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October 1, 2014
Comments (0) | Posted at 08:19PM PST by ClayMeow

Colonizing an alien world is no easy task – or so I would assume – so it's probably a good thing that Firaxis Games has provided a new Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth gameplay trailer to help us out. The video, entitled "Discovery", is broken up into seven chapters: A New Beginning, Planetfall, Exploration, Affinities, Tech Web, Advancement, and Victory. If you have annotations turned on, you can skip to whichever chapter tickles your fancy if you don't want to watch the whole nine-minute video.

Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth is launching exclusively for Windows PC on October 24, with pre-orders netting the Exoplanets Map Pack.

Source: Press Release



Comments (0) | Posted at 07:25PM PST by ClayMeow

After a mighty impressive Dragon Age: Inquisition Character Creation video, followed by some lovely Character Posters, what does BioWare have in store for us now? A new Gameplay Features video focused on "Crafting & Customization". From potions to armor to weapons, Inquisition offers quite a lot to mess around with.

Dragon Age: Inquisition will launch on November 18 in North America and November 21 in Europe for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360. The Standard Edition costs $59.99 for all platforms, while a Deluxe Edition is available for $69.99 and includes the following bonus content: Flames of the Inquisition Armor, Flames of the Inquisition Armored Mount, Skyhold Throne, Red Hart Halla, Bog Unicorn, and the digital soundtrack. Pre-ordering either version grants you some nice fiery weapons from the Flames of the Inquisition Arsenal.

Source: BioWare



Comments (0) | Posted at 06:29PM PST by ClayMeow

The eighth and ninth videos in the Alien: Isolation #HowWillYouSurvive series of videos are now live. These two videos follow the trend of the previous one, showing us that the synthetics are just as deadly as the Xenomorph, so you should never feel safe.

Alien: Isolation is coming to PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 on October 7. You can check the PC system requirements at the official site. A Season Pass will also be available, featuring five Survivor Mode add-on packs.

Source: Press Release



Comments (0) | Posted at 04:13PM PST by CheeseMan42
Corsair Releases Flash Voyager Vega USB Drive

Corsair has released three new USB 3.0 flash drives under the Flash Voyager Vega product line. The drives are "ultra compact," measuring 5mm in thickness and 24mm in length with a key ring to make it even more portable. The drive is housed in a chrome plated scratch resistant case and will be available in capacities of 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB. The drives have USB 3.0 connectivity with USB 2.0 backwards compatibility. The 16GB has an MSRP of $16.99, the 32GB model will cost $24.99, and the 64GB has a price tag of $44.99.

Source: Press Release



Comments (0) | Posted at 03:57PM PST by CheeseMan42
Thermaltake Announces TR2 Bronze Series Power Supplies

The TR2 Bronze Series is the latest power supply offering from manufacturer Thermaltake. All three power supplies in the series have received the 80 PLUS Bronze certification and use a single 12V rail to provide stable and reliable performance. A single 120mm fan keeps everything running cool while maintaining near silent operation. The Bronze Series will be available in capacities of 450W, 500W, and 600W.

Source: Press Release



Comments (0) | Posted at 11:05AM PST by Guest_Jim_*

Mistakes happen to everyone, so what is important is to learn from the mistake and move on. A student at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst learned this lesson perhaps better than most as a mistake led to quite a discovery. Researchers at the university have been looking for a way to produce the optimal polymer architecture for organic solar cells, and by a student accidentally using the wrong substrate, they have found it.

Organic solar cells are a promising technology that could potentially out compete modern, inorganic solar cells with comparable or better efficiency, but at a lower cost and greater flexibility. They do have problems though, such as discontinuous pathways that cause energy loss. This can be overcome with the right architecture though and a student produced it while trying to grow polymer crystals, on the wrong substrate. By accident the student had used graphene as the substrate, and the mistake was not realized for over a week, when the sample was put under a scanning electron microscope. At that time not only was the mistake found but so were vertically stacked crystals, resembling blades of grass.

This vertically stacked structure addresses the problem of discontinuous pathways because of how electrons prefer to travel in certain directions through the crystals. This discovery may not just impact solar cells, but could find applications in batteries and vertical transistors as well.

Source: University of Massachusetts at Amherst



Comments (0) | Posted at 09:35AM PST by gebraset

Comcast has revealed that it has launched its cloud DVR service, which provides users with the ability to stream television recordings to PCs, Macs, Android devices, and iOS devices, in San Francisco and Houston. The two cities join Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Washington D.C, which have had access to Comcast cloud DVR since earlier this year. The service takes its aim at competing companies, delivering content to devices located within and outside of the home where DVR service is active. While the cloud DVR service is currently tied to a traditional X1 DVR box, recordings are duplicated in the cloud for viewing. DVR boxes that simply stream content and come without a hard drive should be released in the near future, providing additional functionality to cloud DVR by Comcast.

X1 users who currently have an X1 box will need to request cloud DVR functionality. Comcast expects all X1 users to receive cloud DVR by the end of the year.

Source: Gigaom



Comments (0) | Posted at 05:46AM PST by bp9801

It is the middle of the week and also the start of October, and there are just a couple of items to keep you occupied today. There is a review on the Corsair Carbide 240 Air computer case, which is a dual chamber cube-style case that won't take up a lot of room. It still houses plenty of features within its unique design, so be sure to check out the article in full. Our other item for today examines the history of computers, and specifically the IBM Model 5150 and the amount of clones it helped spawn.

Cases
Corsair Carbide 240 Air @ Madshrimps

Miscellany
History of PCs, Part 3: IBM Model 5150 and the attack of the clones @ TechSpot



Comments (0) | Posted at 05:34AM PST by Guest_Jim_*

In science classes the concept of 'ideal conditions' can often be invoked, because under ideal conditions, complex systems can be made simpler. Outside of classes complex systems are still simplified by removing complicating terms, but such a sacrifice can also make a mathematical model inaccurate. Researchers at Brown University are working to repair these inaccuracies by adding uncertainty to the models for some very complex systems.

Predicting the weather is not easy, evidenced by the number of times a forecast is wrong, and part of the process for doing that is modelling how pressure waves interact, which we do have equations for. While those generalized equations do successfully model the interactions, they fail to consider other variables that also impact the waves, such as the geography beneath them, for the sake of simplicity. The Brown researchers are trying to correct that by adding a random term to the model as a random forcing. This will result in the model producing a range of values, instead of a single answer, and will make it more realistic.

This work is part of a mathematical field called uncertainty quantifications, which tries to recover some degrees of freedom removed by simplification, as a random forcing. The reason this is only being done now is that computing power has only recently reached the level needed for this work.

Source: Brown University



September 30, 2014
Comments (0) | Posted at 07:58PM PST by bp9801
Microsoft Unveils Windows 10

Microsoft took the wraps off its newest Windows operating system earlier today, but it bears a name that isn't what everyone thought it would be: Windows 10. It was expected the new version would be Windows 9, considering Windows 8 is its predecessor, but Microsoft decided to change things up a little. Microsoft's Terry Myerson, the executive vice president for the Operating Systems Group, explains the new name is because of a shift in the company's approach to the operating system, with everything as "one tailored experience", and how Windows 9 wouldn't fit with that idea. Windows 10 does, however, hence the name change. The new OS is a blend of the best of both worlds, as it combines the traditional elements of Windows 7 with the touch features of Windows 8, along with some new goodies.

A familiar Start menu appears when you click the Start button, just with the addition of Live Tiles from Windows 8. As seen in the preview video, the Start menu and Live Tiles are customizable, with both the menu and Live Tiles able to be resized. The Start menu can even be expanded beyond the borders of your screen, so you can scroll left and right to see every app (just like in Windows 8). Metro apps now appear in a resizable window instead of fullscreen, so no more having the weather app dominate until you close it. The taskbar has been updated too, as it can now show all running apps in each virtual desktop. Your current desktop is the primary one, but you can switch between several others (or add new ones) for different tasks; so one may be for work, another for play, and others for video chats or anything else you wish. There's still the familiar Alt + Tab command, but it brings up every running app in every desktop now.

Microsoft wasn't willing to divulge every little detail about Windows 10, but expect more of that over time. The touch features weren't really expanded upon in today's event, although we do know of a feature called "Continuum" that switches the system's behavior based on the hardware. So say you're using something like the Surface Pro 3 as a tablet; Windows 10 will show its touch interface. If you then hook up the keyboard cover, Windows 10 switches into the traditional desktop mode that's keyboard and mouse-friendly. Microsoft is still tweaking Continuum, but it sounds exceptionally promising.

Windows 10 is expected to launch sometime during the middle part of next year, but starting tomorrow a Technical Preview will be available through Microsoft's Insider Program. If you're interested in checking out Windows 10 and giving Microsoft your feedback, head here to do just that.

Source: Ars Technica [1] & [2], and Engadget



Comments (0) | Posted at 07:56PM PST by ClayMeow

Yesterday, BioWare unveiled some pretty damn impressive Character Creation for Dragon Age: Inquisition. But if you've ever played a Dragon Age game, you know that there are also several NPCs and companions to meet along the way. While you can't mold them aesthetically to your liking, BioWare's designers have done a pretty good job on their own, as evidenced by some newly released Character Posters, attached below.

Dragon Age: Inquisition Group Poster

Dragon Age: Inquisition will launch on November 18 in North America and November 21 in Europe for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360. The Standard Edition costs $59.99 for all platforms, while a Deluxe Edition is available for $69.99 and includes the following bonus content: Flames of the Inquisition Armor, Flames of the Inquisition Armored Mount, Skyhold Throne, Red Hart Halla, Bog Unicorn, and the digital soundtrack. Pre-ordering either version grants you some nice fiery weapons from the Flames of the Inquisition Arsenal.

Source: Press Release



Comments (0) | Posted at 07:06PM PST by ClayMeow
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Has Launched

One of the most highly anticipated games of the year has finally launched! Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor has released globally for PC and in North America for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, along with parts of the Season Pass. Other regions and platforms will have to wait a little bit longer. Of course, no launch would be complete without an official Launch Trailer, so enjoy:

Source: Press Release



Comments (0) | Posted at 03:51PM PST by CheeseMan42

Arduino is well known for its low cost open source hardware platform, and the company is now throwing its hat into an entirely different arena, 3D printing. A partnership was announced today with startup Sharebot to create a 3D printer known as the Materia 101 that will cost between $800 and $1000. The official announcement stated, "The printer will be available only on the Arduino Store both as a kit and pre-assembled," the announcement said. "Official pricing of the device will be disclosed at a later date but the kit will sell for less than 600 EUR/800 USD, while the pre-assembled version will be available for less than 700 EUR/1000 USD." Arduino added that all documentation including technical drawings, mechanical documentation, and customized firmware will be made available as part of this partnership.

Source: Ars Technica



Comments (0) | Posted at 03:39PM PST by CheeseMan42

ECS launched round 1 of the "Design Your Own LIVA" competition at the start of the month with an entry deadline of midnight tonight, which means you still have a few hours to get an entry in. ECS plans to announce qualifiers for round 2 tomorrow, with entrants receiving their own LIVA case to finish their submissions by the end of next month. As part of the announcement, ECS has extended round 1 entries to October 15, though these entrants won't be eligible for the main contest, but will instead have a chance to earn mystery prizes.

Source: Press Release



Comments (0) | Posted at 02:32PM PST by Guest_Jim_*

In many ways, we are used to one-way reactions, such as glass breaking and not healing, and fire consuming, not restoring a material. Under the right circumstances though, many reactions can be reversed, at least in part. Among these is converting carbon dioxide back into a fuel using artificial photosynthesis, and researchers at Berkeley Lab have recently made a discovery that could greatly impact that process.

Actually reducing carbon dioxide to create a fuel is very difficult, so researchers have been looking for an efficient and selective catalyst to ease the process. To that end, the Berkeley researchers investigate bimetallic nanoparticles made of gold and copper. Typically nanocatalysts are comprised of a single element, but by using two instead, the researchers were able to tune their electronic properties. Also, by virtue of being nanoparticles, the researchers were able to control their geometry in monolayers. From this the researchers were able to determine the electronic effect and geometric effect on the production of intermediates; materials that are created during the catalyzed process.

Though the work was done with gold-copper nanoparticles, its results should extend to other potential carbon dioxide reduction catalysts. From that it may be possible to engineer superior catalysts that will make it possible to capture carbon dioxide from the air, and create useable fuels from it.

Source: Berkeley Lab



Comments (0) | Posted at 10:42AM PST by gebraset

The 32GB and 4G LTE version of the NVIDIA SHIELD tablet is now available to purchase. The device, which was revealed last July and was available earlier this month for customers to pre-order, is aimed directly at gamers who want to play demanding titles on a mobile platform. NVIDIA is including a few goodies with the SHIELD tablet to entice potential customers, including Trine 2: Complete Story, Twitch, and productivity apps such as Evernote. Other accessories are available for the NVIDIA SHIELD, such as the SHIELD wireless controller that works seamlessly with the gaming tablet.

The SHIELD tablet that features 32GB of storage and 4G LTE connectivity currently retails for $399 and is unlocked for use with T-Mobile or AT&T.

Source: TechHive



Comments (0) | Posted at 10:15AM PST by gebraset

Google has officially launched Drive for Education, which is available to students who make use of Google Apps for Education. The new offering provides students with unlimited storage along with the ability to store files up to 5TB in size, which is more than virtually any user will need. In comparison, unlimited storage is also offered to Drive for Work users, the premium offering of Google Drive that costs business users $10 per month. Before this announcement, users of Google Apps for Education could only access 30GB of storage for free.

Google Drive for Education is available for all non-profit educational institutions at no charge and will be available to all Google Apps for Education users over the coming weeks.

Source: Google for Education



Comments (0) | Posted at 10:07AM PST by Guest_Jim_*

When one envisions a solar power device, they likely picture a silicon panel that directly converts light into electricity. Just like skinning a cat though, there are many ways to harness the power of the Sun. Researchers at MIT have recently created a material that may greatly advance one of these alternatives.

Solar-thermophotovoltaic (STPV) devices work by collecting Sunlight to heat up a material. This material then glows, due to this heat, and that glow is what is converted into electricity. Under ideal circumstances, the material absorbs just the frequencies of light in Sunlight, so as to reduce the amount of energy it may radiate away. That is exactly what the MIT researchers have achieved with this new material, thanks to an idea about a previous study. Some of the team members had previously worked on a STPV device that used hollow cavities in the collector, to help capture and hold light. At the time these cavities were just filled with air, but now the researchers have filled them with a dielectric material, and that resulted in some interesting properties.

Along with the excellent absorption spectrum, this new material can be produced with modern manufacturing techniques on silicon wafers up to a foot on a side. Now the researchers are searching for other materials that this device can be made with, to help cut costs. They predict we may see a commercially viable product in just five years.

Source: MIT



Comments (0) | Posted at 09:48AM PST by gebraset

TiVo has officially launched the TiVo application for Android, which can be downloaded immediately from the Google Play store. The new application is marketed as an all-in-one solution that allows users to access content from a variety of sources, such as Amazon Instant Video, Hulu Plus, and Netflix. Recorded and live television from over-the-air antenna broadcasts or cable television can be accessed through the TiVo Android application, and entertainment can be even viewed on the go. Users who begin watching television at home can continue to enjoy content on their mobile device throughout the day, all while away from home. The TiVo Android application can also allow mobile devices to double as a next-generation remote for the TiVo Roamio DVR.

Source: TiVo Blog



Comments (0) | Posted at 07:15AM PST by gebraset

Canadian residents can now officially access Spotify, the extremely popular music subscription service that currently boasts a catalog of 20 million songs and 40 million active users. Music fans located in Canada can listen to music online, on the desktop application, and on a mobile device for free, though advertisements appear in between songs. For those who wish to use Spotify without the advertisements, a $10 CAD monthly subscription exists that removes the product and service commercials and also adds offline playback capability.

With the addition of Canada, Spotify now covers a total of 58 countries around the world.

Source: CNET



Comments (0) | Posted at 07:01AM PST by gebraset

eBay has announced that it plans to split off its PayPal unit in 2015, citing industry change as well as business opportunities and challenges as the primary reasons. Although eBay initially acquired PayPal in 2002 in order to drive consumers to the online payment service, John Donahoe, the current eBay CEO, noted that presently eBay represents less than a third of PayPal’s total payments volume. Donahoe also mentioned that keeping the companies together under one unit beyond next year simply does not make sense strategically or financially.

By splitting PayPal from eBay and making it a separately traded company, Donahoe believes that Devin Wenig, the current eBay Marketplaces president who will become the new CEO of eBay, and Dan Schulman, the current president of the American Express Enterprise Growth Group who will serve as the new CEO of PayPal, will be able to expand their respective businesses to new heights. While investors worry that the either company will come up for sale in the future due to the separation, Donahoe directly dismissed the notion, citing the strong dynamics of both eBay and PayPal.

Source: CNET



Comments (0) | Posted at 06:28AM PST by Guest_Jim_*

Our computers contain electronics to process data and magnetic systems to store data, because that is what typically works best. This is not necessarily the ideal arrangement though, as magnetically stored information is not immediately usable by electronic devices. At the University of Pittsburgh however, researchers have discovered a material that may combine data storage and processing into a single device.

The material is comprised of a thick layer of the oxide strontium titanate, and a thin layer of lanthanum aluminate. The researchers found that the interface between these two layers can have magnetic properties at room temperature. Obviously that would make it useful for data storage, but the researchers also found that when it is magnetic, it is also insulating. It is made this way by applying a voltage that removes the electrons at the interface. When the electrons are still there, the interface is conducting.

As magnetic materials normally only react to magnetic fields, finding one that also reacts to electricity could lead to some interesting technologies for electronics and future spintronics. This material also could be the first of a family of such hybrids, with other members potentially exhibiting more properties.

Source: University of Pittsburgh



Comments (0) | Posted at 05:49AM PST by bp9801

The last day of September is here, and with it brings some reviews on various components for your computer. We have a look at the G.Skill Ripjaws4 DDR4-2400 16GB kit, which should provide plenty of performance for those with an Intel X99 system. There is also a review on the Seasonic Platinum Series 1050W and 1200W power supplies, so if you need a lot of juice for a multi-GPU setup, look no further. For those wanting to jump into the world of solid state drives, we have a look at Micron's new M600 line to see how it stacks up to the competition. Lastly, the SteelSeries Siberia Elite Prism headset gets reviewed to see how it compares to the original and how well it can handle your gaming audio.

Memory
G.Skill Ripjaws4 DDR4-2400 16GB @ ThinkComputers

Power Supplies
Seasonic Platinum Series 1050W & 1200W @ PC Perspective

Storage/Hard Drives
Micron M600 SSD @ PC Perspective

Speakers/Headphones
SteelSeries Siberia Elite Prism @ LanOC Reviews



September 29, 2014
Comments (0) | Posted at 06:43PM PST by ClayMeow

We have seen a lot of the combat and beautiful vistas in Dragon Age: Inquisition, and today we get another piece of the puzzle – Character Creation. The Character Creation system in Inquisition is quite robust, allowing you to change everything from the quite basic face shape and hair, to the more complex nuances of nose tip and eyelash style. There's also full color wheels for everything you can hope for, from eyes to tattoos to a plethora of different makeup locations.

Dragon Age: Inquisition will launch on November 18 in North America and November 21 in Europe for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360. The Standard Edition costs $59.99 for all platforms, while a Deluxe Edition is available for $69.99 and includes the following bonus content: Flames of the Inquisition Armor, Flames of the Inquisition Armored Mount, Skyhold Throne, Red Hart Halla, Bog Unicorn, and the digital soundtrack. Pre-ordering either version grants you some nice fiery weapons from the Flames of the Inquisition Arsenal.

Source: Facebook



Comments (0) | Posted at 04:44PM PST by ClayMeow

The Atlantic Council, a nonpartisan Washington D.C. think tank in the field of international affairs, is about to embark on a unique year-long project called "The Art of Future Warfare". The premise behind the new project is to "mine narrative fiction and interactive media for real-world insights into the future of conflict." Last week, the Atlantic Council named acclaimed writer and director Dave Anthony, who is best known for writing and directing Call of Duty: Black Ops, along with directing its sequel, as a nonresident fellow in its Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security.

The year-long project will kick off on October 1, with Anthony headlining a public, on-the-record event from 330-5PM ET entitled "The Future of Unknown Conflict." It will be streamed live here. Anthony will use his experience creating scenarios of current and future warfare to gain an edge in future conflicts. It's not often we see people in our nation's capital embrace violent video games. The idea behind the project came about when Steven Grundman, a George Lund fellow for emerging defense challenges at the Atlantic Council, was watching his son play Black Ops II, realizing the attention to detail and realistic depiction of war in the year 2025.

"We have a perception of Washington that someone wouldn't be forward-thinking enough to contact creative people to predict... future conflicts and the nature of what these conflict will be," Anthony said. "The fact that they contacted a video game director to help them with that was flabbergasting." Anthony will be focused on showing what our nation and other nations can do to take a proactive step in preparing for terrorist attacks and other acts of war.

Source: Atlantic Council via The Washington Post



Comments (1) | Posted at 04:22PM PST by CheeseMan42

HP first announced its intention to release a $200 "Chromebook killer" Windows notebook at the Windows Partners Conference in July. The company then revealed a $300 Stream laptop on September 8, failing to deliver on the under $200 price tag. Earlier today HP finally announced a Stream laptop at a price point of $199.99 that features an Intel Celeron processor, 32GB of flash storage, and an 11.6" screen. HP also announced a 13.3" Stream at a price of $230 as well as 7" and 8" tablets at prices of $100 and $150. Microsoft is bundling a few extras with each notebook including a one year subscription to Office 365 Personal, 1TB of cloud storage through Microsoft OneDrive, and a $25 giftcard for the Microsoft Store.

Source: PC World



Comments (0) | Posted at 04:11PM PST by CheeseMan42

Google has announced a partnership with Adobe to bring the Creative Cloud service to Chromebooks. Initial support will come in the form of a streaming version of Photoshop that operates in the cloud and runs right on your Chromebook without any additional hassle. Users will be required to be an Adobe education customer with a paid Creative Cloud membership to access the service. The new service will also be fully integrated with Google Drive, making it easy for users to access their files from anywhere.

Source: Google



Comments (0) | Posted at 03:10PM PST by gebraset

Microsoft has revealed that it will launch its full size flagship store at 677 Fifth Avenue sometime next year. The location is at the heart of Upper Fifth Avenue, a high-end retail destination for both tourists and locals. Microsoft executives noted that the 677 Fifth Avenue site, which is currently a Fendi shop located just blocks away from the Apple Store, has been five years in the making. The store is set to feature an exceptional experience that showcases the products and services that Microsoft offers consumers. David Porter, the corporate vice president for Microsoft retail stores, stated that "As our first flagship store, it will serve as the centerpiece of our Microsoft Stores experience." Although Microsoft does have a few full size stores located within the New York area, the company’s flagship store will be the first for Manhattan.

Source: The Wall Street Journal



Comments (0) | Posted at 02:56PM PST by ClayMeow
Housemarque's 2D Platformer Outland is Now Available on Steam

It has been fifteen years since developer Housemarque released a game on PC, but the wait is finally over. Previously only available on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, 2011's 2D platformer Outland has now made its way to PC via Steam. Described as "a successful mix between the bullet-hell insanity of Ikaruga, the sense of exploration of classic Prince of Persia games, and the elegant silhouette aesthetic of Limbo," the original Outland received high critical acclaim. While the game doesn't officially support mods, Housemarque sees it as a way to test the PC gaming waters again and hopefully lead to more PC projects in the future. That being said, don't expect its Sony-owned IPs (Super Stardust, Dead Nation, and Resogun) to make their way to Steam.

Outland is available on Steam for $9.99, but you can enjoy a 15% discount until October 6, dropping the price to $8.49. Only the Windows version is currently available, but Mac and Linux versions will be coming later this year. A Special Edition featuring a 90-page artbook and the 29-track original soundtrack will arrive as separate DLC shortly after launch. The original Outland was published by Ubisoft, but the Steam version is self-published by Housemarque, so no Uplay or anything of that nature.

Source: Housemarque Blog and Steam



Comments (0) | Posted at 02:00PM PST by Guest_Jim_*

Vision is easily one of our most used and elide upon senses, but it is also one of the hardest to replicate, in its entirety. Of course we have cameras we can connect computers to, so they can see the world, but machines have a very hard time recognizing objects. Now researchers at Virginia Tech are working on a machine vision system that will use cartoons to teach computers what they see.

For computers to understand what they are looking at, it can be necessary to describe each object in great detail. Describing some concepts can be very difficult though, which is why the researchers are turning to visual abstractions or cartoons. Instead of just having a computer look at an image, the plan is to crowd-source new images that replicate the originals using clipart. This way, computers can learn to recognize objects more like how humans do.

To help with this work, Google has awarded the researchers $92,000 of unrestricted funds.

Source: EurekAlert!


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