Friday Tech Roundup (24 January 2014): Nvidia GTX Titan Black Edition specs

NVIDIA GTX Titan

By on January 24, 2014 at 8:25 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 Nvidia’s upcoming GTX Titan Black Edition and GTX 790, Valve’s excitement for VR, and NZXT’s next mechanical keyboard designed in collaboration with Ducky.

Nvidia preps GTX Titan Black Edition and GTX 790

Nvidia’s GTX 780 Ti graphics card reclaimed the single-GPU performance crown from AMD two months ago, and it seems that the parallel processing giant is prepping to defend its title with the impending launch of the GeForce GTX Titan Black Edition, and dual-GPU GeForce GTX 790. According to a report over at VideoCardz, the updated Titan will contain the same GPU as found in the GTX 780, but sport more FP64 CUDA cores, double the GDDR5 memory to 6GB, 2,880 CUDA cores, 240 TMUs, and 48 ROPs. The Titan is expected to ship next month, and clock in at around USD$1,000. VideoCardz could only speculate [pun intended] at the specs for the GTX 790, but believes that the card will ship in March for USD$1,000.

Valve thinks that VR could “transform the entertainment industry”

Valve representative Michael Abrash spoke at the recent Steam Dev Days conference on the topic of virtual reality, and the effect the company believes VR will have on the games industry. Abrash is a programming veteran, credited with helping to create Windows NT and co-authoring Quake with John Carmack. His presentation spoke highly of VR, claiming that it could “transform the entertainment industry,” and notes that Valve has offered support to Oculus as the forerunner in “compeling, consumer-priced VR hardware.”

Sacramento Kings to bring Google Glass courtside

One of the common complaints levelled at Google Glass is a lack of practical applications. The Sacramento Kings have found a courtside use for the technology that simultaneously underutilises the tech’s potential, and uses it to great effect to facilitate a new perspective on NBA games. Jim Kovach, head of business development for electronics company CrowdOptic, says that the company’s tech can be used with Google Glass headsets worn by benched players, cheerleaders, and announcers to capture video and broadcast it live to the stadium Jumbotron, televisions, or mobile devices. Given that this application for Google Glass results in it being used for little more than its lacklustre camera, it seems that the bulk of the interesting tech included in the device will go unused for now. Commissioner of the NBA David Stern has spoken with CrowdOptic about increasing Glass licensing rights for the wider NBA, a move that Kovach believes will lead to greater uses for the technology over time. “Currently, it’s limited to the fringes of the game, but over time, I see it more incorporated.”

Google’s DARPA Robotics Challenge-winning SCHAFT robot opens doors

2013’s DARPA Robotics Challenge saw the latest output from Google’s secret robotics project take the prize, and carry it over rough terrain to victory. SCHAFT scored 27 out of a possible 30 points during the challenge, which included tasks such as opening an traversing a series of doors, clearing debris, cutting a hole in a wall, and deploying a fire hose. Watch snippets of SCHAFT’s performance in the video below.

NZXT partners with Ducky to produce the NZXT Shine 3 mechanical keyboard

The next mechanical keyboard from NZXT is, somewhat predictably, a collaboration with Ducky dubbed the NZXT Shine 3. The Shine 3 is supposedly an ‘extremely limited edition’ keyboard, which will feature Cherry MX Red switches, user-customisable and key-selectable LED backlighting, and a detachable braided cable. The NZXT Shine 3 will be made available only through the NZXT Armory Store, for USD$149.99 in both black and white.

11 comments (Leave your own)

10 more years and we will have Robots replacing out Troops XD YAY my uncle can come home.

 

narcarsiss,

That would be nice, until all the robots from every nation unite and rebel against their human oppressors. And then we all become plugged into a virtual reality simulation of 1999 while our bodies are used as batteries. <_<

 

vcatkiller,

No biggie! i would of been over life by then anyway :)

 

FPS games are actually controlled by the government. We are all constantly being assessed on our computer combat ability and will be recruited to work in a giant building controlling army robots.

 

I’ll tap into my crazy side for a moment…

Personally I believe robots are a bad idea, yes they have their uses, eventually some idiot/genius will create artificial intelligence and we’ll end up in some twisted terminator scenario.

Now back to a legitimate view…
narcarsiss,

Using robots in the military would save the lives of our own troops yes but do we really want to take the human decision making off the battlefield?

Even if these robots were controlled by a soldier in a military base thousands of miles away from the battlefield it would become easy to see the enemy you are about to kill as an image on a screen or just a pixel.

 

somexspec: Using robots in the military would save the lives of our own troops yes but do we really want to take the human decision making off the battlefield?

Even if these robots were controlled by a soldier in a military base thousands of miles away from the battlefield it would become easy to see the enemy you are about to kill as an image on a screen or just a pixel.

You raise a good point there. I can see how in terms of “Pixel or Screen image” you would just be mercilessly killing without and attachment to the emotional side of the situation.

Although this can be bad depending on the way you look at it i get that. But it can also be good to remove that emotional barrier when having to preform such events that can cause emotional damage and lower the risk of severe PTSD to our soldiers upon coming home?

 

narcarsiss,

I can see how it would help reduce the ramifications of a soldier’s actions during warfare but then again, could it just take a new form?

Think about the absolute scariest scene from a movie that you have seen, now imagine that scene was interactive, the fact that you know in the back of your mind your actions caused that and you played a part of it could still lead to serious psychological trauma.

Or imagine strapping someone down in front of a monitor to watch the most horrific images for hours on end it’s unknown what the side effects could lead to.

 

Just so you know software doesn’t make the decision to kill. UAV’s are fully automatic but a solider still need to make the decision. Also south Korea have automated MG turrets, which I think is a similar situation. I’m sure many countries also use automated weapons.

Your scary scenario pretty much already exists, it’s just not in Michael Bay format.

 

matty,

You missed some of what I said previously.

Even if these robots were controlled by a soldier in a military base thousands of miles away from the battlefield it would become easy to see the enemy you are about to kill as an image on a screen or just a pixel.

 

I’m not sure I understand, you know this already happens right? Are you worried that this will somehow make it worse for soldiers?

 

somexspec:
I can see how it would help reduce the ramifications of a soldier’s actions during warfare but then again, could it just take a new form?

Doesn’t happen, Reaper pilots have the highest suicide rate in any of the armed forces IIRC. The disconnect between work and home doesn’t exist for them, an interview i watched once had this guy talking about how he’s just Hellfired 2 trucks full of people and 3 minutes later his wife calls and asks him to bring home some milk when he comes (or something dumb like that).

Those guys go nuts fast.

 
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