When it comes to this day and age people look for two things in their mice; performance and comfort. If you enjoy playing a lot of games or editing images high sensitivity and a comfortable grip can be the difference between a good day working or a painful week recovering. Serafim is looking to give you an alternative option when it comes to a mouse of your choice with the world’s first laser projection mouse.
After a successful campaign on Kickstarter raising a backing of $108,195, the ODiN is the world’s first laser projected mouse, giving you the ability to carry your favourite mouse around with you in a tiny pocketable box. ODiN is designed from the ground up for high use markets, with the fact that you don’t have to grip it offering you a comfortable design with no risk of carpal tunnel syndrome.
In the 8cm x 8cm projected area, the ODiN works just like you would imagine a touchpad working, with multiple finger gestures you can scroll and zoom with ease while the custom “application” button gives you quick access to launch your favourite program or site with a simple touch.
Weighing in at just 40 grams, you can carry ODiN in your pocket or slide it alongside your laptop in its bag for use on your Mac or PC and comes in three colours, Black, Silver or Green.
The term driverless isn’t anything new and it is probably most known in relation to cars and Google’s self-driving car project that’s been going on for years now. But we’ve also heard of driverless lorries coming to the UK, driverless pods in London, and even driverless Formula E racing as well as oversized quad-copters for personal usage, but driverless bicycles is one I haven’t heard of before.
The driverless bike, or i-Bike as it has been named, is the brainchild of Ayush Pandey and Subhamoy Mahajan, two students from IIT Kharagpur, India. The whole idea started with an idea that is as noble as the result is brilliant: The two wanted to build a simple vehicle that could help disabled people get more out of life by increasing their freedom. Now that’s an idea we all can get behind.
The i-Bike has autonomous steering, brakes, driving, and balancing mechanisms that can work completely on their own as well as aids to just help you with the part that might be troublesome for you.
Just riding a bicycle wasn’t the only problem the students tried to solve, parking and retrieving a bike can be equally challenging for a disabled person as bicycle locations by default rarely have much in disability friendliness. You wouldn’t expect them to ride a bicycle, so it isn’t out of bad intentions.
“We saw some differently abled people who could ride bicycles but had to face many problems when trying to take their bikes out from the parking space, as most such spaces are not disabled friendly. To tackle this problem we started working to make a bicycle that would be controlled wirelessly,” says Ayush, a fourth year Mechanical Engineering student
You can ride the i-Bike manually or you can get help from the dual locomotion technology. The autonomous driving is handled with the help of GPS as well as lasers and sonar based sensors to avoid obstacles in its path. The destination is set by an Android app that sends an SMS to the i-Bike. Upon receiving this, it will start its journey.
None of the techniques used is new as such, but this combination of them is awesome. It has a unique and affordable software architecture that enables it to follow specialised bicycle lanes as they are found in many countries already. It also offers live tracking and wireless control mechanism on top of all that.
What started as a team of two is now comprised of 13 undergraduate students from various departments of IIT Kharagpur, all working together and making up the i-Bike team. Since the project was started back in October 2014, the team has won several awards, most recently the innovation challenge organised by KPIT Technologies where they won first prize.
The trainer wheels that have been used for balancing can easily be retracted by a switch and the same goes for the steering aids that also can be turned on and off by the flick of a switch.
The i-Bike could solve many problems in urban cities and crowded spaces. Whether you want to prevent theft by sending you bike home, retrieve it where ever you are in order to get home, or just want to send it on a cruise of its own, the i-Bike can do it. It would also allow new options for bicycle sharing centres where you could rent a bike, drive where you need to go, and then send it back home again on its own. The same way you could order it back via your smartphone no matter where you are located, and you won’t even have to pedal yourself.
Once the team has the patent, they plan to collaborate with companies willing to start bicycle sharing centres in India – and hopefully this kind of technology will make it to the rest of the world too.
The Batarangs in question are made out of metal and at the press of a button deploy the two wings ready to help take out the Joker. If this wasn’t enough the video even explains how to make your own Batarangs! We recommend that if you do make some, you don’t start wearing black spandex and prowling the streets at night, instead enjoying what is, without a doubt, one of the coolest creations we have ever seen.
We now have a Batarang and you can even get a Batmobile golf cart. What piece of fantasy technology would you like to see made and why?
MSI have long reached out into other areas than just motherboards and graphics cards, although they are the categories they are known best for. They cover most aspects of what the gamer wants and the latest product in this range is a new gaming mouse called the Interceptor DS300. The new laser gaming mouse has been designed to ensure the most comfortable right-handed fit for gamers, but that naturally depends on your palm size.
There is no arguing that the Interceptor DS300 is built on some solid hardware. The sensor is an ADNS-9800 8200 DPI laser sensor that can be adjusted on the fly in 50 DPI steps for just the right movements speed. The buttons are also made with quality switches as they come from OMRON and are some of the best mouse switches that you can get.
The 1.8m long cable has been braided to give it the best durability and it has a gold-plated USB connector at the end to make sure that the connector also has the best reception. All six buttons on the mouse can be programmed to various commands including macros.
The shell of the mouse has a few more nifty features such as anti-slip grips on the sides. These rubber side grips should ensure that you have full control at all times. The MSI dragon logo features LED backlighting, which is adjustable to 16.8 million RGB colours.
The bottom of the mouse hides the last feature, the adjustable weight system. The mouse comes with three 4.5 gram removable metal weights for weight and balance customizing. You could remove all three to make for a very light mouse, add them all for a heavy one, or simply just add one or two to shift the weight to one side of the mouse.
We already had a look at the Interceptor DS300 gaming mouse during our visit to CES in Las Vegas earlier this month and it looked just as great in real life as it does on the product photos. MSI hasn’t revealed a price or availability date yet, but I’m sure that will follow shortly.
Tech is always advancing in new and exciting ways. With the aim of developing and modernizing techniques for the 21st century, the coin production process at The People’s Bank of China placed into circulation a $10 dollar limited edition of at least 500 million coins, but when you consider China has a current estimated population of at least 1.357 billion, this may well be a limited laser blasted and multilevel “Monkey zodiac coin”.
The coins in question use materials including a Brass Alloy for the outer ring, which is illustrated by the first image below, this is coupled with a Nickel Alloy composite which is implemented for the inner core and is conveyed by the second image. The technique used to make these commemorative coins changes the traditional moulding process in favour of a lower yet more efficient manufacturing footprint.
The coins have the word “SHIYUAN” which is located next to the selected domination, this word comes from the Chinese phonetic alphabet. The coins, released to coincide with the 2016 Lunar New Year are also decorated to include a floral pattern as well as a traditional decorative monkey and also a lantern.
Collectors who wish to collect such a coin will be able to reserve a maximum of five coins, the date by which the coins will become available will be from the 16th January 2016.
Razer is one of the most recognisable gaming brands on the market, having a huge range of mice that are suited for virtually any kind of gaming environment. Their latest mouse, the Orichi, is certainly a bit different from the usual crop of Razer gaming mice, but that doesn’t mean we’re not expecting great things from it. The Orichi features a compact design, making it ideally suited for those who travel a lot. Having a huge gaming mouse isn’t always ideal when you’re playing on a notebook, or even if you just have limited space, or simply prefer a smaller mouse. The benefits are obvious, as a smaller mouse is lighter and much easier to store, but has the cut-down size affected the performance.
Bluetooth technology is great and virtually any modern laptop comes equipped with it, meaning you’re no doubt already capable of quickly connecting the Orichi and getting into the action. Of course, when it comes to gaming competitively, there are many who refuse to use wireless tech, but don’t worry, as the Orichi comes with a dual function and can be used in a wired mode for lightning fast response times.
“Engineered with Bluetooth 4.0, the Razer Orochi is designed for portability and is the ideal companion for gamers who are always on the move. Switch conveniently to the wired mode to experience gaming-grade performance, control, and accuracy at a blistering 1 ms response time.”
Equipped with an 8,200 DPI laser sensor, wired and wireless modes, extra long battery life, 16.8 million colour RGB lighting and more, the Orichi is certainly well equipped. Let’s jump in and take a closer look at what it has to offer.
The packaging follows the usual Razer theme of black and green, as well as a nice image of the mouse on the front of the box, and a few major features detailed along the bottom.
Around the back, we can see more features, such as the dual function wired/wireless, fully programmable buttons, RGB lighting and the ambidextrous design.
In the box, you’ll find everything you need to get you ready to play. There’s all the usual documentation, some cool stickers, a protective carry pouch, USB cable and two Duracell AA batteries.
The Chinese military has begun equipping its soldiers with handheld laser guns, in direct contravention of international treaties banning the use of blinding laser weapons. The PY132A laser gun, revealed during the Chinese Police Expo in December, is designed to blind enemy sensors and cameras and intended for use against enemy vehicles and drones, Popular Science reports.
In 1998, China signed a United Nations Convention that prevented the development of Certain Conventional Weapons [CCW], which included blinding laser weapons that could be used against humans. While the Chinese military claims that its PY132A laser are for use against mechanised combatants, it remains possible for the weapons to be used against humans, intentionally or not. The scattering effect of laser beams means people are at risk of being struck in the eye, risking blindness.
“China has been updating its home-made blinding laser weapons in recent years to meet the needs of different combat operations,” the official military newspaper PLA Daily reported on 9th December, via The Washington Free Beacon. “Blinding laser weapons are primarily used to blind … targets with laser[s] in [the] short distance, or interfere [with] and damage … laser and night vision equipment.”
“The United States is committed to the CCW and expects all parties to uphold the convention and its protocols,” a State Department official warned.
The US is also worried that these weapons could make their way on to the global arms market, with Chinese weapons systems expert Rick Fisher saying, “There is a strong possibility these new dazzlers are being marketed for foreign sale.”
Razer has one of the most diverse range of gaming mice on the market today, with all kinds of unique shapes, sizes and specifications to suit a vast range of gamer’s and gaming styles. The Diamondback is one of their most iconic mice, having been around in one form or another since 2004, and having undergone several rather major redesigns in that time. Just look at the timeline below and you can see just how far it has developed in that time.
Their latest model is supposed to be the best one yet, ditching the now archaic 1800 DPI 3G infrared sensor in favour of their latest extreme hardware, the 16,000 DPI 5G laser sensor, the very same one we recently tested in Razer’s insanely good Mamba 2015 mouse. Designed for use with both left or right hands, as well as a super slim ergonomic design that is ideal for palm, claw or fingertip grips, the Diamondback promises to be a bit of a jack of all trades when it comes to gaming, and should appeal to quite a lot of gamers, be that pro gamer or just those who want a nice mouse to use at home.
“The Razer Diamondback made its debut in late 2004 at the World Cyber Games and took the gaming world by storm. This iconic gaming mouse was born from extensive research and engineering, hundreds of design iterations, followed by countless rigorous test sessions with eSports athletes. Featuring the world’s first optical gaming sensor, the original Razer Diamondback delivered the greatest accuracy and speed of its time.” – Razer
Ambidextrous form factor
16,000 DPI 5G laser sensor
Up to 210 inches per second / 50 g acceleration
1,000 Hz Ultrapolling
On-The-Fly Sensitivity adjustment
Chroma customizable lighting
Inter-device color synchronization
7 programmable Hyperesponse buttons
Razer Synapse enabled
2.1 m / 7 ft braided fiber cable
Approximate size: 125 mm / 4.92 in (Length) x 60 mm / 2.64 in (Width) x 30 mm / 1.18 in (Height)
Approximate weight: 89 g / 0.09 lbs (without cable)
PC or Mac with a free USB port
Windows® 10/ Windows® 8/ Windows® 7 / Mac OS X (v10.8-10.10)
100 MB of hard disk space
Razer Synapse registration (requiring a valid e-mail), software download, licence acceptance, and internet connection needed to activate full features of product and for software updates. After activation, full features are available in optional offline mode.
A slim box with a few teasing details on the front, such as the full-spectrum Chroma lighting engine and 16,000 DPI laser sensor.
Around the back, a few more specs, such as the 7-foot braided cable, programmable buttons, Razer synapse and the ambidextrous design.
In the box, you’ll find the usual documentation, a few cool Razer stickers, as well as the hard-wired Diamondback mouse.
The cable is nice and long (7-feet) and comes fitted with a gold-plated USB connector.
Razer, one of the biggest and most recognisable gaming brands on the market, are back once again with their latest version of the popular Mamba mouse. The Mamba comes equipped with a range of extreme features that are said to put it far above the competition, making it ideal for competitive gaming, but also just as versatile for day-to-day at home use and work.
“Boasting the world’s most precise 16,000 DPI gaming mouse sensor, the Razer Mamba provides you with unsurpassable accuracy, so you’ll have an even greater edge over your competition. With its ability to track 1 DPI increments and a lift-off cut-off distance as precise as 0.1 mm, the Razer Mamba helps you to react instantly while you skillfully maneuver your way to victory.”
The 16,000 DPI sensor is going to provide some interesting benefits for gaming, as you’ll be able to swap DPI and quickly navigate even the largest RTS/MOBA maps with extreme precision. Being able to tune in your own DPI settings in 1DPI increments is also pretty special, as it frees you from the constraints of some mice, which only allow you to pick various levels, such as 200/400/800/1600/etc. Not content with a fully customizable sensor, the mouse buttons can also be tuned using an included tool, allowing you to pick from a lighter response, or a more distinctive click, and everything in-between.
Still not enough features? How about extensive RGB lighting customisation, or the choice to switch between wireless and wired modes with a 1ms response time? Plus the cable means you can use it in wireless mode, but continue using it while it is changing, so there’s no excuse to stop playing.
The packaging is nice and simple, with a great image of the Mamba on the front, as well as a few specs on the side detailing the adjustable switches and the charging system.
Around the back, an image showing off the charging dock, which also comes with RGB lighting effects.
The box opens out to reveal a quote from Razer, as well as a steel tin presentation box.
The box is the perfect safe house for the Mamba, helping you protect your investment when ever you need to store the mouse between uses.
In the box, you’ll find the usual documentation, the charging dock, a black braided cable and, of course, the Mamba mouse.
Diamonds. Known for being priceless stones and hard to scratch, they’ve been at the centre of jewellery for years due to their shine, price and resilience. This could all change soon though, thanks to Scientists from North Carolina State University who have just announced their newly created form of carbon, Q-Carbon.
Previously carbon could exist in two other forms, graphite and diamond. Q-carbon is unique in that it is ferromagnetic, meaning not only is it harder than diamonds, but when exposed to energy it begins to glow.
Q-Carbon has also been used to construct diamond structures at room temperature, a feat that was only ever possible in extreme heats (e.g. specialised furnaces and volcanos) and under immense pressure. While still requiring a temperature of 3,726 °C, a feat achieved by a single laser pulse, the heat is only needed for 200 nanoseconds before being cooled down.
With current films of Q-Carbon measuring between 20 and 500 nanometers thick the researchers have been able to adjust the created structures by changing the laser pulse’s properties or the substrate, a material where the reactions take place.
Jay Narayan, the lead author of several papers described the process and continued to say, “And it is all done at room temperature and at ambient atmosphere – we’re basically using a laser like the ones used for laser eye surgery. So, not only does this allow us to develop new applications, but the process itself is relatively inexpensive.”
With its strength and luminescent properties, imagine a phone screen made of Q-Carbon?
You can find the latest update into their research here.
When you think of the name G.Skill, I bet you think of memory products. That’s hardly surprising, as their Ripjaws memory are regarded as some of the best in the world and are loved by overclockers, system builders, modders and more around the world. All that is about to change, as G.Skill are taking the PC gaming world by storm, with a very exciting range of gaming peripherals that will change how you see the name G.Skill forever.
Check out the rather awesome product video from G.Skill below for a quick look at some of the cool features on offer.
The first of their new products in the Ripjaws MX780 Gaming Mouse. Equipped with all the high-end features you could hope for, it’s build for everyone from pro gamers to those who just want something cool to use in the office.
“Ambidextrous design, interchangeable side grips, height-adjustable palm rest, on-board profile storage, adjustable weights, Avago laser sensor, Omron micro-switch, 8 fully programmable buttons and customizable 4-zone RGB backlighting. The RIPJAWS MX780 laser gaming mouse is designed and built with durability and practicality in mind for the ultimate gaming experience in glorious RGB lighting.”
As you can see, the specifications are certainly attractive, with a high-end sensor, 4-zone RGB lighting, on-board memory, adjustable weight and more!
The packaging is nicely designed, with all the main specs on the front, as well as a few details about the RGB lighting.
Around the back, a more detailed run down of the features, but let’s get it out of the box and take a much closer look.
In the box, you’ll find the owner’s manual, a couple of attachments, as well as the hard-wired mouse.
First up, we have an Allen key adjustment tool, as well as two 4.5G weights for tuning the mouse.
You’ll find two additional side mounts for the mouse, allowing you to tweak the ergonomics and even convert it to a fully left-hand mouse.
The cable is treated with a glossy black braided, which adds to the overall style and durability. It is finished off with a custom shape USB header and gold plating.
Element Gaming is quickly making a name for themselves in the PC market, with a great range of products that have won awards, not just from us here at eTeknix, but from many other sites too! Not only are their products great, they’re also fiercely competitive on price, making them attractive to a wide audience of gamers and those on a tighter budget. Their latest product, the Iridium 820 Laser Gaming mouse, enters the market at just £29.99, but despite its affordable price tag, it still comes pack full of features that will appeal to many PC gamers.
“Our premium mouse the Iridium 820 is the ultimate gaming machine. Precision-engineered to the highest standards and made from the best available materials this mouse is optimised to provide professional grade results for gamers of all levels.”
“With extra features and functions the Iridium 820 sets the standard for all other gaming mice to follow. With dedicated buttons, adjustable DPI and a highly sensitive laser sensor this mouse achieves stunning accuracy and, thanks to the Firepower button, a tremendous rate of fire. And the gold-plated USB ensures a perfect connection with no delay.”
The Iridium 820 offers up an 8200 DPI laser sensor, eight buttons, adjustable weight, adjustable size and much more, giving you more than enough options for those who play a wide variety of games. Of course, specs are one thing, how they all perform together is another, so let’s just right to it and put the 820 through its paces!
Gold plated USB connector
Sensitive laser sensor
Connection: Wired USB
Number of keys: 8
Key travel: 0.8mm
Key pressure: 70g
Key lifetime: 500 million
Rated voltage: DC 5V / <100mA
Supports Windows XP / Windows Vista / Windows 7 / Windows 8
The packaging is nicely designed, with a clear image of the mouse on the front of the box.
Around the back, you’ll find a quick rundown of the specifications, such as the custom lighting, firepower key and 70g key pressure.
Scientists seem to have a lot of time on their hands if this is anything to go by, but hey ho, if you quite liked the idea of world domination while using a death ray, then this article is for you.
A single laser pointer is not anywhere near powerful enough to inflict a nasty end on one’s enemies due to having a power rating of 5-milliwatts. According to James Kakalios who is a physics professor at the University of Minnesota and the author of “The Physics of Superheroes”, what a job that is, makes the point that it’s in reality quite tough to kill a human being with lasers. But he did have a go at explaining it by stating that the most effective way to use a laser on a human is to “target the eye and thus melting the brain”, blimey, he must be fun at dinner parties.
So, how many lasers would you need? Well, according to Rebecca Thompson of the America Physical Society, you would need a laser at approximately 1KW, this equates to around 200,000 laser pointers. You would also need each laser pointer to focus through a lens on one spot with the aim of concentrating enough power. Every laser beam would also need to be in a “semi-circle with a radius of about 5.5”, so in theory you could buy 200,000 “laser pointers before mounting them on a Sphere with a radius of 5, 5 and aim them all through a lens.”
So yes, there you go, now you can in theory build your own death ray, well sort of, (quick disclaimer, eTeknix would advise that no one attempted to build their own death ray, we do want readers that are not melted.)
On a side note, below is a video that shows this concept being conveyed at an insane level, a Youtuber who goes by the username “styropyro” has built his own Laser shotgun which has a combined power of 40W, as you do. Guns are a problem within society, let’s hope no one decides to use laser weapons instead.
The concept of a laser that has been bolted onto a traditional manual razor does somewhat make sense, after all, certain beauty gadgets have incorporated this technique before, I have been told. A US tech company by the name of Skarp Technologies hoped to cash in on this concept by launching a Kickstarter campaign with the aim of raising the all important funds required, and it worked, until Kickstarter kicked them off.
So what happened? I am glad you asked, well, backers who had pledged money through the fund-raising site received an email stating that the razor was “in violation of our rule requiring working prototypes of physical products that are offered as rewards”. This means that Skarp did not in fact have a working prototype available and thus had no way of demonstrating if their invention actually worked or was viable.
The company has since relisted the product, ok, idea of a product that has yet to exist on rival crowd funding site indiegogo. Will this be the death knell for this product after the recent negative PR? No, after checking the re-listing it has become clear of strong consumer interest and the current total in pledges as of writing so far is $113,919 (£74,742). Not bad considering this was raised by 790 people in 11 hours, the funding goal is $160,000 dollars so I assume this will soon be achieved, unless it is Indiegogo go-go off again, well that was an appalling pun.
Meanwhile, Skarp have promised supporters that this product will be indeed available in the spring of 2016. I hope Skarp are a legitimate company who are willing and able to fulfil any promises that have been made to backers, hopefully this concept has been designed with safety in mind and it will also perform as stated, when and if it’s built of course.
Quick addendum, the Laser Razor has now raised $120,076 by 828 people, at this rate by the time you read this the product would have reached its goal in around a day.
Thank you bbc and indiegogo for providing us with this information.
141116-N-PO203-042 ARABIAN GULF (Nov. 16, 2014) The Afloat Forward Staging Base (Interim) USS Ponce (ASB(I) 15) conducts an operational demonstration of the Office of Naval Research (ONR)-sponsored Laser Weapon System (LaWS) while deployed to the Arabian Gulf. (U.S. Navy photo by John F. Williams/Released)
Dubbed Directed-Energy weapon pods, the devices will be mounted onto jets and will use beams of directed energy to ‘burn’ missiles and UAV’s, with the hopes of being powerful enough to even combat other aircraft. With a large contract on the line several companies have come up with solutions, HELLADS (High Energy Liquid Laser Area Defence System), from General Atomics, runs off a single lithium-ion battery and is small enough to fit onto a predator drone.
With the possibilities of being mounted to both land, sea and air vehicles, laser technology could revolutionise the way we act against other weapons. With the ability to shoot down missiles and heat up and melt the components in vehicles laser technology could quickly become the new step in modern warfare.
Jonathan Petit, the principal scientist at Security Innovation, has managed to disrupt the awareness programming in self-driving cars with a simple laser pen and pulse generator. The equipment is easily obtainable and requires a low-cost computer such as the Raspberry PI. Once combined with a laser pen, you can trick the car’s sensors into thinking there is a “ghostlike” object ahead which causes the vehicle to slow down. Mr Petit told tech magazine IEEE Spectrum that a vehicle could come to a complete halt if enough objects were detected.
“I can spoof thousands of objects and basically carry out a denial of service attack on the tracking system so it’s not able to track real objects,”
“I can take echoes of a fake car and put them at any location I want,”
This is a rather worrying revelation and raises questions about the safety of autonomous cars. Despite the huge investment into the driver-less technology, it seems bizarre that a $40 kit has the potential to create major incidents. Thankfully, Mr Petit and his research team have publicly published a paper on these concerns. As a result, the press coverage surrounding this revelation should help the self-driver car makers to tackle this issue head on and find a unbreakable fix.
Would you feel comfortable in a driver-less car?
Thank you BBC for providing us with this information.
Japanese scientists have developed and fired the world’s most powerful laser, capable of producing a whopping 2-petawatt (2 quadrillion watt) pulse, thanks to an integrated device called the Laser for Fast Ignition Experiment (LFEX). Though the beam can only be sustained for a trillionth of a second, it has the concentrated energy equivalent of 1,000x the world’s electricity consumption; I’ve definitely used that excuse myself before.
The LFEX laser projector, based at Osaka University, Japan, is around 100 metres long and constructed from a series of glass ‘lamps’, designed to amplify the beam as it travels the length of the device. The process allows the laser to concentrate the power of the laser while only using about 200 joules of energy, about equal to using a microwave oven for 2 seconds.
Junji Kawanaka, an electrical engineer at Osaka University and member of the LFEX team, is already looking to the future, saying, “With heated competition in the world to improve the performance of lasers, our goal now is to increase our output to 10 petawatts.”
Sadly, though, the laser will not see the advent of cool space battles. “If one wanted to destroy a satellite, the Japanese LFEX laser would not be the answer, as it would not propagate far through the atmosphere – even if it could be pointed towards the satellite,” Michael Donovan, Associate Director of Texas Petawatt Laser program, told Defence One. “The higher you get, the thinner the atmosphere. So a laser launched in space could propagate, but a petawatt laser is too large to economically launch into space.”
I wish I’d realised that before I invested in this shoal of sharks.
TteSports are back on eTeknix once again, this time with their latest gaming mouse, the rather unique looking Ventus X. The Ventus is tuned for gaming performance and comes with a bunch of funky features that will help you dominate in the digital battlefield of choice, but we’ll get to taking a closer look at those in a few moments.
VENTUS X – Gaming Mouse – The new generation from Tt eSPORTS’s VENTUS gaming mouse, providing enhanced modern technology and classic design that fits all gamers and bring style to gaming. The new VENTUS X was designed with a new coating that gives full comfort while in gameplay. The VENTUS X also brings about a new ergonomically tuned right handed laser gaming mouse to the VENTUS family, that will appeal to gamers who’re fans of some classic legacy styled mouse shapes and brings the new tech to them.
The Ventus X comes equipped with all the features you would expect, such as a high-quality laser sensor, a good selection of switches, macro functions and more. It also benefits from customisable weight tuning and LED lighting effects.
The box covers all the basics, such as the 5700 DPI sensor, the new and improved surface coating, 128KB internal memory and the air cooling ventilation.
In the box, you’ll find a protective pouch, some documents and the Ventus X mouse.
The Ventus comes hard-wired with a high-quality braided cable and a custom USB jack with gold-plated connector.
The mouse has been given a new coating compared with previous models. The new one looks gorgeous, it’s basically something between a glossy and a matte finish, but its hard-wearing grip surface certainly looks and feel fantastic. To further enhance your grip, the left side of the mouse has a rubberized thumb rest, so there’s little chance of you losing your grip in the heat of battle.
There’s two switches down the left side of the mouse, pretty standard stuff, but they’re obviously pretty essential for most games and day-to-day desktop navigation.
There’s not extra switches on the right, but there’s another rubber grip on the swollen ergonomic side panel. The mouse looks a little wider than most, but it feels comfortable and nimble in both palm rest and finger-tip play-styles.
The left and right mouse buttons have a deep recess and a ridge on their outer edge. This shape helps your fingers find a comfortable resting position and should help prevent your fingers slipping from the mouse.
There’s a good quality scroll wheel recessed into the mouse, with a thick and soft rubber grip coating for added control. Behind the scroll wheel, there’s a DPI toggle switch; I’d have liked to see full DPI up/down buttons, but this is still a welcome feature.
One unique aspect of this mouse is the ventilated rear section. It’s not much, but it’ll allow a little extra airflow to the palm of your hand; a welcome feature for anyone who suffers from sweaty hands while gaming.
Hidden behind the ventilation is a Tt Dragon logo, which lights up when the mouse is plugged in.
There are three huge slipmats on the base of the mouse, giving it exceptional glide on your favourite gaming surface; be that a hard or soft mat.
Tucked away behind the flip-off panel, you’ll find 3 x 4.5g weights, allowing you to better calibrate the feel and the glide of the mouse to suit your preference.
The included carry pouch is great too, especially if you want to keep it free from scratches when you throw it in your bag to take to a LAN party.
A professor from the University of Alabama has patented a revolutionary space-based laser system designed to generate and deliver energy to a nearby spacecraft. Dr. Richard Fork thinks his new innovation could even be used as the first line of defence in the event of a potential asteroid collision with the Earth.
“I see this patent as a useful step in making efficient and effective power infrastructures available to the regions of space surrounding an asteroid or planet orbiting a star,” Dr. Fork said. “The patent is significant in that it gives UAH an advantage in launching what may be the first enterprise designed to provide energy generated in space and delivered in space for commercial purposes, as well as for non-commercial applications of general interest, such as successfully redirecting asteroids or other objects that may threaten Earth.”
“This method is designed to use optical phenomena – again quantum optical phenomena – but very well proven and widely accepted optical quantum phenomena to maximize the efficiency and precision of the processes,” he added. “Sunlight does, of course, distribute energy in space. However, energy in the form of sunlight cannot be directed, delivered or concentrated nearly as precisely and efficiently, or at the peak energies that are maximally efficient for propulsive thrust, as can the coherent light generated by laser systems.“
According to Dr. Fork, the technology is ready to be deployed, and could be of great interest to NASA, which funded the original concept, and Elon Musk’s private space enterprise, SpaceX.
“The underlying physical phenomena are non-trivial,” says Dr. Fork. “However, we believe we can clarify and evaluate a highly productive strategy we have in mind by exploring the basic phenomena here in our terrestrial laboratories at UAH given a year or so of adequate funding. I think that SpaceX and other companies might be interested in this patent although that is speculation on my part at this time.”
Thank you Phys.org for providing us with this information.
TteSports, the gaming division of legendary manufacturer Thermaltake have been a dominating force at eTeknix many times in the past, winning many awards for their great gaming products. Now we’re happy to see another entry in their product range, the Theron Plus Smart Mouse. Now, there’s something obviously unique about the name, what exactly is a “smart mouse” anyway?
The THERON Plus SMART MOUSE – the classy sheen smart mouse that built with an upgraded AVAGO laser sensor with up to 8200 DPI that consist an additional integrated Bluetooth communications device to sync your mobile device (iOS/Android) with Tt eSPORTS PLUS+, the mobile application that can store gamers’ stats to the Tt eSPORTS PLUS+ Community & Data Management Platform
This mouse incorporates the “Internet of Things” or IOT philosophy, much like the current trend of smart wearables, the mouse tracks your gaming performance data, allowing you to analyze statistics, improve your strategies and more, as well as share this information with your team or fans; this could be a real hit with eSports gamers and their fan bases!
On the basis of the I.o.T. (Internet of Things) concept, users can obtain and share gaming performance data. Additionally, users are capable of analyze statistics records for improved strategies via data management on both PC or mobile devices – anytime anywhere. With Tt eSPORTS’ Plus+ mobile application, you can even review all recorded performance histories on your mobile devices.
As you can see, the Theron Plus is targeted at the eSports community, who are obviously the best ones to benefit from the smart tracking features.
The box opens up, giving us a sneak peak at the mouse design as well as running through some of the major smart features; cloud integration, stat tracking and more.
In the box, you will find a protective pouch, a few product documents and the hard-wired mouse.
The cable features a high quality braiding, a fixed velcro cable tidy and a good quality gold-plated USB connector.
The mouse is really nicely designed, with an oversized body that promotes a comfortable hand resting position. There’s a pair of switches down the left side and their bright red finish provides a nice contrast from the glossy black finish.
Around the back of the mouse, you’ll find a set of LED indicators between the top and left side panel. There’s also a colour customisable LED strip along the bottom left side, the back and the right side of the mouse; well take a closer look at this shortly.
The right side of the mouse features a single switch near the front, handy for deploying extra macros or profile changes.
Both the left and right mouse buttons are heavily recessed with a curved shape; this provides a great finger resting position and should help prevent your fingers from slipping away from the mouse.
There’s a deeply recessed scroll wheel, which features a soft rubber grip coating, a light tactile bump when turned and a fast rotation speed; perfect for making quick and accurate adjustments mid-game.
On the underside of the Theron Plus, you’ll find even more features! There’s two large slip-mats that provide an excellent amount of glide, a profile switch, lock and on-the-fly polling rate adjustments.
The bottom panel can be clipped off, where you’ll find five add-in weights, to help you better tune the mouse performance to your liking.
The included carry pouch is of a good quality and handy for those who need to travel with the mouse; it’ll help keep it free from scratches.
Ozone are one of my all time favourite gaming brands. Time and time again they’ve shown us that they can make a great gaming peripheral, so I’m really eager to see what the Argon has to offer. A great gaming mouse may not actually make you a better gamer, but it can certainly enhance the experience and given Ozone have a solid track history, I think we’ll be in for a real treat today.
The specifications certainly look promising, with a high-performance 8200 DPI sensor, adjustable report rate, a braided cable and ambidextrous design. So let’s get to it and take a closer look.
In the box, you’ll find everything you need to get you started; a hard-wired mouse, a small bag of add-on weights, quick-start guide and a cool sticker.
The additional weights are a nice bonus, as the mouse only weighs 125g at stock, but you can add the weights to increase that to suit your own preference.
The mouse is really nicely designed, with a grippy soft-touch coating on the top section and some tough rubber grips on the left and right side that make it perfect for either palm rest or claw grip play styles.
The mouse is an ambidextrous design, so it doesn’t matter if you’re left or right-handed, with the added bonus of having two extra buttons on the opposite side that you would be able to use as extra macro keys.
There’s a clear plastic strip between the side and top panel, which will allow the interior LED lighting to shine through.
The Argon has a nice sweeping shape to it and a low overall height, which means it’s very comfortable under your hand and the sweeping curves of the left and right mouse buttons provides a comfortable finger resting position.
There’s a set of dedicated DPI control switches behind the scroll wheel. The scroll wheel itself is heavily recessed into the mouse body, but has a soft rubber grip and a light notch when turned, making it really easy to make quick adjustments.
The underside of the Argon has two small slipmats, which doesn’t look sufficient, but this is a very lightweight mouse overall and it actually glides exceptional well.
The bottom section of the mouse has a twist-lock cover, behind which you’ll find a rubber cartridge for holding the included weights. I’ll be testing this mouse with the weights removed, but it’s really down to personal preference how you set yours up to best suit your gaming surface and play style.
I love vinyl, although admittedly it’s one hobby too many for my already busy schedule and gadget obsessive lifestyle. The sound of a record is simply unrivalled and while I have a large collection of FLAC and other high-resolution audio files, analogue is king for audiophiles.
Spinning your records and hearing the tick of the needle is fantastic and involving, but there’s another option for those who like to go a little crazy with their credit card. The EIP Laser Turntable plays the record without touching the record, something that many collectors of rare and expensive albums would no doubt love, as it would prevent wear on the surface of the record.
The laser reads the analogue waveform with absolute precision and while that sounds great (literally), it comes with a catch; it costs a whopping $15,000! for the player.
“The Laser Turntable employs patented technology that produces phenomenal fidelity while never physically touching the record, thus eliminating the deterioration to the album’s surface inflicted by conventional turntables. The laser’s precision allows you to pick up audio information that has never been touched or damaged by a needle. This virgin audio information is then reproduced without digitization maintaining true analog sound as close as possible to when the master tape was recorded. The Laser Turntable even allows you to play records that have been severely warped or damaged over years of wear and tear.” – EIP
This is cool, but in all honesty, you could spend around £100 for a half decent player and enjoy your collection. You could also spend thousands and get a great deck, with a high-end head and cleaner, spend a fortunate on building an epic collection from your local record store and you would still not have spent as much as this laser player costs, but things with lasers are really cool.
Thank you Decode for providing us with this information.
Pro Gaming, eSports, LAN gaming or simply just playing your favourite games at home after a hard day at work, it doesn’t matter how and when you game, having the right tools for the job can make it a far more enjoyable experience. A great gaming mouse might not necessarily make you a better gamer, but it can help you game at the best of your abilities. The QPAD 8K Pro Gaming Laser Mouse has been designed to offer premium performance, for those who want to ensure they have every edge when they go into their digital battlefield; but is it any good? That’s what I hope to find out.
As you can see from the specifications below, the 8K is very well equipped, with a high-performance sensor for fast and accurate tracking, adjustable report rates, built-in memory, Omron switches, an ergonomic design and a few extras such as a braided cable and gold-plated connectors for good measure.
QPAD | 8K PRO GAMING LASER MOUSE
“In fact, your mouse is the most important link between you and the game you play. When bullets fly, and the difference between victory and defeat is measured by micro-millimeters and fractions of seconds, everything counts. Precision and accuracy are key factors that will impact the gaming experience greatly. Amongst professional gamers, QPAD is well known as a reliable provider of top-notch gaming gear with high quality and premium feel.”
“QPAD 8K features the award winning five-finger grip, gaming-grade laser sensor with 8200 true CPI, advanced 32-bit ARM processor controller unit to optimize the tracking performance, pre-mounted QPAD Glidz mouse feet’s, seven programmable buttons for profiles, sensitivity, shortcuts, keys and macro recordings. You can accurately move at speeds up to 3.8 meter per second without losing tracking abilities. The sensor pictures the surface with a shutter speed of 12.000 frames per second covering an area of 30×30 pixels per frame. This generates an image processing of 10.8 MB data per second. The QPAD 8K supports Plug & Play for easy installation, no drivers needed and carries 128kb on board memory that will store your personal profile settings. In addition to all this, the left and right buttons from Omron are built to last 20 million clicks with a distinctive feedback. Last but not least you can personalize your color settings. The QPAD 8K delivers where it matters: In feel and performance.”
QPAD 8K MAIN FEATURES
• Right handed, Ergonomic, five-finger grip.
• Advanced Laser sensor for optimized tracking performance.
• High quality Omron main switches with a distinct mechanical feedback (Lifetime: 20 Million)
• Advanced 32bit ARM M3 72Mhz processor controller unit to optimize the tracking performance
• Highly intuitive software
• Seven programmable buttons
• 16.8 million possible color variations via RGB LED lights
QPAD 8K FEATURES
• Carry bag for transport
• Advanced macro recording
• Low, medium or high on the fly sensitivity switches
• Ruberized soft touch surface
• QPAD Glidz mouse feets are pre-mounted
• Plug & Play for easy installation
• 128kb on board memory to store your settings
• Gold plated USB connectors
• 2 meter braided cable
• Several color modes such as wave, puls, rainbow flow, constant.
• Energy saving mode
The mouse comes well packaged in protective foam and a little introduction message on the inside of the box.
In the box, you’ll find the mouse, which comes hard-wired with a 2 meter braided cable, as well as a soft protective carry pouch.
The 8K has a really nice soft touch finish to the whole mouse, making it very easy to get a grip on the mouse.
There’s a nice curve on the left side that will provide your thumb with a good resting/grip area and there are two side buttons within easy reach. There’s also two LED indicators, a blue and a red. These help you differentiate which of the three DPI profiles you have selected.
On the right, you’ll find two ergonomic ridges that provide very comfortable finger resting positions. Obviously, this mouse is designed for right-hand users only and the shape is designed for a full palm rest grip style.
The centre of the 8k plays host to a pair of switches that can be used for the DPI toggle, as well as a rubberised high-quality scroll wheel.
Here you can see how wide this mouse is, with a very curvy ergonomic shape that should help keep your hand comfortable, even after a long gaming session.
Around the back, there’s a Q logo which is LED back lit. This logo and the scroll wheel can have the LED colour customised via the desktop software.
Four large slipmats on the base of the 8K should provide you with a fantastic amount of glide on virtually any surface.
Pew! Pew! Pew! That what’s going through my mind as I write this article, Youtuber and real-life inventor Patrick Priebe has created a stunning piece of gear that looks like it came straight out of the film itself.
The gadget is an Iron Man glove that has the ability to fire an ejecting shell out of it and has a fully functional burning lase; it also has a lower power red laser from the back too. The YouTuber said that he made the glove in anticipation of the new Avengers: Age of Ultron movie. Priebe tells us in the demo of his glove that the outside is made from aluminium and then painted red. The slugs firing mechanism is made from brass. He said in the video: “When you make a slide with moving parts, you want it to be as smooth as possible and brass is awesome for that.”
Of course, the lasers are the best part of the invention. The blue 700mw laser can burst balloons and burn wood in the video with no effort at all; the red laser that is on the back is a much less powerful version that runs at 300mw but can still pop balloons with no trouble.
Priebe states that the whole project took him three weeks to complete, I think that’s pretty impressive considering the amount of work put in and complexity of the device. Priebe sells all sorts of gadgets on his website, might be worth a look!
Thank you Cnet for providing us with this information.
At the start of this year, we visited Turtle Beach at CES 2015 and one thing in particular caught our attention, keyboards and mice! Turtle Beach has a long history of creating gaming focused headsets for a wide range of formats, but until now, that’s pretty much all they’ve done. Now, just a few months after they were first revealed, Turtle Beach are looking to tackle the PC gaming market with a range of keyboards and mice.
“The Turtle Beach Grip 500 laser gaming mouse is an ergonomically engineered, illuminated 7-button scroll wheel mouse that uses premium components such as Avago 9800 laser sensors and Omron switches to deliver steady, precise gaming control. It packs a number of powerful features, including the ability to customize performance, change illumination settings, program all seven buttons and the scroll wheel, plus create up to 50 complex macros with up to 100 commands each and then assign them to any button. They can then be saved into five different colour-coded profiles, loaded into on-board memory and changed on the fly.”
It certainly has all the hallmarks of a good gaming mouse, with all the features you would expect, but what we really want to see, is how it feels and how it performs, so let’s get right to it and take a closer look.
For the purpose of this review, Turtle Beach also sent me one of their new DRIFT mouse mats, I don’t typically review these, as they’re really down to user preference, but it seems like it’ll be a nice match for the GRIP 500 mouse.
For those looking at this mouse at retail, there’s a cut-away section that allows you to test the buttons, scroll wheel and feel the finish on the mouse.
In the box, you’ll find the GRIP 500, which comes hard-wired with a lightweight cable and the instruction booklet; not the most comprehensive bundle, but it’s really all you need.
The cable is of a good quality, no gold-plated connector, but honestly, you really don’t need it to be gold anyway.
The main panels of the GRIP 500 have been treated to a grippy soft-touch rubber. This is quite common on gaming mice these days, as it gives improved grip, a stealthy aesthetic and it’s often quite resilient to scratches and easy to keep clean.
Down the left side, you’ll find three switches, which just like the rest of the switches, are fully programmable. They’ve got a nice light tactile click to them that gives them a nice responsive feel.
The rear of the mouse sweeps out a little at the base on both the left and right sides, giving a nice ergonomic shape that fits the palm of your hand well.
There’s a slight curve to both the left and right mouse buttons, providing a stable finger resting position and combined with the grip coating, the mouse feels just as adept at both palm rest and claw grip play-styles.
There’s a single toggle switch behind the scroll wheel that can be used for DPI, or anything else you wish since it’s also fully programmable. The scroll wheel is very low set in the mouse body, but it is quite big and features a very grippy coating and ridges that make it very easy to manipulate.
A small Turtle Beach logo at the back, which will look nice when powered up thanks to some internal LED lighting.
The 500 GRIP, contrary to its name, glides exceptionally well on both soft and hard gaming surfaces, that’s to its slip-mats and its relatively lightweight design.
According to ScienceDirect, a few researchers have come up with a plan to turn the International Space Station into a defence system against asteroids or other ‘orbiting debris’.
How cool is that? Get a paid vacation in space… float around the room… and have some lasers to play around with! Of course, it is not that simple. However, the general idea sounds great. Look at what the researchers have highlighted in their paper:
A debris remediation system with a wide angle telescope and a laser transmitter.
A step-by-step approach using the International Space Station (ISS).
Proof of principle demonstration of the detection with an ISS based prototype.
Technical demonstrator with an EUSO telescope and a space CAN laser.
A free-flyer mission dedicated to debris remediation with the altitude ~800 km.
So what we know so far is that they are looking to build an ‘orbital debris remediation system’ as they call it, which is made out of a super-wide field-of-view telescope named ‘EUSO’ and a novel high-efficiency fibre-based laser system called ‘CAN’.
The telescope features a 2.5 meter optics and a FOV of ±30 degrees. Together with the CAN laser, the project hopes to blow up stuff at a range of 100 km. Not bad at all! It shows a lot of potential, but let’s not get too excited.
Though the idea is filed, there is still the building part that usually kills and keeps ideas on paper. I mean, a project such as this requires a LOT of money and manpower.
Until more information on who is going to build it and how (or if we’ll ever see it in action at all) surfaces, what do you think? Are you feeling a bit more relieved that you won’t get hit by an asteroid in the future?
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)