Also, the electric skate board concept that is so simple, it's amazing it hasn't already been made.
By Jason Imms on May 30, 2014 at 2:59 pm
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 pirated copies of Watch Dogs packaged with bitcoin miners, human ‘suspended animation’ trials, and the world’s first 4K monitor with G-Sync support.
Watch Dogs Torrent Turns Pirates’ PCs into Bitcoin Mining Slaves
Slashgear is reporting that a popularly seeded torrent of Ubisoft’s newly-released Watch Dogs comes with an added surprise in the form of a Bitcoin miner. According to the report, the affected torrent includes a file called “Winlogin.exe,” which will execute when the game has been run and remain in active memory until it is found and killed. Bitcoin miners can use up to 25% of available GPU processing power to do their dark work, and will seriously affect any gaming or rendering efforts. There is something poetic about pirates getting “hacked” given the subject matter of Watch Dogs, but that doesn’t change the fact that it’s kind of a dick-move, and quite illegal to covertly install processes on others’ computers.
Science-fiction becomes science-fact: Human ‘suspended animation’ trials to begin this month
Researchers at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania are reluctant to call it “suspended animation” due to obvious science-fiction implications, though it may be the most convenient way to explain it. The world’s first human trials of “emergency preservation and resuscitation” are slated to begin soon, on 10 patients whose injuries would otherwise be fatal to operate on. The process involves replacing the patient’s blood with a chilled saline solution, which uses the body’s natural circulation to cool the body, rather than keep it warm. This slows bodily functions, and delays death from blood loss for up to four hours. Successful tests have been performed on pigs in 2000, by inducing fatal cuts and using the procedure to rapidly cool the pigs to around 10 degrees Celsius, keeping them alive long enough to repair the wound and restore their natural bloodflow.
World’s first 4K monitor with G-Sync support announced by Acer
Acer has announced the world’s first 4K computer monitor with G-Sync support, in the hopes of eliminating tearing and other inconsistencies from super-high resolution gaming. As we discovered in our look at adaptive refresh earlier this month, the technology should be quite exciting for gamers hoping to push games out to high-resolution displays. Acer’s XB280HK is a 28-inch gaming monitor with a 3840×2160 display resolution, which will pair its refresh rate with the image output of Nvidia video cards that support G-Sync. Look for the XB280HK later this year, for a currently undisclosed price.
One step closer to a Back to the Future future, the electric skateboard
Boosted Boards has produced an electric skateboard, which is capable of travelling nearly 10 kilometres, and carrying up to 113 kilos. After several years of experimentation and prototyping, the company has produced a board that uses twin brushless electric motors, a 40-volt lithium ion phosphate battery, an a hand-held remote that provides an arguably cooler method of motorised personal transport than scooters, or the Segway. The remote makes use of a dead-man trigger to cut power to the motor in the event of an emergency, and a throttle rocker designed to be controlled with the thumb. The boards are not cheap however, clocking in at USD$1995.
Australian design student devises an exoskeleton to make firefighters more effective, awesome
Firefighters need to be incredibly fit in order to do their jobs. Their gear, protective clothing, and breathing apparatus weigh in at approximately 40kg, which will obviously slow them down and reduce their capacity to save lives. Design student Ken Chen of Monash University has created a concept exoskeleton designed to reduce the load on the firefighter’s body, and increase their utility when fighting a fire, all while looking fly as hell. The A.F.A. (Advanced Firefighting Apparatus) Exoskeleton Suit would be rated to carry more than double the current load of gear without impeding movement, and also appears to contain integration points for hoses to allow for wrist-mounted flame dousing. Check out the renders over at Ken’s gallery.