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Cape Town Underground Map

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I came across this map was by Coley Porter Bell. Truly amazing detail into an imaginary Cape Town underground. Note the landmark restaurants and clubs mentioned along the tube lines, as well as the improved integrated transport of Waterfront Fairies and interchanges from overground rail to underground to busses.

Click on the image for an enlarged version.

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March 24, 2010 at 12:38 pm

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Stadium Design

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If you would like to use these models, contact me.

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October 24, 2009 at 3:09 pm

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Calton Hotel Prices in 1963

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August 22, 2009 at 10:25 am

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Beer Waterfall

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waterfall

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August 22, 2009 at 12:48 am

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Free Applications

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August 1, 2009 at 11:47 pm

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XBox: Use body for game control

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2009-06-02 13:40

A demonstration is given of Project Natal at Microsoft’s XBox 360 media briefing in Los Angeles. (AFP)

Los Angeles – Microsoft revealed on Monday that it has been secretly developing technology that lets people play videogames using natural body movements instead of handheld controllers.

The US software giant behind Xbox 360 videogame consoles revealed a prototype of a project codenamed Natal, a system that combines cameras and voice and face recognition software to recognise people and their actions.

“The gamer in me went out of my mind when I got to be interactive with this,” famed film director Steven Spielberg during a Microsoft press conference on the eve of a major E3 videogame industry show in Los Angeles.

“I got a feeling I was in a historic moment. What Microsoft is doing isn’t re-inventing the wheel; this is about no wheel at all.”

Natal lets people play driving games by simply moving hands as if turning a car steering wheel. In-game characters in boxing, skateboard, soccer and other sports titles mimic the body movements of real-world players.

The system scans faces and voices to determine who is playing, a demonstration showed.

Xbox 360 consoles equipped with Natal will be able to respond to spoken commands for actions such as playing movies or connecting online with friends for video chats.

Landmark in computer entertainment

An expected completion date for Natal was not disclosed, but Microsoft on Monday released a software kit for videogame makers interested in designing titles to take advantage of Natal’s capabilities.

“What developers do with Natal will change the way we play videogames,” said British videogame icon Peter Molyneux, chief of Lionhead Studios.

“This is a landmark in computer entertainment. This is true technology that science fiction has not even written about and this works today.”

Natal will work on all Xbox 360 consoles, according to Don Mattrick, the head of Microsoft’s Xbox and games business.

“I could suddenly envision a new way to personalise game play…and even change the paradigm of storytelling,” said Spielberg, who got to dabble with Natal in the weeks leading up to the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3). – AFP

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http://www.news24.com/Content/SciTech/News/1132/19e7f360a898418b8b9477587829b9ee/02-06-2009%2001-06/XBox_Use_body_for_game_control

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June 2, 2009 at 2:34 pm

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Free Applications List

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May 20, 2009 at 4:24 pm

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