Saturday, November 9, 2013

In a world of low pay, Google Glass etc...

Don’t want to wait another year for Google Glass to drop? Or perhaps you didn’t have $1,500 to spare when the Explorer edition kits were available for pre-order last year? Apparently neither did an Australian techie so he did the next best thing – made his own. Meet Flass, Google Glass’ Australian brother.

Ok, so it’s nowhere nearly as refined as the real thing but that doesn’t mean it’s any less impressive. OCAU forum member Ash_Williams designed Flass from the ground up to be a clone of Google Glass. The name, if you hadn’t already figured out, is a play on the words “fake” and “glass.”

The device is powered by a Samsung Galaxy S i9000 which feeds the display using TV-out to a MyVu Crystal 701. There’s also a Bluetooth keyboard and a Bluetooth earpiece – all mounted on a pair of standard looking glasses. The designer said he hopes to ultimately use a Raspberry Pi to power the unit instead of the phone so screen power isn’t an issue.

The kit will soon be receiving an upgrade, however, as he has a 3D-printed Google Glass frame on the way to use for reference to build an everyday version. The most recent post in the thread (dated May 2) noted that the thread would be updated sometime next week once the Glass replica is in. Additional plans for a future revision include integrating a camera into the system and refining the user interface a bit.

"Chinese Art Student Builds Home-Made iPad for His Girlfriend."
Owning an Apple iPad is not such a big deal these days, but building one for scratch is definitely an impressive feat. That’s exactly what Chinese art student Wei Xinlong did, in the name of love.

Like many other college sweethearts in China, Wei Xinlong and Sun Shasha decided to settle for a long distance relationship in order to continue their studies or find better employment opportunities, after graduation. While some choose to end the relationship before parting ways, or reach that point after a certain period, Wei was determined to show his girlfriend how committed he is to their relationship and decided to prove it in a very special way. Although he attended art school, the young student had always been passionate about gadgets and loved building things with his own hands, so he set out to build Sun a touchscreen tablet PC for a daily video chat session. This way, when he leaves to Shenzen, they’ll be able to keep in touch easier.

A student of China’s Northeas Normal University, in Changchun, Jilin, Wei had some knowledge of electronics and engineering, and whenever he had some questions about design and installation, he looked for the answers online. Most of the components were bought from a second-hand market, and come from dismantled laptops, but the resourceful young geek built some of the components himself, like a heat conductor he made from an aluminum soda can and a chopstick. It took him 10 days to complete his handheld masterpiece, and even had time to decorate it with the Apple logo and rhinestones. The home-made iPad features a touchscreen, built-in camera, microphone, four USB slots, LAN socket and is powered by a lithium battery. It’s not as powerful and feature-rich as a genuine iPad, but it can be used to read e-books, watch movies, listen to music and play video games. It cost Wei 800 yuan ($126).

***Just because you can't afford it does not mean you can't have it.
Make it your self! Overall this view is powerful being it shows poverty.
It shows you can't afford it, that makes your town you live in look poor.
That brings up your pay as the poverty of your town looks bad, because
of low income and non sales! The non sales, pushes the workplaces, bosses
that sit on a pile of money to raise the pay as the workers are not
able to afford things. "Someone is getting rich it's not the workers!"

Other than that you won't have to do without that much, just make it!
Well you do get to the point from being poor, you realize you never
needed it anyway. Or just walkaway from the sale and say
"Raise the prices all you want, I still won't buy it!"
It makes your life free, you are free, go make something you wanted!