Wondering what’s being kicked around in the VML Tech Department? We’re taking down the curtain and sharing the magic, every Tuesday.
TowTruck from Mozilla Labs.
TECH TRENDS – GOOGLE GLASS
Google Glass has started rolling out to a small number of their ‘Glass Explorers’. So how is it? And what’s out there already that you can actually use? Well here’s a blog and a few articles covering these early stages.
My two-week review of Google Glass: it all depends on the price
Google’s Schmidt says talking to glasses can be weird, inappropriate
The New York Times Already Has a Google Glass App
But then what’s the next step past gesturing to control things? Just thinking about it, of course…
Disruptions: Brain Computer Interfaces Inch Closer to Mainstream
HTML5 + JS = Realism.
A Nice use of some new technologies to give you an idea of how you can get some pretty realistic looking simulations going within the browser, natively.
HTML + JS = Useful too.
Realistic looking is all well and good, but suitable applications are also needed. Here’s another canvas example, which has taken a nice looking animated gif and produced similar results directly through the code.
TECH TIME WASTERS
Infinite Daft Loop
Caught up in all the hype surrounding the new Daft Punk album? Well now you can spend your ENTIRE work day bopping along to the catchy riff from ‘Get Lucky’. Then flip it and reverse it for the next day.
Load page. See random colour.
- Use Math to get a random number between 0 and 16777215 (that’s the highest number value for colours, and equates to white).
- Store this in a hexadecimal format (base 16 for those playing at home).
- Add some css niceness to this value so the browser can handle it (a hash ‘#’ in front)
- Set body background to this value.