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Wow, it did finally come to market.. back several years ago this keyboard was just a fancy dream, too cool to be true.

but look now, it’s available for purchase, at a very fancy price of $1500+USD for a keyboard.

sure it’s cool and there is no other keyboard around like the Optimus Maximus, designed by Art Lebedev. Each individual key on this keyboard, is a mini OLED screen, capable of displaying colorful images, animated or not, and even quicktime videos. And as you can guess, each individual screen can be mapped(programmed) to any given function you desire..need a clock to check the time as you work or play games? or check the weather outside before you leave your room..or see what song iTunes is playing..

This product brings a whole new meaning to HotKey :D

this is a dream keyboard for all kinds of geeks..i want one too.

Shopping Details: http://www.thinkgeek.com/computing/input/9836/zoom/

Check this awesome video out showing off this dream keyboard:

Optimus Maximus way too maximus for you? then maybe this Laser Bluetooth Keyboard might tickle your fancy, and also for a cheaper buck, but still gives you that Wow factor.

Yep, this is just like those keyboards we have seen in the sci-fi/futuristic movies..a ‘virtual’ keyboard where all you need for it is a flat, empty space. Funky.

this shows how much closer our technology has become to that of those movie producers dream of..someday, our screens will be ‘screenless’, and everything will be at the touch of our fingertips, literally..just like this Laser Keyboard.

Shopping Details: http://www.thinkgeek.com/computing/input/8193/

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Mirror’s Edge has finally arrived on “the most powerful platform around”..the PC.

Mirror’s Edge is a unique first-person action adventure where players are introduced to Faith, a ‘runner’ in a world where communication channels are highly monitored and the movement of information is closely watched. When Faith’s sister gets framed for murder, Faith finds herself on the edge of the city, on the wrong side of the law. The PC version of the game uses the NVIDIA® PhysX™ physics engine to bring the world of Mirror’s Edge to life with real-world visual effects of wind, weapons impact, and free-motion movements.

Featured on the front cover of over 40 gaming magazines in 2008, Mirror’s Edge also won numerous critic awards including the Game Critics Award for “Best Original Game” and the IGN award for “Best Action Game” at E3. Mirror’s Edge was developed at EA Digital Illusions CE AB (DICE) in Stockholm, Sweden.

-Gamezone

I love the art style in this game.. seems like there’s quite a bit of use of Ambient Occlusion (a rendering technique i recently learned from my previous Games class :) )..and i have a thing for anything AO..hehe.

Well waiting to get my hands on this, i have and played through the demo on the PS3 system, and it was a great experience, too bad it was only a demo..im really interested in seeing how the devs pushed the level designs to fit this really unique and different gameplay system. Level design is key for a game like this one..a complete understanding of the game engine’s abilities as well as the game’s virtual space i bet, was something the level designers had to grab a hold of in developing the levels.

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Yes that time is drawing near. For those unaware yet, television is about to change.

Prepare to embrace the digital age. By Febuary 17 2009, all television broadcasts will be digital. There wont be any more analog signals. So the minority left using those antennas to recieve their current over-the-air television will have no other choice but to upgrade to a digital solution.

I feel this is a significant move, especially for such a huge country…feels the same as when black-and-white changed to full-color broadcasts back years and years ago.

Find out more and answers to all your concerns at http://www.dtv.gov/whatisdtv.html

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Away on vacation, hard to keep writing.

Anyways before it gets too late, this is one i’ll post more about in greater detail later..along with my personal opinions/thoughts about the winning title.

Best Game of The Year 2008 Award (Most Prestigious Award any game can achieve)

Grand Theft Auto IV


Game Studio of the Year 2008
Media Molecule (Producers of LittleBigPlanet)
http://www.gametrailers.com/vga2k8.php

Be sure to check out the embeded video in this post as well as the link, and even better if you explored the linked/related videos on at the site. :)

Happy holidays n merry 2009 from Pencilgym.com

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