François Gélinas /



Leap Motion Controller

“A tiny device with huge possibilities.”

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The promotional campaign of the Leap Motion did an excellent job at creating hype for this new exotic controller. And I jumped in the hype too, imagining myself exploring systems like Tony Stark  or Kaenu Reeves in Johnny Mnemonik.

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I think a big part of the hype built around the Leap Motion came from the nice design, which is very well executed in this product.

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The bottom of the Leap Motion is made of a non-skid rubber to keep it in position on your desk.

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Again the similarities with the iPhone 4 in material an design.

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The Leap Motion comes with two microUSB 3.0 cables, a 24″ and a 60″ one. I used the long one on my desktop PC and the smaller one with my laptop.

I am glad I got to try the Leap Motion, but it did not integrate well with the way I use the computer every day. While there are applications that supports the Leap Motion like Google Earth, and a few that are designed for it, the main problem with using it with your computer is that the Leap Motion is not a replacement for your mouse and keyboard. It is a totally different kind of device. Hopefully this will lead to more innovation and open up possibilities.



Winamp

I’ve always been a fan of Winamp and Nullsoft the company that created it. I’ve even had my name added to the crypto they had on their homepage back in the days (hint , its about turkey or something).

Anyway, since AOL is shutting down Winamp I decided to host a copy for future myself who used it since I can remember.

Here is the download link to the lite version of Winamp 5.666, probably the last version to be released : click here




Homemade HeroQuest Dungeon Tiles

A recent HeroQuest kickstarter renewed my nostalgy for this simple dungeon board game. Now since getting an orginigal box on ebay is quite expensive, I decided to build my own. So I searched around and found a pdf download of the tiles, got a big cardboard and a roll of Mactac and started to do some tiles.

An original HeroQuest square is 3/4 inch but I went for 1 1/16 to make more room for custom pieces later on.

Here is the result so far, last shot with a Warhammer 40k Chaos Space Marine to show the proportions :

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