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This is the Omni ‘Move Naturally In Your Favorite Game’ system. Oh, it’s not actually a treadmill by the way, it’s just slick plastic that you wear special shoes on that give just the right amount of slip and traction so you can run around in there chasing bad guys and shooting them with your gun. Just like a Navy Seal. Well, if Navy Seals didn’t get winded after one round and have to take an energy drink break.
The Omni takes virtual reality to the next level– allowing anyone to stand up and traverse virtual worlds with the natural use of their own feet. The Omni is the first virtual reality interface for moving freely and naturally in your favorite game. Moving naturally in virtual reality creates an unprecedented sense of immersion that cannot be experienced sitting down. That’s why we developed the Omni.
The Omni is a fully integrated VR interface that comes with sophisticated tracking hardware and software and is ready to play, out of the box, with any game or app that uses keyboard input.
Currently, $ 430 will get you the whole Omni system including a pair of the special shoes in your size. And, since the Omni has already surpassed it’s $ 150,000 Kickstarter funding goal by over 4X in just three days, production is definitely a go. I guess a lot of people really do want a more immersive virtual reality experience. Or at least think they do until they realize running around for an hour in virtual reality takes the same effort as running around for an hour in real life. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not knocking the system at all, I’m just clearing some room under my bed to store the thing after my first heart attack.
Hit the jump for another shot of the system, a shot of a shoe, and several video demos including a walking tour of Riften in Skyrim.
Cool, Because I Was Gonna Kill It: Robot Anticipates Human Action, Does What You Were Going To Do For You
This is a video of a robot that can anticipate human action by examining changes in its environment and using an algorithm to determine what a human needs next, and acting accordingly. The screencap above though is from when the robot is NOT anticipating human action because it continues to pour a beer on the table after dude moved his cup. That’s a pretty shitty butler.
First, it identifies the people and the main objects in the environment using a Microsoft Kinect camera [a 3-D camera for use with the Xbox gaming console]. The camera gives you something like a skeleton view of the humans, and we use our algorithm to figure out the main objects in the environment. Then, using what it has learned in its previous training, the robot considers both how the people have been moving in the last few seconds, and what the objects are used for. It reasons that because the people have been moving in a certain way, and certain objects are present, therefore it is very likely the person is about to take a certain action.
So basically if you’re drinking beer and finish a beer the robot will know to go get you a fresh one from the fridge. But what happens if I finish a beer AND DON’T WANT another one? That was a trick question, I will always want another one. You know what, robot? Just anticipate this: bring me the rest of those brewskis in a cooler then throw yourself down the stairs.
Hit the jump for a video of the beerbot in action.
This is the motorcycle helmet with an attached skull mask worn by an unidentified biker going to the Harley Davidson National Rally in China. You should get completely one, that means everyone thinks you’re Ghost Biker. Well, a minimum of the individuals who cannot inform a bike from your electric scooter anyways.
Thanks to my friend Terry, who constantly motivates me to ride my bicycle quick and recklessly without a helmet since he’s a firm believer I belong in a different world.
The Liberator is the world's first successfully printed, assembled, and fired gun.
The Liberator isn't so much an actual pistol, but more of a zip gun. Though The Liberator does fire bullets.
The Liberator has the size and accuracy of an improvised weapon (pictured below), but it is deadly.
It fires a small .380 caliber bullet. You can download files to make one on a 3D printer if you have one.
Luckily for the world, a 3D printer can cost as much as $ 10,000, so this won't exactly put a gun in the hand of anyone who wants one. But it is an impressive technological feat.
Bear in mind the other day’s stop movement video that IBM made using individual atoms as pixels!.?. !? Well it ends up they also made some Star Trip art while they went to it. Why? Not sure, presumably since there’s a brand-new movie coming out. That or they simply really like Star Trip. Or maybe a crazed Trekkie with among those horrifying looking Klingon struggle swords was threatening them bodily damage if they didn’t. THE POSSIBILITIES ARE ENDLESS. For lunch today? The possibilities are extremely limited. It’s looking like a Carnation Instant Morning meal or run the risk of attempting the cottage cheese that ended a week back. I’m kind of afraid to look at it however due to the fact that I enjoy cottage cheese and if it’s musty I’ll have a tough time getting the image from my head the next time I go to the grocery store wishing to purchase more. Now pay attention: you may not such as home cheese, but do not act like you have no idea what I’m discussing. Shared experiences like this– that’s exactly what makes us all human.
Arrived the jump for a Vulcan salute and a profile of the USS business that’s just a nanometer tall. You’re not gonna fit a lot of staff on a ship that size.
Modern solar collectors can focus just a lot energy for security’s sake: too much in one place and they run the risk of cooking themselves. An IBM-led group is working on a new collector meal that could stay clear of that damage while taking a big advance in solar power efficiency. The hundreds of photovoltaic chips collecting energy at the center will be cooled by the exact same type of microchannel water cooling that kept Aquasar from frying, letting each chip securely concentrate 2,000 times the solar power it would usually face. The collector likewise guarantees to do even more with sunlight once it’s trapped: because the microchannels should absorb more than half of the waste heat, their hot water by-product can either be filtered into drinkable water or converted into cooling.
As you may think of, IBM sees more than simply the apparent environmental benefit. When a receiver will produce about 25kW of energy while costing less to make with less expensive mirrors and structures, a totally developed solar variety can be a budget friendly replacement for coal power that provides higher freedom– photo remote towns that need a fresh water system. IBM does not estimate when we’ll see production of these collectors past a number of prototypes, but the finished work will likely be welcome to anybody discouraged by the scalability of existing solar power.
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While it will not supercharge Crysis or other competitions like its upcoming Cloud Gaming device may, NVIDIA’s GRID Visual Computing Appliance is now up for grabs to designers, animators and aesthetic manufacturing types for $ 24,900 plus a $ 2,400 annual software license charge. That amount will simply get you the starter model consisting of 8 GPUs, 16 threads of CPU and 192GB of RAM to service up to 8 individuals, while the 16 GPU design– which doubles all that up– is hitting the dreaded “contact us” cost point. For reasonable-sized studios with multiple designers or artists, though, it ‘d permit humdrum machines to link up by means of a network and still crunch intricate designs– making the price rather alongside the point for us specific users. For even more details, struck the PR after the jump.
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IT’S TERRIFYING, THANKS FOR ASKING. God why am I even friends with these people?
First we had a conceptual demonstration of Google’s smart-glasses, and now an actual one of what a user would experience wearing the things. Basically they’re glasses with a see-through mini screen in the far corner that accepts voice commands that begin with, “Okay, Glass…take a picture/take a video/take your pants off,” whatever. Based on the video demonstration it also looks like you’re in store for a way more exciting life, doing things like hot-air ballooning, trapeze swinging, stunt plane flying, being a ballerina, being an ice skater, snake handling, horse jumping, fire juggling, ice carving, being a runway model — you name it. “I don’t do any of those things.” Not yet you don’t, but I think this is gonna be a big year for you. “You said that last year.” But you didn’t have smart-glasses! “True.” Ahahahahahahah, oh God you believe me.
Hit the jump for the demo and prepare to not live a normal, regular person life anymore.
Our brothers and sisters over at Engadget are holding their first red hot, super exciting conference called Expand in SF in March. The event will feature all the boring, old commercial hardware you could imagine including the latest from all the hardware greats but, more important, they’re also reaching out to a contingent dear to my heart: crowdfunded gadgets.
Remember: this is for unlaunched products only and knowing the field this will be pretty competitive so those with solid sterling-silver iPad stands will have to take a seat. If you’re read to run with the big dogs, pop over here and submit and let us know how it goes. You know I love the smell of fresh crowdfunded projects in the morning.
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