Razer Unveils Esports Focussed Wildcat Controller

Razer has announced the Wildcat controller which is an alternative to Microsoft’s modular-designed Elite gamepad. Retailing at $150, the Wildcat is touted as a “pro-gamer-validated, tournament-grade” device featuring ultra-responsive buttons and a comfortable shape to reduce hand fatigue during long gaming sessions. The layout is remarkably similar to the Xbox Elite controller and includes a huge array of customizable buttons which allows you to alter the gamepad to your own taste.

Technical Specification:

  • 2 shoulder Hyperesponse Multi-Function Bumpers
  • 2 removable Hyperesponse Multi-Function Triggers
  • 4 Hyperesponse ABXY action buttons
  • 4 button Quick Control Panel
  • Optional trigger stops for rapid-fire
  • Zero slow-turn analog joysticks
  • 3.5 mm audio port for stereo audio output and microphone input
  • Optional rubber palm grips
  • Quick-release cable feature
  • Carrying case
  • Detachable 3 m / 10 ft lightweight braided fiber cable with Micro-USB connector
  • Approximate size : 106 mm / 4.17” (Length) x 156 mm / 6.14” (Width) x 66 mm / 2.60” (Height)
  • Approximate weight (without cable) : 260 g / 0.57 lbs

From the rear angle, we can see the ergonomic placement of various buttons, USB charging port and optional rubber grip covers.A closer look unveils two easily accessible triggers predominately used for racing games. Thankfully, these can be removed if they interfere with your natural hand posture.

The package also includes removable textured thumbsticks and offers the choice between a convex or concave setup. I have to admit though that the included screwdriver looks very cheap, and something you would expect from a $1 mobile phone repair kit. Another benefit of Razer’s design means you can opt for a lavish green finish or traditional looking Xbox One colour scheme. Personally, I think the default styling has a fairly tacky feel and doesn’t contain the elegance of Microsoft’s Elite controller.

It’s fascinating to see a competitor to the extremely expensive Microsoft Elite controller so soon, and with an identical price point, it’s difficult to say which offers the best value for money. Obviously, Razer has a certain appeal amongst PC Gamers as a brand and this could make the Wildcat sell rather well. However, on initial impressions alone, I would opt for the official Microsoft version instead.

LG’s Rolly Keyboard is a Portable Marvel

LG has unveiled an ingenious accessory called the Rolly Keyboard which easily folds into a solid rectangle shape and unlike flexible keyboards, is extremely sturdy. The Rolly Keyboard is constructed from “impact-resistant” polycarbonate and plastic with two fold-out arms designed to support the weight of a smartphone or tablet. Additionally, there are 4 rows of keys which provides enough room to type freely enough and find commonly used functions. The device features Bluetooth 3.0 and a single AAA battery capable of up to 3 months of prolonged usage. When unrolled, the keyboard automatically pairs itself surrounding devices.

Seo Young-jae, vice president in charge of Innovative Personal Devices at LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company explained this was only the start of things to come:

“LG Rolly Keyboard is just one of the many premium input devices we’ll be unveiling in the coming months as we expand our accessories offerings,”

“The goal was to create a product that could add more value to LG smartphones and tablets at the same time offering a unique design proposition that hadn’t been explored before.”

Over the years, I’ve seen many compact keyboards but most of them feel quite flimsy due to the flexible plastic construction. LG has somehow managed to create an alternative using strong, durable materials. As a result, it’s quite natural to use the keyboard on-the-go and makes LG’s mobile line-up more alluring.

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OnePlus 10000mAh Mobile USB Power Bank Review

Introduction


Mobile power is something that’s on most of our minds, no doubt several times a day. Watching your battery life drain towards the end of the day can be a painful process, especially if you know you’re a few hours away from being able to charge your device and you’ve already got that “less than 10%” warning message on your device. When you need to watch that YouTube video, check those important emails, or simply browse Facebook to stop you from becoming bored to death on the Train, you’ll want to know you’ve got the power available to get it done.

The latest mobile USB battery from OnePlus promises impressive performance, touting a 10000mAh battery, which is more than enough to charge most modern smartphones at least three times.

“Every inch of the OnePlus Power Bank was designed with you in mind. Sleek lines, gentle curves, and an emphasis on minimalism create the ideal companion for your OnePlus One. Available in Silk White and Sandstone Black, the soft glow of the Power Bank’s battery indicator LEDs is awoken with a gentle shake. Without any buttons or excess weight, it’s everything you need and nothing you don’t. Perfectly simple.”

The OnePlus power bank is available in Sandstone Black or Silk White; we have the Sandstone Black at our disposal today. There are two 5v 2A USB ports on offer, although these convert to 1A when two devices are connected. What’s really interesting is that it weighs just 220g, significantly lighter than any other similar size power bank I’ve ever seen!

The packaging is pretty minimal, although confusingly the box for our black power bank has an image of the white one on the front; that could confuse a fair few people.

Around the back, you’ll find the power output ratings, all pretty standard stuff. You’ll also notice the “true” rating of the battery is 9760mAh, close enough to 10k that you likely wouldn’t notice the difference.

Open up the box and we find the power band, which is nicely secured with some padding around it and a protective plastic film.

Under the power bank, we found a flat-type Micro-USB to USB cable, which can be used to charge the battery and then reversed to charge your mobile device, as well as an easy to follow user manual.

First impressions of the OnePlus are very positive. As I said before, the unit is incredibly lightweight, which is a huge bonus given that this is something you’ll like want to carry in your pocket, hold in your hand or have in your bag when in use; no one likes carrying around anything heavy for too long!

There’s a pair of USB ports on the end, which are rated at 2A for one device, but change to 1A when two devices are being charged at the same time. I like this design, as some chargers has a dedicated 1A and a dedicated 2A port; you can plug into either and get 2A without having to check which is which. There’s also a 5V 2A Micro-USB in, perfect for quickly charging the battery back up between uses.

The design is pretty funky, with a rounded edge on the top and left, and a flat side with silver trim on the other two. This gives it a nice sleek and modern look, a lot nicer than the often plastic brick designs we see from most power banks.

The finish and quality are premium from head to toe and the sandstone finish provides the unit with excellent grip and great visual appeal.

It’s quite a large device, but no bigger than most high-end smartphones; it’s about the same size as my Xperia Z3.

Patriot, Luxa2 and Antec USB Battery Head-to-Head Review

Introduction


Smartphones, eBook readers, tablets, portable gaming devices and so much are vital to our daily lives. Ok perhaps not all the devices we use each day are vital, but they’re important to each user in their own way. One thing many of these devices, if not all of them, is that they run on batteries and these days you’ll find that most devices have a built-in battery that is charged via USB, or if you’re an Apple fan, a lightening cable. There’s nothing worse than being on a night out, away on a business trip, out camping, or even just relaxing at home, only to find out your battery is dying or has died. We’re not always within easy reach of a charging socket and carrying around the mains adaptor isn’t always the most practical solution. This is where mobile USB battery recharges come into play and today we’ve got three solutions to try out. The real question is, which one is best suited to your needs?

In the office today I have the Patriot Fuel+, the Antec Lifebar 10 and for something a little different, the Luxa2 PL1. Each of these is designed a little differently from each other, so let’s get right to it and see what they have to offer.

The PL1 was included in this test, as I loved the unique approach to its design. It doesn’t come in a leather pouch, it is the leather pouch.

The stitched design is really nice and it’s quite slim too, meaning it’s going to fit easily in your jacket pocket or handbag very easily. It’ll also look more stylish that a big hunk of plastic.

There’s a magnetic cover on one end, just flip it open and you’ll find the microUSB charging socket (in) and the standard USB charging socket (out). The PL1 is rated for 2800mAh.

The compact size is easy to hold in your hand and the overall quality feels very good.

The Fuel+ is a lot bigger than the Luxa2 device. It’s got a stylish white and red theme, but it’s quite clear that this is a big mobile battery. There’s a set of LED lights down the side to show you how much charge is remaining, as well as a master power button.

There are two charging ports on the Fuel+, a 2.5A and a 1A; perfect for charging a high power device such as an iPad, as well as a mobile phone at the same time.

The Fuel+ is rated at 900mAh.

It’s not very big overall, as you can still hold it in the palm of your hand, but it is quite thick, meaning it’s not going to be suitable to fit in your pocket.

The Antec Lifebar is the largest and the heaviest of the three devices and comes with a metal exterior that not only looks great but also makes the unit feel more durable than the others.

Like the Fuel+ it has two charging ports, a 2.1A and a 1A.

There’s a small power button on the end, which could be a little better in terms of quality if I’m honest, but there’s also an LED light that can be used a torch if you double tap the power button. There’s also four small LED lights above the charge (in) MicroUSB that show the current charge remaining.

The Lifebar is slim enough to hold in your hand, but it’s length and weight make it a little too much to keep in your pocket.

Get Your Geek on with These Star Wars Goodies

With the latest Star Wars movie coming later this year, a lot of retailers are getting ready for people who are looking for some Star Wars goodies. Surprisingly, there are a lot of cool things already on the market.

We can’t dig into every crazy gadget or contraption out there, but we can show you some of the best Star Wars goodies out there. Take this R2-D2 USB car charger for example. Is your phone running out of juice? Why not have R2-D2 ready to help you out!

Still not impressed? Well, since it’s summer, we all want to head over to the beach. So why not head over there with your own shiny new Death Star ball? I know I want to! How about you?

Too old for going to the beach? Ok then, maybe you have your family and want to go out on a trip with them. So why not show how strong the force is in your family on the rear windshield of your car? I bet your neighbours will be so jealous!

There are even toys for your young ones or collectible items for you to show off on your desk at home or at work, such as the ones you see below.

One of the best things I’ve found so far is something that you can share with your loved one. Want to propose in the future? Is your anniversary coming up? No matter the excuse is, these fine ‘I love You / I Know’ rings will make your day something to remember for the rest of your geeky life.

There are so many crazy cool goodies that we don’t even know where to go from here. Spanning from clothing, key chains, earrings, cups and other crazier accessories, you really have a wide variety to choose from. One of the places you can find the above is ThinkGeek, but other retailers are bound to have something similar sooner or later. Enjoy!

Images and video courtesy of ThinkGeek

The £100 Pound Laser Pointer That Can Stay Still, Even If You Can’t

Do you get nervous when presenting to people or have a natural hand tremor?

Steadylaser.com have come up with a solution. we think it’s a bit of a tough market to be selling a laser pointer in for £100 when you can get a standard one for just over £2. However there may be a call for users who hands are unsteady.

The steadylaser team state that the laser cancels out tremors via a mechanism located in the lasers body. They have written the below statement on Kickstarter :

“Our invention features a novel two axis inertial stabilization mechanism that filters out pan and tilt hand tremor disturbances (typically >2Hz) imparted to the line of sight of the housing. The mechanism includes a precision balanced two axis gimbal supported by miniature jewel bearings that is stabilized by a tuned magnetic spring and damper system. This allows the laser to move independently from the body of the pointer – so it remains steady even as the housing jitters. SteadyLaser eliminates laser jitter concerns and allows you to point and trace precisely and confidently.”

The team are aiming for a $150,000 goal on the US website. The team have over 45 years of combined experience designing and developing electromechanical products. They have been prototyping and developing the Steadylaser for  several years.

The tech specs show the following :

  • One anti-shake Class 2 635nm Red <1mW laser
  • One conventional Class 2  635nm Red <1mW laser
  • Two separate laser power buttons
  • Requires two AAA batteries

(The steadylaser is a simple device that may save you a lot of trouble in meetings)

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Would you invest in one of these? Let us know in the comment section below.

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Intel to Launch Smart Bracelet

If a luxury item like a golden Apple Watch is something you’re interested in, but not quite your style – technology giant Intel are said to be developing their own smart bracelet for the fashion conscious tech heads.

Named MICA, this bracelet is positioned at the luxury technology market and stands for “My Smart Communication Accessory” (My Intelligent Communication Accessory). Intel has let it be known that they’re not only just a chip manufacturer in the past, releasing things such as their range of SSD’s, but as we’ve learned from this years IFA – they’re interested on delving into other markets.

Incorporating an OLED touch screen, the MICA will function just like that of your standard smartwatch – giving it the ability to communicate with your phone and provide you with updates on things such as emails and text messages. There’s been nothing mentioned as of yet about any fitness style features, but taking one look at this bracelet shows the target audience is clear for this device – smart casual and beyond. In January, Intel mentioned that they will be focusing solely on developing the technology side of this product and that the fashion prowess and design will be left to some of their fashion industry friends for this project.

Priced between $500-$1,000, it’s certainly not a cheap device (compared to the Apple Watch at $349), but for those who are fussy with their fashion technology – this might be right up your alley.

We’ve seen a massive increase recently in fashion style technology, from custom made iPhone’s to gold Apple Watches and now Intels MICA. Are these just a PR stunt and marketing scheme, or do you think there is a real fashion tech market emerging? We’re interested in seeing your responses.

Source: Chiphell

Turn Your Xbox One Into A Digital TV Tuner For $40

Microsoft have just revealed the latest addition to their Xbox One console, further showing their efforts to become a dominating force in the living room. The USB to digital antenna adaptor will allow you to hook up your Xbox One to digital broadcasts such as Freeview here in the UK.

For around $40 US or  €29.99 the adaptor is a pretty simplistic looking bit of kit, which simply turns your TV signal from your aerial connection into something USB compatible, no doubt with some wibbly-wobbly digital trickery going on first within that little black box to convert the signal, rather than just the connection type.

The digital TV tuner just adds to the Xbox Ones range of home entertainment capabilities and could negate the need for a separate set to box, or even save you from having to switch out to your TVs built in tuner. This will also mean digital TV will be accessible via the other features, such as the split screen / tab interfaces while gaming on the console.

The accessory will launch in the UK, France, Italy, German and Spain in late October this year. No details on other territories just yet, but it’s like more will be revealed on or around the time of Gamescom later this month.

Thank you Tech Investor for providing us with this information.

Eye-Tracking Gadget Reportedly In Development By Tobii And SteelSeries

Tobii is known for making eye-tracking technology and it also was the manufacturer that worked with Samsung in bringing eye-tracking technology to the Samsung Galaxy S4 last year. Now it looks like Tobii is working with SteelSeries in bringing an eye-tracking accessory for a mass-market audience.

Tobii’s technology includes a device with a built-in camera that tracks your eyeball’s movements in three dimensions to precisely determine where you are looking at. Tobii will be unveiling the EyeX kit along with SteelSeries at the Consumer Electronics Show next week, where it will be available at a discounted price of $95. The regular kit will cost $195.

The eye-tracking gear allows gamers to undertake in-game actions like aiming a gun in a shooter. In a game like FIFA, it can be used to target the player to pass the ball to, while using a traditional controller to control the actions of a player who already has the ball. Bruce Hawver, CEO of SteelSeries, signalled his interest in the technology, saying that, “Eye tracking is something entirely different and exciting for this consumer market, and we are thrilled to be working alongside Tobii and the developer community to deliver an entirely new technology to this industry.”

And its abilities can be leveraged to utilities outside gaming. For instance, if you’re reading a book or a website, the sensor can auto-scroll based on where your eyes are. SteelSeries and Tobii will be demoing the controller at CES 2014, so will know how the controller works in the real world then.

Thank you VR-Zone for providing us with this information

Mugen To Release 6,500 mAh Batteries For Samsung Note 3

According to NextPowerUp, Mugen, a brand of extended batteries for handsets, pocket Wi-Fi and laptops, is going to release a 6,500 mAh extended battery for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 handset.

While the Galaxy Note 3 packs a 3,200 mAh battery offering really good battery life, Mugen thought they can do better with their own solution, having 2.03 times more endurance than Samsung’s battery capacity. Mugen also offers battery extensions for other handset brands, such as Apple, Blackberry, Nokia, Motorola, LG, and many more on their website. The company was founded in Hong Kong at 1979 as a venture acting on secondary market of mobile multimedia devices (photo-, video cameras etc.) Nowadays it is focused on producing batteries for mobile electronic devices.

The price of the Mugen extended battery is $98.50 / €73 / £61 with free worldwide shipping and can be order on the company’s official website here. Shipping is dated and will start on December 6.

Thank you NextPowerUp for providing us with this information
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Google Announces New Wireless Charging Pad With Support For Nexus 5 and Nexus 7

Google announced a new charging pad which is supposed to go on sale in the Play Store today. I was previously seen with the Nexus 4 and Nexus 10 last year, but it appears to have been delayed up until now.

Google’s new wireless charging pad is officially compatible with the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7, though as a Qi charger it should also be compatible with devices like the Nexus 4 and even some Nokia devices.
But the new Google wireless charger also features magnets that help devices stick to it, a feature that only works with devices that also have magnets in them. Currently, that’s only the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7.

The new Google Nexus wireless charging pad features a redesigned look and feel that better matches the aesthetic of the Nexus 5. The pad is an upside-down trapezoid, a square that’s wider on top, with a glossy black finish that looks like it might be slippery for devices without magnets in them. Compare it to the Nexus 4’s wireless charger, which resembles a hockey puck with sticky rubber on top.

No pricing has been revealed for Google’s wireless charging pad up until now, but will shortly come on display in the Play Store later on, and those who are interested can keep scouting the Play Store for the wireless charging pad to get full details and pricing.

Thank you Endgadget for providing us with this information
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