D garment app people can use to design their own 3D printable garments.
Thursday, 10 Mar 2016

A Complete History of the Millennium Falcon  

Michael Heinemann’s detailed analysis of the history of the Millennium Falcon is an impressive piece of work. The story behind how Star Wars’ most famous ship came into existence is fascinating.

Rebel Blockade Runner - Final

Something I love about design is the iterative process a designer goes through before arriving at the final version. One of my favourtie models, the Rebel Blockade Runner above, was an the early Millenium Falcon design but was removed from contention after the untimely release of the TV series Space 1999 which had a similar looking ship, the Eagle Transporter.

Wednesday, 17 Feb 2016

SF2LA Trip - 2015  

I'm a sucker for good drone videos, especially when its not too 'droney'. This one is just beautiful.