Microsoft researchers have unveiled Omnitouch, a new system that uses a Short-Range Depth Camera together with a Pico-Projector and turns any surface area into a navigatable touchscreen. Microsoft, in a joint project with Carnegie Mellon University reveals that the technology works in a similar way to Microsoft's Xbox Kinect, but is "modified to work at short-range" to track finger movements.
In the video below, you can see that the projector superimposes a virtual keyboard image onto a hand, arm, notepad or wall, which a user can tap or drag their fingers and access it like a normal touchscreen device. Of course, in its test stages, it looks completely dorky, but this is some future tech.
It shows a shoulder-based system, with a Kinect sensor sitting on the users shoulder, as well as the Pico-Projector, with the demonstration showing how "you can tap on your hand or drag your interface out to specify the top left and bottom right border," explains researcher Hrvoje Benko.
Waiting anxiously for the NGP from Sony; the PlayStation Vita? Well, wait no longer. There's finally some details today with Sony Computer Entertainment Australia and New Zealand confirming today that the PlayStation Vita will launch on February 23, 2012. This follows an announcement made by Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE) today confirming that the PlayStation Vita will launch through Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Australisia from February 22, 2012.
The Wi-Fi model will be available in Australia from AUD $349.95 and New Zealand from NZD $449.95. If you're after a 3G model it will set you back $100 more than the stock models at AUD $449.95 and NZD $549.95.
This pricing is a bit of a kick in the nuts, at roughly $150 more than it is priced in the US, even though our dollar is doing very, very well at the moment. I suspect sales on the Vita will be quite low in Australia, with people importing them. $150 more is a bit rich, and this isn't the 90s anymore, Sony. Give it a $50 premium and I'm sure you'll keep your Vita customers much happier.
Early adopters, and theres a lot of them (over 4 million reported) may be experiencing issues with their latest Apple-branded magical toy, the iPhone 4S. There is an open discussion on Apple's discussion forum where iPhone 4S owners are reporting issues they are having with their iPhone 4S' display.
The majority of complains are that the iPhone 4S has a yellow tint, especially noticeable when compared and placed next to an iPhone 4. There are other complaints too, with people saying they're experiencing color washouts and contrast in the same discussion thread.
This is the same issue that was experienced on the iPhone 4 when it was first released. The problem with the iPhone 4 display is that the smartphone shipped so quickly after it was built that screens continued to show signs of a yellow adhesive used during manufacturing. Eventually, the yellow residue from the adhesive disappeared leaving a normal looking display.
EA and DICE have revealed some interesting stats regarding the open beta of Battlefield 3 with some impressive numbers indeed. Over 47 billion shots were fired, 2.2 billion regenerated health contributed by Assault players.
19 million people "lost their dog tags at the end of a knife" (I think I only took two people down with a knife, boo), 21 million M-Com stations were destroyed, 635.6 meters was the longest recorded headshot (I did one at around 550m, so I was close!), 1.5 billion kills were registered and finally, 8,125,310 users participated in the Battlefield 3 open beta.
Impressive numbers to say the least. I'm very surprised at the number of players though, over 8 million! That is a huge chunk of gamers. I would love to know the split on what platforms they used too... was it more on PC? Xbox or PS3?
Well, my dear wife: I have now found what I want for Christmas. One of these, please. Fan of Battlefield 3? Want some 360-degree, almost real life FPS simulation? Well, on Monday the 24th of October, watch The Gadget Show at 8PM on Channel 5.
This is a [truly] unique FPS simulator in which it turns gaming to near reality as you move, aim, fire and get shot within a 360-degree immersive environment. The team used a pre-release copy of Battlefield 3 and poached a team of top technology experts from across Europe to built a true one-of-a-kind simulator.
The Samsung and Google co-event to launch both the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and Google's Android 4.0/Ice Cream Sandwich mobile OS has just happened and with it, brings a slew of news for Samsung/Google fans.
The Samsung Galaxy Nexus sports a 1.2GHz dual-core OMAP4460, a 4.65-inch HD Super AMOLED display pushing 1280x720, Android 4.0/Ice Cream Sandwich, 1GB of RAM, 16/32GB on-board storage, NFC, a 5.1-megapixel rear-facing camera w/LED flash and a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera. Very nice indeed. The biggest point of that is not actually hardware, but software. Google's Ice Cream Sandwich is set to be the stand-out star here.
The Galaxy Nexus also includes something different, a panorama mode for the camera, as well as Bluetooth 3.0, USB 2.0, Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n, accelerometer, compass, gyro, proximity sensor and even a bloody barometer - you know, just in case you wanted to know the current atmospheric pressure.
The leaked poster shows it will be made available in November for NTT DoCoMo, which is around the rumored US released timeframe. Radio-wise, we have an HSPA+ model, with an LTE version will "be available depending on region".
The latest happenings from around the web - October 18th, 2011
- Sony VAIO Z Series @ TechReviewSource
- HP Elite Book 8760w @ Ocaholic
- Alienware M14x Gaming Notebook @ Hardware Canucks
- Gigabyte GA-A55-DSP3 Motherboard @ Hardware Heaven
- GIGABYTE Super4 A75-UD4H Socket FM1 Motherboard @ Legit Reviews
- Biostar TZ68K+ - Energy-Efficient LGA1155 Mainboard for Thrifty Users @ XBit Labs
- ASRock Z68 Extreme7 Gen3 @ Kitguru
A-DATA has introduced a new family of USB 3.0 flash drives today comprising three models covering entry level, mid-range and high-end segments.
The entry level C103 model runs measurements of 68.6 (L) x 22.2 (W) x 8.5 (H) mm and uses a capless, all black design. Coming in 8 and 16GB capacities, A-DATA says it offers read and write rates of up to 90MB/sec and 10MB/sec respectively.
The mid-range S102 Pro model is 61.8 x 18.7 x 10.7 mm with a capped design and comes in capacities of 8, 16 and 32GB. Performance wise, A-DATA says it tops out at 100MB/sec read and 50MB/sec write rates.
Finally, there's the new top dog USB 3.0 flash drive offering from A-DATA in the N005 Pro, measuring 90 x 20.5 x 11.5 mm and also using a removable cap design. It comes in capacities ranging from 8 to 64GB and offers read and write rates of up to 180MB/sec and 90MB/sec respectively.
The C103, S102 Pro and N005 Pro USB 3.0 flash drives from A-DATA are all backed by lifetime warranties.
While Australians have generally been jealous of the expos around the world such as E3 in the US and GamesCom in Europe, we now have had our taste of a Games Expo in the form of EB Game Expo 2011. Gaming is a huge deal these days, with the industry worth a crazy $74 billion, with the industry generating more incoming that Hollywood does making movies - if that's not big enough, I don't know what is!
13,000 tickets were sold to EB Games Expo 2011, this was even before the event had started! The only way to get in after that was to line up at the door and see if you could try your luck there. Tickets were available to Australian gamers months before the event itself, with general admission tickets purchased online setting you back $29.95. VIP experience tickets were available (limited to 400 per session) at $99.95. The VIP tickets gave you access to the "VIP-only" lines to try out games.
Which FPS was more popular? Modern Warfare 3 or Battlefield 3? Well, if you guessed MW3, you were wrong. Activision's queue, while long (wrapping around their huge stand) was just no match for EA Games' queue for Battlefield 3. Another huge line was seen, which was for, of course, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.
Logitech's got its sights fixated on COD: Modern Warfare 3 as the perfect reason to introduce a couple new gaming peripherals to market with the game's logos proudly stamped on them to attract the mass of COD+Logitech fans out there.
There's the new Laser Mouse G9X and Gaming Keyboard G105 on offer. Briefing the G9X mouse to begin with, it has a dual-mode scroll wheel and on the fly adjustable DPI settings from 200 up to 5700 DPI. There is also an adjustable weight system where up to 28 grams can be added and the grips are interchangeable, too.
Underneath the mouse is of course the laser sensor and some sleek polytetrafluoroethylene feet, while internally there is enough on-board memory to store up to five profiles. The mouse is not wireless, however, requiring USB connectivity.