Remember that break-apart DualShock 3 idea for motion control Sony had five years ago? A new company named Mad Genius Controllers has surfaced with a working prototype that shows such a contraption working in spades. The setup uses a splittable controller and a processing unit to enable seamless motion control and spacial tracking on any title and system. Because Mad Genius doesn’t use any accelerometers or cameras like the current consoles, its creator notes that accuracy of up to 1/100th of an inch is possible
In a video demo with an Xbox 360 version of Skyrim and a modified Xbox gamepad, certain gestures and movements even automate menu selections like a macro. One instance shows the controller being split and held like bow and arrow, highlighting that both sides are a tracked in relation to each other — not to mention that the in-game character’s weapon automatically changed without any menu-digging by the user. The current version is merely of a wired proof-of-concept, but Mad Genius plans to eventually make it wireless and hit Kickstarter for funding. In the meantime, you can build up anticipation for yourself by checking out the nearly 10-minute long video demo after the break.
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Source: Mad Genius Controllers (YouTube)
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When Andreessen Horowitz invested a whopping $ 15 million into RapGenius this past fall, they were keen to point out that the platform can be used for decoding more than song lyrics, and extend to other forms of wordplay — literature, historical texts, political speeches, and the like.
The venture capital firm has really put their mouths where their money is. Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz have both logged onto RapGenius to add their own decodings of the memo issued this past week by Groupon’s founder Andrew Mason after he’d been fired from his position as CEO.
Heroku, the popular cloud application platform, may not be as fast today as it was three years ago. Yesterday, Rap Genius‘ James Somers , posted a widely read blog post, arguing that Heroku had quietly changed the way it distributes tasks from Ruby on Rails apps across the Amazon EC2 machines it makes available to its users at some point in the last few years without alerting developers of this change. Instead of intelligently routing requests to the next available server, as Heroku did in its early days, Somers argued that it now randomly distributes requests, resulting in increased queuing times. Today, Heroku’s general manager Oren Teich admitted that this is indeed the case.
Countries around the world have never quite been able to recreate the innovative prowess of Northern California’s Silicon Valley. According to Berkeley Professor Anna Sexanian, a tradition of cultural support groups, mainly Chinese and Indian, is one of the Valley’s most unique and lucrative traits. The “brain circulation,” as she calls it, reins in top talent from the around the world and helps greenhorn entrepreneurs solve global problems [PDF]. To help extend the cultural advantage to the Middle-East, noted Menlo Venture investor, Shervin Pishevar has launched a $ 100,000 genius grant for an iranian innovators, dubbed, the “Cyrus Prize,” named after the Persian King and Inventor, Cyrus the Great.
Modern-day science has little room for the likes of Galileo, who first used the telescope to study the sky, or Charles Darwin, who put forward the theory of evolution, argues a psychologist and expert in scientific genius
Genius has announced a new product called the DVR-FHD560 that is a full HD video recorder with a wide-angle lens. This is one of the cameras that is designed to mount to your windshield and record what’s going on as you drive. The idea behind the device is to provide evidence in the case of
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Almost from the start, CEO Jeff Bezos has had to butt heads with a gaggle of critics pressing to see short-term returns at Amazon.
You may not be familiar with the word bonobo, but I’d wager most of us know what a chimpanzee is. A bonobo is a member of the chimpanzee family and was previously called the dwarf or gracile chimpanzee. Confusion on the name aside, a genius bonobo named Kanzi has begun making his own stone tools
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During the opening ceremonies of the Olympics, Apple aired three ads for its Genius Bar. Over the ensuing weekend, a number of widely-read blogs posted mostly negative pieces about the ads.
Today, Apple’s ad agency told Mashable that the ads are no longer running and they were only intended to run the first weekend of the Games. Again, several posts were written on widely-read sites.
And therein lies the real “Genius” of the ads: we’re still talking about them.
Google announced the winners of the 2012 Google Science Fair Tuesday morning, highlighting the work of 21 smarty-pants students as young as 13 and the innovative projects they developed — from cancer research to vertical farming to 3D electronics to dementia research.
You shouldn’t have to squint at Like and retweet counts to discover the best content your social network has to offer. So with one simple design choice, Google+ for iPad (and Nexus 7 ) has created a better tablet feed reading experience than Facebook or Twitter. As Google announced at I/O, on tablet, Google+ posts with more engagement are shown larger.
The Google+ iPad app launched today feel more like Flipboard, where surging seas of information turn into smooth sailing thanks to visual cues to what’s crucial. Browsing update after update doesn’t feel monotonous. In fact, it’s quite refreshing and addictive, enough so it might help Google+ finally shake that ghost town label.
This week sees many corners of the globe celebrating the 100th anniversary of the birth of Alan Turing. A man whose contribution to the worlds of tech and gadgets is immeasurable — a sentiment not lost on Google. Today, geeks and norms worldwide will be waking up to possibly the most complex doodle to date. Can you set the machine and spell out “Google”? If you can, you’ll be sent off to lots more information about the man himself. This isn’t the only thing Mountain View’s done to keep his legacy alive, having previously helped Bletchley Park raise funds to purchase (and display) Turing’s papers, and more recently helping curators at London’s Science Museum with its Codebreaker – Alan Turing’s Life and Legacy exhibition. If you haven’t already, head to Google.com and pop your logic hat on, and if you get stuck, head past the break for a helpful video.
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CNET editor Dong Ngo reviews the Samsung Optical SmartHub, an external optical drive with a built-in wireless network and media streaming capability.
Sometimes doing the right thing is a sucker’s game.
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Apple added a new wrinkle to its hobby overnight, as AppleInsider reports the Genius recommendation feature added in iTunes 8 now offers up suggestions for movies and TV shows. The new Apple TV feature appears to have been switched on from the back end servers with no firmware update, displaying the new Genius option under Movies and TV Netflix-style as shown above. We’re not sure you really needed anyone else telling you it’s definitely time to check out The Wire or Breaking Bad, but with competitors like Google already taking aim at improving content discovery and recommendations it’s a logical next step for whatever Apple’s living room ambitions ultimately become.
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If rap lyrics like “Real G’s move in silence like lasagna” stump you, check out Rap Genius. The crowdsourced hip-hop lyrics explanation site will inform you that Lil Wayne is describing how skilled gangsters can assassinate someone without making a sound, like the letter ‘g’ in ‘lasagna’.
But the three-man team behind Rap Genius aren’t satisfied with their current vertical. Today they told me they’re preparing to launch a site for rock music lyrics called Stereo IQ, and one day hope to expand to sites for country music, poetry, legal documents, and religious texts. While presently focused on user growth, the network of sites could monetize through sponsorships of brands mentioned in or related to the explained texts.
The reclusive horologist George Daniels, famous for his work on Breguet and his important co-axial escapement, died last Friday at his home in the Isle of Man. Daniels was 85.
The horologist was one of the first to catalog some of the best known watches in the world, traveling through Europe to examine rare and odd pieces from his favorite manufacturer, Abraham-Louis Breguet, and great watches from manufacturers like Patek Philippe. He was also an avid motorist and noted trickster, pretending to misuse some rare watches while he was photographing, nearly driving their curator to apoplexy.
The 2011 Ig Nobel Awards honor achievements that first make people laugh, and then make them think. The prizes celebrate the unusual, honor the imaginative—and spur people’s interest in science, medicine and technology.
A conversation with Nicholas Felton shows how Facebook’s new apps will uncover uncomfortable truths about users — and how the same data could enable entirely new kinds of targeted advertising
Today Facebook announced two innovations — a visual Timeline view for parsing your entire history on Facebook, and Lifestyle apps for recording every minute detail about your daily activities — whose genesis I reported on back in May. I certainly had no idea the result of Facebook’s hire of Nicholas Felton would be a substantial overhaul of Facebook’s functionality. As I reported at the time:
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