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This was a great opportunity for tech fanatics like myself to try out some of the most awesome latest technology on the market.

On Thursday May 22nd, The ADCC (The Advertising & Design Club of Canada) brought us closer to technology that we don’t commonly see here. When I was in New York for Social Media week, which the venue happened to be around the corner to the Google head quarters, I saw Google glasses on people everywhere. Here in Toronto, never.

Here’s the list of what we got to try:

Oculus Rift
Google Glass
Leap Motion
Kinect
Bubl
Makerbot

Some of these toys you may never have heard of, so let me break it down for you.

Oculus Rift

This I thought was pretty cool. I know this technology has been in the works for quite a while now. But now it’s ready for pre-order! On their site, the Oculus Rift is best known as the next-generation of virtual reality technology.

So I didn’t try this one on, because I was one of the last people to do so. Those of you who know me, I’m a bit of a germaphobe. It’s the end of the day, a hot day, people sweat, break out… you know where I’m going with this. Anyways, they had a tv screen set up to show people waiting to try the Oculus Rift what the viewer was experiencing. I’m impressed. I wonder if xbox, playstation and other consoles are looking into adapting such technology into their future upgrades? Hmmm.. or will Oculus Rift bypass them all with their very own console?

Google Glass

google glass

Some people hate it, some people love it and then some are just disappointed. I was disappointed. This technology I was really hyped up to try because of all the buzz that was going around about it, ever since the designs first leaked and it launched for sale.

One of the things I noticed was how many times the person managing the Google glass area had to charge its battery. Hmm.. if the Google glass has battery issues, what an epic fail at being able to wear them for long periods of time.

When I finally tried it on, it took awhile getting use to figuring out how to navigate through the glass. So you swipe the side arm of the glasses left to right to scroll through different apps like games, camera, calendar etc. I thought there would be touch sensor buttons. Okay, swipe it is.

I was wearing the glasses for 5 mins. I played badminton and scrolled through the main screen. When I took them off I felt dizzy and off balance. Which made me realize, this entire time my one eye was dormant, while the other looking at the glass worked super hard to play that game of badminton. This technology scares me when I think about the future of eye health or how ridiculous I looked, looking at something that other people couldn’t see.
It’s one thing if you’re at home, playing a video game on your Oculus Rift, but can you imagine outdoors, when you’re with friends or while you’re out and about.

It’s bad enough we are addicted to our smartphones and look away from the person whose talking to us to sneak a peek, now we’ll have that distraction on our heads. I’m not sure about my love for Google glass all of a sudden.

Check out Engadget’s review on Google Glass:

Leap Motion

Many products already have leap motion installed into them. With a wave of a hand, you can use your Mac or PC in a whole new way for games, design, and more. The Leap Motion 3D Controller senses your hands moving naturally.

leap motion technology
Sharadha Ramjit trying out Leap Motion

Kinect

This technology is old news for me. You can find this with xbox 360 consoles and probably own it or have seen it at your friends place. Kinect brings games and entertainment to life without using a controller.

Old news, but still pretty awesome that we are now forced to get up off our feet and really get into video games. Moving items in the games with our motions and getting a great workout too!

Bubl

Newest technology for taking pictures and videos. The design allows the 4, 190º lenses to overlap capturing everything inside a digital bubl. It’s even small enough to fit in the palm of your hand. I’m excited about this one! Bubl, I can’t wait to own you!

Makerbot

Say hello to the new standard in desktop 3D printing, engineered with the professional designer in mind.

There are so many 3D printers out there now, but now you have one that is small and can sit right on top of your desk.

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