loves-minecraftYesterday I attended a wedding and enjoyed sitting with relatives. What was striking about the event wasn’t so much the beautiful ceremony, but the 4-year old who talked my ear off FOR OVER TWO HOURS about one thing: MINECRAFT!  IT WAS AWESOME!! (see little Levi’s picture at left)

Every little youngster in our family is hooked on the “digital lego” game, so it wasn’t entirely a surprise to me when Microsoft bought Minecraft’s parent company, Sweden-based Mojan, for $2.5 Billion last year.

However, I was blown away when I saw that Microsoft had reprogrammed it from the “ground up” around their new augmented reality system: Hololens.

I’ve been fortunate (pre-purchase by Facebook for $2B;  Read: Why Facebook Bought Oculus Rift) to test beta versions of the impressive Oculus Rift (see our first virtual reality experience here) but, Hololens looks SUPER AMAZING.
[See my other video on Hololens– I’m still trying to get my hands on one…developer kits don’t come out until 2016…stay tuned!]

Watch the video above to see how impressive the immersive world’s of Minecraft are now in virtual reality with Hololens.

And then consider the concluding paragraph from Business Insider on WHY Microsoft bought Minecraft:

There’s one other reason for Microsoft to buy Minecraft that not many people are talking about. It is growing in popularity in the education space. Teachers are using it with their students and there is a dedicated group to focusing on education.

As that grows, it gives Microsoft access to a young demographic

Business Insider: Here’s Why Microsoft is Paying $2.5 Billion For Minecraft

Today is Back to the Future Day!

I had a lot of fun making the above video. It’s an in-depth look at the predictions made for October 21, 2015 as depicted in the 1989 movie “Back to the Future 2“– You will be surprised at how many came true!

These are the predictions that Back to the Future 2 got right in the movie and shows the technological advances on “Back to the Future Day” –
October 21, 2015, the day Marty McFly & Doc Brown travel in their DeLorean time machine–with the flex capacitor, to their future….which is
TODAY: October 21 2015 “Back to the Future Day”!

Have fun and enjoy looking at the evolution of technology advances over the 26 year span.

INCLUDES historical perspectives on the movie’s predictions:
– BioFuel
– Flying cars
– Weather prediction
– Self-tying tennis shoes
– 3D Holograms
– Wireless video games
– Flying Hoverboards
– Handheld devices
– The Chicago Cubs winning the World Series ..I know cRaZy idea! 😉
– Biometric Door locks
– Drones walking dogs
– Multi-display on 1 TV
– Personal Devices
– Video Conferencing

Special thank you to:

Pacific Northwest Delorean Club (President Jeff Linstad)  & Mr. Mark Vanyo who was kind enough to share his collectible DeLorean with me for the video shoot.

Kamiak Junior High’s Julia Ryan (ASB President) who performed the movie scene research.

If you’d like my research notes for the source material used in the video, drop me an email: Kevin(at]KevinCorbett.com

Site Overhaul Going On Now

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My site is currently undergoing substantial re-construction.

It feels a lot like fixing a plane while it’s in the air and it’s taking longer than I want BUT, it will be a more powerful resource for friends and colleagues when I’m finished as I have some exciting new upgrades coming that I’m excited about!

Internet of Things (IoT) is the inter-connectedness of all things through the Internet.

What Is the Internet of Things

The drivers of the technology and movement are the technology companies who will power the IoT: IBM, Intel & Cisco amongst others.

IBM Think Academy put out this great video HOW IT WORKS: Internet of Things