Archive for May, 2008

Acer Predator gaming PC: quad-core CPU & mechanical codpiece

Acer Predator gaming PC: quad-core CPU & mechanical codpiece

According to Acer's dramatic tagline, their new Predator gaming PC range is "Faster. Deeper. Harder. Further."  The metallic orange desktop certainly catches the eye, though I'm not sure everyone will appreciate the looks (or the mechanical drive bay cover, which reminds me of a trash lorry mechanism); however what will likely impress is the guts of the beast.  An overclockable quad-core Core 2 Extreme CPU with liquid cooling, up to 8GB of DDR2 800/1066 RAM and three NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GTX video cards.

Judge recommends guilty charges for Jack Thompson

Judge recommends guilty charges for Jack Thompson

If gamers had a a single collective enemy, that person would be Jack Thompson. He's gone out of his way time and again attempting to rid the world of games that many of us find quite enjoyable. While I've often wondered what we could do to finally defeat him once and for all, it seems that we need to do nothing, as he's already done everything himself. We told you back in February that he was appearing before the Florida Supreme court, now it looks like he very well be found guilty of the charges.

More Metal Gear in the future, still no more Solid Snake

More Metal Gear in the future, still no more Solid Snake

I admit that I haven't been a huge follower of the Metal Gear games. They're great in their respect, just not for me. I have played enough to know that Solid Snake is a bad-ass, and many people are going to be sad to see him go. However, what even many hardcore fans don't know is that MGS 4 isn't necessarily the end of the series, just the end of Solid Snake's story.

Microsoft ups XBLA game limit to 350MB

Microsoft ups XBLA game limit to 350MB

There has been a lot of talk about the size limit that has been imposed upon developers for the Xbox Live Arcade.  Developers have been having a hard time conforming to the strict 150MB limit, which isn't surprising considering the file sizes that we deal with these days. Well, Microsoft has listened to concerns about this, and increased the cap to a whopping 350MB.

The Apple NesRemote mod

The Apple NesRemote mod

The NES controller seems to be one of the favorite items to mod, and even to make giant working models in its image. Well this cute little mod is a fairly simple one and extremely useful.

The very cute Munny Speaker Dolls

The very cute Munny Speaker Dolls

These cute little speakers may look like a professional mass produced product, but this is actually a home made item. Made by a Flickr pool member, Fungus Amungus.

N-trig 22-inch MultiTouch touchscreen with pen & finger input

N-trig 22-inch MultiTouch touchscreen with pen & finger input

Touchscreen manufacturer N-trig could be the people to bring my large-scale multitouch dreams to fruition.  While Microsoft's Surface is way too expensive, and DIY versions a little too complicated for the average Joe, N-trig are claiming that their DuoSense screens are ready for OEMs and ODMs to start integrating in mainstream products.  Combining both digital pen input and capacitive touch, DuoSense offers all the usual MultiTouch features including rotating, stretching & shrinking and playing multi-player games.

Check out the demo video of N-trig DuoSense in action after the cut

OLPC XO-2 concept: $75 for dual-touchscreens by 2010?

OLPC XO-2 concept: $75 for dual-touchscreens by 2010?

It's tricky, as a tech company, predicting how people will react to your latest shiny concept.  In OLPC's case, I've a sneaking suspicion that many will be saying "concentrate on hitting that promised $100 price-point with your current laptop" rather than spending too much time cooing over a render that really looks too good to be true (even for the estimated 2010 launch).  The OLPC XO-2 has dual-touchscreens and can be used in traditional laptop orientation, via an on-screen keyboard, or as an eBook with the hinge running down the middle.