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What’s Next After 3D? Appear in Your Own Movie

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If you guessed "4D" to the question above, you might not be far off. Companies like Phase Space are working on a technology, which allows actors to wear sensor suites and translate their actions, real time, into animated characters. To do this level of work for commercials and movies - a la "Avatar" - typically costs between $1,000 and $10,000 a second. PhaseSpace's solution costs about $10 a second. Says author, Rob Enderle: "While in its beginning stages, the concept of people being able to enter the movies they watch, or eventually being able to create 3Di movies could dramatically alter both what we watched and how we interacted with it. This technology may be applied to gaming via a head-mounted controller and voice-alteration." Imagine "virtual cameras" which allow the director to walk around, look at the tablet, and see into the movie world from all angles, making for intriguing participatory experiences.

 

The Next Big Thing: Crowd Sourced Movies and Immersive HD Games

According to Enderle, it isn't hard to imagine that an immersive game, properly cut and directed, couldn't actually be an interesting movie. When you combine the ability to immediately translate real actors into high-definition, animated, photo-realistic characters, in realistic, real-time-rendered environments, and view them all in real time, you have the potential to bend gaming and movies in a way that we may not be able to tell the difference.

 

To watch a sample, click here: 
 
 
To read the complete article by Rob Enderle, click here:
 

Kaleidescape Introduces Blu-ray Movie Server

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Kaleidescape, Inc., major manufacturer of music and movie servers, has recently announced shipment of their first Blu-ray movie server. Any Kaleidescape System can be upgraded to be a Blu-ray movie server with the addition of an M-Class player and a Modular Disc Vault. The new Kaleidescape Modular Disc Vault completes the Kaleidescape Blu-ray movie server. Paired with a Kaleidescape M-Class player, the Disc Vault imports, houses, and organizes Blu-ray Discs. With a capacity of 100 discs per each, any number of Modular Disc Vaults may be added to a system, but each must be connected to its own M-Class player.

Microsoft Sells Over 2.5 Million Kinect Units in First Month of Release

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According to an article in game website wwwgamasutra.com, Microsoft announced that Kinect, its new 3Di-camera-based motion controller, has sold over 2.5 million units worldwide in its first 25 days of retail availability. Kinect is on pace to sell as well as it did during its first ten days, where the peripheral moved an estimated one million units in its first ten days of release in the United States and five days of availability in Europe. In a recent interview, a Microsoft representative expected to sell three million units during the holiday season, and later increasing that number to 5 million units if Kinect continuing selling at its current pace.

In a related story, Sony Computer Entertainment says it's sold in 4.1 million PlayStation Move units since the device's launch two months ago. It's a slower start than Microsoft's Kinect --but Sony says it's bullish on "momentum" for Move entering the holiday season.

To witness the Kinect Dance of Celebration, click here:

To read the entire article, click here:

All the Crab You Can Virtually Eat

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Captains Sig Hansen, and Jonathan and Andy Hillstrand, of the Discovery Channel's "Deadliest Catch" TV series, are setting sail for new waters in the recently released "Deadliest Catch: Chaos at Sea" video game for Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and Wii.

Backed by Discovery Channel, the game is targeted for the mainstream audience that made the TV show a hit. Although men do fall overboard, hard-core gamers may be put off by the lack of blood. Gamers will compete against the show's captains and will learn what it's like to run a crab boat. The new game blends simulation and action and includes online support for fans to connect, compete and get in shape for the new season of "Deadliest Catch", which airs in April, 2011.

As Captain Sig Hansen says, "You bring strategy to the game. Add a couple of waves and wind and see if you can find the crab. Now a guy can actually do this on his couch - not freezing!"

MSRP $49.99

To see a cool video trailer, click here:
 
 

Forget Air Guitar - ThinkGeek Plays the Body Electric

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ThinkGeek's Synthesizer shirt completes the band. We don't think this is what Walt Whitman had in mind.

So, you and your boys can't play a note of music but you haven't given up your wanna-be dreams. Fear not. ThinkGeek's musical shirts let you play your choice of band instruments: guitar, synthesizer, drums, even lead singer. These are all playable, merely by pressing keys implanted in the shirt. You'll crank out some of the best synthesizer heavy classics like Thomas Dolby's She Blinded me with Science and Van Halen's Jump. Pre-recorded samples include 1984 (sounds of the 80's), UFO (Close Encounters music), Dark Star (evil synth sounds), All Your Bass (slap bass) and Chopsticks (grand piano). Each of the 25 playable keys represents a different note played in one of the five designated styles.  The shirt allows for eight keys to be played at once giving it an eight-voice capability for harmonies. 

The Personal Soundtrack shirt comes with an auxiliary port for you to plug in a microphone. The included wearable mini amplifier attaches to any belt or pant pocket and will assure that all your friends and family can hear the sweet tunes blaring from your shirt.  The amp requires 4 AAA batteries (not included) and features an adjustable tone and volume knob.

PS: This is not a paid advertisement. It's just so freakin' out there that we had to cover the story. Now let's if these guys can keep a beat and book some club gigs.

The Electronic Music Synthesizer Shirt is available now on ThinkGeek.com for $29.99 in adult sizes ranging from small to 2XL.

To see the weirdest rock video ever, click here: 

 

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Next Gen of Online Flight Simulators

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 From "World of Warcraft" to Facebook's "Farmville", social gaming is now a billion dollar business. With connection speeds being faster than ever before, it's become easier than ever for gamers the world over to connect with each other and play their favorite games in the company of friends or complete strangers. Until recently, PC flight simulators, one of the earliest computer game genres, have not taken advantage of this burgeoning online gaming universe. That's changed with the releases from several game providers.

Players can select from among thousands of airports for takeoffs and landings as well as hundreds of aircraft - the 1903 Wright Brothers heritage plane, gliders, helicopters, zeppelins, and of course the ever popular plethora of bombers and jet fighters. Strap yourself into the cockpit to relive famous battles or embark upon specific missions. Flight simulation games can be adjusted for level of complexity, based upon your expertise level. The next-gen graphics help create total immersion.

To learn more about some recent flight sim games, click here... and here

 

Remember Us?

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After years of losses and store closures, Blockbuster Inc. has a message for the country: We're still here. Ben Fritz in today's Los Angeles Times reports the once dominant video chain, which is undergoing Chapter 11 reorganization, will this week launch its first nationwide advertising campaign since 2007. The goal is to advertise what the company sees as its advantages over competitors Netflix and Redbox and also to let consumers know that it's still open. Said Chief Executive Jim Keyes: "One of the biggest challenges for Blockbuster for the past few years has been public perception, and this is intended to remind people that we're still in business and we have a unique offering," Keyes said the company felt it was important to run national ads on the broadcast networks in order to send a message to all consumers as well as promote its digital and mail offerings, which are available throughout the country.

New PGA Course Added to aboutGolf’s Simulator

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As winter begins, here's a bit of bright news for golfers: aboutGolf, a leader in indoor golf simulator technology, announced today the release of the Stadium Course, TPC Scottsdale (Tournament Players Club), now exclusively available for the company's PGA Tour Simulator as part of its partnership with the PGA Tour.

In Some Way Related to Home Entertainment

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For you guitarists, we thought you'd get a kick out of this: The "B-Bender," which isn't commonly known in the Electric Guitar World, was invented by Byrds band member Gene Parsons (at the behest of legendary Byrds guitarist Clarence White). By pushing down on the guitar neck, an apparatus of springs, linkages and levers are activated-which enables the player to raise the B- string one full step. Translation? That move creates the wailing, lonesome sound evoking pure Americana - you can almost see that locomotive chugging 'round the hill. To hear the definitive Clarence White Bender sound, click "read more" for the YouTube clip. For a sample of an available B-bender guitar, click here.
 
 
 

Netflix Plans to Launch Streaming-Only Service

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Chief Executive Reed Hastings said Netflix was looking to offer a new lower-cost plan through which subscribers could access movies and TV shows solely online and could forego receiving DVDs by mail. Hastings expects to launch this plan by the end of this year. Netflix is now testing the plan in the U.S. after a successful test was conducted in Canada for $7.99 per month.

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