Move over, Wii Fit: This virtual reality love letter to Paperboy is a real workout

Jacob Siegal Contributor, TechHive

Jacob Siegal spends a vast majority of his time surrounded with and invested in technology and media, so he decided he may as well start writing about it. You can find more of his writing at Game Rant and his topical tweets @JacobSiegal.


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PaperDude VR, an impressive-looking technology mash-up from Globacore, combines the Oculus Rift, the Microsoft Kinect, and the Wahoo KICKR Power Trainer for one ridiculously immersive stationary bike ride.

This Unity-based game pays tribute to the classic arcade game Paperboy, and it uses the KICKR sensor to detect the speed of the bike, the Oculus Rift headset to allow the player to look around an entire 360 degrees, and the Kinect to track your motion as you "ride."

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Meet the man who is 3D-printing a replica of a car

Kevin Lee Contributor, TechHive

Kevin is a small-time tech hound, amateur photographer, and a general know-at-least-something of all things geeky hailing from New York.
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We’ve seen some pretty big things come out of 3D printing projects. An oversized iPhone case! A 3D-printed hexacopter! Even a room-sized urn! But a full-sized 3D-printed replica of a car just seems ludicrous.

Ivan Sentch, a classic car enthusiast from New Zealand, is building just that. Since last December, Ivan has been hard at work, putting together a plastic replica of an Aston Martin DB4—the precursor model to James Bond's famous DB5—made of enough 3D-printed parts that Ivan calls it a “2500-bit jigsaw puzzle.”

Ivan Sentch
A door.
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Study finds major savings through household 3D printing

Michael Keller Contributor, TechHive

Originally published by Txchnologist.

Though 3D printing may still be a long way from the Star Trek replicator that can create any object on demand, a new study has found that a currently available machine could save the average household considerable money.

Michigan Technological University engineers conducted an economic analysis of 3D printing simple goods like toys, kitchen aids and tools at home using a low-cost open-source device like one called a RepRap. The manufacturing technique called 3D printing builds objects through a computer-guided extrusion head that deposits successive layers of plastic or other material.

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Behold, the first point-and-shoot 3D scanner for under $1000

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As the prices on desktop 3D printers begin to reliably fall below $1000, it was only a matter of time before portable 3D scanners would follow. Enter the Fuel3D portable 3D scanner Kickstarter campaign. The company is looking to raise $75,000 to bring its functioning prototype to market by this time next year.

The technology behind Fuel3D was born out of an Oxford University research team that used it in medical imaging, but Fuel3D's makers want to evolve the product for the creative realm.

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Play Crysis (like, decently) on a MacBook Air with this graphics card hack

Kevin Lee Contributor, TechHive

Kevin is a small-time tech hound, amateur photographer, and a general know-at-least-something of all things geeky hailing from New York.
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While the MacBook Air is light and has super long battery life—and is fast enough for most day-to-day tasks—its graphics card isn't powerful enough for serious gaming. Luckily for you, hardware modder Larry Gadea has figured a way to daisy-chain a real graphics card to let you finally play Crysis 3 on your MacBook Air.

To build the system, Larry bought around $250 in commonly available parts, in addition to the requisite graphics card. In the end, he managed to get his 11-inch MacBook Air to run games 5 to 7 times faster than the onboard graphics card can.

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Super Mario Bros. just made surrealist art look a bit more surreal

Elizabeth Fish Contributor, TechHive

Elizabeth Fish is a freelance writer who happens to run a hyperlocal news website in Lincoln, UK. She also covers all things geeky for TechHive.
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Breshvic Penicillin

If you ever wondered what would happen is you mushed Super Mario Bros and art together, here is your answer—and it takes surrealist art to a whole new level. Pun not intended.

Artist Breshvic Penicillin takes famous surrealist paintings—namely René Magritte’s—and rebuilds them out of characters, objects and backgrounds from Super Mario Bros. levels. For instance, René’s Golconda, featuring businessmen falling from the sky by houses, now has Raccoon Mario falling in front of castles. Not that the princess is in any of them.

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Artist uses Xbox Kinect to create freaky 3D pixel sculpture of his daughter

Evan Dashevsky Staff Writer, TechHive Follow me on Google+

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Remember early first-person shooters like Wolfenstein or Doom? Objects at the far side of the virtual space looked somewhat real-ish, but as you ventured nearer, the object in question—be it a casually tossed-about trunk full of jewels, cyberdemons, Hitler—would become a jumble of primordial 3D pixels. British artist Luke Jerram has devised a way to translate this jarring experience into the real world by creating a pixelated sculpture of his daughter, Maya.

From afar, the viewer sees what appears your regular standard-issue little girl standing in the distance. However, as you come closer, you discover that it is a blocky 3D sculpture replicating 2D pixels, as you can see in the video below:

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