New Version of Valve Steam Controller Comes With Analogue Stick

Valve is going forward with its Steam controller, making changes and releasing new and improved versions. Its latest sneak peek of the new Steam controller version which is currently in development shows that the controller comes with an analogue stick for the very first time, as seen in the pic below.

This new version is said to represent the third major design change shown to the public so far. The original prototype of the Steam controller revealed in September had fewer buttons and two large trackpads, along with a touchscreen. The second one show in January had its touchscreen removed and received two symmetrical sets of ABXY face buttons.

Valve is said to have avoided the analogue stick in previous versions because it wanted to replicate the controller experience using haptic feedback infused trackpads in the form of weighted electro-magnets. Either way, it is not currently certain if this will be the final version of the Steam controller or more changes are to be made before its release.

Thank you Eurogamer for providing us with this information
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Cicadia 1.0: One Mans Goal To Become Cyborg

Have you ever thought about death? What about Life? I know I have, but I have never thought about becoming a cyborg.

Motherboard recently reported about a man with a goal, a goal to become a cyborg. Tim Cannon, self proclaimed “Biohacker”. Cannon’s goal is to live for a thousand year, and with this goal he has designed a computer chip that he has had implanted under his skin. The chip transmits his biometric data so that he is able to track his health on an Android device. Will this chip help bring a better understanding of how our bodies work?

Cannon is unable to go to a doctor, a plastic surgeon to have the chip placed under his skin. Instead, he the sought help of body modification enthusiast Steve Haworth, who used his own tools to cut open an area on Cannon’s arm and separate the skin from the fatty tissue in order to place the device in his arm. Since Haworth is not a board-certified surgeon, he was unable to use anesthetics. Once the procedure was complete he reported that he was completely exhausted.

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The implant is called Circadia 1.0 which has an open-source platform, allows users to have control over the data, how it is collected and used. This implantable device can read biomedical data and transmits via Bluetooth. Allowing users to gather weeks even months of medical data in which the user can store for personal viewing. This device is strictly designed as a body modification/art purposes and is not a medical device.

Cicadia is designed to give users a better quality of life. For example Cannon explains

“I think that our environment should listen more accurately and more intuitively to what’s happening in our body… So if, for example, I’ve had a stressful day, the Circadia will communicate that to my house and will prepare a nice relaxing atmosphere for when I get home: dim the lights, let in a hot bath.”

Though it seems that the chip is still in its developmental phase, it has been said that it should be accessible to enthusiasts of the body modification community. To have the chip implanted will cost someone around $200 while the chip will cost around $500.

Do you feel that this is a step in order to turn a man into a cyborg? Or is this just a better way to track the statistics of your health, let us know in the comments below.

Thank you Motherboard for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of Motherboard.

Silverstone PP07 Sleeved PSU Extension/Adapter Cables Review

While I’m sure many of you love our big, in-depth technical reviews of hardcore graphics cards, extreme cooling solutions, gaming systems and more, I personally think it’s great to slow down and take a look at some of the finer details of system building, the finishing touches and the visual treats that can really complete your system. The Silverstone PP07 cables are just one of those type of components and if you love to get a clean-looking finish on your system, while also adding some practicality of extending your PSU cables then these could be the ideal product for you.

Silverstone have a great reputation for aftermarket solutions with their power supplies and cooling products and the PP07 are just the latest edition to their collection and I would expect they carry the same high level of quality that can be found across the entire Silverstone product range.

The cables are all sold separately and as you can see they each come in individual clear packets. There are more cables in the range, but we feel this is about all we really need for you day to day build and to get a general feel for the quality of the cables themselves.

First up we have the PP07-MBB 24pin motherboard cable. It’s worth pointing out all cables are female to male connections intended to be extensions, not replacement cables. The cable has a glossy black sleeving and as you can see it’s cables are individually braided giving a sleek premium effect but also making the cable easy to manipulate.

Next up we have the PP07-PCIB PCI-E 8pin to 8pin (6+2) cable, perfect for hooking up a graphics card and the 6+2 pin format makes is widely compatible with the bulk of GPU’s on the market today, just keep in mind that you will likely need more than one of these cables per GPU as many graphics cards these days feature a 6+6 / 6+8 / 8+8 power configuration.

The PP07-IDE6B is a straight forward 6pin to 6pin PCI-E cable, similar to the one above, but obviously more specific in that it only works on 6pin connections.

The PP07-BTSB is a SATA connection that takes 1 x 4pin MOLEX and gives you 4 x SATA power connections, extremely handy for cutting down on excess cables inside the chassis by converting a single power cable to run four HDDs or similar SATA powered devices.

Finally we have the PP07-EPS8B 8pin to 8pin (4+4) EPS12V motherboard cable, which should be compatible with the bulk other consumer motherboards thanks to the 4 + 4 pin design, typically we find that lower performance boards or smaller boards such as M-ITX feature only 4 pins, while many desktop solutions need 8pins, so it’s handy that this cable caters to both.

Performance

I’ve been using these cables as a complete set, sometimes just a few of them and other times the complete set for out chassis reviews here at eTeknix over the last two months, over that time I have had a lot of experience bending, flexing and generally giving these cables a hard time as I strive to get clean-looking builds for the review photos.

One thing I have noticed is that compared to some other extension cables I’ve used, the Silverstone cables are really stiff, this isn’t a bad thing, but it makes them handle very different to the often soft flex of other brands. This also means that they feel very durable and that is no bad thing, but it also makes them possitionable and much like a stiff pipe cleaner they can be bent to an angle of your desire and will typically stay bent. The cables are quite glossy and this gives them a nice premium look compared to the mostly matt finish or softer look of many other extension cables.

Final Thoughts

Of course there isn’t really a whole lot to say about this product, it has a simple task to complete in offering an extension to your current PSU cables and that is exactly what it does. There are many reasons why you may want to do such a thing, given that some older PSU designs have shorter cables, or at least cables that are too short for some of the larger full-tower chassis now that power supplies are often mounted in the bottom of a chassis meaning the 12v cable may not reach the top of the motherboard. There are also many visual reasons to add pro cables, as the effect of sleek black cables can really make or break the design of a build, especially those who favour modding their systems or having a side panel window to show off their components.

Silverstone are well-known for their high quality designs and build quality and these cables don’t disappoint on both those aspects, they’re really well made, they feel durable, they haven’t suffered any damage in the two months I’ve been using them even though I take them in and out of systems on a regular basis and I certainly intend to keep on using them for the forseeable future alongside several other pro cable kits that I use on a day to day basis.

If you want high quality cable extensions that look great, then you can’t go wrong with the Silverstone PP07 extensions, overall a very simple but effective product.

Thank you Silverstone for providing us with this sample.

Computex: ASUS Exhibit Creative Motherboard Mods

Computex is normally a time when companies like to show off the fruits of their labour by displaying all their current and latest products for the media and visitors to see. Yet ASUS has taken a slightly different spin on this by showing their latest Z87 TUF series motherboard’s and the creative mods that ASUS fans have been doing on these motherboards. Three particular mods stood out for us and the first of those was the MechaTUF. This mod was created by Lee Han Sheng and used simple acrylic and paints to create a mechanistic effect to the motherboard.

Next up was the MATX Ranger also designed by Lee Han Sheng except this motherboard uses the micro-ATX form factor TUF Gryphon Z87 motherboard not the ATX form factor TUF Sabertooth motherboard. Using the Gryphon armor kit, some acrylic and various paints Lee Han Sheng was able to give this one an excellent looking military theme using traditional military colours.

Finally there is the Winged Charger mod designed by Tod’s Factory Custom Studio. This mod used ABS plastic and the Z87 TUF Gryphon motherboard to create a weapon-style motherboard that looks like it has been hit by a snowstorm or something to that effect. You can see more pictures of other mods and some close up pictures in the Computex Live Gallery.

Stay tuned to eTeknix for more Computex coverage in our Computex section.

Image(s) courtesy of eTeknix at Computex

How to change drive letters in Windows 7


Within some point of owning a computer there may be times when you want things “just right”. For me, this is every time I’m situated in front of my screen and I blame my OCD for it as it results in me wanting things symmetrical or in some kind of order or even grouping items together.

Grouping things together is always nice as it generally adds some kind of order to a mess and I like to see my desktop as one perfect example of an organized mess, whereas my storage drive actually has some kind of decorum to it with everything in its place.

This all sounds like a simple, normal process and nothing out of the ordinary, but my OCD really kicks in when I need to have physical drives including SSDs and hard drives utilising adjacent drive letters towards the start of the alphabet, whilst any optical drives come next and finally finishing off with everything else that requires a drive letter. This comes down to USB flash drives, my iPhone, camcorder and any other USB devices and with the amount I have, I honestly believe I could fill “My Computer” with half of the alphabet.

Now Windows wouldn’t be Windows if it didn’t play some nasty tricks on you, and if you (like me) do suffer with Obsessive-compulsive disorder you will honestly feel as if Microsoft are playing a dirty game with you. Especially when they decide to give your drives and devices that require drive letters; randomly picked ones and in various orders.

Before you have a nervous breakdown and start to panic, there is an easy solution and we’re quite surprised that more people didn’t know about this. This of course is the option of changing your drive letters to something more “you”.

We’ve created a simple guide for you to follow if you do need to change a drive letter at some point for whichever reason and we hope that the pictures & step by step instructions aid you in doing this simple task within Windows 7.

It’s a simple process that includes right clicking on the Computer icon on your desktop and choosing the Manage option from the menu.

The Computer Management window will appear and will show you a column of various options including Disk Management of which you will need to select.

Once Disk Management has been selected, you will see all of your various volumes and what disks your partitions are based on.

You can continue then to right click on the partition or disk (depending on type of drive) and choose Change Drive Letter and Paths.


Once you have done that, you will be greeted with a dialog box showing what drive letter is currently used for your devices. Simply click on the Change button to pick a new drive letter.

Another dialog window will open, where you can continue to pick your new drive letter from the dropdown list and press OK. If you can’t see the specific drive letter you require, it may be in use by another drive or device.

You may find that a warning will be displayed telling you that some programs may not run correctly if they rely on drive letters and gives you the choice to continue. If you are sure, you can continue to click Yes.

Once you’ve clicked on Yes, you will notice that the drive letter has been changed to reflect your choices and you can continue to close Disk Management.


 

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