Geeks are great believers in taking hardware that was designed for one purpose and using it for as many other cool things as possible. Take the Microsoft Kinect. The motion control system has been hacked for all sorts of uses since it launched and none of the other uses are things that Microsoft would have envisioned.
Microsoft has hinted that it would bring support for Kinect to the PC but for now that support is up to hackers like Demize2010 on YouTube. This dude took a Kinect and the remote and nunchuk from his Wii and hacked them all together to allow the movement, aim, and shooting in CoD on the PC with the Wii controls. The Kinect was then used to access other commands using gestures.
You can see from the video after the jump that when he wants to lean to look around a corner, he just leans in real life. Other things are activated by motion as well. This is a really cool hack that uses a couple of things that would be cool on their own, matched up they rock even more.
Sony has gone militant in the fight to keep people from doing what they want with their own PS3 consoles. Sony wants to prevent anyone from hacking their console or offering hacks for the devices and has taken to a legal assault on Geohot and other hackers that have offered ways to bypass the PS3 security for installing software that isn't approved.
Some though that if you applied a hack to your console to be able to install unapproved software and never accessed the PSN that Sony had no way to catch the user. Apparently, that is not correct. One user going by NeoGAF has noted that he port sniffed his console and that at start up the PS3 contacted the Sony servers.
Apparently, the contact gave enough details that Sony could tell just from the device being connected to the web that it had been hacked. This information could then reportedly be used to ban the console or to force software updates to plug the security hole. Sony has already said it will offered updates to plug the holes Geohot and others are using on the PS3 now for their hacks.
I like for as much of my stuff to be wireless as possible in most instances. I am not a big fan of wireless gear for gaming, but for just working on my work computer or for use with an HTPC machine in the living room, wireless is the way to go. The only thing that we generally need wires for no matter the brand is a video card. KFA2 has a new video card that cuts those wires that might be perfect for gaming away from your hot PC or in the living room.
The video card is the KFA2 GeForce GTX 460 and it has five antennas on the back of the card making it look more like an add-in WiFi card than a video card. Those antennas are responsible for shooting that video out to your PC screen rather than having to use a cable. The interesting part is that the card still supports all those important features the GTX 460 series is known for.
The card has 336 cores, a graphics clock of 675MHz, a processor clock or 1350MHz, and a memory clock of 1800MHz. The card has 1024MB of RAM and the memory interface is 256-bit. The card has SLI support and supports 3D vision as well. A WHDI receiver for connecting to your display is included.
NVIDIA has a lot of GPUs on the market in all sorts of categories form entry-level chips inside notebooks and netbooks to high-end GPUs that are aimed at the gaming market for desktop users. One of the things that all of the NVIDIA GPUs has in common is that NVIDIA designs the parts and TSMC builds them for NVIDIA.
NVIDIA and TSMC have announced today that they have shipped the one billionth GeForce graphics processor. I feel like that announcement should come with a photo of Dr. Evil with his pinky to his lips. NVIDIA reports that just about every major PC maker in the world uses its GPUs. It has taken big green 12 years to hit the billion shipped mark and the company is already looking forward to its second billion.
"Since inventing the GPU more than a decade ago, NVIDIA has driven innovation in these processors at a rate virtually unmatched in the technology industry," said Jen-Hsun Huang, president and chief executive officer, NVIDIA. "With our close partnership with TSMC, the complexity of these devices has increased more than 1000 times, enabling enormous progress in computers ranging from handhelds and PCs to workstations and data centers."
Our Download of the Day today is OpenOffice.org 3.3.0 RC9.
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.
The latest happenings from around the web - January 13th, 2010
- ViewSonic ViewPad 7 and ViewPad 10 Video'ed @ tbreak
- TechSpot PC Buying Guide: 2011 Kick Off @ Techspot
- Maingear 13.3" Clutch 13 Ultraportable Notebook @ Hot Hardware
- ASUS RoG Maximus IV Extreme (P67) Motherboard @ Hardware Heaven
- The State of Intel Desktop Motherboards @ Benchmark Reviews
- Zotac GTX 580 AMP! Edition @ tbreak
- AMD HD 6950 Video Card @ Overclockers.com
-CES 2011, Las Vegas- For those of you that dropped some serious coin on an iPad, you've probably been looking for some standout protection for your tablet investment. Enter NavJack, who are looking to take the iPad case market by storm with their high end, unique products. Jay from NavJack took us for a little tour of their two newest creations for the iPad.
Carbon fiber has long been known as one of the lightest materials out there; NavJack has weaved aerospace grade carbon fiber with fiberglass to give a thin, tough, and sleek look to the iPad with the Corium series. Built to be form fitting, there is also a slight lip around the edge to keep you from dragging the screen across a surface as well. Protection without the bulk is pretty sweet, but with the high end material comes a high end price; about $115.
-CES 2011, Las Vegas- Razer usually has some pretty cool new toys to show off at their CES booth, but this year one of their debut peripherals looked a little different than most. At a first far away glance you might wonder if Razer was making Wiimotes, but this was something different for you PC lovers: the Razer Hydra.
Centered around TrueMotion Technology from Sixense Entertainment, the controllers are tracked by a base magnet that connects to the PC and gives the player "six degrees of freedom" while playing titles that support the controller. The magnet in the base is PC friendly, not an electromagnet that could zap any of your precious devices. Portal 2 is the big title that has been given official Hydra support and even a few extra levels when the game is released in April. Having the ability to actually throw the Companion Cube or even make it larger or smaller with your gestures was pretty good fun, and the thumbsticks made controlling the character a smooth experience.
Golly. It seems like such a long time ago that the Ti series of NVIDIA cards were the shiznit - NVIDIA have taken a sip from the cup of nostalgia and are rumored to be bringing it back!
Back in the day (wow do I sound old) NVIDIA had their Ti and MX ranges. The Ti range had programmable shaders, where the MX did not. This is confusing now as most GPU's from NVIDIA have nearly the same feature-set. But, the name itself brings power and nostalgia to the table.