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Its been more than half a year since we first got a glimpse at the next-generation Kinect motion sensor from Microsoft. During its unveiling, no mention was made of a PC version. This left makers, and kinect enthusiast wondering if there would even be a PC version of the new Kinect.
Today Microsoft answered those questions by finally unveiling the PC version of the Kinect, and for the most part it is identical to its Xbox One counterpart. The differences lie in the way the Kinect connects to the PC, which is handled through a new connection hum. The hub is designed to connect the sensor to the PC via USB 3.0, as well as providing a place to plug in a power brick. Furthermore, the Xbox logo is gone, and the power button has the universal power logo on it. While the sensor is not yet available for purchase, Microsoft says that it is close to launch and will arrive soon.
Anyone who plays games or spends a lot of typing on a computer each day can tell you that not all keyboards are created equal. I've been typing on a super thin Logitech keyboard for years and find that I can't type nearly as fast on anything else. A lot of gamers and typists out there like mechanical keys.
If you are one of those sorts of people, you will be interested in the new offering from Das Keyboard. You might recognize the Das Keyboard name, the company has been making keyboards for years now. In fact, we reviewed one back in 2012.
The latest offering is called the Das Keyboard 4 Mechanical Keyboard and it has mechanical keys as you expect. You can get the keyboard in a version with names printed on all of the keys. If you are a touch typist, sure of the location of everything you can get it blank as well.
Today Tt eSports unveiled the latest edition to its BLACK gaming mouse series. The all new Black Snow edition is not just another BLACK gaming mouse, and features improvements that were derived from community feedback about the previous versions of the BLACK series. The biggest change ascetically is the new glossy white exterior that is accented by ice blue LED lighting and a laser etched logo.
The BLACK Snow edition features a new Avago 5700 DPI laser engine, and more internal memory to store additional setting profiles. This memory increase allows users to store up to 5 profiles with six-macros each which are programmable via the included software. Like other Tt eSports mice, the Black Snow edition features 5-million click OMON switches. The mouse will retail at a pricing point of $49.99 and will release to the US market sometime in April of this year.
Days before the Game Developers Conference kicks off in San Francisco, Valve sent its latest Steam Controller prototype to WIRED. The new controller was meant to feature a touchscreen in the center, with four buttons around it, but the new one still doesn't feature a touchscreen.
Instead, it has morphed into more of a traditional console controller, with two diamond-shaped arrays of buttons. It looks (at least in the picture) a little more comfortable than the first Steam Controller, but I would've liked to have seen a touchscreen on the controller. The circular touchpads are still in play, which match both the precision and resolution of a mouse, giving gamers more precision than traditional controllers.
Jason Allenmann makes some truly amazing things with Lego, but his latest creation is something for PC lovers: a fully-functional keyboard made out of the little plastic blocks.
Underneath the keyboard is the traditional circuit board and sensor pad from a normal keyboard, but the exterior is entirely made out of Legos. Allenmann said that his biggest hurdle was to interface the Lego keys with the sensor pad, but instead of using custom-painted tiles or stickers, Allenmann used printed tiles that Lego has officially released over the years.
Allenmann was quite creative with this bit of the keyboard, where the Home key is represented by a roof-shaped Lego, while a tile with a photo of a scroll is used for the Scroll Lock key. The Caps Lock? A mini baseball cap - a nice touch.
Razer recently revealed two of its in-house designed and engineered mechanical keys: Green and Orange Razer mechanical switches. The company behind many well known gaming oriented hardware claims that these switches are made specifically for gaming.
Razer claims that since traditional mechanical switches are made designed primarily for typing, these are designed and made from scratch for gaming. The green variant offers tactile feedback with an audible click and with an actuation force of 50 g. The orange counterpart also offers tactile feedback but without the click and with the actuation force of 45 g. Razer also claims that its mechanical keys are rated up to 60 million operations, while Cherry keys are rated up to 50 million operations.
Logitech has been making its line of Harmony universal remote controls for a number of years. These remotes are notable because they all have macro buttons that make changing multiple inputs on your home theater system as easy as pushing a single button. Logitech has rolled out a new Harmony product called the Harmony Smart Keyboard.
The device is exactly what you think it is, a keyboard that can be used as a universal remote. The device is compatible with set top boxes like the Apple TV, Roku, Xbox 360, and PS3 consoles. It will also work with the Xbox One, but support for the PS4 isn't mentioned.
The QWERTY keyboard lets you easily type searches or chat. The keyboard also has the buttons you expect for controlling media and has a guide button. The keyboard also ships with the Harmony Hub that launched last summer as a standalone device.
If you spend lots of time during the day stuck in front of a computer, you are probably out for anything that can make all that computer use more comfortable. There are few things that are more of a literal pain in the neck than having to look down at a computer screen all day because it won't go high enough for your comfort.
There are bunches of monitor stands out there that will lift the screen up to a more comfortable level. Satechi has a new monitor stand that will lift up your screen or notebook and has some features that make it more like a docking station as well.
The monitor stand is called the Satechi F1 Smart Monitor Stand. The device will lift the screen of your computer or notebook up several inches. It also has a quartet of USB 2.0 ports on the front and jacks for your headphones and mic.
Razer has a very short and sweet tease on its Facebook page, announcing: "We're excited to announce that we'll be working with Microsoft to bring out peripherals for the Xbox One. Stick around for more info to come".
The peripherals maker teases an image with the Xbox One and an announced Razer-made Xbox One controller, with the simple: "Coming to Xbox One." It'll be interesting to see what Razer does with the peripherals on the Xbox One, but I'm sure it'll end up surprising most people with something new, and fresh for the just-released next-gen console from Microsoft.
I've yet to even use a Kinect sensor myself, but it looks like Microsoft's motion tracking device is being used at the borders of North Korea and South Korea, an interesting use, to put lightly.
Jae Kwon Ko created some software that uses the Kinect sensors to work out the differences between animals and humans, allowing the sensor to notify a nearby outpost if a person is getting too close to, or attempting to cross the border. The South Korean military is being hush-hush about this technology, but Ko did add that they're looking to update the system already, with heart rate and heat detection.