Ok bookwormy geeks – it’s time to stock up on your ebooks!
Save 40% (Code: MaySave40) on 186 different titles on Kobo!
To be honest, I had a scan through some of the titles and I didn’t really know many of the titles but hey – if you’re an avid reader then it always pays to be able to read something completely different every once in awhile, if just to surprise yourself.
Go on and grab a cheaper book! Sale ends on 13th May!
Attention all Med, Bio and Path students! There is a new iPhone 4,4S and 5 app/photoadaptor that allows you to take pictures of what you see through optical instruments.
This app is called Magnifi and it can be used through binoculars, microscopes, telescopes and other things with an eye piece. Pretty neat, huh?
What you do is slide on the case and the adaptor then you begin taking photos.
However cool this maybe, what isnt so awesome is the price. It is $79.99 If you work for a company or an organisation in any of these fields, I guess you could always put it under company expenses xD
Think you’ve seen some awesome birthday candles and cakes? Well check this out:
The birthday candle begins with an enormous flame, designed to light little candles within. Once lit, the whole flower bursts open to reveal little candles on petals that spin around, while a musical-card-esque birthday song plays over and over. You can even be rid of the song by cutting the little wire, simply revealing a beautiful spinning flower of fire.
Now I’m thinking there’s a lot of potential here for geek versions, right? Like maybe a Tardis revealing a bigger-on-the-inside interior? What else can you think of that would be awesome as a burst-open-twirling candle?
We at GayGeek know that life as a spy is tough, especially when you are trying to do your job in a suit. It is a paticular hassle when running away from goons, thugs and/or minions to make sure that your USB (filled with files that you have just collected) stays in your pockets. But not to worry with these tri-purpose cufflinks. Yup they have a third purpose, which is to give you internet access.
From what I have heard, the Wi-Fi cufflink acts like a miniature router. You don’t need to spend even a second cracking their internet password with these babies. It is also great if you have teammates in the same room. When you plug the USB port into the now internet-connected computer, it creates a hotspot that can be used by other devices like laptops, smartphones, and tablets. So any team members in the room will also have internet access. Another handy feature is that you can also share files between computers.
The USB cufflink is a 2GB flash drive that can be used to transfer files. It is a bit weak, but you try fitting a WiFi and USB into things cufflink size!
The Wi-Fi and USB cufflinks are available from Brookstone for US$250.
To end up our day of Halloween fun, let me tell you about this cool augmented reality thing.
For those of you that don’t know what augmented reality is, jfgi. Kidding. Basically, augmented reality is a child of the smartphone movement – hold up your smart device and the camera detects what it sees and displays it. The augmented reality app will then overlay the image on your device with cool “other stuff” that makes a whole new reality inside the device.
As a writer, I can appreciate the amazing implications this could have, and so apparently did Shirin Yim Bridges, author of Horrible Hauntings: An Augmented Reality Collection of Ghosts and Ghouls. Combined with the illustrations of William Maughan, it is a delightfully creepy children’s book, with page-long tales of some of the most famous ghosts. This includes the Flying Dutchman, Bloody Mary and the Headless Horseman to name a few.
But the book is so much more when used in conjunction with an iOS or Android device. The app designed to go with the book allows you to not only view the ghosts parading out from your book – it even adds a bit of interactivity. You can blow into the microphone to sent The Flying Dutchman’s sails aflutter. You can trace your finger across the screen and watch the Amherst Poltergeist send objects flying. Check out this video for how it works:
It’s a brilliant way to use augmented reality, because it’s not just using it for the sake of it either. It actually works brilliantly with the content since the pages of the book itself are haunted with ghosts that you can only reveal with your special ghost-detecting-machine. Makes you feel a little like a ghostbuster doesn’t it?
I hope to see more books augmented with augmented reality in the future – because it’s just damned cool.
Has anyone else had awesome experiences with augmented reality? Or just think this is damned cool too? Let us know in the comments!