"This could be a science lesson on the innards of sharks."
Chance Ivey, game design lead for Chaotic Moon's whimsical Oculus Rift demo SharkPunch, was only half-joking when he made that comment to me as I exploded a megalodon with my fist in virtual space. That's because the minigame, which incorporates a visor-mounted Leap Motion controller to let users punch sharks in 3D, actually has firm roots in an educational simulator the Austin, Texas-based company's been developing for prospective clients. Yes, that connection may be hard to swallow at first -- after all, how does a frenzied, and fun, game of shark carnage assist players with learning? The simple answer is that it doesn't, but by no means does that lessen SharkPunch's educational origins in the slightest. %Gallery-slideshow183527%
The last five days were, in a word, bedlam. Newsweek may or may not have found the man who created Bitcoin (which subsequently led to a car chase -- yes, seriously); the head of PlayStation US, Jack Tretton, stepped down after just shy of 20 years; and Apple's finally got an official service for bridging iOS to cars: you'll never guess what it's called (okay, you probably will).
With co-hosts Terrence O'Brien and Joseph Volpe scattered across Austin for SXSW 2014, we're playing "who are these new people?" with two new staffers -- Chris Velazco and John Colucci. All that and more, live at noon ET, just below!
SPI International has announced the first live broadcast on FightBox HD. Read the story »
The Polish commercial broadcaster TV Puls has begun HbbTV tests on its two channels TV Puls and Puls 2, both of which are distributed on the country’s DTT network. Read the story »
Avi Nir, CEO of Keshet Media Group, will give a keynote address on Monday April, 7, as part of MIPTV’s Media Mastermind Keynote Series. Read the story »
Amsterdam-based start-up WappZapp is launching a SVOD service to compete with Netflix. Read the story »
Russia’s CTC Media had total revenues of $832.1 million (€604.3 million) in 2013, a 7% increase in ruble terms on a year earlier. Read the story »
Whichever way you dress it up the BBC will as of the autumn of 2015 be down one broadcast channel. The possible closure of BBC Three gained ground over the last couple of weeks as it became clear that salarmi slicing a series of activities was not an option that director-general Tony Hall was willing to consider. Read the story »
Slovak Telekom saw strong growth in its digital TV business in 2013, with the number of Magio TV subscribers increasing by 12.6% to 198,000. Read the story »
Vimeo returns to SXSW to celebrate the one-year anniversary of its Vimeo On Demand platform with a global expansion of support for creators selling their work directly online. Read the story »