Jetlag sucks. Trying to finish an article on time while fighting jetlag sucks even more. But you know what sucks worst? Trying to finish an article and fighting jetlag while a cat with a giant bald spot circles your chair, meowing piteously for some lap time.
Techeye just got back from America – “Land of the Corpulent Free and Home of the Diabetic Brave” – and our male quadruped has gone sphynx-kitty on one side. Our mother-in-law apparently decided to groom the cat (possibly with her tongue) and things got a bit rough.
Courtesy of LG
The details are vague, but the bald spot is huge and undeniable. It’s haunting yet hilarious, like Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Tell-Tale Heart” would be if Bill Murray was the narrator. And it’s not making it easier to write this article, damn it.
But write we must, so let’s press on and look at the G2, a new contender for the “best Android-based smartphone that’s not made by Samsung” award. This particular contender is from LG Electronics.
The G2 has a 5.2-inch display packing 423 pixels-per-inch, bigger than most Android devices in this weight class but not quite as pixelicious as Samsung’s S4 or HTC’s One. There’s also a 2.26GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, which is speedier than the competition, and the battery is a smidge larger. But the G2’s “studio quality Hi-Fi sound” is a puzzling selling point, since no one buys a phone for Hi-Fi sound, and the 13MP rear camera and 2.1MP front camera are simply par for the course. Nothing else is remarkable.
The bottom line is that LG will release a solid smartphone this autumn, but it’s largely a “me-too” affair. And, with Apple expected to announce a new iPhone in the second week of September (5S, anyone?), the G2 won’t be belle of the ball for long.
Apropos of nothing, let’s turn now to the Virtuix Omni, an omnidirectional treadmill described by its eponymous maker as “the first virtual reality interface for moving freely and naturally in your favorite game.”
The Virtuix Omni
Courtesy of Virtuix
Note that the Virtuix Omni is meant to be paired with the in-development Oculus Rift, a promising virtual reality headset, to give customers an immersive VR experience. According to Virtuix CEO Jan Goetgeluk, “Gaming on a keyboard, mouse or gamepad while seated pales in comparison to the intense experience and fun that comes from actually walking, running and jumping in games.”
Techeye isn’t convinced – “walking, running and jumping in games” sounds suspiciously like exercise, and it will certainly complicate the simultaneous consumption of beer and pizza. But we’re going to withhold judgment for now.
The Virtuix Omni ain’t cheap. You can pre-order one for $499, or spend $1,019 for the “Duel Package” which lets you engage in multiplayer action walking, running and jumping, all in the comfort of your own home – provided your home can hold two large treadmills. Shipping will also set you back a few tens of thousands of pennies (shipping to Poland is estimated at $250-$300).
Still, we’re seriously thinking about getting the “Duel Package” Virtuix Omni. That way Techeye could play VR games whenever our depilated companion comes around, saving us from the terrible hilarity of that bald spot. And our mother-in-law could virtually groom whatever she wants without inflicting harm.
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