At the Maker Faire event currently running in the San Francisco Bay Area, a pair of former Valve engineeers have been demonstrating their CastAR augmented reality glasses, to great acclaim.
The current prototypes, which are extremely rough with bare circuitboards, solder and wires, contain a pair of miniature projectors mounted on the glasses and attached by wi-fi to a PC. A special reflective screen is set up, while infra-red LEDs around the edge of the screen track the position of your head, allowing the glasses to shutter left-and-right at 120 frames per second to create the 3D effect.
According to a hands-on report from The Verge, it’s an incredibly promising piece of technology, with players even being hooked together in multiplayer to share the same 3D space but receive their own virtual images.
The makers are calling themselves Technical Illusions, and they revealed that there was an internal struggle at Valve between supporters of augmented reality and supporters of virtual reality — and the virtual reality supporters won. However, Valve were apparently keen to make sure that the pair kept all their hard work and were allowed to develop it on their own when they left.
“Gabe was completely behind it,” said Jeri Ellsworth. “I talked to Gabe, and he talked to the lawyers, and he’s like, ‘It’s theirs, make it happen,’ because he could see we were passionate about it.”
Source: The Verge (thanks Stefan)
Thanks to BenQ, we’re giving away three — count ‘em, three — brand-new BenQ RL2450H RTS gaming monitors to our adorable gaming audience. These monitors were custom-made in accordance with the direction from some of South Korea’s top StarCraft II players, resulting in an experience powered by a dynamic contrast booster to adjust levels on the fly and keep you at maximum alertness.
Find out how inside….
It’s time to finally unveil the winners of our massive BioShock Infinite PC Gaming Giveaway!
With 240 entries, we had to take our time going through them all — imagining them in action, doing Photoshop mockups, running around the room making “zap!” noises and generally thoroughly making sure that we made the right choices. But now, we’ve had to choose just two people to walk away with these most excellent prizes.
The AMD Radeon HD 7990 is one of the strangest reviews I’ve had to write in quite some time. You see, the first dual-GPU Radeon HD 7990 was released “unofficially” by PowerColor way back in December of 2012. Then ASUS released the ARES II, another version of the 7990 living off a H2O diet thanks to its built-in water cooler. Yet it’s taken AMD several more months to get around to releasing the official version of the card — and now we’re ready to put it through its paces.
games.on.net and 2K have teamed up to give away two incredibly mad prizes, right here on this very website. That’s right — to celebrate the launch of BioShock Infinite, we’re giving away two awesome prize packs to get you up and running with all things BioShock in the proper PC gaming fashion. Check this out…
Our competition to give away five Creative Soundblaster Wireless 3D Gaming Headsets has drawn to a close — and now it’s time to announce the winners. As always it was a hard slog going through so many terrifying and frankly upsetting entries, but we’re very happy to inform you that the following five people will soon be replacing their truly awful audio setups with sweet cans courtesy of Creative.
Read on for all the winners!
Figures released by market research firm IDC reveal that the first three months of 2013 have been generally very negative for nearly all major PC hardware manufacturers, with the single exception of Lenovo.
Worldwide PC shipments are down 13.9% on this time last year, marking the worst year-over-year decline since IDC began tracking sales in 1994. IC’s report says that “Fading Mini Notebook shipments have taken a big chunk out of the low-end market, while tablets and smartphones continue to divert consumer spending.”
“PC industry efforts to offer touch capabilities and ultraslim systems have been hampered by traditional barriers of price and component supply, as well as a weak reception for Windows 8.”
The two companies most affected are HP and Dell, while even Apple is reporting a 7% drop in hardware sales (though, iPad sales are no doubt more than enough to compensate). The only company not losing sales is Lenovo, who remained steady and even increased in some markets such as the US.
Read the full data and some good breakdowns over here.
Source: Ars Technica.
I have never really understood why your average consumer would buy a separate modem and router. The vast majority of connected households in Australia make use of ADSL connections, and thus don’t need specialised hardware to be able to physically connect to their gateway. In my experience, consumer-grade modem/routers do not lack for features or connectivity options. After spending some time with the Western Digital My Net N900, it seems that the answer is because much more attention seems to be paid to the features and usability of a specialised device.
The month that I have spent with this router has been very positive, and has led to a concession that perhaps it really is worth considering the extra expense of a good quality router.
Xi3, the company behind this tiny chassis that we all thought was the Steam Box, have released a trailer demonstrating the features of their little grapefruit-sized computer. They’re touting it as a one-size-fits-all solution with a modular setup and support for everything you love, but at a price tag starting at $900 (that’s the pre-order price, it’s $1000 normally) it might not be everyone’s cup of tea.
The Piston, as this small device is now officially known, is set to launch this holiday season.