Common Laptop/Netbook Positions to Avoid

The illustration above—from weblog Core77’s netbook case study—highlights ten common usage positions and the pain points you’re asking for down the road with each. No one wants glowing red joints! Interestingly, the most comfortable position, according to the study, is position #2 above: lying down with the device slightly elevated on the user’s thigh with bent knees.

via Common Laptop/Netbook Positions to Avoid – Laptops – Lifehacker

How the iPhone Touch Screen works

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While the rest of the world was marvelling at what a great mobile device the iPhone is, I was intrigued by its touch technology.

HowStuffWorks has an article illustrating its technology. I read it some time ago and I found it again. Should be an interesting read.

[HowStuffWorks: iPhone Touch Screen]

To allow people to use touch commands that require multiple fingers, the iPhone uses a new arrangement of existing technology. Its touch-sensitive screen includes a layer of capacitive material, just like many other touch-screens. However, the iPhone’s capacitors are arranged according to a coordinate system. Its circuitry can sense changes at each point along the grid. In other words, every point on the grid generates its own signal when touched and relays that signal to the iPhone’s processor. This allows the phone to determine the location and movement of simultaneous touches in multiple locations. Because of its reliance on this capacitive material, the iPhone works only if you touch it with your fingertip — it won’t work if you use a stylus or wear non-conductive gloves.


Project Natal – Future of Gaming?

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[Microsoft introduces controller free gaming, Project Natal]

I know I’m several months late but I’ve been partly busy and partly observing the fallout since the announcement of the supposedly next coolest way we’d be playing games.

When I first watch the Milo clip, a few things struck me. First was Wow, that’s pretty neat, then Wait, if all these are possible why are we still struggling with computer vision, voice recognition and processing and voice synthesizing? and finally Hm, this could be incredibly scripted.

From a developer’s standpoint, it occurred to me how much work needs to be done to achieve a truly dynamic system such as one which reacts to a players’ emotions since the possibilities are literally limitless. That or we have an actual learning system which means we might one day build Skynet and Terminators. :P

From a gamer’s standpoint, I realise whatever could go wrong would almost always go wrong. There could be nothing more frustrating then trying to play a game by moving your body when the game doesn’t recognise your actions or interpret it wrongly.

Besides, instead of standing up and pretending to kick at enemies on screen, I’d rather go out and pick up a martial art. When I play a game, I want to sit comfortably in my couch and well, play a game. I know that Nintendo have shown that new interaction works and actually sells with the Wii and the DS but only with appropriate gameplay. To be perfectly honest, I usually prefer to use the keypad and buttons to play on my DS, unless it makes perfect gameplay sense like in Knights in the Nightmare.

The following link is an article, written by the news director of Gamasutra, reproduced on Kotaku:

[Kotaku – In Defense Of The Classic Controller – Project Natal]

“The more pressing issue is whether or not controller-less gaming will truly make the medium richer. Making something “more accessible” doesn’t necessarily make it better.

Feel free to share any thoughts and discuss. Following is a link to all Kotaku entries tagged with Project Natal:

[Kotaku – Project Natal]

Again, But Slower and Simple Wikipedia

[Lifehacker – Again, But Slower Shows Simplified Wikipedia Pages and Their Originals – Wikipedia]

I never knew there is a Simple English Wikipedia, now I also learnt there’s a free site which shows you both for comparison without having to sign-up. Check it out, especially when researching on cheem subjects is giving you a headache and you need a simpler explanation.

I want to eat chicken rice! (totally random)

Today’s a lazy sleepy day. I’ve been trying to read math but my mind keeps blanking out of me or I’ll get distracted.

I’ve been chatting online with Kris more often ever since we went for her exchange. We had a video conference yday but she can’t hear me properly. Time to get a mic. Any cheapo mic is better than my laptop’s. Kris I miss you too! I would go globe trotting if I had the means. Not to mention bring the terrible math modules over to S/U. -Snaps back to reality-

I’ve had a few unpleasant experiences with services which makes use of high technology recently. The online dress I bought finally arrived. Looks rather different from the pic. Considering how they screwed up the first deal with me and their crappy free gift, I’m not gonna buy from them ever again! Nothing can beat physically going to look at clothes, try out in the dressing room and feeling and caressing the item you’re going to buy. The only frustrating thing about shopping is not being able to find the item you want. It’s like a waste of a whole day. For some strange twist of fate, it’s always harder to find what you’re looking for and eventually when you’re over it, they start popping up everywhere.

Second bad brush with technology is I did an online transfer which didn’t get through. Not even sure what’s the reason for the reject. The interface is sucky.

Timetable matters are almost settled. That’s the third bad brush with technology.

Sometimes I wonder if they really bring more convenience? But hey…they’re gonna my rice bowl in the future.