Category Archives: Hardware

Review: Rotimatic, The Automatic Roti Maker!

*Skip the Rotimatic Order waitlist queue with the Privileged order link at the end of this article* I ordered the Rotimatic by Zimplistic in June 2014. Since then, it’s been a long wait and my Rotimatic finally arrived in this month, in February 2017. During that wait, I used to get an update from the Zimplistic team every few months, but I assumed it was one of those Preorder (aka “Kickstarter” products), that would never come to fruition. I was comforted by the fact that I didn’t have to pay the full $599 cost upfront, only a $59 preorder deposit. And Read More →

My Oculus Rift CV-1 Experience & Review: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Introduction My First VR Experience Getting the Oculus Rift Opening the Box and Setting up my Rift (aka My Precious) My First Oculus Rift CV-1 Experience Game Reviews The Good, The Bad and The Ugly Top 10 tips for using your CV-1 TL;DR   Growing up, all kids have dreams. Some want to be Pilots, others want to be Astronauts and some aspire to be like our cinema heroes, like the swashbuckling Indiana Jones. Well, last week, that dream was realized for thousands of grown up kids all across the world. How? Because for the first time ever, we all Read More →

Through The Looking (Google) Glass

  When Alice in Wonderland pokes the Looking Glass, she discovered a weird world behind it. Using Google Glass is somewhat similar, its like the real world, but with a twist.   Getting Glass After all the hype about Google Glass, I couldn’t wait to get a pair for myself. However, I had to wait and wait for someone to have an extra invite to get this exclusive exquisite new piece of wearable technology. Finally, through the GDG Meetup group or the Google Online Application, I received an invite to join the Glass Explorers Program! When ordering Google Glass, you Read More →

What is it about Technology that excites us?

It starts with an idea. An idea to create. To make something by fusing together our mind, electronic components, software and a little bit of electricity. Isnt that what any device is? It starts with all of that and one more thing. It has to be something that people want to use. It has to be something that delights them and fascinates them. It has to let people to do something that they couldn’t even imagine doing before. That is what technology is.   When people started making computers, it was about digitizing human effort. Even before that, people mechanized Read More →

Google BigQuery vs MapReduce vs PowerDrill

  What is big data? Today, every electronic device that we use, transmits some kind of data and most of it is being collected. We generate over 2.5 Exabytes (2.5 billion Gigabytes) every single day. In corporations, the most common types of big data collected are Log Files, Infrastructure Resource monitoring details and Spam data.   What is Big Query / Dremel / Apache Drill? Dremel is a querying service that allows you to run SQL queries against huge datasets (think hundreds of millions of rows).  It is quite simple to use and extensive development experience is not required to use Read More →

IllumiRoom – Projecting Game Effects

A quick note on something super interesting that I came across a few days ago. IllumiRoom uses Kinect and their projector to translate any game into an immersive environment with projected effects. See the full 720p video here (5 minutes 29 seconds): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L2w-XqW7bF4 Its pretty awesome to see all the effects one can input as a developer and make this a truly immersive experience. This may be an excellent intermediate next step for console gaming before devices like the Oculus Rift for 3D gaming become more popular. A few screenshots are given below:

Amazon, Google, Apple vs. Vita, Ouya, Shield

This is a long post, hence I’ve structured it out. I highly advise reading it in its entirety, but the TL;DR is at the end in the “The Future” section. EDIT: It seems that post caused a bit of confusion. I am NOT comparing the PC, XBox One, PS4 or Wii. I am looking and comparing other handhelds and consoles being introduced this year. I am also comparing the possibility of Amazon, Google & Apple introducing consoles and how they would fare against these new additional consoles. Background:The first digital game I ever played was on a handheld. It had only Read More →

Oculus Rift

Over the last year, I’ve been hearing a lot about the Oculus Rift. I still remember the first time I played a VR (Virtual Reality) Football (Soccer) game where the balls bounced of my body when I was acting like a Goalkeeper. It was like magic and I couldn’t believe that I could play a game without touching any kind of hardware. Fast Forwarding 12 years, Oculus Rift (OR) seems to be the defacto gadget discussed whenever speaking about gaming and VR. I have been waiting for a while for some reviews and I finally found a good review of Read More →