Archive for October, 2009

First True DSi LL vs. DSi vs. DS Lite Comparison Pic – Dsill – Kotaku

Posted in Uncategorized on October 30, 2009 by nuKnuK

 

 

This morning in Japan, TV Osaka broadcasted a clip on the DSi LL, which features a comparison image between the newly designed portable and the other handhelds in the DS line.

via First True DSi LL vs. DSi vs. DS Lite Comparison Pic – Dsill – Kotaku.

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Bulbrite’s LED Retrofit Candle | LightNOW

Posted in Uncategorized on October 28, 2009 by nuKnuK

 

 

Bulbrite’s LED Retrofit Candle features a unique, shimmering, flamelike movement effect due to patented electronics. Its intended market includes a variety of applications including churches, theaters, pubs, hotels, historic homes and buildings, offering a realistic lamp replacement option for 120V lighting fixtures with standard candelabra (E12) sockets. I have not seen one in action yet, but Bulbrite claims it provides the same realistic ambient light as a traditional candle, but of course is safer to use, and even more economical over time. The product is 5.5 inches in total height, ¾ of an inch wide and draws 1.5W.

via Bulbrite’s LED Retrofit Candle | LightNOW.

One size fits all phone chargers on the way | Technology | Reuters

Posted in Uncategorized on October 25, 2009 by nuKnuK

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Ever forget your phone charger and no one around has the same kind of handset?

Have a drawer full of useless old phone chargers at home?

Breathe a sigh of relief.

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the United Nations’ telecom arm, said on Thursday it had given its stamp of approval “to an energy-efficient one-charger-fits-all new mobile phone solution.

“Every mobile phone user will benefit from the new Universal Charging Solution (UCS), which enables the same charger to be used for all future handsets, regardless of make and model,” the ITU said in a statement.

“Some manufacturers are already incorporating the UCS in their devices,” an ITU spokesman said.

The association hopes a universal charger will help reduce waste by cutting down on the number of chargers produced and then thrown away with the purchase of a new handset.

via One size fits all phone chargers on the way | Technology | Reuters.

Dell’s solar-powered parking lot charges its building and more | DVICE

Posted in Uncategorized on October 25, 2009 by nuKnuK

Dell is tricking out its parking lot with big, solar-powered structures that serve three purposes: charging the company’s Round Rock, Texas HQ with green energy, juicing electric vehicles parked at the lot and provided the area with shade. It’s part of the Solar Grove, which can generate up to 130 kilowatts of solar power and, in the long run, offset 145,000 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions annually.

The only downer is that only two electric vehicles can be charged on the lot at one time with no word on how well it works. Then again, that’s two electric vehicles more than pretty much every other parking lot, so we’ll forgive ’em this time.

It’s not the prettiest application of solar trees that we’ve seen, but it’s certainly nice gesture by Dell, and — really — something that would work in any conventional parking lot.

via Dell’s solar-powered parking lot charges its building and more | DVICE.

LED Eyelashes Are the Next Stage in Woman’s Self-Torturing Arms Race – Led eyelashes – Gizmodo

Posted in Uncategorized on October 23, 2009 by nuKnuK

Designer Soomi Park is a betrayer of her own sex. She could very well start a trend with these LED eyelashes, forcing women everywhere to painfully affix electrodes to their faces, blinding themselves with each eye-smile.

via LED Eyelashes Are the Next Stage in Woman’s Self-Torturing Arms Race – Led eyelashes – Gizmodo.

Shigeru Miyamoto – We Interview (and Play Nintendo With) Video Game Legend Shigeru Miyamoto – Popular Mechanics

Posted in Uncategorized on October 23, 2009 by nuKnuK

Nintendo mastermind Shigeru Miyamoto has been behind so many classic video games and characters that it’s no understatement to call him the godfather of modern gaming. We sat down with the creator of Mario, Zelda, Donkey Kong, and scores of other Nintendo games to play the New Super Mario Bros. Wii game, and to talk about the birth of Mario, the mythological basis of Zelda, the future of video games and why blowing into your NES cartridges really does work.

By Seth Porges

Published on: October 19, 2009

Shigeru Miyamoto: It’s the next installment in the newer Super Mario Bros. series, which we started on Nintendo DS. The idea behind New Super Mario Bros. was originally that we wanted to create a Mario game that would really be accessible to several different kinds of game players. We wanted it to be something that people who had never played a game before could enjoy. We wanted it to be something for people who used to play games a long time ago but maybe had lapsed and hadn’t played games in years. But we also wanted it to be something that more avid and more active gamers could also pick up and enjoy as well.

So when we brought it to the Wii console we had several different things we had to keep in mind. Because the Wii console is a device that is in the living room, not only is there a chance that an even broader audience than played the game on the DS might come into contact with the game, but as a device that is typically played by multiple people, you may have people with different experience levels playing at the same time. The concept for the Wii version from the outset was to make it a multiplayer game, and one thing that we considered was how do we design the game with a difficulty level that is going to be satisfying and accessible to all of those different skill levels? We found that it was very difficult to do. But instead what we looked at was, with the multiplayer ability, giving players the ability to pick up other players and carry them through the level and give novice players other ways to get through a level.

PM: Mario is obviously your most famous character creation. Who’s the favorite character you ever made?

SM: I probably would have to say Mario is my favorite, but I’m also fond of the Goomba character.

PM: How was Mario created? How did he come about?

SM: The story of creating Mario goes all the way back to the Donkey Kong days. With the technology back then, you had very limited palette in which you were able to draw a character. If you look at the original Mario face, you had just 7 pixels to draw his face. My goal within that limited palette was to create a character that was as distinct as possible. Because of that, he had some of his now-distinct features such as his big nose.

PM: When was it decided that he was a plumber?

SM: When we first created Donkey Kong, I kind of looked at him as your average, everyday foolish guy. The setting of that game was a construction site, so I kind of matched him with the setting of the game, and decided in that game that he was a carpenter. And then when we made the original Mario Bros. game, that was the first game that had pipes in it, and the enemies would come out of the pipes into this dark area and Mario would try to hit them and knock them out. Looking at the setting of that game, it had the feeling of an underground New York sewer system. And so with the pipes and the idea of it being an underground New York sewer system, I thought what kind of guy would be there working on the pipes? A plumber! So rather than saying Mario was a plumber, really it was a matter of what’s his role in the game and what’s the setting of the game and kind of occupation would put him in the setting to be doing what he’s doing.

via Shigeru Miyamoto – We Interview (and Play Nintendo With) Video Game Legend Shigeru Miyamoto – Popular Mechanics.

Microsoft’s Bill Gates invests in chewing gum and chocolate in fight against malaria – Telegraph

Posted in Uncategorized on October 22, 2009 by nuKnuK

By Nick Allen in Los Angeles

Published: 10:10AM BST 21 Oct 2009

Bill Gates invests in chewing gum and chocolate in fight against malaria

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation gave grants of $100,000 Photo: BLOOMBERG

Through his charitable foundation, Mr Gates has given $100,000 (£61,000) in grants to researchers hoping to find new ways of combating the disease.

The first idea is to use gum to detect malaria indicators in saliva so that blood does not have to be drawn.

via Microsoft’s Bill Gates invests in chewing gum and chocolate in fight against malaria – Telegraph.