skade88 (1750548) writes "Unveiling technology that generates touchable 3-D imagery, developers said Monday objects that only exist in the virtual world could be manipulated as if they were real.
Officials of Miraisens, a high-tech firm based outside Tokyo, said the technology, which can be used to improve the gaming experience or allow someone to physically shape objects that exist only on a computer, will soon be available for purchase.
“Touching is an important part of human communication, but until now virtual reality has lacked it,” Chief Executive Natsuo Koda said.
“This technology will give you a sense that you can touch objects in the 3-D world,” said Koda, a former virtual reality researcher for Sony Corp.
It works by fooling the brain, blending what the eye sees with different patterns of vibration created by a small fingertip device, said Norio Nakamura, the inventor of so-called 3D-Haptics Technology and chief technical officer at the firm.
In one demonstration of a prototype head-mounted display, the company showed how the wearer can feel resistance by pushing virtual buttons." Link to Original Source top
Google/Youtube buying Twitch.tv for 1 billion dollars
skade88 (1750548) writes "Apple Inc. (AAPL)said it’s opening a new plant in Mesa,Arizona, that will create 2,000 jobs to make components for its products, part of a push by the world’s most valuable company to boost manufacturing in the U.S." Link to Original Source top
skade88 (1750548) writes ""We built the Quantum A.I. Lab to explore the potential of quantum computing, and figure out what questions we should be asking," says the the Lab Team ina post on Google+. "One question is clear," the post reads. "Where will future quantum computer scientists come from? Our best guess:Minecraft." Millions of kids aren't just digging caves in Minecraft, they say, but are building assembly lines, space shuttles, and evenprogrammable computers. The mod is an effort to get these same kids thinking about physics in a playful new way." Link to Original Source top
Tropical Storm Karen poised to hit US Gulf Coast this weekend
skade88 (1750548) writes "Tropical Storm Karen has formed in the Gulf of Mexico. The storm is expected strengthen into a hurricane late Friday or Early Saturday. Karen is expected to make landfall along the Alabama and Florida coast early Sunday morning. Eastern Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida are under a hurricane watch. Now is the time to stock up on Food (for your family and your pets), medical supplies and water if you plan to ride out the storm. If you plan to evacuate be sure to leave early enough so you are not caught in your vehicle when the storm impacts your route." Link to Original Source top
skade88 (1750548) writes "The creator of Mega Man is not happy with the current state of Japanese made video games. He feels there is a lack of innovation in new titles made in Japan. He hopes to help revive quality Japanese made video games on the current generation of hardware and gamers after having a successful Kick Starter." Link to Original Source top
Oculus Rift secures 16 million in additional funding
skade88 (1750548) writes "The Oculus Rift team has secured 16 million dollars in additional funding. This money will be used to speed up the release of the commercial release of the VR headset." Link to Original Source top
NASA's Mars rover draws huge penis on the surface of Mars
skade88 (1750548) writes "It seems one of NASA's Mars rovers has drawn a huge Penis in the sand with its tire tracks. It seems it is an accident caused by the way they programmed. The rovers were designed to spin in circles when it was looking for new routes." Link to Original Source top
skade88 (1750548) writes "Google Fiber will roll out in Austin with the first homes hooked up in mid 2014. The delay is due to the fact that a whole new fiber network will be deployed for the service. This will only be deployed in the Austin City limits. Google says in early 2014 they will allow people in Austin register their address for service. Google will deploy to neighborhoods with the most interest. Google Fiber will also start hiring employees soon. Wanna be the most popular guy in town? Become the GF man!" Link to Original Source top
United States begins stealth bombing runs over South Korea.
skade88 (1750548) writes "The New York Times is reporting that the United States of America has started flying B-2 Stealth Bomber runs over South Korea as a show of force to North Korea during raised tensions in the region. The bombers flew 6,500 miles to bomb a South Korean island with mock explosives. Earlier this month the US Military ran mock B-52 bombing runs over the same South Korean island. The US Military says it shows that it can execute precision bombing runs at will with little notice needed. The US also reaffirmed their commitment to protecting it's allies in the region.
The North Koreans have been making threats to turn South Korea into a sea of fire. North Korea has also made threats claiming they will nuke the United States' main land." Link to Original Source top
Square Enix President Yoichi Wada stepping down, Extraordinary loss predicted.
skade88 (1750548) writes "Square Enix president Yoichi Wada will not have his one year contract renewed in June on news of a huge loss for the company.
From the Article: 'The revised guidance for the year ending 31 March 2013 makes for grim reading. The predicted 13.5 billion yen drop (around $143.2 million) in operating income turns a 7.5 billion yen operating income into a 6 billion yen outflow – a 16.7 billion yen drop from the 2012 financial year operating income of 10.7 billion yen. Net income is similarly affected, dropping from a previous guidance of 3.5 billion yen to a 13 billion yen loss, down 19.1 billion yen on the prior year.'" Link to Original Source top
Ephemeral Vacuum Particles Cause Fluctuations in the Speed of Light
skade88 (1750548) writes "From the article 'Is the nature of a vacuum really fixed? Not so, according to two forthcoming papers. Researchers have identified a quantum level mechanism for interpreting a vacuum as being filled with pairs of virtual particles with fluctuating energy values. They've also discovered that physical constraints, such as the speed of light and the so-called impedance of free space, are indications of the total number of elementary particles in nature.'" Link to Original Source top
Capcom remaking the original NES Duck Tails games with modern graphics.
skade88 (1750548) writes "Ars is bringing us more gaming news coming from PAX East today. Capcom held a panel that featured news on new Mega Man merchandise, Ryu being America's favorite Street Fighter character and new on a new Duck Tails game. First hand accounts say the Duck Tails news prompted the entire crowd into an inspired singalong "Life is like a hurricane Here in Duckburg"
From the Article: "Yes, Capcom is finally bringing back the classic NES-era DuckTales in an HD remake for modern consoles, with Disney's blessing. The conversion is being handled by WayForward, best known at the moment for its Double Dragon Neon and the Nintendo DS Adventure Time game. All the graphics are being redrawn in HD, with 3D backgrounds drawn by one of the original DuckTales cartoon artists. Overall, the trailer evoked a visual feel similar to that of the Paper Mario games. The classic soundtrack is being remastered, too, by WayForward's Jay Kaufman.
The game is based heavily on the NES classic—about 70 percent of the content will be exactly the same, while 30 percent will be slightly re-tuned, a producer said. The similarities could actually be considered a feature rather than a problem, though, considering that the original game was a bona fide masterpiece created by some of Capcom's best talent. There will be a few new side features, too, such as a tutorial stage, cutscene introductions for characters, a museum, and a section that lets you do the "classic jump into the money bin," which is apparently very popular in play testing."" Link to Original Source top
GoPro issues DMCA take down on product review it does not like
skade88 (1750548) writes "Ars is reporting that, GoPro, the company that makes cameras used in extreme sports such as sky diving and swimming with dolphins has issued a DMCA take down notice on a review At DigitalRev that they do not like. See DMCA notice here
From the article: "DigitalRev has a blog post up about the takedown, suggesting that most DMCA takedowns are "abusive" in nature. "We hope GoPro is not suggesting, with this DMCA notice, that camera reviews should be done only when they are authorized by the manufacturers," writes DigitalRev. "GoPro (or should we call you Go*ro instead?), we'd be interested to hear what you have to say" about the infringement notice."" Link to Original Source top
Apple: 75% of our world wide power needs now come from renewable power sources
skade88 (1750548) writes "Wow! Color me green on this one! I am normally very critical of Apple's business practices, but this one is just perfect all around! Apple now owns and runs enough renewable energy power plants that 75% of their world wide power needs come from renewable sources such as wind, solar, geothermal and hydro.
From the Apple Blog Post: 'Our investments are paying off. We’ve already achieved 100 percent renewable energy at all of our data centers, at our facilities in Austin, Elk Grove, Cork, and Munich, and at our Infinite Loop campus in Cupertino. And for all of Apple’s corporate facilities worldwide, we’re at 75 percent, and we expect that number to grow as the amount of renewable energy available to us increases. We won’t stop working until we achieve 100 percent throughout Apple.'
Any other big power hungry data centers want to step up and join Apple on this one? Im looking at you Google and Rackspace!" Link to Original Source top
Universe 100 million years older than previously thought
skade88 (1750548) writes "Reuters is reporting that scientists now say the universe is 100 million years older than previously thought after they took a closer look at leftover radiation from the Big Bang. This puts the age of the Universe at 13.8 billion years. The new findings are the direct results from analyzing data provided by the European Space Agency's Planck spacecraft. The spacecraft is providing the most detailed look to date at the remnant microwave radiation that permeates the universe.
"It's as if we've gone from a standard television to a high-definition television. New and important details have become crystal clear," Paul Hertz, NASA's director of astrophysics, told reporters on a conference call." Link to Original Source top
skade88 (1750548) writes "From the JPL's Voyager's team blog: "The Voyager team is aware of reports today that NASA's Voyager 1 has left the solar system," said Edward Stone, Voyager project scientist based at the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, Calif. "It is the consensus of the Voyager science team that Voyager 1 has not yet left the solar system or reached interstellar space. In December 2012, the Voyager science team reported that Voyager 1 is within a new region called 'the magnetic highway' where energetic particles changed dramatically. A change in the direction of the magnetic field is the last critical indicator of reaching interstellar space and that change of direction has not yet been observed."
The Voyager spacecraft were built and continue to be operated by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, in Pasadena, Calif. Caltech manages JPL for NASA. The Voyager missions are a part of NASA's Heliophysics System Observatory, sponsored by the Heliophysics Division of the Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington." Link to Original Source top
Amazon's Jeff Bezos Expeditions recovers pieces of Apollo 11 rockets
skade88 (1750548) writes "So Jeff Bezos has been spending his time lately fishing up old parts of the Apollo 11 rockets. Neat stuff! I will let y'all read his words, I do not think I could be so elegant.
From his blog "What an incredible adventure. We are right now onboard the Seabed Worker headed back to Cape Canaveral after finishing three weeks at sea, working almost 3 miles below the surface. We found so much. We’ve seen an underwater wonderland – an incredible sculpture garden of twisted F-1 engines that tells the story of a fiery and violent end, one that serves testament to the Apollo program. We photographed many beautiful objects in situ and have now recovered many prime pieces. Each piece we bring on deck conjures for me the thousands of engineers who worked together back then to do what for all time had been thought surely impossible."" Link to Original Source top
Nasa's Voyager-1 probe may have finally left the solar system.
skade88 (1750548) writes "The Voyager-1 spacecraft was launched from Earth on 5 September 1977 and it has been traveling away from the Sun ever since then. Over the years we have seen articles claiming that the Voyager probe has left the heliosphere, but on 25 August, 2012 NASA did detect a huge radiation drop from behind (From the Sun) and a huge increase of Cosmic Rays bombarding the space craft. So this may be the real deal! The events on 25 August, 2012 are consistent with what scientists expect when Voyager finds the heliopause. Some scientists are a little gun shy and would like a longer period of data before they officially say the exit is final.
"It's outside the normal heliosphere, I would say that," Prof Webber said in a release from the American Geophysical Union, publishers of GRL.
"We're in a new region. And everything we're measuring is different and exciting."
We are living in exciting times, this is the first man made object to ever leave the solar system.So stay glued to the skies to see what exciting things science will bring us next!" Link to Original Source