Author Archives: Rounin

Flying Robots

Technology is advancing quickly.  Check what engineers are able to do today.  Those are robots that fly like something out of a movie or like a UFO.  They fly very precisely and doesn’t seem to require a lot of human controls.

There are many uses for this.  I’m not sure what right now, but I’m sure it’ll be used for surveillance.  The one thing I know will be that we will be seeing for UFO’s in the sky very soon or maybe SkyNET will be beat them to it.

A Sneak Peek At Photoshop CS6

As always with any type of software that’s still being supported, companies are always going to make updates for it.  Adobe is no different.  There are many people that agree that Adobe has been recently been milking it with their creative suite.  Many argue that with the addition of the .5 update, it should even be a paid upgrade.  Many feel it’s more of the same and many people are forced to paying for the upgrades due to the fact that the only way to get do updates (ie software fixes) are to pay for it.  This has made a lot of people angry and with Adobe also changing the upgrade paths (no more discount for those using old software), the consumers aren’t very happy.

Well, we leave all the complaints to other sites and forums.  What I want to see is will the next Adobe iterations of the Creative Suite be enough to get everyone to upgrade?  Well if we were to look at the next Photoshop.  I’d say yes.  This looks to be an upgrade.  From first looking at it, it looks more like Cinema4D.  Heck it even has an animation timeline.  It also has a viewport for 3D.  It looks like we’ll be seeing functions starting to overlap from other softwares in the near future.  Who knows, maybe all the creative suite will just be one software and will be a jack of all trades.  Well here’s a sneak peak at one of the functions of Adobe’s new Photoshop Cs6.


 

The New Vimeo

Probably one of the few videos sites that doesn’t seem to make changes to their site.  Granted Vimeo is a great site.  It’s always about the video.  Ads and comments are always at the end of their list.  When the annouced an new and improved Vimeo it made me wonder how could they make it better?  Have they improved they’re already great codec for they’re video player?  Have they sped up the site searches and downloads?

Even though I don’t know how it’ll be, since it’s open to a select amount of Vimeo users.  All is pointing to a more expansion of just not the desktop experience, but mobile as well ask the living room experience.  Let hope that 2012 will bring us more great shorts and animation for all to see.

ICS For Touchpad Is Almost Here

If you haven’t noticed, the development of Gingerbread on the HP Touchpad has come to a screeching halt.  Most of the Roms (Xron, CM7) haven’t been updated in a while.  So what does it all mean?  Well the developers are starting to move onto next Android OS.

If you haven’t known, Ice Cream Sandwich was made to be used for both phones and tablets.  Gingerbread on the other hand was only made for phones.  HP Touchpad users will be able to have a true tablet OS (aside from webOS).

It seems that the CyanogenMOD are the furthest along.  It seems everything works except for the front camera.  Wifi, video and touch all work.  The only downside is that hardware video acceleration doesn’t work which is a minus.  As far as I know there are three people tweeting their progress.  I’m not sure if they belong to the CyanogenMOD team or not, but it’s good to see all this progress from around the world.  Check out their twitter:
@yjwong

@preludedrew 

@dalingrin

 

The Creators Project

Looks like there’s another video site on the rise.  The Creators Project is a new (well technically a toddler) site that focuses more on technology and how it influences music, film, gaming and art.  In this site we get a gilmpse of the creators of said pieces and how they manage to create something as simple as electronic sounds and make some compelling music with.  Others how they used technology to create illusion.  It’s a very different site from Youtube or Vimeo.  While one is about views, the other is about the piece, the Creators Project is about the person behind the piece and their thought process.

The Creators Projects gives us interviews and behind the scenes.  The best thing about this site is that it doesn’t focus on the big acts.  It focuses on the truely innovative artists, musicians.  It’s not limited to people in the US either.  You get videos from all over the world from the UK to all the way to the east Asian countries.

Check it out at www.creatorsproject.com

Neverland

In theme with Syfy to bring old classics to life with either sequels or prequals, yesterday they showed that there is still interests in classics being retold.  In Neverland we get the beginnings of the Peter Pan saga.  What Neverland is, what Peter and Hook’s relationship is and how they became apart.

The visuals is a nice contrast.  It’s not the full blown brights colors that we saw in Disney’s Peter Pan or the movie Hook.  Here we get a blend of both dark and light.   The doesn’t have a big budget since it is a TV miniseries on a cable network.  Set designs are great, the CG is great for a television show and way better then what we usually get from Syfy’s movies.

I’m looking forward to see what happens in the 2nd episode of this miniseries tonight on SyFy.