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180 degree driving simulator

Posted in Tech on Wed 02 May 2012 by Andy

Check this thing out! It's got a 5760x1200 180 degree field of view screen to give the impression of being inside a realistic looking car interior, for only the price of a car! We've come full circle. It's called the TL1 simulator and it looks pretty bloody realistic in the video below. Now give it a 360 degree screen and mount it on hydraulics!

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Browser Quest

Posted in Tech on Wed 28 Mar 2012 by Andy

Check this out for a bit of HTML 5 wizardry. Mozilla have created an MMORPG which runs in the browser entirely in HTML 5 and javascript. The frontend uses HTML 5 canvas and audio apis whilst the backend runs on javascript in the form of node.js. It all shows a very promising future for interactive web design. Link after the break.

Check it out.

 

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Quadrotor 007

Posted in Tech on Thu 01 Mar 2012 by Andrew Hillel

Want to see automated quadrotors performing the James Bond theme? Yeah... this one made me smile.

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ReRAM

Posted in Tech on Tue 21 Feb 2012 by Andrew Hillel

Imagine a computer without loading times. You might be thinking solid state hard drives are the answer but whilst they definitely speed things up, they still can't match the speed of random access memory.

The problem with RAM is that it is volitile. This means that, whilst it is extremely fast, it loses everything as soon as you turn your computer off. ReRAM is as fast as RAM and is non-volatile – meaning it can be used for storage as well as system memory.

There have been major advancements in recent years which mean we could see such a technology hitting the consumer markets within our lifetime at least. Storage speed is still the major bottleneck in modern computers, even with the advent of SSDs. Once system memory and on board storage is merged though, everything will load almost instantly leaving only computationally intensive tasks taking time to process.

The fact that SanDisk, amongst others, are jumping on the technology suggests that the technology has a decent chance of hitting the mainstream, even if it is only as a form of flash memory to start with.

With major advances such as this (and others, most notably involving transistors) on the horizon I can’t help wonder how long before Moors’s Law is broken; surely it is only a matter of time.

We can only hope. The singularity beckons, bagsy the first super computer brain uploady device thing.

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Future Toys

Posted in Tech on Fri 10 Feb 2012 by Andrew Hillel

The real life version of Tom Hank's character from 'Big' shows us an example of what I thought toys would be like in the year 2012 when I was a kid. I don't care if I'm twenty six now, I still want one of these!

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Teenage Engineering Oplab

Posted in Tech on Tue 24 Jan 2012 by Andrew Hillel

Teenage Engineering OplabHere's a bit of a gambit by the synth maker Teenage Engineering. The Oplab is effectively Arduino for music. It looks like an entertaining but ultimately overpriced bit of kit.

The kit comes with a mainboard that functions much like Arduino, and various modules that perform different functions. Modules include tilt sensors, pressure sensitive pads and bizarrely a broken hard drive that can be used as a controller.

The potential of this is that you can connect external devices to the Arduino like mainboard and then control them all together using custom controllers of your own design. What I’m struggling to see is the benefits of this over Arduino itself. From what I've seen, Arduino has quite a powerful set of shields that allow for midi manipulation, and seems to be much more flexible than the Oplab.

In either case I'm going to keep an eye out on what people manage to make with the Oplab, just out of curiosity.

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