Killer Running Robots Will Kill Us All
Ugh -- skynet references :)
University of Michigan's MABEL runs free for over 110 steps! In our opinion, this is the most realistic, human-like running achieved on a robot. It has a very satisfying feel to it. The robot just moves right. It is up in the air for more than a third of the duration of step. The height off the ground is right. Whereas other robots had their feet maybe one sixth of an inch off the ground, MABEL is 3 to 4 in inches in the air. The motion of the hip, which is like a bouncing ball, and the pitching of the torso give you the sensation of running. It all just makes you say, that is running.
Feedback algorithm for running was designed by Koushil Sreenath as part of his PhD dissertation. The detailed model used in the work was developed by Hae-won Park as part of his PhD dissertation.
For the feedback control aficionados, we used a nonlinear, compliant hybrid zero dynamics controller with active force control, running in real-time. How about that! MABEL weighs over 65 Kg, has a heavy torso (40 Kg), has point feet, and a cable-driven transmission system with compliance. This makes it a challenging machine to control. The Hybrid Zero Dynamics (HZD) framework was instrumental in our success.
The achieved peak speed is 3.06 m/s (6.8 mph), with an average speed of 1.95 m/s (4.4 mph). The obtained gait has flight phase that's almost 40% of the gait, with a ground clearance of 3-4 inches.
IBM creates human brain-like computer chips
The research team has built its first brain-like computing units, with 256 neurons, an array of 256 by 256 (or a total of 65,536) synapses, and 256 axons. (A second chip had 262,144 synapses) In other words, it has the basic building block of processor, memory, and communications. This unit, or core, can be built with just a few million transistors (some of today's fastest microchips can be built with billions of transistors).
Modha said that this new kind of computing will likely complement, rather than replace, von Neumann machines, which have become good at solving problems involving math, serial processing, and business computations. The disadvantage is that those machines aren't scaling up to handle big problems well any more. They are using too much power and are harder to program.
The more powerful a computer gets, the more power it consumes, and manufacturing requires extremely precise and expensive technologies. And the more components are crammed together onto a single chip, the more they 'leak' power, even in stand-by mode. So they are not so easily turned off to save power.
Trine 2: Co-op Adventure Trailer
KFA2 offers Wireless HD Streaming solution
KFA2 just launched their all new Stream HD, one of smallest HD streaming solutions in the market, connect any HDMI devices WIRELESSLY to your HD TV or HD projector. Stream latency-free HD video and audio in full 1080p up to 10 meters with no line of sight, perfect for the home user or Business professional.
The Stream HD solution functions with two key components, the HD dongle (transmitter) which plugs into your HDMI OUT powered by USB and the HD receiver, which receives the wireless data and sends this information to your HDMI display via a HDMI cable, powered by an AC adaptor.
Ideal for streaming HD web content, movies, presentations or high-resolution imagery from your laptop directly to your HD display without the extra expense or the extra effort to hide awkward HDMI cables either in your home theater setup or boardroom.
AMD Catalyst 11.8 WHQL Download
The AMD Catalyst Control Center / AMD Vision Engine Control Center 11.8 software suite contains the following:
- AMD display driver version 8.881
Cooler Master Unveils GeminII S524 CPU cooler
Cooler Master, an industry leading chassis, thermal solution, peripheral, and accessory manufacturer, uncovers the ultimate follow-up to the widely popular GeminII CPU Cooler, the GeminII S524. The GeminII S524 is the embodiment of versatility, efficiency, and silence.
GeminII S524, a unique alternative to traditional CPU & system memory cooling. Rotated 90 degrees, it harnesses the constant flow of cool air from the side of the system and directs it to the heatsink fins to cool the CPU. Unique to this design, the GeminII S524 channels a portion of this cool air to the system memory to help dissipate the heat generated by critical system components. Benefiting from a larger heatsink surface area, increased clearance for high-end system memory modules, and an easily upgradeable fan, the GeminII S524 claims its position as a transformative cooling solution while maintaining an impressive performance-to-noise ratio.
Electroplated Copper Base and 140mm Fan Support
GeminII S524 is an evolutionary new step in CPU cooling. It features a total of five high-grade 6mm thick copper heat pipes that emerge from a large copper base that, combined, offer optimal heat conduction; quickly spreading and removing heat generated by the CPU. To prevent corrosion of its copper surfaces without impacting its heat conductivity, the GeminII S524 base and all heat pipes have been electroplated with a microscopic layer of nickel. The increased surface area of the heatsink and revised fin design of GeminII S524 not only improve its cooling performance but allow for the installation of a 140mm fan, making it a highly flexible cooling solution suitable for any computing environment.
The GeminII S524 will be available worldwide in August 16th, 2011 for $39.99 MSRP at retail and online locations that carry your favorite Cooler Master, CM Storm, and Choiix products.
AMD A6-3500 Tripple core APU
AMD announced the A6-3500, a new triple-core 2.4GHz APU with 3MB L2 cache that will be sold for $95. The chip seems quite similar to the A6-3600, minus one core and 1MB of L2 cache.
AMD announced availability of the AMD A-Series Accelerated Processing Unit (APU) A6-3500 desktop processor, extending the array of APU products and price points for consumers who want PCs with brilliant HD graphics, supercomputer-like performance, and incredibly fast application speeds.
The AMD A6-3500 desktop APU combines three x86 CPU cores with more than 300 Radeon
Razer Tiamat 7.1 surround headset
Razer introduced the Tiamat 7.1, claiming this product is world's first true 7.1 surround sound headset. Additionally, the company also revealed the Tiamat 2.2 stero gaming headset.
Razer brings true pinpoint positional audio to hardcore gamers everywhere with the Razer Tiamat headset range
ASUS ROG MARS II gets an annoucement
The MARS II is now being introduced officially. The new ROG MARS II picks up where previous graphics card powerhouses from ASUS ROG left off, and continues the legacy of the finest hardware for hardcore gamers. The limited-edition card is built on twin NVIDIA
ASUS Transformer scratch test (video)
ASUS decided to give a little demonstration of the durability of Corning Gorilla Glass based products.
The ASUS Eee Pad Transformer TF101 features a chemically strengthened screen made up of Corning Gorilla Glass that helps protect it from bumps and scratches - keeping your tablet looking bright and new longer.
So just how strong is Corning Gorilla Glass? We decided to put it through a few tests to find it's breaking point. Have a look at what we discovered.
Q3 2011 will see Sandy bridge price reduction
Word from CPU World is that Intel planned price cuts for nine Sandy Bridge processors this Fall.
The first round of price drops will be in September, and it will affect all mid- and low-power Core i7 and Core i5 CPUs. Core i7-2600S will have its price cut by $12, from $306 to $294. Prices of Core i5s will be reduced by $11 at most. Core i5-2390T and i5-2400S will cost $184, Core i5-2405S - $201, and the prices of Core i5-2500S and i5-2500T will be reduced to $205.
The second round of price cuts will follow in October. This time Intel will slash prices on several Core i3 and Pentium microprocessors. The price of Core i3-2120 will be lowered from $138, which is expected launch price of Core i3-2130 CPU in September, to $117. Pentium G850 will cost $75, and Pentium G630 will be priced down to $64. After the cuts, the Core i3-2120 will have the same price as the i3-2100, and the Pentium G850 and G630 will be priced identical to G840 and G620 CPUs respectively.
Samsung debuts 30nm-class 32GB Green DDR3
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., the world leader in advanced memory technology, today announced the development of 32 gigabyte (GB) double data rate-3 (DDR3) registered dual Inline memory modules (RDIMMs) that use three dimensional (3D) through silicon via (TSV) package technology.
Check out the 2011 HAF X Mini Bike
haha, funny stuff. Check out the HAF-X modded onto a bike. Easy transportation to your next LAN party.
HAF-X Chassis including Pocket Bike:
Cooler Master 700W Silent Pro Gold PSU
Cooler Master Hyper 212Plus CPU cooler
Intel Core i5 CPU
Intel Mini-ITX Mainboard
Intel 300GB SSD
G.Skill Ripjaw Memory 2x 4GB
GeForce GTX460 graphics
GamesCom 2011 game trailers
Below an overview of game trailers released at GamesCon:
I the Prototype 2 Gamescom 2011 trailer, you are Blackwatch and you will not fail to capture Alex Mercer and James Heller. This trailer for the upcoming action game features a recap of everything that happened in the first game, and what your new mission is in New York Zero. Prototype 2 is coming out for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on April 24, 2012.
Modern Warfare 3 PC gets dedicated servers
Activision has said that it will support dedicated servers in the PC version of Modern Warfare 3 despite ongoing concerns about how they can be used to cheat online.
Developer Infinity Ward famously ditched dedicated servers for Modern Warfare 2, claiming that it wanted to guarantee service quality for its whole customer base
Patriot SuperSonic Magnum 64GB USB 3.0 flash drive review
Patriot Memory recently released a USB stick, all 3.0 compatible and it's called the SuperSpeed Magnum. That surely hints towards a nice caliber. We test the 64GB version of this model, and their Magnum .. well it's the fastest and most l33t little fracker your money can get you with read performance of 200 MB/sec.
Check the article right here.
Mozilla Firefox 6 Web-Browser Download available
Mozilla released Firefox 6 - the version number inflation drive continues as it plays catch up with Google Chrome 13 and Internet Explorer 9. Released today, Firefox 6 packs small number of new features, improved font rendering, along with the usual load of security and bug fixes. To begin with, the navigation toolbar got a couple of updates: the address bar now highlights the domain name of the loaded webpage. The site identity box (which displays the favicon, and security status of the loaded webpage), is now "streamlined" with the rest of the address bar.
Firefox 6 supports the latest draft version of WebSockets with a prefixed API. It adds support for EventSource / server-sent events, window.matchMedia. There's an improved web-console to help developers. The browser has better discoverability with Firefox Sync. It starts faster when using Panorama. Again, there's the a load of security and stability fixes.
ASUS F1A75-I Deluxe motherboard
ASUS announced the launch of their new Mini-ITX motherboard based on the AMD A75 chipset, the F1A75-I DELUXE motherboard. With onboard graphics built in to the APU, the F1A75-I DELUXE offers excellent graphics performance, especially when combined with a discrete GPU for Dual Graphics capabilities. Like the previous F1A75 series, this version is also equipped with the latest ASUS-exclusive technologies and features, including DIGI+ VRM for precise digital power control, a graphical and mouse-controlled UEFI BIOS and support for DirectX