One of the obstacles preventing smart glasses from becoming mainstream is their awkward control methods. However, this shortcoming may change, thanks to Thalmic Labs, the company behind the $149 Myo muscle-sensing armband that will release this fall. With several enterprise partners involved in the endeavor, the startup has integrated its futuristic wearable with Google Glass, Epson Moverio and Recon Jet. Essentially, this allows users to quickly thumb through apps, contacts, documents, and more with subtle hand and finger gestures, rather than taping or rubbing a tiny trackpad.
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The first episode of Al Jazeera’s new series “Rebel Architecture” — featuring architects who use design as a form of resistance and activism — featured Spanish architect Santiago Cirugeda. Based in Seville, Cirugeda reclaims abandoned urban spaces for the public, even though the act of “self-building” is very illegal in Spain. Cirugeda’s buildings serve a social function and are typically quickly-built and mobile structures created from recycled materials. Architecture being used as a social function is a quality that Santiago feels contemporary architecture has lost sight of in its obsession with the aesthetic. In the première episode of “Rebel Architecture”, the show looked at his latest project: a conversion of an abandoned cement factory into a vibrant cultural center, and the negotiations with the authorities to let his National Architects’ Collective turn it into a vibrant cultural centre. Read the rest of this entry
It’s time for Episode 114 of WIRed, where Montez McCrary discusses an “invisible” reconstruction, the Easy Bake 3D Printer, play DOOM on an ATM, and the man they call Sting descends from the rafters! Welcome to WIRed, bringing you the nerdy-geekery on architecture, technology, gaming, and pro wrestling.
Yes ladies and gentlemen, the WWE is preparing to release the upcoming DVD collection based on “The Man They Call STING” — no, not THAT guy, THIS guy. The new title is titled “The Best of Sting,” and it will be released on DVD and Blu-ray next month. As of latest word this is a WCW-heavy match compilation with more than 30 bouts featured on the DVD version alone! Those span Sting’s career from 1986 through to 2001. The Blu-ray edition packs in all of those too and a whopping 19 extras on top – a mix of promos, segments and matches. Read the rest of this entry
I can recall playing the id classic Doom on a myriad of devices, from computers, to home consoles (the SNES) and even on some portable systems, but could you imagine walking up to the ATMs at a local branch of your bank (or federal credit union; FCU’s FTW!) and after making a deposit, withdraw or transfer, you could play a few rounds of Doom? Well ladies and gentlemen, thanks to the work of a pair of Australian hackers, this automated teller machine from Bizarro-world exists and is just all kinds of awesome. Read the rest of this entry