Art: SHAENON GARRITY
This past weekend, Arisia returned for its 22nd annual year. It's a sci-fi and fantasy convention that happens in Boston every year, and ... yes, this sounds familiar, doesn't it? Sounds a lot like Boskone, the sci-fi and fantasy convention that is slated to take place in the exact same location -- the Westin Boston Waterfront -- on February 18-20.
Steve Jobs finally unveiled his latest brainchild, the much-anticipated
iPad, at an Apple event in San Francisco just this morning. The
technophile rumor mill has been grinding away at top speed over the
past few months, as those both in the know, and not so much, have
traded speculations over just what Apple's tablet might have to offer.
Parrot's AR.Drone in actionThe exhibitors at CES can pack up and go home, because it's clear what this year's gadget is: the remote-controlled AR.Drone helicopter from Parrot.The
normal two-rotor remote-control helicopters currently on the market
will break your heart (and your windows) because they're just
impossible to steer. But with its self-stabilizing four-rotor design,
the AR.Drone can hover motionless in the air, ready to strike. It has
two built-in cameras that transmit live color video, so it can spy on
really unobservant people. You control it over wifi with an iPhone or
The above image - the "Xune" - is a years-old fantasy of A.J. Kandy's. It's an Xbox 360-inspired version of Microsoft's mp3 player, the Zune, which has been in competition with the far-more-dominant iPod for years now.
Apple's iPod was the product to beat for years, but now the iPhone is more ubiquitous.
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