I have seen some weird crap that is supposed to attach to your computer over the years. Thanko sells a lot of that weird crap too. One of the stranger things was a microscope that you could use to look at your zits up close. That one made me go WTF. The latest form Thanko is another of the WTF items that the company offers.
I always wonder why I see the Japanese folks in footage of Tokyo walking around in surgical masks everywhere. I assume they are afraid of germs. Thanko has a new gadget that will plug into the USB port on your computer that you wear over that surgical mask. The name is in Japanese so I don't know what it's really called.
The device is a USB fan that looks like a cat nose and mouth. It even has whiskers! I spent many a year working in the medical world and I can tell you it gets hard to breath in surgical masks. I guess the point is to blow some cool air in there to keep you from getting too hot. The downside is you will look like some sort of perverted weirdo wearing this thing. It sells for 1980 yen on Thanko.
Logitech Australia has just announced that consumers are able to get a 100% cash back offer on selected Logitech products. During the month of February, Australian consumers can get a full cash back on various Logitech products. Logitech has set a $300, 000 budget for returning the cost of the purchase back to the customer.
When customers purchase a participating product they will be directed to a website to lodge a claim and will be reimbursed for the full amount of the product. Five separate claims per household.
I am one of the PC gamers that likes a lot of sensitivity in my mouse. I play games on a big 30-inch LCD so having a mouse with enough sensitivity to cover the screen with little hand movement is a big deal to me. Rude Gameware has unveiled new mouse that is called the Fierce Laser Gaming Mouse V2 that has decent sensitivity and more features.
The mouse has a 5000 dpi laser engine, which isn't as good as a lot of other offerings on the market right now. You can get mice with lots more sensitivity than 5000 dpi, but that may be enough for many folks. One of the best features of the new mouse is the price; you can pick one up right now for $49.99. Mice with more resolution will typically cost you a lot more than that.
Other features of the mouse include 1000Hz polling with a 1ms response time. The mouse has onboard memory and seven programmable buttons. The memory can store profiles and macros. The weight of the mouse is adjustable and the sensitivity can be adjusted during play. An LED indicator shows what sensitivity setting the mouse is at. It also uses Teflon feet for low friction and quiet play.
Tt eSports, Thermaltake's new gaming peripheral division, has been super busy with new product rollouts. The latest announcement is the release of the Black Element, a gaming mouse with a ton of features.
Sporting a 6500 DPI laser, nine macro buttons, and Omron gaming switches rated for five million keystrokes, the Black Element is geared towards MMO and RTS gamers. Adjustable weights, a rubber coating, 128kb onboard memory, and adjustable lighting with five available colors help you make this mouse truly your own. Custom software gives you control of the memory onboard the Element with up to 5 profile assignments and 45 total macros and this is a pretty customizable mouse. No release date or price were announced at this time.
It's not news that the Kinect has gotten the attention of modders; from guys stuck in basements with a soldering iron and a dream to students at the biggest universities it seems everyone has their own new Kinect mod. The Object-Based Media Group at the MIT Media Lab have their own dream for the Kinect: Star Wars-esque hologram sending, R2-D2 style.
The holograms are based around the Kinect and a few other easy to find hardware pieces, which is a big jump from a similar transmitter that was shown last year that required 16 cameras and ran at a terrible FPS. These Kinect holograms, which are captured and streamed over a PC internet connection, can hit 15 frames per second, with the MIT guys thinking they'll eventually hit 30 FPS. Next stop, a Death Star orbiting our planet.
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It's been announced, delayed due to "safety concerns," and pushed back some more, but it looks like the FastMac U-Socket outlet is ready to make itself available to the world. This outlet, which provides standard (U.S.) 110V power along with two handy USB ports for your electronic device charging needs, is officially now available from
Steve Ballmer, current CEO of Microsoft has promised that Kinect will have PC support sometime in the future. Right now, Kinect is Xbox 360 territory, but eventually Microsoft have plans to move this across to the PC.
Even though the system has been hacked, prodded, thrashed and slashed on virtually all platforms, official support is always going to win. The BBC asked Ballmer "Will you plug-in the Kinect to the PC, will you go for that in the near future?", Ballmer replied with "We'll support that in a formal way in the right time and when we've got an announcement to make we'll make it."
CES 2011, Las Vegas - Gigabyte's been awfully busy with their big announcements like the G1 Killer motherboards and laptops. Peripheral fans also have something to look forward to from Gigabyte as we got a quick look at their upcoming P8600 Aivia gaming mouse.
Boasting wired or wireless function, swappable rechargeable batteries, ambidextrous grip, and an up to 3500 dpi sensor, Gigabyte is looking to make this a mouse for just about anyone. No official word on launch date or price quite yet.
CES 2011, Las Vegas - Cooler Master has big plans for their expanding Choiix mobile device accessory line in the next few months, and they were nice enough to invite us to their suite at CES to take a look at the upcoming lineup. Here are just a few products they've got on tap for 2011:
The Choiix BoomBoom portable speakers are getting an upgrade when Choiix releases the BoomBoom 3D. It's not a whole lot different to look at, but there's a noticeable difference in sound quality; especially when you switch it from "Stereo" to "3D" mode, which gives a 2.1 sound effect.
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CES 2011, Las Vegas - Kudos, Microsoft! 8 million Kinect sensors sold worldwide in 60 days. Keep in mind that Microsoft had planned for 5 million sold, so they're sitting on top of 3 million above their predictions - quite surprising!
Microsoft also announced they have 30 million Xbox Live members and 50 million units sold worldwide, also mentioning that the Xbox 360 has outsold all other consoles in the last 6 months.
CES 2011, Las Vegas - Ah CES. Where people sneak past security and fall from the ceiling Mission Impossible style just to get glimpses of new tech or new anything really. But, we all love it, don't we?
The latest leak is a picture of "Avatar Kinect". Avatar Kinect will be a system for Xbox Live avatar interaction in a separate chat room, where players talk to each other outside of games.
CES 2011, Las Vegas - Anyone that types a lot knows that too much typing can lead to repetitive stress injuries for some folks like carpal tunnel if you are prone to that sort of condition or have it already an ergonomic keyboard can help you to get rid of that pain. Smartfish is showing off a new keyboard at CES 2011 that is a first for ergonomic offerings called the Smartfish Engage Keyboard.
The Engage has a cool automated adjustment function that adjusts the keyboard subtly over time to keep the users hands from being in the same position for too long. This helps to reduce pain associated with carpal tunnel and other injuries and helps to prevent the injuries from happening. The keyboard has a standard split QWERTY ergonomic design.
Each hand gets its own keyboard section and the halves of the keyboard feature distance adjustment for comfort and the keyboard can be tilted up and down for angle. The keyboard is on display at CES and will sell for $149.99. You can get one right now directly from Smartfish.
I really hate having to set my alarm clock. The thing is a huge pain to set with tiny buttons that are hard to see and push. I hate it even more if I look away for a second and pass the hour I need and have to go all the way back around to set the thing. Changing for DST really sucks too. If you have the same hatred for programming normal alarm clocks, you might like the latest offering from Moshi.
Moshi has tech inside its cool alarm clocks that is perfect for those that can't see that well and for those that just hate programming their normal clock. The tech allows you to press one button and then tell the Moshi clock what time it is to set it. You can program alarms and just about all of the other features of the clock using your voice. You can even set snooze with your voice.
The latest clock is the Reflection and it is a Brookstone exclusive item selling for about $56. It offers dual alarms, indoor and outdoor temperatures, and a six-color night light. The sensor for outside temperature is wireless and included in the price. Power comes from three AA batteries. You can buy the clock right now.
I have never had a job where I had to give lots of presentations, but I did have a job once where I had to sit through a lot of them. It sucked. I really hated it when the presenter couldn't figure out how to work the remote and we ended up waiting while they tied to figure it out. You may be familiar with the Arctic Cooling company from their line of fans and other cooling products.
Arctic Cooling has unveiled a new device called the Presenter 1 Wireless Presenter that might be of interest if you are a person that has to give presentations a lot. The device looks like a remote control for your TV more than a computer accessory to me. It has a single round dial that controls the functions of your presentation.
The dial has buttons for escape, darken screen, play, previous/next slide, and for volume. The device also has a red laser pointer built in as well. It connects to your computer using an included USB dongle and it uses 2.4GHz technology. Power for the adapter is from three AAA batteries. You can pick one up now for $31.90.
Microsoft has announced the launch of a new category for its website for businesses called Hardware for Businesses. The hardware is packaged into bundles with five different units of the same product. The bundles are for businesses needing hardware for multiple workers or for resellers looking to save a bit on gear they want to sell in stores or to customers.
The new business product listings include all sorts of peripherals and hardware that people need in the home and in the office the multiple pack offerings include webcams, headsets, mice, and keyboards. The mice and keyboards can be had in wired and wireless versions and there is a bunch of different webcams offered as well. Multiple webcams are good or use in offices where you are setting up virtual meetings.
Among the products available for purchase are the LifeCam Studio and the Natural Ergonomic Keyboard. Microsoft is even offering the SideWinder X3 mouse in a five pack. If you work for a big business with multiple locations and need video conferencing the webcams are offered in packs of 50, 60 , and 80 for some models.
It hasn't been that long ago that the first Blu-ray optical drives were landing for computers. I remember the first one I read about was in the thousand-dollar range. Technology has changed drastically since the drives were first unveiled and today you can get a handful of Blu-ray drives for the price of one of the early offerings.
Pioneer has announced a new optical drive that is an internal 5.25" optical drive that is designed to read and write to discs using the new higher-capacity BDXL format. The optical drive can also write to normal Blu-ray media, DVD, and CDs as well. The new BDXL discs are capable of storing 128GB of data on a BDR-QL disc and up to 100GB on a BD-R TL disc. The optical drive uses the SATA interface.
The drive ships with as single BD-R XL 100GB disc and has tech to protect disc and improve playback quality on recorded media. The tech includes Limit Equalizer to improve RF signals generated when reading Blu-ray discs. Disc Vibration Stabilizer protects discs from warping during the write process. The BDR-206MBK is available right now for $199.
One of the few places it's hard to satisfy your geek gear addiction is in the shower. Etsy has made it their business to change that with their soaps that you can get in shapes like Xbox 360 controllers and Nintendo cartridges. The latest addition is the Limited Edition Razer Orochi soap.
That's right, you can put your mousing skills to work fragging dirt from your dirty self. Priced at $10 a piece, these can be used to clean up, trick your buddies, or sit on your toy shelf next to the Star Wars toys you never took out of their boxes. Check out the whole line at the Source Link.
I would say that about 99% of all the ultraportables and netbooks on the market lack an optical drive. For some people that might be ok, but if you are business type odds are at some point you will wish you had an optical drive. The lack of an optical drive also means that when you are traveling you can't watch a movie to pass the time. If you need an optical drive for a notebook or netbook that didn't come with one, Lite-On has unveiled one called the eNAU608 that might be perfect.
The optical drive will write to DVDs and CDs and can play recorded media as well. It gets all the power it needs to operate directly from the USB port so no power adapter is needed for the device to function. The drive is very slim as well making it easy to pack away in your luggage or backpack. Despite its small size and USB-powered design, the optical drive supports DVD burning at 8x.
If you want to put your notebook or netbook screen on a larger display in your living room and your machine lacks an output for graphics or only has VGA out and your TV doesn't support VGA you can still get your content on a bigger screen. A new adapter from Sewell called the HDdeck USB to HDMI adapter will take your video output from the notebook and shoot it to your TV with HDMI and USB connectivity.
You connect the adapter to your notebook or netbook with a USB cable. Drivers installed on the computer will shoot the video from your screen over the USB cable and the adapter will turn that into HDMI signals. The HDMI cable for the adapter to your TV will then let you just plug in and watch as you would any other HDMI source.
Gran Turismo 5 is finally out, but it has strangely been absent without a high end 'official' steering wheel to go along with it. For a very long time now Logitech has had the pleasure of building wheels that carried the Gran Turismo branding until now?
Thrustmaster seems to have secured the license for the GT franchise now and is building a wheel called the T500RS as pictured above. The T500RS promises unrivaled accuracy and seems to sport some form of magnetic sensor technology which Thrustmaster used in their HOTAS Warthog controller.