Gadget Buddies

Gadget Buddies

By Imran Khan

Gaming gone mobile
Mobile gaming has become such an important part of the gaming industry that technology companies are investing more and more into it daily. We have seen countless handheld game consoles over the years, too many to list. However, the new trend in mobile gaming is now smart phones.
The smart phones of today are running high end technology and most of us do not even know it. For example, the latest Samsung Galaxy S4 has a quad core processor zooming at 1900 megahertz, a graphics chip and 2 gigabytes of memory. Now that’s some big numbers for a piece of technology that was made primarily for the purpose of making phone calls and sending instant messages. With their processing power and high definition displays, today’s smart phones can handle games easily, and we’re not talking about the snake game.
For instance, the biggest games software producer, Electronics Arts, have started making high quality games just for Android devices. Titles that we really enjoy are ‘Real Racing 3’ and ‘Fifa 14’. Gaming is taking a turn yet again and portable gamers are going to be the winners here, as gamers get the same quality experience on a portable device as on a console, which still requires some physical setup.

Guitar tuning
The guitar is one of the most iconic musical instruments in the music industry. It is both versatile and customisable and each musician has their signature model. The simple six string has been taken up by millions of people over the years, each with the dream to play like their favourite artist. However the first thing any beginner should learn to do is how to tune the guitar correctly. The first way relies on a good ear so that you can pick up the pitch of each string, but to be honest not all of us are that gifted. The Gibson Guitar Corporation was the first company to patent the Robot tuning system. It is a system that uses servo motors on the machines heads to automatically tune your guitar for you while you strum.
However, the cost of such a guitar was quite high so the guys from Roadie came up with one better. Roadie is company funded by project Kickstarter, an online community that assists in raising funds to develop new ideas. Roadie has made a guitar tuner that has a built in servo motor. The unit automatically picks up the notes played and adjusts the string tension accordingly. It’s an amazing piece of technology that will help so many new guitar players around the world. We salute the Kickstarter project for funding new technology this week.

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