peripherals

A Dozen Sliders hands-on: Pong-like gaming controllers go retro

A Dozen Sliders hands-on: Pong-like gaming controllers go retro

The innovation being displayed this week at GDC 2014 is not limited to software. Devices like "A Dozen Sliders" are lighting up the halls of the Moscone Center with odd takes on games we’ve not seen for ages. Remember the first controller for Pong? It’s back - sort of, in a very, very different vision for the bi-directional communication control ecosystem.

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HP 3D printers tease super-speed and quality

HP 3D printers tease super-speed and quality

HP is promising to shake up the 3D printer industry with new technology that not only makes the process faster but delivers higher-quality models, with CEO Meg Whitman teasing a reveal in June. Waiting for a current-gen 3D printer to finish is "like watching ice melt" Whitman snarked during HP's shareholder meeting this week, going on to suggest that the company had figured out a better, swifter way.

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Oscar Mayer Bacon alarm wants us to believe the smell

Oscar Mayer Bacon alarm wants us to believe the smell

This week on top of the Back to the Future HUVr board comes the Oscar Mayer Bacon alarm. This product has Oscar Mayer suggesting that we plug in to an iPhone and, instead of hearing an alarm noise in the morning, we get a burst of perfume that smells like bacon. Is it April 1st already?

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Feenix Aria creators bash all legacy gaming headphones

Feenix Aria creators bash all legacy gaming headphones

The folks at Feenix are ramping up their gaming efforts with a pair of high-end headphones with embedded mic this week with the Aria. This is a headset with what the company suggests is "audiophile-level sound quality" and a look that’s doesn’t exactly scream "gamer." Here we’ve got woodgrain on metallic silver on black, with an engraving of the Feenix logo on either side.

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Google’s Nest acquisition cleared by FTC

Google’s Nest acquisition cleared by FTC

Google announced the Nest Labs acquisition back in mid-January. The purchase price was set at $3.2 billion in cash, and as we learned, the Nest team would be welcomed into the Google family. But while the acquisition was announced, and some plans were specified, there was also the standard line about the "customary closing conditions."

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Realtree camo hits gadget universe: Skullcandy, LifeProof, PowerA gaming

Realtree camo hits gadget universe: Skullcandy, LifeProof, PowerA gaming

here’s a brand by the name of Realtree out there that specializes in making some of the most well-known camouflage patterns on the market. Here in 2014, we’re seeing Realtree take a big stab at the gadget market, connecting with 3rd party groups like PowerA for gaming controllers, Skullcandy for headphones, and LifeProof for device cases. Pretty soon we’ll be able to camouflage not only our clothing, but everything else we carry too!

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Matias Ergo Pro Keyboard crams mechanical switches inside an ergonomic shell

Matias Ergo Pro Keyboard crams mechanical switches inside an ergonomic shell

Matias isn’t exactly a household name when it comes to keyboards and other computer peripherals, but the company has a number of offerings. Matias had several keyboards on display this month including the Wireless Secure Pro keyboard that went up for pre-order this month. Matias is back with another keyboard for those that need ergonomics.

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Google acquiring Nest Labs for smart appliances

Google acquiring Nest Labs for smart appliances

This week the folks at Nest Labs, Inc. have spoken up on Google's intentions to buy the smaller company outright. Google will be dropping $3.2 billion USD in cash to acquire Nest, bringing the company's work with the Nest Learning Thermostat into the larger group's fold. This acquisition will have Nest continuing to operate with Tony Fadell as its CEO and will continue to work with "its own distinct brand identity."

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ORIGIN PC releases custom gaming keyboard, mouse, mouse mat

ORIGIN PC releases custom gaming keyboard, mouse, mouse mat

The custom PC gaming company ORIGIN PC has released three new PC gaming peripherals designed to look as sleek as they perform. The BlackWidow Ultimate keyboard ($140) and Taipan mouse ($80) are solid pieces of gaming hardware with some handy gaming features built-in, and the Goliathus mouse mat ($20) gives you smooth, reliable control in any gaming style. All three are now available at the ORIGIN PC Gear Shop.

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Razer unveils lineup of Battlefield 4 branded gaming peripherals and accessories

Razer unveils lineup of Battlefield 4 branded gaming peripherals and accessories

Razer has been making some very interesting gaming peripherals for a long time including a number of mice and keyboards designed specifically for gamers. We talked about the new Razer Tartarus gamepad in August. Razer has announced a new series of Battlefield 4 themed gaming peripherals and accessories designed for fans of the video game who also need high-quality products to game with. The series includes headphones, a keyboard, mouse pads, a mouse, and more.

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Eizo Foris FG2421 240 Hz gaming monitor debuts

Eizo Foris FG2421 240 Hz gaming monitor debuts

Eizo is a company known for making high-quality computer monitors aimed at professional users and the medical industry. The company has announced a new 23.5-inch gaming monitor called the Foris FG2421. The manufacturer claims this is the first monitor aimed at gamers to feature a 240 Hz refresh rate.

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ROCCAT RYOS MK mechanical gaming keyboard released with built-in processor

ROCCAT RYOS MK mechanical gaming keyboard released with built-in processor

The folks at ROCCAT have revealed release information at last for the keyboards it showed off earlier this year at CES 2013. Three models appear in this series, each of them with a "top of the line" quality - as marked by ROCCAT, of course, for the whole collection. There's a standard RYOS MK, another with full backlighting with the name RYOS MK GLOW, and a biggest-and-best model called RYOS MK PRO with all of the features of the other models paired with per-key lighting and its very own SDK for software development.

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