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The NVIDIA Tegra X1 and Shield Upgrade Rumour, Teraflop Tomfoolery…

Rumours have been swirling around the wobbly web that suggest NVIDIA will soon be releasing the next generation Shield tablet, a tablet based on the brand new Tegra X1 chip that’s capable of delivering a Teraflop of processing power.

Helping to further whip the net into a frenzy NVIDIA this week sent out invites for a mysterious media event on the 3rd of March in San Francisco. It is expected that NVIDIA will announce the release date of the new Shield, some rumours suggest the release date will be as early as the 17th of March while other whispers are suggesting the new X1 Shield may appear as late as June 2015.

Will the Shield be the first product to use the X1 chipset and become the first Teraflop tablet? Will the world’s first Teraflop tablet be a Q1 or Q2 product? Hopefully NVIDIA will answer these questions and more on March 3rd.

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Face Hacking, Incredible Real Time Projection Mapping Magic…

Magic is the art of fooling our minds perceptions. Face Hacking is a most modern form of magic that uses incredible technology to fool our perceptions. Using a combination of real time motion tracking and projection mapping digital artist and producer Nobumichi Asai is able project this new form of magic for our amazement.

Using the most human form, the face, as a canvas the Face Hacking project produces stunning animations that appear to make the impossible happen before our very eyes. The results may make you wonder if the faces are human or cybernetic. Face Hacking and magic for that matter also takes advantage of the fact that our minds are designed to search for faces, our natural ability to pick a face out of a scene is turned against us.

Presented for your viewing pleasure is the stunning animation projected directly onto the faces of men, a stunning display of modern magic. Sit back, relax and prepare to be dazzled by technological trickery.

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The Helico AirDog, Man’s New QuadCopter Best Friend…

Quadcopters are all the rage at the moment with new models appearing think and fast but few can claim to be completely hands free, autonomy seems to be the next revolution for our eyes in the sky.

The Helico AirDog is one of the first drones that can claim to be fully autonomous from take off to landing and capturing all of the action in between. Just like mans four legged best friend the AirDog will follow its master through all conditions, keeping close and watching intently.

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The Mars Levitating Speaker, Making Waves While Floating on Air…

Making waves in the tech world during the throng of CES, sound waves especially, is no easy feat but the Mars levitating Bluetooth speaker seems to be doing just that. Raising its voice and levitating above the myriad of new gadgets Mars is capturing attention through incredible amounts of cool, Bluetooth speakers are now a dime a dozen after all.

Mind you the Mars speaker isn’t simply using levitation just because levitation makes everything cooler, no; instead it has been put to use taking away any directionality of the speaker. A design intended to seamlessly produce 360-degree sound giving everyone around the room clear audio.

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LightPaper the Illuminating LED Paper…

Lighting anything other than a Christmas tree these days seems to still involve the same bulb shaped lights,  are we trapped by the socket and spheres of the past!? One Idaho based start-up, Rohinni, is trying to change all this with its illuminating paper, LightPaper. The world’s thinnest LED light source LightPaper is as thin as a piece of paper and cooler than a room full of Fonzies. Mold it to any surface and wire it up to flash to the beat LightPaper might just be the next generation of LED lighting.

Rohinni seems to have perfected the art of printing LED lighting solutions. The Rohinni printing process involves mixing ink with tiny LEDs and printing this solution onto a conductive layer, sounds simple but perfecting a process such as this is never an easy feat. This paper thin circuit is then sandwiched between two outer layers, sealing the entire package or sheet of LightPaper. The process can be applied to almost any shape and surface, illuminating the world in entirely new ways.

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Most Wanted Trailer #1, Producing Movies with GTA 5…

Can a trailer exist without a film? The surprising answer to this question is Yes! Take for example the recently released video ‘Most Wanted Trailer #1’ by Commandoflauge and his merry band of gamers. A trailer that was created for a movie that doesn’t exist. A trailer that’s so damn good it may soon become a web series if the video receives enough support, so get Liking, Subscribing and Retweeting if you love it.

Having put their many years of gaming experience to good use Cammandoflauge and friends used GTA 5 to produce one bad ass video. Take a look Hollywood your biggest threat isn’t piracy, your biggest threat is Machinima. The trailer itself was a one off creation designed to test the world’s reaction to this story idea, and the world has reacted with two massive thumbs up. If you haven’t seen the video yet check it out and like, subscribe or generally just support the very creative gamers behind it. A big ‘take that’ to all those parents who said gaming was a waste of time, ha.

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Valve Source Filmmaker, The Ultimate Animation Tool…

Movies and video games have become tightly inter-twinned in recent years. Valve, software developers of the gaming kind, are doing their bit to drive the trend with the release of their in-house movie making software. Released this week to the public, and it’s available for free, is Valve’s Source Filmmaker (SFM). Bringing film making and animation tools to the public’s desktop.

Until the public release of the beta SFM the software had been used in-house by Valve. Used to create the type of short films that marketing departments love and cut scenes for the latest games. SFM has quickly evolved, becoming a one-stop shop for animation and possibly the most efficient animation tool to date.

Over 50 short films have been built using SFM, including the ‘Meet The’ series along with many in-game short films. Included for your viewing pleasure is the latest film in Valve’s ‘Meet the’ series, ‘Meet the Pyro’. Built using Team Fortress 2 game models and 3D objects it’s an atmospheric short film that highlights the power of SFM. Also included at the end of the article is the video introduction of SFM by team fortress, a must watch for the animation inclined.

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Mogees, Making The World Our Musical Instrument…

Musical expression is one of humanities greatest talents, so deeply engrained in who we are that it evolves with us. As soon as new technologies are created we fold it into the ways we express ourselves. The Mogees research project is one such technology, exploring gestural interfaces for musical expressions. Mogees uses a simple contact microphone that feeds audio data in real time to some very complex software to convert any surface into a musical instrument. From a panel of glass to a tree if you can tap it Mogees can convert it into a musical instrument.

The Mogees project has been developed by Bruno Zamborlin, a Ph.D. Student at Goldsmiths Digital Studio – University of London – , in collaboration with Frederic Bevilacqua, Norbert Schnell and the real-time music interaction team at IRCAM – Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique.

The first demonstration of the technology took place with the live performance at the Beam festival, Brunel University in London June 2011. Since then the technology has continued to evolve. It is currently used in the Airplay project by the IRCAM composer Lorenzo Pagliei.

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A Fist Full of Silicon, Intel’s OEM Engineers To Sample Prison Life…

Engineering Samples, these unreleased CPU’s are intended to allow Intel’s partners to perfect the next generation gadgets, they are a rare and treasured beast that are never intended for public sale. Like a classic Clint Eastwood western the double cross is not something that Intel takes lightly, being caught selling Intel’s next generation technology to it’s competitors for Intel is the ultimate betrayal. So as you can imagine when Intel discovered that it had been double crossed by employees of one of it’s OEM business partners in Taiwan it’s wraith was fast and fierce. Working with Taiwan’s Criminal Investigation Bureau – CIB – the four suspects were quickly tracked down and taken into custody in the city of Taoyuan.

The four suspects by all accounts were seemingly intelligent engineers working for one of Intel’s major OEM – Original Equipment Manufacturers who turn Intel’s chips into the gadgets we all love – Criminal masterminds they were not though. Selling the chips on EBay in full public view doesn’t display the normal criminal flare required for such an operation. Especially when you consider they sold the chips for an average of $400 each, when AMD would have written a blank cheque to get their hands on the samples which included Intel’s latest 22nm chips which are due for public release later this year.

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LG’s Über Televisions, The Road To CES…

LG, manufacturer of gadgets that we can all afford have embarked on a media campaign with a bang. The build up to CES has that effect on large corporations. With many drool worthy gadgets being prepared for demonstration at the show, anticipation is building. Like a slow running game of Wheel of Fortune LG has been slowly revealing the latest TV technology. IPS monitors were demonstrated in early December, now LG has turned its attention to every one’s favorite window on the world, the TV.

Two new Über TV’s have had the preview treatment along with updates to LG’s Smart technology used in the Cinema TV’s and Smart Remote controls. LG may have caught the rest of the TV market napping at the wheel with their 55 inch OLED TV, a spectacular technology tour de force that will be the first large screen OLED to market.

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