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 Monday, 18-November-2013  22:33:59 (GMT +10) - by Grec

The Playstation 4 launched yesterday, with some users ( .4% of shipped consoles according to Sony) complaining of broken HDMI cords, units in unusable condition, and various versions of the Red Light of Death. "Be assured we are investigating reported PS4 issues," the President of Worldwide Studios tweeted this morning. "The number is very small compared to shipped, we believe they are isolated incidents."

As the meme goes, no longer want to live on this planet anymore? Turns out, there could be a truckload of habitable planets out there. According to engadget's "Alt Week" as many as one in five sun-like stars have planets in the Goldilocks zone. About one in five sunlike stars observed by NASA's planet-hunting Kepler spacecraft has an Earth-size planet in the so-called habitable zone, where liquid water — and, potentially life — could exist, according to the new study. If these results apply elsewhere in the galaxy, the nearest such planet could be just 12 light-years away.

So, there's an interesting new motorcycle helmet with Google Glass-style heads-up display, rear-view camera, and Bluetooth implemented into the actual helmet for increasing rider safety on the road - Arguably both a good thing, and a bad thing. How can you pay attention to cars zipping about you, sometimes within inches of killing you, while flipping your eyes around to focus on a clear plastic box at the bottom of your field of vision? That's what I was considering on Thursday in the bright noontime sun as I slid on the Skully P1 and gently wiggled my glasses back into the helmet, one of three prototypes in existence.

Whilst we're on the subject of cameras in headgear, check out the new Google Glass 3D Printed Sunshade - Something you can make using your own 3d printer.One aspect of the Sunshade is that it obscures the light that tells you Google Glass is in use. You are now free as a bird to shoot whatever you like, whenever you like, and from whatever angle you can get your head around. Accused of encouraging sneakiness, Barrett repeated that his only motivation had been poor visibility during sunny days.

Something I've daydreamed about before but now seems to have become reality, researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have come up with a device that can render digital 3D content physically using a projector, an Xbox Kinect sensor, 900 pins, linkages and actuators, and a computer. Dubbed a "dynamic shape display", the device, unlike a hologram, can render 3D content physically, so that users can interact with digital information in a tangible way. It can also interact with the physical world around it by, for example, moving objects, such as a ball, on its table’s surface. Remote participants in a video conference can also be displayed physically, allowing for what the MIT researchers call "a strong sense of presence" and the ability to interact physically at a distance.

The worlds fastest spy plane has been planned out to hopefully hit the sky by 2030. And by the worlds fastest, I mean six times the speed of sound – about 6760 km/h, or 113 kilometers a minute - That's Sydney to Melbourne in less than ten minutes. To reach such speeds, Lockheed Martin and Aerojet Rocketdyne, the companies said to be actively developing the plane, will have to create a new type of engine. Engines found in big commercial airliners can hit speeds up to two-and-a-half times the speed of sound before they're no longer efficient. Other engines keep their efficiency up to four times that speed, but getting to mach six will require a hybrid engine, one that uses a turbine when it's not going too fast, and a supersonic combustion ramjet when it's ready to move

You've probably all heard of Batkid by now - the alter-ego of five-year-old Miles, a super kid fighting leukemia. Make-A-Wish foundation pulled out all the stops for him when he said he wanted to be Batman for the day. A donated Lamborghini, one Riddler, Penguin, Police Commissioner, Batman and what looked like most of San Francisco all turned up to help him out.



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