Lockheed Martin has fired the highest powered laser ever tested, with its new 30-kilowatt electric fiber laser. The record-breaking power output was reached by combining many fiber lasers into a single, near-perfect quality beam of light.
This is called Spectrum Beam Combining, which sends beams from multiple fiber laser modules, which each have their own unique wavelength. Combining them all into one super-powerful, high-quality beam. Dr. Ray O. Johnson, Senior VP and CTO of Lockheed Martin says: "Lockheed Martin has opened the aperture for high power, electrically driven laser systems suitable for military applications. Advancements in available laser components, along with the maturity and quality of our innovative beam-combining technology, support our goal of providing lightweight and rugged laser weapon systems for use on military platforms such as aircraft, helicopters, ships and trucks".
The company is aiming for a portable laser solution, with this being a step in that direction. Lockheed Martin received funding from the US Army, which is also working on laser mounted weapons with Boeing.
Our Ask the Experts section has a new question, where we have Konstantin who is based in Australia, with the following question.
Q: I have a PCI-E 2.0 mobo and a Saphire HD 6960 2GB video card that is running 3x27" screens. It can pull most games on medium in an Eyefinity, however, I would love to upgrade so that I can run it at High or Ultra settings.
I have been considering getting a new video card, however, I don't know whether I should go all out and buy a whole new PCI-E 3.0 setup, seeing that it is x2 the speed of a PCI-E 2.0 or just buy a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 Ti for my PCI-E 2.0 mobo and deal with whatever performance I get out of it.
A: You can view the answer to Konstantins' question right here.
It was only a week ago that we reported that Google signed a 10-year patent licensing deal with Samsung, but the Mountain View-based search giant has just signed another cross-licensing agreement for patents, this time with Cisco.
The agreement will cover a "broad range of products and technologies" which will help both companies defend themselves from future patent infringement lawsuits, as well as prevent the companies from suing each other, too. Google's Deputy General Counsel for Patents at Google, Allen Lo, says that the agreement with Cisco "will reduce the potential for litigation, letting us focus instead on building great new products".
Dan Lang, Cisco's VP if Intellectual Property had similar things to say, where he said: "In today's overly-litigious environment, cross-licensing is an effective way for technology companies to work together and help prevent unnecessary patent lawsuits".
Cyberith is working on some great technology, with a new video showing off the only way to play Skyrim: with Oculus Rift, the Cyberith Virtualizer - which is an omnidirectional treadmill, two Wii remotes and a lot of spare time.
One of the main goals of the Virtualizer, as Cyberith notes on its website: "The Virtualizer not only supports simple forward-faced movements like walking or running, but also walking backwards, crouching, jumping and even sitting". The crowdfunding campaign for the Virtualizer is coming soon, with the CEO and founder of Cyberith, Tuncay Cakmak, telling Eurogamer that: "we cannot tell an exact price no but we can tell that everybody who can afford a gaming PC, can afford the Virtualizer".
It was only yesterday that we reported that Microsoft is working on a cheaper Xbox One, but the software giant has denied the rumors of a new Xbox One console, whether it arrive as a cheaper model, or price cuts to the current console.
Microsoft's Chief of Staff for Devices and Studios, Aaron Greenberg, said in a Twitter post when asked if the rumors were true: "No, you cannot believe everything you read on the internet". Well folks, it looks like we shouldn't expect a Blu-ray less Xbox One, or a cheaper model anytime soon.
Netflix has just confirmed the Kevin Spacey political drama, House of Cards, will receive a third season. House of Cards started off as a two-season, $100 million investment, so this is the first renewal for the show.
The second season of House of Cards gets released - every episode, not just the first - on February 14. It will also be aired in 4K, if you've got the TV or display chops to watch it, I would highly suggest you do. I know I'll be spending Valentine's Day with a glass or five or red wine, House of Cards in 4K, and maybe I'll wear a suit, too.
It feels like something right out of the NBC show Revolution, but Google engineering director Ray Kurzweil has said that by the 2030s, we'll have "millions, billions of blood cell-sized computers in our bloodstream... keeping us healthy, augmenting our immune system, also going into the brain and putting our neocortex onto the cloud".
The nanobots in your brain will give you instant access to the cloud, where Kurzweil explains: "In 2035, I see somebody approaching me and I want to impress them and I want to think of something clever... I'll be able to access additional neocortex and think of something clever".
Kurzweil believes that over the next 30 or so years, we'll see technology reach a point where we are capable of immortality.
During an interview with USA Today, John Carmack said that before he joined virtual reality outfit Oculus, he proposed a deal to both Oculus and ZeniMax Media - the parent company of id Software.
Carmack said that he would've joined the worlds of of ZeniMax's games, like the upcoming Wolfenstein: The New Order and Doom 4 to the Oculus Rift. Carmack said: "It would have been a huge win. It seemed like a sensible plan for me". The companies couldn't make an agreement though, which left Carmack "really sad," to which he added: "When it became clear that I wasn't going to have the opportunity to do any work on VR while at id Software, I decided to not renew my contract".
Since November last year Carmack has been working full-time at Oculus VR, where he developing games for the Rift.
For those of you waiting for the PC system requirements for Respawn Entertainment's very first game, Titanfall, we have them here for you, below:
- OS: 64-bit Windows 7, 8, 8.1
- Processor: AMD Athlon X2 2.8GHz or Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4GHz
- Memory: 4GB RAM
- Video card: 512MB VRAM, Radeon HD 4770 or GeForce 8800GT
An interesting addition to this news, is that Respawn co-founder Vince Zampella has said that a Mac version of Titanfall is something the studio is "talking about" and that he'd "like to see it happen". Titanfall on the Mac would definitely be an interesting thing to see, that's for sure.
Sapphire Technology has announced the R7 250 Ultimate video card, a passively cooled video card based on the AMD Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture. No mechanical moving parts and a passive heat pipe and heat sink cooler that is quiet and fanless creates a great possibility of new video card designs, as demonstrated by Sapphire.
The video card has a core speed of 800MHz with 1GB of DDR5 memory, with Sapphire claiming it's the fastest passively cooled 1280bit GPU currently available. AMD included support for up to three monitors, 4K ultra-high-definition, an HDMI 1.4a port, dual-link DVI port, and DisplayPort 1.2 port.
DirectX 11.1 support is provided and the card is Microsoft Windows 8-compatible, as AMD and Sapphire wanted to ensure latest software is supported.
The Sapphire R7 250 Ultimate GPU is currently available.