PlayStation Employee Designs A DualShock 4 For Gamer Suffering From Cerebral Palsy

The incredibly detailed worlds and superb character interactions in video games provides a wonderful distraction from the harsh reality of modern life. Furthermore, unfortunate individuals with long-term health conditions find video games cathartic and allows them to engage in an activity they thoroughly enjoy each day. This is absolute fantastic and it’s so inspiring to see disabled gamers play their favourite titles. Sadly, many physical conditions makes inputting commands a rather challenging exercise but there’s some great work being done by the charity Special Effect to help those affected.

Recently, Peter Byrne, a PlayStation 4 owner suffering from Cerebral Palsy contacted PlayStation Support to explain the problems he faced using the Dual Shock 4 controller. After sending the initial message, Mr Byrne was given the e-mail address of an employee named, Ajmal Alex Nawabi. After exchanging a number of e-mails, Nawabi told Byrne that he couldn’t help resolve his control issues but would send a PlayStation goodie bag as a gesture of their appreciation. To Byrne’s complete shock, the bag contained a custom-made controller:

“I figure I share this story with everyone because it is too good not to share! When I use the PlayStation 4 controller my game constantly pauses because my left hand hits the touchpad which is frustrating for me. Around two weeks ago, I decided to message PlayStation support and they gave this email address and said tell them my issue and wait for a response.

A man by the name of Alex Nawabi from PlayStation messaged me and told me he was taking my matter personally and not on behalf of PlayStation. I explained to him my problem with a controller as well as my condition of cerebral palsy. I even had to give him a visual of what my left hand looked like gripping the controller.

After a series of back and forth emails. Mr. Nawabi told me he was ordering some parts to come up with a solution for me. He emailed he last week saying that he tried to come up with a solution but it didn’t work. However, he would send me a PlayStation goodie box anyway. I received that box today and inside was the modified controller especially made for me and this letter. I honestly got choked up reading the letter as I did not expect anything like this to happen.

Mr. Nawabi really cared about my situation and did this on his own time to make my experience better. I honestly can’t thank him enough for everything he did for me. Thank you Mr. Nawabi it really means a lot too me!”

Here we can see the letter addressed to Mr Byrne describing the process when designing a new controller for his disability:

This is such a heart warming story and restores my faith in humanity somewhat. I have to give credit to Sony for going the extra mile and helping the most vulnerable individuals in society. Disabled people through no fault of their own often live a lonely existence. As a result, video games are so important to keep them entertained and enjoying life. Well done Sony, and I hope Mr Byrne enjoys upcoming games including Uncharted 4.

Minecraft Command Blocks Coming to Mobile and Windows 10

Minecraft is a popular block-based game, featuring everything from building a little house to designing a giant industry. With the desktop version featuring a variety of features beyond what Minecraft for mobile and Windows 10 offer, people are often left waiting for more. Some of those additional features will soon be coming to mobile and Windows 10.

One of the additional features that will soon be coming to Minecraft includes command blocks. Command blocks let you perform a variety of abilities, from changing the weather to teleporting all with a forward slash from the chat window and a little programming experience.

Players on the desktop version enjoy the flexibility to include custom mods to their gaming experience, yet another one of the features that will soon come to the mobile versions of Minecraft. With schools looking forward to the creation of Microsoft Edu, a version of the game built for schools to help teach everything from teamwork to programming, the ability to add mods and additional content to their versions could let you go from teaching programming to simulating chemical reactions or exploring ancient civilizations all from the classroom.

Do you play Minecraft? What platform do you play the game on and do you play it with any mods? Share with us your biggest creation in the comments below.

Ever Wanted to Make Your Own Wood PC Case? This Guy Did!

When you start thinking about what your new computer or laptop would be made out of, you start to think about maybe some black plastic or a nice silver metal feel. That isn’t for everyone though and sometimes you just want to do something different, like make a wooden PC.

When you think of PC’s you tend to think of metal or plastic, but one clever person who goes by the name of LouisVW decided that he wanted to build something that looks little more smooth and natural. If that wasn’t enough they’ve gone so far as to post how they built it from start to finish, a process that seems to only create something both simple and beautiful.

Starting from the plywood sheet shown above the project started, by creating grooves on the sides to fit in panels at a later date and then cutting out space for four fans, two at the top and two at the bottom.

Next came controllers for the fans and lighting, with the back panel and power supply soon making the wooden box look like an actual PC. Below you can find a gallery of some of the stages the computer went through, ultimately ending in the masterpiece you see below.

What do you think? Interested in giving it a try yourself? Check out the instructions here and tell remember to share your builds with us at eTeknix.

Choose Your Cabin Next Time You Go On A Cruise

Cruises are meant to be relaxing times, the natural motion of the ocean flowing against the bow of the ship as you enjoy the sun and sea. The problem is as with most things, there are a lot of things you can’t control when it comes to booking your cruise. Cruisedeckplans.com hope to give you a little more option in choosing your cabin.

Remember when you book cinema tickets, or some flight tickets and you get given the choice about where you sit, knowing if you are against the isle or wedged between two people who have booked but a single seat. Cruisedeckplans is looking to offer you just that for when you are cruising.

While they can’t offer you the ability to customise your own ship, they will let you view what your cabin will look like, and the surrounding area. Don’t like being above the kitchen or under the overhanging deck that will ruin your sunbathing on the balcony? You can now see all of those in a simple interactive service.

If that wasn’t enough, there are 2,800 videos of the cabins available, with over 98,000 pictures of the staterooms to help you decide on your dream experience. With the ability to get paid 50 cents for every stateroom picture that you submit after your holiday, a few holiday pictures could quickly pay back what you spent on that lobster dinner.

Aerocool Dream Box Chassis Kit Review

Introduction


What will your next chassis be? I’m sure you’ve asked yourself a few times when you’re planning a build. Do you go for the big and expensive one that’s going to look great and offer lots of space, or do you save on costs and get something more reserved, allowing you more budget for that graphics card you like? How about the Aerocool Dream Box? I can assure you, you’ve likely never thought of having this chassis in your build list, but given that this can be virtually any  shape, size or configuration you desire, it’s certainly one of the most interesting chassis we’ve ever seen land here at eTeknix HQ.

From mini-ITX to E-ATX, the Dream Box can hold any of them. The idea is that you take this “chassis” and built it how you want it. I use the word “chassis” in quotes, because a chassis isn’t exactly what you’re buying here. What this really looks like to me is a several hundred piece Meccano set with a few screw holes to put on a motherboard and PSU, and well, that’s because that’s exactly what it is. Free from the box-like constraints of most chassis, you don’t even have to build a chassis from this, you can build whatever you want. We’ve seen people build helicopters, bridges and more. Today though, we’ll be building a PC case, that’s what we want to see.

“Dream Box” is a revolutionary DIY kit created by Aerocool to give you the flexibility to build a computer case like no other! Furthermore, you can make anything you want out of this DIY kit. The creation can be a table, a lamp, a cup holder, a coat hanger, a toy and the list goes on and on. There are NO LIMITATIONS!! THE ONLY LIMITATION IS YOUR IMAGINATION!! Have fun with “Dream Box” DIY kit!! Make your own creations and make your dreams come true. BE UNIQUE! BE COOL! BE AEROCOOL!

Aerocool provides a guide to building a tower from the parts, but that’s a little boring, so we’re just going to let you watch this video then we’ll move on and “try” make something of our own doing.

The box gives us a few examples on the front, such as a full-tower chassis, a helicopter style mini-ITX build and a headphone stand. I love the bright yellow box too, it certainly stands out.

On the back, another set of random examples of what you can do; a cup holder and a hat and coat stand!

There’s a run down of the components too and well, there are a LOT of components. We’ve got a grand total of 118 parts and around 500 screws; this build isn’t going to be quick, that’s for sure!

Opening the box, you’ll find that every single component is carefully packed in protective foam. This not only keeps the parts safe but also makes them incredibly easy to find while building your system, almost like a custom tool drawer.

All the components come in four of these trays and as you can see, there’s really not much in terms of a chassis here, at least not yet.

All of the components are of a fantastic quality, all aluminium tubing and a gorgeous matte black paint job that gives everything a premium look and feel. Here you can see the longest and shortest poles, as well as the two sizes of mounting plates (used for motherboards and other hardware).

The two mid-size poles, as well as some joint caps and the angle bracket.

More joint adaptors here, offering a wide range of installation options, as well as the ATX PSU support bracket.

Extra fittings allow you to extended poles, angle brackets are self-explanatory, and those C rings are used for mounting virtually anything to the poles; hard drives, fans, motherboards, radiators, you name it.

Finally, we have the I/O panel, a frighteningly empty instruction book and about five hundred screws!

The I/O panel is quite nicely designed, with a thick braided cable keeping all the important stuff neat and tidy, there are four USB ports, HD audio jacks and a nicely designed power and reset button arrangement. so that’s all the basics covered, let’s try to build something!

Aerocool Releases the Dream Box DIY-Kit

Seven months ago Aerocool launched a campaign on Facebook in order to find a name for their new chassis design. The chassis is anything but ordinary, so it is more than fitting that the naming of it took an unusual route too. Users came with their suggestions, and there were a lot, but in the end, it was the Dream Box name that won out and got to be the official product name.

Since then, Aerocool has been hard at work to perfect the chassis and built it to allow the end-user nearly endless build options. The only thing holding you back with this chassis is your imagination and time – and now it can be yours. Aerocool officially released the new chassis and in case you want to know more, we’ll have the full review ready for you tomorrow morning!

This DIY PC chassis kit comes in a box with a total of 118  different parts that allows users to build one of the three PC related chassis models straight out of the box. But this is only the starter kit and you can keep on both building and expand the more you buy. That’s pretty awesome and I am already picturing walls of nested systems built with this DIY kit.

The starter kit includes various components, including aluminum pipes, various connectors with different angles, mounting C-rings for other connections as well as PC-related parts such as mainboard-tray, PSU tray and one I/O panel. The Dream Box can be also used for assembling tables, lamps, cup holders or even all kind of toys and useful gadgets.

Due to the fact that the largest part of the framework is done using the aluminum pipes, a real sturdy and solid base is achieved. All connected joints are further fixed by screws in order to assure high stability. Users are also encouraged to share their builds on Aerocool’s Facebook page in order to inspire others with your own blueprints.

The Aerocool Dream Box DIY kit is available worldwide now and it comes with an MSRP of €134.90 EUR in Europa and $149.90 USD in North America (excluding VAT/Tax).

Thermaltake Display Latest High-End Cooling Products @ CES 2016

CES 2016: Thermaltake are pushing hard to be a one-stop shop for system components, and their rapidly expanding cooling range is a prime example of this. If you’ve got need for a custom loop, they’ve got it all. Tiny radiators, not a problem, but what if you need a giant 560mm radiator to span two stacked chassis? Yup, they’ve got that too.

It’s also nice to see that they’re now stocking a lot of GPU water blocks, covering many popular variants, or at least the kind that any enthusiast system builder would be buying, as well as dual, triple and quad water block VGA bridges.

This is a real show stopper for me, just look at those colours! Thermaltake now make their own cooling fluid and while you may think this is just for demo builds, Thermaltake promise these colours are all designed to be full-time coolant for day-to-day use.

Need everything in one box? The new water cooling kits come with all the hose, thermal paste, interconnects, fans, reservoirs, coolant, radiators and more that you’ll need to get the job done.

Expanding on that, their huge range of fans, but the most notable being their new Riing, which come with multiple LED RGB lights to allow you to create some fantastic effects.

What’s your favourite addition to the Thermaltake cooling range this year?

Steam Controller Hopes to Allow Disabled Father to Play Skyrim

Video games can do a lot of things. You can play them with your friends while sitting on the sofa, or play with people on other side of the world. You can sit down at a party and sing your favourite songs while your friends play the music, or conquer an entire world on your own. One thing that some people find rewarding is playing games with the ones they care about the most, be that their friends or family. Eli Jewett is one of the latter, playing games with his dad who recently wanted to play Skyrim. There was one problem, though, his dad can only use his right hand.

Chris Hepburn has a post that is known for allowing people to request a controller mapping for certain games. Jewett saw this and requested a one-handed profile for Skyrim using the Steam controller. Hepburn was asked by GameSpot why he decided to take up this request and Detailed in the video below, the end result was a combination of motion and physical controls such as mapping movement to the tilt sensor while looking around was done via the right track pad.

“The son wanted his dad to play Skyrim! Enough said. Who wouldn’t want their dad to share Skyrim with them?” asked Hepburn. “We’ve all played Skyrim and this guy’s dad wants to try it. Had to make it at that point.”

https://youtu.be/PN5_BdqZCnk

While he has yet to test the profile Jewetts father launched Skyrim after being told about the creation hopefully a game he will be able to enjoy soon. Hepburn has stated that he would go back and change the profile over and over until Jewetts dad is comfortable with it, while Hepbrun is going to take on more profile requests, such as one for a woman who has arthritis and cannot use her thumbs. “Valve are the real innovators here. They gave us the tools to help each other” Hepbrun added.

This is the gaming community that I enjoy being a part of, one where you not only enjoy playing with your friends and family but are also willing to help out others so they can share in that enjoyment.

This Ford Designed Xbox One Controller is Seriously Cool!

A Ford designed Xbox One controller you say? What kind of madness is this! OK, first things first, this isn’t a real controller, it’s a marketing stunt, but I’m already twitching at my wallet hoping that it becomes a reality, because this may be the coolest Xbox One controller yet!

The mock-up of the new controller is based around the new Elite controller, which features the flappy paddles on the back. However, this controller has been tweaked even further to make it the ultimate racing controller, short of investing in a full set of wheel and pedals, of course.

The left analog stick has been tweaked with a curved head, giving it wings on the left and right edges to mimic the Ford GT wheel shape, making is more suitable for left and right adjustments, since up and down bare little relevance in steering a car; this should give your thumb excellent grip for those tight corners. If that wasn’t enough, the rear triggers have been replaced with racing pedals, which in themselves look freaking awesome. The housing of the controller is made from carbon fiber, making it super strong and lightweight, and the rear panel has been made transparent like the engine cover on the new Ford GT.

  • Xbox Elite Wireless Controller is a one-off design exercise from the Xbox Hardware team inspired by the Ford GT and the release of Forza Motorsport 6 which features the Ford GT on the cover.
  • Carbon Fiber case parts create rigidity and lightness in the controller, the same way it is used on the GT chassis.
  • Custom metallic paint job matched to Ford’s specifications.
  • Left thumbstick shape inspired by the GT steering wheel and angled towards the player for a more ergonomic experience. A horizontal movement limiter also ensures efficiency and accuracy in steering.
  • Custom paddles inspired by the steering column paddles shifters on the GT. Program them on your Xbox One to shift up, down and even to engage the clutch.
  • See through battery door and custom battery pack inspired by the engine compartment and EcoBoost V6 engine.
  • Cutaway brake and accelerator triggers reveal the impulse motors that give Forza Motorsport 6 its realistic feel.

Now all we need is for them to actually make it, although given the Elite controller is already pretty darn expensive, I would expect this carbon fiber equipped beast to be a bit of a wallet buster.

Domino’s Will Deliver Your Pizza Freshly Warm With New Car

Domino’s have never been a company to shy away from looking at new technology to help improve the takeaway delivery. Two years ago it was suspected that you soon might have a drone deliver your pizza, more recently they even looked at how they might be able to use Twitter to let you order a pizza with a tweet. What could come next you may ask? They seem to be going back to basics, the good old-fashioned car, but with a serious twist.

Introducing the Domino’s DXP, the specialist Dominos pizza delivery vehicle. Let’s start with why this isn’t just another ordinary delivery vehicle, first up is the obvious addition of an oven, designed to keep your pizza hot at 140 Fahrenheit (a toasty 60-degree celsius). As if that wasn’t enough, the car’s got rid of all the additional seating, leaving only the driver and a selection of holders for your drinks, dips and desserts, this means that your food is safe and secure while your drinks won’t bubble over the second they are opened.

We’ve had ice cream trucks for years, but this is the first time a company has gone so far as to design and build a custom set of cars for your take away. After five years of development, the car could soon be finding its way to you but with only 97 available in the US, just how long till the vehicle makes its way overseas?

For more information check out Dominos DXP presentation here.

Custom-Designed Putin Head iPhone 6s Costs a Mere $3200

The iPhone 6s in any storage configuration is a costly endeavor and not financialy viable for many budget-conscience consumers. Historically, Russia’s communist ideology lends itself to the same inequality seen in a capitalist democracy. Without getting too political, both electoral structures can be horrifically unequal with the uber rich spending vast amounts of money in close proximity to poverty-stricken states. As a result, we often see modified versions of expensive items like the iPhone 6s. Unsurprisingly, a Russian jeweler called Caviar, has created the “Caviar Ti Gold Supremo Putin Anniversario Edizione 63”.

This rather lavish piece is unmistakably patriotic and embeds a large profile image of Putin in solid gold. Additionally, there is a verse from Russia’s national anthem and a crest. The gold sections are encrusted on a titanium back with the Caviar branding near the top. According to the jeweler, only 63 copies will be made which cost upwards of $3200. This depends on the storage model with 64GB and 128GB being the only options. I do find it amusing that a 16GB model wasn’t produced.

If the item isn’t luxurious enough, you can purchase a stunningly beautiful carry case from $306. Personally, I find the main handset quite garish, but the box is pretty nice. Although, I wouldn’t spend $500 on a handset, so it’s slightly out of my price range.

Perhaps, this is an example to illustrate Russian wealth for rich government members, or oligarchs. Whatever the case, it’s certainly an interesting design and makes the standard iPhone 6s suddenly look affordable.

What do you think of this $3200 beast?

Thank you Mashable for providing us with this information. 

Raijintek’s Latest Atlantis Range Now Available

Raijintek is the relatively new kid on the block when it comes to mainstream water cooling solutions, but it has shown many that All In One (AIO) water cooling solutions can also be customised.

Back in the day of the first AIO solutions, you had a basic radiator with black tubes linked to a clunky processor heatsink and water pump combination. Times have changed and the roles have changed, the processor block is now slimline and the radiator has grown to 240mm or even 360mm. However, there was very little in the way of customisation available; you could change the fans and tweak the LED colour. Raijintek blew this concept out of the water (ha!) by introducing the first commercially successful and customisable range, Triton.

Now we see an expansion of the water cooling range with Atlantis. These parts are fully modular, so you have limited freedom to produce your own water cooling builds while using parts that are known to work well together. This takes out a lot of the guess-work with truly custom water cooling builds.

The new range currently consists of five main aspects: Coolant, Tubing, Water Pump, Water Blocks and Reservoirs. The coolant is a plain and clear variant that comes with the Red, Green and Blue additives to fine tune your colour choice extremely well.

It’s nice to see a move from the integrated pump and water block with this addition. The RAI-PM5 pump is set to become one of the best pumps on the market, with a 480 L/h flow rate and a head lift of 4.5 metres; you could set up even the most complex systems with this pump without worrying about flow.

There are two Reservoir options available, the RAI-R10 and RAI-R20. The R10 is 150mm tall while the R20 is 250mm. Both feature the same input and output ports and colour options, so the question really is bigger better?

The CWB C1 CPU block is an all copper design, looking fairly similar to others on the market. It features the industry standard G1/4 threads, so finding compatible fittings will be a doddle. Let’s hope there’s a transparent model in the works.

The GWB-C1 isn’t the most attractive model, but this is a CPU core only model and would need to be combined with the VWB-C1 (top image) VRAM block to ensure maximum performance.

I’m personally building my own water-cooled PC right now and I’m now having second thoughts about the pump and reservoir now.

For more information on the Atlantis range, head on over to OverclockersUK and check it out.

Scuf Infinity1 Custom Xbox One Controller Review

Introduction


The SCUF Infinity1 is the latest creation from the skilled craftsmen at SCUF Gaming. They take your everyday controller, in this case, the Xbox One controller, and customise and tweak it within an inch of its life, turning it into a hardcore, feature packed competitive gaming device that any enthusiast gamer would be proud to own. Of course, there’s more to it than just making it look awesome, these controllers are fine tuned to be as competitive as they are stylish, making them very appealing to the eSports community.

Naturally, all this customisation doesn’t come cheap, as you’re going to be paying a skilled team to hand make each controller to your own desired specifications. This is an “off the shelve” controller at heart, but the end product is capable of being truly one of a kind and you’re not likely to get that kind of service elsewhere. You can pick the colours of all the components, the types of analogue sticks, d-pad, grips, remove features like rumble and headphone ports, adjustable triggers, add extra control paddles and so much more! Still not content with that level of customisation? The SCUF Infinity1 is no ordinary SCUF controller, if there is such a thing. This one you can keep customising after you’ve purchased it! That’s right, you can detach the D-pad, the analogue sticks and more, swapping them out to suit your tastes or needs on a per game basis.

There’s a whole range of configurations, which is no bad thing for those who want to match their controller to their eSports team colours, or even just to match their pillows and favourite T-shirt, the choice is yours and the combinations are extensive.

The packaging is really nice, with a great tear down image of the controller, highlighting some of the possible adjustments that can be made.

Around the back, you can see even further customisation and adjustment options, but we’ll take a closer look at those in a moment.

In the box, you’ll find a host of accessories, such as the electro magnetic remapping guide, extra grips, adjustment tools, USB cable and a wrist strap.

Scuf also included their accessory package, which includes this custom Infinity1 clamshell case, perfect for keeping your controller in perfect condition when not in use.

There’s also a tube of Gamer Grip (anti-persperant for your hands), Precision Thumbsticks, as well as the thumbstick lock and the Scuf Adjustable Trigger & Pro Grip Combo Kit; overall, not a bad selection of goodies!

Finally, a small backpack, perfect for storing all the above together when travelling to a gaming event!

Scuf Gaming 4PS Professional PlayStation 4 Controller Review

Introduction


It has been a few years since we reviewed a product from Scuf. We last saw their Scuf Xbox 360 Controller, which was pretty amazing, but let’s be honest, it’s a little out of date now and with new-er consoles already on the market, we figured we’d take a look at something a little more modern. We have in the eTeknix office today, the Scuf Gaming 4PS, a heavily modded PlayStation 4 controller designed for the competitive gamer, be that a pro gaer, or someone who just likes to give their friends a good thrashing.

I’m really looking forward to testing this, I loved the last Scuf controller we tested, so I have high hopes for this new one, so let’s just jump right in and take a look at what you get for your money.

Please note that Scuf controllers are customizable to a great extent, the design and features of this controller were pre-picked by ourselves to represent a typical Scuf controller, while also showing all the available options you may want on your own. The controllers aren’t cheap, as this is a stock controller, extra hardware, time taken by a skilled craftsman to create the controller and a few extra bonuses. However, you know the saying “you get what you pay for”.

Our controller came with an added surprise, the Scuf Gaming Player’s Pack. Think of it like an add-on accessory kit of bonus goodies, because that’s exactly what it is. The controller box is nicely designed, a far cry from the box that the old Scuf controller came in!

Inside the box, you’ll find a quick run down of the features, such as the extra grips, custom handles, precision thumbsticks and more.

Under that, you’ll find the controller is carefully protected in a custom cut foam padding; an expensive controller deserves good packaging.

In the bottom of the box, I found some Scuf Fangs, these stick onto the rear triggers for extra reach and there’s also a clip/strap.

Frist impressions of the controller are extremely promising and its design is very unique; no doubt about that. The blue digital camo appearance looks stunning and also has a light grip texture to it that feels very comfortable to the touch, especially compared to the standard plastic feel of the stock controller.

Here you can see how the design is printed onto the top part of the controller, not the bottom. All the standard stuff is still here too, so you’ll find your headset connectors located on the bottom edge.

There’s an extra grip on the left and right bottom sides of the controller.

Things are pretty standard around the back.

On the underside, there are some major changes going on. First we’ve got those very tough rubber grips on the back, so there’s virtually no chance of this thing slipping from your grip. Then, of course, the Scuf Pro paddles on the back. These are customizable on the Scuf website to your favourite button configurations, you could have jump or melee for example, meaning you never have to take your thumbs off the sticks while gaming. The small logo between the paddles can be used to remap the paddles with the EMR feature and the tag that came included in the box.

Their custom shape makes them easy to control and they sit comfortably behind your finger tips.

There’s also a little grip texture on their tips, adding even more control and stability to the extra buttons.

There are a few stick configurations available from Scuf, we’ve gone for a Concave long on the left and a Dome Long on the right. You can also choose to keep the stock sticks if you want, or short, medium and long stem versions of the two types we have installed here. We’ve also gone for the all black buttons, which look pretty slick.

Both sticks are really nice quality, feel stunning and really smooth to control.

So what about that extra box of goodies we received? In that, you’ll find a new cable, carry case, nd a tube of Gamer Grip.

 

the cable is of a very high quality, with a thick braiding, durable connectors and it’s nice and long at 10ft, perfect for those who like to sit back from their system.

Gamer Grip is an interesting extra, it’s antiperspirant for your hands! I don’t suffer from sweaty hands while gaming, so this isn’t much use to me, but I know people who do and it certainly couldn’t hurt to have it in your gaming tool kit.

The carry case is stunning, perfectly crafted to fit the 4PS controller and keep all the buttons nice and safe.

The custom shape provides a snug house for your new premium grade (and priced) controller.

The soft interior should also help protect against scratches.

AMD Partners Restricted in R9 Nano Modifications

A week after AMD first revealed their new R9 Nano graphics card, we’re receiving more details about partner versions of the card. Unlike the flagship R9 Fury X, the R9 Nano, based off the same Fiji chip, will feature custom solutions. According to the source, the custom cards will arrive sometime in Q4 2015, or within the next 3 months.

Given that Fury X is locked down in terms of custom cards, many were hoping that custom R9 Nanos would allow have allowed full Fiji cards with better VRMs and PCBs, tuned to allow better overclocks. Unfortunately, our information suggests that AMD is restricting any changes to the specifications, only allowing changes to the cooling. This means that overclocking on the Nano will probably be limited by the 8pin connector and VRM solution before running into any thermal issues.

One of the reasons AMD is restricting modifications is they want to keep the TDP and power consumption in check. This is probably due to the heavy marketing that AMD has done for the Nano, with a focus on efficiency and the form factor. Allowing custom solutions that give off too much heat, hurt efficiency and are too large would defeat much of the niche the Nano resides in. Another reason is that AMD probably doesn’t want the Nano to surpass the flagship Fury X, at least not out of the box.

With all this in mind, the R9 Nano shouldn’t be limited by the VRM or PCB in most overclocking scenarios. If custom coolers are able to outperform the stock heatsink, they should offer more overclocking headroom. However, these custom cards would run smack into the Fury X which costs the same as a reference Nano. Partners will need to find a thermal solution that can at least match the Fury X, without being overly larger or more expensive than the stock Nano heatsink to be competitive. While AMD is following the lead of Nvidia in restricting changes to the flagship cards, it remains to be seen if this strategy will pay off.

Artist Creates Jaw-Dropping Steampunk Nintendo Game Boy

Artist, Elise Siegwald has created a magnificent steampunk-inspired Nintendo Game Boy which can only be describe as a visual masterpiece. Throughout the Game Boy’s history, I’ve encountered a number of intriguing modifications but nothing comes close to technical wizardry, and unbelievable styling of this creation. As you can see, Elise incorporated rusty copper cogs and fittings to make the custom model look like an antique.

The screen is covered by a striking magnifying glass which resembles a copper mask for deep-sea divers or perhaps an ancient compass. Furthermore, the supporting, worn rope adds a sense of age and history.

The handheld’s rusty, brown colour is sublime and utilizes a rough and ready look. As a result, it almost makes the Game Boy appear like a 50-year-old object cast into the ocean and discovered by archaeologists.

Even the headphone jack has been replaced by naval-type components which help accentuate the steampunk feel.

Here is the project’s very humble beginning showing a Purple Game Boy Colour in fairly awful condition. It’s difficult to imagine how something so dilapidated became a fine piece of unique artwork. 

I particularly enjoy this picture which emphasizes the huge amount of parts required and time invested to create the final piece. Its design is beautiful, extremely striking and a marvel of human creativity. Honestly, I have to commend Elise for creating something which defies belief and illustrates how old pieces of technology can be refurbished in new and exciting ways. From my own personal viewpoint, this is the best console modification I’ve ever seen and would love to own one!

EK Announce CoolStream CE Radiators

EK is a massive player in the custom water cooling solutions, offering some of the most innovative and best-performing designs on the market. In the most recent press release, EK has now announced the upcoming release of the CollStream CE series.

This new series has been built for the nearly released EK-Vardar 140mm high static pressure fans, these radiators are optimized for maximum heat dissipation across an entire fan operational range, thus delivering exceptional performance at both low and high airflow operation.

EK are known for offering the best levels of quality and aim to release these radiators at an extremely competitive price vs performance price point. The new design is extremely minimalistic, but in the minimalism comes an interestingly quirky characteristic of industrialism; these would fit in almost every build from basic to extreme. The flat sides also lend themselves to modders to sand down and spray fairly easily.

The radiator offers best cooling capacity in the 45mm thick 140mm radiator class. Dual stack copper fins provide massive surface area while the parallel flow cooling chambers reduce hydraulic flow resistance to a minimum. All radiators are equipped with fan mounting holes for push-pull installation to even further increase the cooling performance.

Thank you to TechPowerUp for providing us with this information.

BitFenix Prodigy M Colour Series Micro-ATX Chassis Review

Introduction


It’s been two years since I first reviewed the BitFenix Prodigy M, but today, I’ll be revisiting this now classic Prodigy chassis design to take a look at the latest Colour series from BitFenix. Colour choices are always a welcome addition to any range and from a consumer perspective, having more choice is no bad thing. Colour coordinating your build becomes a lot easier when you can pick something that suits your needs and preferences. Today I’ve got the Prodigy M Red, as well as a few other bonus goodies from BitFenix to help with the build, such as the BitFenix Fury PSU, a 120mm Spectra Pro red LED fan, a BitFenix Alchemy white LED strip, as well as a red side panel window.

Prodigy M Colours available

  • Midnight Black
  • Arctic White
  • Fire Red
  • Atomic Orange
  • Vivid Green
  • Cobalt Blue

As you can see, this is the original Prodigy shape and design, the only real difference is the colour, which is obviously red.

The SofTouch treated front panel and the handle/stands on the top and bottom blend nicely with the soft finish of the red paintwork.

The black trim fits rather well, especially since most gaming hardware is in red and black these days; this should be one of the more popular colour choices.

The back of the chassis is still finished in black, which suggests the core of the chassis is the same across the whole colour range, with just the exterior panels being swapped; makes sense really.

The top ventilation cover.

Behind which you’ll find the dual 120mm fan mounts.

The bottom of the chassis comes with a heat guard, although this can be removed if you wish to install fans in the base of the chassis.

If you don’t want extra fans here, you can opt for mounting hard drives directly to the base of the chassis.

Marshall Announces Their Very First Music Dedicated Smartphone

When you hear of Marshall, you are thinking about speakers, headphones or dedicated music gadgets for your instruments. But a Marshall smartphone? That’s something completely new and somewhat interesting.

While Marshall is just ‘borrowing’ the name and not building the actual handset, the thing itself looks pretty good. However, the specs seem a bit low for what they are asking for the flashgrip. It is said that it bears a 4.7-inch 720p IPS LCD screen, Quad-Core 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 410 CPU, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, 8-megapixel camera and a removable 2500mAh battery. Oh yeah, and it also has a MicroSD slot to help extend your storage, should you want to put more music on it.

The flashgrip’s key parts, being a Marshall and all, stand in its music-oriented parts. The handset is said to come with two (loud) front-facing speakers, two headphone jacks, a dedicated button for launching your favourite music app at the top and, surprisingly, a volume rocker to adjust the handset volume. Also, Wolfson seems to handle the audio hub, coming with a Wolfson WM8281 Audio Hub. If you haven’t heard about them, they seem to be named the best in the mobile audio solutions.

What we haven’t mentioned is that the flashgrip is powered by the Android 5.0.2 Lollipop OS and comes with a lot of customized music apps. The Marshall handset will be released in the UK, Scandinavia and Baltic states on August 21st, with a price tag of £399. But really now, is it worth the money they ask for what they offer? What do you think?

Thank you Arstechnica for providing us with this information

More AMD R9 Fury Specifications Revealed!

We loved the R9 Fury X, the fact that it was an enclosed card with no vents made it a great look; however, the additional liquid cooling unit meant you needed a case large enough to host the 120mm radiator and also small enough so the pipes can reach between the card and the radiator.

Our friends over a TweakTown have now reported that the R9 Fury will ditch the water cooling unit and add on a traditional air cooler. “According to our industry insiders, the Radeon R9 Fury will feature 3584 Stream Processors, down from the 4096 on the full Fury X. The Fiji-based GPU will be clocked at 1050MHz, which is identical to that of the Fury X. We have 4GB of High Bandwidth Memory that provides the same 512GB/sec of bandwidth, clocked at 500MHz (1GHz effective). We are being told to expect temperatures of the Fiji PRO-based R9 Fury to be less than 75C, which is considerably higher than the 50C or so from the watercooled Fury X.”

So one restriction that sub-vendors have faced with the Fury X is the lack of creativity that they can implement into an already great cooling solution. With the air coolers, sub-vendors can now add their own flairs and we should start seeing some custom designs hit the market within the month.

We could possibly see a performance drop of around 10-15%, but if that’s followed with a similar price drop, we could see a great option against the NVIDIA GTX 980. Are you looking forward to the R9 Fury graphics card? Let us know in the comments.

Thank you to TweakTown for providing us with this information.

Hex Gear R40 Micro-ATX Chassis Review

Introduction


New chassis manufacturers are few and far between these days, there are so many great brands out there stamping out new products year after year, that it’s actually pretty hard to find a bad product these days, especially when your budget is north of £100. Of course, that is great, but also part of the problem, most cases are quite literally stamped out on a big production line and in the process, they lose some of the magic that chassis modders look to inject into their builds. The chassis we have today, the Hex Gear R40, looks to address this by creating a chassis by modders, for modders.

Hex Gear are quickly growing in popularity, with the team behind the chassis having a lot of passion for creating custom modding components, so they already know a fair bit of what people would like. I’ve been eager to get my hands on the R40 for some time now, especially since I’ve seen some of the incredible modding work that has been done with it prior to the chassis’ release. I won’t be doing any modding today, but we’re certainly going to get a real good look at what this chassis has to offer. At £199.99 each, it is expensive, but it makes a lot of promises too, so let’s get right to it and check it out!

“The R40 is built with the ideology that less is more. We have aimed to make a solid case without a tonne of fancy features. Focusing on making a simple, easy to customize construction instead of implementing a lot of “tool less” “quick disconnect” features that often create more harm than good for the end user. We decided to use heavy grade bolts and nuts to keep everything together, this also means no rivets to drill out, no plastic latches that break off etc. But don’t worry, all the tools you will need to put your R40 together is supplied in the box.”

Check out the teaser trailer for the Hex Gear R40 below.

The box for the R40 is a whopping 15KG, that’s a hell of a lot heavier than any other Micro-ATX chassis I’ve ever heard of. All the components are well wrapped and packaged to keep them safe in transit.

In the box, I found 25 meticulously wrapped components, each with various amounts of bubble wrap, protective film, foam padding and more.

So, let’s go through them all one by one and take a look at what you get for your money. The first item I opened was one section of the front panel. It has the Hex Gear logo cut into it and surprise, hexagons are cut into it. There’s also a circular cut-out at the end for the power button.

For thick and incredibly heavy rails, the will run the length of the chassis; two at the top, two at the bottom.

They have grooves cut into them to slide them over the fixing bolts.

As I said, these are quite thick and durable, weighing in at 3KG combined.

Three thick plastic strips, each covered with protective film.

Two long metal strips.

A blank plate, which will be used for hiding your cable management behind the motherboard.

The metal section of the rear of the chassis. Again, more hexagons and a very cool 120mm fan mount cut-out, as well as air intakes at the top and bottom.

The motherboard I/O and expansion slot add-on, this mounts onto the back of the part above.

Each expansion slot is fitted with a thumb screw and a reusable solid cover.

The hard drive mounting tray. This panel supports three configurations;

  • Two 3.5″ drives & one 2.5″ drive
  • One 3.5″ drive & two 2.5″ drives
  • Three 2.5″ drives

This is an interesting panel, it’s blank, but it’s designed to be modified. You can cut and drill it to suit the needs of your components, such as water cooling pumps. Don’t worry if you lack the tools for this, Hex Gear sell pre-customised mounting panels to suit your needs; how thoughtful!

Two clear plastic mounting stands. These act like a display mount and give the chassis a little ground clearance.

This can be the top or bottom panel, as this chassis can be used inverted! There’s a universal fan/radiator mount, with room for up to a 240mm radiator. There’s also a few small cable routing cut-outs as well as the mount for the PSU.

Another panel for the top or bottom. This time with room for up to a 360mm radiator and another two cable routing holes.

The right side panel, it’s a big blank panel but comes with the same lovely powder black finish as the rest of the components.

The motherboard backplate, pre-drilled with holes to mount the motherboard stand-offs, as well as a good size cut-outs for the CPU cooler, cable routing and more.

The left side panel, which has a huge cut-out for mounting the side panel window. Everything is in bits here, so you’re going to have to install that window yourself, but building this chassis should be half of the fun!

The top and bottom cover are cut with lots of ventilation for any fans/radiators you wish to install.

There’s a range of perspex inserts with the chassis, one each for the front and back, one more for the side panel.

Hex Gear made us some rather gorgeous eTeknix blue panels, which have been cut to support the chassis in an inverted Micro-ATX setup, which the ones above are for the non- inverted setup; don’t worry, you’ll see them with the protective film removed shortly!

There’s a step-by-step manual.

Instructions look quite complicated at some points, bu all pretty well laid out in the manual, nothing I shouldn’t be able to manage.

Finally, the stack of fitting components, just the usual assortment of nuts and bolts really, as well as some single sided foam tape (anti-vibration padding) and a rather lovely Bulgin switch for the front panel. Now, let’s start putting this beast together!

Android Phones Could Be ‘Converted’ into Windows-Powered Handsets with Custom ROMs

Microsoft has revealed that it will provide its Windows 10 OS to a select group of Xiaomi Mi4 users in an initiative to expand the Windows-powered mobile OS beyond its Lumia handsets. Sources say that it effectively overrides Android, turning the Xiaomi phone into a Windows 10 device complete with Microsoft services.

“As part of the Windows Insider Program, Microsoft will partner with Xiaomi to offer Windows 10 free downloads to a select group of Xiaomi Mi4 users. Xiaomi Mi4 users will get the ability to flash their phones with the new Windows 10 OS and provide feedback to Xiaomi and Microsoft on their experience. This partnership will allow Xiaomi and Microsoft to get direct user feedback and continue to improve the experience for China. Microsoft is thrilled to see Xiaomi embracing Windows 10 and offering this great value to their customers. We’re excited to see the feedback we receive from this audience.

Xiaomi is a leading phone manufacturer in China undergoing significant global expansion. We are excited to partner with them in China and jointly gather feedback from Chinese users on their experience with Windows 10 to jointly collaborate on product and services development for the platform.

Availability will be announced in the months to come.”

The install is done by flashing the device’s ROM, effectively removing the possibility of a dual-boot, an approach similar to the Cyanogen OS project. Also, Xiaomi was Microsoft’s first option due to the fact that it has a strong community of users who provide feedback on the company’s weekly software updates.

It looks like Microsoft has big plans in offering the customization to a wider variety of devices, should the trial prove to be a success.

Thank you TechCrunch for providing us with this information

Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 with AIO Cooling Spotted

If Nvidia doesn’t do it, we will just do it our selves; something like that must have been gone through the heads of the engineers over at the Japanese system builder Sycom. They’ve taken the reference Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 cooler shroud and cut a corner out, removed the large heat sink and replaced it with an Asetek 740GN AIO water cooling unit instead. The end result looks great, so good that it has been believed by some websites to be a new reference design. This isn’t entirely new though as the GTX 770, 780, 780TI, and Titan Black can also be had in this modified design. While the AIO cooler takes care of the GPU itself, the rest of the card is still cooled by the reference fan.

With the impressive over-clocking headroom that the Maxwell hardware has, this version of the card must be a dream come true; of course this can never replace a full-blown liquid cooling setup, but it’s a beginner friendly approach on getting the most out of your GPU. The cheapest system with this modified GPU is the G-Master Hydro-GK3, priced at 163,680 yen, or  around £920.

While this isn’t an official cooler and it’s currently only available in Japan through Sycom, one can only hope that it inspires other companies to follow-up on this trend. I’m sure a lot of people would jump on the chance to buy a card like that as the AMD hybrid solution was very well received by consumers and reviewers alike.

Thank you Sycom for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of Sycom

Thermaltake Urban S71 World of Tanks Edition Revealed

Thermaltake are back once again with their popular Urban S71 chassis. We reviewed the original S71 chassis a year ago now and absolutely loved it, but now it is being relaunched with a new set of colours for fans of World of Tanks.

World of Tanks is a smash hit with the online gaming community and for fans die hard fans of Wargamings WoT, this custom-designed S71 will no doubt be very desirable. The front panel has been redesigned with an illuminated World of Tanks theme and logos that certainly adds some extra flair to the chassis.

Features of Urban S71 World of Tanks Edition

  • Exquisite Design: USB dust plug and red strip light on the front panel are World of Tanks Edition only! Enjoy every second of your visual delight!
  • Handy I/O Ports: The front-top panel has implemented two of latest data transfer SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports along with two USB 2.0 ports, a HD microphone and headset jacks, to grand direct access when needed.
  • Easy Hot Swap: Top-mounted 2.5″ or 3.5″HDD Docking Station enables blazing fast file transfer and effortless hot-swap drive replacement design for easy setup or removal of HDD.
  • Innovative Tool-less Design: The latest tool-less innovation with 5.25″ & 3.5″ tool-free drive bay design minimized the hassles of installing ODD and HDD devices.
  • Extreme Ventilation: Standard equipped with one rear 120mm turbo fan and two 200mm speed control fans at the front and top to help maximize system ventilation.
  • Stress-free Cable Management: Wide cable routing gap provides easy cable management, hiding cables behind motherboard tray to ensure smoothness for building the chassis; wiring tangled problem no longer exists.
  • Utmost Expandability: A complete high-end solution with 240mm radiator liquid cooling system with extra graphic cards supported to protect users’ hardware and increase CPU’s overclocking potential.

The chassis still remains the same great chassis it was when first launched, with extensive cooling supports, tool-free storage bays, loads of room for large coolers and PSUs, of course if you really want to dig into the full feature set, then why not check out our full review of the chassis here.

Thank you Thermaltake for providing us with this information.

Images courtesy of Thermaltake.

 

3-D Printed Casts Set to Speed Up Bone Recovery After Break or Fracture

Since its early days 3D printing has come one heck of a long way, both in terms of its physical abilities, but also the cost of manufacturing along with the cost of purchasing the required hardware. Some examples of where 3D printing has made huge breakthroughs includes NASA utilising it on the space station to print out spare components, manufacturers using it to print bespoke products and in the latest twist we are now seeing it put into the medical environment.

Although it’s still in the prototype stage at this moment in time, the 3D printed cast – which is printed in the exact dimensions of the person needing to where it – has an open frame build, offering better air circulation around the skin and also includes ultrasound emitters to produce low intensity ultrasound pulses known as LIPUS to speed the bone regrowth.

Like many things in their prototype stages the LIPUS technology has seen a mixed bag of results with some seeing more benefit than other and in some cases the benefit was so small it was hard to justify the additional cost of going down this path. That said though, the 3D printed cast has proved to be very popular, with a more fashionable design, lighter build and as the cost of producing 3D printed items comes down, the cost of producing these one-off casts will become more cost-effective.

Until clinical studies have shown that the use of LIPUS is continually more beneficial than using a traditional plaster cast, we will have to sit in expectation. Either way, with this technology not really possible with traditional casts, as soon as we see LIPUS spread out into the wide world we’ll see the sci-fi looking casts become a reality.

Source: IFLS

Tron with Oculus Rift!

Independent developer The Arcade Man has brought to life a Tron:Legacy Light Cycle that’s primary purpose is a first-person driving game to play with an Oculus Rift.

The evolution of tecnology allowed us to have amazing experiences. How many of us dreamed of being inside a game, this is a fantasy in the mind of all the nerdiest geeks.

Thanks to an amazing little device that allows us to be “inside a game” and the project I’ve developed in the last month, I think I can say that we are in a very good way to materialize a great part of Kevin Flynn’s dream…

I present you the RiftCycles Project.

This is a stunning and unique arcade prototype that combines the Oculus Rift with a Light Cycles simulator  that I built from scratch.

The game was developed (using Unity) by the portuguese startup Overflow Interactive and it’s a game based on the Light Cycle Battle from the Tron universe and fully compatible with the Oculus Rift

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_gKcNau57jQ[/youtube]

 

Thank you to Prosthetic Knowledge for providing us with this information.

Cooler Master Reveal Limited Edition Custom MECH Keyboards

A few months ago we reviewed the awesome Aluminum series of peripherals from Cooler Master, and we praised them for their customisability as well as their high build quality and great levels of performance. Each of the products in the range features a removable aluminium face plate that can be easily removed to be customised to your liking and while not all of us have the skills required to customise these things ourselves, Cooler Master have the answer with a range of pre-customised MECH keyboards.

Six new colour schemes are available, ranging from gaming team colours for POLT, Supa Hot Crew, AT Gaming and DSCL Edition, and a cool looking BLUE edition and red hot ORANGE Edition.

The new keyboards are available from the mech.coolermaster.eu website and will set you back €199 each. That may sound expensive, but given that they feature a thick aluminium top panel cover, Cherry MX Blue switches, a powerful ARM processor, powerful macro features and USB 3.0 and HD audio pass-through they’re worth every penny.

The keyboard is already one of the most unique on the market, but these new colour schemes only go to make them even cooler.

Thank you Cooler Master for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of Cooler Master.