Google has announced the project of their self-driving car back in 2010. Photo courtesy of PC World.
By Joseph Skibicki
It’s the twenty first century and technology gets better every day. From cell phones, to computers to cars, and Google’s new self-driving smart car is turning quite a few heads and the Leonid has the scoop.
Sebastian Thun and his team of five engineers who won the 2005 DARPA grand challenge are leading this new project. Google announced it back in 2010. The goal of the project is to make driving safer, and easier.
The new car is under extensive testing for safety, accuracy, and proficiently. The car works like cruise control on lots of later model vehicle, that can be put in manual driving by touching the steering wheel or brake. The car maintains the speed limits recorded on its maps. The car has been driven on many dangerous roads,and only has one reported crash and the car was not in self drive mode, but in manual. The car has driven 300,000 miles with out accident.
As of September California, Nevada, and Florida have made self driving cars legal allowing self driving car licenses this could change the future of the road and our personal safety on the road forever. This could be the beginning of something great.
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By Joseph Skibicki
On January eighth the 2013 International Consumer Electronics Show kicked off and ran until January eleventh, showcasing some of the best technology to be released in the near future and the Leonid has the scoop.
The first amazing thing that caught our eyes were the amazing tablets. First there was Panasonic’s 4k Windows 8 tablet. It’s a 20 inch tablet making this one of the biggest tablets ever. The tablet has a high definition screen with 230 pixels per inch this tablet makes bigger better. The second was the Vizio Windows 8 tablet. This tablet is running a full version of Windows 8, not an RT version. The tablet has no fans because it’s running AMDs 260 processor which should should keep the system cool. The tablet can run the video game Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 at medium settings, proving this system is very powerful.
As 2013 begins to roll in we are beginning to see and hear more and more about the console race that’s said to begin this year. One of the new consoles is the Piston by Xi3. This console is super small compared to current consoles--it can be held in one hand! The piston functions as a computer able to run Linux or Windows. The console is also easily upgraded with a card system that can be easily switched out.
The next thing that caught our attention was Youms new flexible OLED. This screen stole the show for us. This screen a plastic OLED screen that is paper thin and bendable because OLD screens create their own light, no back light is needed. This makes it possible for these screens to be so thin. The idea of this is mind blowing and could be a massive game changer for cell phones and tablets, and it is a project we should all keep our eyes on.
With all these cool pieces of technology we can already see that 2013 is gonna be a good year for the technology industry. Keep reading the Leonid as we will be covering all these tech items and more as they are released.
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The Wii was a record breaking phenomenon with its motion sensing remotes and new innovative games. Now Nintendo has come out with something completely new: the Wii U.
The Wii U is a GamePad, supposedly a throwback to the NES Gamepad. The Wii U has a 6.2 inch touch screen, motion sensor and two thumbsticks for the ultimate game play. With the GamePad able to act like a large Wii Remote, it can also be a separate window from the actual game on your television screen.
Nintendo has offered plenty of games for the Wii U already such as ZombiU. This game is expected to attract a large amount of zombie fans. The GamePad has a special quality in games, such as ZombiU, that immerse you even further into your gameplay. You can raise your GamePad up and use it as a sniper scope or a scanner to reveal where your undead foes are hiding. In this game you can shake the pad to get zombies off of your animated player, creating an up-close and personal experience with your rotting enemies.
Another game possibility includes the ever popular “Batman: Arkham City”, which is now put in a different perspective. A player can use their pad as a way to open Batman’s inventory, seemingly putting you in the shoes of Batman himself. With the motion sensing coming into play, the game includes personal control of the Batarang.
The Lego games have always attracted a younger audience, while also keeping the interest of the older gamers. “Lego City: Undercover” is included in the many game options. Seems like the Wii U includes some good Lego fun.
Not only does the Wii U have amazingly fantastic games, it also has some new social features such as video chat and game specific messaging boards. Players can also chat via Pictochat with hand-drawn doodles or short messages.
Along with the Wii U, a new Mii based universe, ironically called Miiverse, is now included in which players can leave helpful hints and tips in games.
The Wii U is definitely a large leap in the gaming world, though skeptics remain. The gaming consoles of today have been revolutionized beyond what gamers could have hoped for. Nintendo keeps up the competition, pumping out new innovative ideas, and keeping Wii followers on their toes.
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