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NASA developing AR glasses for those that walk in space

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Astronauts over at NASA will be equipped with the most unexpected, yet necessary technology of the moment: AR glasses. Augmented reality glasses were pioneered and popularized by Google with Google Glass, but since the project has gone underground and back into development of the second edition of the wearable, NASA has picked up were the Mountain View giant left off. NASA will be outfitting astronauts with their own AR glasses that will help them train for missions and maybe even use them when walking in space.

The prospect of using AR glasses for space missions that involve repairing, fixing, modifying and troubleshooting equipment, gear and machines is absolutely wonderful, and it seems NASA has seen the promise of a good working experience and a better handling of systems in augmented reality. The AR glasses will be specifically designed for astronauts and will be developed by NASA and Osterhout Design Group, originating from San Francisco.

Besides using augmented reality, NASA also aims to implement virtual reality in training drills and sessions so that astronauts in training can get an accurate hang of how things work when there’s no gravity and you’re in a vacuum. Being an astronaut is not just flying lights and life in the limelight, but requires specialized training and a lot of learning, with which AR and VR glasses might help tremendously. A timeline for when these AR glasses will be released to NASA astronauts hasn’t been disclosed, but at least we know that they are working to make the astronauts’ jobs easier.

Currently, NASA astronauts rely on printed manuals and index cards when doing repairs or troubleshooting in outer space, which is not the most effective way of going about things. With AR glasses, these people could be completely hands-free and be able to fully concentrate on their tasks, instead of concentrating on switching between the manual and real life. I can see a lot of good things coming out of the new development project and we hope that NASA completes research and development as soon as possible.

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Despite popular belief, PS4 sales in the UK skyrocketed last year

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PS4 sales in the UK climbed by a shocking 633 percent year-over-year in 2023, so apparently the old system isn’t dead yet. The previous year’s very limited supply of the system is likely a major factor in this figure, since the console’s lifespan was drastically reduced because of chip shortages caused by the pandemic. Still, it’s proof that PlayStation’s original platform has unmet demand.

With the very low prices of PS4 software (both in-store and online at the PS Store), this strategy makes a lot of sense. Plus, it’s future-proof, so there’s no harm in stocking up on PS4s while new-gen pricing is still high, since if you decide to switch to a PS5 in the future, you can transfer all of your purchases across. Not to mention that the majority of new releases still come out on the PS4, with several offering free PS5 upgrades.

While the percentage rise may seem huge, real PS4 sales will probably be much lower. It’s a sign that the gadget, which is now a decade old, isn’t completely dead yet, and we expect it to keep receiving maintenance for a while longer. Of course, this is great news for Sony, because the company would rather have PS4 players playing on its last-gen gadget than none at all, even if it would love to have them upgrade to PS5.

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New PS5 firmware is available for download!

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A PS5 firmware update on a cold winter morning is unmatched. The latest PS5 system software update is 23.02–08.40.00 from Sony. Does this one add useful features or just boost system performance?

Though closer to the latter, it’s more than Sony’s favorite patch note. It fixes security issues, improves messages and usability, and boosts system software performance. Official patch notes for this 1.185GB update:

  • We updated system software security
  • We improved system software stability and performance
  • Some screens now have better messages and usability

That’s it. PS5 gets another win to recover from its midweek slump. Do you share our enthusiasm for this firmware update? Comment below. To spice things up, make your comment rhyme.

 

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Baldur’s Gate 3’s Xbox Version Will Help PS5

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Belgian developer Larian Studios’ work on Baldur’s Gate 3’s Xbox Series S version will improve performance on all platforms, including PS5. The game’s fifth major patch, expected to launch this week, will include upgrades and new features. More details will be revealed later today.

Director of Publishing Michael Douse says PS5 performance improvements may be the “least exciting thing” in the title’s next update, so it sounds like a big one. Larian Studios employees are proud of “finally” implementing tweaks, fixes, and changes, Douse says. Later today, we’ll bring you all the Baldur’s Gate 3 update details.

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Those who reached the RPG’s third act have reported technical issues during the narrative’s conclusion, especially in co-op, so today’s update should fix them. New features like a permadeath mode are expected, along with Xbox Series S optimization fixes. What else should be added to the game?

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