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There has been tremendous excitement with Microsoft Kinect within the robotics space signalling the potential opportunities that exist in transforming robots to low-cost mainstream consumer devices. RDS 4, with support from the Kinect sensor, aims to make it easier for developers to build applications, including those directed at personal robotics and consumer scenarios, both in hardware and in simulation.
Google’s Native Client easily brings PC games to the Chrome browser and Google+
Google is making it as easy as possible for publishers and developers to bring their existing PC games to both the Chrome browser and to Google+ through their Native Client initiative. Some 15 games have already made the transition and more are in the works, according to Colt McAnlis, Developer Advocate for Google.
But Windows 8 does offer a ???mobile??? alternative that may at least pique business and tech support users’ curiosity: Windows to Go, an installation of Windows 8 that boots from a USB thumb drive. In theory, Windows to Go could give administrators a way of creating a verified, locked-down image of the Windows 8 OS that can be given to wandering users, temporary off-site contractors, or telecommuters to allow them to connect to the corporate network with confidence from their own (or someone else’s) computer.
Windows to Go could also be attractive to desktop support teams???or anyone else who ever gets drafted into fixing a friend’s or relative’s computer. While it doesn’t access local storage at start-up, local drives can be mounted and accessed so they can be repaired, or scrubbed of boot-sector viruses and other nastiness on the host computer.