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It looks as though Microsoft might be cutting the SideWinder range of products off, reports from VR-Zone are saying that Microsoft plan to discontinue the SideWinder Range which consists of four mice (X3, X5 and X8) and two keyboards (X4 and X6).
Microsoft discontinued the SideWinder range back in 2003 but bought it back in 2007 hoping to establish a name for itself amongst the gamers. Apparently none of the SideWinder products ever really took hold of the gamers and with serious competition from Razer, Logitech and SteelSeries, Microsoft look to be bowing out of the race.
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I have a Logitech Revue Google TV system in my living room right now and the thing is interesting. It comes with a normal size keyboard that is easy to use and type on. The stock keyboard even has a track pad to control the cursor on the device. The only downside is that the keyboard is hard to store away when you aren't using it.
If you want something smaller that you can type on with your thumbs like you do on a smartphone EFO has the keyboard for you. The little EFO Bluetooth Google TV Keyboard is on sale for about $53 and has an integrated touchpad and QWERTY keys on it. The keyboard has Bluetooth but you can get an RF version if needed and it will work with Linux, Mac, and Windows PCs too.
I have used one of these keyboards before and they are easy enough to use, even if they are much more cramped than a normal keyboard. For occasional typing, the EFO offering would work well enough. The keyboard has 82 keys, supports multiple languages, and has the special keys for the Google TV box.
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