Best Game Controller ever

June 22, 2009

What ever happened to VR games? I liked the idea of being in the game and do what I had to do to get the job done.

Anyway – this guy below called his invention the PC VR Game Gun. Its a toy gun with an LCD screen attached to it, a Gyration Air Mouse mounted on top, which allows for some full, seemingly responsive motion-tracking in any PC game. He also ripped apart a gamepad and wired it up to the trigger in the gun.

There is also a wireless option of the gun as you can see in the 2nd video.

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Helping people in distress with robots

March 6, 2009

A group of academics is attempting to use flying "quadcopter" robots as a means of deploying self-assembling ad-hoc wireless networks.

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The system uses cheap "quadcopters" – autonomous flying helicopter-style robots equipped with satellite navigation – bearing radio equipment based on VIA Pico-ITX computers.

there are still some issues with it though – the batteries cost approx. 1000 Euro and the flight time is only 20 min.

Mind you that 20 minutes is for flight time, giving the robots enough duration to position themselves and land on "high ground or a building somewhere", and provide network coverage for several hours.

The project is looking for research students to continue the work.