At the Musée Mécanique in San Fran.

Highly recommend if you’re into old arcade game machines.

I’m in the US to do a bit of sightseeing and visit NASA/JPL on Monday. Yesterday I managed a trip to Google’s San Francisco office to try on Glass (the other photo is the view from their office - wow!). It was cool, and much lighter than I expected, but not quite cool enough to throw down $1,500 for at this point.

TV with a built-in Super Famicom.
I don’t know much about this, but I know I want one.

TV with a built-in Super Famicom.

I don’t know much about this, but I know I want one.

Video: Microsoft RoomAlive.

This looks like an even more developed version of IllumiRoom, which was shown in prototype form last year.

From Microsoft Research:

RoomAlive is a proof-of-concept prototype that transforms any room into an immersive, augmented entertainment experience. Our system enables new interactive projection mapping experiences that dynamically adapts content to any room. Users can touch, shoot, stomp, dodge and steer projected content that seamlessly co-exists with their existing physical environment. The basic building blocks of RoomAlive are projector-depth camera units, which can be combined through a scalable, distributed framework. The projector-depth camera units are individually auto-calibrating, self-localizing, and create a unified model of the room with no user intervention. We investigate the design space of gaming experiences that are possible with RoomAlive and explore methods for dynamically mapping content based on room layout and user position. Finally we showcase four experience prototypes that demonstrate the novel interactive experiences that are possible with RoomAlive and discuss the design challenges of adapting any game to any room.

Photo: Tonights near full moon here in Christchurch, New Zealand.
Getting ready for a blood moon eclipse tomorrow night!

Photo: Tonights near full moon here in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Getting ready for a blood moon eclipse tomorrow night!

Lunar eclipse will create a ‘blood moon’ this week.
This Wednesday (Oct 8) the Earth will pass between the sun and the moon, creating what’s known as a blood moon. The effect comes from the sun’s light being passed through the earth’s atmosphere, filtering out other colors and making the moon appear red.
In the US, expect the best view to be in the early hours, around 5am EDT, while here in New Zealand the action starts from 8pm. Check more info about how to see the eclipse here at accuweather.

Lunar eclipse will create a ‘blood moon’ this week.

This Wednesday (Oct 8) the Earth will pass between the sun and the moon, creating what’s known as a blood moon. The effect comes from the sun’s light being passed through the earth’s atmosphere, filtering out other colors and making the moon appear red.

In the US, expect the best view to be in the early hours, around 5am EDT, while here in New Zealand the action starts from 8pm. Check more info about how to see the eclipse here at accuweather.

Check out this awesome CGI video.

Made by Chris Jones, who says it was “hand-made with Lightwave, Sculptris and Krita, composited with Davinci Resolve Lite”.

Facebook buys WhatsApp for $21.8 billion.
$21.8 billion!
Facebook closed the deal today, making it by far the biggest tech acquisition recently, well ahead of Microsoft’s $8.5 billion purchase of Skype and Facebook’s earlier purchase of Instagram for over $1 billion - the size of that deal was considered by some to be surprisingly large at the time.

Facebook buys WhatsApp for $21.8 billion.

$21.8 billion!

Facebook closed the deal today, making it by far the biggest tech acquisition recently, well ahead of Microsoft’s $8.5 billion purchase of Skype and Facebook’s earlier purchase of Instagram for over $1 billion - the size of that deal was considered by some to be surprisingly large at the time.

SDO captures images of million mile long filament on the sun.
NASA;s Solar Dynamics Observatory has observed this filament of solar material snaking across the sun for several days now. The length of the filament is about 1 million miles, or about 100 times the size of Earth.

SDO captured images of the filament in numerous wavelengths, each of which helps highlight material of different temperatures on the sun. By looking at any solar feature in different wavelengths and temperatures, scientists can learn more about what causes such structures, as well as what catalyzes their occasional giant eruptions out into space.

Look at the images to see how the filament appears in different wavelengths. The brownish combination image was produced by blending two wavelengths of extreme UV light with a wavelength of 193 and 335 Angstroms. The red image shows the 304 Angstrom wavelength of extreme UV light.

SDO captures images of million mile long filament on the sun.

NASA;s Solar Dynamics Observatory has observed this filament of solar material snaking across the sun for several days now. The length of the filament is about 1 million miles, or about 100 times the size of Earth.

SDO captured images of the filament in numerous wavelengths, each of which helps highlight material of different temperatures on the sun. By looking at any solar feature in different wavelengths and temperatures, scientists can learn more about what causes such structures, as well as what catalyzes their occasional giant eruptions out into space.

Look at the images to see how the filament appears in different wavelengths. The brownish combination image was produced by blending two wavelengths of extreme UV light with a wavelength of 193 and 335 Angstroms. The red image shows the 304 Angstrom wavelength of extreme UV light.