Random Thoughts on Second Life, a Brain Mouse, Powerful Laptops and HDMI Soundcards

Once again I’m slightly changing how I post to this blog. I’m going to break the stories up into different postings so the material can be found by search engines and links.

Second Life

Researchers at Rensselaer’s Cognitive Science Department are trying to find ways to create lifelike synthetic characters, which act just like humans and would make it difficult for players to determine whether they are dealing with a real or simulated person. Currently they believe they are on the path to inventing a Second Life virtual character that has the reasoning abilities of a 4-year old. http://www.tgdaily.com/content/view/36402/98/

GoFlex317 HD Laptop

Video editors have to check out the the quad-core laptop shown at the HD Expo in Beverly Hills this week. Made by 1 Beyond, the GoFlex317 HD uses a desktop Intel Q6600 quad-core processor to provide desktop-like performance. The 12 pound GoFlex317 HD is certified with Adobe Creative Suite 3, Avid Xpress Pro with MoJo, Grass Valley/Canopus Edius. http://www.1beyond.com/products/GoFlex317HD.asp?search=laptops

ASUS Shows HDMI Equipped Sound Cards

HDMI on a sound card does not seem useful without the video going along with it. This week ASUS showed HDMI equipped sound cards but the announcement was short on the exact details. http://www.engadgethd.com/2008/02/28/asus-shows-off-hdmi-equipped-xonar-dx-and-xonar-av1-sound-cards/

Brainwave Computer Interface

Interfaces are starting to appear that allow users to control their computer using their brainwaves. Emotiv Systems Inc.’s NEUROHEADSET appears to have been the first out of the box but this week OCZ showed a ‘brain mouse’ that they described as Neural Impulse Actuator for multi-core PCs.