Lytro Cinema Gives You The 40K Experiance

When we say 40K in this instance we aren’t talking about the Warhammer universe, instead, I am talking about the 40k resolution that the Lytro Cinema will give you.

Lytro uses a “light field solution” to detect and calculate a cubic ton of information regarding the light in a photo, this gives you not just the original imagine but the depth of any given point, essentially a 3D copy. While this technology may give you something to use for VR technology, the companies recent introduction of Lytro Cinema looks to be the closest to everyday use that we will see for a while.

Lytro Cinema records at 40K resolution with a staggering 300 FPS, leading to around 400 gigabytes of information per second. With the ability to change settings after filming because of how the data is recorded, the new recording technique may get rid of an old cinema favorite, the green screen.

With the ability to detect and focus on a particular part of a scene, the reliance of putting people within a green screen (something you would then remove to overlay special effects). With the rental package for a camera starting at £125k, it’s not for your everyday filmmaker.

With many only just catching up to 4K TV’s, I doubt that 40K 3D content will be coming to your home anytime soon but when it comes to making movies the added quality can only be a good thing.

RUST Assigns Characters Their Gender By Your SteamID

Rust is a popular open world survival game, with you foraging and hunting in order to survive and build a shelter to survive in a barren wilderness amongst friends and foes. With over 100,000 positive reviews and only around 22 thousand negative reviews, the game can be considered a success but with its latest update assigning character gender by random chance, not everyone is happy.

Listed amongst a slew of updates, one of the latest features introduced into the game is the inclusion of female models, meaning you may be hunted down by male or female characters alike. How do you pick the new option? You don’t.

Listing it as a “sore subject for a lot of people”, the studio behind RUST has included female characters and figured out a way to make it fair if someone is a male or female character. In order to figure this out, they use a very simple piece of information, your SteamID. That’s all there is to it, your SteamID helps the game figure out if your character should be male or female, no judgement or choice in the matter, your name is all that matters to the game.

While some may not be happy with the choice the change in models does nothing to the game directly, so there is no unfair bonus or not, it’s purely the look of your character that changes and with more changes coming it will no doubt be modeled and changed again and again while the game is being developed.

Somone Has Built A Life Size AT-ST – Cockpit And All

If you’ve ever seen Star Wars, the sight of the AT-ST (All Terrain Scout Transport) is probably a familiar one. With it famously being destroyed by the cute little Ewoks and their wooden traps, they had to do something with the spares and leftovers didn’t they? Well, it would seem someone has taken the initiative and built a life-size AT-ST.

The Imgur user who “discovered the AT-ST” calls himself the “Kuat”, a planet known for its starship creation in the Star Wars universe. With the original engineer seeming to have gone to great depths in recalling its detail you can see just from the outside image the scale and size of the model.

With so much detail going into the outside design, you can only expect the same on the inside, and that expectation is not disappointed when you explore within the head of the life-size AT-ST.

If you can’t believe your eyes then check out the video showing the AT-st with functional turrets (sorry no lasers, just moving parts) and closing “eyelids” to protect the pilots as they conquer the galaxy. Just looking at these images makes me want to pick up my lightsaber and conquer/save the galaxy, a dream that was only recently reawakened by the latest film, The Force Awakens, set for release on Blu-Ray and DVD April 18th.

EDIT: Re-added the video after it was found to be missing.

 

Fan Constructs Man Utd’s Stadium Out Of Matchsticks

I know what you’re thinking; well this is going to be rubbish! I bet you’re imagining a 10-inch mish mash of a project, well, no, stick with it and you might be pleasantly surprised with the outcome. A Man Utd fan has dedicated a whopping 450 hours of his life/time, which is roughly 19 full days spread over 3 months with the aim of building the famous Old Trafford stadium out of Lego? No Matchsticks.

Below are three images that convey the construction and also the extent and detail level of this project, as you can see, it is pretty amazing.  The replica is almost identical to that of the current real life stadium layout and even includes the recently installed “Sir Alex Ferguson” statue which overlooks (much like the real version did during David Moyes tenure) outside the main entrance of the ground. The colour scheme is also extremely detailed and comparable to that of the current Old Trafford ground.

The skills, eye for detail and patience required to execute such a project is mind-blowing and opens up the possibility for a profession in replica model building.  I am sure there will be a market for commission pieces from excited fans who would like a mini replica stadium built to pay homage to their favourite football team.  The old school board game Subbuteo would have been very different if you had a chance to play in a stadium of this quality.

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World of Tanks Japanese Advert is Quite Ballsy

Video game advertisements can be cringeworthy, emotionally-charging and in the case of World of Tanks, downright bizarre. To be fair, it’s better than many gaming adverts in the UK and uniqueness is always a good quality. Up to this point, the video has amassed over 3 million views and continues to do rather well. Japan’s culture might seem strange to some westerners, but it’s a beautiful country. I’m not entirely convinced this type of marketing would do well with World of Tank’s western core demographic though.

The rating system and comments have been disabled and that’s probably for the best. I can only imagine the type of discussions on the video trailer. I wonder how many players in Japan will feel compelled to try the game after the advert and how provocative it is to Japanese gamers.

This unique trailer revolves around a Japanese lady painting. The final piece shownis certainly suggestive, but don’t worry, it’s just about safe for work, but you may get some strange looks if seen watching it… enjoy!

We would love to hear your thoughts on this advert and gaming adverts in general. What is the worst and best gaming trailer you’ve ever seen?

Want to see more crazy gaming adverts? Check out our Classic Gaming Commercials Were Awesome! feature.

IBM Wants To Teach Robots Some Social Skills

The exploration and development of Artificial intelligence is a boundary which is consistently being pushed, the scientific and academic communities are furthering their studies into robotic interactions in many different directions. One such path is focusing on IBM and their efforts to incorporate “machine learning to teach robots social skills like gestures, eye movements, and voice intonations” through the Watson Project.

During a keynote speech at a conference held in San Jose, California, this week, Robert High, chief technology officer of Watson at IBM, conveyed techniques his team are working on using a small humanoid robot. During demonstrations the machine, a Nao model from the company Aldebaran, appeared to successfully speak with realistic intonation. According to Oxford dictionaries, “Intonation” is defined as “The rise and fall of the voice when speaking” The robot also achieved appropriate hand gestures, a little impatience and sarcasm which included looking at its watch, for example, when asking High to hurry up with his talk.

Unfortunately, these interactions were pre recorded and not conveyed live on stage, this was down to the system’s failings in successfully working in noisy environments. The team behind the R&D have implemented machine-learning algorithms which learn from video footage with the aim to associate appropriate gestures and intonations with different phrases.

Artificial Intelligence is viewed as a soulless entity which is mechanical, it cannot be related to in any way, we humans on the other hand use subtle cues when we communicate with each other, our voices change pitch and our hands reinforce our points of view, muscles in our faces react to a conversation or a feeling of emotion. If you could download social skills into a robot, you would have a more believable form which tricks our brains into identifying a believable norm. This research is still in its early stages; one has to wonder where robots will be in 10, 20, 50 years time?. Will there become a situation in my life time whereby a debate would centre on a legal definition of an acceptance of a robot being classified as he/she.

It makes you contemplate the lengths to which AI development can reach and the implications on us.

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New Lawsuit Hints at Apple Trying to Get Into the Auto Industry

There have been rumours that Apple is thinking about taking a bite out of the auto industry soon. A newly filed lawsuit might confirm Apple’s intention, having A123 Systems, the company that makes car batteries for the big name auto makers, sue the Cupertino giant for trying to steal their employees.

Analysts in the industry have discussed what Apple might have in the works and the lawsuit now slowly confirms their findings. Apple has made $13 billion and $18 billion in the last two quarters and that’s about the sum spent by all automakers combines for four months of research and development.

However, the analysts state that electric cars are too expensive for just one owner. This means that we might be looking at a future where electric autonomous cars are shared between people and come at a monthly subscription, kind of like Uber if you think about it. This will drop the cost of charging the cars and having them running around 24h a day. If you think about it, it’s not all that bad. We might even cut down on parking space problems in highly dense populated areas for instance.

All in all, if the above tends to be more cost efficient, this means Tesla Motors should start changing its business plan too. Though Tesla does offer a lot of classy electric cars for owners using the same model as traditional car dealerships, the cost for maintaining and charging such a model still proves a big drawback for it to reach a wide consumer market. But are shared electric autonomous vehicles really the future?

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Tesla Model 3 Release Date Revealed

Elon Musk, owner of the outstanding Tesla EV company has finally announced the expected release date of the highly anticipated Model 3. During the quarterly financial conference call for Tesla, Musk finally disclosed the release date of the wallet-friendly Model 3.

According to Musk, Tesla will reveal the car sometime in March 2016. Now Tesla has to deliver here, the current Model S and the upcoming Model X are simply stunning. Exterior design is one thing, but with the Model 3 expected to be around 20% smaller than the Model S; interior designers needs to keep an eye on space..

As for the actual launch date, Musk has stated 2017 with a key emphasis on late 2017. Now Tesla has a little track record of releasing its cars a tad late, so hopefully we will see the Model 3 in early 2018 at the latest.

For you who are a bit confused with all of these ‘Models’, here’s a quick breakdown; the Model S is Tesla’s current flagship car, the Model X is a crossover vehicle and the Model 3 is Tesla’s ‘Ace’, an EV for everyone with a price of just $35,000. That might seem steep, but this is $35,000 for a proven all EV, I would have a serious consideration for one as my next car.

If the Model 3 does hold a price around $35,000, would you consider one as a future car? Do you think Tesla have waited too long to release a more budget-friendly version? Let us know in the comments.

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Apple Increases Prices of Its Products in Non-US Countries

While Apple has discounted the price of its Apple TV in North America to $69, the company seems to be doing the exact opposite to a lot of its products around the world. This comes as a result of the US Dollar gaining some ground and becoming stronger in the market.

Apple products which suffered an increase in pricing include the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and Thunderbolt Display, and are now more expensive in countries such as Canada, Australia, New Zealand, France, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Portugal and other countries to reflect currency adjustments.

For example, the Canadian Apple Store shows an increase in unlocked iPhone 6 from between $749-$969 to $839-$1,099, Thunderbolt Displays from $999 to $1,199, and 15-inch Retina MacBook Pros from between $2,099-$2,699 to $2,449-$3,049. Apple also upped the price on its 15-inch MacBook Pro in France, with the base model now starting at €2,249 up from €1,999, and the higher-spec model up to €2,799 from €2,499.

Apple is said to continue to make the adjustments in order to ensure that its products and services are as consistently priced as possible throughout the world. However, in some cases, international prices will remain higher than North America prices as a ‘safety’ against currency fluctuations.

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First Accurate Model of ‘Christ the Redeemer’ Mapped by Drone

The Christ the Redeemer statue in Brazil is one of the most famous in the world. Since 1931, the statue has stood tall over the Rio de Janeiro skyline, becoming one of the most recognisable landmarks ever. However, while many statues have many accurate replicas and models of themselves, no-one has never been able to sufficiently analyse Christ the Redeemer to make such a model. Its precarious position on top of Corcovado Mountain has made it very difficult to get up close and personal with it.

But now, thanks to drones, we do have the first model. Across 19 10-minute flights, drones made by Canadian company Aeryon accurately mapped every inch of the famous statue. 2,090 individual images were stitched together producing a wireframe mesh of 2.5 million triangles.

The video below shows you the process leading to the finished product. It’s an incredible feat made possible only by drones.

Source: The Verge

Tesla Model X Spotted Under Test at Former Naval Station

The Tesla Model X, the company’s cheaper ‘crossover utility vehicle’ (CUV), has been sighted on test at a former Naval Air Station in Alameda, CA. The video marks some of the first footage of the production version of the new vehicle being driven, with it seen speeding around a large concrete space.

The car is slated for delivery in the third quarter of this year, and features gull-wing doors, more seats than previous Tesla models and will use four-wheel drive.

Watch the video bellow for some EV tyre-squealing action.

Source: Juan Del Real on YouTube

New Raspberry PI is Quad-Core and Features 1GB of RAM – Out Now

The new Raspberry Pi 2 Model B+ goes on sale today and it’s well worth its $35 price tag. This little beast is Quad-Core and comes with 1GB of RAM, making it a full-fledged PC for the first time.

The new model centres around its system-on-chip, much like the older models, but this time features Broadcom’s BCM2836, containing four 32-bit ARMv7 Cortex-A7 cores and 1GB of RAM. Talking to The RegisterEben Upton, the guy in charge of Raspberry Pi, says that he now believes the little machine can be considered a true fully-fledged PC.

“It’s a usable PC now. It was always the case that you could use a Raspberry Pi 1 as a PC but you had to say ‘this is a great PC in so far as it cost me 35 bucks’. We’ve removed the caveat that you had to be a bit forgiving with it. Now it’s just good.”

You can go and grab yourself one today, but be quick – only 100,000 will be available for the time being.

Source: Gizmodo

“Legends of Hearthstone” Comes to Android Devices

Blizzard has recently revealed that their special edition “Legends of Hearthstone” game will be soon released to Android devices and be seen as similar to the iPad offering. Quoted to require a 6-inch screen and a minimum of 1GB of system memory, alongside needing the user to update to an Android 5.0 operating system.

Specific information regarding the operation requirements include:

  • Display: 6-inch or larger
  • System: Android version 4.0 after
  • Memory: 1GB

Recommended devices to run this game include:

  • Amazon Kindle Fire HD 6 (2014)
  • Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7 (2014)
  • Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7 (2013)
  • Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7 (2014)
  • Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 (2014)
  • Asus Google Nexus 7
  • Huawei MediaPad X1
  • NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet
  • Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 I9200
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0
  • Samsung Galaxy Note LTE 10.1 N8020
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014)
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4
  • Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet LTE

The devices above have been recommended to run the game at a sooth frame-rate. However given the specifications listed above, it is to be noted that Asus’ Transformer Pad TF300T will not function correctly – this is due to VR540 and 544 GPU’s may cause image display issues. The avoid some display issues, it is recommended that you can however try to update your device to the latest operating system to Lollipop 5.0 or Fire OS 4.5.1.

Hearthstone Legends does not have an exact reported release date as of yet, we will report as the story develops.

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Elon Musk Says “Time to Unveil the D”

Tesla are preparing to unveil their new car as Elon Musk teases us on Twitter. The company is full of surprises this year with new technologies, vehicle name changes and more; now it looks like their going to reveal the “D” and Elon is even teasing “something else”, although what that last part will be is anyone’s guess.

The reveal will be on October 9th, with a whole week to speculate on this the rumour mill is already in full swing; some people are suggesting the new reveal could be for the “budget” sedan model and a smaller SUV vehicle.

To throw another curve ball at us, Elon has responded to comments about the interesting phrasing of his original tweet, which he said was unintentional, but added “Glad I didn’t mention the other letter!”

Elon Musk is full of surprises, so I’m very eager to see what the “something else” aspect really is, could it be another car, or something else entirely? Who knows, but we don’t have long to wait.

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Image courtesy of @Elonmusk.

Final Fantasy Character Designer Re-Imagines Batman

Legendary creator and designer Tetsuya Nomura has worked on titles such as Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts, creating many of the iconic characters from both series. Now he’s tipped his talents towards the world DC Comics Batman for an upcoming line of Square Enix and DC Comics produced collectible figurines, as part of their Variant Play Arts Kai series.

I must admit, this re-imagined Batman looks freaking awesome! It’s more than enough for me to want a game and / or a movie to be made of this menacing looking vigilante. Plus the design gets bonus points for not having those weird looking nipple add-ons, such as those added to the George Clooney Batman armour.

Overall it looks like a superb villain from the Final Fantasy series, and if you’re eager to add this model to your collection, then you’ll find the Nomura models at San Diego Comic-Con, and retail sales are set to follow shortly.

Thank you Eurogamer for providing us with this information.

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Tesla Release a Sporty Model 3

Tesla has recently announced they are planning a BMW Series 3 rival named the model 3.

We had heard rumors that their next release would be called the model E, but  Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk had some issues in the naming process:

“We had the model S for sedan and X for crossover SUV, then a friend asked what we were going to call the third car, so I said we had the model S and X, we might as well have the E.

We were going to call it model E for a while and then Ford sued us saying it wanted to use the Model E – I thought this is crazy, Ford’s trying to kill sex! So we’ll have to think of another name.

The new model is going to be called Model III, we’ll have three bars to represent it and it’ll be S III X!” Auto Express

This new design is will be unveiled in 2016 and set to be market-ready by 2017. We’ve also learned that it’s most likely set to be an all-new design – rather than based on Teslas other models, the Model S and Model X. As for the cars technology, that’s a task for ex-Aston Martin employee Chris Porritt.

As for specific information, the model 3 is rumoured to be 20% smaller than the Model S and is said to retail for $35,000 USD, thanks to cheaper battery technology made possible by Teslas Gigafactory. Musk also mentioned that the model 3 will have a realistic range of 200 miles, which is less than its Model S brother at 306 miles.

Unfortunately, there isn’t much more to say about the Model 3 at this stage, we’re going to have to wait until the time is closer Musk told CNET:

“We don’t have any more details to share at this point. Our focus continues to be on Model S and preparing for the introduction of Model X.”

For some images of the beast in question, check them out here.

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Raspberry Pi ‘B+’ To Come with More USB Ports and Improved Power Management

The miniaturized computer known as Raspberry Pi, a device for developers and users wanting to create cool stuff as a hobby, has not changed in the past two years. This means that the computer has, more or less, had the same specs and features as it first launched a little over two years ago.

However, the newest addition tends to bring some change to all of the mainstream models so far. It is said that the Raspberry Pi “B+”, the new addition to the family, may still have the same BCM2835 processor and the same amount of RAM, namely 512 MB, as the original version, but it uses less power. In addition, the new version has more connectivity options and other upgrades compared to the previous Raspberry Pi Model B. Below are the key upgrades made to the B+ version as stated by Eben Upton, the creator of the Raspberry Pi computer, as well as a list of model comparison between all Raspberry Pi versions:

  • More GPIO: The GPIO header has grown to 40 pins, while retaining the same pinout for the first 26 pins as the Model B.
  • More USB: We now have 4 USB 2.0 ports, compared to 2 on the Model B, and better hotplug and overcurrent behaviour.
  • Micro SD: The old friction-fit SD card socket has been replaced with a much nicer push-push micro SD version.
  • Lower power consumption: By replacing linear regulators with switching ones we’ve reduced power consumption by between 0.5W and 1W.
  • Better audio: The audio circuit incorporates a dedicated low-noise power supply.
  • Neater form factor: We’ve aligned the USB connectors with the board edge, moved composite video onto the 3.5mm jack, and added four squarely-placed mounting holes.

It is said that the new Raspberry Pi Model still uses a 5V Micro-USB power supply, but is able to manage more devices thanks to the improved power management. Though the Model B+ is out and available for everyone out there, the Raspberry Pi Foundation are said to still keep the original Model B in production as long as demand still exist for it. The new version is said to be sold through the Element 14 and RS Components stores.

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Driver Of Stolen Model S Becomes First Person To Die In A Tesla

Since its launch in June 2012, the Tesla Model S has been one of Tesla’s top selling cars and with a price tag starting at around $70,000 (or £50,000 here in the UK), it is highly sought after, especially by thieves who want to get their hands on the all-electric car in ways which baffle the mind.

One such person who decided they wanted in on the technical marvel was 26-year-old Joshua Slot who broke into a Tesla service centre in Los Angeles and made off with the high-performance motor. Police were soon on the chase after spotting the vehicle soon after it was taken and gave chase, however their pursuit was short-lived after they themselves were involved in a collision taking them out of the chase. Due to lack of resources at the local police department, the chase was called off as they could not keep up with the vehicle which was reported to be travelling at speeds of nearly 100mph through the L.A. streets.

Slots getaway with his unlawful possession was also short-lived as he  eventually collided with three other vehicles, injuring five people in the process of whom fortunately have all walked away from the incident alive and were discharged from hospital on Monday. Not so fortunate was Slot who, after colliding with two poles and splitting the car in half, died on the way to hospital.

As for the car, the front half came to rest in the road, catching fire soon after, whilst the rear section became airborne and crashed into the side of a nearby Jewish community centre. The force was so great that the car ended up wedged in a doorway to the building.

In a statement to Park Labrea News of Beverly Hills, Congregation Kol Ami’s Executive Director Sadie Rose Stern said:

“We were incredibly lucky. Thankfully, we had a large metal gate that took the brunt of the energy. The car wedged itself in. There was a lot of debris, but thankfully, we did not have a car in our sanctuary. There is some exterior damage, and we are in the process of getting quotes [for repairs].”

LAPD are investigating the theft as we speak and no further reports on the incident have been made at this moment in time. With Slot being the first person to be killed in a Tesla, there may be questions made about the cars safety, but let’s be honest, this incident is no fault of Tesla or the Model S, whatever way you look at it. It was simply down to a thief and his horrendous driving.

Source: Park Labrea News of Beverly Hills

Image courtesy: Associated Press

Affordable ‘Model E’ Tesla In Development

If you want an all-electric sports car to go show-boating around in, there is one name to look at – Tesla. Over the last few years they have been designing and building some of the most innovative and technologically advanced all-electric vehicles on the market, with levels of performance that rival those of their petrol powered counterparts. Whilst this is all fun and games though, their reach is somewhat limited with prices well over $70,000 in the States and £50,000 here in the UK.

Although we are some way off any cheaper solutions actually hitting the road, Tesla have announced that they have a more budget friendly ‘Model-E’ in the pipelines which should draw the masses in with a more attractive price of $30,000 or approximately £25-30k here in the UK once you take VAT and other silly UK price additions into account.

In this price bracket, Tesla are looking to build an alternative to the BMW 3-series coupés and the A4 Sedans from Audi, although the final price of the vehicles will be largely down to the cost of producing the batteries that are needed to power the electric motors.

In order to keep the production costs down, the Model E – which could be here between late 2016 and the early part of 2017 – will use cheaper materials such as steel as opposed to aluminium for the chassis with bonding and rivets possibly holding it all together, reducing the fabrication costs as well as the materials.

As far as specifications, designs and features go, we are very much in the grey at this moment in time and between now and then a lot could change in the motoring world. What we do know is that Tesla are looking to make the -E around 30% smaller than their flagship Model-S and the image above is just one of the concept renderings that have been let out to the wider world.

Considering their popularity within the higher end of the market, the more affordable 3-series rival could prove to be a massive hit – it’s just a case of time will tell. Let us know if you would be interested in this type of car – are you all for electric vehicles or would you prefer to stick to petrol for you adrenaline fix?

Source : TechnoBuffalo

Image courtesy: Gas2.org

New Tesla to be Released With Gull Wing Doors – Model X

Tesla Model X reservation holders have just been informed that their brand new SUV’s will begin production in early 2015.

In the email, Tesla also confirmed the futuristic-looking gull wing door design:

“We’re pleased to confirm that the falcon wing doors will be a defining feature of this exceptional car. Not only do these doors look amazing, but they also make getting in and out of the Model X so much easier than would a conventional front-hinged door. You can even do it standing up.”

While some other car manufacturers are quite often guilty of creating outlandish designs with extra features in their concept models, then under-delivering on production models – Tesla has the history of delivering the goods on their released product. This has been shown previously with their Tesla Model S and now with their Model X’s featured gull wing doors.

Tesla went on to explain:

“We can confirm that all-wheel drive will come standard for Model X, and you’ll have the option to add a third row of seats to carry more passengers. You’ll also be able to fold down the second and third rows to create a flat platform for storage. When it comes to charging and long distance drives, Model X will be able to take full advantage of our rapidly growing Supercharger network.”

These features all make for quite an exceptional fully electric automobile.

Unfortunately there is no confirmed shipment date for the final product but Tesla confirming there will be more information released in the coming months.

For more information on Tesla and their new Model X, check out their website.

Photo courtesy of Tech Crunch

 

Smartphone With Kinect-style Computer Vision In The Works

Google is apparently working on yet another ‘crazy’ device, and this time it is attempting to incorporate 3D computer vision technology similar to Kinect into a smaller device, a smartphone.

The project is called “Project Tango” and is being developed by Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) group. It is said that the computer vision is toggled by a new co-porcessor from Movidius named “Myriad 1”, a chip designed from the ground up to bring Kinect-style computer vision to smartphone devices.

“Project Tango strives to give mobile devices a human-like understanding of space and motion through advanced sensor fusion and computer vision, enabling new and enhanced types of user experiences – including 3D scanning, indoor navigation and immersive gaming.” Johnny Lee, Technical Program Lead at ATAP describes the project.

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Google has a change to pull this off since they have something up their sleeves, and that is Johnny Lee, who is a former Microsoft employee and worked on the Kinect technology before joining the team at Google. However, the handset is said to be developed and distributed to developers first in order to see what they can come up with.

The handset is reported to be able to generate a 3D model of a room with the help of this technology and allow apps to interact with the model outputted. The device’s specs include a 5-inch Android phone with two computer vision co-processors, a 4 MP rear camera, depth sensor, and a second camera for motion tracking.

While the Google Glass is a miniaturised version of a Samsung Galaxy Nexus, the vision for such a device as “Project Tango” is clear. Until then, developers are encouraged to send their ideas to Google here.

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Smithsonian X 3D Collection Allows You To 3D Print Your Own Models

The Smithsonian is looking to put history into the hands of many more people around the world. Already on a mission to scan, digitise and create 3D models of nearly anything and everything they have, the Smithsonian is now also allowing you to download the 3D models and print them yourself.

3D printing can’t go more than a day recently without something cool being said about it, and being able to print your own models from their collection is another great addition for the 3D printing community.

The collection is already pretty vast and can be browsed using an in browser 3D viewer, with everything from fossils, historical artefacts and even the Wright Flyer.

It seems then that people and organisations around the world who really need to take a look at the shape and form of a Mammoth skeleton could always just print one of their own, and while that maybe impractical, it’s certainly easier than trying to find a real one of your own.

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Image courtesy of Smithsonian.

Asda To Offer 3D Printing Services In UK Stores This Year

Getting a photo of your family is one thing, but what if you could capture your family moment and have it immortalised in an 8″ action figure? Well that is exactly what you can do now thanks to 3D printers.

While much credit has gone to 3D printers for manufacturing, being able to replace parts of things with replications and all kinds of clever and innovative uses, there are also lots of fun applications and making 3D models of yourself is barely scratching the surface.

Asda actual say you could scan anything up to the size of a family car with this technology, so long as you don’t mind the print being scaled down to no more than 8″, at least for now.

It only takes two minutes to scan yourself or what ever object you desire (within reason of course), then you can pick up the item next time you visit the store. As much as the technology can do things quickly, a few days wait for something this cool is definitely worth it.

Pricing is a little vague at this time, but are expected to start from around £40. It may not be cheap, but few new technologies are these days, although I bet that price will soon fall as popularity of the service increases and the technology improves further.

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