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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.
Today, HighPoint Technologies announced the launch of a new line of PCIe Expansion Stations that feature Intel Thunderbolt technology. The new NA211TB and NA211TB-LD Thunderbolt Expansion Stations can be connected to any system featuring Thunderbolt connectivity to transform that system into a powerful workstation.
"Why sacrifice performance for portability? Why give up efficiency for expandability? With HighPoint Thunderbolt PCIe Expansion Stations, you no longer have to trade the convenience of compact form factor and portable computing for the performance and versatility of a traditional desktop," the company said in a release. "HighPoint Thunderbolt PCIe Expansion Stations enable any computer with a Thunderbolt port harness the power and flexibility of full-size PCIe cards - all via a single compact port!"
The new NA211TB features support for up to three Thunderbolt-Aware, full-length PCIe cards, and connects to your PC or Mac using only a single cable. The NA211TB is the perfect platform for any I/O requirement - whether adding video or audio capture card for a media project, networking support or external storage expansion for business applications, or simply adding SAS/SATA or USB 3.0 connectivity to your laptop.
Hasbro stopped by the Engadget offices to show off its latest NERF blaster, the N-Strike Elite NERF Cam ECS-12 Blaster - quite the mouthful, isn't it?
The latest blaster is the usual semi-auto NERF blaster, but it features a tiny camera built into the barrel of the blaster, with a tiny screen on the stock. You can use the screen to lineup your target, but the camera will let you record your battles in the first-person perspective, which should be filling YouTube's servers in the coming months.
LUXA2, a division of Thermaltake specializing in mobile products, recently announced the GroovyW Bluetooth speaker with wireless charging station.
The LUXA2 GroovyW is Bluetooth 3.0-enabled and offers a sleek design, LED touch panel, speakerphone option, and NFC capability. The unit can reportedly play music for up to 15 hours, or 30 hours, when using a charging pad designed for any Q1 electronics, and easy portability. The LED touch panel provides instant access to volume control, play/pause and on/off features on top of the unit.
There is a growing demand for Bluetooth-powered portable speakers, as more consumers have smartphones and tablets - and tend to enjoy streaming music from online radio stations or previously downloaded music.
It looks like Sixense is ready to show off its 3D printing chops at the 3D Printer World Expo next month, where the "global leader in motion tracking and 3D modelling" will show off its MakeVR solution.
Sixense will tease show goers with MakeVR, as it will be the first public showcasing of the technology. On February 5, following the show itself, a Kickstarter will open for MakeVR, too. MakeVR is hoping to combine the real, and virtual worlds, where it will allow users to use their full potential to create, share, buy, trade and print 3D models.
Amir Rubin, co-founder of Sixense, explains: "With MakeVR we're enabling everyone to more easily and affordably create models in 3D. Coupled with the emergence of so many great new 3D printing solutions, this will catalyze the entire market. 3D Printer World Expo offers the perfect stage to showcase MakeVR, and we're looking forward to feedback from the leaders in 3D printing industry at the show."
Major Nelson has just unveiled the Xbox One "Titanfall" Limited Edition Wireless Controller, which looks incredibly sexy. The controller was designed in collaboration between the Xbox design team, and the Respawn Entertainment art department.
Lead Artist at Respawn Entertainment, Joel Emslie, said Respawn's goal was "to create a controller that feels as if it is a piece of military spec hardware transported from the universe of Titanfall and into players hands." The new controller will be made available before Titanfall launches on March 11, 2014 in the US, and March 13 in Europe for $64.99.
CES 2013 - Feenix is a little known company who is making big-ticket products, and has just made its official debut into the world of consumer electronics at this years CES. We stopped by the Feenix booth to check out its boutique collection of PC peripherals and to get a sneak peek at a new high-end headset its developing.
Our own Chad Sebring has had his hands on a couple of Feenix products recently, and gave the Nascita an overall score of 88%, while the Diamora mouse pad also received praise. I personally had the chance to check out the new headset shown in the video, and while I am no audiophile, I can say that it sounded much better than any pair of Beats By Dre headphones I have ever worn.
CES 2014 - Tt eSports by Thermaltake brought a plethora of new products at this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas Nevada, and Kitty Mach took the time to walk us through the entire lineup. One of the more interesting sets is the Team DK series which features custom red and white color schemes, and is the same hardware used by Team DK.
Tt eSports also debuted its new in-house mechanical switches that are very similar to Cherry MX switches, and in fact in the blind test, I was unable to tell a difference between the two. Kitty wrapped things up by unveiling two new headsets from its Chronos line.
CES 2014 - ROCCAT unveiled several new products at this year's Consumer Electronics show, and as always, their peripherals do not disappoint. The company's new Ryos TKL features all the Ryos's famous features but deleted the numerical keys to the right.
ROCCAT also showed off a new optical version of its flagship Kone XTD mouse, with improvements made to the weight system, as well as the optical performance that many gamers love. The new Kone Pure Military line of mice feature military inspired color schemes, new optical sensors, and the performance we have come to expect from ROCCAT. The company was demoing its new analog version of its popular Kave XTD headset.
CES 2014 - A few weeks back Corsair announced that they were developing the worlds first individually addressed RGB LED mechanical keyboard, and at this years CES we got to check it out in person. The keyboard will be featured with Cherry MX switches in red, blue, and brown switches.
Corsair says that each key will be individually addressable and each key color can be changed via a custom control suite Corsair is developing. Corsair and Cherry MX have entered into an exclusive partnership to develop this keyboard which ensures that the only place to get an RGB mechanical keyboard is from Corsair. We can expect to see it hit the retail market later this year!