HD DVD is Dead

hddvd_skull.pngToshiba pulling the plug on HD DVD already? - Yup it's over. - Engadget

Toshiba was ready to dump its money-losing HD DVD business, with news that the company is prepared to cease manufacturing software and hardware, at a loss of hundreds of millions of dollars

The fight is over.  HD-DVD has lost.  Of course this shouldn't be a surprise since the porn industry switched camps during AVN.  So look forward to cheaper Blu-Ray players as more manufacturers get on board to produce them and an end to the consumer confusion of which disk to buy.

Vex Ping Pong Shooter

Of the new Vex Mini prototypes that have been buzzing around the office, this one is my favorite. It's a very simple design and pops off the balls at a decent clip. I think the hopper could be extended to hold 7 or 8 balls before it got too top heavy.

IFI has a booth at the TIA Toy Fair in NYC so drop by and check out the cool new bots if you are in the area.

OMG, Spore Gets a Release Date.

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The much hyped, and exulted Maxis, EA production, SPORE, will be released on September 7, 2008.. In theory this game will revolutionize the way we play games. In reality it is probably the bastard child of Duke Nukem 3D and a Segway. Over hyped and delayed so long that everyone gave up interest.

http://www.spore.com/screenshots.php?movieID=7&play=hi

I'm not holding my breath.

The full press release is here: http://www.spore.com/press_021208.php