Microsoft (s MSFT) has secured the exclusive rights for a documentary series that wants to “expose how the digital revolution created a global democracy of information, entertainment and commerce,” according to Xbox Entertainment Studios President Nancy Tellem.
Not sure what that means? Me neither, but Microsoft decided to give us a clue by telling us about the first episode, on which production is going to begin in January.
In it, Microsoft and its production partner Lightbox are planning to quite literally get to the bottom of one of the biggest legends in video game history: Film maker Zak Penn will start digging up a landfill in New Mexico to search for thousands of lost cartridges of the game E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial that Atari supposedly buried there in the middle of the night some 30 years ago after the title was deemed one of the worst games of all times.
Microsoft wants to exclusively…
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The Boston Dynamics video from October 2013 begins with a wide pan across a mountainside in Southern California’s Mojave Desert. Slowly, the viewer’s eye picks out two shapes inching their way up the uneven terrain: a man and a robot.
The robot is Boston Dynamics’ LS3, a horse-sized machine that picks its way daintily up rocky slopes and snow-laden hills, despite the 400 pounds of baggage it is capable of carrying on its back. Like the company’s more famous BigDog and Atlas, LS3 is made for locomotion, even over the toughest terrain.
When Google bought Boston Dynamics last week, that’s the technology that it acquired. Along with taking on rough ground, Boston Dynamics’ robots are fast and able to overcome the unpredictable. Its CHEETAH bot holds the world record for the fastest legged robot, logging a top speed of 29 miles per hour. BigDog can recover from a…
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