Technology: Pokemon’s Twentieth Anniversary

By: Eric Z. and Sashank C.

There are three planned Pokemon games planned to release this year. These exhilarant games are named Detective Pikachu, which is going to be released February 3rd, in Japan, Pokken Tournament, which is going to be released around everywhere on March 18th, and finally in “early 2016”, Pokemon GO will be released around the world. Great Detective Pikachu: The Birth of a New Duo, was announced October 23rd, 2013, and was considered as a joke at that time. Forgotten, nobody expected for it to be re-announced in January this year. Not much is known about this game so far but it seems that the

Great Detective Pikachu: The Birth of a New Duo, was announced October 23rd, 2013, and was considered as a joke at that time. Forgotten, nobody expected for it to be re-announced in January this year. Not much is known about this game so far but it seems that the Pikachu in this game can talk, the antagonist is a blue pikachu, and the main character named Tim Goodman, which just moved to Rhyme City. The gameplay mostly consists of trying to find evidence to solve mysteries.

Pokken Tournament, was announced July 16, 2015, but will be released on March 18th on the Wii U everywhere in the world. Consisting of around 16 main battlers, this game is full of other surprises too. This game does not only have 16 characters though, it also includes 20 support characters and even an additional 122 different pokemon that will watch your duels. There are two different modes you can fight in, one called Field Mode, where you can battle in a 3D environment, and the other is Duel Mode where you fight in a 2D turf, which is probably similar to Super Smash Bros, also released by Nintendo.

Pokemon GO, was announced September 10, 2015, but will be released “early 2016”.This free­to­play app is a real world type of game where you look for Pokemon in your own neighborhood. Not much else is known about this game but hopefully it will be released soon.

Nintendo Games Through Time

By: Eric Z. and Advik N.

1980s-
FamiCom (Nintendo Entertainment System NES) ­ 1986

The NES was an 8­bit console, that saved the gaming industry. Without this device there would be no Playstation 4 or Xbox One. In Japan, the NES is called the FamiCom. Many popular games were released such as Super Mario Bros and Duck Hunt. Super Mario Bros made $40 million and Duck Hunt made $28 million. There was a problem in the system causing Nintendo to recall all the systems and losing $5 million.

1990s-
GameBoy ­ 1990

The revolutionary creation of the GameBoy developed the handheld gaming industry. This 8­bit console was crammed into a 90mm x 148mm x 32mm box with a screen with 512 pixels. Popular games released for this game include: Tetris(bestselling), Pokemon, Super Mario Bros, The Legend of Zelda, and 400+ more! About 118 million units were sold making this the third most successful console in the gaming industry.

SNES (Super Nintendo Entertainment System) ­ 1992

The NES was improved greatly when released as the SNES. Not only did the graphic powers increase, but the sound and controller were refined largely. Older video game consoles had chiptune, which sounded pixelated and simple. SNES creators made the SNES run of SPC700 sound files. The controllers were even better though. Setting the standard for modern video game consoles, it had extra buttons and very smooth buttons. Some popular games include: Yoshi’s Island, Super Mario World, Super Mario RPG, Super Mario Kart, Super Metroid, Star Fox, Mortal Kombat, Final Fantasy, F­Zero, and over 700 more.

Nintendo 64 (N64) ­ 1997

The spectacular 3D worlds wowed the whole world. Nobody had ever done such great graphics and nobody thought it could get better than this. It also came in 7 translucent colors including: blue, green red, and purple. Now the whole family can join the party. The calls of many gamers were heard and they created an analogue stick with full 360 degree control for every game. They added extra buttons totaling in 13 buttons and still made it comfortably fit in your hands. The diverse game choices included: Majora’s Mask, Ocarina of Time, Mario 64, Smash Bros, Paper Mario, Metroid Prime, and 250+ more

Game Boy Color ­ 1998

This small console contained lots of power. 32,000 colors could be burst out of this tiny box. The advance Game Boy Color could be bought in 6 different colors. Platformers and puzzles were introduced with this outstanding console. Some very popular games included: Megaman X, Tetris, Shantae, Dragon Warrior III, Pokemon Crystal, Wario Land 3, Oracle of Seasons, Oracle of Ages, Link’s Awakening, and 450+ more.

2000s­

GameBoy Advance ­ 2001

This updated version of the gameboy was so slim it could fit in your pocket. Even with such small dimensions it had a large screen that could play 32 bit games. They came in many different vibrant colors. The tiny Game Boy could also connect to the gamecube for maximum entertainment. Some timeless games include: Pokemon Emerald, Sapphire, Emerald, Fire Red, Leaf Green, Zelda the Minish Cap, Final Fantasy V and VI, Super Mario Bros, Yoshi’s Island, and over 800 more.

Nintendo Gamecube ­ 2002

How do you describe the Nintendo Gamecube? It’s a small, desirable box that had great audio and visuals. CD quality music was rare in most consoles but Nintendo somehow crammed it inside of the small cube. A 3 inch wide disc fitted into the small Nintendo Gamecube and the disc could fit in 1.5 gigabyte, also known as, a lot of data. The controller also was also a great improvement. With an innovative button layout so buttons can be larger, it was easy to navigate in games. Some great games include Super Mario Sunshine, Metroid Prime, The Legend of Zelda Twilight princess, Paper Mario The Thousand Year Door, Kirby Air Ride, and over 552 more.

Nintendo DS series ­ 2005­-2010

At the start of this series is the original Nintendo DS. It was a dual screened machine that folded up. The many features of this device included touch­screen, backwards compatibility (it was able to play gameboy advance games), and allowed you to communicate with friends. The new microphone port let you interact with games in a whole new way. Next in line is the DS lite. It was basically the same thing in a sleeker model and is brighter than the old one. After this improvement came the DSi. It came with a two cameras. That isn’t the only improvement. It came with a shop but that wasn’t very successful. It also came with a noticeable software improvement. The next and final update to this line of devices came the DSi XL. It came with a larger screen and even came with preinstalled software. Some great games include: New Super Mario Bros, Pokemon: Soulsilver, Heartgold, Platinum, Diamond, Pearl, Black and White 1 & 2, Zelda: Phantom Hourglass, and over 2000 more games to play.

Nintendo Wii ­ 2006

This memorable device had some revolutionary feature. A motion control and sensor bar made it a superlative device with an almost infinite amount of games.It came with many different remotes. Many different colors for controllers were released and it was the highest selling product that Nintendo created. Some of the timeless games included: Mario Kart Wii, Wii Sports, Wii Sports Resort, Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, Pokemon Battle Revolution, Super Smash Bros Brawl, and well over 1500 other great games.

Nintendo 3DS/2DS ­ 2011­-2015

Nintendo Wii U ­ 2012

The new update to the Wii features many novel improvements, including a handheld gamepad that made remake games interesting and a whole new experience. The second screen on the gamepad can allow you to check your inventory in Zelda remakes and can be used to enhance minigames in Mario Party. Some iconic Wii U games include: Mario Kart 8, Zelda: Hyrule Warriors, Super Mario Maker, Xenoblade Chronicles: X, Splatoon, Super Smash Bros Wii U, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, Zelda: Windwaker HD, Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, New Super Mario Bros U, Super Mario World, and much much more.

The FUTURE

Nintendo is now working on there newest home console now: Codename NX This probably will not be the real name since the gamecube was called codename: dolphin.

Tech Shorts is BACK!

By : Eric Z.

Tech shorts one: Cyborg Suit (HAL)

Competition: Military Robot Suit

Still being researched, the military is spending 2.9 million to make a robotic suit, not just pieces of tech on your body but a piece of clothing

Tech Shorts Two: The Martin Jet Pack

Competition: Aqua-Jet

This company rents three different water-thrusting pieces of tech on a private beach in Miami, Florida. They are the jetpack, flyboard, and a hoverboard.

Tech Shorts Three: Graphene

Competition: Aerogel

Aerogel is the lightest material known to man. It is heat-resistant and is a supercapacitor (like graphene) and is almost fully transparent.

Tech Shorts Four: Vertical Farming

Competition: Hydroponics

Hydroponics is when you grow a plant without soil. If given the perfect amount of nutrients, they will grow to the best they can.

Tech Shorts Five: Toyota Mirai

Competition: Tesla Model S

This Tesla car can accelerate extremely fast. From 0 to 60 mph 3.1 seconds! Tesla has also strategically placed supercharge stations where it charges your car in minutes instead of hours. It can run up to 260 miles per charge.

Tech Shorts Six: Willow Glass

Competition: Iris Glass

A TV with this glass can be more than ½ times thinner! It has better light transmission and more!

Tech Shorts Seven: Apple Watch

Competition: Sony Smart Watch

This is barely comparable to the Apple Watch but it does have some good sides. Third-Party manufacturers can make “cases” and also it is easier to see in sunlight.

 

Learn More

1: http://www.theverge.com/2014/9/11/6137511/the-us-military-is-spending-2-9-million-to-develop-a-soft-robot-suit

2: http://aquajetmiami.com/toys.php

3: http://www.aerogel.org/

4: http://www.simplyhydro.com/whatis.htm

5: http://www.teslamotors.com/models

6: http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2015/01/24/how-corning-incorporateds-new-iris-glass-ushers-in.aspx

7: http://gizmodo.com/sony-smartwatch-3-review-the-best-performing-android-s-1684884731

 

Tech Shorts: #7 Apple Watch

By Eric Z. and Anish A.

Note: This is the last Tech Shorts of the school year. Hopefully we can post during summer!

You may think the Apple Watch is a watch, it does more just keep time. It can download many different apps, but that’s not the point, it has many new innovations. One of the less obvious but cooler technologies is the touch screen. Wait? Touch screen. That was only cool in the late 20th century, and it’s a normal thing now. Apple has added one ingenious feature to this technology, it senses how hard you are pressing with, a technology called force touch. It opens a whole new world to technology making buttons slightly more insignificant. Another thing that is new is it’s digital crown. This small wheel controls everything from zooming to being a home button. In between that list includes: scrolling, adjusting, and calling for siri. There is two more features to the Apple Watch. The button below (or above depending on which hand you wear it on) is the contacts button, it immediately brings up your most viewed contacts. In contacts you find the final feature, digital touch. You can tap to get someone with an Apple Watch’s attention, or send a quick sketch. This feature also allows you to send your own heartbeat to your close ones. There are a few more features I haven’t talked about, but this is a short.


Enjoy your summer!

Tech Shorts: #6 Willow Glass

By Eric Z. and Anish A.

Willow Glass, made by Corning is the most durable and flexible glass ever made. Willow Glass can be used to make phones, and the unique properties of the glass allow the phone to be flexible. Also known as Gorilla Glass, this glass can be bent with ease, like rubber sheet. In one of the commercials, The Mythbusters said it was the age of glass, everything is made out of glass. Your computer screen, your bottles, your windows, think of a piece of modern technology without glass. You probably couldn’t think of anything. If you did it probably had optical fibers to transfer data. The new style of architecture is mainly based on large windows, or sheets of glass. What could we do with this glass? Maybe we could coat metals or anything to make it indestructible. Another thing everyone can relate to, NO MORE CRACKED PHONE SCREENS! How awesome is that? Thank god it is already in all our small devices! Technology is all around you. Hopefully, in the future, car windows will be stronger with this incredibly durable glass.