Jan 22, 2011

Why the Nintendo 3DS isn't worth it (yet)

Well, Nintendo released the 3DS just when we expected it(the way they release stuff is a lot different from Apple), and there are a lot of mixed feelings about it(at least on the www there is). here's the official site for it, and I think they did a really nice job of making it look fantastic(a bit sarcasm there.)
so, let's look at the pros and cons of the 3DS.

the much-anticipated 3D display:
 pros: It's cool and revolutionary! from the reviews of it, looks like it feels like you're in the game itself when you look at it right...(and that's where we go look at the cons)
 cons: When you just look at it from a slightly different angle, the whole magical effect disappears entirely.

the design:
 pros: It will most likely attract a lot of attention when you're on the subway with it, or anywhere. It looks like it's retained the thickness from the older models, too.
 cons: Steve Jobs would not like this hardware if Johnny Ive gave it to him saying he designed it himself. (translation; it's got lots of screws and covers and uneven surfaces, and so the hardware doesn't really look beautiful.)

the other goodies:
 pros: there's a accelerometer(it detects the rotation of the device) and a gyroscope(measures orientation) in it, so some games might use it to make the gaming experience more interactive. Also, there's a 3D camera right in it, and that's really nice.
 cons: Why would Nintendo put in something that reacts to the rotation when it has a 3D screen that will lose the effect as soon as it's viewed differently? You can't use these unless you move your head with it.

So, I think that the 3DS, though very innovative and cutting edge, is still not something really magical, and you should wait for the next-generation of this to buy it.
Remember how the DS lite was so different from the original DS? I think it will be the sort of same with the 3DS.

Jan 18, 2011

Get Well Steve!

As you probably heard, Apple CEO Steve Jobs took another temporary leave from work so he can work on his health. This is the 3rd time Steve's taken a leave from work. First time in 2004, next in 2009. He has some problems with his health, and he got a liver transplant a few years ago.
For now, I'll have my fingers crossed for him that he'll get back to the company he-and all of us-loves.
I wonder who will be announcing the new iPad, if it's not gonna be Steve Jobs.
For an article about this news, click here.

Jan 16, 2011

Weird Airplanes that Might Become Real-life

Today, we'll sidetrack a bit from space for a minute, and look at a lot of concept aircrafts.
I think this is actually the least weird of them
B-2 stealth plane
This is a concept design plane that NASA revealed. It's supposed to be energy-efficient and eco-friendly.
To me, it looks a lot like the triangle-shaped stealth planes the US developed, exept that this one's white.

This plane, the one with the wings that look like they were attached in a wrong direction, is a concept plane for Japanese Airlines(or JAL). JAL is bankrupt right now, so I wonder why they're planning this sort of thing right now...

From this point on, it's not even gonna look like a plane.

If someone really flew this flying saucer, there'll be a thousand people calling the police saying "there's a UFO in the sky".

 Buzz Lightyear is on the way! If everyone started to commute or trave with this, there's gonna be a lot of serious air traffic accidents...

And, last but not the least weirdest, a NASA concept plane that actually "flaps" to fly!
It's planned to use solar power, but I wonder how much mileage it has. Not very good, probably.
Probably, about half of them are gonna fail to go to the product  line stage, but mind you, I do want the Buzz-ey one-person aircraft to get me around.