TECH TALK: Lego Red Dwarf & Star Trek Communicator

TECH TALK: Lego Red Dwarf & Star Trek Communicator

13 Jul, 2016

In this week’s TECK TALK we have Red Dwarf Lego and a fully armed and operational Star Trek Communicator.

TECH REVIEW: Leapfrog Leapband & Inateck Ethernet USB Hub

TECH REVIEW: Leapfrog Leapband & Inateck Ethernet USB Hub

7 Apr, 2015

This week, we review a couple of new leading edge products: kids’ own Apple Watch, the Leapfrog LeapBand & Inateck’s HBU3Vl3-4 3-Port USB 3.0 Hub with Gigabit Ethernet!

Cheltenham Science Festival: Events for Geeks

Cheltenham Science Festival: Events for Geeks

2 Apr, 2015

Aren’t all science festivals for geeks? I would think so! After all, aren’t we all frustrated scientists at heart? This year’s Cheltenham Science Festival runs from 2 to 7 June and there are some cracking events to check out. Bring out your inner science geek. “Over the course of six days, the Festival hopes to inspire, challenge, surprise and entertain visitors in equal measure. It delivers a mix of cutting-edge research, serious debate, live experiments, surprising discoveries and entertaining events, all in the heart of Cheltenham in a tented Science Village.” Let’s look at the science fiction related attractions first. Dare I mention “a Back to the Future reconnaissance”? Can I speculate that robots really make better drivers? I wonder if anyone will talk about the AI concepts from Ex Machina? Fancy some futurology from one of the greatest modern science fiction authors? Stephen Baxter (The Time Ships, the Xeelee Sequence), literary historian Farah Mendlesohn (The Cambridge Companion to Science Fiction (ed)) and computer scientist Seth Bullock talk about the effect of culture on sci-fi (and vice versa), and how some futuristic visions have come true while others are far off the mark. Their exploration will consider the classics of Jules Verne and H. G. Wells to modern day shows like Firefly, Battlestar Galactica and Doctor Who, and how they are a social commentary. Adam Rutherford, Gia Milinovich and Stewart Boogert look at Back to the Future II which was set in 2015 and ask the question, why don’t we see hover boards and self-tying shoelaces. Adam Rutherford, Gia Milinovich are also joined by Murray Shanahan to discuss the recent Ex Machina and the moral implications of AI: how can we prove consciousness? Meanwhile, ergonomist Mark Young and robotics scientist Paul Newman discuss how machines and people drive differently and what that means for the future of driverless cars. Everyone has heard of the Internet of Things, but what does that really mean? Will your fridge be open to cyber-attacks? Adrian McEwen with cybersecurity experts Sadie Creese and Martyn Ruks explore what you need to know. In another talk, engineer Ian Craddock and social scientist Madeleine Murtagh look at the ethics of technology, especially...

2000 AD Announces New Range of Mobile Skins & Cases

2000 AD Announces New Range of Mobile Skins & Cases

11 Mar, 2015

They may not be able to save you from viruses & hackers (or even fraudsters using NFC to nab your credit card details, but now there’s a new way to at least protect the look & condition of your phone, laptop, or tablet – with the steely glare of the ultimate lawman of the future – Judge Dredd, plus a plethora of other characters from the legendary 2000 AD universe – available soon in a brand new range of skins and cases!

I ain’t afraid of no Table-Top! Ghostbusters

I ain’t afraid of no Table-Top! Ghostbusters

2 Mar, 2015

The Kickstarter for Ghostbusters the Board Game enters it’s final ten days and is very close to smashing its final stretch goal. Check out more here!

Nvidia Shield Gaming Tablet Announced

Nvidia Shield Gaming Tablet Announced

22 Jul, 2014

Nvidia has unveiled an 8″ gaming-focused tablet that works with a new separate controller.

Countdown to Nine Worlds Geekfest: Future Tech

Countdown to Nine Worlds Geekfest: Future Tech

14 Jul, 2014

The countdown is well and truly on for Nine Worlds 2014 Geekfest and to help you learn more about the various tracks we managed to talk to some of the track leads and get the latest from them.  This time it is the fine folks behind the Future Tech folks. For me the idea of a Future Tech track is a really exciting one because normally it is not something you can directly get exposed to but at Geekfest you can talk to the real people and learn so much from the talks and panels. Future Tech is for the curious-minded. It is designed to let Nine Worlds attendees experience the latest innovations and all sorts of geeks, from NASA scientists to brainwave hackers. As well as talks that’ll challenge and amuse, expect interactive sessions, including gadget demonstrations, coding workshops, hacktivism, gaming, and socialising.   The Future Tech track, headed by Tiana Sinclair, is for the curious-minded. “It will cover the geekery surrounding all things tech and is designed to stimulate citizens’ involvement in technological evolution process,” said Tiana. “Apart from talks that challenge & amuse, expect interactive quests, virtual reality demonstrations, coding workshops, hands-on hacking, gaming & a cyber rave entertainment programme.”   Ian Peters, whose specialities include cyber security, virtual reality technology and astrophotography, among others, will be bringing an Oculus Rift, a revolutionary virtual reality (VR) headset designed specifically for video games with an incredibly wide field of view, high resolution display, and ultra-low latency head tracking, hopefully with the new DK2 development pack, due for release in July. He will also be bringing new demo games/software. Geek Syndicate: It seems like future tech should always be a part of a geek convention but never really has in the past so how did the Future track come about for Nine Worlds. Tiana Sinclair: Future tech has always been a part of nine worlds even though initially it wasn’t shaped as such (there was only VR tech & some sci-fi academia) so I came on board to give it recognition and make it as experiential as possible. I want to show diversity in tech program and let attendees try the latest innovations – be it...

Apple Bytes: iPhone Models Leaks & New Kickstarter App Metalalia

Apple Bytes: iPhone Models Leaks & New Kickstarter App Metalalia

20 Apr, 2014

This week: upcoming iPhone models leaks on the web, and a new Kickstarter App, Metalalia!

Sony Reveal Project Morpheus

Sony Reveal Project Morpheus

20 Mar, 2014

Sony gave a first glimpse yesterday within their presentation at Game Developers Conference (GDC) what has been long rumoured. Virtual Reality is on its way to the PlayStation 4 and it’s codename is Project Morpheus. Granted this isn’t really new news, it’s been rumoured since at least 2010 that this was being worked on, but it finally looks like this could be coming within the next year or so (no release date or prices have yet been announced). Sony have stated very clearly that Project Morpheus is still within the prototype stage, however it now looks like its being taken to the next level with developers being allowed to get their hands on it with kits starting to be supplied. MCV gave some further details about the announcement: The unit, which works with PS4, displays in 1080p, has a 90-degree field of view and boasts full 360 degree head tracking. It uses the PlayStation Camera for orientation although is designed to keep working even if the camera loses sight of it. The device is also able to emulate over 60 virtual speakers and provides full 3D audio, although it will also support custom headphones. Those concerned about the isolationist elements of the helmet can also output the display to a TV – it will be a traditional display, too, and not the binocular twin-image view commonly associated with VR tech. The TV output also allows for elements of asymmetrical gameplay. PlayStation Move compatibility is also confirmed. It was at GDC shown off with two games – Oculus Rift launch title Eve Valkyrie and Square Enix’s Thief, along with two Sony produced demos. SCE Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida was also quoted as saying: “At SCE we view innovation as an opportunity to build on our mission to push the boundaries of play, Project Morpheus is the latest example of innovation from SCE, and we’re looking forward to its continued development and the games that will be created as development kits get into the hands of content creators.” The early specs on the new headset are currently: Component: Processor unit, head-mounted unit Display Method: LCD Panel Size: 5 inches Panel Resolution: 1920×RGB×1080 (960×RGB×1080 per eye)...

GADGET NEWS Revell Wins Double Awards For Nano Quad

GADGET NEWS Revell Wins Double Awards For Nano Quad

20 Feb, 2014

Recently Geek Syndicate attended the London Toy Fair and while we were there I visited the Revell stand and was amazed at how much cool stuff they had on display. Now they have rightly won a double award for their Nano Quad which is basically like the cool machines that they use on Marvels Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. In the last few years Revell have grown from being just a model company which they are very well known for but also for their remote control gadgets ranging from cars to boats to helicopters and now to cool looking micro flying machines and 2014 is looking to be their best year yet! Revell’s new Nano Quad has won ‘Best New Toy’ in the Hobby category at London Toyfair 2014 and The Toy Award in the Teenage and Family categories at Nuremberg Toyfair 2014. The Nano Quad is perfect gift for anyone who wants a cool small flying machine. This is the type of gadget that the Gadget Show loves and so will you and at about the same size as a 2 EURO coin you can be sure the fun is endless. Check out the pics below to see what it is all about.   Want to know more about Revell’s new ranges then check out the details below which also include something for the younger fans out there. The successful aircraft range is expanded with the Texter, a cool 2.4GHz helicopter that flashes text messages in mid-air; the Motion Pilot, a solid motion control helicopter; the entry-level, under £20 Turaco Micro Helicopter in two versions, one in black and the other with a transparent body; the impressive Big One Next helicopter with LED lighting and a length of over 60cm; the 2.4GHz Quadro Shuttle is a big jetfighter-design Quadrocopter suitable for indoors and outdoors; the durable, easy-to-fly EasyPlane; and the innovative Fireshot, a 2.4GHz multi-terrain vehicle that can fly, drive and swim.   Several entry-level models extend the XS range including the ready-to-run, strong gripping Mini Trucks and City Wolf RC car; the double-sided flip over buggies, Stunt Car “Two Side”; and the sturdy, agile Mini Boats. Also on-trend is the 50 cm long Speedboat Maxi with a high speed racing motor, righting function and watertight...