Anki Drive!!!

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Most of your might not have heard of them, nor even know of their existence. Anki, a San Francisco startup, has been working in the background, helping us bring robots into our everyday life. Now, they have developed a racing game which is powered by our iPhone. Amazing. With Anki Drive, we now control toy vehicles that resembles our metal die cast toy cars from Hot Wheels. But now these lovely toys come packed with unrivaled technology and artificial intelligence. The end product is an awesome game with lots of challenge and excitement. I believe there is so much potential for us in the future to come. Gamers, rejoice! We have a new evolved sport, where technology meets hobby. The current package, valued at $199, comes with a game mat, two racers, charging pods for the batteries as well as an interesting cleaning kit for the tires. The race allows up to four racers at one go. Each additional racer would cost $69 and right now there are altogether four of them for sale. More are expected to be release. This is so exciting!

What is interesting is that the toys could automatically locate their relative position from the race track at 500 times per second! They provide themselves with the logic and strategy to race ahead of the other racers. At such speed, it is comparable to racing cars dashing at 250 mph! Very impressive! While the racers appear to be lightweight, it is very robust in construction. For example, they are filled with motion sensors as well a rather interesting processing device that would detect the players’ instructions through their iPhones as they played the race. Brilliant technology and work. Looking forward to own one!

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Microsoft Office on iPad

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Wow, i think it is about time that Microsoft would bring on the Office onto iPad. Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft mentioned the use of touch user interface for Office on iPad. In the Gartner event in Florida, he mentioned that it is imperative for the iPad to have the touch first user interface. It is said that the touch first interface is “in progress” and Microsoft plans to release it earlier to the Windows version and the iPad edition following it.

Qi Lu, Microsoft’s head of applications and services mentioned that the company isĀ “working on touch-first versions for our core apps in the Office suite” and that it will bring these apps into the Windows devices as well as other devices which is tailored to their needs. I believe office is commonly being used by most people and with its popularity and its long rooted history, it is a smart move to introduce Office onto the iPad. Now, we can have work on the go. Looking forward to more news of this upcoming launch.