318w ago - Blue laser diodes have been recognised as a key component in audio and video media players and recorders in the last few years but how about seeing Blu-ray literally? You can with the Sonar Series Blue laser pointer from the house of Wicked Lasers.
The Sonar Series Blue laser pointer is capable of emitting 405nm violet beam - close to the infrared waveband at 390nm. The laser is encased in an aircraft-grade aluminium shell and functions in pulsed output, meaning the laser turns on and off numerous times per second.
Whenever the laser is pointed at an object, a stunning fluorescent effect is created. If you are a collector of lasers, you might want to start saving as this particular one will set you back a cool $2,000!
318w ago - Vancouver-based development studio Radical Entertainment, responsible for titles like The Hulk, Crash of the Titans, Simpsons: Hit and Run, are now working on Prototype, a free-roam action-oriented game heading towards PC, X360 and PS3 platforms. In short, this one seems to offer several neat ideas that could make a welcomed improvement over the typical gameplay formula noted in most games today.
Prototype puts you in the role of a hooded shape-shifter named Alex Mercer, a dark anti-hero who awakes one day in New York City, without any knowledge about his origins (ah, the old "amnesia" bit, my favorite). All he knows is that he was genetically modified and bestowed with incredible super-powers. One of his primary abilities is to "consume" human victims, which, in turn, allows him to gain their identity.
Alex soon realizes that he's caught in the middle of a city where the so-called Black Watch Special Forces are preparing to declare martial law. At the same time, hideous mutants were spotted wandering through city streets. Alex begins to see that his special powers are somehow connected to all this chaos that has engulfed the city. (He is a perceptive young man. - 2Lions)
318w ago - Today a battle was fought in the next generation video disc format wars. To be honest, every time Average Joe walks into an electronics store and buys a HD-DVD or Blu-ray player, or a high definition movie disc, a battle is fought and won by one side or another.
In that battle, you would think that HD-DVD would have the edge because of name recognition. People already know what a "DVD" is, so it would go without saying that they would conclude that a "HD-DVD" is a high definition version of a DVD. But Blu-ray is clearly winning the war right now. Blu-ray has the edge in studio support, number of movies released, and number of players sold (a number vastly boosted by the number of Blu-ray playing Playstation 3's on the market, although it's saying something about both formats when the struggling Playstation 3 is all that's needed to outperform one format over another).
In truth, Average Joe doesn't walk into an electronics store and make a decision between Blu-ray or HD-DVD. If he's aware of either format at all, he probably knows that both formats exist and that a war is currently raging between the two for industry dominance. Average Joe probably also thinks that his good old fashioned DVDs look just fine and doesn't need a high definition disc format.
318w ago - TOKYO: Masaya Igarashi wants US$200 headphones for his new iPod Touch, and he's torn between Nintendo Co.'s Wii and Sony's PlayStation 3 game consoles. When he has saved up again, he plans to splurge on a digital camera or flat-screen TV.
There's one conspicuous omission from the college student's shopping list: a new computer.
The PC's role in Japanese homes is diminishing, as its once-awesome monopoly on processing power is encroached by gadgets such as smart phones that act like pocket-size computers, advanced Internet-connected game consoles, digital video recorders with terabytes of memory.
"A new PC just isn't high on my priority list right now," said Igarashi, shopping at a Bic Camera electronics shop in central Tokyo, who said his three-year-old desktop was "good for now."
"For the cost, I'd rather buy something else," he said
Japan's PC market is already shrinking, leading analysts to wonder whether Japan will become the first major market to see a decline in personal computer use some 25 years after it revolutionized household electronics – and whether this could be the picture of things to come in other countries.
"The household PC market is losing momentum to other electronics like flat-panel TVs and mobile phones," said Masahiro Katayama,...
318w ago - Imagine that you're strapped down in a full-scale Toyota Trueno, Subaru Impreza WRX or Mazda RX7, sweaty palms glued to the steering wheel. Your eyes are fixated on what's beyond the windshield, desperately trying to "drift" your way through the narrow Japanese countryside roads. Yes, we are referring to the Japanese cult anime Initial D. Now Sega is redefining the arcade gaming experience with its life-sized Initial D Arcade Stage 4 Limited system.
This giant motion simulator has all three of the aforementioned vehicles lined up in front of a movie projection screen and installed with a moving platform. The level of detail is truly out of this world: real vehicle chassis, authentic racing wheels and even bucket seats. It's a pity that some of the in-car instruments are non-functional, though we doubt it will be a deal-breaker for diehard manga fans. If you're one of them, all you need to do is buy yourself an air ticket to Tokyo and head down to Sega Joypolis in Odaiba