Most of the hacks I have seen of the Microsoft Kinect system have had no real purpose and have not done anything that I thought was interesting. A new hack has surfaced that actually has a purpose and controls a robot using gestures. I can see something like this for doctors in the future where they can just make gestures to control the robotic tools used for microsurgery.
The gang over at Willow Garage have offered up a hack that uses Kinect to control one of its PR2 robots that are used for all sorts of research and are crazy expensive. The control system looks really intuitive and slick even if it is in an early form. One cool thing the company is working on is using a pair of the Kinects in one system.
As long as I live I will remember when I was five and my dad drove us to the GMC dealership to buy a Delorean. I was so excited I could have stroked out. We got there and the one on display was sold and he ended up buying a used Vette instead, pretty much killing my high. Those Delorean cars are still some of the coolest rides I have ever seen made all the more famous by Back to the Future.
If you like Delorean cars or are a fan of the flick Flash Rods has the coolest external storage drive ever and you will want it. The drive is crammed inside a 1:18 scale replica of the Delorean from Back to the Future so it looks cool as hell sitting on your desk and gives you another 500GB of USB powered storage.
The number of notebooks, AIOs, and desktop computers on the market that support 3D are growing all the time. The uptake of 3D in the company market is better than it is at home. Computer users don't mind wearing glasses to play 3D games most of the time while the average TV watcher in the living room might balk at wearing glasses for 3D. Acer has pulled out its first 3D notebook and is offering the machine in Japan.
We have most of the specs of the machine and know that it will land on December 3 in Japan and cost 3D fans under 100,000 yen. For that much loot Japanese geeks will get a 15.6-inch notebook with a screen offering a 120Hz refresh rate good for 3D content using the NVIDIA 3D Vision system. The machine will ship with the active 3D glasses the NVIDIA system needs to enjoy the effects.
We all know what they say about fools and their money right? A gamer from China has supposedly dropped $15,000 on a night of playing his favorite game on a gigantic screen that measures 820-feet long. The dude played some Chinese language MMO title and is said to be a guild leader. I suspect this may be a publicity stunt by the company behind the game.
The massive screen is in Beijing and is actually three different screens. The dude didn't get to stretch the game across all three of the screens because of the resolution issues. He ended up having three versions of his desktop on the ceiling and what had to be the worst neck crick in history.
Our Download of the Day today is OpenOffice.org 3.3.0 RC6.
OpenOffice.org is the leading open-source office software suite for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, databases and more. It is available in many languages and works on all common computers.
OpenOffice.org is the result of over twenty years' software engineering. Designed from the start as a single piece of software, it has a consistency other products cannot match. A completely open development process means that anyone can report bugs, request new features, or enhance the software.
Easy to use
OpenOffice.org is easy to learn, and if you're already using another office software package, you'll take to OpenOffice.org straight away. Our world-wide native-language community means that OpenOffice.org is probably available and supported in your own language.
... And it's free
Best of all, OpenOffice.org can be downloaded and used entirely free of any licence fees. OpenOffice.org is released under the LGPL licence. This means you may use it for any purpose - domestic, commercial, educational, public administration.
Our Deal of the Day today is the Lenovo US (ThinkPad) - Black Friday Sale - Up to 20% Off Stackable eCoupon!.
Offer: Save up to an additional 20% on the ThinkPads including an X201 for only $703.20, or the popular T-series for just $636.65. They've even got a W series mobile workstation from just $1039.20. These prices are some of the lowest I've ever seen these ThinkPads drop to. All offers are listed in an easy to see ThinkPad grid list here,... use eCoupon: BLACKFRIDAY (expires 11/28/10)
Gran Turismo fans are probably pulling their hair out right now - the release of the game is only 6 more hours away (in my +9:30 time here in South Australia). It's hard to believe, through all the delays, rumors, hiccups, the game is actually really here.
Few places have midnight launches - so for the Australian's I was able to find them thanks to Kotaku, which I've listed below. But this is also a reminder to the one person who has maybe forgotten (you'd better have amnesia that repeats itself every 30 seconds!).
The latest happenings from around the web - November 24th, 2010
- Gigabyte Sandy Bridge Motherboards Preview @ eTeknix
- ASUS P8P67 Sandy Bridge Motherboard Preview @ Vortez UK
- ASRock 890FX Deluxe4 AMD Socket AM3 DDR3 Motherboard @ OCInside.de
- ASRock X58 Extreme6 Motherboard @ Hardware Secrets
- 24p: What You Should Know @ Missing Remote
- Sparkle Calibre X480 GeForce GTX 480 Video Card @ ThinkComputers
- Gainward GeForce GTX 460 SE 1 GB @ Techpowerup
- Intel Windows vs. Linux GPU Performance Q4'2010 @ Phoronix
Looks like someone at PocketBook USA clicked "Send" instead of "Save" when drafting up a press release. The Digital Reader got a hold of a press release for the new Mirasol e-reader that PocketBook in set to debut at CES 2011, only to find out later that it was an "accidental release."
This new model is looking to sport a transflective color screen from Qualcomm and a 12FPS refresh rate that won't be good enough for video, but plenty for e-books. No word on pricing in the release, but we'll definitely hear more as CES creeps closer. The Mirasol is looking to hit store shelves sometime in Q3 2011.
George Broussard - the designer and financier behind Duke Nukem, has said that Duke Nukem Forevers delays were due to a series of unlucky situations and his unwillingness to kill it off.
Now that the game has been handed to Gearbox, we will actually have a chance to play it - despite the years of delays for DNF from 3D Realms, it was continuing to be a black hole for funds, with George spending tens of millions out of his own pocket. He has also given a short explanation of what that money was spent on.