January 10th, 2017

CES 2017, Day Two

It’s day two of press conferences here at Ces2017. It’s been a heckuva day with Samsung, LG, Intel, Toyota and other presenters. The three of us can only fit so much in a day and cover so much but I think we did well.

So… amazingly beautiful huge televisions, appliances that talk to you and recognize you, and extremely good virtual reality goggles, and automated cars really fueled the day.

I think one of the partnerships that really opened my eyes today was that between Nvidia and Audi. Who would’ve thought all those years ago when Nvidia was formed in 1994 that they would be making the computers that will run the autonomous cars of the future? But video cards have to perform thousands or hundreds of thousands of functions in a very short period of time so they are experts at handling large amounts of data and responding very quickly when needed. In a way, it’s a natural combination of skill sets and manufacturing expertise.

I was privileged to be in a group of only 260 reporters that got to sit in on an Intel virtual reality demonstration that had never been done before. We went flying in squirrel flying suits, then sat on the side court at a live basketball game and watched it in virtual reality, totally feeling like we were right there, and then we were in a video game called “Arizona sunshine” in a very scary and precarious predicament.

We also had a unique demonstration that had never been attempted before on this scale.  All 260 of us could just stand or sit and watch a river flow by us, see animals and farmers in the distance and be able to look all around you like you were transported there magically. This was all real film not created artificial reality. It was like being in the middle of it in real life, not like watching a film, it was almost indescribable. The amount of data required? It takes 3 TB per frame of film to create this illusion. At 60 frames per second that means 180 TB of data per minute are required to create this illusion of being in the middle of a real film.

To top it all off we had another demonstration wearing our VR goggles that had us flying over a 250 acre solar power farm in India in real time…. it was actually happening as we were seeing it and we acted as inspectors for the solar panels. The applications for business are obvious and huge cost savings can be realized.  Very dangerous situations like search and rescue can absolutely benefit from this technology.

Tomorrow we will be taking a closer look at some of the autonomous vehicles.

Talk to you soon!

 

Ron Fraser
London Drugs Yates Street
Computer Manager
Victoria, BC

 

CFAX Tech Talk airs each Saturday on CFAX 1070 radio in Victoria from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.



January 6th, 2017

2017 January New Game Releases

Happy new year all! 2017 has a whole crop of new games coming your way, so let’s take a closer look at what is out in January!

Jan 20th

Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King


Another classic is back! Originally released on PlayStation 2 in 2005, you went on an epic quest to Save the Kingdom of Trodain, and now you can relive that adventure. Dragon Quest VIII is being released for Nintendo 3DS, and you can make sure you get your copy by ordering it from LondonDrugs.com

Jan 24th

Resident Evil 7: Biohazard

The long running franchise is back! It’s been 4 years since the events of Resident Evil 6, and you will play as new character Ethan Winters who is looking for his lost wife in Louisiana. As Ethan you will have to solve puzzles, manage your resources, and fight against mutant creatures using a variety of weapons.

Resident Evil 7: Biohazard will be out for XBOX One and PlayStation 4, and feature support for the PlayStation VR headset. Order your copy now!

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January 5th, 2017

CES 2017, Day One

As a computer manager at London Drugs I’ve always been fortunate to get a glimpse of new technology coming out. But there is no other experience for looking into the future of tech than the annual Consumer Electronics Show, or CES as you’ve most likely heard it referenced to.

Through my guest hosting on Victoria’s CFAX 1070 radio Tech Talk program I’ve been able to attend CES and report back what new tech gadgets and gear are coming to market. I’ve gotten to see some amazing products and many amazing innovations in technology, as well as products that have thankfully never come to fruition.

I want to start by giving you an idea of the scope of the show, the largest of its kind in the world, held each year in Las Vegas, Nevada.

  • There is 3,250,000 ft.² of dedicated display place for the show.
  • The show routinely attracts about 175,000 attendees.
  • There are almost 17,000 presidents, CEOs, and business owners here for the show including a team from London Drugs.
  • There are 6,000 members of the media here covering the show, that’s 1,000 more than covered the 2016 Olympics in Rio this past summer.
  • The show runs for four days, January 5th through the 8th.

For me, the two days before, January 3rd and 4th, are spent with CFAX radio interviewing vendors and looking at some of the innovations and previews we are invited to see ahead of the show for everyone else.

Over the next few days I will be sharing some very exciting and unique products from CES. Some may even change your life for the better in some way.

Talk to you soon!

 

Ron Fraser
London Drugs Yates Street
Computer Manager
Victoria, BC

 

CFAX Tech Talk airs each Saturday on CFAX 1070 radio in Victoria from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.



December 6th, 2016

Interactive & Immersive Tech Gifts top holiday wish lists

London Drugs is the gift destination for Drones, Games & Cameras

This holiday season interactive and immersive tech gifts are topping everyone’s holiday wish lists. London Drugs highlights the top tech gifts and toys from Drones to Virtual Reality gaming to Cameras.

PS4 Pro 1TB Console

PS4 Pro 1TB Console
The PS4 Pro gets you closer to the game with spectacular graphics, enhanced gameplay and access to one unified gaming community. This console is compatible with every PS4 game and provides 4K streaming. London Drugs has a variety of PS4 games available in-store and online.

PlayStation VR Standalone

PlayStation VR Standalone
Turn your gaming experiences into an immersive experience with the PlayStation®VR world. Step into incredible virtual worlds and overcome gaming challenges in extraordinary ways. Seamless visuals keep you connected to the virtual world with an expansive 5.7” OLD 1080p display. The 3D Audio allows you to pinpoint sounds from above, behind or beside you.

Sphero SPRK Edition - Clear - 8127854

Sphero SPRK Edition
There’s no rule that says learning shouldn’t be fun, or that playing can’t be valuable. If there is, the SPRK Edition was created to break it. SPRK makes the skills of the future approachable and practical while inspiring a love of robotics, coding and programming and most importantly, fun. The durable polycarbonate shell is pet proof, waterproof & ready for adventure.

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November 28th, 2016

New Games for December: Super Mario Maker, Steep, and more!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! December brings us 5 new games to fill out your holiday shopping list for the gamer in your life. Let’s take a look at what’s coming!

 

Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS!

The hugely popular and critically acclaimed Super Mario Maker is coming to the 3DS! Create your own levels for Super Mario, play them, and share them with your friends! Base your levels on the visual style and game play of Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 3, Super Mario World, and New Super Mario Bros. U, create interesting new challenges, and learn a newfound appreciation for the game and characters you’ve known your whole life!

Super Mario Maker will be on 3DS on December 2nd and you can order your copy right now!

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October 31st, 2016

New Games for November: Final Fantasy XV, Pokemon, Assassin’s Creed, and more!

We’re headed into the holiday season which is great news for gamers! There are a ton of new games coming out in November, so let’s take a closer look at what you’ll be playing this month!

 

The Sims 4: City Living

Take your Sims to the next level. City living introduces a new city, San Myshuno and its four distinct neighbourhoods, for your Sims to play in as well as a number of new careers including politician and critic. Your Sims can also get new apartments, complete with landlords, and a whole host of other new adventures.

The Sims 4: City Living will be available for Windows and Mac on November 1st. Secure your copy now at LondonDrugs.com

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September 30th, 2016

New Games for October: Gears of War 4, Minecraft, Skyrim and more!

It’s October! We’re headed into the winter months when it becomes a little more OK to spend your time indoors looking at your TV.  Maybe that’s why we have such a busy month for new games coming up!  Let’s take a closer look at all 14 new releases for October plus a whole new game platform!

 

Paper Mario: Color Splash

Someone is draining all the colour from Prism Island and it’s up to you to stop them, recover the paint stars, and return them to the colour fountain in the center of the island! Paper Mario: Color Splash is out on Nintendo Wii-U on October 7th!

[Pre-order Paper Mario: Color Spash]

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