Archive for January 2011

Worst Chinese New Year Advertisement ever

Every once in a while, we will stumble upon some horrible looking advertisement that makes you wonder, who is the “creative” brain/agency behind this. Yeo’s recently did some advertisements in the train station. The advertisement seems to be meant for Chinese New Year. I’m not sure because from the look of it, I think the advertisement is more suitable for the hungry ghost festival on the 7th month.

You be the judge.

Most CNY advertisement uses Fortune God or Lion/Dragon Dance. It is not common to use Chinese Opera. But there is nothing wrong with using Chinese Opera. It’s part of Chinese culture afterall. But who did the makeup? And who did the background picture?

Seriously, this advertisement would be more suitable for the Hungry Ghost Festival. I feel sorry for the SMRT staff on late shift.

Whoever approved this advertisement need to be shot in the head twice during the next company AGM.

Mirror’s Edge

I’m hooked on this iPhone game call Mirror’s Edge.

Mirror’s Edge was originally released on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 platform as a First Person action game. It was ported over to the iPhone platform in a side-scroller version. But the general feel is still there. You still control the character over rooftops and across walls, negotiating obstacles using movements inspired by parkour and free running.

The graphics is amazing…..

And I love the soundtrack. A lot. Check it out.
By the way, do you notice the Singapore skyline in the Music Video?

Lisa Miskovsky – Still Alive Lyrics

I have changed
I have changed
Just like you
Just like you

For how long
For how long
Must I wait
I know there’s something wrong

Your concrete heart isn’t beating
And I’ve tried to
Make it come alive

No shadows
Just red lights
Now I’m here to rescue you oh

Oh I’m still alive
I’m still alive
But can not apologize, no

Oh I’m still alive
I’m still alive
But can not apologize, no

So silent
No violence
But inside my head
So loud and clear

You’re screaming
You’re screaming

Covered up with a smile I’ve learned to fear

Just sunshine
And blue sky
Is this all we get
For living here

Come fire
Come fire
Let it burn and love come racing through

Oh I’m still alive
I’m still alive
But can not apologize, no

Oh I’m still alive
I’m still alive
But can not apologize, no

I’ve learn to lose
I’ve learn to win
I’ve turned my face against the wind

I will move fast
I will move slow
Take me where I have to go

Oh I’m still alive
I’m still alive
But can not apologize, no

Apple Online Store special CNY one-day shopping event

OK, I know this is kinda late. Apple Singapore Online Store is having a special Chinese New Year one-day shopping event. Yes, today! 14 January 2011, Friday. Which means you have roughly 3 1/2 hours left to enjoy great discount. (If you are reading this blog entry immediately after it is posted)

Sorry man, been busy whole day. That’s why the late plug. :)

Head Tracking for Desktop VR Displays

Do you remember the YouTube video on Head Tracking for Desktop VR Displays using the WiiRemote?

The video was create in Dec 2007. It’s been 3 years already and we still haven’t seen anyone making full use of this.

Come to think of it, WiiRemote might not be the best tool for this. Microsoft Kinect might be more suitable. You don’t even need a LED light. Kinect will be able to detect the user’s position and display the image according to where the user is standing. Will we see someone doing this head tracking VR display using OpenKinect or OpenNI? I wonder.

Oh, according to Johnny Lee’s blog, he is currently a researcher in the Applied Sciences group at Microsoft. Hmmmm….. Maybe we will see some official Kinect games with Head Tracking VR Display?

Microsoft Touch Mouse

The Touch Mouse is Microsoft’s version of a multi-touch mouse. The top 60% of the mouse has capacitive touch sensor to capture user’s multi-touch gestures. The Touch Mouse is enhanced for Windows 7 navigation. Using multi-touch gestures, users can easily scroll and pan, navigate, and manipulate content.

Check out the video demo.

I can’t help but think of Apple’s Magic Mouse when I first heard about the Microsoft Touch Mouse. I’m sure everyone does too. But one thing for sure, the Microsoft Touch Mouse looks much more ergonomics than Apple Magic Mouse.

I’m not sure how easy is it to do the multi-touch gestures. Afterall, I’m already having difficulties doing 2 fingers gestures on my Magic Mouse. How easy is it going to be to do 3 fingers gesture on the Microsoft Touch Mouse? Will the gestures be natural? Or will you need to move your hand and fingers to an awkward position? I guess I’ll will only find out when I get my hands on it.

By the way, am I the only person who thinks that the ‘x’ and dots prints on the multi-touch area is ugly and totally unnecessary?