Water Surface Interface Turns Your Bathtub Into A Touchscreen Computer
Using a PC, projector, and a Microsoft Kinect, you can have a bathtub that would make even Tony Stark a bit jealous.


Behold, the AquaTop. No need to worry about dropping your electronic portable devices in the water during bath time when your bathtub can do pretty much anything you can do on your laptop. You can play touchscreen games by either poking at the waters surface from above, or poking up from underneath.

Via Gajitz

The PC attached to the system also allows you to use the surface of your bath water as a desktop computer. You can scoop up a piece of media that is projected on the water and drop it onto a media player, which will start the media playing. Projected images can be removed from the “screen” by making waves in the water that wash them away, or by simply reaching three fingers up from beneath the water and “pulling” the images under.

But can you play League of Legends on it? And has anyone figured out crazy porn-related stuff to do with this thing yet? If not, it’s really only a matter of time.

Water Surface Interface Turns Your Bathtub Into A Touchscreen Computer

Using a PC, projector, and a Microsoft Kinect, you can have a bathtub that would make even Tony Stark a bit jealous.

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Edge Reports on New Xbox: No Used Games, Internet Required
Edge is reporting new details on the next Xbox system. The biggest news about the new console: internet is required to play with the system and used games will be blocked.
Games will be purchased with one-time-use activation codes, meaning the sole person who uses the code first is the only person who can play the game on their console. 
While the console’s experience now fully lies with internet compatibility, physical games will still be available. Games will now be on blu-ray format for the next Microsoft console, meaning 50 gigs of space for games now.
The console holds AMD eight-core x64 1.6GHz CPU, a D3D11.x 800MHz graphics solution and 8GB of DDR3 RAM. The console will also ship with a newer version of the Kinect.

Edge Reports on New Xbox: No Used Games, Internet Required

Edge is reporting new details on the next Xbox system. The biggest news about the new console: internet is required to play with the system and used games will be blocked.

Games will be purchased with one-time-use activation codes, meaning the sole person who uses the code first is the only person who can play the game on their console. 

While the console’s experience now fully lies with internet compatibility, physical games will still be available. Games will now be on blu-ray format for the next Microsoft console, meaning 50 gigs of space for games now.

The console holds AMD eight-core x64 1.6GHz CPU, a D3D11.x 800MHz graphics solution and 8GB of DDR3 RAM. The console will also ship with a newer version of the Kinect.

Albotas x Brisk x Star Wars x 7-Eleven.

The folks over at Brisk asked us to make a YouTube video telling you dudes about how you can use your Kinect to scan specially marked limited edition bottles of Brisk and unlock Anakin’s podracer in Star Wars Kinect. We wound up going overboard and making some sort of weird dubstep/rap video hybrid. Enjoy!

And The Winner Of Our Star Wars Kinect Giveaway Is…
Game over, man. If you didn’t enter, I feel bad for you. Just kidding. The only person who should feel bad for you is you for being such a slacker.
To the lucky winner, CapitalizedSenseFailUnorthodoxicaly, congratulations! You officially have THE longest Tumblr handle I’ve ever seen. Also, YOU WON SOME FREE STUFF!! We’ve contacted you for your shipping info so our rad amigos over at Brisk can send you a copy of Star Wars Kinect for Xbox 360 along with a bottle of Brisk that can be scanned by your Kinect to unlock Anakin’s podracer! Lucky devil, you. Now go force your friends and family to visit Albotas each and every day for the rest of all time!
A huge thanks goes out to Brisk for sponsoring shindig and all of you rad dudes/dudettes for reading this geeky fruit cocktail of a site. To those of you who didn’t win, thanks for playing and keep an eye out for more contests coming soon. Who knows, you just might be a winner!

And The Winner Of Our Star Wars Kinect Giveaway Is…

Game over, man. If you didn’t enter, I feel bad for you. Just kidding. The only person who should feel bad for you is you for being such a slacker.

To the lucky winner, CapitalizedSenseFailUnorthodoxicaly, congratulations! You officially have THE longest Tumblr handle I’ve ever seen. Also, YOU WON SOME FREE STUFF!! We’ve contacted you for your shipping info so our rad amigos over at Brisk can send you a copy of Star Wars Kinect for Xbox 360 along with a bottle of Brisk that can be scanned by your Kinect to unlock Anakin’s podracer! Lucky devil, you. Now go force your friends and family to visit Albotas each and every day for the rest of all time!

A huge thanks goes out to Brisk for sponsoring shindig and all of you rad dudes/dudettes for reading this geeky fruit cocktail of a site. To those of you who didn’t win, thanks for playing and keep an eye out for more contests coming soon. Who knows, you just might be a winner!

A Little Bit on the White Side: If you’re into color variants - and we certainly are - get ready for this sexy white Xbox 360 and Kinect “sports” bundle. The console is the 4GB version and unfortunately is only available in this bundle. It’s out today for $299.99.

(Source: amazon.com)

Microsoft as the Good Guys? Nah.
I recently read an article in Wired magazine about how Microsoft’s Kinect has reignited the hardware hacking scene. One thing they touched upon is how MS did a total 180, first by saying that they didn’t condone the use of the hardware through anything other than a 360 console, then by saying that they openly support Kinect hacking. In fact, as you probably know, they’re releasing drivers and an SDK for Windows. A big and sudden turnaround like this isn’t seen that often, so when it does, it comes off as a little fishy. And I hate fish.
What I’m getting at is that MS would have you believe they’ve been the good guys all along. They’ve even gone as far as to say their initial negative reaction to Kinect hacking was simply a PR blunder and that they’ve always meant for it to be pseudo-open-source. Maybe I’m a cynical asshole, but I have a hard time swallowing that one. Microsoft saw an opportunity to heighten their stature among us nerds and seized upon it. They knew there was no going back after Kinect was hacked within days of its release. If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em. They knew their best bet at that point was to feign enthusiasm rather than play their same old grumpy role.
I’m not a Microsoft hater, and I’m not saying that an official Kinect SDK is a bad thing. Not at all. In fact, it was an undeniably cool move on Microsoft’s part. And that influence is spreading quick. Now Sony (doing what they do best) are playing catch-up and releasing drivers for their Move hardware.
What I’ve always been weary of though, is business’ fawning in order to gain support and, ultimately, customers. Manipulation by corporations is usually considered to be the stuff of tinfoil-hat-wearing schizophrenics, but unfortunately it’s a reality. What we have to remember is who’s really on our side - the side that wants to improve technology and society. Is that Microsoft, McDonalds, and Wal-Mart, or the (whitehat) hackers who are coding all sorts of useful Kinect apps? I think the answer is pretty clear.

Microsoft as the Good Guys? Nah.

I recently read an article in Wired magazine about how Microsoft’s Kinect has reignited the hardware hacking scene. One thing they touched upon is how MS did a total 180, first by saying that they didn’t condone the use of the hardware through anything other than a 360 console, then by saying that they openly support Kinect hacking. In fact, as you probably know, they’re releasing drivers and an SDK for Windows. A big and sudden turnaround like this isn’t seen that often, so when it does, it comes off as a little fishy. And I hate fish.

What I’m getting at is that MS would have you believe they’ve been the good guys all along. They’ve even gone as far as to say their initial negative reaction to Kinect hacking was simply a PR blunder and that they’ve always meant for it to be pseudo-open-source. Maybe I’m a cynical asshole, but I have a hard time swallowing that one. Microsoft saw an opportunity to heighten their stature among us nerds and seized upon it. They knew there was no going back after Kinect was hacked within days of its release. If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em. They knew their best bet at that point was to feign enthusiasm rather than play their same old grumpy role.

I’m not a Microsoft hater, and I’m not saying that an official Kinect SDK is a bad thing. Not at all. In fact, it was an undeniably cool move on Microsoft’s part. And that influence is spreading quick. Now Sony (doing what they do best) are playing catch-up and releasing drivers for their Move hardware.

What I’ve always been weary of though, is business’ fawning in order to gain support and, ultimately, customers. Manipulation by corporations is usually considered to be the stuff of tinfoil-hat-wearing schizophrenics, but unfortunately it’s a reality. What we have to remember is who’s really on our side - the side that wants to improve technology and society. Is that Microsoft, McDonalds, and Wal-Mart, or the (whitehat) hackers who are coding all sorts of useful Kinect apps? I think the answer is pretty clear.

This video was shot with Microsoft’s Kinect for the Xbox 360 and it looks pretty stunning. The song is “Young Silence” by Echo Lake and the vid was shot by Dom Jones and Dan Nixon.

[Engadget via People Can Be Good]

Dear Sega,
I just realized something. How awesome would it be to have a Jet Set Radio game for Kinect? I don’t have much interest in “being the controller” but if Sega made a game where I could spray some walls with a one-to-one recreation of my hand motions, I might just choke up that $150. Do it, Sega. Do it.
Love,
Marc

Dear Sega,

I just realized something. How awesome would it be to have a Jet Set Radio game for Kinect? I don’t have much interest in “being the controller” but if Sega made a game where I could spray some walls with a one-to-one recreation of my hand motions, I might just choke up that $150. Do it, Sega. Do it.

Love,

Marc

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