LARPing Company Sued Then Silenced

In the past, there have been cases where people have attempted to use the law to manipulate and control people’s choices. From the recent case of the hoverboard company raided at CES only to then have the case dropped before it appeared at court, we can see that some companies may be using the very same law we rely on to protect us against their competitors. This was something Jordan Gwyther found out the hard way when he opened up the website Larping.org.

Larping, short for live-action role playing, is an event where people dress up to a theme and act out battles or events in character. From a medieval village (with modern day toilets) to a battle scene between elves and knights, larping is enjoyed by hundreds. Gwyther founded larping.org to act as a communications hub for larping fans everywhere, with the ability to talk to other LARPers and find events the site proved popular. Gwyther started to use the site to sell popular items amongst LARPers, such as armour or latex/foam weapons.

In order to sell the foam arrows, Gwyther imports them from a german company, selling them on in the U.S. for just over $2,000. That was until Global Archery, an Indiana-based company who also sell foam arrows under the name Archery tag, decided to sue Gwyther for patent and trademark infringement.

Gwyther went to court only to find that Global Archery bragged about having a $150,000 budget for the litigation, a fund that father of two Gwyther could not match without help. In order to combat the lawsuit, Gwyther started up a GoFundMe campaign titled “Save LARP Archery”. Seems this didn’t go down too well either as Global Archery have now requested that his pleas for help be silenced in the form of a restraining order.

The restraining order states that Gwyther would have to “cease issuing any press releases, advertisements, letters, promotional materials, articles, and oral or other written statements including posts on social media sites such as Gofundme, YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter, that falsely… imply that this action was initiated and is being prosecuted to interfere with the general public’s ability to engage in live action role playing (LARP)”. The reason for this clause is that in his video for the GoFundMe Campaign, Gwyther explains that if the lawsuit is accepted, foam arrows sold by distributors in the U.S. could be stopped by everyone but resellers of Global Archery’s products.

The end result has been that the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has become involved. Known for protecting people;s rights when it comes to the law and technology, the EFF have come forward saying that “the first amendment guarantees that even patent owners are subject to the slings and arrows of public criticism”.

£500 Battery Opened – Contains Only £22 Worth of Batteries!

We’ve all had bad experiences with buying things, from ordering something online and never receiving it to misrepresenting a product to the point where you can sell something completely different from what people are expected to buy. This is even worse when the technology you use is something quite expensive, and replacement components costing quite a bit. At least, that seemed the case until Markus Fuller revealed a shocking secret via YouTube.

The Nagra VI (6) Digital recorder is used by a lot of people for recording everywhere including your favourite TV shows to the latest movies. In the video, you can see Fuller take off the case to reveal components that add up to £22 worth of batteries, which is terrible given that the model he takes apart would set you back £498.

If you ever wondered what £500 worth of batteries looked like the video may come as a bit of a disappointment as the small battery pack comes with just 6 batteries that are often used in laptops.

I don’t know about you but when you have to pay £500 for a replacement battery, you expect to receive at least a fraction of the cost to cover in the quality you receive.  With each battery only costing £3.75 each, replacing the whole pack in the replacement would cost you less than 5% of the cost they are charging you. What adds insult to injury is that in the pack he takes apart, only two of the batteries are “dead”, meaning that for £7.50 you can replace a battery pack that would cost you hundreds.

Who Wants A NERF Chainsaw For All Your Zombie Fighting Needs?

Nerf are not ones to shy away from bringing us hours of fun, from a quick run around with foam darts flying to safely playing out our fantasy survival scenarios, Nerf’s are not just for kids when it comes to your imagination and the fun you can have. Recently we told you about how their latest additions included a fully automatic blaster firing at 30mph, but it looks like the serious players will soon be joining the Zombie defence force with their latest release.

The Zombie Strike Brainsaw Blaster looks like it is out of a movie with the classic green and orange colours making sure that when you swerve into the fray you will be noticed. With a handle and blade, it would look good on any survivor, but the fun doesn’t stop there. The Brainsaw blaster not only features eight firing darts but the foam blade actually rotates, adding a whole new level to your survival experience. While not the first chainsaw for the Nerf Zombie group, it is the first one which does more than just play sounds. Combine the nerf chainsaw with your hatchet, machetes and swords.

From fighting in the office to surviving a zombie horde,  Nerf seems to be keen on letting us live out our dreams, no matter what our age.

Nerf’s Fully Automatic Blasters Fire at 30MPH!

Nerf are well-known toys for both grown-ups and children alike. From a fun play around in the back garden to all out warfare (without the bruises) Nerf are the go to for foam projectiles.  From foam bullets to the more recent foam ball based systems you can enjoy the battle in several ways, and it only looks to get better this year!

Nerf’s latest creation is the Rival Blaster series, rather than the traditional pellets that Nerf guns use, the rival series uses small balls more akin to musket balls or giant soft bb’s. The only hold back to the series though was that the first model, similar to the first models of the classic nerf guns, was spring-loaded. This changed in the Zeus, which used batteries to automate the gun to fire at 30MPH, but could still only fire one ball at a time. The next upgrade you can experience is the Khaos, designed for release in late 2016.

The Khaos will be the first fully automatic in the new Rival series. With a 40 round magazine, the gun will fire all of them with a single long press of the trigger. Be warned, you will require six D-sized batteries so it won’t be the lightest or easiest on your arms or your foes!

Other releases this year will include the Mastodon, a Mega blaster that will fire all 24 of the extra-large Nerf darts at the press of a button.

The Modulus series lets you chop and change your weapon based on your needs and preferences, but the Tri-Strike will let you do more than that. Supporting not just the elite darts, the Tri-Strike lives up to its name and lets you also fire four Mega darts and even a foam missile for those really tight spaces!

If you are not one for the strategic or modular approach then maybe the Hyper-Fire will tickle your interest. Featuring a drum which will hold 25 darts the Hyper-Fire will unleash up to five darts per second while in its fully automatic mode. Ouch.

So the only question we have left is where do we pre-order?

SilentPower PC Comes With New Cooling Solution, a Copper Foam Layer

The new Silent Power PC seems to be coming with a revolutionary cooling solution, distancing itself from the traditional heatpipe and heatsink coolers. The PC is said to come with a copper foam, which helps cool the system, making it one of the best silent cooling solutions available in a rig.

The foam is said to be placed on top of the chassis and transfers heat from internal components with the help of its “micro-circulation” feature. The cooling solution works by having the air present inside it heat up to extreme temperatures, which in turn makes the foam expand and move to the extremities. This is said to create an effective air circulation inside the case, without having any fans present in it.

There are three system variations currently available as a crowdfunding pre-order option, having the target funding for the project set at €45,000. Once the targeted fund has been raised, the systems are said to enter in the production phase.

The systems differ in RAM and hard drive capacity, having them with either 8 or 16 GB of ram or with a 500/1000 GB solid state drive. Other than the latter variations, all systems are said to boast an Intel Quad-Core i7-4785T clocked at 2.2 GHz and a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 graphics card.

An interesting feature present in the system’s configuration is a movement sensor that can power it automatically when you sit at your desk. Other than that, the base model is said to be priced at €699 / $930 coming with 8GB RAM and 500GB SSD. Other higher-end versions are said to be priced at €769 / $1,030 and €1,159 / $1,550, coming with more RAM and/or disk space.

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Forget the T-800, MIT and Google’s Boston Dynamics Are Said To Work on T-1000 Robots

There have been talk of future robots resembling the T-800 model from the Terminator series for some time now. Yet, no company has even arrived close to a design, yet alone a prototype of such a robot. While we won’t see any T-800’s running around anytime soon, we might see some versions similar to the T-1000. At least that is what MIT and Google’s Boston Dynamics are aiming to build.

Reports say that a team at MIT has discovered how to make a phase-changing material composed out of a mixture of wax and foam, having it change states from hard to soft at any given time. The researchers even state that thanks to the cheap materials and easy-to-make mixture, it can be used in a variety of robotics, spanning from common autonomous vacuum cleaners to high-tech advanced and complex robots.

The material has been stated to be the work of Anette Hosoi, a mechanical engineer and applied mathematics professor. She and her team, including her former graduate student Nadia Cheng, stated that the material could be used in a variety of fields, such as medical robots that can deform and change shape in order to navigate internal organs and vessels to perform delicate surgery. Other uses include rescue robots, having to navigate through collapsed structures in order to find and rescue survivors.

While the MIT has developed the material, it is said that Boston Dynamics is in charge of making the entire project, having it initially designed to contribute to Darpa’s Chemical Robots program aimed at developing robots with octopus-like abilities that are able to squeeze into small spaces. Therefore, the engineering team came up with the wax and foam idea, having the wax heated up with current running through a wire in the structure in order to make it malleable. A bonus to this technique is the material’s ability to ‘repair’ itself.

Having the wax material heated up, all deformations suffered while in the hardened state are said to repair themselves when in the soft state, just like the T-1000 robot from the Terminator movies, having the material recover from surface and even deeper damage. The researchers are said to now focus on finding a new material to replace the wax, having solder as a strong candidate. If the latter will prove to be true, then T-1000 models are not far away.

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