It has been two weeks now since the new Google/LG Nexus 5 was released. Many people, me included, got excited about this newcomer which theoretically should compete at a lesser price with this year's top ranked smartphones.
I got mine last week and had to play with it the whole weekend. Its hardware configuration (4 x 2.3GHz processor, 2 GB RAM & 5" Full HD Screen) makes it very fast and really fun to use. The design has been greatly improved in comparison with the Nexus 4, and we find it in two flavors: black & white. The camera still has the same 8 MP resolution, but has been enhanced with an optical image stabilization and better software. I took a lot of pictures with it and found it much much better than the camera of my old HTC Sensation having the same resolution. A new camera mode called photo sphere has been added. This takes panoramic photography to a whole new level by making it possible and easy to take 360° pictures. This mode takes advantage of the device's gyroscope to assist the user in taking pictures at different angles and effectively concatenate them. The camera displays target points that help in taking key photos in the directions we are interested in. Once we are finished, we hit the capture button to render the final photo. The result is just amazing; we can browse inside the picture that we get using the photo sphere viewer :-)
The device's battery is not too different from other phones. It can make it to the end of the day in normal use conditions. It also can not be replaced, so better try to preserve it as much a possible.
KitKat as announced brings stock Android a step further to providing a unique user experience that makes it as attractive and pleasant to use as third party android devices. This Nexus 5 really got great potential, and that is why I decided in the first place to make it the replacement for my old HTC phone.
Sun at sunset. Very beautiful picture I took when I was performing my usual jogging. It looks like Goku's Spirit Bomb... :]
Nice view over Cergy's lake/parc. The small island in the front is called the "Astronomic Island". At night, a green laser beam is directed toward that island from a tower (or an axe to be more precise) standing just behind me. Notice also the small pyramid at the left :-) This place is perfect to breathe some fresh air and practise some sports activity. The whole way from the axe until the island, going through the red bridge is called "Axe majeur"
I was lucky enough to take a picture of this airship while it was flying around. The photo is not very clear as to be able to say whether it's really an airship or an UFO :)
As the banner of my blog suggests, I am a huge fan of One Piece. For those of you who don't know this universe, learn that this is a great anime that relates the adventures of a young pirate crew (Mugiwara's) that travel the oceans searching for the great treasure left by the one and only late King of pirates, Gol D Roger. This man, respected by all his fellows obtained all what this World has to offer: wealth, glory and power. Roger, when pronouncing his last words during his execution, passed on his will to a new generation of pirates by setting up a challenge for those who have enough courage to set sail, travel the seas and fight for their dreams, to find the One Piece and become the next Pirate King.
The straw hat (picture above) has a very special meaning in One Piece. It's an object who belonged to Roger. He entrusted it the red haired Shanks, a brillant member of his crew, who, in turn, bet on the new generation by giving it to Luffy, a young boy whose dream is to become the next Pirate King. For Luffy, the straw hat is a precious gift and a treasure from the man who lost his left arm to save his life when he was a kid and taught him that pirates do value friendship and morals. Luffy made a promise to Shanks to give him the hat back only when he becomes the new Pirate King. To Luffy, the straw hat represents his ambition and his dream.
With Luffy, we've lived the adventure for many years now. We hope this continues forever... Long Live One Piece!! :-)
Learning how to write good computer code becomes more and more important today with the explosive growth of Internet and IT technologies. In the near future, the world will experience a huge demand to very skilled computer engineers to take the lead and keep on innovating and provide people with improved software services.
To this end, there is no better way than teaching our children from a very early age how to talk and communicate with a computer, and make them feel this passion and see how funny this can be. Code.org is a community that have started recently a campaign in order to sensitize about how important teaching computer coding at schools can be. This initiative has been promoted and supported by today's IT advocates who made this very nice video footage.
You feel concerned, feel free to join the cause ;-)
There are two reasons that make this project one of the funniest I have worked on: first because it allies technology and sports (rugby), and second because I didn't know a damn thing about rugby which meant that I needed to watch some matches in order to better understand the game's principles and rules and be aware of all the risks and the beating that rugby men had to go through in every match :)
One of the most violent and physical maneuver of this game is the scrum. This maneuver involves 8 rugbymen of each team who enter in collision in order to take control of the ball. Each team has 3 men in the first line, 4 in the second and one last man at the back. The 3 located in the first position are the most vulnerable because they receive the full impact and risk severe injuries if the scrum is taken down.
The scrum simulator was designed to better understand and study the reasons why the scrum may collapse, analyze precisely how rugbymen are behaving during the scrum and help them improve their technique in order to avoid bad scenarios and reduce the risk of injury.
The final system looks much like a spider :) It's a six axis robot solid enough to resist a charge of few tones. It can move and rotate in all directions, and with some computer software, it becomes quiet intelligent and a good partner during training.
Following two videos: the first shows how the simulator is actually used for training, and the second is more about creating the buzz.