Archive for the ‘Design’ Category

Obligatory new post so this place doesn’t appear dead

…even though it pretty much is. Original post from early July 4th: Just writing this cause I’m going to Anime Expo to help out with STG Weekly, and I gave out this URL, so I figured something needed to be here. If you’re dropping by after seeing us at AX, hope you enjoyed the panel […]

Messiah Stylus!

Adonit has stolen my idea again! …and by “stolen” I mean that they’ve come up with a similar idea completely independently of me.1 Whatever the case I both feel robbed of of the opportunity I was never going to take (cause I lacked the manufacturing, or technical know how in this case), and validated cause […]

Watch Shots Fired

Today Samsung and Qualcomm announced their entries into the smartwatch race, the Galaxy Gear and Toq, respectively. A few weeks ago I wrote my thoughts on what I thought were some basic requirements. Let’s see how Samsung and Qualcomm do with those: Playing kind of fast and loose with those with the info I could […]

The $1,000 Gap

I’ve written about the Mac Pro a few times now, but not so much about the Mac desktop lineup as a whole. Right now, and the way it’s been for a few years now is Mac mini, iMac, and Mac Pro, priced like so: Lots of price points covered, across a wide range. And here’s […]

More Mac Pro

A few new Apple products coming up, namely the Mac Pro and new iPhones.1 Mac Pros are generally expected to be expensive while the rumored iPhone 5C is expected to be nebulously priced lower than current models. Basically headliners for the old and new primary product lines at opposite ends of the pricing spectrum. While […]

Yet More Watch Thoughts

Thought about this crap a bit more. Again. Display I’m pretty adamant about the persistent display, but there’s one big issue: dark environments. Light emitting displays (backlit LCDs, LEDs, etc) would either have to dim significantly or perhaps just shut off below a certain ambient light level to be acceptable in something like a movie […]

Smartwatches

And now the fun topic: wrist wearable tech in general. I think there’s some basic keys to get down before anything else: Persistent display It’ll be pointless without this, any purported convenience factor goes out the window if you can’t just glance at it at any time. There could be tricks to get around it […]

FuelBand Addendum

A little followup to my FuelBand review because I forgot to mention some limitations, workarounds, and more hopes for the future. As mentioned the main issue is that it’s essentially an accelerometer on your wrist. The bulk of my exercise is on a stationary bike. You can see the problem here. Luckily there’s two simple […]

Nike FuelBand, or Nerd Jewelry

I asked for and received a Nike FuelBand for my birthday a few months ago, partially because I couldn’t think of anything1 plus I was on a bit of a health kick at the time. I had read many reviews up to that point and they sum it up well as far as a fitness […]

Mysteries of the Mac Cylinder aka crazy baseless speculation

So the Mac Pro was announced, and as feared by some, it turned out to be a small sealed box. Well, the cylinder part came out of nowhere. But since Apple just teased it we’re still in the dark about everything but price and a few top end spec details. The CPU appears to be […]