Jonathan grew up in Norway, China, and Trinidad before graduating film school and becoming an online writer covering green technology, history and design, as well as contributing to video game news sites like Filefront and 1Up. He currently resides in Texas, where his passions include video games, comics, and boring people who don't want to talk about either of those things.
For decades, tabletop gamers have crafted characters, dungeons, and war zones using whatever material was available, from a pen and paper to sculpted metal. But, like many hobbies in the modern age, these games may soon be getting a high-tech upgrade. UK-based company Splendiferous Press recently revealed its debut product, the GameChanger, a damage-resistant screen that acts as a virtual surface for tabletop games, such as Dungeons & Dragons
and Warhammer 40K
The Oculus Rift
has carved out a sizable reputation for itself among gamers, but as we've seen before
, virtual reality has many applications beyond playing video games. Now one production studio is preparing to release the first movie shot specifically to be watched through the VR headset. The upcoming film, called Zero Point
, will focus on the history and development of virtual reality technology, while allowing viewers the freedom to look around each scene as the movie progresses.
A few months ago, we sat down to compare the top e-readers
released in the past year and find out which would work best for our avid readers out there. Naturally, the latest Kindles and Nooks scored high marks, but surprisingly the one device that stood out was the Kobo Aura HD
. Kobo isn't exactly the first name that comes to mind when people think of e-readers, but after spending some extensive hands-on time with the Aura HD, we see an argument for that to change.
After a few days of bouncing between booths and events during CES, I was more than happy to retreat from the chaotic show floor to a quiet hotel suite to demo Avegant's innovative new headset. When the company first invited me to try out the Glyph
, I expected to see another virtual reality headset like the Oculus Rift
, but that did not turn out to be the case at all. Instead of entering a virtual world that appears to surround you, wearing the Glyph is more like sitting in the middle of your own private movie theater, except with a better picture.
In the past, we've seen solar ovens
that can whip up a hot meal using only the sun's rays, but Solar Cool Technologies has a new product that harvests that same energy to accomplish just the opposite. We quite literally crossed paths with the Solar Cooler and its designers at a Las Vegas casino during CES where they were showing off the new Solar Cooler. The Solar Cooler, as its name implies, is a portable container for food and drinks that keeps its contents cold using a compact refrigeration system connected to solar panels.
We've been following the development of Tobii's impressive eye-tracking technology
for several years now, but it looks like consumers may actually get a chance to try it out for themselves in the not too distant future. Thanks to a partnership with SteelSeries
, an eye tracker specifically for gamers is set to hit the market later this year, but that still leaves the question of what the technology can actually bring to video games. Fortunately, we were able to catch up with Tobii CEO Henrik Eskilsson on the CES show floor and try it out for ourselves.
LG had plenty of eye-catching gadgets at this year's CES, from a massive 105-inch curved 4K display
to the bendable G Flex
mobile phone, but probably one of the most intriguing new innovations it revealed was the upcoming HomeChat service. LG HomeChat will allow users to issue commands and receive status updates from their smart appliances by texting them and using simple, conversational language. According to the company, you will literally be able to ask your washer "What're you doing?" or your fridge “Do we have beer?” and they will respond just as a person would.
It's been almost a year since the 3Doodler
debuted on Kickstarter, raising a whopping US$2.3 million in the process, and since then we've been curious to see just exactly what a "3D drawing pen" can do. Luckily, WobbleWorks was more than happy to show off its new sketching tool and let us try it out for ourselves at IFA's Showstoppers event during CES. In short, it's fun and easy to pick up, but don't expect to craft anything too elaborate on your first try.
Well-known drone-maker Parrot
has been drawing quite a few onlookers to its booth at CES with two high-flying additions to its robotic lineup: the MiniDrone and the Jumping Sumo. The MiniDrone is a small quadcopter that can fly in the air and roll along the ground using detachable wheels, while the Jumping Sumo is a remote-controlled ground bot that leaps into the air using a high-powered piston.
We do enjoy getting our hands on remote-controlled vehicles here at Gizmag, because what's not to love about driving a miniature car
around? Fortunately for us, Hobbico recently released its new Dromida brand of R/C cars and trucks and was kind enough to send over all three models of the line to compare. Read on for a look at how these low cost, high speed R/C vehicles stack up against each other.