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You knew it wouldn't be long before someone pulled this off.  Wonder if there's a blood-thirsty lawyer or three at Nintendo that might have issues with this small "mod"? "The idea was to take one industrial robot, add a laptop talking to a WiiMote, strap on a tennis racket, have it follow the swings that the user makes, and do it all in a few hours on a Saturday so we could get back to our busy schedules. Of course we had to put on a sword too, and if there was time, maybe an Airsoft gun. Also, we wanted it to fight people, but you can't have everything." Check the vid - pretty cool.  Gotta get me one of those industrial robots for when the dog gets out of line.... Read more...
When technology moves the goalposts, business plans that sound like Ponzi schemes make sense. For a while. Lots of established businesses like Amazon started out by hemorrhaging cash to establish market share, in the hope of turning a profit later. Well, time might be running out for satellite radio. Sooner or later, someone's going to have to make some dough, or we'll be back to listening to Flock Of Seagulls songs on FM radio again. Even if they both come up short this year, Sirius and XM will have built an impressive market. But the growth is coming at the expense of profits. And even well-funded firms have limited life spans. At... Read more...
Now this is my kind of technology! :)  Perfect fodder for a Sunday evening jaunt across the web. During a recent Robot expo in Vienna, home-brew Robots were invited to demonstrate their skills in categories like mixing cocktails, serving drinks and snacks, bar conversation and smoking cigarettes and cigars. Staring with glowing red eyes at a young woman strolling by, bartender Chapok slowly extends his arm to offer her a gin and orange. She takes the glass, murmurs a flustered "thank you" and walks away while the cocktail-mixing robot turns his attention back to a row of bottles. "People are interacting, they are actually talking to my robot," smiles David Calkins, who teaches... Read more...
Some of you may play World of Warcraft, and out of that bunch we're sure some of you have also heard about Glide, one of the "botting" programs used by many folks to power level their characters, and amass staggering amounts of gold. Glide is strictly against the WoW terms of service, and folks caught using the system can face permanent account bans. The creators of such software, you would assume, would be trying to avoid the folks over at Blizzard, but that doesn't appear to be the case. "WoW Glider's complaint suggests Blizzard has been attempting to strong-arm them into stopping distribution based on alleged copyright and... Read more...
You might dismiss this headline as pure tech geekedness but you'd be missing out.  This is the real deal and may some day allow people with disabilities to do things they never have before.  An exoskeleton that can be worn by a human is a new type of robot under development at Tsukuba University. It's called Hybrid Assistive Limb, HAL for short, and anyone who wears it has potential to lift up to 10-times the weight they normally could. "It depends on his original power, because this robot suit is controlled by the assist ratio," says Yoshiyuki Sankai of Tsukuba University. "Usually we set it at 50% or 60% or 70%. If he is a very weak person we set the assist ratio at 90%,... Read more...
Blizzard Entertainment Licenses Havok Physics Technology Blizzard to use Havok 4.0 for both PC and Mac platforms San Francisco, September 14, 2006 - Havok, the premier provider of interactive software and services to digital creators in the game and film industries, announces today that Blizzard Entertainment(R) has licensed Havok 4.0, the market-leading game-play physics and animation solution. "Havok 4.0 will add power and flexibility to our development process," said Mike Morhaime, president and co-founder of Blizzard Entertainment. "We're looking forward to utilizing this technology with our upcoming games." Released in July this year, Havok 4.0 is a modular suite of artist tools and run-time... Read more...
Ever notice that many things in science-fiction, especially from a technology standpoint, eventually become reality?  Buck Rogers showed us the first Laser Gun and there have been plenty of examples, (the Jetsons and Video Phones?) since then.  Well, you Mech Warrior fans ought to get a boot out of this one.  "Called The Land Walker, it weighs close to 1 ton (2,000 pounds!) and is controlled by four pedals from inside the cockpit. Additionally, it has built-in air guns that can shoot bullets (not real bullets, though..."sponge bullets"). Talk about a totally pimped out Halloween costume!" If man can dream it up, he will make it so...   See it in action at YouTube.... Read more...
You new it wouldn't take long for robotics to take on a more curvacious appeal.  The good folks at Kyoto University have created the "FT" (Female Type) bot...   "Woman type (Female Type)" it designated "FT" from the initial. At 35 centimeters and weight 800 gram in height 6 head bodies. 13 months being temporary, to develop, as for production expense several 1000000 Yen. This is a babelfish translation so the grammar isn't the best but you'll get the gist just fine.... Read more...
Good Afternoon HotHardware fans! Just in case you missed the link at the top of the page, I'm here to let you know that we've just posted a new review of Foxconn's e-bot small form factor PC. The e-bot has quite a few unique features and an enclosure that's somewhat different than most of the other SFF systems currently available. Click here to check it out...... Read more...
In what seems to be an ever expanding market, we've got yet another look at a new Small Form Factor system on HotHardware.  This time the system comes to us by way of Foxconn.  The same company that's been putting their stamp on motherboards and other OEM hardware since 1991.  Following their recent successful foray into the retail market with their own branded motherboards, Foxconn has a new offering pulling together their motherboard architecture skills with their flair for PC enclosures.  The results, as you will see, appear to be right on target. Foxconn's initial entry is called the e-bot, which arrived on our doorstop in a bright orange and blue box, similar to... Read more...
Good morning folks, I hope you survived the night okay :)  In the effort of saving time this AM, we are going to skip over the banter and get right down to business.  So, go grab a cup of coffee and settle in for a long read.  Here is your morning shot of juice... Athlon 64 FX-53 & Athlon 64 3800+ Socket 939 Processor Review @ Sharky Extreme "The introduction of the AMD64 line of processors was a rousing success on many levels, but there were a few niggling issues to address. The Athlon 64 FX-51 940-pin represented the new high-end of the processor scale, featured a powerful dual-channel memory controller, and supported both 32 and 64-bit software, but it could only use... Read more...
Abit IC7-G vs. Asus P4C800 A tale of two Canterwoods By, Dave Altavilla April 29, 2003       Intel's i875P/i865P Canterwood/Springdale chipsets have all the markings of a second coming; the second coming of the "BX".  Intel's 440BX was a chipset for the Pentium 3, that reigned supreme years ago, as the premier motherboard platform to couple with a high end Intel CPU.  Back in the day, there were so many incarnations of motherboards built on the 440BX, that it even scaled beyond its targeted life span and host bus speed, with some motherboard manufacturers characterizing the chipset up to a 133MHz system bus, while it was only designed to run at... Read more...
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