Archive for April 2012

Prototype Quadrotor with Machine Gun

Forget about the Parrot AR.Drone. This is way more awesome. Too bad there’s no way to have this legally anywhere.

OK, we all got fooled by FPSRussia. The Quadrotor with Machine Gun is a fake. If you watch the Quadrotor carefully, you can tell that it is created using special effects. And the clear giveaway is when they blow it up at the end of the video. YA RIGHT. In fact, if they didn’t blow it up, I wouldn’t take a second look at the video and notice the special effects.

Anyway, this is a promotional video for Call of Duty. Looks like the game will be in 2027 setting and there will be a Quadrotor with Machine Gun in the game. We will know more on 1st May.

PS: On a side note, I don’t think it is impossible to have a Quadrotor with Machine Gun using current technology. They just need to figure out how to stabilize the Quadrotor when firing.

Google Drive is here

Dropbox is in danger. Google just announced the launch of Google Drive. Yes, Google Drive is real.

Google Drive is a cloud storage service, and more…. Google Doc is build right into Google Drive so that you can edit documents directly in Google Drive. And since this is by Google, you can expect searching for your document inside Google Drive to be easy. You can search by keyword and filter by file type, owner and more. Google Drive can even recognize text in scanned documents using Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology.

And like all cloud storage, you can access your files everywhere. Google Drive currently supports PC, Mac and Android devices. iPhone and iPad owners will have to wait a couple of weeks.

Here’s the best part. Google is giving everyone 5GB space on Google Drive for free. If you need more space, you can get 25GB for $2.49 a month or 100GB for $4.99 a month. Go to drive.google.com/start to get your Google Drive.

What’s Eating Singapore?

Here’s an interesting project by Health Promotion Board.

HPB is currently aggregating the top 5 most popular foods in Singapore by crawling popular social media sites like Twitter, Instagram, Picassa, Flickr and blogs. The results will be shown on a online visualization which is updated every 3 days.

You can hashtag your food posting with #WhatsEatingSG although HPB is also aggregating posting without the hashtags. Don’t ask me why they choose such a weird hashtag name. Haha. But it’s an interesting campaign. Nice to see the kind of food that Singaporeans are posting online.

It seems like Ice Cream, Chocolate and Pizza are the top 3 favorite here. To see the latest result, visit http://www.hpb.gov.sg/WhatsEatingSG.aspx

Microsoft Surface Samsung SUR40 now available in Singapore

The 2nd generation Microsoft Surface, the Samsung SUR40, is now available for order in Singapore. It was supposed to be launch late last year but was delayed.

The Samsung SUR40 features a 40 inch Full HD 1080p (1920 x 1080) display that recongnise fingers, hands and other objects placed on the screen and supports up to 50 points of contact at one time. I’ve blogged about the Samsung SUR40 last year when Microsoft gave us a sneak peak.

But keep your wallet in your pocket first. The Samsung SUR40 isn’t a consumer product. It is more for commercial use. After all, the estimated list price for the SUR40 is US$11,960 (Display only) and US$12,590 (Display with Stand). Don’t think many people can afford that for personal use. But if you can, here’s the website for you to contact your local sales representative to place your order.

PS: I want one for my coffee table.

Microsoft employee announce her resignation by singing on YouTube

This is most probably the coolest, geekiest and most amazing resignation announcement ever. A Microsoft Program Manager decide to sing her resignation announcement to the tune of Don McLean’s American Pie and upload it to YouTube.

Oh, and don’t worry, the song isn’t slamming the company or her ex-colleagues. After all, she is working in the Microsoft Excel team, which, in my own opinion, is the best software from Microsoft.

After watching this, you start to feel that everyone who resign from now on need to do something of similar epic proportion. Haha.

PS: Check out another video of her singing about Excel at a conference.