Okay, nothing about astronomy in this post, but I thought this was cool anyway.

It seems the people over at Google have create a program that allows you to turn any website into a 3D marble maze.  To start you need to have both Google’s Chrome browser and a smartphone to control the marble.

You then go to http://chrome.com/maze/ and enter the URL of the website, which is then converted to a 3D maze.  After you install the smartphone app (at least Android 4.0 or iOS 5) and sync it up with the browser, you are all set to go.


Using your smartphone, you move the marble along the slightly inclined flat maze trying to collect blue gems. You have 300 seconds (5 minutes) and three lives to play with.

I can already see the competitiveness of web developers trying to make the hardest mazes possible.  Thereby, make their sites unusable by mortals anywhere, but great gaming!

What ever happened to pinball?

– Ex astris, scientia –

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Asus Transformer Prime Enters the World of Amateur Astronomy

Here is a story of how a Transformer Prime owner used his tablet to take images of the moon.  I also have a Prime and use it to control my mount for astrophotography using this great program from Souther Stars SkySafari Pro (both fro iOS and Android) and the Blutooth adapter that they also sell.  There are a lot of other astronomy programs, both free and for pay, that are available.  Also, there is a great program that will allow you to control your Canon camera from your phone/tablet.  This combined with SkySafari equals a portable astrophotography setup that is hard to beat.  Let me know if you have a favorite tablet/smartphone astronomy program.

– Ex astris, scientia –