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Mar

Ben Heck’s console wars: PlayStation 1 vs. Nintendo 64


The console wars have begun! Ben compares the inner workings of the original PlayStation and Nintendo 64 by tearing them down to their chips and highlighting the electronics design considerations, in case you want to make your own portable version. Which worked better? The 32-bit based PlayStation or the 64-bit N64? Watch the episode to find out the strengths and weaknesses of each to determine if you should design for CD-ROM or cartridge. Let us know which console you prefer on the element14 Community page.

20
Mar

Steve Wozniak’s Madame Tussauds Wax Figure Revealed At Silicon Valley Comic Con


Madame Tussauds revealed its Steve Wozniak wax figure Saturday morning at the Silicon Valley Comic Con opening ceremony. The figure will be on display at Tussauds’ Comic Con booth for the entire weekend before its moved to it’s San Francisco location for permanent display.

Steve Wozniak, left, next to his wax figure, right.
Chris Cooper, Madame Tussauds general manager, said that the company held a vote to see which technological innovator would receive a figure. Wozniak overwhelmingly won the poll with over 60 percent of the vote, beating out other tech luminaries like Tesla CEO Elon Musk.

When the red covering dropped it was revealed that Wozniak, who had wandered off the stage moments before, was posing next to his figure, trying to keep as still as possible. After some quick antics, which included the opening ceremonies’ hosts pretending the wax Wozniak was the real Wozniak, the Apple co-founder talked about how surprised he was about the process.

“The incredible art and precision that went into every little measured detail for about five hours,” Wozniak said. “The features at every angle and the human work to make it come out realistic looking. I did not know there was so much involved, I thought you take a picture and a computer prints it out.” Wozniak also said that it was an honor to have a wax figure because he had always wanted one, mentioning the wax figures of superheroes he saw in wax museums when he was younger.

Before inviting the attendees to have fun on the convention floor, Wozniak spoke a little about his inspiration for creating a Comic Con. He noted how that when he was younger, himself and the other employees at Apple didn’t dress up like employees at other tech companies. They were geeks and outcasts that didn’t necessarily fit in. Naturally, they looked to science fiction and superhero stories as a way of escape, and Wozniak says modern technology makes him feel like he’s apart of those worlds. He noted the ability to push a button in an app and summon a car to take you somewhere as similar to a super power.

“I love technology, it makes me feel like I’m a superhero in a way; I’m so much more powerful than I would be without it,” Wozniak said. “Now the whole process is you have imagination. Things that maybe don’t exist in the real world but they exist in your world, in your head. Then we have the ability to realize them, to make them real.”

Tags: Steve Wozniak, Madame Tussauds, Silicon Valley Comic Con
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