I recently learned about a new crowd funding project that I believe has been long overdue. A luggage made with cosplayers in mind. This project is led by Frentep, a Japanese company who make products to empower geeks. This latest endeavor is to mass produce luggage that make it easier for cosplayers in Japan to travel around with their costumes, as the social norms in Japan make it quite embarrassing to travel without your cosplay gear out. The luggage might be made with Japanese consumers in mind, but its features can be appreciated by any cosplayer, here are the product features.
Detachable straps on the side of luggage allow for easy transportation of long objects that wouldn’t fit in the suitcase, like an umbrella or a sword. There are bags on the bottom of each side so objects don’t fall or scrape.
Comes with a flat surface to turn the bag into an instant makeup stand.
Thin enough to fit in crowded areas but if you need more space you can open zipper to get more space.
Easily accessible small pocket in front for business cards.
Waterproof, perfect for a wet umbrella.
Cover that acts as a partition between items you want to keep out of sight and pockets for essential items.
The effort is being funded using MotionGallery, a Japanese crowdfunding site. Don’t let the language and distance barrier get you down, donations from all over the world are accepted! Only downside is oversea consumers who pledge enough money to have a reward mailed to them have to pay shipping and handling fees in addition to the donation, but if you want it badly enough it’s a small price to pay for the world’s first suitcase catered to the cosplay community. You can get the suitcase if you pledge roughly 15,000 ¥.
Sony announced on their blog on February 3, 2014 their new Gold Wireless Stereo Headset. The headset will retail at $99.99 (MSRP). No set date has been given for when we will see this on the market, though Sony said it will be released early this month.
The specs for this headset are 7.1 virtual surround sound, a noise cancelling microphone, and custom audio settings for the different PS4 games. The cable is a 3.5mm audio cable.
The headset is compatible with the PS4, the PS3, the PS Vita, computers, and mobile devices. There will also be a free Headset Companion app coming to the PlayStation store some time this month.
You can watch Sony’s video on the new headset below.
On Jan. 31. Ouya announced the second iteration of its android based platform. The new version comes in black matte, has double the memory, an improved controller, and better wifi.
For those unfamiliar, Ouya was a kickstarter funded system that raised over $8 million and sold out on Amazon and at other retailers. The idea behind it was to “disrupt the television gaming market” by allowing indie developers to create games on the console. The target audience is obviously indie studios and indie game lovers. It gives them a console to work on they don’t have to worry about the likes of Sony, Nintendo or Microsoft.
The specs for this very little bundle of joy are as follows: CPU: nVIDIA Tegra 3 – T33 Quad-Core Processor, Memory: 1GB RAM, Console Dimensions: 75mm x 75mm x 82mm (2.9in x 2.9in x 3.2in), Storage: 16GB Internal Flash Storage (expandable via USB Port), USB: One USB 2.0 port, One Micro USB port, Connectivity: WiFi (802.11 a/b/g/n), Ethernet port, and Bluetooth, Video Output: HDMI (up to 1080p HD)
The Ouya also comes with a an improved wireless controller. Although it looks the same according to Ouya they fixed the analog sticks and the buttons from the last version.
If you’re interested in getting the Ouya just follow the link at the top and it can be yours for only $129.00 or you can buy last year’s version which will still be sold for $99. While the company does not foresee any price drops it does offer over 600 games that are all free to try so from that standpoint it seems like a steal.
Only a week or two after the big CES debut of the Steam Machines we get another nice surprise from our good friends at Alienware. Earlier this week it was announced that Alienware’s version of the Steam Machine will not allow customization and will be updated every year. A few days after that it was said that Alienware will allow customers to upgrade their machines.
Frank Azor, Alienware general manager, apparently misspoke. In an interview with Eurogamer Azor says, “The Alienware Steam Machine, announced at CES, is designed to deliver a great gaming experience in the living room and we will enable customers to upgrade components.”
Azor says the he made the previous comment because their Machine’s size doesn’t allow for easy upgrades. Coming in around the size of a Nintendo Wii you can see how that would make removing parts difficult. Instead Azor recommended their X51 desktop model for those feeling the need to do some DIY upgrades.
Not allowing the users of a Steam Machine the ability to upgrade would successfully defeat the purpose of a Steam Machine. The whole point of the Steam Machines was a sort of console “openness.” All the big screen gaming of a console coupled with the technical superiority of a computer and the great steam collection you’ve built sale after sale.
Alienware’s Steam Machine doesn’t have a set list of specs or price point yet so it’ll be interesting to see what type of build(s) they’re going for and what they plan for their yearly release.
Google announced a new venture: Smart Contact Lens. These lens would help those that suffer from Diabetes with measuring their glucose levels, even when the wearer forgets. This is in an attempt to help people monitor their glucose levels without a lot of disruption, without the pain, and without the time consumption.
The contact lens consist of two layers of soft contact lens with chips and sensors between these two layers. The project is still in its early stages, so it may be awhile before we see this on the market. Although they have completed clinical research studies, there’s still much to be done and test. There are also other ideas that they are taking into consideration like LED lights to warn that glucose levels are too high or low. They are communicating with the Food and Drug Administration throughout this process.
The leaders on this project are Brian Otis and Babak Parviz.
During TechCrunch’s Hardware Battlefield section of CES, a new product was revealed: the Atlas.
During their presentation, Atlas Wearables refers to the other products (Nike+ FuelBand, FitBit, Jawbone, etc.) on the market as “glorified pedometers.” During the demo, Atlas Wearables shows how their product measures steps, as well as exercises without any manual input. The Atlas syncs all workouts and information to the Atlas app, as well as other popular fitness and logging apps. They demonstrated the product as being able to identify the differences between push ups, triangle push ups, and squats. Atlas Wearables claims that their product can identify other activities like yoga and pilates as well. There also seems to be a heat map that shows which parts of your body that you are working out.
Atlas Wearables stated that the MSRP will be under $200, but if you contribute to their indiegogo campaign in the amount of $130, you’ll receive 1 Atlas with a delivery estimate of December 2014.
Skullcandy announced a line of headphones for women. These headphones will recognize the “anatomical and acoustic differences between men and women,” according to research conducted by Skullcandy. Above is the only current image released, but they have stated that the line of headphones will consist of pinks, purples, and flowers.
Skullcandy will launch these headphones on March 15, 2014 with prices ranging from $30 to $100.
James Park, the CEO of Fitbit, has announced at CES 2014 that they will be partnering with Tory Burch for a line of accessories including products like pendants, bracelets, etc. This in an attempt to expand their market and bring fashion to their line of products. These products will be coming out in the spring, but pricing has not yet been announced.
Currently, there 5 products with different color variations.
Fitbit Force tracks wireless activity and sleep activity for $129.95. It comes in black or a dark teal.
Fitbit Flex tracks wireless activity and sleep activity for $99.95. It comes in black, dark teal, bright green, and pink.
Fitbit Zip tracks wireless activity for $59.95. It comes in blue, white, bright green, pink, and black.
Fitbit One tracks wireless activity and sleep activity for $99.95. It comes in black or burgundy.
Fitbit Aria is a Wi-Fi Smart Scale for $129.95. It comes in black or white.
I signed up for Amazon Local a few years back (and for those of you who don’t know what that is, it’s kind of like Groupon), and boy – it really did not disappoint!
I woke up one morning to an email saying “Access to Online Game Design Training for One Year” offered by the School of Interactive Design. As an editor looking to acquire as many skills in the gaming field as I can, I hopped on the deal right away. The good news for those of you who will need a little bit to recover from Christmas shopping is that this deal will be available for about another month (26 days from this date, actually).
Here’s what you need to know about everything this will include:
One year’s worth of access to easy to understand tutorials on Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, Maya, Unity, and Game Salad.
On the voucher when you pay for the deal, it will say that you will not need to make any further purchases and that all software will be included an free. No, this does not include Photoshop and Illustrator. It includes Game Salad, Maya, and Unity. The videos will show you how and where to download these softwares from.
The voucher also says that buying this deal doesn’t register you for classes, and that you need to do this by April 18th, 2014. I called and inquired, and SoID (School of Interactive Design) said that Amazon won’t remove this verbiage and to disregard it.
This is not an online college where you have class times and homework. This is a laidback, go-at-your-own-pace type of thing. Makes it really convenient for most of us whose lives are hectic like mine.
My advice to anyone is to treat this like school. Practice, practice, practice. And take notes, because in a few years from now, you may forget how to use these programs.
How much will this run you, exactly? It will only cost you $99. Seriously? Yes, seriously.
Click here to head over to the website to get you on your way! Godspeed, and may the Force be with you!
Internet Explorer has experienced a decline in use and appreciation as more and more people started to use faster and more powerful browsers like Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. Internet Explorer, with its 10th version up and running, is confident in its ability to provide a “fluid” way to surf the Internet and recover some of its former users and perhaps some more. To capture anime fans who tend to use the web a lot Windows has adopted an antropomorphic moe character created by independent art and doujin creator Collateral Damage Studios called Inori Aizawa. CDS not only created a design for her, but a backstory. Inori used to be an awkward nerdy gal who messed up a lot and despite keeping some of that former awkwardness (so moe) is now a pretty and confident girl. She made a grand opening at this year’s Anime Festival Asia with this video.
To complete the package Internet Explorer has created an Inori Aizawa version of its browser. Will this marketing strategy work in their favor? Only time will tell, but so far it seems she’s doing well with over 30K likes on her official Facebook page. I like her design a lot, and find her to be a huge improvement over IE’s old mascot for Internet Explorer 8.
With a design this cool let’s hope she gets a proper figure.