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Grand National app shows future of augmented reality betting

The app, which is still in development but has been unveiled to tie in with tomorrow’s Grand National, would link GPS data with images from a mobile phones camera and picture recognition.

Once the horse is identified, the app augments the moving images with odds, form, star-rating and other relevant information.

Read the complete story at The Telegraph

Why 3D TV Isn’t ‘Cool’ at CES This Year

Big TV makers have turned their back on 3D TVs this year at CES. Were 3D HDTVs just a fad?

The bloom is off 3D this year at CES (formerly the Consumer Electronics Show). It’s as if last year’s CES, where 3D TVs were all the rage, never happened. How did 3D–in one short year–go from darling to dud?

The answer is a combination of things such as a dearth of 3D content, a technology that has not evolved fast enough, and the arrival of more-compelling HDTV tech for TV makers to push over 3D.

The big TV makers–LG, Panasonic, Samsung, Sony, and Vizio–are noticeably grounded in 2D here at CES. Instead of touting new 3D tech, they are pushing new OLED display technology, promoting new content delivery services, TV-based apps, and features such as voice commands for couch potatoes too lazy to pick up a clicker.

The truth is that 3D isn’t dead, it has just gone into a hibernation of sorts. I’ll get into why, but for the time being, expect 3D technology to be pushed to the background for the next year or two. But don’t you worry–3D is coming back, and when it does, it will be with a vengeance.

The 3D Dilemma

For the last two years, 3D technology has been crammed down our throats with varying degrees of success by HDTV makers. Why? For manufacturers, 3D has been a compelling feature on multiple grounds. Number one, it gave consumers a reason to upgrade their HDTVs to something undeniably cool–3D. Also, once TV makers had developed the 3D technology, they were able to add 3D functionality to their sets at little cost to them–but more cost to us. And even better, if you’re a major consumer electronics company, such as Panasonic, you can use those 3D TVs to sell 3D cameras, and push smartphones and tablets.

Read the complete article at PCWorld.

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Judith Bulter on “The Politics of the Street”

View video at OCA

Although some have argued that the politics of the street has been replaced by new media politics, it seems that the public sphere within which politics takes place is now defined by a specific mode of bodies interacting with media. Hannah Arendt once argued that there could be no exercise of freedom without the creation of a ‘space of appearance’ and even ‘a right to appear’. How do we understand those new forms of democratic insurgency that form alliances that are not in coalitional forms? Who is the embodied ‘we’ on the street transported through media, and yet in place and at risk?

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Watch Comic-Con 2011 Coverage [LIVE]

This year, Entertainment Weekly has partnered with NowLive to stream coverage from all three days of Comic-Con 2011EW will also be providing videos of the panels it’s hosting, as well as photos and other breaking news.

Read the complete article at Mashable.

Comic Con launches official iPhone app

Beginning tomorrow, thousands of geeks, nerds, and geeky nerds will descend upon San Diego for the biggest geek-fest known to mankind.

And those who are lucky enough to have an iPhone can be more prepared than ever with the release of the official Comic Con 2011 app.

The app will be updated live throughout the event to keep users as informed as possible with all the many goings-on at the event – which no ordinary human would be able to do on his or her own.

It also has links to the con’s official Facebook and Twitter accounts….

Read the complete article at TG Daily.

Why Video Games Rule San Diego Comic-Con

Over 126,000 people will make the annual trek to the pop culture Mecca known as San Diego Comic-Con this week. With some of the big Hollywood studios like Warner Bros., the Weinstein Company, and DreamWorks Animation sitting out “The Con” this year, there’s an even larger opening for video game publishers to stake a claim at the comic book convention.

“Videogames, like toys, television and movies, play an important part at Comic-Con,” said David Glanzer, director of marketing, San Diego Comic-Con. “While the main focus remains comics with every major comics publisher at the show, we have seen an enthusiastic reception by our attendees of videogame companies, and some choose to debut properties at Comic Con.”

Capcom is using Comic-Con to unveil a brand new game, rumored to beUltimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3. The Japanese game giant will have developers on hand for media interviews, panels and fan signings. The new stand-alone game is expected to add a dozen new fighter to the mix, including Marvel’s Doctor Octopus and Capcom’s Frank West and Strider Hiryu. Traditionally, a game like this would be unveiled at E3 or Capcom’s own press event, Captivate. But Comic-Con has become such a huge press event that it allows game companies to unveil new games to both the media (both mainstream and core gaming) and public at the same time.

Read the complete article at Forbes.

San Diego Comic-Con 2011: The Shark Night 3D Experience!

Arriving by boat at her family’s Louisiana lake island cabin, Sara (Sara Paxton) and her friends quickly strip down to their swimsuits for a weekend of fun in the sun. But when star football player Malik (Sinqua Walls) stumbles from the salt-water lake with his arm torn off, the party mood quickly evaporates. Assuming the injury was caused by a freak wake-boarding accident, the group realizes they have to get Malik to a hospital on the other side of the lake, and fast.

But as they set out in a tiny speedboat, the college friends discover the lake has been stocked with hundreds of massive, flesh-eating sharks! As they face one grisly death after another, Sara and the others struggle desperately to fend off the sharks, get help and stay alive long enough to reach the safety of dry land.

Read the complete article at dread central.

Here are GamesBeat’s 2011 startup standouts

GamesBeat features a competition for gaming companies that have some kind of innovative or disruptive technology. This year, the competition features a lot of cool hardware and social games.

The winner gets a free iPad 2 from Trinet to is enrolled in the August round of Yatizen’s game accelerator class. That is similar to incubators like Y Combinator, which offer companies advice and a little bit of funding to get the company rolling.

Here are the participants for VentureBeat’s GamesBeat 2011 conference startup competition:

Metal Compass: The Israel-based company develops “real world” first-person shooter (FPS) games that use augmented reality. That means the phone serves as a “lens” for the game, turning the camera into a cross hair. When someone presses on the screen, it shoots a paintball wherever they are pointing the phone.

The company also develops toys that can transmit commands between the toy and the smartphone. The player plugs a smartphone into a toy — like a gun. The toy then registers a gunshot when the player pulls the trigger on the toy.

Haptify: This company adds haptic feedback — basically vibration — to smartphones and tablets. The application taps into the notification vibrations of the phone and then adds that to games. The application can produce more than 10,000 types of vibrations by tweaking the notification feature — like over-accelerating it or “breaking” it.

It’s funded by Immersion Corp, the company that brought “rumble” vibration technology to video game consoles like the Nintendo 64 and PlayStation. The company launched in march 2011 and is currently available for Android devices.

Read the complete article at Venture Beat.

Gaming is hot topic in San Francisco next week

VentureBeat’s GamesBeat 2011 conference is coming up fast. Get ready to find out about the latest innovations, opportunities and pitfalls in gaming in the two-day event this coming Tuesday and Wednesday at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco. You’ll be able to network with the hottest gaming startups as well as veteran gaming innovators and investors. It’s an event you won’t want to miss. We’ve pulled together 79 of gaming’s brightest thinkers to give you the best possible view of where the next best opportunities lie.

Read more about the conference at Venture Beat.