Friday, April 6, 2012
>> According to an E3 floor plan (via NeoGAF), haptics specialist ViviTouch will show a Wii U peripheral at the upcoming trade show.
ViviTouch's haptic tech is a more advanced form of physical feedback than current rumble systems: a video at the bottom explains more.
>>Equinix, Inc., a provider of global data center services, and Carpathia Hosting, a provider of complex, compliant managed hosting services for government agencies and enterprises, will host a joint event on Thurs., April 12 promoting the new IBX Vault data center currently under construction in Dulles, Va.
The IBX Vault will be a highly secure, 64,000 square foot Tier III facility with a full range of managed, cloud and compliant services to support healthcare, commercial and government compliance standards.
Thursday, April 5, 2012
>>One company on the cutting edge of improving motorist safety is Visteon Corporation, an innovative auto supplier based near Detroit. I had the privilege of visiting Visteon last Friday, where I was thrilled to see the company’s incredible innovations in haptics, design, dashboards, and climate systems that improve functionality and utility and promise to transform the driving experience. This $8 billion, Fortune 500 company (NYSE: VC) is providing cutting-edge safety, design and entertainment options for major carmakers.
My guess is that the innovations coming out of Visteon will save more lives than any government ban on technology.
Boasting data centers in 38 markets across 13 countries, Equinix is a cloud company’s cloud company. Aimed at service providers, Equinix lets cloud service providers target their own customers with rapid deployment of reliable cloud computing services built on top of its massive global footprint.
>>The Chicago Board Options Exchange, for competitive reasons and member demands, will move its primary options trading platform from Chicago to New Jersey in the fourth quarter.
The move of the matching engine to the Equinix NY4 IBX data center in Secaucus, N.J., will make the exchange the last major stock or options exchange to locate in a data center in the New York metropolitan area. CBOE already houses its all-electronic C2 options exchange and its stock exchange at the facility in Secaucus. The move later this year will also include CBOE's futures exchange and its OneChicago single stock futures exchange.
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
>>Although many casual Android/iOS games do just fine with touch, some are certainly better suited for some sort of a controller. While controller support in Android in its infancy at best, it's more than iOS currently offers. I know of an internal Apple project to bring a physical controller to market, but whether or not it will ever see the light of day remains to be seen. As smartphones and tablets come close to equalling the performance of current game consoles, I feel like the controller problem must be addressed.
>>The first is haptic feedback, and it's not a new concept. We've seen crude versions in the past, mostly in the form of phones that respond to user inputs with slight vibrations. But that only scratches the surface of what could and should be done with technology that's been largely brushed aside as a parlor trick. Imagine, for instance, playing Angry Birds and actually feeling the tension in the slingshot, or drawing with a stylus in Paper and forgetting that you're not handling a real pen or marking up real paper. Haptic feedback could even recreate the sensation of typing on a physical keyboard, and as any writer will tell you, that's critical to a decent word-processing experience. In short, it could add another dimension to tablets, one that's necessary to suspend users' disbelief and convince them that their synthetic experiences are as real and rewarding as their real-life counterparts.