Very excited to say I’m off to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab next month!
It’s a ‘NASA Social’ event for social media people to go and have a look around and meet the team there, so I hope to have a lot of exciting photos and videos to post up here on the day - October 13.
I’m also leaving little old New Zealand a few days early to visit San Francisco and will have a couple of days in LA after the event too, so let me know if you’ve got any ideas for places to visit on the trip! Anything science, space, tech, or gaming related would be awesome.
Also is anyone in SF or Silicon Valley working for a tech company keen to show me around on Sunday the 12th? Would love to come and have a look! I’m also launching a web startup here later this year so would be nice to see how the pros do it!
Hit me up via the comments here, or Twitter @_OptimusLime
Selfies can even be taken in deep space. The European Space Agency’s comet-chasing Rosetta probe’s Philae lander snapped a stunning photo of the spacecraft and its target comet, 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko.
Just installed this Secret Agent watch face on my LG G Watch.
Image: Mimas shows off its impact craters.
Mimas is one of Saturn’s 150 (or more) moons, and is notable for being the smallest astronomical body that is known to be rounded in shape because of self-gravitation.
This image was taken in visible light by the Cassini spacecraft, with an image scale of feet (1 kilometer) per pixel. Cassini is now heading for an encounter with Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, on August 21.
In related news, NASA is making an announcement today regarding the future of human spaceflight from the US. Expectations are that NASA is planning to announce a deal with one or more private companies to provide launches to the ISS from US soil.
Artists impression of Curiosity on Mars.
After two and a half years of practice, Robbie Lakeman is the new Donkey Kong world record holder, achieving a score of 1,141,800 last Friday morning - 3,200 points more than previous record holder Hank Chien.
Full story here.
New Android Wear features announced.
Google have detailed new features for Android Wear in a blog post, with changes that will see runners or cyclists in particular excited.
Offline music playback and GPS support have been announced for the system, meaning you can go for a run or a bike ride and track your activity without taking the connected smartphone. Music can be streamed to bluetooth headphones directly from the watch. It’s worth noting that the GPS features will only be available in watches with a GPS sensor - at the moment that’s only the recently announced Sony SmartWatch3 (pictured on the right above), which Google says will be available ‘later this year’.
Another new feature is downloadable watch faces. Although some watch faces are currently available in the Play store, they have to be installed via an app on the phone and are difficult to develop. The new update will make new faces easier to develop and install, which should encourage more developers to create them.
I’ve been wearing the LG G watch for a few weeks now and really enjoy the voice commands, which weren’t available on my old Pebble watch. For me the only major flaw is the design, but judging from the look of the four new watches above, designs are rapidly improving already.