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It's not news that the Kinect has gotten the attention of modders; from guys stuck in basements with a soldering iron and a dream to students at the biggest universities it seems everyone has their own new Kinect mod. The Object-Based Media Group at the MIT Media Lab have their own dream for the Kinect: Star Wars-esque hologram sending, R2-D2 style.
The holograms are based around the Kinect and a few other easy to find hardware pieces, which is a big jump from a similar transmitter that was shown last year that required 16 cameras and ran at a terrible FPS. These Kinect holograms, which are captured and streamed over a PC internet connection, can hit 15 frames per second, with the MIT guys thinking they'll eventually hit 30 FPS. Next stop, a Death Star orbiting our planet.
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It's been announced, delayed due to "safety concerns," and pushed back some more, but it looks like the FastMac U-Socket outlet is ready to make itself available to the world. This outlet, which provides standard (U.S.) 110V power along with two handy USB ports for your electronic device charging needs, is officially now available from
Steve Ballmer, current CEO of Microsoft has promised that Kinect will have PC support sometime in the future. Right now, Kinect is Xbox 360 territory, but eventually Microsoft have plans to move this across to the PC.
Even though the system has been hacked, prodded, thrashed and slashed on virtually all platforms, official support is always going to win. The BBC asked Ballmer "Will you plug-in the Kinect to the PC, will you go for that in the near future?", Ballmer replied with "We'll support that in a formal way in the right time and when we've got an announcement to make we'll make it."
CES 2011, Las Vegas - Gigabyte's been awfully busy with their big announcements like the G1 Killer motherboards and laptops. Peripheral fans also have something to look forward to from Gigabyte as we got a quick look at their upcoming P8600 Aivia gaming mouse.
Boasting wired or wireless function, swappable rechargeable batteries, ambidextrous grip, and an up to 3500 dpi sensor, Gigabyte is looking to make this a mouse for just about anyone. No official word on launch date or price quite yet.
CES 2011, Las Vegas - Cooler Master has big plans for their expanding Choiix mobile device accessory line in the next few months, and they were nice enough to invite us to their suite at CES to take a look at the upcoming lineup. Here are just a few products they've got on tap for 2011:
The Choiix BoomBoom portable speakers are getting an upgrade when Choiix releases the BoomBoom 3D. It's not a whole lot different to look at, but there's a noticeable difference in sound quality; especially when you switch it from "Stereo" to "3D" mode, which gives a 2.1 sound effect.
Check out more Choiix goodies in the full link below...
CES 2011, Las Vegas - Kudos, Microsoft! 8 million Kinect sensors sold worldwide in 60 days. Keep in mind that Microsoft had planned for 5 million sold, so they're sitting on top of 3 million above their predictions - quite surprising!
Microsoft also announced they have 30 million Xbox Live members and 50 million units sold worldwide, also mentioning that the Xbox 360 has outsold all other consoles in the last 6 months.
CES 2011, Las Vegas - Ah CES. Where people sneak past security and fall from the ceiling Mission Impossible style just to get glimpses of new tech or new anything really. But, we all love it, don't we?
The latest leak is a picture of "Avatar Kinect". Avatar Kinect will be a system for Xbox Live avatar interaction in a separate chat room, where players talk to each other outside of games.
CES 2011, Las Vegas - Anyone that types a lot knows that too much typing can lead to repetitive stress injuries for some folks like carpal tunnel if you are prone to that sort of condition or have it already an ergonomic keyboard can help you to get rid of that pain. Smartfish is showing off a new keyboard at CES 2011 that is a first for ergonomic offerings called the Smartfish Engage Keyboard.
The Engage has a cool automated adjustment function that adjusts the keyboard subtly over time to keep the users hands from being in the same position for too long. This helps to reduce pain associated with carpal tunnel and other injuries and helps to prevent the injuries from happening. The keyboard has a standard split QWERTY ergonomic design.
Each hand gets its own keyboard section and the halves of the keyboard feature distance adjustment for comfort and the keyboard can be tilted up and down for angle. The keyboard is on display at CES and will sell for $149.99. You can get one right now directly from Smartfish.
I really hate having to set my alarm clock. The thing is a huge pain to set with tiny buttons that are hard to see and push. I hate it even more if I look away for a second and pass the hour I need and have to go all the way back around to set the thing. Changing for DST really sucks too. If you have the same hatred for programming normal alarm clocks, you might like the latest offering from Moshi.
Moshi has tech inside its cool alarm clocks that is perfect for those that can't see that well and for those that just hate programming their normal clock. The tech allows you to press one button and then tell the Moshi clock what time it is to set it. You can program alarms and just about all of the other features of the clock using your voice. You can even set snooze with your voice.
The latest clock is the Reflection and it is a Brookstone exclusive item selling for about $56. It offers dual alarms, indoor and outdoor temperatures, and a six-color night light. The sensor for outside temperature is wireless and included in the price. Power comes from three AA batteries. You can buy the clock right now.