Aug 112012
 

zombies run

This is a game funded through Kickstarter and it’s got me interested in exercising again!

Zombies, Run! is an ultra-immersive running game for the iPhone, iPod Touch, Android and Windows Phone. It delivers the story straight to your headphones through orders and voice recordings – and back home, you can build and grow your base with the items you’ve collected.

Zombies, Run! works anywhere and at any speed. You can jog in a park, run along a beach, or walk along a trail, even on treadmills. You automatically collect items like medicine, batteries, and ammo while running – but when you’re back home, who needs them more: the soldiers or the doctors? Which buildings need extra defenses? It’s up to you – and the bigger your base, the more missions you can play.

 Posted by at 9:56 am
Aug 102012
 

 

 

From the MIT site:

Earthworms creep along the ground by alternately squeezing and stretching muscles along the length of their bodies, inching forward with each wave of contractions. Snails and sea cucumbers also use this mechanism, called peristalsis, to get around, and our own gastrointestinal tracts operate by a similar action, squeezing muscles along the esophagus to push food to the stomach.
Now researchers at MIT, Harvard University and Seoul National University have engineered a soft autonomous robot that moves via peristalsis, crawling across surfaces by contracting segments of its body, much like an earthworm. The robot, made almost entirely of soft materials, is remarkably resilient: Even when stepped upon or bludgeoned with a hammer, the robot is able to inch away, unscathed.

 Posted by at 10:27 pm
Jul 182012
 

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Now this is a very handy web app that I have started using and just had to share this with you. It’s called croak.it. It allows you to record 30 seconds of audio from your PC (or some mobile phones) then share that recording via a private url hosting that audio file.

I am learning Chinese and quite often I meet online through Skype or messenger apps like QQ or MSN Messenger to speak English and Chinese. It’s a nice, sharing, relationship with my language partners in China.

However, because of the time difference it’s sometimes challenging to get together during the week. This is where a web app like croak.it can come be very useful so you can record your question, or practice the language, then share the url with your partner. They can now listen and respond with corrections for you.

I learned about croak.it from the  Chinese learning site Study More Chinese.

The only downside is the length of the recording is just 30 seconds. But I still give it a big thumbs-up.

 Posted by at 12:12 am