HP + HTC = In Home VR

Posted Thursday, January 21st, 2016 by .

The world of gaming is about to be forever changed. This isn’t because of a new invention per se. It’s about accessibility. Thanks to a collaboration between Hewlett Packard and HTC, the world of virtual reality (VR) is practically at your fingertips.

HP and HTC recently announced that they will deliver a certified VR-ready desktop PC created specifically for gamers. The HP ENVY Phoenix will provide the most immersive room-scale VR solution available, utilizing room-scale tracking that works with photosensors on both headsets and controllers. It’s able to track the user’s movement within a 15×15-foot 3D space.


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DIY Fun With Snow

Posted Thursday, January 14th, 2016 by .

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow! Then again, maybe not. Snow is one of those things that many of us want until we actually get it. Then we want it to be gone, gone, gone. In any case, ’tis the season for the white stuff.

Real Snow

If you have actual snow, it may interest you to know how it’s formed. The life of a snowflake begins high in the earth’s atmosphere. Whether a potential snowflake becomes sleet, freezing rain, or a blizzard depends on temperature, humidity, and water vapor encountered during its fall to earth. The perfect combination of all three factors is required to form the type of snow that’s perfect for making a snowman, snow ball, or snow fort.

When you are blessed with real snow, there are a variety of ways to celebrate. You could make DIY snow paint and design a masterpiece in the front yard. You could be more traditional and make snow prints or snow angels. Or you could be silly and make snowmen that will attract the attention of the passerby. Here are ten more activities to do in the snow. Have fun, and make sure to bundle up!


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Meet Halo, Your Wearable Emoticon

Posted Thursday, January 7th, 2016 by .

A Ph.D. student at M.I.T. has created a wearable device that changes colors and patterns according to the weather and the mood and movements of the wearer. The device, called Halo, consists of one hundred and eighty independently programmed light-emitting diodes, or LEDs.

Nan Zhao, the creator of Halo, originally designed it for the purpose of attaching lighting to individuals rather than to buildings. There would be no need to switch on a light during your midnight trip to the toilet, for example, if you were taking light with you.

Now, however, Zhao envisions a variety of applications. Waiters could use Halo to be more visible to customers and look more approachable. Travelers battling jet lag could use Halo to help adjust their internal body clock. Halo could even be used as an alternative to make-up.


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3D-Printed Drugs: A Pill for Everything?

Posted Thursday, December 31st, 2015 by .

Despite a bit of controversy here and there, 3D printing has taken the world by storm, and the debate is about to get real. Scientists have been printing tissues, organs, and appendages with 3D printers, and now they are printing drugs. You read that right: 3D-printed drugs.

It was Aprecia Pharmaceuticals that developed the world’s first 3D-printed drug. The company picked up exclusive rights to 3D-printed technology for pharmaceutical purposes in 2007, and recently announced the development of Spritam, a drug used to treat seizures.


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How Long Will You Have Your Smartphone?

Posted Thursday, December 24th, 2015 by .

Chances are pretty good that you’re reading this article on a smartphone. If you aren’t, you’ve probably used a smartphone for something else today—for anything from ordering a meal to hailing a ride. Long story short, we are more connected than ever, and more and more dependent on our phones.


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Printable Christmas Entertainment

Posted Thursday, December 17th, 2015 by .

Whether you’re traveling for the holidays, or entertaining from the comfort of your own home, it’s important to have activities to keep friends and family busy during downtime between meals and other festivities. This blog will help you to provide printable Christmas entertainment for folks of all ages.

Coloring is all the rage. In addition to being relaxing, it’s pretty economical. Now, you could run off to the store to purchase expensive coloring books containing only a handful of pages you’d actually want to color. Or you could save a few dollars by printing out whatever coloring pages fit the needs of the people in your gathering. This site has great great coloring pages for little friends, and this other site is for the more mature crowd. Soon the only thing you will need is a new box of crayons!


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Your Best Traveling Office

Posted Thursday, December 10th, 2015 by .

There are many reasons for business travel. You might need to attend a conference, or go to a training seminar, or promote your company’s products. Whatever the reason, it’s always good to be prepared. This blog will help you to create the perfect traveling office.

Briefcases

The first component of your traveling office is your briefcase. Whether you’re carrying laptops, flyers, water bottles, or notepads, you’ll need something in which to keep everything together and organized. Here’s an article about briefcases for all budgets for men, and this article has bags for women. Many of the bags are unisex. It’s really up to you to find the bag that can best meet all your office needs while traveling. Making a list of things you take during your travels can help you to determine the best briefcase for you.


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A DIY Hanukkah Celebration

Posted Thursday, December 3rd, 2015 by .

Hanukkah is a celebration of the triumph of Jewish people over religious persecution. The Jewish people enjoyed a victory over Greek soldiers many years ago. Hanukkah commemorates this fight along with the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem.

Hanukkah, which lasts for eight days, is sometimes referred to as the Festival of Lights. The menorah candelabrum has eight main candles and one servant candle, taller than the others and placed in the center. The servant candle is used to light the other eight candles—one each day.

Although menorahs can certainly be purchased, there are many ways to make them as well. This article has 10 DIY menorahs. And this other article has more about the story of the menorah.


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Simple Tips to Increase Productivity

Posted Wednesday, November 25th, 2015 by .

Whether you’re the head honcho or a part-time employee, your goal when you come to the office is the same as everyone else’s: to get the job done. For most employees, the goal is not simply to get the job done, but to get it done quickly and efficiently. What follows are tips on how to move things along. This blog is all about office productivity.

Plan Your Day

You know yourself and when you’re most likely to be focused. Take advantage of the times when you really need to concentrate, and keep tabs on when you start to lose interest. Some folks are morning people, and if this is you it’s best to get right to it when you clock in. If you peak in the afternoon, get smaller tasks done throughout the morning so you can reserve the big tasks for later on. The key is to know your own rhythm. What you want to avoid is getting so busy multitasking that you can’t get anything done at all!


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Thanksgiving Decorations to be Thankful For

Posted Thursday, November 19th, 2015 by .

Giving thanks. Ideally we find ways to give thanks throughout the year. For many, however, the best time to do so is on Thanksgiving. As we gather among family and friends, we should stop and reflect on all the ways we’re blessed. Here are several ideas on how you and yours can give thanks this year. Give them a try and you just might find yourself creating new Thanksgiving traditions for years to come.

For the Wall

A great place to show your appreciation is on the wall. If you already have artwork up, it’s easy to replace your pictures with a few holiday pieces. You could make shadow boxes containing such blessings of autumn as colorful leaves and miniature pumpkins. You could even make paper leaf garlands to hang across doorways.

Why not organize a family project? Set out paints and a blank canvas, and have your guests add a few thumbprint leaves to a painted tree. When it dries, have them write on each leaf something they’re thankful for. Who knows? You just might decide to keep your Thanksgiving art up the whole year round!


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