Author Archives: Jay

One hand?

Just saw this on Twitter. Is it true that most of you young pups use only one hand when on your phone? Every time I see my 17 year-old do that I yell at her. With the size and bulk of these new “phablets” it just seems like its begging for a cracked screen.

However, I am always a bit paranoid every time I have my phone out and I’m walking around… even if it is in an Otterbox.

one hand

Because “flapping” in the breeze just wasn’t enough…?

Not really sure how I feel about this one.

On the one hand, it’s cool that they have tech that can do this.

On the other, isn’t this basically the Webster’s definition of “tacky” and “disrespectful”?

This is curious new technology; imagine the US Flag being able to play the National Anthem from the flagpole! How scientists turned a flag into a loudspeaker MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY EAST LANSING, Mich. – A paper-thin, flexible device created at Michigan State University not only can generate energy from human motion, it can act as […]

via New Tech: US flag could act as a speaker to play the National Anthem — Watts Up With That?

Happy Mother’s Day

I never know if it’s “Mothers” (all mothers) or “Mother’s” (my mother)… but either way Happy M Day to all you moms out their.

At this stage in life I have to wish it to two amazing women; the one who gave me life and the one who gave that life meaning in the form of my little girl.

I (and probably all men as a rule) don’t say it enough, but THANK YOU. You’ve long put up with my crap and never once followed through on your threats to kill me.

I would go into some long, sappy essay on a mother’s love but I have to go kill a bug in the kitchen. Good to know I’ve still got some usefulness around here.

 

-J

Game Design UX Theory

As a game designer, thinking about all the different means of interaction my players can have with my game is key. “How can I design this system so that they are more immersed? How can I design this encounter so that my players are having more fun? How can I better facilitate flow and positive […]

via Social Media and Game Design: Food for Thought — BCSC 202B BC01 @ MacEwan University

My daughter wants to major in Game Design at Georgia Tech and I ran across this article on the UX aspect of creating a good game while doing research. Makes for an interesting read for everybody in the UX/UI space.

Finally, sneakers for me and my bad knees.

I saw this story and thought “It’s about 30 years too late, but hallelujah.” You see, I don’t merely have flat feet… I have planks bolted to my ankles. I have zero arch. Add that to time spent in the Army where your 2-mile run time is more important than your range score and my knees are shot. I would have loved to have a pair of these bad boys back in the mid-to-late 80’s.

Altra’s Torin IQ were inevitable. Sensors integrated into articles of clothing have long been acknowledged to be the next step in wearable tech, and the Utah-based footwear maker just happened to beat most of its competition to the finish line with a pair of running shoes that bake tracking directly into the sole. But unlike…

via Smart running shoes won’t make you faster, but they could help you avoid getting hurt — TechCrunch