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It’s here! Interactive Gaming, Minus Controls

Posted on 18 May 2010 by GranTorinoGuy

Just imagine walking up to your TV, and always having a virtual friend waiting to talk to you. Or playing video games with no controls, no wires and no strange-looking headgear.

Project Natal is here and it’s the future of gaming. It’s basically a motion detection device which also has facial recognition, voice recognition, and many other things that are exciting.

You can play video games, communicate with friends and family, enjoy your movies and other media, all without a remote or a controller. That alone is amazing. The facial recognition and voice recognition is also amazing. Just walking in front of your TV, your Xbox can log you in, and do the same with anybody else who’s face comes in the room.

Do yourself a favor and watch the video below.

It gets better. Peter Molyneux, the man responsible for Fable and Fable II, unveiled Milo. Milo is a digital being. He can recognize your face and your voice, via the device code named “Project Natal”. You can have conversations with him, you can interact with him, he can see your emotions, he himself can emote.

Many of the details are being kept from the media but one things for sure, things can only get better with this kind of technology.

I can imagine Fable III having something like this. Being able to communicate and interact with the characters in the cities, have relationships and conversations with computer players that remember who you are. This technology could quite possibly be the future of gaming and entertainment.

Okay enough talking about it, meet Milo by watching the video below and let your imagination run wild.

What do think about this new technology? Feel free to share your thoughts by posting your comment below.

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Mobile Computing Minus the Hardware

Posted on 14 April 2010 by GranTorinoGuy

Groundbreaking new technology is eliminating the need for bulky computers and gadgets.

Imagine using your hands to manipulate a computer screen you simply drew on a wall with your fingertips, or using the palm of your hand to make a phone call, and capturing a photo by merely using your fingers to frame your desired shot. All this sounds far-fetched, and quite frankly impossible, but TEDIndia‘s, Pranav Mistry is making all of this a reality, and he’s sharing it for the world to use.

Mistry’s revolutionary software will likely change the way we interact with computers forever.

In this video Mistry demos several tools that help the physical world interact with the world of data – including a look at his SixthSense device and a new, paradigm-shifting paper “laptop”. And in an onstage interview, Mistry reveals that he will open-source the software behind SixthSense, to open its amazing possibilities to all.

What do you think about this amazing technology, it’s benefits and the problems it poses for industry giants such as Microsoft and Apple. Let us know your thoughts by commenting below.

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Computer Reads Your Mind, No Hands Needed

Posted on 05 March 2010 by GranTorinoGuy

This guy is using his mind to play pinball with the latest technology.

This guy is using his mind to play pinball with the latest technology.

If you can think it, you can make it happen.

This sentiment has inspired inventors to create technology which is totally out of this world. The new devices allow people to use the power of their BRAINS to control computers. These latest inventions drew huge crowds at the CeBIT technology fair where hundreds gathered around to watch a guy play pinball without using his hands.

A spokesman from the Berlin Brain Computer Interface – one of the companies who created this technology – says if the man thinks left-hand or right-hand, the electrodes monitor the brain waves associated with that thought, sends the information to a computer, which then moves the flippers.

But this technology is much more than a fun gadget, it could very easily be used to save your life. Scientists are looking at ways to monitor motorists’ brain waves to improve their reaction times. In an emergency situation, the brain activity kicks in on average around 200 milliseconds before even an alert driver actually hits the brakes.

Using this brain-wave monitoring technology, a car can also tell whether the driver is drowsy or not, potentially warning him or her to rest. At the g.tec stall, visitors watched as a man sat in front of a screen with a large keyboard, with the letters flashing in an ordered sequence. The user concentrates hard when the chosen letter flashes and the brain waves stimulated at this exact moment are registered by the computer and the letter appears on the screen. The technology takes a long time – it took the man around four minutes to write a five-lettered word – but researchers say it will definitely speed up in future.

Another device can control robots by using brain power. The small box has lights flashing at different frequencies at four points similar to a compass. The user concentrates on the corresponding light, depending on whether he wants the robot to move up, down, left or right and the brainwaves generated by viewing that frequency are monitored and the robot is controlled. The technology is being perfected for physically disabled people as well, who will soon be able to communicate and operate other devices using their brain.

According to g.tec in the future, people will be able to control wheelchairs, open doors and turn their televisions on with their minds.

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3D TV May Cause Major Headaches, But It May Save the Tech Industry

Posted on 11 January 2010 by GranTorinoGuy

Some say 3D TV will save the day, while others claim it only cause major headaches.

Some say 3D TV will save the day, while others claim it only cause major headaches.

Doctors claim 3D TV may cause avid television watchers major headaches, while others believe 3D TV may be the savior of the technology industry.

Amid the financial crisis plunging the technology industry into recession, 3D television will provide one of the key means of lifting it out of the doldrums, tech experts predict. 3D TV has been described as a savior and experts believe it may offer a promising future, after a survey revealed that around 3.4 million 3D TV’s will sold in the United States this year alone.

2009 was a year none of us want to repeat, says Gary Shapiro, the President of the Consumer Electronics Association which hosted an annual tech gathering in Las Vegas. This year’s Consumer Electronics Show hosted many of the world’s leading electronics manufacturers to put the latest 3D television sets on display. The association expects the consumer electronics industry to earn a slight revenue increase of 0.3 percent in the coming year. The rise of $440 million will take expected revenues to $165.3 billion.

Revenues for the consumer electronics industry dropped almost 8 percent in 2009, which was the first decline in 20 years. LG, Samsung and Sony will be the main manufacturers to release 3D models expected to cost about $3,000. Viewers will still need to wear polarized dark glasses to experience broadcasts in three dimensions.

Meanwhile, doctors say people who are thinking about purchasing a new 3D television, should get their eyes checked first. Doctors at Northwestern University and the University of Rochester have warned that people may experience severe headaches after watching 3D TV. The technology has seen a surge of support lately, from the success of the Avatar movie to the unveiling of new three dimensional television sets.

Still, even medical experts admit no official studies have been done to determine if headaches occur when watching 3D TV.

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2010: Year of the Apple Tablet

Posted on 12 December 2009 by GranTorinoGuy

Apple is expected to start 2010 with the launch of a new gadget: a tablet computer that will allow users to surf the internet, watch television shows and read online magazines and newspapers.

Speculation is rife that Apple will unveil the device, which has no keyboard and resembles a large iPhone, on January 26 in San Francisco and two days later in Sydney.

Some technology bloggers have named the touchscreen device the iSlate after it was disclosed that the company had registered the iSlate.com internet domain name.

The company has previously investigated the possibility of producing a tablet computer and there are already tablets available from rival manufacturers. France’s Archos, which ‘pioneered digital music players but saw its market lead stolen by Apple, has already created an internet tablet based on Google’s Android software. Microsoft’s latest tablet prototype – codenamed Courier, rumours have it – involves two 18cm screens side-by-side in the form of a booklet.

The explosion of digital content services, the rise of downloadable applications and the widespread availability of wireless broadband has created a market for a tablet PC that is more of a multimedia device than merely a ”keyboardless” computer. It would essentially be a cross between the iPhone, Apple’s TV service and an iPod.

There are also a number of content deals in the works that would make the iSlate a valuable platform for media groups.

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