Ping 245: E3 News, Halo HoloLens, DARPA's robots, ASL support

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Welcome back to Ping! We talk about the return of robot combat return to television, we chat about a one-way ticket to Mars on the space desk, and more stories that 'softies are pinging each other about...

[01:17] Last Show (3D Printed Clothing)...
[03:54] Ping Live (kind of ;)

[04:41] Major Nelson E3 Day One Recap, Day Two, Day Three
[05:00] Xbox Elite Wireless Controller, New Customizable Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Built for Competitive-Level Gamers
[06:06] Xbox One dashboard update includes a huge new design and Cortana, Cortana Expands the Role of the Digital Personal Assistant by Coming to Xbox One
[06:26] Trade in your Xbox 360 or PS3 for $175 off towards an Xbox One at Best Buy (It's for PS3 not PS4 like Rick said... as you saw, it was an "interesting" show ;)
[06:56] Microsoft officially unveils new Xbox One with 1TB HDD, controller with headset jack
[07:25] Backward Compatibility
[08:20] HoloLens Demo (Minecraft) (Xbox One) - E3 2015 (Microsoft HoloLens), Microsoft created a Halo 5 HoloLens demo for E3 guests, HoloLens' Project X-Ray delivers a first-person augmented reality shooter

[09:38] Microsoft Announces Surface Hub Availability and Pricing
[11:38] Transforming robot crowned the winner of DARPA's Robotics Challenge
[13:05] You can now Skype from your browser in the US and UK
[14:04] Microsoft Disability Answer Desk now has American Sign Language support
[15:37] Microsoft shows off two tiny Windows 10 PCs, including one that's inside a power adapter

Question of the week: [19:25] If you had the ability to inject a new test for robots into the DARPA Challenge, what would it be?

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The Discussion

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    Can you guys get some answers on why the fov of the hololens is so small and not likely to get much better? Will it get back to the January level and what's holding it back from a technical perspective, optics etc.?

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    "Microsoft Announces Surface Hub Availability and Pricing" links to 404 page

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    Curious if the Hololens FOV issue is technology limited - or limited just by cost.  Assume its a combination of both...either way, cant wait to get my hands on, err, head in it. (I have a bad feeling that it still wont be released by Build 2016, or even E3 2016 though)

    DARPA needs to add a test to lift and carry/assist a disabled person (on the battlefield a soldier gets shot in the leg and cant walk, etc.)

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    Can you please strip the obnoxious intro music.:(

    It sounds real bad


  • User profile image

    @ZyZ: Must have been one of those things as the Microsoft Announces Surface Hub Availability and Pricing currently seems to be working

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    Nice one. One of the things the robots will have to do is climb the ladder.

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    On the robot challenge, I'd like to see how they handle getting back up. I've seen videos where robots are self-stabilizing when you try to knock them over. I haven't seen any video on them self-righting themselves -- let alone in different circumstances.

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