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Doctor dons Google Glass, live streams a knee surgery to colleagues

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Aug 31, 2013 5:31 am

An Ohio-based surgeon has used Google Glass to live stream a knee surgery to his colleagues, a great demonstration on how the wearable device would change the medical world as we know it.

 

 

Dr. Christopher Kaeding, a surgeon at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, was performing knee surgery on a 47-year-old patient's injured knee ligament using Glass. Kaeding wore Google Glass during his procedure in order to show his live point-of-view to people at a remote location. His colleagues and several medical students watched the surgery, live, and from Kaeding's point-of-view from different locations within Columbus, Ohio.

 

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Kaeding said in a news release: "To be honest, once we got into the surgery, I often forgot the device was there. It just seemed very intuitive and fit seamlessly." Glass' potential for the medical world goes far beyond the operating theater, as it can be used for remote observation and collaboration with colleagues anywhere in the world.

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Google working on its own smartwatch

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Aug 31, 2013 4:29 am

Google acquired smartwatch maker WIMM Labs back in 2011, who is working with the company on a new smartwatch. WIMM Labs released the WIMM One smartwatch a few years ago that ran a modified version of Android, so this could be the future for Google's smartwatch.

 

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The WIMM One featured its own micro app store, that included apps such as a calculator, compass, photo gallery and an app that treated the smartwatch like a remote control for your Android device. Twelve months ago, WIMM Labs stopped sales of its WIMM One smartwatch, deleted its Twitter account and posted the following note on its website:|

 

During the summer of 2012, WIMM Labs entered into an exclusive, confidential relationship for our technology and ceased sales of the Developer Preview Kit.

 

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We of course know that this is because Google scooped the company up, now we just have to wait for the Mountain View-based giant to show its hand, pun intended.

We check out the Omni Virtuix at PAX Prime 2013

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 31, 2013 3:41 am

PAX PRIME 2013 - We got our first chance to take a look at the Omni Virtuix, a new virtual reality item designed to be used in conjunction with the Oculus Rift VR headset. Combining the two really takes you into the game and into another world. There are still a few bugs to be worked out, but the premise of the device is pretty awesome.

 

 

The system requires special shoes, or shoe attachments, a kinect sensor, sensors, and the Virtuix itself. Right now, your motion is just tracked as controller inputs, so you can theoretically map your walking to any key you want and type by walking. At $499, the system could be combined with the Oculus Rift and the entire VR set would set you back less than $1000. Could this get gamers into better shape?

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EA stuffs up the launch of SimCity for Mac, deja vu anyone?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 31, 2013 3:15 am

We were all over EA's issues with the launch of the SimCity reboot, which was a huge issue for the publisher a few months ago, even pushing out its CEO John Riccitiello of the company over the borked launch.

 

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The publisher has just launched SimCity on the Mac, but the EA forums have become flooded with complaints from gamers saying SimCity for Mac is unplayable. The biggest issue seems to be that SimCity can't launch into full-screen mode, with other users complaining that they can't even install the game on their MacBooks.

 

SimCity developer, Maxis, has had a spokesperson step forward to say that "there are a small number of players who have encountered issues with SimCity for Mac" and that they are working on fixing these issues up.

We take a quick tour through MSI's laptop lineup at PAX Prime

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Laptops | Posted: Aug 31, 2013 2:47 am

PAX PRIME 2013 - We got a chance to walk through MSI's laptop lineup at the company's booth. MSI has a full-featured product lineup, ranging from the beastly GT70 Dragon Edition 2 that we recently reviewed, to the 14-inch model at the end of the video. The video has the full details on all of their models:

 

 

Out of the different models, which one do you like the best?

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MSI shows off awesome racing chair at PAX Prime

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 31, 2013 2:35 am

PAX PRIME 2013 - The computer hardware manufacturer MSI had an extremely cool racing chair at its PAX booth. This chair's display is powered by MSI hardware, which feeds a triple-monitor setup in front of a motion chair. It's pretty awesome and I would love to have it in my own house. Take a look for yourself:

 

 

While I doubt MSI is planning to go into mass production, this chair is quite awesome and shows what you could build with some money and time. If someone does go and make something like this, please send pictures or video to us, preferably with instructions on how you made it.

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Cooler Master shows off new HAF Stacker desktop cases

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Aug 31, 2013 2:08 am

PAX PRIME 2013 - Cooler Master unveiled new additions to its HAF line of desktop enclosures. Introducing the Cooler Master HAF Stacker. This new line of cases features a few different models that are designed to stack on top of each other, providing the ultimate customization without any modding required.

 

 

The line of cases will allow you to make a tall stack of multiple systems or an extra large system with massive watercooling space. For instance, you could have your main system, a game server, and a guest system all-in-one tall tower. Watch the video and let us know what you think of the new cases in the comments.

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We go hands-on with Logitech's new wireless mouse, the G602

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Aug 31, 2013 1:53 am

PAX PRIME 2013 - PAX Prime has been a good show for those looking to buy a new gaming mouse or keyboard. Gaming peripherals have been a huge aspect of this year's PAX Prime and Logitech didn't want to be left out. They brought out their recently unveiled G602 wireless mouse, which we got to go hands-on with.

 

 

The 602 gaming mouse had a good feel and provides up to 250 hours in performance mode, or up to 1400 hours in economy mode. If you'll be gaming, you'll want to make use of the performance mode. For everyday use, however, the economy mode proves to be perfectly adequate and you'll have to deal with dead batteries less often. The mouse provides a great feel and comes in at a reasonable price.

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Oculus Rift continues to be one of the most popular attractions

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Aug 31, 2013 1:43 am

PAX PRIME 2013 - Oculus Rift has been garnering much attention and widespread support from the media and general public alike. At PAX Prime, the Oculus VR booth was being mobbed by attendees, much like what happened at Game Developers Conference back in March and at E3 back in June.

 

 

As you can see, the booth is completely wrapped by attendees waiting to try out the new HD version of the Oculus Rift. Our very own Anthony Garreffa tried out the HD Rift at PAX AU and fell in love. He went home and ordered the dev kit. A little later, we'll have an article about the next piece of virtual reality technology.

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Microsoft markets Internet Explorer in conjunction with Atari

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Aug 31, 2013 1:04 am

PAX PRIME 2013 - Microsoft is in attendance of PAX Prime 2013--why wouldn't they be? Their headquarters is just down the road--and is showing not only their Xbox equipment, but is also making a marketing push for Internet Explorer. In conjunction with Atari, Microsoft is showing off three classic games redesigned for touch and running in Internet Explorer.

 

 

Each player played three classic games for 60 seconds a piece. The three scores were then combined, with the highest scoring player getting a VIP vacation to the Tokyo Game Show in 2014. For those interested, the three games were Centipede, Missile Command, and Asteroids.

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