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Unless you have been in a cave, you know that animation and video effects are taking over the web. The trick is to have unique content to bring visitors to your site. Adobe has released several new tutorials to keep you up to date with the newest technology.

Check out the latest video and let Techsnoop know what you think.

Adobe Character Animator Tips & Tricks (December 2016) from Adobe professional video on Vimeo.

If you like to be on top of the latest in technology, here is a round-up of the most useful items coming out soon.

Human-technology interfaces are undergoing upheaval.   The mouse is dying and the physical keyboard may be next.  Touch screen and gesture based technology is growing fast.  Now LuminAR has developed the light bulb as touch screen interface to be placed anywhere.  The projection creates an instant display that interacts with user gestures.  It can be used as a display or to scan and send documents.  The bulb will be able to be placed in any lamp as plug and play with your wireless network.

For on-the-go pet owners Pintofeed lets you feed your furry family from your smartphone.  There is a feeder that can be programmed manually or, with a downloadable app, can be remotely programmed to kick out a half-cup of food for Fido or Felicity.

 

More human-machine interface technology comes from the portable, virtual keyboard which can be used with any device;

 

Samsung is on fire with great tablets, smartphones and now the man-cave dream; an 85″ ultra HD TV with 8 million pixels.  Yes, 8 million.  If money is no object, treat your hubby to ultimate bragging rights this Christmas.

Parents everywhere will appreciate the Owlet baby monitor which straps onto baby’s foot and monitors heart rate and blood oxygen levels.  An alert is sent to your smartphone if there are changes.  Created to give parents extra response time in case baby stops breathing.  Not yet ready for production, it will bring huge peace of mind to parents everywhere.

(Credit: DKemp Designs)

Are you a web designer who needs to understand how to integrate jQuery into your web designs?

Techsnoop is here with timely tutorials on how to link jQuery files to your sites so they work smoothly.

The first tutorial is a basic one of how to add jQuery to your site so it works properly.  The second is a bit advanced, but it gives you a simple demonstration of how jQuery can jazz up your sites without using Flash.  Since many mobile devices do not support Flash, it is important to be device neutral in your designing.

Whatever your design role is, understanding how jQuery adds dynamic movement to the web is important.  Movement and interaction are key concepts that “sell” your site to customers.  Anything that results in higher conversions is a best practice for future of web development.

Have a great week and get your skills polished.

 

samsungs3 vs iPhone5This ultimate test of smartphones lies firmly in the “don’t try this at home” category.

Both phones are placed in a Blendtec blender and blended till smooth.  While this is not an accurate test of a smartphone’s capabilities, notice that the Samsung Galaxy S3 took a lot longer to turn to e-dust than the iPhone 5.  Surprising since many have dissed the Galaxy S3 as seeming frail in construction.

Apparently, thinness and lightness are not an accurate predictor of durability.  Congrats to the Galaxy S3 for standing up to the Blendtec for a longer time.  Ultimately, however, no phone is going to compete with high-density steel blades rotating at high speeds for long.  But, your phone may survive a few additional drops from your pocket longer.

Darth Disney?

Darth DisneyThe takeover of Star Wars by Disney has many fans fearful for the future of the franchise.  Star Wars has a strong following over many generations of fans.  Even with Jar Jar Binks, a sappy unbelievable love story sub-plot and killing off the Jedi, the franchise stands strong.

Disney has a great track record with the Marvel franchise and many other beloved characters, but sci-fi fans stand in a category by themselves.  They don’t want their story lines drifting off center.  Don’t believe me?  Star Trek Enterprise anyone?  What killed that story was the radical shift from the known Star Trek universe.  Don’t play with my backstory.

So let’s give Disney a chance to expand upon the great foundation they inherited from Lucasfilms.  There is a wealth of material still to be explored, especially with The Clone Wars series.  If you haven’t seen it, tune in to Cartoon Network and catch a few episodes.  It is a great accounting of how Anakin transitioned from promising Jedi Master to Darth Vader.

If you are one of the many upset about the Disney buyout of Star Wars,  here is something to help you sulk it out.  A fantasy take on George Lucas’ revenge as if the buyout was a sinister plot.

iPad mini

(Credit: Apple)

If the only thing holding you back from buying an iPad was the price or size, the iPad Mini is for you.  All the features and sleekness of an iPad with less price and bulk (7.2mm thick and only .68lb), make this a must-have for you.  Hurry, go get one now.

But if you are budget conscious, know that there several 7 inch alternatives to the iPad Mini.  Google has the Nexus with great features and reviews, Samsung has the Galaxy Tab 7.0 and of course, Amazon has the Kindle Fire.  Of this group, only the Galaxy Tab approaches the price of the iPad Mini.

Specs and usage for these products are similar so the decision comes down to what is the most important feature to you.  Personally, Techsnoop loves many Apple products, but has an aversion to being held hostage to software.  When you purchase a product, it should be yours to use as you wish without restrictions on where and how you get your software.

The maximum amount of price, features and software flexibility comes from the Nexus.

(Image credit: Reuters / Baz Ratner)

Green energy and recycling are popular topics, but not usually related to design (except in recycled art).  But Izhar Gafni has put a new spin on how design, technology and recycling can come together for a great product.

Cardboard has been used for lots of things and is great for recycling.  But in a new twist, Izhar, an engineer who works in industrial design, has used cardboard to build low cost, low tech transportation – bicycles.  To ensure the bikes would hold up, Izhar experimented with folding, gluing and coating the cardboard in various ways.  The results are both sturdy and waterproof.  For those who want to travel long distances, a planned portable electric motor will be available.

Check out the video showing how this product progressed from idea to production.

Angry Birds/Star Wars

(Credit; Rovio)

Yes, Star Wars fans, it has come to this.  Angry Birds is so popular it is now eligible to become a Star Wars spoofer.

Techsnoop for one is happy.  Star Wars is a favorite franchise and the Angry Birds games have become a favorite also.  The blending can only mean good, clean family smack-down fun.

In the world of mobile gaming, Rovio has hit another home run.  This game will use the physics of Angry Birds Space to provide the mindless mayhem the franchise is famous for.

According to TechCrunch, the birds play Jedi and the pigs play the evil Empire to no real surprise.  In addition, there will be board games, plush characters and costumes.

The actual game does not come out until November 8, but the toys and costumes will debut today at Toys R’ Us.

How many times have you wished that your computer could read your mind so you wouldn’t have to figure out how to use a seldom accessed feature?  Or, how many times have you wished your gaming reflexes were just a little faster?

Wish granted.  Several companies including Chaotic Moon Labs, have developed software and hardware applications to create shopping carts, skateboards and video games you control with your mind.

Add these to the list of future tech available right now.  Let us know in the comments how you feel about your shopping cart following you around and scanning everything you put in it.

 


Hey, designers.  Ever had a great 2D photo you wished you could make a movie clip with?  Didn’t want to be stuck with a flat, boring slideshow?

Well Techsnoop has the answer to your problem with this great tutorial from JSWoodhams.  Thanks for the great video showing how to achieve this effect with Photoshop and After Effects.

So, break out the Coke or coffee and pay attention!  Oh, and please let us know if you want more of these tutorials to be posted in the comments.  Have a great week.