When it comes to spectacular forms of illumination LED Cubes lead the way, but they are dime a dozen in today’s high tech world. Hungarian tech start-up PirateGames have recently been show-casing their take on the LED cube, the PiXXL, and it has a twist that may just re-invigorate the way we look at these brightly lit six sided cubes, its interactive.
As its name might suggest each of the giant cubes six sides are covered in a 32×32 grid of RGB LED pixels but buried underneath its skin is a Raspberry Pi with a full array of motion sensors that gives the PiXXL the ability to sense movement aloowing it to interact with its owner.
Dreams are at their most powerful when they are chased, when
we do our best to convert them from imagination to reality. The Queen of Shitty
Robots Simone Giertz had a dream, a crazy whacky dream to own the world’s first
Tesla pickup truck, and the pursuit of this dream is cool on so many levels that
it just has to be seen.
Pixel pushing powerhouse NVIDIA are well known for producing
powerful video cards but they have another product that has been quietly
selling by the millions for the last 4 years. The Tegra X1 SOC is that piece of
silicon and it is the electronic brains inside two very impressive gadgets, the
Nintendo Switch and the NVIDIA Shield TV.
First announced in 2015 the X1 is a mobile gaming powerhouse
built onto a single tiny silicon chip. The X1 got its first big break in 2016
when Nintendo decided to use the chip in its new transforming console the
Switch, which was subsequently launched March 2017. In the 2 years since the
Switch has sold over 34 million units. At the same time NVIDIA has sold
millions of their Shield TV’s.
Here at Highpants we have been contemplating the purchase of a smart watch for a while now. However, until now we haven’t been able to find the right combination of looks and features that satisfied our desires and convinces us to pony up the dosh. That is until we stumbled upon the Diesel On Full Guard 2.5, a watch that had us slamming down our cold hard cash faster than gambler on a hot streak.
The Diesel design finally achieves a smart watch that looks just like an attractive watch. In a brutally rugged way it achieves what is arguably the best balance of design and smarts of any smart watch on the market. Even if smart watches are of no interest this watch gets the attention of watch fans with its chunky Industrial design and use of machined steel.
This especially applies to fans of Diesels traditional watches (non-smart), they will love what Fossil have achieved in gun metal grey steel. This is after-all a Fossil watch under the hood with Android Wear OS properly implemented. Fossil has gotten so good at this type of design that Google recently purchased the Fossil division responsible for producing the Diesel, Michael Corrs and Mont Blanc Wear OS watches.
Billy the Big Mouth Bass has wiggled his way into the hearts
of many people since the early 2000’s. This singing wall mounted ornaments
become the greatest tacky gift you could give any mancave owning person with a
little spare wall space.
The PlayStation Classic may only be a week old but the
creativity of the hacking community has already shone through with instructions
for loading games onto the mighty little console appearing over the weekend.
In the distant past of gaming, in a time before analogue sticks protruded prominently from our game controllers there existed a console that took the world by storm, the PlayStation. Today Sony has resurrected this gaming legend and gaven the world the PlayStation Classic, simultaneously giving the retro gaming world a huge shot in the arm.
Real time strategy fans rejoice, one of the all time classic RTS games could be returning to the PC for your gaming pleasure. Command & Conquer is universally loved as one of the greatest RTS games of all time and a reboot may be in the works. EA game production manager Jim Vessella mentioned this weekend that EA have special plans for the franchise on its 25th anniversary. The original Command & Conquer blew peoples minds when it was first released on the 31st of August 1995. Now with its 25th birthday fast approaching the PC gaming community is waiting with bated breath to see what EA has in store.
Razer have been producing gaming hardware for many years and with their foray into mobile phones last year they created an entirely new category of phone, the gaming phone. This year they have cemented their place in the mobile phone gaming market with the release of the Razer Phone 2. With flagship features that you would expect to find on a top end phone along with gaming optimisations the Razer Phone 2 is pushing hard to steal market share from Apple and Samsung.
For many years Mario Kart fans who visit Tokyo have been able to live their dream by taking a tour of Akihabara in go carts dressed as their favourite character from the game. Sadly, the hilarious and totally legal way of seeing the sights of Tokyo run by MariCar has lost the latest legal battle with Nintendo.