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With several of our meetings out of the way, Day 2 at I/ITSEC turned into a festival of weapons. Since we are talking about real simulators built to train military troops all over the world we are talking about real weapons. I don't mean tasers or those girly weapons either. M60s and M16s baby!
What is the easiest way to take an M60 to the battle? You mount it on an Hummer.
Our sponsor for this trip, AVADirect built the computers that run this simulator and several others like it. This system isn't just about shooting things with the big gun, the driver has to drive the Hummer in the virtual world. The passengers don't get a moment to relax either, they are armed with M16 rifles that also shoot a fast laser burst that registers on the computer. The most amazing thing is your shots fired are tracked and you have to change magazines and charge the weapons when you run out of virtual ammo.
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It's been a busy November with the LSI AIS trade show a couple of weeks ago and I/ITSEC going on now. I'm in Orlando preaching SSD technology to defense contractors and checking out some of the amazing systems from AVADirect. AVADirect has a large presence at this event, the largest simulation trade show in the world. I/ITSEC brings together all of the large defense contractors, accessory makers, global mapping and several other companies that feed into the real world of simulation. It's not uncommon to see a US Senator or general at I/ITSEC. If you every wondered what happened to all of the game developers that brought us such hits as Microsoft Flight Simulator or even the old Jane's collection they are here too.
AVADirect has several systems on the show floor, systems that were built for serious functions. Many of the systems we are not able to photograph due to the sensitive nature of the programs ran on them. We were able to take a few images of this system, running 14 monitors.
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Activision has demonstrated a somewhat hypocritical take on sex versus violence after inviting, then at the last minute uninviting Dutch porn star Kim Holland from a Call of Duty: MW3 VIP party in Amsterdam.
Activision said that it was (apparently) unaware of Holland's usual working role, by which time it made the prompt decision to revoke her invitation. In response via her blog (translated into English), Holland said :-
Unpleasant announcement. The American publisher of Modern Warfare 3 has indicated that they prefer no representatives of the adult entertainment industry at the party. And so there must be some women in Britain and the Netherlands who are also canceled. I know, a little hypocritical, but the U.S. is the U.S. and I'm just the messenger.
BlizzCon 2011 - Okay, it's another trade show, so there should be booth babes... right?! Well, no.
BlizzCon has its own special bread of 'booth babes'. They aren't barely dressed women from Taiwan, Germany or the US, but weird and wonderful people dressed up in some really spectacular costumes as Blizzard game characters. Check out the video below:
That about covers us for BlizzCon 2011. We'll be back at the show tomorrow for Day 2 and if we spot anything cool then, we'll report back. By the way, there are plenty of pictures below in the gallery for you to look at.
GamesCom 2011 - You usually see booth babe videos from us at Computex and CES, now we are in a new continent of Europe for GamesCom 2011, we bring you some girls from Germany with a mix of gaming focus, too.
The German ladies seemed a little shy on camera at times, but managed to give us a few smiles here and there!
We uploaded some photos too, which you can view in the gallery below. See you next time, GamesCom!
Yesterday Telstra opened the doors for the first time to the Telstra Experience Centre (TEC) in Melbourne. This comes after the first TEC was launched in Sydney in November 2007, which has seen triple growth in customer traffic numbers in its 3 years of operation with over 1000 customers visiting the centre last year.
The Melbourne centre was constructed over a 190 day period in which over $13 million was outlaid. The complex is Telstra'a largest customer facility yet covering a total of 3,055 square meters and features 16 demonstration areas used to showcase various active technologies as well as two user-testing laboratories and two product design areas.
The Experience and Collaboration zones alone cover 2,185 square meters, while the eight video conferencing demonstration rooms cover an additional 870 square meters. Over 40km of cabling was used during construction with 897 data points, and 8km worth of fibre optic cabling ran in the wall of the New Horizon room.
Alienware is putting on quite a song and dance in Australia at the moment with its world first Live Dimension Reality experience which took place in Melbourne on July 7th and its Area-52 tour which is scheduled to begin at Sydney's Circular Quay when it opens its doors on July 19, operating there until July 21.
As you can see from the piece of video coverage of the event last week, a great deal of effort has gone into this show, combining stunts, pyrotechnics, projection mapping and other special effects to demonstrate the power of Alienware. world renowned Melbourne based special effects studio, Boffswana were the powers that be to help reel the audience in to what was clearly quite an impressive performance indeed.
Our latest poll wasn't running long, but we had over 500 people who answered, What will be hot at Computex Taipei 2011?
Without too much surprise and in somewhat of a repeat of Computex 2010, the show was dominated mostly by tablets as the big ticket news items. 25% of you predicted correctly.
Next up CPUs got second place followed up very closely with SSDs with 16% of the votes. Not far behind also was motherboards with 15% of the votes.
COMPUTEX Taipei 2011 - Do we need any text for this?
Enjoy it and look forward to more tech coverage from Computex over the next few days as we get our final coverage online.
If pictures are more your thing, you can check out our booth babe shots over on our Facebook page, right here.
COMPUTEX Taipei 2011 - It wouldn't be Computex without booth babes.
Our Computex Taipei 2011 booth babe's HD video will be online a little later!