Your year is about to come to an end. And so is mine. However, this is definitely the time to review how awesome we are as a species, and to look towards the future. What cool things will humanity come up with during 2013? How will technology advance next year? I don’t know. But I’m going to tell you as soon as I find out. Stay tuned Audience, next year is going to be cool!
I mention the ideas of accessibility all of the time on this site. Accessibility is very important to us as people living in the modern day world. So it should be no surprise that it’s a technological philosophy. But, I’d like to talk about the design aspects of it. Because I think the choice of design in many cases influences what we buy as individuals.
Have you ever compared a Playstation Portable and a Nintendo Dual-Screen side by side? They are total opposites of one another in some ways. The PSP is a longer thinner handheld made for an adults hands. While a DS is more of a one size fits all and is a wider taller device. Both play games but beyond that, the ideas of accessibility change them far more drastically.
The PSP was made with the mindset of teenagers and adults. You can use it for the internet, downloading music, downloading other apps, and storing data for on the go. These are things that children might want, but in honesty they are obviously geared for adults who might want fun on the go. Be it playing a game or using one of its several other functions.
However, the Nintendo DS didn’t have internet capability on that scale. So they focused more on the “playability” using the touch screen in conjunction with the top screen. This has also pushed their games toward making the experience more interesting by using the touch screen. Everyone can play the DS but in my opinion Id wager children and teens gravitate to it more than adults.
So who do you design for? Accessibility is always best when it’s helping to solve a problem that was in the previous model. Or when it adds something new the last model didn’t have. But in the end I suppose however you design and implement anything, you’re going to lose some people. Now, what do you think Audience?
Most of us have bought technology. And when you receive something like that it’s the best thing ever. But technology is so fragile, so you inevitably break it. Knowing I’ve broken something expensive gets me livid. Here are the three ways technology breaks that I can stand!
Water is an instant technology killer. Seriously, I know developers think we are going to stay in our sterile bubble all day to play with their technology, but I work. And I go to social events. It would be nice if my phone was slightly more water resistant. I’m not asking for something to keep my phone safe in a monsoon. However, there are companies that make protection for your tech. I just want the tech itself to be durable.
Second, I cant stand when a small piece breaks so you’re doomed. I bought two ethernet cables for my computer and the little clip broke. Which clip? Why, the one that holds my internet cable inside my computer. It’s awful. Now, I have to jury rig my cable to stay in the machine. And the cord still randomly falls out destroying whatever I might have been doing online. It’s the worst!
Finally though, I hate cracking a screen. This is probably the most common and most painful offenders. When you crack a screen, your phone or tablet may still work. You just get to live with the visual distortion. A constant reminder now sits on the screen which you personally probably can’t fix. I know I couldn’t!
Do you have any sort of technological peeve that bothers you? Maybe it’s not like any of mine and it’s something software related? Perhaps you haven’t ever had an issue until just recently that you want to share? Comment below, Id love to hear from you! If you found this blog to be amusing or interesting, please give that follow button below a press. It helps me out!
How was your winter holiday? Mine went well. Although I didn’t make out like a bandit with presents, my dog who is heavily ill ate food from my hand. That was the best thing I could receive this year! In the coming weeks I’ll be doing posts on new and different apps. I will also try to get into the theater to see the new hobbit movie. You just gotta stay tuned. More excellent content is on the way!
Merry Christmas Eve audience! Have you ever thought of what would it be like you had a Christmas tree with everythingness? With all of the other gadgets that could exist, I think the smart holiday tree is a sleeper hit. Yes, this is incredibly silly. However, here are three things the technological Christmas tree should do!
You should have a webcam and a touch screen on the tree. Maybe dress the screen with tinsel. And when you get your presents you can Facebook it right from the tree. Everyone will know of your Wii-U greatness when you tweet it from your gloriously covered pine. I’m kind of surprised if this hasn’t been done yet the more I think of it.
Second, I added in that camera purposely. You could easily Skype from the Christmas tree. That way, not only does grandma get to see you open the presents, She gets to see it from an angle that feels like she’s already with you. And this would be an easy way to record your family opening presents too.
Lastly though, you could do so much with a smart tree. You could have some scheduled light shows from the tree. Perhaps you could stash the presents under the tree and create a perimeter alarm so the younglings wont steal a peek at their gifts. This holiday just gets better and better.
What do you think Audience? Is the world ready for the smart Christmas tree? Or is this just a silly idea I came up with? Either way leave your comments below and if you enjoyed the post please feel free to hit the follow button as well! Catch you tomorrow! And if you don’t read tomorrows post, have a merry Christmas!
This weekend I’ll be doing some research on micro business. I will also be going to a couple of parties. Next week is Christmas so I don’t know what subjects will come up but look forward to more conversations on technology from me. I leave you now with the Slow-Mo Guys. A fireball in slow motion cant be missed!
See you Monday Audience!
Have you eve thought “with some much technology, we are going to kill ourselves” before? I mean, half of the movies that come out have some sci-fi twist where we annihilate our race utterly. In the Matrix the machines turned against us. In I am Legend we created a super race of vampire humans. Are we going to destroy the world with technology? Here are my reasons why I don’t think that will happen.
We are too paranoid. Think about the Matrix and how the robots turned against them. They noticed that their metal but fully automated help started gaining emotions. And while the humans did have their hearts in the right place by letting them become sentient, we in the real world would not. Because that means you have something human like, that can think, made of metal that may want to kill you. Plus, we would make so man off switches it just doesn’t seem logical.
A death virus probably won’t do us in either. Humans that play with highly dangerous chemicals do it in places where those chemicals are only scary to the people working with them. And if we created one super being you can be sure it would be surrounded by military personnel right away. So if it is violent, it’s probably dead. I’m just saying.
Lastly, maybe the giant comet idea could happen. If a asteroid or planetoid was on a crash course from Earth there might be nothing we could do. But do you think in any rational world we wouldn’t try every possible thing to live through it? That’s kind of our thing! However, the likeliness of a comet not crashing into another or other planet seems kinda far fetched too!
We don’t want to die. That’s the plain and simple truth. So unless something catastrophic happens that’s out of our control, I think you’ve got some time left. What would you do if it was the end of the world? Would you party constantly? Maybe you’d like to do all of the things you’d always planned to. Well leave me a comment and let me know how we are going to expire!
Sometimes, you just gotta sit down and laugh at other peoples pain. I don’t mean that in a nasty way. Have you seen these two? They have a youtube channel dedicated to messing with one another. If that doesn’t give you a free pass to enjoy their discomfort during a prank, I don’t know what does! Check out Prank vs Prank. This couple is hilarious. I’ll be back with something provocative tomorrow!
In a world of digital downloads and indie developers who are making some creative cheaper games, it’s hard for me to justify spending 60$ on a supposed triple A title. And why would you, some of these indie titles have amazing mechanics and at lower prices. Yet, Far Cry 3 caught my attention. It’s a triple a title and I haven’t bought a new full priced game in a long time. Here is the good, the bad, and the ugly of Far Cry 3′s single player experience.
What’s good about Far Cry 3? This game will have you fully immersed into the plot, through its fluid gameplay, it’s in game cutscenes, and amazing graphics. You truly feel like you’re sharing in the main characters mindset as you evolve with him. The music is also very good with trippy radio beats, tropical dubstep tracks, and dark ambient tones. The combat is smooth and the mechanics feel great.
What’s bad about Far Cry 3? There isn’t much here I don’t enjoy but I can think of a couple things that irk me. While playing the game you can take enemy out posts and add them to your fast travel secure areas on the map. These are useful and important places to take. However, sometimes they feel fairly invincible. It’s not always the case, but these get tiresome to take once in a while. And second, I wish they added a feature to sell multiple goods at a time. It’s a tire some task to sell out your inventory if you should have the need.
What’s ugly about Far Cry 3? These are two more minor gripes I have. Visually the game is beautiful and I love that. Unfortunately, some of the animals in the game look a little shabby. So I feel like they should have been worked on more. And I really enjoy the games art design as well, though having the good faction only wear blue while the pirates wear red is a little silly. From a gameplay mechanic it is helpful for knowing who is bad, at the same time though its not very realistic.
On a whole though, the single player of Far Cry 3 is amazing. I feel like I made a great purchase with a video game that engages me well. Some of the game plods on, and it can feel a little monotonous at times. Regardless, Far Cry 3 has been stealing all of my attention lately. This is one island vacation you will enjoy!