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Two students designed a slingshot-style controller just for Angry Birds out of a motorized...

It's hard to believe just how popular Angry Birds and its spin-offs have become since the first game's release in 2009, but there are plenty of people still enjoying Rovio's series even now. With numerous ports for almost every popular mobile device, game console, and web browser, not to mention downloads totaling over one billion, it's clear that casual gamers are still enamored with the game about suicidal birds and explosive pigs. A couple of students have even gone so far as to create a slingshot-style controller just for the game out of a motorized slider from a sound mixer and an Arduino microcontroller.  Read More

GameKlip in action - with Samsung phone and PS3 controller

Handheld games consoles such as the impressive PS Vita, though still popular, are in danger of being sidelined by increasingly capable smartphones and the games that are available to play on them. There is one problem with this transition however: the control system on touchscreen phones and tablets leaves a lot to be desired. Which is where GameKlip enters in to the equation.  Read More

The GT3D system uses a pair of gaming cameras to provide 3D computer control

Bioengineers at Imperial College, London have developed a new computer controller for paraplegics that is not only more accurate and easier to use than current methods, but also uses inexpensive, off-the-shelf components. The GT3D device uses a pair of eyeglass frames with two fast video game console cameras costing less than UKP20 (US$30) each, which scan the wearer’s eyes from outside the field of vision and provide “3D” control at much lower costs and without invasive surgery.  Read More

The GameDock turns the iPhone into a home game console

The GameDock is a new accessory in the works for iPhone and iPad that converts your mobile device into a retro game console, complete with controller support for two players and video output for big screen gameplay. The controller is similar to the original Nintendo Gamepad and features a single directional pad and two action buttons in a comfortable and well tested layout.  Read More

The PlayStation Move Racing Wheel houses the Move wand in order to add a touch of realism ...

All eyes are currently on the E3 2012 gaming expo in Los Angeles. Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo have all already held keynote speeches, with new games proving to be the order of the day. Nintendo revealed more about the Wii U (including the Pro Controller), Microsoft teased its SmartGlass technology and while Sony placed its new Wonderbook augmented reality device front and center, it also quietly announced the new PlayStation Move Racing Wheel.  Read More

Microsoft used its E3 press conference to unveil its new SmartGlass technology that will u...

Microsoft used its E3 press conference to unveil its new SmartGlass technology that will use handheld devices such as smartphones and tablets as both an Xbox control device and as a second screen for the display of dynamic, rich information. Head of Xbox Live, Marc Whitten, confirmed that in addition to working with Windows 8 phones and tablets, SmartGlass would be compatible with iPhone, iPad and Android devices. The technology will also finally see the arrival of Microsoft's Internet Explorer web browser to the Xbox 360 before the end of the year.  Read More

The Wii U Pro controller features a layout similar to the Xbox 360

Nintendo recently held an online press event known as Nintendo Direct, at which the gaming giant revealed more information about its next game console, the Wii U. Among the announcements was the introduction of the WiiU Pro controller, a device catering to more traditional gamers.  Read More

The PowerA MOGA provides a tactile response not found with a touch screen

The PowerA MOGA is a Bluetooth game pad that brings traditional console controls to your Android smartphone. Set to launch in late 2012, the MOGA controller features dual analog sticks, as well as two triggers and a full set of face buttons, in an overall design that is reminiscent of the Xbox 360 controller, minus the directional pad. Most importantly, the MOGA has a grip to hold any Android smartphone up to 7.8 cm (3.07 inches) wide, allowing you to keep your thumbs on the control pad at all times.  Read More

A game controller made from paper and Play-Doh

As I discovered when reviewing the Minty Geek Electronics Lab a while back, experimenting with circuit building can be a great deal of fun. There was one particular project in this kit that made use of the human body to complete a circuit, with a simple lie detector test being the end result. With their Makey Makey open source hardware project, Jay Silver and Eric Rosenbaum have taken such touch interaction to a much more entertaining and inventive degree. Everyday objects like bananas, coins, and even Play-Doh can be transformed into a computer keyboard key or mouse click to control onscreen gaming action, play software-based instruments or type out short messages.  Read More

A Texas Instruments Stellaris microcontroller which includes an older ARM Cortex-M process...

The newest entry in ARM's Cortex line, the Cortex-M0+ is claimed to be the world's most energy-efficient processor, delivering 32-bit performance on around one third of the typical energy requirements of an 8- or 16-bit processor. Targeting low-cost sensors and microcontrollers, the M0+ will come with a very modest price tag and could act as a crucuial stepping stone to a world in which everyday objects communicate with each other, sharing data to make smart, coordinated decisions that will improve our quality of life.  Read More

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