Yeah, the gears move, naturally. That isn’t even the best part, the gears form a sort of mechanical calculator, as the gears are embossed with the number of teeth on each, so you can work out ratios and such. Not a particularly useful calculator, but most certainly a cool iPhone case.
Seriously, its an extra button, you insert this thing into the audio jack of your android phone and it adds a bunch of extra functions. And with the included app you can chose exactly what the button does. Pause/play music, take a photo or call a certain contact. Pretty nifty. Also the API is open to developers, which is always a good thing. On Kickstarter, the project has already exceeded its goal almost tenfold. $17 will get you your own. Its expected to ship in March 2014 .
Who knew this was what Google Glass was going to be used for, controlling Quadcopters. No but seriously, this could be pretty cool, all those AR games must be awesome using the Google Glasses.
“Turns out that I was driving the drone at full speed in each direction I tilted my head. I should have had the speed at about 0.3 instead of 1. Lesson learned. I would have also liked to add the ability to rotate the drone left and right based on the Glass’ azimuth value, but I guess that will have to be in the future.” -Bublitz
If you have Google Glass, you can download Bublitz’s control program from his GitHub profile.
According to Amir Efrati, a former star reporter for the Wall Street Journal, the software giant Google is looking to designing and building cars of their own. The company has been in talks with component suppliers like Continental AG and Magna International in the hopes that it could put together an entire car under Google’s command. The idea, Efrati says, is to put more pressure on car brands to develop autonomous driving tech, regardless of if Google is directly involved or not. Google already has self-driving cars, and supposedly their next step is autonomous taxis. Imagine that, a fascinating idea, probably putting many taxi drivers out of a job. So pretty much a self-driving car would come and pick you up and drop you off at your destination; at first, a human would need to be behind the wheel just in case, but that could easily change as the tech progresses and becomes more reliable.
Microsofts CEO Steve Balmer has just announced that he is retiring. Speculations on whether he simply doesn’t want to handle the consequences of NSA and Microsoft cooperation are probably justifiable.
REDMOND, Wash. — Aug. 23, 2013 — Microsoft Corp. today announced that Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer has decided to retire as CEO within the next 12 months, upon the completion of a process to choose his successor. In the meantime, Ballmer will continue as CEO and will lead Microsoft through the next steps of its transformation to a devices and services company that empowers people for the activities they value most.