By R.J. Huneke on Gadizmo
There are times when social media and public opinion can inform the consumer on things that the mass media are trying to force upon them that do not make sense. This is one of those instances. ~RJH
If the rampant use of the overpriced Segway was not enough to shake rotund members of western society into exercising practices (that includes actually walking on two legs when you are able), there is now a bastardization out there with one wheel: the RYNO.
How does a $5300 (starting price) sound for a RYNO?
That is competitive with Segway pricing, but you have the benefit of sitting down, instead of standing like a silly looking tourist would while on a Segway traversing the myriad crosstown sights in Washington D.C.
Look closely at the RYNO: you will notice a cheap mountain-bike handlebar, a dirt bike seat and upper chassis, and a chopper or modern Harley Davidson-like 240-millimeter-wide motorcycle tire.
For the price of a used Harley (that gets great urban fuel mileage), the RYNO offers you an off balance of features, a top speed of ten miles per hour, and a horsepower rating of five.
But not take my word on this, folks. Gizmodo loved this little RYNO.
See the ridiculous video failure and read the rest of this article on Gadizmo HERE
Imagine going into the kitchen at six in the morning, on a bleary Monday, and plodding heavy steps over to your trusty coffeemaker and having the Keurig see you enter its line of sight, recognize you, and ask, “Would you like coffee, Dave?”
“Yes, damn it, I’m standing in front of you because I want coffee,” says Dave.
And then the machine-turned-robot (via its software) acts and pours you a cup of caffeinated deliciousness.
This is not science fiction, folks. Artificial Intelligence (AI) is coming to the masses.
You can now turn yourself into a roboticist with a revolutionary web-based program, the VMX Project, that allows practically anyone to access and utilize a way to teach your own computer and programs to see, recognize, and act (with the help of VMX AI).
The goal: anyone that is online with a computer, webcam, and an Internet browser can train and use their VMX Computer Vision API to get their programs to learn how to recognize, think and make use of objects that they see through a camera.
VMX has been over ten years in the making, and with a month left on the Kickstarter campaign, nearly a quarter of the $100K in funds have been acquired to launch the innovative project.
The founders of VMX and Vision.ai, Lead Developer Geoff Golder and Computer Vision Scientist Dr. Tomasz Malisiewicz, want to take the intuitive tools that they have created and give them to the masses (as opposed to selling them to Skynet and awaiting Judgment Day, Terminator-style).
Let the people – not just the wealthy or the science communities of CMU, MIT, and Google – have the ability to tinker with robots, programs, and AI/vision.
Dr. Malisiewicz spoke with Gadizmo and said that having his project nearing fruition was “truly exciting for [him] . . . because it will let people experience [this technology] in their lives.”
Up until this point, adding AI ability to everyone’s laptops would require tremendous amounts of programming and AI/robotics/algorithm experience. Now with the simple VMX Computer Vision API, anyone with small amounts of programming insight can draw the boxes over objects and teach their own computers and applications how to recognize and act off of visual object detectors.
The possibilities of what you, the people, can do with these tools are infinite.
Watch Tom and Geoff play a new form of Pong and read the rest of the R.J. Huneke article here on Gadizmo.com
Impulsive Review from Gadizmo: Moga Controllers Charge Phones & Tablets While Beaming Games To the TV
By R.J. Huneke | Nov 22, 2013 on Gadizmo.com
For those who are addicted to Candy Crush, Tetris, or Angry Birds, game up without the battery dying on you anytime soon, or the tiny screen striking you blind, because Moga’s newest Pro controller is your Hero.
Forget the puns, who would not want to carry around an adept, ergonomically superior Moga game controller to charge the phone?
Charge and play, play and charge.
Gaming Trend’s “Best New Hardware Winner E3” went to two of the best and brightest phone and tablet game controllers of Moga, the Hero and the Pro, that take advantage of the Android platform’s array of games while charging the devices and sending video to the TV.
Want to view the brains exploding in greater detail while traversing the undead territories in Dead Trigger 2? Then why not beam the imagery wirelessly to your tablet?
Suffer from delusions of grandeur? This bad boy (or girl) will beam the video to your TV too!
Blow up a biter here, there, and everywhere, just beware of undead chunks as Moga zeroes in on that ultra realistic gameplay.
The Moga Hero Power retails around sixty bucks (US), has eight buttons, a sturdy D-pad and dual clickable analog sticks. It’s heavy-duty rechargeable 1800mAh battery gives it enough strength to send juice on up to the phone you game with.
The Hero controller is slim, like a Sega Genesis gamepad of yore or the original MOGA, so that it can fit in your pants pocket (or dare I say it, work-shirt pocket at the office) and can support multiplayer functionality.
The Moga Pro Power controller ups the battery capacity with a 2200 mAh and is built out, similarly to a PlayStation gamepad. To most gamers this is the one that feels juuuuust right in the hand, and there is seamless support for the 120 plus Moga Enhanced and HID-compatible games in the Google Play store.
Read the rest of the reviews and see more pictures of the MOGA on Gadizmo here.
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