Spyder Bites (June 22, 2015)

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Spyder Bites is a carefully curated chaotic mishmash of generally nerdy stuff that I come across in a given week.

Something about last week led to pretty exciting announcements in the tech world. From comet landers to mind-blowing tech, here's what piqued my interest:
  1. Philae woke up!
    Our little comet rider got enough sun to get a charge and ping home base. Maybe it will manage to get a core sample before it ends up in another shadow. (via @EvolutionIsTrue)
  2. When the Internet of Things meets great UX,
    You must be buying a Gogoro Smart Scooter. There's a great piece on The Verge about this well-thought out consumer vehicle: from the giant GO button to the battery swapping stations that use battery data to pick the best replacement for you, everything about this scooter seems designed from the user point of view. This is what the internet of things is supposed to do for us. LOVE.
  3. When the Internet of Things meets resistance,
    You must be buying a Roomba Lawnmower. The beacons that keep Roomba on your lawn use the same radio frequency as telescopes of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory. So NRAO went and complained to the FCC. A ruling is still awaited, which means that you might not want to put away the push mower just yet.
  4. Speaking of transmissions, Norway is shutting down FM radio.
    Is this the death of broadcast radio? Apparently not. Norway is switching entirely to DAB, or Digital Audio Broadcast. Turns out it's better, clearer and way cheaper than FM. Win-win for listeners and broadcasters, alike. Question is, which country will be next?
  5. I for one welcome our elevator overlords.
    If this is what elevators are to become in the future (and by future, I mean next year), I'm predicting that we'll be riding around in them for fun for the first little while. You know, until they become mundane again.
  6. Mind. Blown.
    Did you come across the demo of the Microsoft Hololens at E3? The part where they demoed an immersive Minecraft experience? If not, check out the video below. Naturally the Dude's reaction was: "Can I have one?" (via @jules2689)
  7. Wait, no. Mind. Blown. Now.
    If the Hololens isn't your thing, then check out Project Soli, an insane new tech from Google which is a tiny radar that would allow you to operate devices without actually touching them. Blah blah blah, jump to 0:48 to see what it can do. Then all together, put on your Matrix sunglasses and, "Woah."
  8. And now for something a little different...
    Saturday Morning All-You-Can-Eat-Cereal Cartoon Party!! This Saturday, June 27th, you can relive your childhood and watch cartoons in your PJs while eating the worst breakfast "foods" out on the market. Yes, the Mayfair is hosting another Cereal Cartoon Party!! I've written about this one before but this time the Dude and I are actually going to be able to make this awesome event. So. Excited.
  9. Canada Day is almost upon us!
    It's the week before the crazy hits the fan in our house, with Canada Day Barrhaven happening next Wednesday. If you're looking for something fun and local to do this Canada Day, check out the burbs. We've got Leah Daniels headlining, the Pan-Am Games Torch Relay and a ton of family stuff to do. For us, it's a family affair: I'll be on their social media channels, the Dude will be volunteering and hubby will be running the event. Oh, and the midway starts this coming Saturday, June 27th so you can start celebrating early!

That's it for this issue. Stay nerdy!