Mario Kart in real life is the best use of AR so far

Anyone still wondering what the hype around augmented reality (AR) is all about need look no further than Hado Kart. This Mario Kart for AR is available at a Japanese arcade called 3rd Planet, a VR-focused playground. We’ve seen AR based on Super Mario Bros. before, and it was awesome. This time we get a glimpse into multiplayer AR gaming, and there’s a lot to get revved-up over: Players drive real go-karts around a track while trying to grab virtual coins. An AR headset allows the players to see the video-game aspects of the experience in a realistic over-lay, while…

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The Jaguar F-Pace has the face of a wildcat

Contemporary car design is art, science, and technology. To parse through the marketing hype and sensory overload, I focus on fine bits of automotive design, to find just one thing that makes a vehicle look extraordinary.

It’s no small feat to make a typical flat-faced sport utility vehicle look fantastic. That’s what makes the Jaguar F-Pace a standout crossover. The brand helmed by design director Ian Callum — the person responsible for the original Aston Martin DB7, the Jaguar XC-75, and most recently, the Jaguar F-Type — is taking a victory lap.

Two years after it first took the streets at the Tour de France, Jaguar’s first SUV, the F-Pace, has found its stride. It’s selling at record levels, in step with the trend of luxe brands…

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Axon, maker of the Taser weapon, defeats copycat firm in patent lawsuit

Enlarge / Phazzer’s Enforcer weapon retailed for around $600, compared with $900 for a comparable Taser weapon. (credit: Phazzer)

Axon, the company formerly known as Taser, said Monday that it has successfully defeated a Florida company in a patent lawsuit over its electrical stun gun design. For Axon, the victory is the third against knockoff rival firms in the last seven years.

Last Friday, a federal judge in Florida found that a company called “Phazzer” (yes, like “phaser”) “engaged in a pattern of bad faith behavior” as the case has unfolded. Phazzer made a product strikingly similar to the Taser. And the case involving Axon was first filed in 2016, shortly after a Florida county sheriff decided to switch from Taser weapons to Phazzer (largely over cost reasons).

To further punish the company, US District Judge Paul Byron ruled in favor of Axon and hit Phazzer with a permanent injunction to make, sell, import, or distribute its own stun guns, likely marking a death knell for the Kissimmee, Florida-based company. For now, Phazzer’s website is still up and makes no mention of the lawsuit.

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Source:: Ars Technica