The better technology gets, the more likely it is to give you a headache or make you throw up. The trend is inescapable: Whether it’s videogames, Apple’s latest mobile operating system, 3D movies and television, or Google Glass, a portion of the population—basically, anyone predisposed to motion sickness—is going to spend their sunset years, when this kind of technology is ubiquitous, in serious discomfort.And if you think you can escape it simply by avoiding sophisticated but optional entertainments, think again—the latest example is people experiencing motion sickness as a result of Apple’s new iOS 7, which uses a parallax effect to make its interface look 3D. (If you haven’t experienced iOS 7 yourself, this video is a good illustration.)
While people encountering these effects for the first time compare them to motion sickness, what they’re experiencing has a more specific name—simulation sickness. The US Army has known about the problem for decades, since it often uses simulators to train soldiers. Motion sickness arises when our inner ear senses movement but our eyes don’t perceive any, whereas simulation sickness is the inverse: We see motion that should indicate we’re moving when we’re not. The exact incidence of these disorders is hard to pin down: motion sickness occurs in between 25% and 40% of the population, depending on the mode of transit, and simulation sickness occurs in between 13% and 90% of the population, depending on how immersive and convincing is the virtual environment. (pdf)
Microsoft is finally giving gamers a date for the Xbox One release: November 22nd After announcing its $499 pricing back in June, the Xbox One will launch in just over two months time in 13 countries: Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Spain, United Kingdom, the US, and New Zealand. Microsoft previously delayed its Xbox One launch in eight European markets, where it plans to now release the next-generation console in early 2014.
James Doerfling Suntour Edit
Some trail riding to start, then some steeps.
I wasn’t going to post this because it’s posted everywhere else but I also had not watched it. Just saw it and now I’m posting it. Pretty sure Tsage has a clip riding in there. You have to post this stuff, have a watch.
Santa Cruz at World Champs
Nice recap from SC. I have basically no idea what Josh is saying at any time.
The Galaxy Gear, Samsung’s latest foray into the smartwatch category, is now official and it’s quite unlike anything you’ve seen before. Yes, it’s a smartphone accessory that can pick up notifications, control music playback, and keep time with a rich variety of watch faces, but Samsung takes it a few steps further by integrating a 1.9-megapixel camera, a speaker, and two microphones — allowing you to shoot short 720p movies and even conduct phone calls with the Galaxy Gear.
It is in fact, a design study by a chap called Alex Imnadze, a student of the highly regarded IED Torino (who were 2005 winners of the Ferrari World Design Contest and runners up in 2011), and proud fan of Alfa and Pininfarina’s rich design heritage.
He says he cooked up this rendering - which is no way real at all, unless you’re in The Matrix - as a competitor for the new Chevrolet Corvette; “an Italian muscle car, if it’s possible to say”, he tells us.
And it certainly looks striking. Front-engined (no word, probably the 450bhp 4.7-litre V8), rear-wheel-drive and with hints of the Alfa Romeo Montreal at the front, together with snippets of the rather delectable Alfa 2uettottanta concept, the gorgeous 8C and of course, the original Alfa Romeo 6C. Shame there’s no whisper of the bite-the-back-of-your-hand beautiful Alfa 33 Stradale, but we’ve always got the upcoming 4C for that.
Have a click through the pictures and let us know: reckon Alfa should build something like this 6C?
Kwikset’s new Kevo door lock turns your iPhone into the simplest of digital keys. Just have your phone in your pocket or purse, tap the Kevo lock, and you’re in.
We first saw the Kevo on ABC’s Shark Tank when UniKey CEO Phil Dumas pitched the idea to the program’s investors. He convinced Mark Cuban and Kevin O’Leary to hand over $500,000, then parlayed his 15 minutes of reality TV fame to raise another truckload of cash. Dumas eventually caught the attention of Kwikset, which partnered with him to make his dream a reality.
This thing is incredibly cool. The Kevo looks like an ordinary lock, but the halo of light surrounding the keyhole gives it a vaguely futuristic look. An app links your iPhone (sorry – no Android) to the lock using Bluetooth and the miracle of location services, eliminating the need to fumble through your pockets or purse for your keys. Just tap the lock with your finger and the halo flashes green, letting you know the door is unlocked. You don’t even need to take your iPhone out of your pocket.