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Scientists build a real Panopticon that captures your every move in 3D

Motion capture technology has come a long way in the past few decades. Just take a look at Gollum actor Andy Serkis’s incredibly expressive performance as a computer-generated simian in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. That role, like most other motion capture appearances of late, required sticking hundreds of tiny markers on the human actor’s body in order to track his movements and create an accurate digital replica.

But what if you could capture motion accurately without those annoying little markers? Scientists at Carnegie Melon University in Pittsburgh have done it with a system reminiscent of the 360-degree cameras used to film the “bullet time” sequences in The Matrix. The new technique utilizes enormous spherical dome called the…

These video game players just won $5 million

Following an epic best-of-five clash between two of China’s biggest teams, Valve today crowned a new champion of Dota 2, its free-to-play multiplayer game that has morphed into a sporting spectacle capable of filling NBA-sized arenas. Team Newbee triumphed over their compatriots Vici Gaming in four games and earn a grand prize of $5,028,308, to be split between the five players and their support team of coaches and managers. Vici Gaming may be disappointed with their play today, however they too go home with a sizeable stack of cash: the second-place team has earned nearly $1.5 million, sharing in a total prize pool in excess of $10 million.

The International 4 has been by far the most lucrative, and now arguably the most prominent,…

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