New Colleague Christopher Coulter (Who I’m rethinking my stance on, he’s a pretty nice dude) was showing me his Archos Portable Digital Media Player. He uses this while filming on site, as well as enjoying entertainment media. It doesn’t have the best external sound but one could easily put on headphones or connect to any audio device.
That video interview below looks like the one with Hamid Shojaee of Axosoft. I’m pretty sure they’re sitting at is the Podtech office on illustrious Sand Hill road. We’re in an incubator, I’ve posted some pics here of the humble and growing podtech offices.
I went to the Apple Store to get my iPod replaced (which I have to figure out how to re-synch my content) and ran into this massive monitor, see the Apple Cinema Displays.
After the Laughing Squid party I drove by Best Buy in SF and saw a huge line of folks in tents and sleeping bags, bbqing, and playing football in the parking lot. These hardcore gamers were had been there for quite a long time, some for about 48 hours.
In my tiredness, I first thought this was for the PS3, but in reality it was from the Wii.
I love how my new friend Blake does his “bow thing”, it goes “bow-pang”!
Japan is known for having some pretty far out wacky video games in their arcades. While visiting this month, I took some time out to explore and report back to you all.
Combining Trading Cards with Strategy Video Games
One video game you purchase playing cards that have some type of electronic chip in them. You play these cards ON the machine and it interacts with the game, it makes for a strategic type of role playing game, similar to Magic. There are several folks all networked around, some of the games were giant robot fighting games, feudal japan, and some military games.
Giant Bingo, Digital Horse Racing, Prize Claws
There was also a ‘live’ bingo machine that had large foam balls that would select the winning combination of numbers. A horse racing arena simulated real action just like being at bay meadows in San Mateo, CA. There were tons of games where you use the claws to retrieve cute items, I failed miserably at every attempt.
Kinky Photo Booths
Lastly there is the famous picture taking booths, single men were NOT allowed to go in. Each booth has a green screen area so girls and couples can simulate riding bikes, going surfing or going on a horse rides. Costumes and accessories were available to help make the pictures even more personalized.
Check out how Scoble interviewed Carlos Garcia the CEO of Scrapblog in this HiDef Video. This web based flash app enables anyone to share and build unique experiences using ones photos. Carlos’s blog sindicate they showed very well at Demo. I tried out Scrapblog a few weeks ago and it’s improved tremendously. There’s an ability to import video, export to flickr, export RSS, and import flickr pictures.
From a Web Strategy perspective this is an improved experience overlay to ones existing photo repository. Scrapblog creates a more polished or completed presentation of an event, collection, or travel. In addition to being able to share with others using the web, one could print out a copy and send to that special someone. The speed in which one can publish a rich scapblog is faster than using paper, there are so many applications that this online publishing platform can bring.
I’ve been hooked on Scobleshow, the Hi Def version of the show really gives a clear picture of the screen without the ‘frequency bands’. Have you seen Dumpr? It’s let’s folks frame a picture into a museum, it’s just a limited version of what Scrapblog can do. Over the next few years online personal publishing will become richer, more connected, and more personalized.
Scrapblog lets anyone quickly tell a story using social media images, text, and video and then share via the web or print for loved ones.
Driving A geek car
I’ll have to admit my hour long commute (each way) is a whole lot of fun when I get to drive my geek car. It comes stock with GPS touchscreen navigation, Voice Recognition, (yes, I can talk to it and it talks back –with some success) Bluetooth phone connectivity, 8 speaker surround sound (Plays DTS surround sound discs).
I’ve added some additional features so that my passengers can watch DVD or even TV during long trips, which includes noise canceling headphones and a single custom Subwoofer for added kick (not overbearing mind you –just for depth) in a custom tucked away enclosure –I can easily fill the trunk with groceries and golf clubs. I’ve a nasty tape deck input for my iPod, it sounds ‘ok’ but iPods never sound great anyways.
It performs 0-60 in just over 6 seconds, and get 30mpg freeway, although I average 20-25 in bay area style traffic. I recently broke 50,000 miles in under two years. When I first sat in the Acura TL 2004, I knew it was for me –and please no Asian jokes –ok well go ahead if you must
See my flickr set for more pics.
Cars of the future –Marriage of Internet and GPS
I look forward to when cars have RSS feeds pulling in data that shows real time traffic, weather, and where the cheapest gas is located. I’d also like to know when I can pick up my dry cleaning, pre-ordered groceries and show where items I want to buy are on sale. These could easily be overlays on top of existing GPS systems. I’m sure this is not far from being reality, as cell phones using bluetooth could feed into GPS units.
I’d also like the onboard computer to tie in with a website that can monitor the health and perform self diagnostics of my car –the mechanic of the future will be more like a Doctor minding and mending to his patients needs.
Lastly, I’m giving serious consideration that my next car will be a hybrid car –primarily in consideration of the environment.
I’m very excited to visit my cousin Ethan in the Seattle Area in two weekends, he’s graciously invited me to Boeing friends and family day, and I’m excited to see the new Boeing 787, (Even Scoble has talked about this recently)
It’s a massive beast, that has many internal amenities such as advanced lighting, humidity controlling, a futuristic look, movable light sources, and some pretty interesting ways to shut the windows (watch the video)
I’m also curious to learn more about any onboard wireless programs that are starting to take shape. I’m quite familiar with the Connexion program as i was at the Blog Business Summitt in SF last year.–being the geek that I am, I want to be connected while in flight, it really makes me productive and the flight go by quickly.
I’ve been told I’ve been given permission to blog about the event, although pictures and video are not permitted (National Safety)
I’ll to my best to report back to the world interesting things that I discover…
I had to replace my Sony SDM HS93 19″ LCD monitor as it simply stopped functioning after a few months of bad performance. For those with LCD panels, you’ll notice that the colors may start to shift to only green mode/blue mode, then the unit would power on, and then not power on depending on it’s mood. Eventually, it just keeled over and died.
The Wife blames me, as I pretty much left it on and used it to death over the last 3 years –no surprise, as I’m often online.
Based on my buddy Alan’s feature reccomendations (high contract ratio and low refresh rate) I just purchased an LG 194WT 19″ Widescreen LCD. It has widescreen capability (1440 X 900) and it’s interesting to see which sites I manage support or don’t support this format well. (although not a typical format). The screen is incredibly bright, (I had to turn the brightness down significantly) and the colors are vivid.
I was surprised by the price changes over the last few years, when I bought that sony 19″ it was 850 dollars plus a rebate, the monitor that I just picked up is about 300 plus change.
I noticed there is one dead pixel, It’s pretty low on the lower task bar in XP, so it’s not a real distraction, I’ll be calling the retailer Best Buy later to see what the return policy is. I know some companies refuse returns for dead pixels on LCDs as it’s common in the manufacturing process.
I guess I should break our TV downstairs so I can convince my wife we need a plasma screen TV.
Edit: I have a Radeon 9800 Pro Graphics Card (256 MB) and popped into second life, things looked ok, but Second Life –the renderings of the trees looked great. I’m so temped to play WoW, but then you’d never hear from me again.