Amazon has announced their new Android Tablet, the Kindle Fire. For those uninitiated, it’s the follow up to their Kindle e-reader tablet, which has seen quite a bit of success in the e-book landscape. This new color tablet offers more than just reading books though, this tablet is a bridge to all the services Amazon has developed to date. In the palm of your hand is a device that connects to Amazon’s EC2 Cloud storage, their Android App Store, and their music and video store. So, what’s my take on it? Is it the iPad killer some folks in the shadows have been murmuring about?
The concept of Tabletop gaming is a bit antiquated these days, especially in light of the all the computer and console based multiplayer games out there. But in a time before the term “MMO” or “World of Warcraft” came to be, I was in a club at RIT Campus called “RWAG”, the Rochester War-gamer’s Association and Guild. The club was a gathering place for people to get together and play games with each other. Games, like Dungeons and Dragon’s, Marvel Super Hero’s, Twilight 2000, and many others. We actually socialized together, and weren’t behind a computer screen. I became actively involved in the club and met some of my most valued friends there, a few I still stay in touch with today. While active in the club, I was the Publications Director, and during the annual club gaming convention, “Rudicon”, I served as the Director of Gaming a few of them.
While aimlessly rummaging around the internet this evening, I came across an article on CNN which ultimately led me to this web site, http://ehita.mochrom.jp/やってみた/48/. The site is in Japanese, but you really don’t need to read it to understand what the blogger is doing. This fellow has found a new use for his Macbook Air. He’s taken the art of cooking with your Macbook Air beyond just looking up recipe’s, he uses it as a knife!
Wacom has been a leader in the digitizer industry for a long time, and if you are any kind of digital artist, you wouldn’t be caught dead without one, even wannabe artists like myself owns several of their digitizer tablets. Their latest addition to their extensive lineup is the Inkling. The Inkling is radically different than any product they’ve released to date. Traditionally digitizer tablets have a pen and a slate, the slate translates your pen motions to the screen, the Inkling forgoes the slate and instead translates your actions on a real drawing surface. So, instead of drawing on the screen, you draw on whatever can hold the inkling receiver. Of course the concept of a receiver and pen aren’t new, but other offerings never took things to the level Wacom has. The pen you draw with is pressure sensitive and the receiver lets you draw in layers! That’s right, with the click of the receiver you can continue drawing on a new layer. Once done, you can plug the receiver into your computer and you can get a Photoshop file or even a Illustrator vector file! ItsArtMag.com has a video showing how it works, and of course, you can check out Wacom’s own web site for information.