Saab Release Amazing Gyro-Stabilized Footage from Jet Fighter

Fighter jets are exciting, able to cruise through the sky at Mach speeds, but this makes it hard to capture truly stable video of them in flight. Despite this, Saab has been able to capture some incredibly smooth footage of their Gripen Jet fighter courtesy of a gyro-stabilized camera system developed by a Gyro-Stabilized Systems (GSS) at the behest of the Swedish firm, Blue Sky.

Blue Sky commissioned GSS to construct the stabilizer as their own client, Saab Defense, and Security required high-quality still and motion captures of their Gripen jet fighter in action. Most stabilization systems that are available on the market are only usable on helicopters and at speeds of up to 125 knots, which was insufficient for these jets. The result of GSS’ hard work was a 5-axis gimbal upon which Blue Sky attached a Red Dragon 6K mounted with a Canon 30-300m lens, the entire assembly then connected to a weapon bay on a fighter jet. The system required no cable connectivity between the cockpit and the camera and Aerial DP Peter Degerfeldt, who was in the back seat of a Saab 105 was capable of operating the gyro system using a modem.

Degerfeldt stated, after the first flight that “It was a dream come true.” “It couldn’t have gone better, no problem what so ever at those speeds, both in panning or even looking straight down,” he said. During the first test flight, he was capable of zooming in at 300mm and it remained stable despite traveling at 300 knots in temperatures as low as -20 C. It was even capable of standing up to their attempts to unsettle the system, including high-speed banks and turns, pulling 2.5Gs and even rolling.

The footage itself is almost surreal in how smooth and stable it is as if you are right there on the jet. It really makes you wonder if Top Gun 2 will look this good if it ever materializes.

Fives Minutes of PC Footage from The Division Leaked

The hype for Tom Clancy’s The Division has been building with some impressive pace over the last few weeks, and today, it’s about to kick up another notch. The latest leak surrounding this game comes in the form of a video, released by DailyMotion user ‘Voodoo’. The new video demonstrates five minutes of footage, taken from the PC version of the game in its current beta form.

We’ve seen quite a lot of leaked screenshots circulating the web recently, and they looked pretty decent overall, but what we’ve seen in this new video certainly looks better than we expected. Sure, it’s still not as shiny looking as the 4K screenshots revealed by Ubisoft, but I’d trust the honesty of Ubisoft’s press images about as far as I could throw a car.

The footage of the game is said to be running on high settings, and overall it seems the game is running nice and smooth, although it’s currently unclear what hardware the beta tester was using to play the game. Given how Ubisoft have a history of poor game optimisation, we’ll assume the uploader has a pretty decent gaming rig.

The game looks pretty decent so far, but check out the video below and let us know what you think about it in the comments section below.

Want to know more about The Division? Check out the official trailer from Ubisoft below.

“When you joined the Division, what were you expecting? I’m sure they told you about the sacrifices you’d have to make. But none of us could have ever predicted this.”

Tom Clancy’s The Division is heading for a multiplatform release on 8th March 2016, and those pre-ordering the game can also get into the beta for some early access action although personally, I don’t advise pre-ordering any game, ever, but that’s just me.

Just Cause 3 PC Ultra Footage Revealed

Just Cause 2 is one of the PC’s greatest open world adventures and features explosions, exploration and chaotic gunplay. The developer, Avalanche Studios is renowned for making absolutely stunning PC games which run superbly on a wide range of hardware. After a lengthy development period, Just Cause 3 is finally on the horizon and adopts a gorgeous visual style. If the game runs anything like Mad Max, then the performance should be flawless.

Gamersyde managed to record a hands-on preview during Paris Game Week. Interestingly, the footage is from the PC version running on Ultra and looks remarkably smooth. Additionally, the system used to capture the video contained an i5 processor (no more details on the exact model) and GTX 970. The game was probably running on a 1920×1080 display so it’s unknown how well the engine will scale to much higher resolutions.

Whatever the case, it’s great to see the game running so well on a modest setup. For those of you interested in picking up Just Cause 3, CDKeys currently has it on pre-order for the absurdly cheap price of £19.99. Once again, the value proposition of PC gaming comes into force when you factor in the price of day one mainstream titles.

Are you looking forward to Just Cause 3?

UK Drone Pilot Convicted In First Of Its Kind Ruling

Last week we reported on how a 26-year-old man in America was arrested after his drone crashed in the Louis Armstrong Stadium. It seems the law has caught up on this side of the ocean as a man has now been convicted of flying his drone over a packed football ground.

Nigel Wilson was arrested earlier this year after he was caught flying his drone over Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium. Wilson has since been charged with disobeying the Civil Aviation Authorities Air Navigation Order (2009) by not keeping direct line of sight of the drone, flying it in a congested area and flying it within 50 metres of a building. After being charged with these offences, Wilson has given a Criminal Behaviour order banning him from purchasing, owning or flying any type of drone for two years, alongside a £1,800 fine and a further £600 in fees.

Turns out though that Mr Wilson has committed this offence several times before, including several landmarks in London, such as Buckingham Palace and the HMS Belfast, and even filming various football matches with his drone. During an incident in Anfield Stadium in September the drone was flown close to mounted officers, startling the horses on a busy walkway, endangering the nearby pedestrians.

With a fine and banned from using the drone will he rethink his use of this technology in the future, and will it persuade others to think more carefully before using drones in this manner?

Thank you Met Police for the information.

Image courtesy of The Blaze.

Big Brother Drone Is Watching Construction Workers

Big Brother is everywhere, from CCTV cameras on poles to the most cutting edge of democracy crushing surveillance which has been brought to you by the NSA, CIA, GCHQ and CITV, now a new American football stadium which is under construction is monitoring its workers by implementing Drones.

The sports arena is question goes by the name of Sacramento Kings in California, the workers are being monitored by drones and software that can automatically flag slow progress. So how does it work? “Once per day, several drones automatically patrol the Sacramento work site with the aim of collecting video footage. That footage is then converted into a three-dimensional picture of the site showing when each element should be finished. The software can show managers how the project is progressing, and can automatically highlight parts that may be falling behind schedule”.

In theory, this is an idea which monitors construction with the aim of planning for any future errors or for example how the weather is affecting the build. The problem lies with the notion of how this data will be used, if for example a particular worker or team falls slightly behind schedule, will those individuals be fired? The concerning information also states that

“The University of Illinois team is currently testing a system that will allow drones to attach cameras to locations across a building site, so that activity can be monitored continually. A manager can then see how different tasks are being performed overall, and how much time each individual is spending on a job”.

To me this is attempting to speed human beings up to the same level which machines can operate, collecting data for architectural and building purposes is standard to ensure safety, asking drones to fly over the top of workers and record their movements? Not so much, data needs to be overseen with proper protocols in place to ensure information is not built up with the aim of placing jobs at risk. Psychologically, if those workers feel that they are being watched 24/7, it will place them in a heightened state which might affect concentration and health.

Below is a GIF/JIF of the current phases which have been modelled for the stadium, as you can see, it’s pretty impressive, let’s hope employment rights are as futuristic as the design.

Thank you MIT for providing us with this information

Image courtesy of watchdogwire

Closed Doors Footage of Fallout 4 Gameplay Leaked

Fallout 4 is without a doubt one of the most anticipated and hyped games to be released soon and that was shown very well when the Fallout 4 craze crashed the GAME servers. We’ve seen a little bit official gameplay footage when the game was revealed, but otherwise Bethesda Softworks has kept pretty quiet and not released much information.

However, at Gamescom there was a presentation behind closed doors and for a very limited number of people which showed a lot more gameplay. The person filming it, whoever he might be, managed to capture about 7 minutes of gameplay video from this behind closed doors presentation and then uploaded it to the internet. Once there, it won’t go away and we all can enjoy what was intended for very few eyes.

The angle and video quality aren’t the best as it most likely was recorded with a hidden cell phone, it is however still interesting and worth to watch. Sadly, I can’t embed the video here, so you’ll have to visit SegmentNext to watch the 7 minutes of Fallout 4 awesomeness.

How many have already pre-ordered this game and if you have, did you get the Pipboy too? Let us know in the comments if you did.

Thank You SegmentNext for providing us with this information

Ghost Games Explains Why NFS Requires Always Online

EA hasn’t had the best track record when it comes to convincing players that always-online is a great idea, we all remember the trouble they had with Sim City and its always-online requirement. One game series that doesn’t seem to be that much bothered by it is Need For Speed, and the newest game set for release this fall will also require to be always-online.

Executive producer Marcus Nilsson told Official Xbox Magazine that the game’s heavy online focus allows it to deliver a number of exciting and innovative features, so the same “explanation” that we get each time. The new Need For Speed game will bring the next generation Autolog that is said to “give it more of a human voice” and “it will treat friend’s play as if it was part of the narrative experience”. The game will also feature a new snapshot system for in-game picture-taking and sharing, and that naturally requires an online connection for the latter. Xbox One will also get a video capture and sharing function thanks to the already good built-in system.

The game is set for a November 3rd launch on all three major platforms, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and best of all, PC. Below you can enjoy the GamesCon presentation that also includes a new trailer for the game and it looks great.

Will always-online be a deal breaker for you, or do you look forward to the next Need For Speed game? Let us know in the comments.

Thank You GameSpot for providing us with this information

Check out This Star Citizen Multicrew Video Demo!

This year’s Gamescom event is certainly an eventful one, as plenty of companies are revealing new games or gameplay footage for their already announced titles. Star Citizen is definitely one of the most anticipated space simulation games, and the good news is that Cloud Imperium decided to treat its fans with a brand new gameplay video, more specifically a cut from its Multicrew Demo prepared specifically for Gamescom. The official Gamescom Event variant will be released soon enough, and we’ll definitely keep you posted.

Until then, you can feast your eyes on this gameplay footage that showcases a combat session between two relatively large ships.

The video highlights the fact that players will be able to man different turrets on the same ship and work together to take down the enemy. During these battles, coordination between teammates and quick response times become vital, not to mention the pilot’s ability to avoid obstacles. Star Citizen is expected to come out in 2016, and it will be interesting to see if it will be able to surpass the popularity of the already successful Elite: Dangerous and the upcoming No Man’s Sky. Are you looking forward to this PC exclusive game?

Thank you DSOgaming for providing us with this information.

Watch 4K Drone Video of Tesla’s 5.3 Million Square Feet Freemont Factory

Tesla is planning their biggest plant yet in Nevada, one that actually will be one of the world’s largest with an estimated 10 million square feet when completed, but they already have a pretty impressive facility in Fremont, California.

A previous employee of the factory, Stephen Powelson, took his Phantom 3 drone and flew across the compound and posted the video to YouTube. The best part of it, it’s in 4K and it gives those of us that already upgraded to that resolution the ability to once again see how amazing it looks. But it’s also a great flight to watch if you’re on 1080p or 1440p.

While some commenters were quick to point out that the video could get him into trouble with Tesla for legal reasons, he has the permission to post it. He has been a Tesla employee for almost five years, up until March of this year.

I’m personally not that familiar with Tesla’s Models that I can distinguish them on footage like this, but it appears that there is a little easter-egg in the video. Around time frame 1:44 you should be able to see a glimpse of what very well could be three Model X SUVs on the left of the footage. Either way, it gives a great view of what a Tesla factory looks like from above

Thank You TheVerge for providing us with this information

Footage Allegedly Shows Who Damaged Hitchbot!

We wrote an article yesterday (August 3rd 2015) concerning how a poor defenceless robot by the name of Hitchbot was damaged by an unknown assailant on the mean streets of Philadelphia. This was a shame as this project offered an insight into our relationship with artificial machines, but we now have a possible lead with footage which appears to show who dominated the robot.

A Vlogger by the name of Jesse Wellens posted the footage which is below to Snapchat, it shows a lone man who no doubt was born and raised in this state, in a sports jersey repeatedly kicking Hitchbot until it falls to the ground. According to the time code, this individual allegedly kicks the machine at 5:46am in the morning with the date being (Saturday 1st August). It must be rather difficult to explain this without looking slightly insane, “where were you?” “After maxin’ relaxin in a playground, I beat a travelling robot to death”.

If this is genuine then it seems rather pointless to attack a robot out of the blue, it also shows careless disregard for the team behind this project who have spent many an hour planning every detail of these trips. If this is the perpetrator then it will be interesting to note if he will be charged with any offence, after all, apart from petty vandalism to property belonging to someone else, there are no current laws which include assault on a robot. If anyone recognises this alleged individual then his life will no doubt be flipped and turned upside down.

We have been warned by scientists to expect a rise of the machine overlords, if this happens then I know who the first target will be for enslaving.

Thank you to Gizmodo for providing us with this information.

First Trailer for Indie First Person Game Fantasiam Released

We get a lot of emails from random people wanting to share their work with us, some we cover but most we throw away because it looks like something created in a 6th-grade computer class. Fantasiam is one that caught my eye right away and while this is very early footage, I like what I see.

Fantasiam is a first-person game built on Unreal Engine 4 and with a heavy involvement of puzzles and explorations. We already get a little glimpse at some of the puzzle types in the gameplay trailer below. The game will have a connection with Slavic mythology and as the author notes, that is still an unexplored area when it comes to games.

The man behind the game is Belmin Kozlić, an indie game developer from Bosnia-Herzegovina. He created the game and got help from the UK-based studio White Noise Wate for the in-game voices, sounds, and music. And that is possibly one of the things that might give this game an edge over other startups. The main actors character and voice is brilliantly made and brings a wit and sarcasm to the table. That is something that can make a game a lot more entertaining as we’ve seen in other games. A great example is Van Helsing’s partner Katarina that made the game hilarious with her dry wit.

The author has plans to hire more people as funding falls into place. He has applied for an Unreal Dev Grant and is also thinking about a possible Kickstarter campaign later on. I know I would back it.

The game is still in early phase and the author promised more info, trailers and screenshots in the future. I will be looking forward to it and I’m sure that I’m not the only one.

GoPro Unleashes Tiny Hero 4 Session Camera

GoPro have unveiled their latest video camera which adopts a stunningly small form factor. The Hero 4 Session is 50% smaller and 40% lighter than previous Hero products whilst maintaining 1440p 30 fps and 1080p 60 fps recording capabilities. Additionally, the device is up to 10m waterproof and able to capture single photos, Time Lapse photos at set intervals from 0.5 to 60 seconds, and Burst photos at 10 frames per second through an 8MP sensor.

The built-in battery offers approximately 2 hours of record time which should be more than enough to capture memorable moments in extreme environments. Other superb features include a panoramic mode with a cinematic field of view, one touch recording, dual microphones and automatic image rotation. I’m pleased to see the Hero 4 Session support every unique mount out there from headgear to arm tripods which makes it a small but very flexible piece of recording apparatus.

Currently, the product is available for pre-order and should be in stock on the 12th July. However, the MSRP of £329.99 might be a little high to most consumers. There is some added value through the editing package which allows you to make professional content without relying on 3rd party software. The Hero 4 Session encourages sharing creations over social networks. This can be done directly on the device through the integrated Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

While the compact size is magnificent and incredibly useful to record fast motion video, I’m not sure if the camera will have a widespread appeal.

https://youtu.be/pzMRr5eTtho

Deus Ex In-Game Footage Reveals What to Expect From Edios Dawn Engine

After confirming the latest Deus Ex: Manking Divided release and giving us a taste of what the story is all about, Edios now shows us what to expect once we play the title. The developer just revealed a new in-game footage of the game, but before that, let’s review the trailer first.

Edios revealed what the story is all about, its characters and some juicy action. But a trailer doesn’t really show what to expect when you are playing it. I mean the graphics are amazing in trailers, but what does your actual rig render when you play? Well, now we can see just that and how great its Dawn engine is.

If you are familiar with previous Deus Ex titles, then you pretty much know what to expect in terms of gameplay here too. However, Edios did mention it has improved some gameplay features that let you use stealth and combat more effectively. The developer has also confirmed that you can choose not to kill anyone throughout the story, which in turn may affect the outcome too.

As far as I know, stealth shooters do have moments when you have to kill someone at some point, but nobody at all? If they manage to pull this off, we may look at the most non-violent title we’ve seen so far.

Thank you TechReport for providing us with this information
Image courtesy of Vigamus Magazine

Fallout 4 Fans Might Not See Gameplay Footage at E3

There is still a long wait ahead for the Fallout 4 title to come out, but fans are eagerly awaiting to get a glimpse of what the new title has to offer in terms of gameplay at E3. Well, that might not happen, according to some recent leaks.

Word is that Bethesda is working on a ‘cinematic’ trailer that will possibly showcase at the E3 event. By that we can understand that the developer is working on showcasing the environment and what type of visuals the title will bring, or even make a highly photoshopped intro to the Fallout 4 world. In any case, it is highly unlikely we will see any actual real footage of what’s to come.

But don’t get your hopes down just yet! We may or may not see actual gameplay footage, but hey, at least the title is confirmed. We will see the latter sooner or later, hopefully sooner and hopefully at E3 if you ask me, but I bet everyone will enjoy what Bethesda has to offer at the event regardless. But how about you? Will you be disappointed if you won’t see gameplay footage of the title at E3? Let us know in the comments below!

Thank you GamingBolt for providing us with this information

DICE Confirms New Screenshot of Star Wars: Battlefront

The Star Wars: Battlefront title will have its debut at the Star Wars Celebration on April 17th. Until then, DICE appears to be eager to share some in-game footage with its fans, having Lead Level Designer, Dennis Brannvall, confirming that what we view below is really in-game footage.

The game is said to use DICE’s Frostbite engine, therefore players should expect the highest quality on the market in terms of graphics. A new trailer is said to come during the Star Wars Celebration, but until then, here is the E3 2014 trailer to keep your hype up.

Thank you WCCF for providing us with this information

Tanner Productions Remakes Top Gear in Just Cause 2!

While Jeremy Clarkson may be gone form BBC, his voice recording can now be seen in Just Cause 2 machinima. It looks like Tanner Productions have taken the audio clips from one of Top Gear’s challenge segments and put it in a footage of Just Cause 2.

The sound clips come from the original Top Gear show, where the presenters are spit into two teams, each racing to get from their shared starting point to a hotel a few hundred miles away. Richard Hammond and James May are said to have travelled by plane, while Jeremy Clarkson went by car.

In the video below, it looks like Tanner Productions adapted the sequence to the tropical island of Panau, having a perfect outcome to the whole thing.

The video comes to a turning point where they start creating new scenes around the audio clip, having Hammond and May shot down by a missile or Clarkson attacked by a gang of machine-gun wielding paramilitary.

The video is extremely amusing to watch and maybe we can see the entire back catalogue from Top Gear recreated in a Just Cause 2 sequel. What do you guys think?

Thank you PCGamesN for providing us with this information

Image Too Blurry to Identify Someone in a Security Footage? Fujitsu Has the Answer

A new image-processing technology has been developed by Fujitsu, who claims that it now can be used to track people even in heavily blurred footage from security cameras. The company states that this tech is the first of its kind that can detect people in low-resolution imagery where faces are indistinguishable.

The technology is said to use computer-vision algorithms in order to analyse the footage and recognize shapes such as head and torso, which remain even if the image is distorted or multiple people in a frame overlap. The algorithm is then compared with footage from different cameras and determines if an individual is the same person by focusing on distinctive colours of a person’s clothing.

Fujitsu said that an indoor test of the system has been performed, having been able to track the paths of 80% of the test subjects. The company also claimed that detecting people’s movement could be useful for retail design, reducing pedestrian congestion in crowded urban areas or improving evacuation routes for emergencies.

Thank you PC World for providing us with this information

New Assassin’s Creed Unity Screenshots Leaked Along with E3 2014 Confirmation Letter

Ubisoft’s most ‘prized possession’, the Assassin’s Creed series, has had quite a few leaks these past couple of months. Since E3 is just around the corner now, more information is bound to be leaked or even released by the developer. The latest information comes under the shape of a short preview trailer of the game, with no further official information being released just yet.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eb38sShAjOU&feature=kp[/youtube]

Though nothing official, a few leaked images have been recently roaming the internet, revealing a possible new assassin character and other in-game characters. What is known so far about the title is that it took more than three years and a total of nine studios working in collaboration with the Montreal-based team to finish the game. A pre-alpha footage has also been released, confirming the title will be available for the next-gen consoles and PC platform in Q4 2014.

The recently leaked images allegedly reveal the main in-game characters and protagonist assassin, having them been spotted on Tumblr by a NeoGAF member . In addition to the latter, a new artwork picture along with an official screenshot of the E3 invitation letter have been spotted on the game’s website, confirming that new Assassin Creed title will be present at E3 2014 on the 9th of June.

Thank you WCCFTech for providing us with this information
Image courtesy of WCCFTech