a chance to influence the outcome of the movie you’re watching

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influencing the outcome of a story is not new. it has been done for viral marketing campaign video on YouTube and it was implemented in games. but to influence the outcome of a movie? that’s something new. this exactly what this system from Israel’s Tel Aviv University does – let viewers to influence the movie’s plot when viewing it.

the concept is simple. while watching the interactive movie, viewer will make ‘decision’ on behalf of the character in the movie at certain crucial moments. these crucial moments will appear on screen as an ‘action item’. one example is leading the character to choose a path – head into the forest or continue on an open road? each decision will influence what is going to happen next. if no decision is taken, the movie will proceed on a predetermined course.

the film length will also varies depending on the viewer input and it will also allows viewer to backtrack to the crucial points and make a different decision, just to see what happens if alternative action was taken.

by now, you might have notice this system will only work with touchscreen TV and portable devices like the iPad. sounds interesting enough, but sometime viewers just want to seat back, enjoy the movie and do nothing else. it will be quite a hassle to be constantly making decision. on the production aspects, it would most certainly increase the cost since now double takes are required for each decision juncture.

at the end of the day, watching this type of movie is more akin to a role playing game. it kind of blur the line between gaming and movie. when viewed by a group, there is the issue of who’s going to make the decision? would it be collectively decision or a single person’s decision? or would we end up spending more time arguing about what decision to take when watching the interactive movie? it will be interesting to see the outcome if this becomes a reality.

by the way, they actually made a movie, dubbed Turbulence, based on this new interactive technology for movie. it was screened in September at the Berkeley Video and Film Festival held in Berkeley, California and the film was awarded the Grand Festival Experimental Feature Award. well, call me lazy or traditionalist. i just want to seat back, relax and watch the movie.


Husqvarna announced the World Championship Meo TE250 Replica

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motocross fans will be please to know that a replica championship bike won’t cost you an arm or a leg. seriously, where can find something that said ‘replica’ and be affordable at the same time? not to mention a millimeter perfect replica that can claim to be affordable. Continue reading Husqvarna announced the World Championship Meo TE250 Replica

Bluetooth wireless streaming with the new LG Sound Bar

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(image credit: LG) LG LSB316 Sound Bar | US$tbc | www.lg.com

the growing trend of smaller apartments and the need to make things “a little simpler” has spur the development of more compact sound system. one of those ‘spurs’ are sound bars. which promises to deliver excellent sound, less the cumbersome speakers. Yamaha and Sonic Gear has done it. and now LG is set join in the sound bar flock with the LSB316. Continue reading Bluetooth wireless streaming with the new LG Sound Bar

PS3-powered supercomputer used by US Air Force

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well, the US Air Force didn’t actually use the Playstation 3 console as a whole, much less to play games. in fact, what the US Air Force did was using more than 1,700 Sony PS3 processors. the supercomputer which also incorporates 168 separate graphical processing units, is capable of crunching 500 trillions calculations per second. that’s like 50, 000 times faster than your average laptop.

by using off-the-shelf components, it reduces the cost of the supercomputer. according to Mark Barnell (director of the Air Force Research Laboratory’s high-power computing division), the system cost somewhere around US$2 million, “which is a cost savings of between 10 to 20 times for the equivalent capability.” at least tax payers know that the Department of Defense is ‘trying not to spend too much’ which should be good for PR, though not everyone will be amused.

the system, dubbed the Condor Cluster will undertake a range of tasks which include synthetic aperture radar enhancement and a bunch of other stuff which, we commoners, would never understand. maybe that’s why we always lament how our money was being spend frivolously for defense.


you can’t buy this awesome looking TRON-inspired Skatecycle

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(credit: screenshot from YouTube Video)

another fan-made TRON-inspired item. this time round, its the Skatecycle – not the Lightcycle – but you can consider it as miniature Lightcycle look-alike, except that you don’t ride on it but rather, you step on them. being a fan of the movie TRON, Alon Karpman, creator of the Freerider Skatecycle, created this one-off TRON Skatecycle based on his original creation. Continue reading you can’t buy this awesome looking TRON-inspired Skatecycle

stylish humidifier packed with modern engineering

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(image credit: Swizz Style) William Ultrasonic Humidifier | US$229.99 | www.swizz-style.com

if you think have just ran out of stylish items to buy for your home, perhaps, you have forgotten about your box humidifier. this William Ultrasonic Humidifier is one stylish-looking humidifiers. though the ‘Ultrasonic’ makes it sounds more like some weapons of mass destruction, it isn’t one. it is just a humidifier.

it has a coverage of up to 1,000 square feet, and touted to be “extremely quite and powerful” – in humidifying not destruction, of course. other features include preheating, automatic shut-off, night mode (with dimmed lights), integrated Hygrostat and turnable mist diffuser with fine mist selection. the price to pay for being stylish? $229.99.


Eurocopter X3 hybrid helicopter aircraft tops 180 knots

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it takes a while to get use to the sight of the Eurocopter X3 airplane/helicopter hybrid. anyway, that’s besides the point. in a recent test flight program, this rather odd looking bird achieved a true airspeed of 180 knots (or 333 km/h) in a level flight at a reduced engine power level. Continue reading Eurocopter X3 hybrid helicopter aircraft tops 180 knots

SpiderOptic technology offers more freedom to ROVs

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traditionally, underwater remote operated vehicles (also known as ROVs) are linked the surface ship or platform via a thick communication and power line, which makes the ROVs cumbersome and hard to maneuver. the weight of the tethering cable tends to limit the maneuverability and range of the ROVs. however, this scenario is set to change with the recently announced SpiderOptics technology developed by Hawkes Remotes. Continue reading SpiderOptic technology offers more freedom to ROVs

QED Live uPlay Bluetooth Receiver is an alternative to Apple Airplay

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(image credit: QED uPlay) QED Live uPlay Bluetooth Receiver | £64.95 | www.my-uplay.co.uk

iOS devices has the Airplay capability with the iOS 4.2 software update. those non-iOS devices won’t be left out in the cold, thanks to the QED Live uPlay Bluetooth Receiver. the uPlay connects to your home stereo systems, allowing Bluetooth-enabled smartphone to stream music to it wireless… well via Bluetooth, of course.

the uPlay incorporates the new ‘apt-X’ technology which is touted to improve the Bluetooth sound quality. the uPlay is compatible with Bluetooth-enabled mobile phones, computers and netbooks. and if for some reason that your iOS devices cannot take advantage of Airplay, the uPlay also supports Apple iPhone 3G/3GS, iPod Touch (2nd & 3rd Gen) and the iPad.

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