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Comment Re:What is the appeal of these things? (Score 1) 129

For me: looking at the wrist is easier than taking out the phone. I can easily tell if a notification is important enough for me to take out the phone or not, saving me a step. Secondary function is to monitor heart rate/calorie consumption, which may not matter to the average /. user who sits in front of a computer all day. I'll easily pay $100 for a device that does this.

Comment Re:My first first? (Score 1) 254

Not entirely a fair comparison since they are probably comparing an older android phone to a newer iPhone. However, their experience showed that Android is glitchy, and the perception is that iOS is more stable than Android, hence motivating the switch. New Android hardware may not fix any stability issues in this case.

Comment Re:Of course, nothing prevents the owner from (Score 1) 266

TV remote filters are the opposite, they block out visible light and allow IR to pass (if they blocked IR, they would fail to work). Developed film can be used as an IR pass through filter.

For the application in this article, something like this would be appropriate:
http://www.hoyafilter.com/hoya...

Comment Full text anybody? (Score 1) 226

How's about some full text for reference? FAA can still legally regulate quadcopters in certain situations, i.e. you are within 5 miles of an airport (I am) and don't notify the controller (who would?)

https://www.faa.gov/uas/media/...

Section 336 also prohibits the FAA from promulgating “any rule or regulation
regarding a model aircraft, or an aircraft being developed as a model aircraft” if the
following statutory requirements are met:
  the aircraft is flown strictly for hobby or recreational use;
  the aircraft is operated in accordance with a community-based set
of safety guidelines and within the programming of a nationwide
community-based organization;
  the aircraft is limited to not more than 55 pounds unless otherwise
certified through a design, construction, inspection, flight test, and
operational safety program administered by a community-based
organization;
  the aircraft is operated in a manner that does not interfere with and
gives way to any manned aircraft; and
  when flown within 5 miles of an airport, the operator of the aircraft
provides the airport operator and the airport air traffic control
tower with prior notice of the operation.

Comment Tested a demo Oculus (Score 3, Interesting) 174

At work they had an Oculus VR demo this past week and I got the chance to test one (I don't know the full specs of that particular unit). My experience and comments from the 5 min demo:

- Very first thing I noticed when I wore the headset was that the resolution seemed low, and the screen wasn't that bright.
- I had no control over the motion of the demo; as a result during panning, I could feel a twinge of motion sickness. Don't know what the framerate/latency was.
- It is a bit disconcerting to look at your virtual self, and while you move your real legs/arms, you don't see your virtual legs/arm move.
- The overall experience is very interesting and I think VR could be quite an enjoyable entertainment medium, but it definitely needs some work.

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