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Gamers outshine computers in crowdsourced RNA modeling

By - January 28, 2014 2 Pictures
Results from the crowdsourced game and experiment, EteRNA, which combines RNA folding puzzles with laboratory synthesis, show that human gamers are able to develop better models of RNA folding than previous computer algorithms. Design rules formulated by the online community have even been used to construct a new algorithm, EteRNABot, and in some cases represent completely new understandings about RNA folding that have yet to be explained mechanically. Read More
— Computers

Eyes-on with Tobii's eye-tracking technology

By - January 20, 2014 18 Pictures
We've been following the development of Tobii's impressive eye-tracking technology for several years now, but it looks like consumers may actually get a chance to try it out for themselves in the not too distant future. Thanks to a partnership with SteelSeries, an eye tracker specifically for gamers is set to hit the market later this year, but that still leaves the question of what the technology can actually bring to video games. Fortunately, we were able to catch up with Tobii CEO Henrik Eskilsson on the CES show floor and try it out for ourselves. Read More
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SimCity to finally get offline play mode with update 10

By - January 13, 2014
If you were to take a look at many publications' "Biggest Fail of the 2013" award, it's quite likely that EA's SimCity will be listed near the top. After all, the online-only game made one of the worst launches in video game history with servers that were plagued with problems, and a change to the SimCity formula that, by and large, most players hated. Now, after almost a year after the initial release, the company is finally doing away with one of players' biggest problems, the online requirement. Read More
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WiTrack system allows for motion tracking through walls

By - December 12, 2013 2 Pictures
Microsoft's Kinect system is certainly impressive, but now that we've had a chance to get used to it and start taking it for granted, it does have one problem – you have to stay located in front of it. MIT's new WiTrack system, however, can track users' movements even when those people are in another room. Among other things, this could allow for video games in which the players run all over their house. Read More
— Games Review

Review: Super Mario 3D World

By - December 9, 2013 7 Pictures
After several decades, you'd think the Mario franchise would be growing stale. Having started as a few colored pixels in 1981's Donkey Kong, Mario now leaps through fully-realized 3D worlds presented in HD. Yet somehow Nintendo has managed to squeeze the same timeless charm that entranced children of the 80s into today's much more technically-advanced games. Join Gizmag, as we review the plumber's latest adventure on the Wii U, Super Mario 3D World. Read More
— Health and Wellbeing

Loop gaming platform rewards physical effort with virtual progress

By - December 5, 2013 4 Pictures
As technology has gained a reputation for drawing children indoors and keeping them there captivated by the latest Angry Birds update or building their Minecraft kingdom, we have seen a conscious effort from within the industry to counter the perception of technology as a facilitator of unhealthy childhood habits. Loop, from Pushstart Creative, is the latest effort in this growing trend, relying on movement tracking technology as a vehicle to promote physical activity. Read More
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