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France's ministry of culture and communication says it's "nearly impossible to correctly write French" on its current keyboards, and so has teamed up with a standardization group -- AFNOR -- to create a new norm. This summer, that norm will be shown to the public, at which time feedback will be taken and considered for potential further iteration.
Where keyboards in the US and Europe use the QWERTY layout (with rare exception), French keyboards (like the one pictured here) utilize an AZERTY layout and suffer from a lack of standardization, so you'll see all kinds of variations from manufacturer to manufacturer, and what is seen will often be non-intuitive. As a result, what should be simple, nearly effortless actions like typing accented capital letters can be frustrating, obscure, and even impossible, leading to citizens taking liberties with the language and sometimes incorrectly expressing ideas as a result. Recent studies have shown more spelling errors among French students, which some blame at least partly on this keyboard issue.
Intel had a massive area in the main hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center at CES this year. And they had a tremendous amount of technology to show off as well. One of the big things for Intel this year, is that of their Real Sense technology. They're very excited about it and have plenty of design wins to bring it to the masses.
They showed off Razer's new Stargazer camera, having a popular streamer sitting there actually playing live against three others. They showed how the dynamic background removal worked, and we were pleasantly surprised with it's effectiveness.
But there were other uses for Real Sense as well, such as with a gigantic interactive all where you could coax a school of fish into moving by simply using your hands. It was all quite impressive, though perhaps in the way that tech demos sometimes are. I can see the validity of the technology and where it can be useful for interacting with, well, anything. But hopefully companies, museums and even aquariums adopt Real Sense, because it could be another type of revolution that we never knew we needed. Razer is helping to show us that there are uses for the technology aside from 3D modeling your face.
GIGABYTE's new mouse will please gaming enthusiasts that appreciate a minimalist look.
The XM300, as it's known, features a 6400DPI optical sensor that can be adjusted in 50 DPI increments for the most particular of players; its tracking ability can reach 200 inches per second at 50g acceleration, so you should have no issue landing that headshot just when you need it most, and RGB backlighting lets you play better in the dark or in dim lighting. Naturally, the lighting is customizable.
Pricing and availability of the XM300 are not yet known, but we'll keep you posted.
For around $79 you can grab yourself a white or black 'Emojistar Keyboard' - a product that vies to help you type out any pop culture symbol with ease.
Quoted as "A really smart keyboard" on its own Kickstarter campaign, this crowd funding campaign is currently sitting at a lowly 0% of it's $50,000 flexible goal with 30 days remaning in total.
With the shipping date set for 2016, this Apple-like keyboard aims to provide users with the ability to easily send emoji's to friends - something you probably never thought you'd use, and maybe something you will never use. There's two models available, light and full versions, giving users quick access to 59 and 118 emoji's respectively while also providing a function key, a stainless steel panel, wireless functionality, a numpad and driverless operation.
G.SKILL has announced two new mechanical gaming keyboards, expanding its KM780 series. The new RIPJAWS KM780R RGB and KM780R MX models feature the same build and design, with the KM780R series a "redux of the original without the extra gaming keycaps, puller tool, and keycap box; and most importantly, at a lower price".
The new G.SKILL KM780R has the same features and design as the original KM780 series, with "highly responsive and extremely durable Cherry MX key switches (rated for 50 million keypresses without losing the same mechanical feel), military-grade aluminum plate in a brushed black anodized finish, and the full suite of extra macro keys, onboard keyboard profiles, and media control keys with the digital LED volume display", says G.SKILL.
The new KM780R RGB and KM780R MX keyboards will be availble in Cherry MX red, brown, and blue. As for pricing and availability, the KM780R RGB sells for an MSRP of $159.99, while the KM780R MX will have an MSRP of $119.99.
Stated as the "fifth consecutive year that Logitech products have been awarded GOOD DESIGN awards" in a recently issued press release, this peripheral giant has taken home five awards this time around.
Receiving awards for its Wireless Mouse M280, ConferenceCam Connect, Keys-To-Go, Bluetooth Multi-Device Keyboard K480 and the MX Master Wireless Mouse, Logitech president and CEO Bracken Darrell stated that "these additional design award wins help underscore how design is at the core of what we do at Logitech."
The GOOD DESIGN Awards are presented each year by the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design and are in partnership with the European Centre for Architecture, Art, Design and Urban Studies.
CES 2016 - The latest innovations from touch-pad creator Synaptics were shown off at CES this year, and they have a heavy focus on security and in integrating fingerprint sensors further into the PC and gaming markets to let everyone enjoy the ease with which biometric security can allow for.
Biometrics are an interesting technology that's really come into focus recently because of how Apple built a 360 degree fingerprint sensor into the home screen button that allows for using biometrics in an easy way that, mostly, just works. It's a seamless part of the experience, so Synaptics is looking at bringing that to enterprise laptops, so that the strength of biometrics can be an easily integrated daily part of using the device.
Their first generation of integrated finger-print readers is visually embedded into a specific part of the touchpad, and the raised area doesn't take away from the scrolling area either. Just like most modern consumer fingerprint sensors, it's 360 degree readable, so you can place your finger in on it in any direction, and so long as the necessary amount of points can be read, then it'll work. The best part is that it literally saves OEM's money to implement, because they don't have to engineer separate wrist rests with and without a sensor.
Cooler master is consolidating their business, and that means new products along with that new vision. One of the most anticipated of those is the revamping of their keyboards, from the value Devastator all the way up to their top of the line mechanical keyboards.
The Devastator bundle caught on surprisingly well when it was released in 2013. It was cheap, and actually a really decent experience for the money. They're upgrading that to the Devastator II, which should update it significantly while shooting for the same price point.
They've essentially taken a Topre switch and taken out the spring, replacing it with a rubber dome instead. They're calling it a Mem-chanical switch. So it's still a membrane keyboard, but it has the feel of a much more premium keyboard than the price might otherwise suggest. The result is a silent and more sure typing experience. It'll of course be bundled with the Devastator II mouse.
CES 2016 - If you're looking for the experience of RGB lighting but aren't interested in dishing out for a mechanical keyboard, Tt eSPORTS has just announced its Challenger Prime RGB membrane gaming combo, featuring a keyboard and mouse package in one box.
The keyboard comes packed with multimedia and macro keys, shortcut keys, poll rate adjustments, Tt eSPORTS control software and RGB lighting. As for the mouse, expect to see a PIXART optical sensor, Omron switches, 3200DPI and a lifetime rating of up to 10 million clicks.
Available for a suggested price of $59.99, the mouse looks quite similar to the original Tt eSPORTS Black, moulded together with the Tt eSPORTS Talon. More information on this combo can be found here.
Logitech is following up its G502 Proteus Core gaming mouse with the G502 Proteus Spectrum, which adds customizable RGB lighting supporting up to 16.8 million colours on top of the features that made the Core a success.
Not familiar? The Core and the Spectrum boast the most "powerful and accurate" PMW3366 DPI sensor, a wide DPI range, G DeltaZero tech for reliable targeting, surface and weight tuning, and 11 programmable buttons.