OtterBox Live from SXSW — Day 2
Day 2 of #SXSW was once again plagued by rain in the morning, so we spent a good amount of time in the conference sessions. And even though we didn’t think it was possible more people arrived for the festival. We weren’t able to attend all of the interesting sessions, but we ran across a few things that we thought you might like.
- Elon Musk. Do we need to say more? Ok, we will say a little more. Elon took the stage to talk about his goal of reshaping the space, transportation and energy industries and showed a new video of a rocket capable of blasting off and then returning safely to the ground. We weren’t able to get the video he showed at the event but this older video of the “grasshopper” rocket shows that it is possible to develop reusable rockets at a fraction of the cost of a traditional NASA mission and bringing it down like a helicopter. Elon further expanded on his Tesla car, which we are dying to test drive but he didn’t say much on what’s next for Tesla motors. What do you think about the Tesla or the Grasshopper Rocket?
- Our second favorite session revolved around a video series called Armed Response. It is a new series created by 24 writer Matt Michnovetz and producer Tom Bannister. The series is shot in a style similar to a first person video game and shot mostly from the helmet point of view which really makes you feel like you’re part of the situation. However, what stood out for us was the use of mobile cameras. Its official release date is 3/12 and we recommend checking it out on the Hard Coded YouTube channel.
- We have some great military fans and today we ran across an app that has been made just to help the military community. It’s called Call Dibs and was made by two former soldiers. Basically, the app helps soldiers sell their belongings to other soldiers. We think this could be especially useful since you never know what you’ll be able to bring with you when you move from base to base. You can learn more here.
- We stopped by the CNet event to see what they were doing and instead of finding the next big tech device, we stumbled across a fun concert. You might have heard of him but if you haven’t, let us introduce you to Robert Delong.
We expect Day 3 of SXSW to be busy as we are slated to meet Scumbag Steve and Grumpy Cat plus take part in the largest NASA astronomy lesson. Stay tuned and be sure to leave questions and feedback in the comment section below.