A proposed city, my proposed city south west of Denver. More specific it would be just south of Jefferson Colorado, and stretch as far south as Guffey Colorado. In this large valley surrounded by mountains on all sides I propose a massive city. One that would be so big, it would need to be made into for sections.
The city, like any other would need a way for its citizens to get from one place to another.
In this vision I would see a large rail system, one that dues not even touch the ground, but dues see the rails system move with the land.
It would be constructed some 5 stories high. This would allow free movement of the train 🚄 from one destination to another with ease. It would only have 13 major stops and would move around the perimeter of the city in both directions. This would create a monumental wall around the city. One that greets any who would enter. So esthetically its appearance would not just be focused on the train its self but also the 5 story high track.
Their would also be a center station that connects the outer wall, and would also decide the city into four sections.
To highlight the different sections each would have its own theme color that is inspired by Colorado (green, yellow, purple, red).
The train 🚄 would be 2 stories, the bottom would be simple seats and large view windows. Their would also be touch monitors and animated wall paper made from OLED screens.
The second floor well have partial room, and some light shopping 🏬 int the form of a bar, smoking room, lounge, and premade food. The second floor well also have bathrooms.
For those passengers that only go to one stop to another the first floor well help make the trip seem almost instant. For those passengers moving from one side of the city to another, the second floor well provide the creature comforts that regular public transportation dues not.
The out side of the trains well also have their own their own OLED screens, they well display animations and adds, even transfer local surrounding from one side of the train to the other with cameras. This well give the train 🚄 a translucent appearance.
Road ways well move right under bridge 🌉 ways made by the rail. The bridge ways well also act as gates to the city.
Electric self driving buses well flow through the city streets.
The streets well also be filled with self driving cabs that can pick you up and take you were you need to go.
the Venus project come from Jacques fresco in Venus Florida, he has bin promoting his work for a long time now but some how im just now finding out about him.
the main point of what I like about him, or rather his work is that its a world with no money, I know that sounds crazy but let me explain the idea is that instead of what we think of today we would have to get used to a new world ware their are only 3 jobs and every thing else is automated or replaced with machines.
in other words farming, construction, trash removal, and other tedious jobs well all be replaced with machines, and in tern only 3 jobs well really exist in the end, you well either be a counselor, a artists, or a scientist. but most likely you well become all 3 in one variation or another.
money wont exist and instead every man well work for the general benefit of all mankind and their well no longer be any selfish needs of people. and technology well always be the best, and when something like say a better windows is invented, all windows well be replaced with the new better windows, when a better water filter is invented then well older water filters well be replaced. this is because man well be able to always have the best, for free, as their is no longer any money.
teachers well always have the best educational tools, farmers well have automated farms, and so on.
cities well be one with nature, and we well have new garden like cities that well allow fresh air, no pollution, and we well mostly use solar or wind power, even geothermal power, and nothing harmful to the environment. we well recycle old cities and buildings, but possibly keep some as museums much like how we kept the pyramids of yesterday.
their well be no laws only counselors who manage things special for every case, this is because their well be no weapons, and you well be allowed to drive drunk. the new cars well drive by them self’s and using special sensors they can avoid hitting other cars or buildings. and GPS systems well drive the car ware you need to go, so it wont matter how drunk the driver is, their are no weapons because their is no need for them, all meat well be invetro meat, and all plant made food well be grown in vertical farms right in the city. every one well have the best healthcare, because science well be able to move so much faster thanks to their not being any money around, also meaning no contracts, meaning no restrictions on how scientists can work together. we wont have to have people dyeing wile waiting for a heart transplant but can just have a new better heart 3d printed within a week, the new heart can be better then any ordinary heart, and this could be done with the entire healthcare industry, we wont have to relay on farmasudical companies, we can have real cures, and real medicine all the time.
every one well have shelter, food, internet, technology, clothing, fresh clean water, and what ever elce they need for life.
we have the technology today to make all this possible but we need to work on making the changes now, our government of the US needs to be over though and we need to do the same around the world we can have a better tomorrow if the people come together and make it happen. we can make this happen join the movement today
now I don’t know all that much about programing, and I don’t wish to know a lot. though it would be nice one day to know a bit more then I do
that being said there is something really interesting coming about from those of you that want to learn, or just play around with something new
from Microsoft that is open source (you can change the programs code for free) and its also so easy every one can litteraly play around with it and not even
have to know a lot about computers.
its called Mayhem
it’s a cause and effect app, or as they say event and reaction.
so in one section you pick what you physically do, and then you pick what that action dues on the computer world
but for those of you that do know a bit about programing can get excited as it is open source so if you don’t see the things you want to do
you can build them in the program.
there are phone apps coming for those of you that have windows phone, android, or iPhone/ipad
this well allow you to create buttons on your phone that do do actions.
SO what dues this have to do with metro?
well something I find that is still a untapped business is smart housing. which is ware a houses appliances, lights, and sprinkler system exe. are connected to your wireless
or wired network. then by some sort of remote system such as a phone, or wall panel. though their has bin some areas of smart home, their has yet to be any big commercial smart home business
Comcast has bin the BIG first company to do this, and only for a few weeks.
the premise of this is to, check you home security system from your phone, preheat the oven when your on the highway to have it ready when you walk in the door.
if its raining you can turn your sprinkler system off wile your at work. have your lights turn on when you drive up to the garage. exe
what I did
you can also do like I did, my Bluetooth key board dues not have a screen shot key so now with mayhem, when I press SHIFT+tab on my key board I can take a screenshot and even create a custom folder that it saves those screen shots to. I also am using a android keyboard with my windows tablet. so it has all the android buttons, since they don’t do any thing on my computer, I have now made it so when I press the search button that it pulls up BING.com in IE. again I know NOTHING about code, and I did not have to know any thing.
OK BUT, what is metro about it?
well a smart house is something to talk about having what you need ware you need it, and having it easy to use.
this program is easy to use, and when you think of what you can do with a bit of work you can expand to so many things.
so I encourage business and the like to travel over to http://mayhem.codeplex.com/ and think of what you can do as part of a open source world, to live metro and see what kinds of things mayhem could do for you. or should do for you.
some things to think about
say you own a small business but your not in the store today, you could have your cash register send you a text every time you have a sale, it could say what items were sold, which employee was at the register, and how much money you made.
you have a large house, and that house has security cameras, well you could be able to see real time what is on each camera live from your phone.
kids come home and your not their? have your house text you when they walk in the door.
running in and out of the house and need to be told that the laundry needs to be switched?
have your washer text you when clothes need to be put in the dryer before you run back out the door.
want your holiday lights to be on at 7? have your pc turn them on all on its own.
the things you could do with this are just about endless, so I encourage you to even just drop by the forums on the site and drop off some ideas
the grate thing about this program is that if you ever wanted a app that works just for your needs. this is the program that could create what you need
mayhem dues all the programing for you. all you have to do is have the equipment, the internet, and know what you want to set up.
play around and see what you can do.
and as always remember
lets work together, because we live together
^ from Microsoft’s BUILD conference, the top guys talking about windows 8
Though this product is not out on the market just yet, there is lots to talk about, and a few metro ideas that come with it.
The Nintendo company has bin making games, and their devices for years.
Since 1985 in fact. That’s when they gave the world the NES, or Nintendo entertainment center. Which despite its name only played video games. Its also how Nintendo gave the world names like
Mario, Zelda, Metroid, donkey Kong, Yoshi, Kirby, and so much more. (photos in order as read)
And in a fashion you could set your watch to Nintendo has made a new hardware system every 5 years to play those games.
Likewise they have always had a handheld gaming system as well. But ill get into those another time. Right now is for talking about their home systems.
The evolution of the systems has changed little from just a hardware box that dues all the work to make your games appear nice on your TV.
But the controllers, that’s ware the system gets its fun, that’s how you control all the visuals on the screen.
Nintendo has always sort of had a lead in making controllers new and exciting in every new 5 year generation.
So as such its no surprise they have started it. Last time they used motion controls to join their buttons.
And then found other systems were making their own motion controls.
Lets take a walk though first on the controller evolution.
evolution of the Nintendo controller
As I explained in the windows 8 consumer preview blog I talked about what a UI was (user interface) its what u use to control your computer its how things look.
But in a video game we have to versions of a UI, the first is the visual in a video games its called a hud.
It only takes up part of the screen and tries to show you’re your game information without taking away from the action.
The second is the controller. But it has to work so well that you can control the game but you wont have to keep looking at the controller.
So you well find that no matter the gaming system by any company their well be some characteristics that tend to be the same.
the first is the NES, also known as the Nintendo very simple. a cross pad, for movement, select and start for bringing up menus, and A and B button for game controls.
in the game Mario this allowed for moving, running and jumping.and you could pause the game with start.
next is the SNES, or super Nintendo entertainment system, also known as the super Nintendo,
also simple but it added 2 more buttons the Y and X. as well as 2 shoulder buttons. in the game Mario this allowed for different kinds of jumps,
and the shoulder buttons allowed for slamming down once in air.
then the N64, wile the competition from Sony not only went with joysticks but also had 2 of them
one for movement, another for moving the camera.
but Nintendo dues not like to fallow the crowd, so they added 4 yellow buttons, this would allow 4 new buttons
but could also move the camera in cardinal directions if chosen.
the select button was gone as most video game developers did not know what to do with a button called select.
then added a trigger button on the back called Z, and one joy stick. the shape of the thing allowed for 2 kinds of hand positions.
next was the game cube, as the NES, turned into the SNES, you can see the N64 turn into the game cube.
the yellow C buttons turned into a second joy stick but had areas for clicking incase the button style was still needed.
the 2 shoulder buttons became more curved for a shooting game. the A,B,X,Y were back but in weird ergonomic shapes.
the z button was then moved next to the right trigger. the controller was Nintendo’s first to have dedicated rumble feedback.
then came the Wii remote style controller.
inspired by the rumble feedback of the game cube, Nintendo looked into bringing a player more into the game
also they looked into bringing none gamers into the consumer base.
the controller did away with a joy stick, but added a attachment that has the c button (with a motion control to change view when holding the c button)
and also housed the z button.
the A button was big and center, the cross pad at the top, X and y were now 1 and 2. the B button turned into a trigger button on the back of the remote.
select was back but now called –, and start became +.
their was a power button to turn on the controller and system like a TV remote.
it also had a home button to bring up a desktop (also a first)
the desk top could house downloaded games and apps.
and joining rumble in the feedback area of things was now a speaker built in the controller
this could give sound the players character could hear, (like the sound of pulling back a bow and arrow)
the BIG thing was the idea that a game might not need buttons at all. or buttons just were not right for some tasks.
so their was now motion controls. you could swing, flick, tilt, shake, or rotate, the controller to preform new kinds of tasks.
it also had a slot for adding in other devices like the nunchuck
next is the Wii u. the name might be changing as Nintendo feels it might be confusing.
the new controller you can see ware the Wii became the Wii u. just as the NES became the SNES, and the N64,became the game cube.
the new tablet style controller has new circle pads instead of joy sticks. the come from Nintendo’s new 3DS system. the Wii u has improved versions of them.
to join rumble and sound feedback there is now a touch screen in the center of the controller. the idea is to move the hud, and other information like maps,
and inventory to the controller to free up the tv. it kept the power, –, + and home buttons. added stereo speakers. a microphone.
a stylus for the touch screen, and a front facing camera. the shoulder buttons also …well it dues not have trigger, but there are pads.
the tablet still has motion controls.
but you ask your self, why is this metro?
well ill tell you
why evolve the controller
first off its about evolution and knowing how a person communicates with their technology to tell their technology how to do things.
it also opens up to new ideas about how you can do things if you just have the right tool.
this might be the first time Nintendo well be making something that seams like what the rest of the world is doing.
I think that is because the rest of the world is catching
up to Nintendo’s ideas, at least in electronics.
one might ask why have 2 screens? but really with their hand held system the DS, and their new system the 3DS,
which already have sold millions and have 2 screens (one with touch, one without)
its really easy to know that games can be made, and that people play those games.
what’s new in Wii u
with the Wii u how ever there are some new concepts in gaming.
the first is the second screen, even though they have had to hand held devices there is still only 2 systems with 2 screens.
and those are hand held. this is a home system. and wile we can image easily what 2 screens could do. with a TV its different.
1) you can have 4 Wii controllers working with the TV and have one tablet
2) you could have many tablets and a TV.
3) you could turn off the TV and play a game that just needs the tablet screen.
4) you could have many tablets and no TV, this same thing could happen online.
what we know works with Wii u now
and any combination of those.
wile on the DS, and 3DS we have buttons on the bottom screen, you have touch maps, and touch huds.
the grate thing about having maps, menus, huds, and inventory on the second screen allows for less distractions when playing the game,
and a easy way to go through a menu with out having to pause the game or bring up a menu.
this is a very metro concept if you think about it. its having every thing you need, right ware you need it. it provides ease of use. it allows
for you to cut time down. this is very exciting.
also to add to the system is new software like being able to use apps like Netflix and hulu.
again supporting a all you need device. at least for something attached to your TV
simple is good, simple is faster, simple has more time for details
that’s that hard ware part that’s metro. the next part is the software, normally a game developer has to takes the SDK from the system maker. (sdk software development kit)
and uses that for all the formatting. a company would then have to figure out most of the programing and game making them self’s.
but with smart phones wanting all the games and apps it can
SDK’s have begun to get more and more elaborate. and easer for people to use, and do more then simply format.
these days you start to see SDK’s getting more metro by having every thing you need to format, render and model in 3d, program, create game physics and rules, sound, AI, and more.
and Nintendo well be leading that pack this time around. I suspect that Microsoft after doing what it did for the windows 8/windows phone SDK well have much the same for its 3rd Xbox.
any ways, most BIG game studios have made their own “engines” that create graphics, physics and AI. so when you turn on a game like “gears of war”
for the Xbox you can see its built on the
unreal engine. you well also notice games built with unreal tend to have some things in common. that’s because of what that engine dues compared to others.
BIG studios lets the little guys rent out their engines to make their own games and they tend to do this for some fee. some let them use it for free but dues not always come out the same.
well Nintendo this time has found 2 of the best engines Autodesk and havoc. and has already picked up the fee for the developer.
that way when some one goes to pick up the SDK for the Wii u and make games for it
they well have all they need to start making REALY grate games.
the grate thing about a engine is that once you have it the way you want it, you can really move game production along at a fast pace.
every thing is already set so you just drop it in and that part is over with. this gives developers longer time to focus on. game play, story, graphics, and just making the game richer.
with auto desk developers well have the tools they need to build menus and huds in games, create AI for characters, and animations. as well they can default things to pre sets, or save their own presets so things become more easy to do later on. with havoc you can build a games physics.
all platforms want as many games for their system as possible and for a company that preapproves every piece of software closely before it can be on a system they need more games to come.
i f they turn one down they want to have 3 others on the way. so they want to make the proses more easy.
so with these tools which have build thousands of games well be grate for any developer even better for those BIG developers that still don’t use their own engine.
it well be grate for small company’s or start up developers that need those grate tools to make games that compete with BIG developers.
again its about having every thing you need in one spot.
this is what we basically know of the metro aspects in the Wii u. but I well again make a update when it goes on sale some time holiday season of 2012.
windows consumer preview came out just the other day to all users who have a windows 7 compatible computer.
a big part of W8 is the new “metro” UI
for those of you who are not so tech savvy ill take a moment to explain what all that means.
what is a OS, UI, desktop, and apps
first every computer needs a OS to run, which stands for operating system. you might hear hot words like “windows” (microsoft) “osx” (apple) or “android (google) these are all operating systems or OS. other brands are Linux, (online community) palm (HP), and many others. in order for a computer a OS runs all the system and applications. each OS has a UI which is “user interface” the UI is how you go about doing any thing in a OS/on your computer. its how things look and feel, it even effects the way apps look and are used. almost all computer UI have a “desktop” which though simple can be very cluttered and some times hard to find what you need. a “task bar” is located some ware around the edges of the screen which has tools to simplify things, and keep some things in order. with new cell phones and tablets taking the markets people have bin asking for more simple ways of using their computers. new UI have bin made that take your apps and align them in a grid and then users get page after page of apps. apple really set the standard for what that means to revolve a system around apps rather then folders and files. and wile apple has done little then just keep users with their pages of apps, other UI from android
(Google) and Microsoft have built on what apple set forth. android allows for some “widgets” small open apps on the desktop to be used next to app icons in the desktop. Microsoft has bin slowly promoting the “metro UI” for some time and is finely taking it on full speed. it started with the Zune HD, a smart device focused around their music/video store. then to their windows phones, Xbox and now pc (personal computer ) for their windows OS. now wile windows is still keeping a desktop for the power user, or just the user that wants the desktop. now there is the metro UI,which comes up first before the desktop. it is a much different take on a app first world
apps are programs, most of them are small games used to kill time rather then hard core gamers who demand a home system to plug into their tv, or a dedicated hand held system. apps are mainly small programs that do a lot of different things, most of them tend to be a program version of a website, rather then going to BestBuy.com you could use the best buy app on your device. apps can be better then websites because they can get you data faster, and end to much more simple. some of them are made for production like a app to keep your calendar, a app for a dr to keep track of is patents. a app for seating t a reseraunt, keep track of stalks and much more. but to use a app when the data you need is very simple like a app that tells the weather can some times be overkill when you just want to see todays weather. and to use a app that takes a full screen this can be a waste of time and screen space. Microsoft has made what it calls “live tiles” they display information without going into a app, like your next appointment, todays weather, and your flight information. it’s the icon of the app but displaying real time information without opening the app, but of course opening the app gives you extended information.
this is big part of metro, if you have ever bin to a air port, train station, or a large bus station you well see a metro UI in real life. all key information is BIG and easy to find, then all the detailed information is kept under it. much like live tiles. also your tiles are organized this same way, rather then have a games folder, with games in it, you can have a games section that just says in BIG letters GAMES, then right under it have all the tiles/icons of those games. then by panning around left and right you can see all those different sections you have made, your life apps, games, web, video, music, and what ever else. its all part of metro having every thing ware you need it, and it being easy to use.
want a taste ?
now that being the sort of philosophy of metro in a computer OS. id say they did it very well. you can download the windows 8 consumer preview hear
but I would only do so IF you have the back up disk for your computer, this is not a final version of windows 8 and their for there are some glitches and some things are not included in this version.
ok but how good is it
from this point on I well now be giving a review on this consumer preview of windows 8 and leave the metro talk of things.
the OS is grate if you are a app person, there are some well deserved upgrades like being able to transfer files with the same name in the same folder, allowing you to have a easer look at transferring files, upgraded security, and speed. but the BIG focus is really the metro UI, it allows for a panning instead of pages like most OS that are centered around apps. one continuous pan from beginning to end. all you need.
now keep in mind that this is a unfinished version so there are a few problems hear and their, and some things are just plane unfinished but the idea is to test the waters and get consumer feedback, so by downloading and testing those waters you can do your part to give feedback and ideas. After all community is a big part of metro.
Apps that you down load allow you to give reviews which is nice because you can read through a few and then share your own thoughts. there are a few games and useful apps, even a preview of ie10 (internet explorer) which has a focus on touch and html5. The touch iv very fluid and every thing can also still be used with mouse and keyboard, even digitizer pen. As it’s a “real operating system” meaning it is not a os that is focused on media apps, and casual games there is not much need for something like a YouTube app as you can imply go to YouTube.com and it works as it should like any computer. But a YouTube app well probably come along sooner or later to have a app control and metro interface. You can make your own hubs ware you can organize apps, and move around the tiles as you see fit. You can get system controls by using touch on the sides of the screen, and use controls for the app your using from the top and bottom. You can use 2 metro apps side by side, even use a metro app next to your desktop, and your desktop well run as many windows as your ram will allow. System controls you can access from the right side bar. And there are differences in what it dues when you are using the desktop or metro. The start button is gone but you can access what you need from the right side bar, there is also a new search function it allows you to type in what you want and then choose what program/app you want to search from, or you can simply search for a file or app. The interesting thing about this is you could choose the interment to do your search through Microsoft’s Bing, or you could choose something like a cookbook app, word press, or YouTube app and run your search through the app. Then it well pull up results relevant to that app. This may seam like a trivial feature but when you start to realize its something you can do, you find your self using it more and more. Also from that side bar is a share option, again community and working together is a big part of metro. imagine being in a app or on a website and you find something you want to share with some one. Like a news article you have to show some one. By using this share charm you can simply send what your looking at to some one else. Amazing
Another grate thing you can do is use your windows live id to log in to your system then no matter what computer your on you can log in and have all your setting, favorite sites, colors and more on any computer. And you can save your apps and files to a jump drive and that can be all you need for a computer so long as ware your going has windows 8 running. you can also log in using a picture password, which allows you to pick a photo then using touch draw your password on the photo
Microsoft has a website service called SkyDrive.
It allows you to save files of all types to your SkyDrive account, you can even create office documents and folders for files. And then when you log in from any computer you have all your content in the cloud. With this and the ability to log in to the system with your own account you well find that the next time you travel using windows 8 you wont need a lot if your destination has a computer running windows 8. Simply log in, and through SkyDrive have all you need. this is about all that’s in this consumer preview but the final version well have a big app store with free and pay apps/games and a growing library of them you can download through the app marketplace. Also there are free trials you can try.
You can also use any legacy app. Meaning the more the a million apps made for windows over the years can still be used on the desktop. Even all those nice Xbox tittles that came out for pc as well. Even get some world of war craft on.
As ware the apple and android app stores have around 500,000 apps each and most of them are what’s called shovel ware meaning its crap, or apps that were not made to be grate sure its nice to have a calculator app nut when there are more the. 30 calculator apps to choose from and their all free and do the same thing that 500,000 apps seams much smaller. Sure that’s no guaranty that the windows market well be the same but with the tool they have made in their sdk (software development kit) it allows for most web based apps to simply enter in a few bits of information to get a nice metro style app running, so content can be more meaningful.
That’s about all I can say on the matter of windows 8 thus far. I well probably do a fallow up on this later to see how things come along and what comes of the app marketplace.
And remember we live together, so lets work together.