Items tagged with racing

For racing fans desiring a more realistic gaming experience, two things are a must: a steering wheel and a trio of larger monitors. Past that, some have even opted for a legit racing seat - some with built in vibrations. Of course, this is all expensive, but it's the price that some pay to get an experience that's just not realistic in real-life for most people. However, with a new option given to us by Costco, of all places, it's hard to look at those previously-mentioned setups the same way again. For a mere £89,999.89 ($137,000 USD), you could own a racing simulator built around a full-sized... Read more...
World records are fun, aren't they? Particularly when you're talking about the world record for something as awe-inspiring as the planet's largest high-definition video board. Those that have watched a Cowboys game recently know just how giant the HD video display is that hangs within the confines of the new Cowboys Stadium, but it'll be NASCAR fans gawking at the largest. Dale Earnhardt Jr. took the world’s largest high definition video board for a spin this week at Charlotte Motor Speedway, by taking virtual laps around the 1.5-mile track using an iRacing simulator. Marcus Smith, president... Read more...
Don't look now, but iOS has a huge share when it comes to mobile gaming. The App Store has become a giant in the industry, and now even Sega is taking notice. The hardware-gone-software company has just announced Sonic and Sega All-Stars Racing for iOS, a game that should become an instant hit on Apple's iPod touch and iPhone. The iOS version of the game should be immediately familiar to fans of the prior version, and here's the killer part: multiplayer support is there over Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, giving users two ways to game against one another. That just sold you, didn't it? It'll be released this... Read more...
It use to be that video game developers were geeks in their basements crunching code for hours on end until their eyes bled, with hardly a business plan behind them, never mind a justifiable business case that would support making a career out of their artform.  In fact, gaming itself only really took off in the mass market as recent as the past ten years or so.  Let's face it, back then, with a customer base of predominantly kids in their teens or less, the average PC or Console game consumer just didn't have the disposable income to support anything more than a niche' market. ... Read more...
We just received some breaking news out of SIGGRAPH 2008 that we thought many of you would be very interested in. If you recall, one of the capabilities Intel is touting in regard to their upcoming Larrabee architecture is the ability to perform real-time ray tracing. In the graphics space, ray tracing is a technique used to generate an image by tracing the rays or paths of light as they bounce through and around the objects in a scene. When done right, ray tracing can produce photorealistic imagery because shadows are cast correctly, water and other materials show proper reflections with... Read more...
Word from sunny Santa Clara-based NVIDIA Corp, is that the graphics giant has moved in on an acquisition of Utah-based RayScale, a 10 year-old start-up and productization of development work from few key people at the University of Utah.  RayScale currently has a product available for Autodesk Maya, dubbed LightNow.  Lightnow apparently offers interactive feedback with physically-based raytracing techniques, in combination with high quality batch rendering.  One of the advantages of physical-based rendering is that it automatically calculates raytraced shadowing... Read more...
YouTube.com has seen tremendous growth since its start back in February of 1995, thanks in part to its ability to let anyone become the star of their own show. Television network NBC has certainly taken notice of the service's popularity, as they've decided to resurrect a dead sitcom pilot into a new show for the 2006-07 schedule, based on its popularity on YoutTube. "At about the same time, NBC and YouTube forged a strategic partnership that, among other things, lets NBC hype its fall shows on YouTube. What more proof do you need of new... Read more...
Politicians are always looking for the latest and greatest way to tap into the "youth vote", and the internet is always a great place to start. California Governor hopeful Phil Agenlides is using MySpace.com, the highly popular(and somewhat controversial) online community site to help further his campaign. Just like Presidential candidates appearing on talk shows, this could be a growing trend in the making. "But rather than kill a volunteer's unauthorized efforts, the campaign has embraced the youth-heavy site, using Angelides' personal profile page to post position papers and other... Read more...
With Microsoft's emphases on security for their upcoming OS Windows Vista, they've decided to turn to the same people they're trying to combat. While Microsoft isn't about to let just anyone pick apart their OS, they have given early versions of Vista to around 3,000 security professionals. CNN's new article explains the benefits of this approach, and also details Microsoft's new way of thinking on how a program should be built. "They're going directly to the bear in the bear's lair," says Jon Callas, the chief technology... Read more...