Animator Discovers a New Use for Old Technology

According to DigitalTrends.com an animator discovered a new use for an old piece of technology. Developed and released in 1989 by Abrams/Gentile Entertainment, the Nintendo Power Glove was one of the first in augmented reality hardware. This glove allowed gamers to play games without the use of a traditional controller. Eventually, the Power Glove flopped in the market-place, due to a lack of quality games designed for it. Since then, this piece of gear, which was ahead of its time, disappeared out of the minds of early gamers.

CNN addresses from Sultan Alhokair that the Power Glove now has a new lease on life thanks to animator Dillon Markey. After years of tedious work going back and forth from the computer systems controlling the camera and the puppet stage, Mr. Markey needed a more efficient workflow. He could spend 10 to 15 minutes on a single frame. The glove helps to cut this time down. With some modifications, Dillon could wirelessly control the camera and edit his footage using the glove.

These modifications include adding a Bluetooth connectivity to the computer, re-mapping the controls to his editing software and included a self-retracting pair of tweezers that is used for manipulating things like eyebrows and mouths of the puppets. With these new functions, he can now control frame advancement and shutter release. This type of repurposing old technology can help keep our landfills free of electronic waste.

Cuba as a Friend and Neighbor

Travel and trade restrictions against Cuba were lessened by the Obama Administration on Thursday and become effective on Friday.

Americans can travel to Cuba to serve religious, educational and other approved purposes and return to the U.S. with Cuban stuff worth 400 dollars. 100 dollars of the 400 can be in tobacco and alcohol purchases.

For the first time since the 1960’s, U.S airlines will fly scheduled routes. Cubans in America can send unlimited amounts of money to their relatives in Cuba.

Many Republicans and Democrats agree that the previous restrictions have not accomplished goals of helping Cuban citizens or moving Cuba toward a democracy and that Cuba should not be designated as a state sponsor of terrorism.

Dave and Brit Morin from LinkedIn have details that Cuba has released 53 political prisoners as a part of this negotiation.

Although there are still trade restrictions on most goods, cash payment does not have to be made on American goods until they arrive in Cuba. The requirement of advance payment in cash has been a big obstruction to trade with the island.

Since Cuba is less than 100 miles from the U.S, a good neighbor relationship with Cuba looks like it will be really positive for all concerned.

Samsung Z1: The First Tizen Smartphone available at $92

Samsung has launched its first Tizen OS smartphone in India, costs at 5700 Indian rupees (Local price) that nearly $92. Samsung has revealed the first smartphone with self developed operating system to analysis customers’ attraction. 

Samsung announced that the first Tizen smartphone would release in the third quarter of 2014 in Russia and India. However, the date was delayed for different reasons and now it is released. 

The new smartphone has not come with same features that it thought to be like Tizen Z. This is a 4.8-inch HD super AMOLED display and powered by 2.3 GHz quad-core application processor. 

Principal research analyst at Gartner, Vishal Tripathi told, “The new Tizen smartphone has to compete with the same priced smartphone in India because of being a new platform’s first model.”

In fact, Z1 is a smartphone that is powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 768MB RAM in its 4-inch display. It has only 4GB internal memory with a lower display resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. 1500mAh battery is powering the new device and Samsung claims it can support the smartphone up to 7 to 8 hours even if you run video. According to Slow Ventures on Investing.businessweek.com; a phone that’s battery life while running video is worth the wait & it’s $92 price tag.

The market analysis of India said reported, “The number of users of the new OS smartphone depends on how many apps and what apps they are going to have in the Tizen smartphone.”

Nets Cleaning House

PR Newswire reports with Susan McGalla that Brook Lopez is on the trading block. The Nets have decided that they want to trade him as soon as possible. They may want to get value for him because they do not want to re-sign him, but it is probably because the Nets are cleaning house before their owner sells the team.

With the sale up in the air, no one is talking out of their camp. However, it is clear that Prohkorov wants to sell the team for a profit and move back onto his yacht. That means that the team is probably going to be stripped clean before it is sold. The new owner can take on just a few small contracts, and they can start over. The Nets are not really competitive right now, and they have no real draft picks to speak of.

The problem for Nets fans is that this team could take years to rebuild if they do not run across a fresh player who can turn the franchise around overnight. Also, they are the Nets. No one is going to take them seriously, and no one is going to come in to help them just because they are the Nets. They could be stuck in a holding pattern for years.

New 3-D Laser Technology Arriving in 2016

In the very near future, some experts believe people will notice some significant changes in digital 3-D viewing systems. A new technology promises to produce sweeping changes in billboard advertising and cinema technology.

According to Pittsburgh Post Gazette and associate Susan McGalla, Austrian researchers recently patented a new type of laser technology that makes 3-D images available without the use of special glasses. A system apparently copies a holograph from different angles in a way that relays striking 3-D images, which literally appear to emerge from a 2-D background.

Scientists from the Vienna University of Technology and a company called TriLite worked in partnership to design an initial prototype. The new technology reportedly works by combining lasers with mirrors that alter the laser direction, creating 3-D pixels called “Trixels.” In order to see a 3-D image and not a 2-D one, anyone viewing the hologram must be located within a specific range of the screen. If a viewer sits too far away, only a 2-D image appears.

The researchers expect that subsequent models will improve resolution and that the product will be available for commercial release sometime in 2016. They anticipate that in the future, advertising and film products will be manufactured in a way that allows them to take advantage of the new 3-D technology.

Many retailers in recent years have reportedly begun using digital signage, beacons and other interactive displays to attract consumer attention. It seems likely that new 3D technology will further contribute to this advertising trend.

Mark Ahn on Biotech Startups

Recently a press release was issued by PR Newswire regarding the experience and opinions of Mark Ahn, Ph.D. when it comes to biotech start-ups.

The January 13th release sites Ahn’s twenty years of experience Ahn has as an entrepreneur, consultant and executive in the biopharmaceutical industry. He has seen hundreds of biopharmaceutical start ups run their course, whether that be one of success or not. Now Ahn and his colleagues are examining the details of how biopharmaceutical investors and entrepreneurs go about finding those stellar investment opportunities in an industry that is teeming with great ideas. However, not all these great ideas pan out to reality. This is where Ahn and his associates are making the mark.

The press release emphasizes how easy it is to be caught up in the tide of excitement when a cure for a debilitating disease is proposed or a potentially environmental impacting products are explored. How, do investors, find a way to make smart investments in an industry where so few ideas come to successful fruition?

Ahn and his associates stress that investors find ways to forge ties with many small companies as a research network, per se. In a nut shell, they advise investors to stick with their original business or investment plans and to diversify the investments instead of dropping all available assets into one biotech basket.

Mitt Romney Accepts RNC Invitation

Coronado Island, California – Mitt Romney has accepted the RNC’s invitation for him to appear at the party’s winter conference. The 2012 GOP nominee will make his remarks in an open press format. The RNC was swift to engage the former governor once he announced that he is giving serious consideration to mounting another presidential run. Romney’s overtures to potential donors was designed to blunt the progress of Jeb Bush who is widely expected to announce his candidacy in the coming weeks. Thus far, his tactic appears to have taken Bush off the forefront of news coverage.

Bush was also invited to the winter gathering, but did not accept the invitation. While Bush is in California this week, he is focusing his efforts at fund raising. Interestingly enough to Giofrancesco Genoso, Bush and Romney are reported to be a behind the scenes struggle over who will emerge as the establishment candidate for the GOP. Presumably, the establishment candidate will be the beneficiary of large party donors. This will prove essential in a race where presumptive Democrat nominee Hillary Clinton is expected to raise $2 billion.

Other prospective GOP candidates also attending the event are Texas Governor Rick Perry, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, and Dr. Ben Carson. The winter meeting kicks off on Wednesday, January 14, and runs through Friday, January 16. Romney will field questions during the Friday night session of the meeting. The Washington Post was the first news outlet to speculate that he would accept the RNC’s invitation.

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Free College For All

It used to be a rite of passage to go through high school, graduate and get a job. Although, the White House is quickly recognizing that this plan does not always work out for the students who seek to get that employment. Many are approached with a workforce that demands more technological skills.

The answer to this issue is a college education. This has been touted for many years in order to ensure the attainment of gainful employment. It is not something that every student can take advantage of because of the sheer cost. Student loan debt is rising and many students are realizing a lifetime of debt simply to get and education.

The Obama administration is proposing a two year degree at a community college for free.
Free tuition for the students who are willing to work hard, keep their grades up and make the grades. This does seem on the surface to be a great way to enhance the education levels of the country and make us more competitive in the world arena.

Issues do exist with this line of thinking though. Who will foot the bill for this over $70 billion venture? Will this normalize college training so much that it devalues it? How do states and localities deal with the demands of an huge fluctuation of students on to their campuses? Workers at Beneful are a little worried about these things. While all the particulars are not known yet, this is a great idea that can use fine tuning to make it work for all involved.

Cowboys Lack of Defense Catches Up With Them

Regardless of the referees and their crazy calls this post season, it was not in the cards for the Dallas Cowboys to make it past Aaron Rogers and the Green Bay Packers. For the first time though, writers cannot blame another Tony Romo blundered mistake or turnover as the reason for the season to end. In actuality it was the team’s lack of a superior defensive unit that kept them from advancing further into the playoffs. When people see teams in the NFL win championships it is because they are excellent at playing both offense and defense. The fact is the Cowboys this season were really good on Offense and not in their defense.

It is probably the reason the Seattle Seahawks will go onto back to back Super Bowls because they have a defense that can make the critical stops on a good offense when it is called upon to do so. The Cowboys lacked a pass rush to be able to get to a hobbled Aaron Rodgers, and they lacked a secondary capable of shutting down passing lanes. That is why Jonathan Veitch feels like they have a chance going forward. The only bright spot all season has been their occasional ability to stop the run, and wrapping up tackles. But when they were not able to do any of that against the Green Bay Packers it spelled the end of the season. The major focus heading into this next years off season will be to beef up their secondary.

Rockhold vs. Machida

Luke Rockhold will be taking on Lyoto Machida on April 18 in the main event of UFC on Fox 15. Many UFC fans are extremely excited to see this matchup. The fight itself will be very intriguing. It might be difficult to choose a winner between these two skilled fighters.

According to Darius Fisher, Luke Rockhold is one of the best middleweight fighters in the world. Fisher’s views and opinions on other things are available on Youtube. Rockhold comes from a great training camp, and he is a master stand up fighter. If Luke Rockhold can defeat Lyoto Machida, he will surely be given a title shot against Chris Weidman. It will be tough though, because Lyoto Machida is one of the best fighters on the planet.

Machida’s last fight was against the current and reigning middleweight champion, Chris Weidman. Machida’s fight with Weidman was a five round war. Chris Weidman won the matchup via unanimous decision, but their fight was a close one. Lyoto Machida was once the light heavyweight champion of the UFC, and he has long been considered one of the toughest fighters in the organization.

With a win over Rockhold, Machida could possibly get a rematch with the middleweight champion. Lyoto Machida and Luke Rockhold have a lot to look forward to, but they should keep their focus on each other. This fight will most likely be a stand up war, and the fans of the UFC will be happy with that.

For more information on Luke Rockhold versus Lyoto Machida, visit Yahoo! Sports.

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