3D Printers Let You Turn Video Games Into Reality

Whether they realize it or not, 3D printing hobbyists and gamers are two peas in a pod: both intellectually curious, creative, and proponents of sharing ideas within a larger online community. It’s no surprise, then, that printing enthusiasts have found a way to fabricate their favorite on-screen video game gear into real-life objects. In fact, the gap between the 3D model and printable object isn’t even that wide, since programmers have already done much of the design work for you.

Last year, Maker’s Muse Angus demonstrated how anyone could pull an object from a video game using Umodel, and then adapt the code into a printable design file with Milkshape 3D. From there, the model can be tweaked on Mesh Mixer and finished with the Netfabb Cloud Service. The from-scratch process is initially a lot of moving and modifying files, but once those steps are complete, any home-scale device should enable you to 3D print an in-game object. Literally anything from a game can now be replicated in real life. Continue reading

Should Scottish Football Invest In Hawk-eye Technology

Hawkeye’s troubled courtship with football is well documented. Various controversies have occurred during both domestic and international matches involving ‘goals’ being disallowed by referees. These ‘goals’ are often disallowed despite television replays revealing they were actually valid. Fans, admittedly those of the losing sides of these mistakes, have repeatedly demanded that football organisations adopt review technology which can overrule these bad decisions.

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Review technology is not unheard of within international sport, with tennis and cricket, most notably, utilising systems such as Hawkeye as part of their scoring systems. Indeed, after several years of heated debate, the Premier League announced in 2012 that Hawkeye would be installed in all of its teams’ stadiums to be ready to be used in the 2013/2014 season. This was a move which has been largely successful, despite mutterings from certain fans about the human element being taken out of the game. Continue reading

Why Using Ruby on Rails

Nowadays many big and small companies prefer using Ruby on Rails when creating applications that are to be delivered on the web. It is not surprising, as Ruby on Rails offers lots of advantages over other web development frameworks.

Lets have a closer look at the benefits of Ruby on Rails or Ruby, as it is usually called.

The main advantage of this framework is that it makes the life of a web developer easier, by allowing writing less code, which is achievable due to a leaner code base. Ruby on Rails is very easy to use. Beside, it gives speed and flexibility that no other scripting language or framework can give. Creating websites with Ruby on Rails is a lot faster and easier than with other web developing solutions. Generally, to develop and launch a website, developer needs about twelve weeks. While using Ruby on Rails, a web developers needs six weeks to complete a similar project. Modular design of Ruby on Rails allows reusing earlier created elements, rather than creating new ones. Making changes and adjustments is also a lot easier if a site is created with Ruby on Rails. Continue reading

Top 6 Countries for IT Outsourcing

IT outsourcing is extremely popular nowadays, and it is not surprising, as it allows getting quality IT solutions for a lesser price. There is a large number of countries offering IT outsourcing services and cooperation with each of these countries has its own pros and cons.

Here is the list of top 6 countries for IT outsourcing. This list is based on the following determining factors:

  • resources and costs
  • IT talent, skills and experience
  • economic and business environment.

India

India always wins the competition when it comes to IT outsourcing. India is a pioneer of offshore outsourcing and has the greatest experience in this sphere. Today, over a half of IT outsourcing business is concentrated in India. Continue reading

Time to make Raspberry Pi go wireless

Raspberry Pi Model B comes with Ethernet interface built in where you can plug cable and have internet access. In many cases this is enough, but what if you want it to be more portable and still be able to connect to it? One solution would be using Wi-Fi adapter. Since there are couple USB connectors, probably best choice would be using USB based Wi-Fi modules. You can get them in very compact size that aren’t that good at sensitivity and range or choose bigger ones with antenna. No matter what type you select – all of them works pretty same way.

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For my experiment I am going to use cheap Wireless adapter EDUP model EP-N8508. It supports all necessary features and standards that are needed to have WiFi. Small form factor makes it attractive to use on many devices like Laptop and so on Raspberry Pi. You may need to use powered USB hub to get reliable performance. For now I am using it attached to one of USB ports directly. Continue reading