Ricoh has announced a new Theta thats the highest-end model yet in the companys line of 360-degree cameras. The Theta Z1 should mark a big step up in image quality with dual backside-illuminated 1-inch sensors, RAW shooting capability, and lenses with variable apertures. It produces 23-megapixel images that can be shot at f/2.1, f/3.5, and f/5.6, which together with the much larger sensors are likely to make for a more versatile camera in a variety of situations.
Design-wise, not much has changed from the previous flagship model, 2017s Theta V. The Z1 has bigger lenses inside a slightly thicker frame, as youd expect, and theres now a monochrome OLED screen that provides basic information, but otherwise its very much in the vein of…
The latest trailer is out for what could be the final installation in this iteration of the X-Men franchise — and things don’t look great (either for our heroes or for the franchise). The Dark Phoenix saga is one of the most famous (and well-loved) narrative arcs in the comic book series long history, and […]
Fortnite is one of the most popular and profitable video games in history, and its publisher Epic is copying creative work from children and independent artists without paying them. So its not surprising that seven people have sued the company, claiming Epic broke copyright law by turning their dance moves into Fortnite emotes. These suits are exploring interesting new legal territory. But if they succeed, it could be bad for dance, bad for copyright, and bad for the culture these lawsuits are ostensibly trying to protect.
For anybody whos not familiar with Fortnite, emotes are short avatar animations that players can buy or earn. Like other cosmetic in-game items, theyre often fun because theyre familiar. You can get generic…
There are a lot of ARM microcontrollers out there, and the parts from ST are featured prominently is the high-power builds we’re seeing. The STM32F4 and ~F7 are powerhouses with great support, and the STM32F0 and the other younger children of the family make for very good, low-power microcontrollers. Now, …read more
We’ve still barely caught up with the Red Angel, whatever it is, but CBS just confirmed that Star Trek: Discovery will be coming back for a third season. Discovery will also add Michelle Paradise as a co-showrunner alongside Alex Kurtzman, making her the fifth showrunner to come aboard the Discovery in its relatively short tenure […]
I’ve written about melamine foam (sold as Magic Erasers) before. They’re great for quickly removing mars, scuffs, and stains from almost any surface. I recommend buying 100 at a time.
Latest use case: Some old stickers on my laptop that I wanted to remove. After peeling them off, the sticky, tough, adhesive remained on the laptop. Magic eraser knockoff to the rescue! It took about 90 seconds of gentle rubbing with a damp magic eraser to remove all traces.
Watch the video below to see different ways to use this wonder material.
Todays best deals include the lowest prices weve seen on LG OLED 4K HDR televisions, as well as significant discounts on Sling TV subscriptions, and more.
To make room for the new LG televisions that debuted at CES, the companys OLED televisions from 2018 have been falling in price. The 55-inch LG B8 4K HDR TV is down to $1,099.85 at Walmart (this is $200 less than the best price we saw during Black Friday) and the 65-inch version of the same TV is $1,799, also at Walmart (beating the lowest price weve seen by $300.)
Chester Bolingbroke on the three elements that must be well-balanced to make a good computer role-playing game: breadth, depth and immersion.
Breadth refers primarily to the physical size of the game. It can be measured in dungeon squares or tiles, or in modern games the length of time it takes to travel from one end to the other. It also refers to the length of time it takes to play and win the game …
Depth refers to the things that you find and to the things that happen within that game world. The specific elements depend on the game’s genre, but for RPGs it includes things like the backstory, lore, NPCs, quests, and character development. …
Immersion deals with the game’s capacity to make you feel like you are truly “occupying” its world, and it’s primarily a function of graphics and sound–although we must allow for skilled developers who can engage the player’s imagination in the absence of these things, as a good author does.
This is a great way to understand the limits of modern open-world games like Skyrim and RDR. Objectively they are deep compared to older games, but their vast annd realistic breadth creates a sense of relative shallowness that limits immersion and gives the uncanny sense of being stuck in a theme park full of robots.
Pictured is the map of Fate: Gates of Dawn, a 1991 Amiga RPG that exemplifies the problem with excessive breadth. Every pixel is its own square, and you can explore it allbut every step of the way, you’re trapped in a 1991 Amiga RPG. Read the rest
Like many internet addicts, I was blown away by NVIDEOs demo using style-based Generative Adversarial Networks to generate faces. They seem to have crossed a threshold for generating artificial images that can genuinely fool our brains.
It was fascinating to see a photo-realistic face of someone that doesnt exist. Philips writeup does a great job explaining his motivations and this implications behind this groundbreaking technology.
But I just wanted to turn it into hot or not.
So I wrote a script to download an image from thispersondoesnotexist.com every 5 seconds and built up a collection of around two thousand fake people. Then I made a voting system with php/MySQL and some filters to show the highest and lowest rated faces. And I enabled comments just for fun.
Blue Marble 3 is Kaplamino’s latest marble chain reaction video. I like the way that many parts of the track are formed as needed by the energy of rubber bands, deflating balloons, magnets, and even a firecracker.
From the YouTube description:
I present you my most ambitious project so far, blue marble 3 ! I’m out of my comfort zone this time because the chain reaction is taking place on two tables, and with 0 fidget spinners. It is the longest in terms of duration and the one that takes up the most space in my room. I tried to use a little bit of everything like rubber bands, magnets, and elements. I had so many failures that I stopped counting, as always only a few tricks were responsible for the majority of failures, can you guess which ones?
Listen, it hurts to hear, but somebody needs to say it. It’s over, OK? You’ve got to admit it and move on. Sure, you could get away with it for a week or two in January, but now it’s just getting weird. No matter how hard you fight it, the …read more
WinFuture reports that one of the them will be for a 10x optical zoom feature, which aligns with Huaweis official teaser video when it announced the event date for the reveal. Another could be a time-of-flight sensor used for depth-of-field detection and potentially 3D mapping capabilities. Its unclear what the fourth would be for, but it could be for ultra-wide shots. The P30 appears to have just a three-camera…
When Light first came out with its 16-lens camera, it seemed ridiculous to cram so many cameras into a single product. But now that flagships like the Samsung Galaxy S10 are bumping its cameras up to three or even four in a single device, multi-camera smartphones are starting to look more like the norm.
You can expect to see more of this soon, as Light has announced it will be working with Sony and Xiaomi to develop more multi-lens devices. With Sony specifically, Light is working to incorporate its multiple camera array with Sonys image processing system to make apps that could make use out of this combination. Together, Light says it will help Sony smartphones fit four cameras or more in its upcoming lineup. Details are less specific…
The whizz-kids at Daimler Research Group have done something thats equal parts silly and ingenious: theyve adapted a version of Mario Kart to work on the MBUX infotainment system of a Mercedes-Benz CLA. It plays the game on the screen to the right of the driver, who can control it with the cars steering wheel and pedals. The interior lighting system activates in sync with the starting signals in the game, the seatbelt tightens anytime you crash in the game, and the air conditioning blows cool air at you with an intensity matched to your speed in the game.
I played it and I loved it.
The games frame rate isnt perfect, and by the time I got to Daimlers MWC booth, the seatbelt integration wasnt working, but what I saw felt so…
For the past few nights, most of my time has been spent exploring the fantastical sci-fi realm of Anthem, fighting off countless alien bad guys and putting far too much energy into making sure my armor is just the right color. During that same period, Ive been getting in regular matches of Apex Legends, Respawns new team-based battle royale thats perfect for people who dont like to talk while they shoot. Meanwhile, Ive also been preparing myself for the impending eighth season of Fornite, wrapping up a final few quests and tracking the earthquake-induced cracks in the landscape.
Ive also realized that I dont have time for all of this.
Once upon a time, it was relatively simple to plot out your video game playing. Much like a book,…
Honda revealed more details Wednesday about the all-electric city car it first revealed back in 2017. One surprise: apparently the first version we saw, the Urban EV, was actually a prototype to the prototype; this latest version, dubbed the Honda e Prototype, will make its debut at the Geneva Motor Show next week. And as you can see, its still cute.
This adorably retro vehicle will go into production later this year, after which it will be available for purchase first in Europe, followed by other markets, Honda says. When that happens, the vehicle will be Hondas first compact car on a dedicated EV platform. Honda claims it will deliver a range of over 200 km (124 miles) and a fast charge…