NY Teacher Arrested After Crashing Drone At The US Open

Have you heard the phrase “idiots with tech”, well here is an idiot with tech who thought flying a drone near the US open Tennis tournament was a great idea, it looked promising until he crashed it into the stands.

26-year old Daniel Verley was not surprisingly arrested before being later charged with reckless endangerment and also for operating a drone in a public place outside of a designated area.   Luckily the drone crashed into empty seats and no one was injured during the incident which took place at the Louis Armstrong Stadium. An interesting fact concerning the naming of the stadium which was “Originally constructed by the Singer Sewing Machine Company for its 1964-65 World’s Fair exhibit, the Singer Bowl was renamed for Louis Armstrong in 1972.  In 1978, the stadium was refurbished and reconfigured when the United States Tennis Association moved the annual U.S. Open to Flushing Meadows from its previous home in nearby Forest Hills”

Incidences as in this case magnify the many problems with Drones, operating an air gadget without sufficient training could and has led to many situations which could place people at risk. There is also the notion that IS on another terrorist organisation could attach explosives with intent to mame and kill people, luckily the tennis stadium was less than half full at the time, otherwise this could have ended rather badly. Eye witnesses described how the drone broke into pieces as it plummeted into the stands, the match was briefly stopped while police investigated.

It is always interesting to note how the world is on full alert for a terrorist attack yet missed a New York teacher who managed to launch a drone at a stadium, I am just going to throw out stereotyping certain people.

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Deuce Stated to be “Tennis Crossed with Street Fighter” Prototype Game

If you know and like Rust, the survival video game by Facepunch Studios, then you should know that its developer have just revealed a new game prototype by the name of Deuce, which is stated to have a tennis crossed with Street Fighter gameplay.

“Deuce is an arcade style tennis game with a focus on unique characters and courts,” stated programmer Ian James.

Facepunch Studios is said to be working on several projects similar to Deuce, such as the arcade space shooter game by the name of Riftlight.

“So far I’ve got four special moves working to some degree. These are: Ice (freezes opponent on returning the ball), Tornado (sends the ball flying in a random direction), Teleport (switches the ball position mid flight) and Fireball.”

A sneak peek at Deuce’s design shows a Mexican character in a sombrero or luchador mask and a hillbilly American with a shotgun. The developer states that each character is planned to have their own matching location, having only a tennis court surrounded by rusting trailers showed off so far.

Facepunch has also assured that Deuce’s announcement will have no negative impact on Rust’s development. Garry Newman, Facepunch’s boss, stated that only 5 out of Facepunch’s 25 staff members had been taken off Rust to work on ‘other things’.

A commenter has also asked if Garry’s Mod, Rust and Riftlight have been cancelled prior to Deuce’s announcement, where Newman reply the following: “And Half-Life 3 sorry”.

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Google Demos First Five Glass Minigames, Not Looking So ‘Normal’ In Public

According to The Verge, Google has demoed their first five minigames for Glass. Up until now, Glass has been shown to send messages, make calls, and do other standard things that smartphones can do, but it’s still lacking in games.

But Google apparently did not like its Glass to be all work and no play. They have demoed their first five minigames for Glass that are super simple, but which also show the gaming potential of the headset. When you say “Ok Glass, play a game”, it will bring up the minigames from the main voice menu. Each game takes advantage of a specific Glass technology.

For example, ‘Tennis’ looks to use the gyroscope and accelerometer to detect head tilts and hit the ball. ‘Balance’ is said to also uses the accelerometer to keep a bunch of shapes from toppling over. ‘Clay Shooter’ is played with the help of voice recognition to shoot clay pigeons out of the air, ‘Match’ apparently has you pairing objects using head movements, and ‘Shape Splitter’ seems that has you slicing objects with your hands in front of Glass’s camera.

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Google reportedly created the games to be just as simple as they sound. They’re easy to turn on and play when you have a few minutes of free time, and are easy to get out of when you need to come back to the real world. However, anyone yelling “Pull!” to shoot a pigeon down from the sky in a Glass game will look even weirder than a person simply wearing Glass.

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