December 22, 2012

Japan Develops "Virtual Body" Tech Using All 5 Senses!

While the rest of the world fiddles with stuff like smart phones and clean energy, the Ikei Laboratory of Tokyo Metropolitan University Graduate School of System Design are straight-up working on “virtual body” technology that engages all five senses (that’s vision, touch, smell, taste, and hearing for those of you counting) for a truly out of this world experience. Watch a demo video below!

So far, the prototype looks a bit like a Matrix-eque nightmare (complete with torture chair), but we’re willing to trade in a bit of our humanity for the chance to walk around a virtual Milan, or winning a virtual 100-meter dash, as long as someone remembers to unplug it before going to bed. Or change our adult diapers every couple of hours. Whichever comes first.

More titles comes to Valve's Winter Sale

Steam just likes to empty your wallets with sales every so often. Since STEAM does have a very easy to use ‘gifting’ feature, you can technically be holiday shopping for someone you know. If that’s the case then kudos for being thrifty and thoughtful as you browse some of the best games that came out this year.

Valve is currently offering dramatic discounts on games like ‘Dishonored’ for only $29.99 or ‘Hitman: Absolution’ for only $24.99. The sales are equally impressive across a wide array of PC and Mac games. Other tid-bits like DLC, collections and indie titles are marked down as well, creating the perfect virtual stocking-stuffers.

The sale changes day-by-day but has been getting better day-by-day as well. You will definitely want to keep checking back if you have a particular title that you are holding out for. Check out the sale here.

Instagram Reversal Doesn’t Appease Everyone

Instagram has backpedaled on changes to its terms of service that appeared to let the maker of the photo-sharing app sell users' images, with founder and CEO Kevin Systrom announcing today that the terms will revert to the version in place since the service launched in 2010.

Facebook-owned Instagram ignited a storm of protest with the announcement earlier this week that it was claiming perpetual rights to sell users' photographs without notifying or compensating the photographer. Under that new policy, Facebook claimed the right to license all public Instagram photos to companies or any other organization, including for advertising purposes, effectively transforming the Web site into the world's largest stock photo agency.

The app maker apologized to its users yesterday, saying it would "remove" language from its legal terms that would have let it sell users' photos or use them in advertisements. Systrom said it's "our mistake that this language is confusing" and that the company is "working on updated language."

The user revolt came three months after Facebook completed its acquisition of the popular photo-sharing service, which has more than 100 million users, and follows recent efforts by the social network to increase revenue.

[via CNET]