And I thought “The Phantom Menace” was a silly title.
Ok, so Google’s made a pretty neat demonstration video that’s gotten almost everyone on my social media feeds to go, “OMG SO COOL!”
But when you think about it – is it really?
Most of the video shows people doing some really cool, adventurous stuff, like skydiving or shredding the gnar. Being able to capture that in handsfree video is a pretty neat feature, but honestly, don’t GoPro cameras already do that at a fraction of the cost of Glass? Sure, it’s not as sleek or elegant looking to wear, but if I had paid $1500 for a nifty piece of wearable technology, I’d probably be a more than a little wary about it falling off in the air or breaking if I yard sale into a tree while snowboarding.
What else does Glass really do other than be a really cool wearable camera? I think to myself about how rarely I use Siri in my day to day life and can’t help but think of a similar usage pattern for the voice activated features for Glass. If I want to take a picture, I really don’t want to be saying out in public “Take a picture, Glass!” Plus, while the location aware stuff is neat, it’s really nothing that’s not available on smartphones today. Same goes with the video conferencing and messaging features. While having those features in a handsfree setting is nice, are they worth $1500 to most people? Or even $999? Not for me.
I do think augmented reality is a feature that has the potential to really revolutionize the way we interact with the world, but I’m a little wary of Glass fully realizing that, especially on its first iteration. That being said, I’d love to play with one of these and have it blow me away. Get the price down to something in the $200-$300s, and have it work seamlessly with, say, my existing eyeglasses, and we’ll have a much more interesting conversation. I just doubt we’ll be having it in 2014.
Can you imagine the internet comments on this if Nintendo hadn’t disabled them?
More networks should put full-length videos of pilot episodes up for free. Showtime did Homeland in a roundabout way (to watch the uncensored version you had to play the web marketing game), but HBO’s got the whole pilot of The Newsroom up on Youtube for no fuss.
Personally, I thought the pilot was pretty entertaining. Yes, the BP oil spill is a little too conveniently dramatized in hindsight, but you really get to see smart Sorkin characters do what they do best in it.
I hate to get too excited about a new attempt at revitalizing the Tomb Raider franchise because of all the botched attempts in the past, but boy does this trailer look sharp. Crystal Dynamics is working the epic origin story angle for Lara Croft and the results look both epic and fun.
There’s some interesting stuff here for Lost fans in this hour-long interview straight from one of the the show’s showrunners. This is the first I’ve seen of Lindelof talking candidly at length about some of the issues that people had with Lost and the finale. Don’t expect any mindblowing revelations, but at least there is some confirmation as to what was “real” and wasn’t.
via The Verge.
Not bad for a 65 year old.
Both videos are from his 4/26/2012 show at the LA Sports Arena. Overall, I was really impressed by the breadth of music that The Boss and The E Street Band played. Songs touched upon almost every genre including soul, folk, rock, rap, and big band. It’s a shame Bruce didn’t convince the band to do some dubstep songs, though I imagine the older crowd would have found it in poor taste.
Tom Morello was a guest on three songs, content with playing in the background until he was featured front and center for an amazing rendition of “The Ghost of Tom Joad.” It ranked among my top 5 live guest appearances, musically speaking. More raw and impassioned than Bruce’s album cut, yet not as abrasive as the Rage Against the Machine cover, the performance created a version of song that stood above the sum of its parts.
The following video is a clip of “Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out,” which closed the encore set. It includes a great tribute to Clarence Clemons.
If you like action movies and you haven’t seen “The Raid: Redemption” yet, drop what you’re doing and go see it. Either way, you can enjoy claymation cats killing each other without fear for movie spoilers.
via Lee Hardcastle
According to Ubisoft, the trailer was done with the in-game engine. While it’s doubtful actual gameplay will actually look like that, I don’t think I would have cared if it were done in play-doh. I’m just excited for the franchise to be out of Renaissance Italy because three consecutive years of that stuff was really beginning to wear thin.
Assassin’s Creed is a franchise that has managed to exhibit just enough improvement each iteration that I always get sucked into playing each one all the way through despite having low expectations from the game being on a yearly release cycle. This third entry, though, has my antipatory interest sufficiently piqued. Assassinating British Colonials in the forests of New England? Yes, please.
From the press release:
Set against the backdrop of the American Revolution in the late 18th century, Assassin’s Creed III introduces a new hero, Ratohnhaké:ton, of Native American and English heritage. Adopting the name Connor, he becomes the new voice for justice in the ancient war between the Assassins and Templars