Beer Robots Man’s New Best Friend, sorry dogs ;)

Advanced new technology has made dogs obsolete, no longer are they mans best friend, now that the lovable, keg carrying R/C beer-dispensing robot is here!

The new BEEROBOT!

See the article source here!

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Head Tracking for Desktop VR Displays using the Wii Remote

This is absolutely amazing, the images form this look to come out of the telly! With this you really can see the potential of some cool future FPS or console point-plastic-gun-at-tv and shoot games.
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Windows Vista Service Pack 1 release schedule

On February 4, Microsoft released the following details on their release schedule :

  •     In mid-March, we will release Windows Vista SP1 to Windows Update (in English, French, Spanish, German and Japanese) and to the download center on microsoft.com.  Customers who visit Windows Update can choose to install Service Pack 1. If Windows Update determines that the system has one of the drivers we know to be problematic, then Windows Update will not offer SP1.  Since we know that some customers may want to update to SP1 anyhow, the download center will allow anyone who wants to install SP1 to do so.
  •     In mid-April, we will begin delivering Windows Vista SP1 to Windows Vista customers who have chosen to have updates downloaded automatically.  That said, any system that Windows Update determines has a driver known to not update successfully will not get SP1 automatically.  As updates for these drivers become available, they will be installed automatically by Windows Update, which will unblock these systems from getting Service Pack 1.  The result is that more and more systems will automatically get SP1, but only when we are confident they will have a good experience.
  •     The remaining languages will RTM in April.

Lets hope we get some big improvements from this.

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Brain control headset for gamers

According to the BBC website, gamers will soon be able to interact with the virtual world using their thoughts and emotions alone.

A neuro-headset which interprets the interaction of neurons in the brain will go on sale later this year.

“It picks up electrical activity from the brain and sends wireless signals to a computer,” said Tan Le, president of US/Australian firm Emotiv.

“It allows the user to manipulate a game or virtual environment naturally and intuitively,” she added.

The brain is made up of about 100 billion nerve cells, or neurons, which emit an electrical impulse when interacting. The headset implements a technology known as non-invasive electroencephalography (EEG) to read the neural activity.

Ms Le said: “Emotiv is a neuro-engineering company and we’ve created a brain computer interface that reads electrical impulses in the brain and translates them into commands that a video game can accept and control the game dynamically.”

See the full article here

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A Video Game, an M.R.I. and What Men’s Brains Do

Why do men enjoy playing video games more than women?

A new study finds that when men play the games, a part of the brain involved in feelings of reward and addiction becomes much more activated than it does in women.

This could explain why men are more likely feel more addicted to video games than women, the researchers say in an online article in The Journal of Psychiatric Research.

See the article here

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Intel, Microsoft, NVIDIA, AMD, and More in Gaming Alliance

Gaming Alliance stumps for PC on the San Jose Mercury News has word that a number of major players on the PC gaming scene, including Intel, Microsoft, NVIDIA, and AMD, are preparing to announce a PC Gaming Alliance at next week’s Game Developer’s Conference. Word is the consortium is to promote the PC as a gaming platform in the face of the console onslaught.

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Male video game addiction is neural, study suggests

Men are more rewarded by video games than women on a neural level, which explains why they’re more likely to become addicted to them, researchers at Stanford University claim.

In a brain-imaging study by Stanford’s school of medicine, researchers discovered that, when playing video games, the part of the brain that generates feelings of reward is more stimulated in men than in women. That helps explain why they’re more likely to get hooked, the study’s authors say.

See the entire article here:
http://www.cbc.ca/technology/story/2008/02/05/science-games.html

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New 4000dpi Razer Gaming Mouse

Razer has brought out another awesome gaming mouse, the Razer Lachesis.
The Lachesis (latin for ‘Bringer of Death’!), boasts a 3G 4000DPI laser, on the fly sensitivity (as with their previous offerings) and 1000Hz Ultrapoling. This is a serious piece of kit.

I am very happy with my Razer Diamond back, which has lasted me a couple of years now, but if and when it dies, I think the Lachesis will be its replacement.

Which rodent do you use? Are you a Razer fan, or are you on the Microsoft or Logitech bandwagon? Or maybe you have found a very worthy non-branded mouse?

The Razer Lachesis

Here are the Lachesis specs:

Specifications
4000dpi Razer Precision 3G Laserâ„¢ sensor
32KB Razer Synapseâ„¢ onboard memory
Nine independently programmable Hyperesponseâ„¢ buttons
1000Hz Ultrapolling / 1ms response time
On-The-Fly Sensitivityâ„¢ adjustment
Variable true dpi setting adjustments in increments of 125dpi
Always-Onâ„¢ mode
Ultra-large non-slip buttons
16-bit ultra-wide data path
60-100 inches per second
Ambidextrous design
Scroll wheel with 24 individual click positions
Zero-acoustic Ultraslickâ„¢ Teflon feet
Gold-plated USB connector
Seven-foot, lightweight, non-tangle cord
Approximate size: 129mm (length) x 71mm (width) x 40mm (height)

You can see a full write-up on this mouse here:
http://3dxtreme.net/index.php?id=razerlachesisp1

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FPS Gun for added realism? I can’t see it..

Zalaman has created an FPS gun! Looks terrible to me, can you imagine getting any benefit from this at all?  If it was April the 1st I know what I’d think of this!

Cool FPS device, or a lump of poo?

See the page this comes from here:

http://kotaku.com/344684/fps-gun-makes-first-person-shooter-controls-more-gun+like

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Brown links games to knife crime, do we gamers need to worry?

Prime Minister Gordon Brown is said to be “very worried” about games. Once again he has aired his concerns over violent video games as he launched a crackdown on knife crime, reports The Sun.

He told the tabloid: “I am very worried about video and computer games. No one wants censorship or an interfering State. But the industry has some responsibility to society and needs to exercise that.”

This isn’t the first time Brown has linked games to violent crime – he has already said that “Parents are concerned” about “harmful violence and sexual imagery in games and on the internet,” and how they affect children.

Could this mean, soon we will have no more knife kills on COD 4? No more dog tags in BF2142? Or could it mean developers will get clever and replace a knife with a Banana or something equally ludicrous?

Should it not be a responsibility of parents to observe what their children play, and if they feel their child has a reaction to a game to take it away? Could it just be that Video Gaming is being a scape goat for other social issues?

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