11 Mar

When tech ruins film

I love watching films. I love being sucked into a great plot. Believability is key. There’s nothing quite as disappointing as watching a great piece of cinema, only to be pulled right out of that experience quicker than you can say ‘yeah, right’.

I’m talking about the way technology is portrayed in Hollywood. Some great films, mainly set in the future, maintain the illusion because who’s to say that we won’t have that in another hundred years? Minority Report springs to mind as one of those films that just get it right. The Matrix, Fifth Element and the amazing Star Wars of course, draw you into the story. Their use of technology only enhances the experience. Time machines and aliens aside, it’s still believable within the context of the world they are displayed in.

My hate, and I ALWAYS complain to anyone who will listen, is when technology is used in film or television that isn’t supposed to be unreal. Yet they have ‘experts’  that hack passwords with 2 clicks of the mouse, and people that type as if they are having a muscle spasm on the keyboard.

I’m glad I’m not the only one who thinks this though. See the video below, The Worst Hacking Scenes in Movies by College Humor, and have a little chuckle to yourself.

Come on guys, this is NOT how it works…

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02 Jan

Fitbit app review, connected to the Flex tracker

Fitbit Flex

I treated myself to a Fitbit Flex when it featured on a Boxing Day Lightning Deal on Amazon. I purchased my new toy for £55.99, RRP £79.99. I’ve been interested in this for a long time, but only now have taken the plunge.

The Fitbix Flex is a tracker that records the number of steps taken, distance travelled, and minutes of light, medium and heavy activity. It also has a ‘sleep mode’ that monitors the time you spend in bed, the length of time it takes to get to sleep and the amount of times you wake during the night.

It’s better than I thought it would be, and the sleep monitor is really interesting. It’s great for setting goals, and monitoring your progress. I’ve been using it for just over a week now and I must say it’s quite addictive, checking your steps on the dashboard and trying to hit target of 10,000.

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I downloaded the app to go along with it, but only realised later that my phone doesn’t automatically update with the tracker. I’ll need to upgrade to a newer model for that. If my phone had the capability of syncing with my Flex then I think I would use the app more. As it is, I just use it sporadically to update my food log, as and when I remember to do so.

Still, it is all very well designed, easy to use and looks pretty awesome. It’s been a week now, and I still smile to myself when I tap the tracker on my wrist and it flashes lights at me like something out of a sci-fi movie.

I recommend this to all fitness enthusiasts, or anyone like me who is just interested in this kind of thing. It’s pretty cool, comfortable to wear, and waterproof too – although I haven’t tested this. Make sure your phone is compatible first though, check out the complete list of devices here.

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