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  • HP introduces Unreal Engine 4-ready ‘turnkey solution’ workstations, collaborating with ALT Systems

    HP introduces Unreal Engine 4ready 'turnkey solution' workstations, collaborating with ALT Systems

    Hewlett-Packard may not be well-known by consumers for creating the machines that power the industries that power the world we live in, but the company’s workstation business does just that. From film to oil drilling to medicine, HP’s workstations have their hands in a lot of pies — and today, that expands more directly to yet another major industry: video games. With its Z1, Z820 and Z620 workstations, HP is collaborating with Epic Games, Autodesk, and ALT Systems to create what they’re calling a “turnkey solution” to game development workstation woes. The three aforementioned units can be customized to arrive with a variety of variables, including Unreal Engine 4, Autodesk, and NVIDIA GTX-line GPUs.

    In so many words, ALT Systems will take the disparate pieces of hardware and software from HP, NVIDIA, Autodesk and Epic Games to provide an all-in-one buying solution for game dev studios. As ALT Systems president Jon Guess laughingly explained, it provides clients “one neck to wring” should things go wrong, rather than dev studios having to suss out hardware issues on their own. The first fruits of the partnership arrive this year in game developer-centric versions of the aforementioned three workstation models. For a full rundown of the various workstation configurations that’ll arrive this year, ALT Systems has a site set up just for you.

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  • LG patents RFID-labelled cookbook, attempts to offer more than just another place to spill sauce

    LG gets RFIDlabelled cookbook patent to make the fight against food easier

    LG is no stranger to mixing together patents and white goods and this time its trying to bridge the gap between recipes and those all-too-often underwhelming results. One of its patents, granted today, outlines the idea of two RF tags that would offer food information and appliance specs, with a reader located on a terminal (say, an oven) that would attempt to bridge the gap between the two. This (likely wireless) device would then connect to a server, which would return operating details for cooking that specified “food information” on your appliance of choice. LG also hints at the ability of expanding the remit of a book when enough info can’t be given due to the space limitations of the printed word, hopefully offering up some added value to any compatible future cookbooks. Well, you’ve got to try and explain those connected fridge and oven costs somehow, right?

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    Source: USPTO

  • AIA crowdfunds a space program ad that would run in front of Star Trek (video)

    Aerospace industry wants a NASA ad in front of Star Trek, prefers real space travel video

    As a federal agency, NASA can’t run commercials — a problem both for rallying broader public support and fostering the next generation of astronauts. The Aerospace Industries Association has both cultural and very practical reasons for improving that public awareness, so it’s taking the unusual step of crowdfunding an ad purchase to get the American space program in front of as many eyes as possible. The project would cut a 30-second version of NASA’s We Are the Explorers promo (after the break), minus the administration’s official endorsement, and run it in at least 50 major movie theaters for eight weeks following the launch of Star Trek Into Darkness on May 17th. The crowdfunding is ostensibly to demonstrate our collective love of space, and would directly translate any money raised beyond the $33,000 goal into ads for more theaters. A cynical industry move? Maybe — but we won’t build starships without a public that’s interested in seeing them beyond movie screens, which makes the ad a noble enough cause in our minds.

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    Via: SlashGear

    Source: Indiegogo

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