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Cortana Hologram

Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system features Cortana, a digital assistant, but what if a Halo-style, holographic version existed? Developer Jared Archer wondered just that, and decided to make it a reality. Simply put as possible, Archer's wife stood in as the motion capture model for Cortana, and two Microsoft Kinect motion sensors were used to record her movements and apply them to the Cortana model in Unity. The 3D Cortana was created by utilizing the Pepper's Ghost technique, along with three panes of mirror glass and a USB monitor. A 3D printer created the appliance, powered by a Windows 10 computer with 4GB of RAM, as well as an Arduino unit for controlling the lights. Lastly, a Unity 3D app transmits the image of "Cortana" from three different angles, while a front-facing camera tracks the viewer to ensure the assistant follows them. "It's basically what I imagine Microsoft's version of Alexa or Google Home would be like if they were to use the holographic sidekick from the Halo franchise," said Archer. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one showing ten movie mistakes that even digital effects couldn't save.

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Surface Phone

Surface Phone is basically a mini computer that fits in your pocket. Powered by Continuum, it's capable of transitioning to a full-fledged desktop PC when paired with a keyboard and display, while the touchscreen doubles as a touchpad with an added intuitive user interface. The Surface's Fusion Camera consists of a wide-angle lens, a zoom lens, Xenon flash, and a laser-tracking device. This camera is also used to record experiences for HoloLens, letting you travel around the world without ever leaving the living room. The Companion Cover protects the device, but can also be used as an extra battery, stand, and for additional USB-C ports. Click here to view the first image in this week's geek life gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a remote-controlled truck that can drive across water.

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MS Paint Book

Photo credit: Pat Hines via Bored Panda

Camp Redblood and The Essential Revenge by Pat Hines was illustrated entirely in MS Paint, and not for the novelty. "I suck at Photoshop and other programs, and have worked exclusively in Microsoft Paint for over ten years...I honed my craft working long overnights at a hospital reception desk," said Hines. The book is basically about a summer camp set in the 1980s that is surrounded by ghosts and monsters and 'filled with goofy campers and counselors, where the teenagers are always trying to get drunk.' Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Porsche Design Book One

Gallery photo credit: The Verge

The Porsche Design Book One Laptop may not include a car, but it does feature a sleek stainless steel hinge, inspired by the gearbox of a sports car. This hybrid can be configured in a number of stances, thanks to a 13.3-inch QHD multi-touch display that connects and detaches with a satisfying click. On the inside, you'll find an Intel Core i7 processor, a 512GB SSD, 16GB of RAM, and all the ports you need to get the job done. The case itself was machined from brushed / anodized aluminum and sandblasted for a durable silver finish. Click here for a few hands-on images. Continue reading for a hands-on video and more information.

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Nokia Edge

Nokia may have sold its mobile devices division to Microsoft, but there is no shortage of new handsets planned for the future. One example would be the Nokia Edge, which is purported to feature a 5.7 inch Quad HD AMOLED screen, 6GB of RAM, an octa-core Snapdragon 835 processor, a 24-megapixel main camera with 4K video recording, and a 12 MP front-facing camera that boasts an integrated retina scanner. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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GPD Pocket

The GPD Pocket looks like a toy at first, but it's actually a full Windows 10 laptop that measures a mere 7.1 inches x 4.2 inches. Featuring a crisp 7" 1080p display, the device is powered by an Intel Atom x7-Z8700 processor with 4GB of RAM, perfect for casual or light business use. How much will it cost? No retail price has been set yet, but early backers will be able to pick one up for $399. Continue reading for a video of the GPD Win and more information.

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Portal HoloLens

Sure, the Microsoft HoloLens Developer Kit may cost $3,000, but if this Portal demo is an indication of its potential, it will be well worth the money when it's released. For those who don't know, players use a "portal gun" to escape a deadly laboratory by solving space-bending puzzles in this game. Simply place the two portals anywhere in the game environment, and they're instantly connected, regardless of their position. Kenny Wang used this technology to merge the video game and real worlds together into one augmented reality masterpiece. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of a guy who bought a broken Mercedes-Benz S600 V12 for $4,500, and turned it into an incredible vehicle.

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Microsoft Surface Studio All-in-One


Priced from $2899, the Microsoft Surface Studio All-in-One PC boasts a 28" PixelSense display - the world's thinnest LCD touchscreen - that offers 13.5-million visible pixels and an impressive 1100:1 contrast ratio. Its rugged forged aluminum enclosure can be adjusted from an upright position to a more ergonomic reclined position for games, art, along with any other activity. The computer is powered by quad-core 6th generation Intel Core processors, an NVIDIA GeForce GPU with up to 4GB of GDDR5 memory, and up to a 2-terabyte hard drive. Continue reading for two more videos, pictures and information.

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Lamborghini Xbox One

Forza Horizon 3 is known for its ultra realistic graphics, and soon, a series of custom-designed consoles created specially for its release. First up, we have one based on the Lamborghini Centenario, a limited-edition supercar based on the Aventador, powered by a 6.5L V12 producing 759-horsepower. This limited edition console - 40 units worldwide - comes with a matching controller, as well as a sleek yellow and black design. Continue reading to see the other two versions, and for more information.

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Xbox One S Halo Collection

Microsoft's Xbox One S 500GB Halo Collection Bundle is one item that doesn't need a Black Friday sale, as it can be picked up for only $269.99 shipped (price shown at final checkout), today only, originally $399.99. It includes an Xbox One S 500GB Console, Halo 5: Guardians (physical disc), a full game download of Halo: The Master Chief Collection, Xbox Wireless Controller (with 3.5mm headset jack), HDMI cable (4K Capable), AC Power cable and a 14-day Xbox Live Gold Trial. Product page. Continue reading for a hands-on video review and more information.

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