I attended the SXSW Gaming Expo on Saturday. The highlights:
Lots of Oculus Rift demos with insane lines. More on this in a future post.
A guy playing some shooter wearing a n Oculus Rift and standing on a Vertex human-sized trackpad: use your feet to walk around!
Paperboy is probably the most popular worst video game ever. Now someone is working on a virtual reality version of it!
A very cool Dallas-based company Captured Dimensions makes a room-sized 3D scanning rig.
Panorama photo inside the Captured Dimensions digitizer. Yes, those are PowerGloves on the screens. I don’t know why.
They can take your picture, digitize it, and then 3D print figurines, or holograms, or whatever. A 3D printed figurine of Marcos would make an excellent addition to The MKX® Gift Shop, wouldn’t it? I was tempted to make one but I think prices will drop quickly as this technology becomes more commonplace.
Full color 3D prints of digitized people at Captured Dimensions booth. See the arm in the background for a sense of scale.
We cannot forget that SXSW is, after all, in the heart of Texas. As such, two things can’t be avoided – even in a Gaming Expo: guns and Jesus:
…even Jewish gamers, I was told.
This is not a toy gun. This computerized gun sight will shoot to kill.
Well, well… look what I just got in the mail:
10 km run organized by Brooks. This was Jaco’s idea. This is part of my training for this year’s Cap10K race.
It was especially tough because it started at 7:30 AM, downtown, the day we lose one hour due to daylight savings. Here are my RunKeeper results. At least I got a free t-shirt.
Ten years ago (yes, The MKX® is that old) I posted a side-by-side comparison of the original 1984 commercial and the updated twentieth anniversary version shown in 2004. It even made it to the venerable MacSurfer’s Headline News. Sadly, modern QuickTime doesn’t like that video, maybe it dropped whatever codec I used, or the file got corrupted, or something.
So today, for the thirtieth anniversary (!) I whipped out good ol’ QuickTime 7 to put it together again. Here’s the YouTube version:
And for those of you who’d like to download the QuickTime file with both videos embedded (you can play with each element in QuickTime 7 in the properties dialog for the movie), a link to the original MOV file. Download the file and open in QuickTime 7. The browser embed messes it up (go figure).
And last, this is my Twentieth Anniversary 1984 poster, given out after the keynote by Steve Jobs at MacWorld 2004.
Where is my Thirtieth Anniversary version, with the girl wearing an iPhone in an armband?
The keys on the keyboard I use for my Mac mini got sticky at some point last December. I didn’t spill anything on it nor has anyone else admitted to any accidental spills. While that mystery will probably remain unsolved, the keyboard was driving me crazy. It worked, but many keys were hard to press and took forever to come back after pressed.
So I did something either very smart or incredibly stupid. Judge by the photo:
This schmuck waters his keyboards more often than his plants.
So, what do you think?
Will Marcos save they keyboard? Or finish the job of destroying it?
Dirty comments on how the keys got sticky in 5, 4, 3, 2, 1…
Come back in a couple of days to find out!
Graceful hosts The MKX® Editor and Chief and The MKX® Hummus Maker in Chief.
We had a small (who am I kidding? HUGE!) gathering to celebrate the 11th anniversary of The MKX®. Several famous celebrities attended, including some but not all of the following: Rihanna, prince William, the artist formerly known as Prince, will.i.am, Michael Jackson.
We had a fully functional disco ball and enough homemade hummus for all of the Middle East. Total success.
View of motorized disco ball in the techno music hall.
Our most important guests: Amaresh, Emily, and our friends on the table.