Humans are not the only animals into video games, it turns out.
In a research project that began Monday, orangutans at Australia’s Melbourne Zoo are being entertained with interactive projections from an Xbox Kinect, a motion sensing device built for the gaming console. According to an emailed statement from Microsoft, which designed the device, the experiment is focused on how the creatures learn and interact with technology.
This project is part of a much bigger vision than just black ice warnings, however.
The JLR vehicles are joining the £5.5-million ($7.9 million) U.K. Connected Intelligent Transport Environment (UK-CITE) project that includes 100 vehicles and a 41-mile test corridor between Coventry and Solihull, England. The project will utilize newly installed vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) systems on public roads that will send information about traffic jams and road conditions before they can be seen. Read more…
Not to be outdone by Nikon’s high-end D5 DSLR, Canon has announced its own full frame DSLR with 4K video recording: the EOS-1D X Mark II.
As the successor to the EOS-1D X, the Mark II is not a camera for the budding photographer or even the intermediate shooter. Its $5,999 (body-only) and $6,299 (kit with 64GB CFast memory card and card reader) price tag should tell you that this camera’s aimed at professionals — folks who will pay top dollar for high performance.
Let’s talk video first. The 1D X Mark II is Canon’s first “affordable” DSLR with 4K video recording — yes, there was the 1D C, but that DSLR was launched at $15,000 — capable of recording in 4K at up to 60 frames per second (fps). The camera can also record in full HD at up to 120 fps for some really sweet slow-motion video. Read more…
“One wants to drive a Porsche by oneself,” Westfalen-Blatt said. Adding, “an iPhone belongs in your pocket, not on the road.”
Despite not wanting to offer a self-driving car, Porsche is still investing in both plug-in hybrids and fully electric models. A plug-in hybrid 911 with an all-electric range of 31 miles will be on sale as soon as 2018, Blume told Westfalen-Blatt. Read more…
Over the past year, we’ve seen a number of drone videos of the new UFO-style headquarters of Apple being built. But none have been as revealing as a new video posted on Monday that shows the advanced stages of the facility’s construction
Captured by Bay Area drone videographer Duncan Sinfield, the clip offers our first look at the interiors of the spaceship-like headquarters. We also get to see a few component parts of Apple’s underground auditorium, which has circular roof and, in its current state, really does look like something from another planet
The massive solar panel array is also shown, one that will serve as a backup power solution for the campus. Read more…
Maybe we should stick with the hand-written ballots.
The website tracking the Republican caucus results in Iowa experienced intermittent outages on Monday, a stumble for what had been a highly touted new system from Microsoft on its Azure cloud computing platform.