Alec Kubas-Meyer

Alec Kubas-Meyer

Alec Kubas-Meyer thinks he knows everything about everything, evidence of which can be found on his weekly YouTube review program, made using a whole bunch of equipment he bought directly from B&H (a great place to shop): youtube.com/theweekireview.

Latest Articles

The DJI Osmo Mobile 3 Is a Smartphone Gimbal
3 months ago
Share
The newly announced DJI Osmo Mobile 3 is the first smartphone-specific gimbal I’ve spent more than 93 seconds with, and that experience has made it clear just how far this technology has come. It's 2013. I'm in my college dorm room staring at some filmmaking blog when, suddenly, I...
1 year ago
Share
It’s that time of year again: The nostalgic look back on everything that’s happened. Or maybe it’s not so nostalgic. Not in 2017 anyway. But there’s been some cool tech this year, so let’s focus on that. Here are five of the most interesting individual technologies and general trends from the world of technology. (Runner up, by the way:...
2 years ago
Share
Back in high school, I was sitting in the computer lab and looked over to see a classmate on a Santa-themed shopping website. I asked him what, exactly, he was doing there, and he waved me over. In a random fill-in box about halfway down the page, he put in a URL that was blocked by the school’s filtering system. Suddenly, the shopping site disappeared, replaced by the blocked page. Thus, I was...
2 years ago
Share
Virtual reality was always going to be fighting an uphill battle. It was, on the face of it, a smart move to use the power of existing hardware to run the first crop of viable headsets, but it also runs into an issue that has plagued nearly every optional gaming peripheral ever: Will there be a user base? Why would a developer target an ultra-niche group of people who bought the extra thing when...
2 years ago
Share
It’s hard to believe that it’s been 25 years since the release of id Software’s Wolfenstein 3D, the grandfather of first-person shooters. The FPS is one of gaming’s most recognizable genres, ostensibly putting you directly in the game, as you see (and shoot at) the digital world through the character’s eyes. Though technically not the first of its kind (Polygon argues it was 1973’s...
2 years ago
Share
I am in a cave. It’s dark. Well, more like black. Pitch black, if we’re being honest; the darkest virtual cave in which I have ever found myself. I’m disoriented. I spin around, and off in the distance is a blindingly bright stream of light streaking down from above. The contrast is striking. And I mean “contrast” in a literal sense; I have an HDR-capable TV (a...
2 years ago
Share
Wikipedia says, “An electronic game that involves interaction with a user interface to generate visual feedback on a video device such as a TV screen or computer monitor.” Urban Dictionary says, “The only thing that’s fun anymore.” Alec Kubas-Meyer says, “The most important medium—art form(?)—of the 21st Century.” Let’s unpack these. What Is a Video Game? In literal terms, a video game is even...
2 years ago
Share
Among the many things that ran through my head as I watched Nintendo’s late-night unveiling of its latest console, the Switch, was an unfortunate sense of déjà vu, as the company reps showed off several games that either relied entirely on or prominently used motion control. “We’re doing motion control?” I couldn’t help but think. “Really? Again?” Though I was ultimately excited by what I saw in...
3 years ago
Share
It’s been two and a half years since Sony unveiled Project Morpheus to the world. Now rebranded as PlayStation VR, the headset recently landed on store shelves, and it is, in every sense of the word, a game changer. We’ve got our hands on one and have spent the last couple of weeks playing around with it. And we imagine that there are a lot of people still on the fence who might have some...
3 years ago
Share
The last couple of months of any given year are kind of an announcement dead zone. Rather than hyping up new products, companies are busy making sure they can deliver them to customers in time for the holiday season, and retailers like B&H are scrambling to make sure we’re prepped for the inevitable onslaught. So, the next few months are going to be a little dead, as far as interesting...
3 years ago
Share
It has been two and a half years since Sony unveiled Project Morpheus to the world. Now rebranded as PlayStation VR, the headset recently landed on store shelves, and it is—in every sense of the word—a game changer. We’ve got our hands on one and have spent the last couple of weeks playing around with it. And we imagine that there are a lot of people still on the fence who might have some...
3 years ago
Share
I’m sitting on a couch in front of an enormous Sony TV. One of the developers of the open-world survival horror game Days Gone is showing off a demo running on the newly announced PlayStation 4 Pro (née Neo). “This is a debug unit. These buttons won’t exist in the final game, but we’re showing off the new system’s power, so…” He presses a button. “This is what it looks like in 4K.” He presses...
3 years ago
Share
It’s not a secret that the tech industry is never content. Virtual Reality is having a Moment, but though the high-end HTC Vive and Oculus Rift headsets are finally available, consumers are already looking for the Next Big Thing. Conveniently, it’s right around the corner. Of course, I’m talking about...
3 years ago
Share
You have to start small, with disruptive technology. You set the groundwork and build upon it. Allumette, an animated VR short from Penrose Studios, which premiered at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival, is a perfect example of this. Allumette is, to understate it, a huge step forward in narrative storytelling, but the story that it tells is a fairly simple one. It takes place primarily in a single...
3 years ago
Share
One of the big lessons you learn working in VR is that you shouldn’t make assumptions. Whether you’re working for it artistically or designing for it, it really does end up confounding you.” Eugene Chung is two things: He’s a creative type pioneering an entirely new way of telling stories, and he’s a Tech Startup Founder & CEO in Silicon Valley. Chung is the writer and director of Allumette,...
1 — 16 of 23 items

Pages

Close

Close

Close