“Christopher, what do you think about this song for the end of the conference?”
That was the question to me from Medicine X’s conference director, Dr. Larry Chu. I had been somewhat vocal about my support for the true Club MedX experience, including lots of bass, between sessions on Twitter so that earned me the honor of unofficial music consultant as the weekend came to a close. In the middle of our discussion about the the upbeat nature of ‘Titanium’, I asked Dr. Chu about the Google Glass that he was wearing.
“You want to try it? Here!”
He didn’t think twice about it. That’s how cool Medicine X is. That’s how awesome Dr. Chu is.
After a 2-minute tutorial, Dr. Chu was off attending to more important matters and I was left to experiment with the reportedly $1,500 (in beta) device for the duration of the final day of the conference.
For the next four hours, I proceeded to toy around with the various functionality of Glass, while remaining respectful that it was configured for Dr. Chu, his twitter account, and his email. Every time he received an email deemed “important” or a Twitter mention, a chime would sound in my right ear letting me know I could engage with the notification. From what I could tell this meant reading the headline of an email or seeing a full tweet. But reading is not the only thing you can do with Glass.
The good part starts around the 4-minute mark.
Sadly, the realist in me knows that this won’t come around these parts (read: the United States) for another few years, at best.
Sonny Vu is one of the people responsible for the iBGStar. I was fortunate enough to see Sonny speak at Medicine X a couple of months ago. He’s a smart man. I know the Shine isn’t specifically a diabetes device, although being active certainly helps keep things in check, but the basic idea behind the Shine is what intrigues me the most.
“Simple. It’s about overcoming complexity.”
Today marks another episode in “What’s Google Reader Reading.” My ‘diabetes’ news feed always turns out lots of fun nuggets. As you would expect, the bulk of the stories revolve around Diabetes Alert Day. This just means that the non-Alert Day stuff stands out particularly well, like this one: Telcare Blood Glucose System Aims for Wireless Diabetes Management.
So I’m sure you’ve seen the footage for the new Punch-Out game coming out in a couple weeks. If you’ve done any digging you’ve likely noticed that nearly all of the roster from the old school NES game is returning with a few additional stereotyped characters. And yes, the pink jumpsuit appears to be coming back too. After seeing all the screen shots and reading the hands-on articles, I think I’ve reached a tipping point. All of these remakes are starting to make me sick. And the worst part of all of this is that we are to blame. You (my eager reader) and I, as serious gamers are responsible for the lack of innovation on the White Waggle Machine of Might. Ok, I’ll admit that was a blanket statement. But I’ll do my best to support that assertion. Continue reading
As a collective, we the gamer constantly complain about the apparent lack of innovation in game design. We are always looking for the next big thing to push the envelope. We want something to satisfy the cliche, to live up to the hyperbole. My concern is that collectively, we are both clueless and hypocritical. For all the cries for new, exciting and innovative, there are numbers to suggest that none of that matters. So what’s the point? Continue reading