Friday Tech Roundup (15 November 2013): Early Xbox One consoles shipped to consumers

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By on November 15, 2013 at 10:48 am

Welcome to the Friday Tech Roundup! Contained herein is your weekly dose of some of the best tech news from across the Internet, rounded up for your edification and entertainment. Read on for all the details of Target shipping early Xbox One consoles, MIT students intriguing Kinect project, and MakerBot’s attempt to get 3D printers into the hands of schoolchildren.

Xbox One consoles shipped early to small number of consumers

Kotaku reports that some lucky Xbox One preorder-holders have received their consoles early due to a “systems error.” In a statement from retailer Target (US), the error affected “a small number of video game consoles,” while the rest are still on track for delivery on November 22. According to an anonymous and uncorroborated source speaking with Kotaku, the error was likely due to the retailer neglecting to label the consoles with the correct release date, resulting in some 150 units being inadvertently shipped. According to a blog post from Xbox rep Major Nelson, “these units will be restricted from connecting to Xbox Live until closer to our launch date.”

MIT students use Kinect to make telepresence more physical

Microsoft’s Kinect is usually used to capture and interpret movement in the real world, for use in a digital environment – in videogames, or for fancy future UI manipulation. The inFORM project developed by a group of MIT students aims to take the process one step further, by using Kinect to give remote users a tangible presence in the real world. This early prototype uses a grid of pins to represent the user, which rise and fall as the user interacts with the space monitored by the Kinect sensor. MIT is exploring a number of potential applications for the technology, including architecture and urban planning, medical imaging, and oddball physical interfaces, all of which become quite exciting prospects when imagined in conjunction with a much higher resolution version of the system. Watch the video to see inFORM in action.

MakerBot wants 3D printers in every US school

Brooklyn-based 3D printer manufacturer MakerBot has announced a new plan to bring its 3D printers to every school across America. The initiative has been dubbed “MakerBot Academy,” and relies on the DonorsChoose crowdfunding system, which was designed specifically to allow teachers to gather funds for teaching equipment from philanthropic sorts. MakerBot is urging teachers to use DonorsChoose to gather pledges for a MakerBot Replicator 2, a supply of consumables, and an equipment maintenance cover. MakerBot has discounted the package to $98USD, subsidised by corporate sponsorship. While clearly an effort from MakerBot to raise brand awareness, founder Bre Pettis cites President Obama’s call earlier this year to revitalise American manufacturing as inspiration for the initiative.

3D printed metal handgun fires 500 rounds without breaking

In darker 3D printing news: The Liberator entered into the public consciousness on a wave of fear and apocalyptic predictions that the world would end at the muzzle of an unregulated 3D printed handgun. The plastic firearm was shown to be ineffective, dangerous to wielder and target alike, and ultimately reliant on a metal firing pin. Solid Concepts, a company that specialises in a rapid prototyping process called direct metal laser sintering (DMLS), has produced a successor to The Liberator that is made entirely from metal parts, and is capable of firing over 500 rounds without breaking. Solid Concepts’ VP of Marketing Scott McGowan is quick to tell The Verge that “there are barriers to entry that will keep the public away from this technology for years.” This is due to US gun manufacturing licencing regulations, and the fact that DMLS machines are incredibly expensive.

The Creationistas use digital media to highlight Australian copyright hypocrisy

Through a series of short videos, The Creationistas do an excellent job of educating viewers on the restrictive and outdated nature of Australian copyright law. The group is asking for submissions of transformative works—most of which would be considered illegal in Australia—to be submitted to their website, in a display of solidarity aimed squarely at the Australian government.

24 comments (Leave your own)

I can understand why Mircosoft doesn’t want people online on their Xbones yet because they are probably still working on getting live ready for the launch but I dont see why they can’t let them download that day one update to play games offline… its not the consumers fault that target f**ked up.

 
Nasty Wet Smear

I guess it’s nice to have your mediocrity shipped to you early, but with the X-Box live being restricted I spose it’s just an expensive paper weight… Much as it will be shortly after X-Box live starts. OHHH burn!

I guess I won’t be able to make those kinds of jokes soon, what with every lunatic and X-Box gamer being able to print out their own, working handgun at home… It’s been a good run, world. I always assumed you’d go before I did.

 
 

MakerBot wants 3D printers in every US school

3D printed metal handgun fires 500 rounds without breaking

I see nothing wrong here.

 

ooshp,

Wonder if this ties in with the whole population control thing?

 

Well done Creationistas.

 
Nasty Wet Smear

notthatdoug:
nastywetsmear,

…wut?

Never mind. You had to be there.

 

It’s understandable that they dont want to give them the day one patch. It’s prolly not even on their server yet or even done with proper testing. You have to think about the partners that dont want this stuff public yet. I’m siding with M$ on this one.

 

is the day one patch so u can a) play games on your console at all or b) play games on xbox live? cause if its xbox live, no big deal. but on your console? 500 meg patch just to play sp games? they may as well charge for it :(

 

jme,

That video was awesomely done.

 

just watched the 3d gun video. humanity invents incredible new machine and the first thing we do is print weapons of death. we dont deserve this planet.

 
Nasty Wet Smear

sirgriggles:
just watched the 3d gun video. humanity invents incredible new machine and the first thing we do is print weapons of death. we dont deserve this planet.

… And nor would we have it without the brilliance that creates weapons with ease.

 

sirgriggles:
just watched the 3d gun video. humanity invents incredible new machine and the first thing we do is print weapons of death. we dont deserve this planet.

It really doesn’t matter.
The only reason the plastic gun caused such interest was because it supposedly could bypass metal detectors.
but it turned out it needed metal parts to work, so could bypass metal detectors.

This gun is just a gun.
I could machine a gun up in my workshop on my lathe and mill, tech thats been around for decades and costs significantly less then a DMLS machine.

 
Nasty Wet Smear

trb: It really doesn’t matter.
The only reason the plastic gun caused such interest was because it supposedly could bypass metal detectors.
but it turned out it needed metal parts to work, so could bypass metal detectors.

This gun is just a gun.
I could machine a gun up in my workshop on my lathe and mill, tech thats been around for decades and costs significantly less then a DMLS machine.

I guess the primary concern is that it requires no skill at all aside from downloading a blue print, which means any red neck with a dial up could be armed…

…*Pause, think*… But it’s mostly red necks that are armed in the first place. Hmmm….

 

Yeah I’d think it would cost less to actually buy a firearm than it would to purchase one of these 3D printers and all the equipment and materials to make one. I don’t think anybody has anything to worry about. (maybe if you want to become an illegal arms manufacturer or something, I guess you’d have to recoup the costs of buying one of those printers somehow…)

 

yeah i guess u have to consider that this type of thing is american, where its already no problem to get a gun. why go to the trouble of building one.

My point was more along the lines that surely after 10000 or 80000 years of humanity wed hopefully stop trying to kill one another all the time :S but fat chance of that. The man that said ‘give peace a chance’ was brutally shot in the head.

 

sirgriggles,

I always hoped the world would end up something like Death Race, where the convicts are taken out of the gene pool by ‘entertainment’ for the masses. You could extend it further to allow ‘sanctioned’ arenas/venues were people could vent their aggressive, primal urges, and again, make it a spectator sport.

Ultimately, idiots/degenerates/individuals that can’t control their aggressive urges get taken out of the gene pool, and those that are still ‘aggressive’ but not outwardly can have it sated some what by said ‘events’.

I dunno, its probably pretty poor taste to consider such thing as entertainment, but you have the UFC and such anyway, just obviously they’re trained and get paid a buttload for what they do; at least this way ‘innocents’ would be less likely to get in the cross fire.

 

vcatkiller:
Yeah I’d think it would cost less to actually buy a firearm than it would to purchase one of these 3D printers and all the equipment and materials to make one.I don’t think anybody has anything to worry about.(maybe if you want to become an illegal arms manufacturer or something, I guess you’d have to recoup the costs of buying one of those printers somehow…)

It’s fairly well known that you can metal 3D print a gun (I doubt these guys are the first). Everyone was up in arms about the liberator because it could be made on a FDM printer in ABS/PLA by machines which anyone can buy for less than an xbox/playstation.

 

JJager, I’m sure I’ve seen that in history before…

Roman Empire…

 

sirgriggles:
just watched the 3d gun video. humanity invents incredible new machine and the first thing we do is print weapons of death. we dont deserve this planet.

what utter garbage. its your deluded train of thought that makes you not deserve this planet.

 
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