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Special Device Help Prevent Suddent Infant Death

Special Device Help Prevent Suddent Infant Death

Researchers from Germany's Fraunhofer Institute for Reliability and Microintegration IZM in Berlin has developed a new breathing sensor system that help prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). This syst...

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University Installs Grass Lawn in School Library

University Installs Grass Lawn in School Library

Cornell University has built a grass lawn inside their school library as a part of a project of their institution's Department of Design and Environmental Analysis. The department is currently conducting a r...

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Wash Your Clothes in a Portable Washing Machine [Video]

Wash Your Clothes in a Portable Washing Machine [Video]

Meet, the Scrubba, a portable washing machine, in form of a bag. This wash bag, allows people to do their laundry, on-the-go. The Scrubba is a lightweight, foldable bag that features small nodules to help sc...

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Fart-Deodorizing Underwear Sold in Japan

Fart-Deodorizing Underwear Sold in Japan

Thanks to Japan's new invention, the Deoest underwear, extreme farters can now release their foul smelling gas and prevent people near them from fainting. It is a fart-deodorizing underwear, created by Profe...

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Runescape on Game Consoles, in the Horizon?

Written on August 30, 2011 by Japhet Writ

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Jagex CEO, Mark Gerhard, believes that free-to-play games like Runescape will make its appearance on gaming consoles in the future.

Jagex CEO, Mark Gerhard, recently talked about the possibility of their famous free-to-play RPG – Runescape – to appear on video game consoles. Looking optimistic, the CEO hopes that the “Big 3″ console manufacturers – Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo – will open their systems to accommodate games that rely on large community and free-to-play payment schemes.

According to Mark Gerhard, there is a reason such free-to-play games like Runescape has not yet been accommodated by console manufacturers. That is because the companies are unwilling to enable their gamers to play with another user on a different hardware. Nevertheless, Nintendo confirmed in the past that their new console – the Wii U – will feature a more robust and developer-friendly online system.

With Runescape still growing and becoming popular, and cross-hardware interactions are being seen on number of PC and PS3 games, a free-to-play game in a console might come to reality in just a matter of time.

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Wii U Controller Patent Application Unveils New Details

Written on August 15, 2011 by Japhet Writ

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Nintendo's patent registration for its Wii U controller reveals many features that gamers should keep an eye for.

Nintendo’s patent application for the Wii U controller is said to feature a magnetic field sensor, flash memory and a dedicated CPU. In addition to this, the shuriken, baseball, golf demos, Shield Pose demo, and an airplane shooting game are described. The patent application also mentioned several possible specific technology implementations, but it can be subject to change.

The Wii U controller’s magnetometer, usually used as a compass when embedded in smartphones, is used as a reference orientation — a combination of accelerometer and gyrosensor motion data. Meanwhile, the dedicated CPU is embedded in a device referred as Codec LSI. This suggests that its primary purpose is to decode videos sent to the unit. In terms of video, it is generated in the Wii U console and sent over wireless connection. While the patent application specifically mentions H.264 as the system’s video codec, it indicates that a compression is required to stream videos. The MIMO capabilities of IEEE 802.11n WiFi is also mentioned as a data transmission method. The flash memory, on the other hand, might be used to store Mii character or more substantial data. Moreover, the Wii U controller contains an expansion port for unspecified accessories, though the application stated that this could be left off.

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The Right Time for PlayStation 4’s Release

Written on July 11, 2011 by Japhet Writ

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When is the right time for Sony to release its PlayStation 4?

Recent reports suggested that Sony will be releasing its next-gen PS console, the PlayStation 4, as early as 2012. In relation to this, a SlashGear article by Don Reisinger is pushing that the company must unveil the PS4 as soon as possible. This is due to the reaction of Sony fans with regards to the new console, and the fact that PS3 is not doing well in the US. Moreover, the PlayStation Move was not able to caught the gamer’s fancy the way Microsoft Kinect did.

Furthermore, if Sony will bring out the PlayStation 4, it will divert all the talks about the company’s recent troubles with its PlayStation Network. If they could also time the unveiling of the new PlayStation console with Nintendo Wii U’s release, it may preempt gamers from switching to the upcoming handheld gaming device. Sony must also have to worry about Microsoft’s plan. However, there are a lot of PlayStation 3 owners who may have only signed up recently. So seeing that a new console is coming won’t please them — big time!

Hence, it may be ideal for Sony to release its PS 4 next year and be the first on the line. But they could also wait for their competitors’ next move before showing their hand. Would you like to see the PlayStation 4 hit the shelves next year? Let your opinions be heard at the comments.

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Wii U, Changing the Way of Playing First Person Shooting Games

Written on July 03, 2011 by Lulu

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Nintendo Wii U is changing the way gamers interact with first-person shooting games.

Wii U is changing the way players interact with first-person shooting games. The controller itself has a built-in gyroscope, that enables augmented reality ironsight aiming away from the television in games like Battlefield and Call of Duty — along with the on board touchscreen.

Nintendo President, Satoru Iwata, said that he hopes the new console will attract major first-person shooter game developers. He also told to the executives during E3 that he feels they have an opportunity to bring those popular first-person shooting games franchise to use their platform.

A video of what Wii U controller could do is posted after the break.

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Upcoming Games for Wii U, Announced!

Written on June 09, 2011 by Japhet Writ

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After Nintendo's announcement of the Wii U, a list of games are on their way to the Project Cafe console.

After Nintendo announced the Wii U at E3 2011 last Monday, its partners have rushed to unveil the first batch of games to be available for the Wii successor. Ubisoft and Electronic Arts announced games for the Wii U, but no titles were revealed yet. However, Battlefield and Army of Two were rumored for the latter.

Check out the list of games coming to Wii U after the break.

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Nintendo Unveils Project Cafe as Wii U

Written on June 08, 2011 by Japhet Writ

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Wii's successor is no longer named as Project Cafe, as Nintendo announced the console as Wii U at E3 2011.

At the E3 2011 conference, Nintendo announces Project Cafe as Wii U. The Wii successor is a white console that houses a six-inch touchscreen, two thumbsticks, camera, motion sensor, face buttons and base unit. Gamers can either display games on the touchscreen with roaming mode, or to a TV with fixed mode. Nintendo also promises zero latency for this link.

In addition to this, both screens can be used simultaneously, although the touchscreen does not output in HD. However, HD is available when the controller is connected to a HD TV. As Nintendo’s Satoru Iwata stated in E3 2011:

“As an industry, what we haven’t achieved yet is a game platform that is equally satisfying for all players,’ said Nintendo’s Satoru Iwata. ‘Yet, this is exactly what we intend to create with our new home platform.”

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