THE FOUNDER OF KIDROBOT IS STARTING A SOCIAL NETWORK
File this under: WHAAAT!?!?
We’ve been covering Kidrobot and the designer toy scene here on Albotas for several years now, so Paul Budnitz is a name our readers are likely quite familiar with. A few years ago, he founded Kidrobot in 2002, then Budnitz Bicycles a few years later, and now he’s starting yet another venture: an all new social networked called Ello.
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It seems he doesn’t appreciate the way Facebook collects data and sells it to advertisers. Here’s the company’s manifesto taken from their site:

Your social network is owned by advertisers.
Every post you share, every friend you make and every link you follow is tracked, recorded and converted into data. Advertisers buy your data so they can show you more ads. You are the product that’s bought and sold.
We believe there is a better way. We believe in audacity. We believe in beauty, simplicity and transparency. We believe that the people who make things and the people who use them should be in partnership.
We believe a social network can be a tool for empowerment. Not a tool to deceive, coerce and manipulate — but a place to connect, create and celebrate life.
You are not a product.

Read more about Ello on the official site where you can’t sign up yet, but you can request an early invite.
Idunno, guys. I mean, if Myspace can’t even make a comeback is there really room left on the Internet (and in our lives) for another social network? Maybe we should all just go back to Xanga.

THE FOUNDER OF KIDROBOT IS STARTING A SOCIAL NETWORK

File this under: WHAAAT!?!?

We’ve been covering Kidrobot and the designer toy scene here on Albotas for several years now, so Paul Budnitz is a name our readers are likely quite familiar with. A few years ago, he founded Kidrobot in 2002, then Budnitz Bicycles a few years later, and now he’s starting yet another venture: an all new social networked called Ello.

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SONY ANNOUNCES PROJECT MORPHEUS VIRTUAL REALITY HELMET FOR PS4
Anolog sticks, built-in rumble, motion control - pfft! These are all things of the past. Taking a cue from Oculus Rift which has found a niche audience among PC gamers, Sony will be rolling out their own VR unit.
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From Kotaku:

Part of the announcement involved footage of a VR God of War, PlayStation boss Shuhei Yoshida saying “When I looked down, I saw my body was that of Kratos. That was an empowering experience.”

This definitely has potential, but I wonder if it will take off and become a huge mainstream hit like other gaming peripherals similar to the hype and success of Guitar Hero, Rock Band, and the initial Wii launch. As is the case with any new piece of gaming hardware, it all depends if the games will be good enough to warrant the purchase/risk of your roommates throwing things at you/punching you in the crotch while you’re wearing one of these things.
How long do you think it’ll take for someone to mod the VR goggles into a Virtual Boy?

SONY ANNOUNCES PROJECT MORPHEUS VIRTUAL REALITY HELMET FOR PS4

Anolog sticks, built-in rumble, motion control - pfft! These are all things of the past. Taking a cue from Oculus Rift which has found a niche audience among PC gamers, Sony will be rolling out their own VR unit.

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THIS PORTABLE PRINTER & SCANNER COMBO LETS YOU COPY & PASTE IN REAL LIFE
This thing could actually make scrapbooking kind of cool.
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Meet Copy & Paste, a 2013 Red Dot Award: Design Concept winner by Jayeong Yoon & Seulki Kim. It’s a handheld scanner and printer all in one. Just press a button underneath to scan, the button on top to print. No need for special fancy paper, but I wonder how steadily you’d have to move your hand during the scanning process to make a decent pic.


(via Yanko Design)

THIS PORTABLE PRINTER & SCANNER COMBO LETS YOU COPY & PASTE IN REAL LIFE

This thing could actually make scrapbooking kind of cool.

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Telemarketing Robot Won’t Admit She’s A Robot

So, apparently this is a thing that telemarketers are doing now. This chick totally sounds like a real person… until she starts sounding like a robot. Creepy stuff.

The phone call was recorded by TIME Washington Bureau Chief Michael Scherer.

Via TIME:

When Scherer asked point blank if she was a real person, or a computer-operated robot voice, she replied enthusiastically that she was real, with a charming laugh. But then she failed several other tests. When asked “What vegetable is found in tomato soup?” she said she did not understand the question. When asked multiple times what day of the week it was yesterday, she complained repeatedly of a bad connection.

Over the course of the next hour, several TIME reporters called her back, working to uncover the mystery of her bona fides. Her name, she said, was Samantha West, and she was definitely a robot, given the pitch perfect repetition of her answers. Her goal was to ask a series of questions about health coverage—”Are you on Medicare?” etc.—and then transfer the potential customer to a real person, who could close the sale.

The robot voice’s name is Samantha West and the company behind the calls denies that she’s a robot.

It’s all very weird and just makes me think of HAL from 2001: A Space Odyssey and you should read the whole and listen to more calls over on the TIME website.

(via Nerdcore)

Amazon Prime Air

I’m flipping my shit right now. Amazon plans on deploying droids to deliver items from their warehouses straight to your doorstep, using its Amazon Prime Air service. This will be rolling out within the next five years. It’s the fucking future and it’s really soon.

ZIIIRO Titan Digital Pocket Watch

Available in five colors, ZIIIRO updates the classic pocket watch with their signature high tech futuristic style. Each one of these aluminum watches features a backlight  display and is available for EUR 139.00 (about $192 U.S.) from ziiiro.com.

Robot Masters Custom Light-Up NES

Console customizers Platinumfungi and Custom NES Guy whipped up this ballin’ backlit NES to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Mega Man. It features a sexy blue color scheme with Mega Man’s adorable 8-bit mug on the controllers and lid (and those blue buttons tho!), but the standout feature is the display of robot masters - and they light up!

(via Capcom Unity)

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Year Of Luigi 2DS On The Way?

Kotoku is posting this news of a Year of Luigi limited edition 2DS as a rumor for now, but it looks pretty legit. What do you think? Looks like I might be getting myself a 2DS after all.

Behold The Dice Gauntlet - The Most Bad-ass Tabletop Gaming Accessory Most Likely Ever

Make your next saving throw in style with the awesomely epic Role Playing Dice Gauntlet! This custom digital bracer can mimic the rolls of two dice at once using the powers of science, mathematics, and dark arts. Just shake your fist to the gods and you’ll be bestowed the numbers of fate’s bidding.

Whether you need a d20 or a d100, the Dice Gauntlet does it all. It also has a timer and can be used to keep track of life totals for Magic: The Gathering or similar games.

The Role Playing Dice Gauntlet is available from Geekify Inc. for $65.95. Watch it in action in the video below.

Nikon Introduces The World’s First Waterproof & Shockproof Interchangeable Lens Camera
This is the Nikon 1 AW1. It’s essentially a tougher version of the Nikon 1 J3, only you don’t have to shell out the extra $500 or so for a seperate underwater case. It’s waterproof up to 49ft., shockproof up to 6.6ft., has Wi-Fi, a depth gauge, and GPS. Definitely a must-have for new photographers trying to get their Jacques Couseau on, but if you just want a solid entry level camera with lens options, we’d recommend the Sony Alpha NEX- 3N or the Sony Alpha NEX-5T.

Nikon Introduces The World’s First Waterproof & Shockproof Interchangeable Lens Camera

This is the Nikon 1 AW1. It’s essentially a tougher version of the Nikon 1 J3, only you don’t have to shell out the extra $500 or so for a seperate underwater case. It’s waterproof up to 49ft., shockproof up to 6.6ft., has Wi-Fi, a depth gauge, and GPS. Definitely a must-have for new photographers trying to get their Jacques Couseau on, but if you just want a solid entry level camera with lens options, we’d recommend the Sony Alpha NEX- 3N or the Sony Alpha NEX-5T.

Sony’s Newest MP3 Player is Also a Pair of Headphones that Turn Into Speakers
It’s one thing to have a pair of headphones with a built-in MP3 player, but when they can be turned into a speakers with the flick of a switch and have a battery life of 20 hours, then you’ve got our attention.
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Sony has unveiled a new line of 3-in-1 Walkman headphones dubbed the WH series. Available in 16GB (model NWZ-WH505) and 4GB (model NWZ-WH303) flavors, both sets can pump out an hour of tunes on a three minute quick charge, 20 hours on a full charge, feature multiple sound modes, and can be turned into speakers that can crank out jams from the built-in MP3 player. And the best part: you can plug them into another device like your smartphone or tablet via headphone jack, so you’re not restrained to just the built-in dealy. Pretty sweet.
No word on price or release date, but you can check the full specs and info on Sony Eruope’s press site.

Sony’s Newest MP3 Player is Also a Pair of Headphones that Turn Into Speakers

It’s one thing to have a pair of headphones with a built-in MP3 player, but when they can be turned into a speakers with the flick of a switch and have a battery life of 20 hours, then you’ve got our attention.

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5 Reasons We’re Pumped For Sony’s Vita TV
Earlier this week Sony announced a home console version of the PS Vita dubbed the PS Vita TV releasing November 14 in Japan for just $100, or $150 for the system, a DualShock 3, and 8GB memory card. The announcement baffled some and enraged others, but here’s 5 reasons to be just plain pumped.
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1. IT’S A VITA FOR YOUR WHOLE LIVING ROOM
Well, duh, but come on, how awesome is Gravity Rush gonna’ look on a giant flat screen? Plus, there’s a whole demographic of gamers who refuse to purchase handhelds because they’d rather be immersed in the larger-than-life presentation that only a living room television set up can provide. No matter how fantastic a handheld game is, it could always be improved by a giant TV set and sick surround sound.

2. MAD PORTABLE
Kind of ironic considering the Vita TV is a home console version of a portable gaming device, but just think about it. Hook one of these bad boys up to your hotel room TV, and if the hotel has WiFi, you can use Netflix! Breaking Bad is way more enjoyable when you aren’t squinting at a laptop screen to watch it.

3. REMOTE PLAY
The Vita TV will feature both PS3 and PS4 remote play. Say your significant other is deep into an all-day-long Say Yes To The Dress marathon and doesn’t plan on giving up the TV any time soon. Just hook your Vita TV up to a nearby computer monitor or TV somewhere else in the house to instantly get your game on. Much easier than actually lugging a PS3 or PS4 room to room.

4. PS1 MULTIPLAYER SUPPORT
One great thing about the PSP and PS Vita has always been the amount of PS1 Classics available to download. Sadly, there’s no multiplayer support for those oldschool games on Sony’s handhelds. Luckily, the Vita TV supports up to two DualShock 3 or SIXAXIS controllers which means you and a friend can relive the good old days with titles like Twisted Metal 2, Crash Team Racing, Jet Moto, Street Fighter Alpha 3, and more. Perfect for someone who doesn’t already own a PS3, and if you do have a PS3, you can always keep one of these hooked up to another TV in the house like the bedroom. Always nice to wind down a long day with some classics from gaming’s glory days.

5. THE MORE THE MERRIER
This could be the entry level console that gets more people interested in playing video games. This is going to open up a buttload of great games to a whole new slew of people who either don’t own a console at all, or were intrigued by the Vita, but couldn’t see themselves investing in one for whatever reason. Depending on the success of Vita TV, it could potentially lead to more interest from developers, more support from publisher, and not just more games for the system, but better ones.

5 Reasons We’re Pumped For Sony’s Vita TV

Earlier this week Sony announced a home console version of the PS Vita dubbed the PS Vita TV releasing November 14 in Japan for just $100, or $150 for the system, a DualShock 3, and 8GB memory card. The announcement baffled some and enraged others, but here’s 5 reasons to be just plain pumped.

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Tokyo Man Already Lined Up for iPhone 5S

Twitter user @xxxprius is already lined up to wait for the iPhone 5S in Tokyo, even though the phone was literally just announced yesterday. His Twitter account has revealed him dealing with rain, reporters, and a bunch of other problems on this 10 9 day wait in front of the Ginza Apple Store. Good luck sir, and I hope you get the iPhone 5S you’ll be dreaming of.

Meet theQ - The World’s First Social Camera
What happens when you aren’t a fan of the point-and-shoot digital cameras currently on the market? You design your own, obviously! At least, that’s what Scandinavian based friends Joe, Brandon, and Andrea did.

theQ is basically what would happen if Lomography and Instagram joined forces. Minimalist design, easy-to-use features, and integrated social network sharing make this loads cooler than your parent’s Sony Cybershot. The camera features a ringflash, manual focus ring, five megapixel sensor, and is waterproof, and has 2GB of built-in memory that can hold up to 1,000 photos. Once you take that masterpiece pic, it’s automatically uploaded to theQ Lab where you can store unlimited photos and share them to your other social media accounts.
theQ is available in nine different colors and can be pre-ordered for $199 at theqcamera.com.

Meet theQ - The World’s First Social Camera

What happens when you aren’t a fan of the point-and-shoot digital cameras currently on the market? You design your own, obviously! At least, that’s what Scandinavian based friends Joe, Brandon, and Andrea did.

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Stone Whiskey Dispensers - I’m Replacing All The Sinks In My House With These!
Okay, so technically they’re Stone Drink Dispensers which means you can fill them with whatever sort of beverage you like, but let’s be real: if you’re not using these for scotch, bourbon, or whiskey, you’re doing it wrong. Crafted in New Hampshire, each handmade piece is totally unique and is the perfect mix of Fred Flintstone and Don Draper.
Get it here for $125.

Stone Whiskey Dispensers - I’m Replacing All The Sinks In My House With These!

Okay, so technically they’re Stone Drink Dispensers which means you can fill them with whatever sort of beverage you like, but let’s be real: if you’re not using these for scotch, bourbon, or whiskey, you’re doing it wrong. Crafted in New Hampshire, each handmade piece is totally unique and is the perfect mix of Fred Flintstone and Don Draper.

Get it here for $125.

(Source: joesdaily.com)

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