In today's Remainders: Efficiency. Get out of your house and watch the Final Four basketball games in 3D; treat yourself to some Chilean wine while supporting their relief effort; test out Razer's new Mac drivers, and more.
Final Four In Three Dimensions If actually going to the NCAA tournament isn't quite in your price range but just watching the games from your couch isn't quite mad enough for the full March Madness effect, you'll be glad to know that CBS Sports will be showing the Final Four contests live in 3D at cinemas in the US. 3D sports is one of the big question marks in terms of its future as a home entertainment staple, so I'm actually pretty interested to see how these broadcasts turn out. Mark Cuban breathlessly described the experience as "the LSD of 2009", but, you know, I'm sure he stands to make millions from this type of thing so I'd like a more impartial take. To find out more information and see if there's a participating theatre near you, sign up for more info at Cinedigm's site. [PR Newswire]
Sharp At today's Game Developer's Conference in California, Razer announced that they will be releasing Mac drivers for all of their gear. Excellent. And what with Steam coming to Mac soon, it looks like we could be entering a golden age of Mac gaming. Just to show you the mean it, Razer made the Mac drivers for their Naga MMO mouse available today. Head over to Razer to download the drivers and find out more. [Razer]
Drink Up OK, so this isn't our normal thing, but we felt that it was only right to fill you all in on this excellent opportunity to 1. drink a lot of wine and 2. contribute to a worthy cause. Tomorrow Wine.com is launching an initiative to raise $US100,000 in relief for the victims of the recent Chilean earthquake. Their plan is simple (and generous): for every 12 bottles of Chilean wine purchased, they'll donate $US100 to a Chilean non-profit. There are 16 bottles to choose from and they all run under $US25, so if you like wine or like helping out (and especially if you like both), definitely head to their site for more information. [Wine.com]
Keep Your Distance For some reason I was really tickled by this video of a very consistently stand-offish robot. The video demonstrates two different methods for making the bot keep his (exact) distance: proportional and PID control using infrared sensors. I'm sure this type of thing has all sorts of practical applications, but all I can think of is a little bot that creeps around behind you; stops when you turn around to see if something's following you; and retreats when you start walking to confront it. See! It's a funny mental image. [MAKE]