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Avatar Kinect, Hulu Plus & Netflix Kinect Functionality Unveiled at CES 2011

Avatar Kinect, Hulu Plus & Netflix Kinect Functionality Unveiled at CES 2011

For some, Microsoft's keynote, where CEO Steve Ballmer (and others) takes the stage and talks about what's to come from the Redmond-based company is the kick-off for the Consumer Electronics Show. This year, Microsoft took some time to talk about their recently released motion-controlled peripheral, Kinect, and the features that will be added into the accessory soon. For those who believe that Kinect's usage through the Xbox 360's system isn't as in-depth as they'd like, Microsoft is happy to add functionality to two main features, along with adding an entirely new way to interact with your friends on Xbox LIVE.

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Microsoft Touch Mouse Announced, Available in June [Video]

Microsoft Touch Mouse Announced, Available in June [Video]

While it may look similar, the Touch Mouse isn't the same thing as the previously released Arc Touch Mouse from Microsoft. This time around, the Touch Mouse is meant to look more like a traditional mouse peripheral, but the distinction between a "normal" mouse and this one is pretty clear right off the top: there's a "matrix of capacitive touch-sensing electrodes" right on the top, allowing for several different multitouch gestures.

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DIY jog wheel controller uses old VCR head

DIY jog wheel controller uses old VCR head

I haven't had a VCR in my house in years and years. We have been DVD only for more years than I can remember. If I had a VCR though I would totally be gutting it right now to make this jog wheel controller from one of the heads inside. Some VCRs have four heads in there so one of the old machines will go a long way towards making some cool additions to your computer.

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Grippity Handheld Back-Typing Keyboard Up for Pre-Order [Video]

Grippity Handheld Back-Typing Keyboard Up for Pre-Order [Video]

The makers of Grippity feel that there needs to be a change to our every day typing woes. They feel that the standard keyboard just isn't necessary for the 21st century, and feel that we should start "typing out of the box." To do that, they figure you'll need a crazy design, and a few extra features thrown in there for good measure. They took their beliefs to heart, and the result is the Grippity back-typing keyboard. It's a handheld peripheral, but that's about where the standard features end.

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Nintendo Tells Developer High Voltage to Not Use WiiSpeak in Upcoming Game

Nintendo Tells Developer High Voltage to Not Use WiiSpeak in Upcoming Game

One aspect of playing games online, is the ability to talk to people while you're doing it. Using microphones, both wired and wireless, allows players all over the world to talk to complete strangers, catch up with old friends, or just make small talk with their best friend, all while playing their favorite games. But, while headphone/microphone combinations may still be the item of choice for communication online for most gamers, Nintendo (and more recently, Microosft) wanted people to be able to talk without the headset, so more people could communicate all at once. That's why WiiSpeak was introduced with the Wii version of Animal Crossing, so you could sit and chat with a friend, without having to worry about a headset.

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Microsoft Kinect’s First Official TV Ad Goes Live [Video]

Microsoft Kinect’s First Official TV Ad Goes Live [Video]

Now that we know the 17 Kinect-capable titles heading to the controller-free peripheral in 2010, and we know just how to set up our living rooms to get the best playing experience, it's time that we finally get our eyes on an official TV advertisement from Microsoft. While there's been other commercials out there, apparently they weren't the "official" kind. But, Microsoft has finally unveiled the first official TV ad for Kinect, showcasing the human side of it.

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Final Fantasy XIV PC Peripherals Break Cover

Final Fantasy XIV PC Peripherals Break Cover

Final Fantasy XIV is coming to the PC on September 30th, and with a large title like a Final Fantasy title, it's expected that accessories with the logo on them would break into the wild. And, sure enough, we've got not only a keyboard, but plenty of other peripheral goodies for you PC gamers who plan on spending a large amount of hours plugging into the Final Fantasy universe.

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Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse Shows Off Again in Marketing Images

Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse Shows Off Again in Marketing Images

Teased once, and shown off on a German website not soon after, the Microsoft Arc Touch mouse seems to be a legitimate device ready for the mainstream consumer. Of course, this is Microsoft we're talking about, so they could be teasing all of this just to tell us it's not a real product, after all. Plus, unless Microsoft is outlining when to release these "leaks," these are German sites getting their hands on these images, and sharing them with the world.

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