Spaceroads

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We are working on a remake of the classic Skyroads PC game. The project is still in early stages of development but as promised we want to give more continuous updates over the course of the development.

What Is 4K and HDR ?

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It is now the E3 2017, and with the presentation of the Xbox One X (code name Scorpio) and the Playstation Pro already in the market, we hear a lot of buzzwords like 4K, HDR, Teraflops, etc. So in this post we’re going to try to put this simple, so you know what they mean.

4K

The most popular term these days on TVs is 4K or Ultra HDs (Some have even introduced 5K ).

What 4K really means is 4 thousand pixels, or to be more precise, actually in the order of 3840 (or 4096) pixels. Compared to the previous and most common resolution of 1080p or Full HD, 4K basically means 4 times bigger.

comparison resolutions

Bank Holiday Hackday: Escape Room on Unity3D

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It’s another bank holiday in England, and in Coconauts this means: hackday!

Last time we did an infinite recommender for Spotify, and this time we wanted to get started with a game concept that has been in our heads for a while: a escape room.

Room

Our idea came after playing the Unlock! board game, which quite successfully recreates the experience of a scape room using just cards. The only downside of the game is that after you’ve solved each of the 3 rooms, it looses the fun, as you already know the solution to the puzzles. So we though, wouldn’t it be cool to use this idea on a videogame, and have autogenerated puzzles so that the fun never ends?

Control Energenie With NodeMCU

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You might have noticed, we like the concept of Smart Homes, and physical devices you can control remotely from an API using your local Wifi network. Specifically, we’re talking about Energenie sockets, a brand of electrical sockets controlled by radio. We’ve introduced previously these sockets in posts like Control Energenie with ESP8266, Control energenie with Pebble or Raspberry Pi and Energenie but this time, we’re going to show you how we built the same Energenie radio controller with a NodeMCU web server.

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Infinify: An Infinite Discovery Mode for Spotify

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I’m a Spotify user. I’m not the greatest fan of the user experience they offer, but it’s definitely the “lesser evil” when it comes to music streaming.

You see, I’m the kind of person that just cant be bothered to choose, I loathe choosing. Deciding albums to hear? What are we, in the 90s? with phisical CDs that need popping into a player? It’s the digital age! I just want to open Spotify and be presented with a continuous stream of non-stop music, wihout having the choose an album, or a genre, or a playlist. They even require my constant feedback when in radio mode! (don’t even get me started on the Spotify radio, yuck). I just want a big “play” button and let Spotify use a teeny bit of machine intelligence to feed me stuff that it thinks I might like. Considering the app is sitting on top of a pile of data from me (listening history, saved collection)… is it really that hard?

Because Spotify is not giving that to me though, we at Coconauts decided to build it ourselves, using their API and Javascript. The result: Infinify.

Infinify