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ViviTouch: a new vibration technology that improves the feel of games and audio

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 7, 2012 2:58 am

I got a chance to check out some new technology by ViviTouch. This new vibrator technology has no moving parts yet provides firm and varying vibration. As opposed to traditional vibrators, the technology demonstrated by ViviTouch allows for directional vibrations which improves the feel of the game's vibrations.




ViviTouch installed the technology into an Xbox 360 controller and I got a chance to play with it for a little while. Let's put it this way: I tried to steal it. Not literally, of course, but I did ask them where I could buy one almost immediately after picking it up. Currently, there is no solution on the market.


In addition to the Xbox controller, they had installed the technology into a pair of headphones. The technology, which was turned off by pressing a button on the side, seemed to increase the quality of the sound. Human hearing is done by vibrations, so having the headphones vibrate puts those vibrations directly into the bones of the ear.


ViviTouch is hoping to get Microsoft and others to implement the technology in their products, so hopefully we will see it on the market soon. Until then, we will have to rely on the old, traditional vibration technology. Shame.

G.Skill booth featured some of the world's best overclockers on stage

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Jun 7, 2012 2:28 am

Computex 2012 - Overclocking is a huge thing here in Computex, where at the G.Skill booth they had some of the world's best overclocking champions facing it off on-stage. Young Pro, Hiwa, and Fred Yama were all there as we walked past.




If you remember, G.Skill are having their world-class overclocking invitational, and these great OC champs were going head-to-head. The presence and aura there was great, the crowd was loving it and the G.Skill booth babes were some of the best there. Yellow and black looks awesome, doesn't it?





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Synology DS411slim, a 4-bay 2.5-inch NAS with a tiny footprint

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Jun 7, 2012 1:20 am

Computex 2012 - A blink and you'll miss it NAS was in the Synology booth in the halls of Nangang yesterday, where we spotted Synology's DS411slim. The Synology DS411slim is a 4-bay, 2.5-inch HDD based network attached storage (NAS) device.




The DS411slim can take 4 x 2.5-inch drives, and provide you with a great performing NAS that is tight on both physical space and power consumption. It sports a single-core 1.6GHz processor, 256MB of RAM, Gigabit Ethernet, 2 x USB 2.0 ports, and a single eSATA port. All of this weighs in at less than 0.66kg, yes, under 1kg! It's not noisy, either, with a rated noise level of just 21.1dBA.







Lian Li's PC-CK101 choo-choo-chooses you for your next build, is a fully-functional PC in the shape of a train

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jun 7, 2012 12:13 am

Computex 2012 - When I first read about the Lian Li PC-CK101, I never thought I'd see it in person. I come from a smaller state in Australia and we don't really have the retailers to have this on display, but thankfully I'm lucky enough to work for the best tech site in the world and attend Computex where I saw it in person.




It has a full train track, and looks exactly like a train would be, not to scale, of course. It features a built-in slim optical drive, a 300W PSU to drive it and is an actual working PC. It moves along the track as you'd expect it to, too. It even sports USB 3.0 ports.





PROMISE Pegasus J4 is the world's first 4-bay 2.5-inch Thunderbolt Direct Attached storage system

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Jun 6, 2012 11:34 pm

Computex 2012 - We nearly walked past this, but then saw it just in time and boy does it look good. Promise's Pegasus J4 is a Thunderbolt-based storage solution on the smaller side of the scale. It sports 4 bays for 2.5-inch drives, supporting both HDDs and SSDs.




It features 2 x Thunderbolt ports that can deliver speeds of up to 600MB/sec. The Pegasus J4 supports RAID0, RAID1 and JBOD. One of its outstanding features is the ability to daisy chain up with other Pegasus devices, where you can link up 6 of these beasts for up to 24TB of storage. I'll take 6, thanks.

Samsung booth at Computex, Chromebox is here!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Jun 6, 2012 11:11 pm

Computex 2012 - When I spotted the Samsung booth in Nangang yesterday, I ran up and had a look at their wares. Their latest Series 3 Chromebook was on display where I could see it in person and take a few shots. It's quite a bit smaller in person than what I thought it would be, which is great.




One thing I did notice on the card for it was a bit where it said "zero maintenance", and it lists no blue screens or maintenance, taking a stab at the BSODs that Windows-based users get. It also lists that theres no anti-virus needed, and that there's no data crash/lose worries thanks to its cloud-based service.



Inno3D GEFORCE GTX 690 and i-Chill-based GPUs get caught on camera

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jun 6, 2012 10:03 pm

Computex 2012 - We walked past the Inno3D stand today, but turned back around and ran up to the i-Chill-based cards as soon as I spotted them. Next to them was Inno3D's GEFORCE GTX 690, which is the first GTX 690 I've seen in person.




I thought about grabbing it and making a run for it, but I wouldn't make it far in this temperature in Taipei without breaking down in tears. On with it, shall we? Sitting next to the GTX 690 was Inno3D's i-Chill GTX 560 Ti HerculeZ as well as the i-Chill GTX 680 HerculeZ.




Both cards look gorgeous, the GTX 680 being my personal preference just because its a 680 for the speed. A GTX 690 i-Chill would be nice.



Nintendo WiiU hands on!

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 6, 2012 6:42 pm

Nintendo is really pushing the whole WiiU thing at this E3. Their massive booth is almost entirely dedicated to the WiiU with many different demo stations demoing many different games. They had an interesting way of getting people to try out all 5 different "attractions" in Nintendoland: They gave a pin after you played the attraction hands-on.




I've spent a good hour with the WiiU now and can give you some idea of how it is. The tablet controller works much better than I previously thought it would. Players really only need to watch the tablet controller's screen in most instances. The TV provides a different view for those watching the game.


Since the tablet can display a completely different screen than the TV, it allows some forms of competitive play that would not be possible without it. For instance, in Luigi's Ghost Mansion, the player with the tablet plays as the ghost, and the rest of the players use a regular Wii controller to walk around hunting the ghost. You can see the obvious issues if everyone were watching the same screen.


I asked one of the demo people to hold up the tablet for a picture and they asked that the actual console be present in the picture of the tablet controller, but they didn't specify that it had to take up a large portion of the picture.



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Xbox 360, PS3 gun remote, requires no sensor bar

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 6, 2012 4:35 pm

Some Australians have developed a gun controller that is compatible with the Xbox 360, PS3, and PC and doesn't rely on a sensor bar. The device keeps all of the buttons present on the Xbox/PS3 controller, just in a somewhat different layout. The right half of the controller moves to the back as the gun grip, and the left half moves to the front as a foregrip.




The only button, or rather stick, missing is the one typical for looking. Instead, that motion is done by physically moving the gun around. It comes with a bit of a learning curve (trust me, I tried!), but I believe it could make shooters easier in the long run. It definitely makes them more fun to watch.


A few of the buttons' placements seems a bit odd, but I'm sure with a little getting used to, that feeling would go away. Pricing in the US is said to $149 when it launches.

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GALAXY's GEFORCE GTX 680 SOC spotted, white PCB looks oh-so-nice

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jun 6, 2012 4:08 pm

Computex 2012 - Walking around the halls of Nangang today and we came across a very nice sight, GALAXY's GEFORCE GTX 680 SOC 2GB video card with a very beautiful white PCB. The card isn't special outside of this, with just 2GB of RAM, 3 x mini-HDMI ports, and a single DisplayPort 1.2 port.




GALAXY's SOC card comes with 3 fans, it's great to see this in person. Few more pictures below!







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