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Hyundai Motor Group completes acquisition of Boston Dynamics from SoftBank

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This week, Hyundai Motor Group, Boston Dynamics and SoftBank Group announced the completion of a deal that resulted in Hyundai Motor Group acquiring a majority stake in Boston Dynamics from SoftBank.

The deal was announced last December. Over the past period, regulatory approvals have been obtained and all other necessary conditions have been met. In the announcement of the completion of the transaction, the cost of Boston Dynamics appears – $ 1.1 billion. It is also said that Hyundai Motor Group now owns 80% of Boston Dynamics. SoftBank through one of its affiliates retains the remaining 20%. Additional financial details were not disclosed.

The deal is expected to enable Hyundai Motor Group and Boston Dynamics to leverage each other’s strengths in manufacturing, logistics, construction and automation. Synergy will accelerate the development of advanced robots and build a complete chain from the production of robot components to turnkey solutions. In addition, the new owner intends to support the ongoing expansion of the Boston Dynamics product line.

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PlayStation creator Ken Kutaragi doesn’t see the point of VR headsets

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Ken Kutaragi, the man who brilliantly launched Sony into video games, today has some pretty harsh words about virtual worlds and VR headsets. Regarding the latter, the “dad of the PlayStation” thus declared to find them “boring”.

In December 2019, the one who was still honorary president of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. looked back on twenty-five years of PlayStation history. And if Ken Kutaragi then mentioned the future of the brand, he did not speak about what Sony had developed after him. In particular virtual reality materialized in the PlayStation VR.


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It may have been better if the father of PlayStation hadn’t said anything about it, because those words would probably never have been validated. We have just learned, in an interview with Bloomberg, that Ken Kutaragi is far from being interested in virtual reality such as that which is approached with a helmet.

Father of PlayStation finds VR headsets ‘boring’

Ken Kutaragi begins by considering that in his view, the metaverse (a virtual world, quite simply) is of little use insofar as it mimics reality:

“Being in the real world is very important, but the metaverse is about doing near-real in the virtual world, and I don’t see the point of doing that. Prefer to be a flawless avatar instead of your real person? It’s essentially no different from anonymous messaging sites.”

Following the train of thought of the one who now works on assistance robots, we will not be surprised to see him shoot orange bullets at virtual reality helmets:

“Helmets would isolate you from the real world, and I can’t agree with that. Helmets are just boring”.

Sony is however preparing to finalize the second phase of its entry into the world of virtual reality, with the recent presentation of the PlayStation VR2 at CES 2022. Horizon Call of the Mountain, jointly developed by Guerilla and PlayStation Firesprite, was the first title announced on this new device. The PS VR2 could land at the end of the year.

Source: Bloomberg

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Ozark: Season 4 premieres on Netflix; look!

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If you’ve been eager to check out Marty and Wendy Byrde’s new plot chapters from ozark, now you can celebrate! The fourth and final season of the series arrived on Netflix this Friday (21).

“Marty and Wendy are free of Helen and climb to the top of Navarro’s empire. They find another opportunity to escape the Ozarks, but some sins of the past will not remain buried and the most dangerous threats come from blood.

The cast includes Jason Bateman, Laura Linney, Julia Garner, Sofia Hublitz, Skylar Gaertner, Charlie Hold, Jessica Frances Dukes, Lisa Emery returning to their roles.

the last season of ozark will feature 14 episodes and will be divided into two parts. The second half of the season has yet to have a premiere date revealed.

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The Batman: movie runtime is revealed and surprises; look!

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In a statement sent to the The Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros. confirmed the duration of The Batman at the movies. According to the studio, the Matt Reeves-directed project will run for an impressive 175 minutes, making it the longest Dark Knight movie ever produced.

Warner’s announcement took fans by surprise and confirmed that The Batman will be the second longest-running film starring DC Comics heroes. The long will be behind only Justice League Snyder Cut, which holds the podium not only as the comic book company’s longest-running film, but also one of the most screen-time blockbusters in recent decades, clocking in at 242 minutes.

Now, Christopher Nolan’s trilogy, taking into account only the films starring the Hooded Crusader, takes second place in the ranking of duration, with The dark Knight Rises (165 minutes) holding the runner-up.

It is worth remembering that the difference between the film starring Robert Pattinson can shoot even more if there are post-credits scenes, as, according to Warner, there will be about 8 minutes with end credits.

The Batman opens exclusively in theaters on March 3, 2022.

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