“You’ll forgive me if I don’t stay around to watch. I just can’t cope with the freaky stuff.”
Those were Barry Convex’s last words to Max Renn before leaving him alone with a giant, pulsing headset wrapped around his skull; a device that would send Renn further down the rabbit hole of distorted reality that is David Cronenberg’s Videodrome. During their 2014 Game Developers Conference presentation, PlayStation head Shuhei Yoshida presented a Virtual Reality prototype for “Project Morpheus”, a head-mounted display featuring a white visor with a black wrap-around piece along the eye-line that will transform anyone who wears it into James Woods.
The E3 expo has begun and Nintendo has tried to underwhelm the Microsoft conference in a big way, revealing the final design of it’s new gaming peripheral the Wii U Gampad. While it isn’t as big as revealing a new console or AAA game, but it’s a start on drawing attention away from the big green machine and PS3.
Formerly known as the Wii U touchscreen, this final design of the new controller will still feature a touch screen interface, but with a subtle difference from it’s predecessor.
Instead of the dual sliders featured in the previous edition of the Wii U seen last year, this new controller now features dual analog thumbsticks, a much more acceptable way to control your gameplay. The real benefit will be to the developers though, as trying to figure out how to make a multiplayer game with sliding controls was a bit of a hassel. Also changed was the location of the start and select, allowing for easier selection from the player.
To hear more about E3, keep your eyes glued to NerdBastards.com, where we’ll have all the nerdtastic breaking news, and recaps of all the big presentations. Speaking of which, check out our look at the Microsoft presentation, which went hardcore in their effort to knock down the walls between devices, and also beefed up the capabilities of the Kinect.
It’s the middle of the Zombie Apocalypse and wouldn’t you know it, you’ve just fired off the last of your weak ass bullets against your undead foes. Now before you take the pussies way out and shoot yourself before the Zombies can eat your brains, think about this: You could have been prepared, if only you had remembered to pack your Hornady Zombie Max Ammo.
That’s right, ammo designed to be used only against the living dead. How sweet is that? Check out the full sized poster after the jump.
Finally, my Marty McFly Back To The Future II Cosplay is almost complete *squeel!*
Back to the Future producer Frank Marshall teased, on his personal Twitter account, a message that seems to indicate there is some sort of new BTTF project in the works. Before you get all worked up and start throwing almanacs everywhere, here’s the tweet in question:
Later in the day, TechCrunch reported that Nike announced an event in LA that is said to be the real-life release of shoes inspired by Marty’s self-lacing shoes from Back to the Future II.
Marshall’s most recent tweet says “Going to need a lot of hover boards” and points to the video embedded below:
Yes, those are in fact the legendary Nike Air Mag shoes, an entire room filled with self-lacing nerd joy. Patented by Nike last year it looks like these puppies are finally ready for the market, a full 4 years before the pair from 2015.
Battling robots blowing each other apart with lasers and explosions, that’s epic. A Kia Soul with dancing hamsters that make said robots start shuffling as a method of peace, that’s EPIC.
This sounds like one big Internet troll, but it’s actually the newest Kia commercial from director Mark Romanek. Don’t get me wrong, the man is a fantastic music and film director, but this is definitely a huge “what the…” moment for everyone. Since when does blasting a LMAFO song on a tin can of a car stop faceless robots from blasting hamsters into n00b paste? Hell, the car is onscreen less then the fucking hamsters are, but hey if it sells cars then go for it.
If you see one epic dancing video today, please for the love of God let it be this one.
Here’s the spot in it’s entirety.
If the commercial has peaked your interests then be sure to check out Entertainment Weekly for some quotes from Romanek. Then take a look over on Shoot to see how the special FX were utilized by Kia and Romanek.What’s missing, though? Was Rich+Tone’s choreography copied or did they actually have them dress up in hamster suits to shuffle? That’s the big question.
(article by nerdbastards contributor Sarah Moran @SarahThisIs)
Would You Like to Play a Game?
The rise of the machines is here! Starting Monday, Jeopardy is debuting their first robotic contestant, the IBM Watson Supercomputer. First we taught robots how to deceive, now we’re teaching them to understand our everyday language. Humanity’s chances of winning trivia-based game shows are doomed.
In order to compete on Jeopardy Watson needs to understand, “questions posed in everyday English, including all the riddles, irony and word play typical of a Jeopardy game.” Thanks to some brainy IBM programmers with a knack for analytics Watson is, “a computer system that can understand natural language and deliver a single, precise answer.”
It will be facing off against Jeopardy legends Ken Jennings, known for his record setting 74 game winning streak, and Brad Rutter, the Jeopardy winner who scored the most cash ever, $3,255,102. And how will this computer fair against two of Jeopardy’s top competitors? Watson’s already proven itself during its 50 training games by beating two thirds of Tournament of Champions contestants, and it has Jennings a little concerned,
“I think, would I win two thirds of all games against Tournament of Champions players? I don’t know if I would, that’s not something I’ve ever had to do. I don’t think I’ve ever been the underdog on Jeopardy, but I think I am this time.”
Check out the video below for what to expect from Watson and the upcoming Jeopardy tournament or visit ibmwatson.com to learn the secrets of its creation. And be ready to bend the knee to our new leader, all hail Watson, heir to the WOPR, and supercomputer of the age!
Start re-watching all those old Terminator movies and it’s spin-off series The Sarah Connor Chronicles, you’re going to need all the information you can get. While the villainous program ‘Skynet’ was only a figment of the imagination it looks like it could actually be just around the corner. Those scientists should known better, you’d think they would have at least watched I,Robot at least once. First we create the programs that serve us and it looks like we could be creating our own real to life “Judgement day” thanks to things meant to make our lives simpler. With 2012 being the year known as the end of the world could we be seeing the first glimpse of the human race kissing shiny metal ass?
We got Skynet by the balls now, don’t we?
“RoboEarth is an attempt at creating a sort of Google Earth/Internet for robots, a place where standardized navigation and object information can be uploaded, stored, and then downloaded by a bot that needs it.”
“Scientists and researchers from the Technical University of Eindhoven, Philips & the universities of Stuttgart, München, Zaragoza & Zurich have just made a huge breakthrough with RoboEarth. They have managed to get the TechUnited AMIGO robot (pictured above) to download all the information it needs for a specific task and then carry out this task. The task seems simple, the robot had to pick up and serve a bottle of water to a person. The AMIGO was successful in doing this autonomously”
First we’re teaching these robots to serve us beer, the next thing we know they’re robbing us with a broken beer bottle. Sure they don’t look like T-800’s (and who decided the music) yet wait a few months and scientists will be developing this stuff for military applications. As long as your name isn’t John Connor the most you should be worrying about right now is if you have enough ammo in your basement.
Finally, the future is now! That’s right folks, at CES, ScentScience have introduced the next evolution in 3D movies, in the form of smell-o-vision.
For $69, you get a device that will release a scent that would coincide with what’s on the screen. It comes with a scent cartridge that lasts up to 200 hours and has 20 different scents. For $19, you can pick up the software editor if you want to play around and make your own scented film.
While this may not be the first time where movies tried to interact with the viewers sense of smell, the same can be said with 3D where now we may have the technology that could make it work. What do y’all think of this? Is this going to be a gimmick like it was before and just fail or will todays technology make this work?
As digital downloads and streaming seems to be the way of the future, we also get many companies trying to dip their greedy ass hands into it by providing some sort of digital service. Sears, who also owns K-Mart, has just released their digital service recently called Alphaline Entertainment.
The service is pretty basic as it gives you the option to rent or buy flicks and TV shows. Most of the movie rentals will cost you $3.99 while buying a movie can be priced up to (most of them are) $19.99. TV shows will set you back about $1.99 an episode or you can buy a whole season, in which the price will be set $1.99 an episode (boo, no discount).
Pretty much, we got another standard and simple digital service that isn’t really doing anything new and is trying to compete with Netflix, in which they completely dominate with their Instant Streaming and DVD service. While it’s always good to have competition, I don’t see why Sears had to enter into this market as they are not doing anything new.
What do y’all think of this new? Is this something you would try out or is Netflix the way to go? Also, what would you like to see be provided in a digital service? Tell us what you think by leaving a comment.
My mind is seriously blown by this app. The folks over at Quest Visual released an iPhone app called Word Lens and all I can say is wow. The app instantly translates text real time and all you need is your iPhone and the app. The phone doesn’t need to be connected to the internet for it to work. All you have to do is just place the phone over the text and BOOM it works.
This just amazes me as I have done many translation projects and having a tool like this is just fucking amazing! Unfortunately, being the poor fat ass that I am, I am not able to play around with this app, but if you would like to check this app out, head on over to iTunes and download it.
While the app only translate Spanish to English and vice versa, I can only imagine the magic it will use when it comes to Japanese or Russian in the future. Seriously, check the video out and see if this doesn’t blow your mind like it has with mine.