Last week it was a smart frying pan; this week it's a smart rice cooker. Chinese company Xiaomi, which already has several smart appliance products, is launching the $150 Mi Induction Heating Pressure Rice Cooker in collaboration with partner Chun Mi, which aims to improve on the traditional rice cooker with added features.
Firstly, the app will let you scan your bag of rice so the cooker knows exactly what to do based on the type of rice you're using as well as its brand and origin. 200 brands are supported, with more to come. Second, it employs pressure control, induction heating, and a grey cast iron lining as highly regarded Japanese rice cookers do, all with the aim of creating tastier rice. And finally, it can make rice cakes as well as other dishes.
Razer is going back to the basics with their newest line of keyboards, taking away the bells and whistles that drive up the cost of their normal Blackwidow line with the new Blackwidow X. Simplicity doesn't mean cheap, just less expensive with the same (improved) manufacturing techniques.
The new keyboards are part of a whole new line that's attempting to break into all manner of price points for mechanical keyboards by stripping away the top-plate and the accessory buttons that come with it. The exposed metal plate underneath is actually quite attractive, with a similar look to Corsair's keyboards. This new line is focusing on bringing the cost of Razer's keyboards, with their own designed switch, down to more reasonable levels. This one is full-sized, with numpad, and has Razer's Green switch, with a 50g actuation force requirement and a shorter breaking point. They're durable to up to 80 million clicks and each individual key is individually programmable to show 16.8 million different colors. You can find it for $159.99.
There's always some question of quality surrounding Razer. I myself have had bad luck in regards to Razer products failing, however, they're very adamant about increasing their quality control and making sure their manufacturing processes are far better than they were in the past. They're recognizing the shortcomings from the past. At E3 last year, I was able to see some of the different mechanisms they use to test their new switches, and they certainly put them through a torture test to ensure they work far more reliably than in the past. I'm currently investigating the durability of the Razer Blackwidow Chroma Tournament (tenkeyless) edition by not holding back on my clicking.
Valve has just unleashed the CAD files for its Steam Controller, allowing games to design their own modifications to the controller, which works with specific games, and already offers custom configurations.
Valve encourages gamers who want to design unique modifications for the Steam Controller, but Valve's approval is needed in order to sell them. Erik Johnson, a designer at Valve said that the version of the Steam Controller available at retail wasn't meant to be the final form.
The company hoped that gamers around the world would customize the hardware to their unique needs, with Johnson telling Polygon back in October 2015: "We want to release the CAD files for how these controllers are put together".
Logitech announced two new gaming keyboards today that are going to use Cherry MX switches as opposed to the Romer made switches that they've been using in their top-end gaming keyboards up until now.
They have two version of their new G610 Orion keyboard coming out, one that features Cherry MX Brown switches, and another that has Cherry MX Red switches on board. The two newcomers are of a more simplistic and understated, industrial design. There's very little in the way of flair, save for perhaps the logo, which itself doesn't stand out too much. The backlighting is with white LED's and the brightness of each key can be adjusted, and other lighting patterns (of the same color) can be programmed in. There are also dedicated media keys to ease controlling sound level and playing back music.
Curiously, even though they began their independent foray into mechanical keyboards with Romer switches, they're calling Cherry MX the "industry standard," of which they are due to the widespread adoption, but they seem to be downplaying their relationship with the other switch maker. Regardless, it's good to see Logitech expand into other territory to provide more choice to gamers. Both the G610 Orion Red and Brown will be available this month for $119.
Sent to us recently in an email, TinySticky is a current crowdfunding project on Indiegogo and aims to be the next best smartphone or tool accessory.
Holding up to 3 pounds in weight on any smooth and flat surface, this little device is exactly as the name suggests - tiny and sticky. This double sided contraption has been designed mainly for smartphone use, allowing you to stick your phone on your car dash, home wall, whiteboard, kitchen bench or roof if you really want.
While 'Tiny Sticky Labs' (the manufacturer) suggests that this product will be rejuvenated of its stickiness just by a simple wash, I would be a little hesitant to use the same tab consistently for an extended period of time. What's great regarding this fact is that it's quite cheap, currently available for $1 if you share it on Facebook or $3 plus shipping at a normal price.
With more DPI than you will ever have use for and plenty of color options too, the 10,000 DPI and RGB-backlit Corsair Sabre mouse has been announced recently via press release.
These initial features are backed up by eight programmable buttons that are mappable with Corsair's Utility Engine Software, further allowing control over the four dynamic RGB lighting zones provided on this product.
Other features include a 100g lightweight design, a 1,000 Hz fresh rate, a 1.8m 'easy flex' cable and a low MSRP of $49.99 excluding taxes. Available now around the globe, this mouse is built around an optical sensor and is aimed at users looking for full gaming customization. More information on this new release can be found here.
An Australian startup has successfully Kickstarted its first product: LMcable, a 2-in-1 connector that allows you to charge an iPhone or an Android phone. Data transfer is an option, too. The idea is pretty simple: plug it in one way for a Lightning port, and turn it upside down for micro USB -- no split connectors necessary.
Features include a brass buckle for "neat closure" and portability, a leather-bound cable, and tin-plated copper wires for high durability. And for the environmentally conscious, it utilizes Halogen-free TPE instead of PVC.
$5,000 AUD / ~$3,600 USD was the funding goal, which has been shattered with $59,073 AUD / ~$42,500 USD raised as of press time, and with 29 days to go, no less. The cable is expected to start shipping in mid April (initial planning began last July).
It seems that the majority of technology companies are tackling the peripheral market these days, with GIGABYTE pushing hard on its self-named and AUROS gaming gear, Tt eSPORTS and Corsair making the leap a few years ago and further companies such as ASUS its ROG division slowly slipping into the market.
ASUS has now presented us with the announcement of its Sica White gaming mouse, including 1000Hz polling rate, a 5000DPI optical sensor, Omron switches for durability and an ambidextrous design.
Without any shelf date or price announced in the recent press release, ASUS tells us that this mouse comes attached with its Armoury software, allowing users to change macros, performance settings and lighting effects - saving in the mouse memory for later use.
You probably have a mechanical keyboard (if not, get on that), but we'll do you one better with an analog mechanical keyboard boasting what is undoubtedly the weirdest name around: Wooting One.
Currently in development and seemingly nearing launch, the main draw of the Wooting One is its pressure sensitive keys, allowing you to dictate exactly how fast a character moves in a game like The Witcher 3, or how precisely you turn in a racing game like Burnout Paradise. If you've used the Dualshock 3 controller before, it's basically that except with keys instead of sticks. Likewise, game support isn't a worry, as it comes at the hardware level. Lastly, if you dislike the feature or just want it off sometimes, you can disable it at any time.
Not completely set on one mechanical switch type? Epic Gear has announced its 'DEFIANT' modular mechanical keyboard, allowing users to chop and change different switch types on-the-fly. Coined by this peripheral company as 'EG MMS' technology aka Modular-matrix Structure mechanical Switches, it's something we haven't really seen before.
Paired with the optional extra EG MMS switch accessory, you can expect a 24-pack of keys within that are available in Epic Gear's own Grey, Orange or Purple key types. Back to the keyboard itself, the DEFIANT offers LED backlighting and programmable per-key lighting, a 1000Hz adjustable polling rate, anti-ghosting, fully programmable keys, a dedicated GUI software with four profiles, braided cables and more.
Weighing in at a hefty 2.4lb (1100g), this product comes packed with a 2-year manufacturer warranty, it's designed in Taiwan and TweakTown currently has one on the way to review. Want to know more? Keep checking back for our full comprehensive review on this promising new model.