Archive for July 2011
[...] As my avatar explains in the video above, the application makes use of the physical controller as the default mechanism for activating special visual and sound effects during the chat sessions. Microsoft’s technology acts like a virtual producer, controlling the camera movements, but using the application still took some getting used to, at least in my experience. It’s also important to talk relatively slowly and keep your head up, looking in the direction of the Kinect sensor.
Microsoft sees this as a first step, and it’s looking at future applications for the technology even outside of games, in areas including health care.
I have a Kinect, can’t wait to make the most of such phenomenal possibilities.
This is the first of a series of infographics from Tripl. The stat that jumped at me from this Intro:
37% of all Americans own a passport. So 63% of all Americans can’t travel outside the US.
I thought Americans could go to Canada with just a driver’s license? Tripl don’t cite the source of their data. Anyway, a telling stat.
See the complete US-focused picture as Tripl sees it on their site – separate infographics cover mobile, social networking usage, Twitter, airlines and hotel usage, etc,.
If you’re in or work with the travel and hospitality industry, these are all useful metrics.
View this in context with Pressure on News Corp for board reform, the FT’s assessment of News Corp’s corporate governance.
The dust storm that blanketed the city of Phoenix, Arizona, on July 5, 2011.
[...] Photographer Mike Olbinski captured the once-in-a-lifetime storm’s progress in this time-lapse film. “I’ve lived in Phoenix for 35 years and seen tons of dust storms. This was something else entirely,” he says.
Local meteorologists agree. While dust storms are common in the Sonoran Desert, where Phoenix is situated, this one reached extraordinary proportions. According to Phoenix’s National Weather Forecast Office, the cloud reached a maximum height of 1500 to 1800 metres, with its leading edge spanning 160 kilometres and spilling forwards at 64 kilometres per hour.