Project Glass: Google’s Augmented Reality Glasses

Project Glass is the future. And it’s happening today!

This kind of thing is already possible in a variety of smart phone applications but Google have taken it one step further and bundled everything into a pair of augmented reality glasses.

If you’re unfamiliar with Project Glass, this video should give you a better idea of what to expect:

Project Glass: a preview 

Ok, I jest. Here’s the real Google Glass preview…..

Project Glass: One Day

Google’s founders have been spotted wearing prototypes and it seems as though the finished product may be available to buy before too long. If you want to keep up to date with official announcements on Project Glass, be sure to check out their Google Plus page.

In the latest update you can see a photo taken by Sebastian Thrun during an interview with Charlie Rose. To view the entire interview, click here, however for now I’ll leave you with this photograph taken with Project Glass’ integrated camera:

A photograph taken with Project Glass's integrated camera
A photograph taken with Project Glass's integrated camera

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 (?) killstreaks

On 1st May, Activision are due to announce details of the next Call of Duty title, due for release towards the latter end of this year. Due to the way in which the series rotates, it’s likely to be a follow up to Treyarch’s COD: Black Ops and in all honesty, it doesn’t excite me that much. After filming my COD: MW3 – Road to Commander series, I’m pretty burned out on the game for the time being.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 - available now!
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 – available now!

That said, I will inevitably buy the game and when I do, I’ll be keen to try out the AR.Drone’s bigger brother:

This isn’t the first time that the Parrot AR.Drone has featured in a video game – it has previously made appearances in Homefront and Battlefield 3 – but it is the first time it has been treated to a dose of steroids!

Update: Treyarch have now announced the ‘AR.Drone’ is actually known as the MQ-27 Dragonfire Drone. If you want to get your hands on one, you will need the Care Package edition of Black Ops 2.

Theo Paphitis on Small Business Sunday

In the video that follows, Hannah Power interviews Theo Paphitis on behalf of the Digital Youth Acadamy.

Hannah, a current student at the University of Warwick, asks Theo to recall the first time he used Twitter, why he started Small Business Sunday (#sbs) and what value he places on the use of social media.

I was amused to learn that Theo can’t remember his first Tweet as he was a little tipsy at a charity event but can recall waking up to more than 20,000 followers. For the rest of the answers, check out the interview:

Small Business Sunday: The Man Behind The Hashtag

No sooner than I had received the invitation to the Inaugural #sbs winners’ event, I was trying to clear my diary for Friday 30th March. All looked good until 9 am on the day, when a couple of clients threw some urgent work my way.

At first, it looked as though I wouldn’t be able to make the event but with some careful route planning I figured I could drop in for 30 – 45 minutes. With several hundred people at the event, I knew I wouldn’t have time for any decent networking, so I set about locating the man behind Small Business Sunday – Theo Paphitis.

I dumped my car outside Edgbaston CCC and made haste towards the entrance, stopping briefly to check my hair….

Theo Paphitis' Chrome Wrapped Maybach
Theo Paphitis’ Chrome Wrapped Maybach

The Chrome wrap, which was applied for Children In Need a few years ago, is ridiculously shiny and gives the Maybach some serious road presence. Anyway, with my hair looking as good as I could possibly hope for given the fact it’s receding at an ever increasing rate, I stepped inside the conference area.

Upon entering the room I thought any hopes of meeting Theo had vanished. The place was absolutely packed with winners of Small Business Sunday and their plus ones.  However, I could see some TV cameras at the far end of the room and figured I may be in luck.

Unsurprisingly, Theo was surrounded by people and, after a prompt from one of his assistants, was making his best efforts to get into another room to prepare for his first #sbs presentation.

I took a bit of a  gamble and placed myself in Theo’s exit route. Thankfully that paid off and Theo came within earshot, at which point I loudly apologised for dinging his Maybach. The Dragon was not amused, making reference to the size of his chauffeur!

Amused or not, my comment certainly captured Theo’s attention and my guest, James Kimbley of Kimbley Computer Services, was on hand to capture a cheesy photograph worthy of a Facebook status update:

Adam Arnold meets Theo Papthis at the Inaugural #sbs event
Adam Arnold meets Theo Papthis at the Inaugural #sbs event

I’m very much looking forward to next year’s event and hope I can stick around for a little longer, so that I can put faces to names (especially to those people who have taken up my #sbs SEO freebies) and make the most of the networking opportunities that the Small Business Sunday network provides.

Sony PS3: Original, YLOD & Cheap 160GB slim

It’s no secret that I play the occasional game on my PS3 – mostly Call of Duty, Gran Turismo 5 and Fifa  – and I have been working on a number of projects which will help me  to monetise that hobby. For now, I need to capture as much content as possible and, in recent weeks, I have been recording a COD MW3: Road To Commander series, which is being uploaded to my (gaming only) YouTube channel, iKingOfHouse.

I’m about 30 games in and the AVerMedia Game Capture HD hasn’t skipped a beat. Sadly, the same can’t be said for my PS3 which gave up the ghost last Wednesday. I can’t complain too much as it is an original 40GB model (although I upgraded the PS3’s HD a while ago) and has served me well for the past 5 years!

A quick look on YouTube suggests YLOD is easy enough to fix if you have the required tools and plenty of patience. As I have neither, I decided to go out and buy a new one. Thankfully, Sainsbury’s have the 160GB PS3 slim on offer over Easter, so this only set me back £164.99. If you’re reading this post after Easter, your best bet is probably going to be Tesco, who are knocking them out at £189.99.

For those of you wanting to fix your PS3 or in need of help ejecting stuck discs, read on…

Sainsbury’s Easter Offer
160 GB PS3 slim only £164.99 with free home delivery

Ejecting stuck discs from a PS3 with YLOD

Whilst searching for videos on how to repair YLOD, I came across one tutorial which suggested blasting your PS3 with a hair dryer for some 45 minutes. The video stated that this isn’t going to fix your PS3, but will allow you to switch it on for long enough to eject any discs which are stuck inside. Thankfully, I found a much easier solution in the depths of the Google SERPs!

All you need to do is switch off the PS3 completely – in my case, using the switch at the back of the machine. Then, hold down the eject button and switch the PS3 back on. I’m not exactly sure why, but the PS3 will then kick into life with the fans on full tilt, before ejecting the disc and turning off again. I should point out that this only works on the original ‘fat’ PS3. If you’re trying to eject a disc from inside a PS3 slim, I suggest you follow these instructions.

Fixing PS3 YLOD – tutorial video(s)

Fixing a PS3 is no more complicated the taking it apart, applying some thermal paste to the broken parts, blasting the motherboard with a heat gun and putting it all back together. At a later date I will attempt to fix mine and I will update accordingly. In the meantime, these videos show every step of the process:

Step 1: Take the PS3 apart

Step 2: Apply thermal paste & attack with a heat gun

Step 3: Put your PS3 back together again!

PS3 light sequences – is it YLOD?

PS3 light sequences - identifying YLOD
PS3 light sequences – identifying YLOD

If you turn on your PS3 and the lights flash green, yellow and red, followed by a double beep, then you have an issue with an internal component. Whilst I can’t say for sure, it is most likely going to be the dreaded YLOD (it could be a dodgy power pack). For a full list of light sequences and what they mean, check out this handy guide – “What do the different light sequences on the PS3 mean?

COD MW3: Road To Commander

Road to Commander (RTC) is a type of video series, specific to Call of Duty, in which every game of the ranking up process is recorded. In Modern Warfare 3, this is level 1 through level 80.

For reasons I will cover in a later post, I have recorded an RTC and will be uploading one video per day to my channel, which hosts my gaming related content.

I have embedded the first game, below. Please be warned, this might not be work safe as I’m playing with a group of guys who are known to swear from time to time :). Visually, there is nothing that will cause offence.

It’s pretty standard for a Road to Commander series, but it’s worth me pointing out all of these games feature live team communication or live commentary. Personally, I prefer the former as it means I don’t need to give live narrative throughout the game and can concentrate on playing!

Usually, people will create a separate account before they start an RTC but I didn’t have time, so I’ve recorded every game between Level 1 and Level 80, 10th Prestige.