Racer : A genuine new thing

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Since working on Racer and launching it a few people have said, ‘oh it’s like such and such a game’ but I’m yet to find something that is truely as unique as this AND is in a browser. Racer is a multi-player, multi-device Chrome Experiment. A retro-style slot car game played across screens. On phones or tablets, Android or iOS. Anyone can join. No apps. No downloads. Just the mobile web. It’s now up for The FWA Cutting Edge Project of the Year. If you think it deserves it please cast a vote!

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And if you’re interested here’s the making of video which goes into detail on why it was so tricky to build.

Here’s Racer being demo’d at Google I/O 2013 – live demos are always nerve wracking, thankfully this one went smoothly.

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Also awesome and cutting edge is that there’s also an installation version that runs on the same code base as the mobile game. The table was at Google I/O 2013 and another Google event ‘Zeitgeist’. Here’s a couple of pics of the table:

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In addition to the table version, there are two flight case boxes containing a line up of mobile devices ready to play. This version also runs on the same code base. Here’s a pic of the cases and me demo’ing it at Cannes 2013 in the Google tent :

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One final plug to get your vote on if you like it thanks!


Australians in digital the USA via SXSW

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An interesting report about Australians breaking into the US market in tech. It’s generally critical of the Australian governments support of local tech industries. There is support via AusTrade for Aussie businesses to enter the US market but the report suggests we should be building our own Silicon Valley in in Australia. But should we really be competing with the US in that respect, or just get better at leveraging it through partenerships..?

The report should at least check out Atlassian for Aussie tech successes, they are completely home grown and had huge success globally. They’ve won awards but I wonder whether AusTrade helped them get there..?

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Pick this panel for SXSW

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Can’t wait for next years SXSW. Looks like SODA are going to get a legit panel. Hope this one comes through.

http://panelpicker.sxsw.com/ideas/view/14016