SAN FRANCISCO—Blind people might not seem like a natural audience for most video games since they can’t experience the “video” part that’s a definitional piece of the experience. At a fascinating Game Developers Conference Presentation this week, though, EA Sports Accessibility Lead Karen Stevens talked about how she discovered a significant existing base of blind players in EA's games and how the company is moving to serve it.
The process began when Stevens received an email from a blind gamer complaining that changes to the kick-power meter in Madden NFL were making the latest version of the game impossible for them to play. Reaching out to other blind gamers through the forums on audiogames.net, Stevens found plenty of players figuring out their way through UFC, NHL, and even Need for Speed games without being able to see the menus or action on-screen.
“We already had an audience; they were just struggling,” Stevens said. “We were ignoring part of our audience.”
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On today's episode, we talk about the massive call on social media to delete Facebook and why many aren't following it. Also, cybersecurity for elections.
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Despite digital currencies barely being used to buy and sell things, Jack Dorsey believes bitcoin will be the "single currency" on the planet within the next 10 years.
"SoFi" is a soft robotic fish with a fish-eye lens (of course) that can explore where few other robots or humans can, and without spooking the locals.
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A report from TechCrunch claims that Google is going to buy the camera company Lytro for "around 40 million dollars." Lytro is best known for creating an innovative "Light field camera," but the company has lately pivoted to professional camera technology for filmmaking and capturing VR video.
You might remember the first Lytro camera, which came in a crazy "tube" form factor with a lens at one end and a 1.5-inch touchscreen on the other. The tube was full of lenses and a special "Light Field Sensor" that would capture images as light-field data rather than a grid of pixels. The benefit was that you could just take a picture without worrying about the focus, and you could later selectively focus the image however you wanted. The downside is that you needed a much denser CMOS sensor to capture a high megapixel image. In 2012, when the camera came out, Lytro could compute all this light-field data down to only a 1MP image.
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The chipmaker says the patches will arrive within a few weeks and AMD device owners shouldn’t worry about the reported flaws.
SAN FRANCISCO—In the computer graphics community this week, companies from Nvidia to Microsoft have been stressing just how important real-time raytracing will be to making games look more movie-like in the near future. Epic Games used a striking demo at a Game Developers Conference keynote presentation this morning to show just how much better raytracing can make real-time, interactive graphics look with top-of-the-line hardware right now.
The Star Wars "Reflections" demo, made with the cooperation of Industrial Light and Magic, showed two extremely realistic-looking and talkative Stormtroopers clamming up in an elevator when the shiny Captain Phasma pops in. Running on what Epic still refers to as “experimental code” (planned to be introduced to Unreal Engine for production later this year) the raytracing in the demo allows background elements like the guns and the opening elevator doors to reflect accurately off Phasma’s mirror-like armor in real time. These are the kinds of effects that Epic CTO Kim Libreri highlights they’ve “never been able to do before [with rasterized graphics].”
Despite the repeated privacy lapses, Facebook offers a fairly robust set of tools to control who knows what about you.
2 + 2 = 4, er, 4.1, no, 4.3... Nvidia's Titan V GPUs spit out 'wrong answers' in scientific simulations
Fine for gaming, not so much for modeling, it is claimed
Nvidia’s flagship Titan V graphics cards may have hardware gremlins causing them to spit out different answers to repeated complex calculations under certain conditions, according to computer scientists.…
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It’s no secret that family trips to Yellowstone National Park are likely to involve arguments in the back seat, but you may not know that (adult) scientists find plenty to argue about there, as well.
Yellowstone is actually just the present manifestation of a family of volcanic events going back almost 20 million years. The textbook explanation for this is that Yellowstone sits atop an example of a “mantle hot spot”—a deep plume of hot rock that rises to the surface of a tectonic plate, periodically punching a line of eruptions as the plate moves. But some scientists have proposed more complex scenarios in recent years.
For example, a study we covered just a few months ago concluded that a region of hotter, shallow mantle pulled in from beneath the Pacific by the tectonic collision with North America could explain Yellowstone and other volcanic features in Western North America.
There's been mounting pressure on Facebook's CEO to speak up amid allegations that data from millions of people on the platform was misused.