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— Games

Turn your phone into a console with PhoneJoy Play

The success of the touchscreen device as a gaming platform shows that physical buttons are not required to offer a compelling user experience. Still, sometimes physical tactility and feedback would indeed be a welcome addition, and it is for just such occasions that the PhoneJoy Play has been developed, offering an adjustable gamepad which sports near-universal support for iOS, Android, and desktop computers. Read More
— Music

A 12-eyed music creator: the Dodecaudion music controller

Moving around the stage while performing is a whole lot easier with instruments such as the Vortex or Kitara than with something like the mighty JUPITER-80. Innovations like Onyx Ashanti's Beatjazz hands or the Air Piano from Omer Yosha go even further, by making movement a vital part of the music creation process. Such is the case with the Dodecaudion from Polish art and design group panGenerator. When a performer places a hand, foot, head or other part of the body in front of any of its 12 IR-sensor-packing faces, wirelessly-linked processing hardware generates pre-programmed audio or visuals. Read More
— Games

Sony patents temperature feedback games controller

Video game developers are always looking for new ways to give players a more immersive experience. But with several motion-controlled systems widely available and a viable virtual reality headset in the works, what else could be done to make games seem more realistic? Sony may have an unexpected answer with a recent patent that describes a controller that changes temperature between hot and cold to match in-game actions. With the controller giving "temperature feedback," the idea is that players would be able to more closely feel what their character feels, from getting hit with a fireball to traveling through a blizzard. Read More
— Games

Delta Six gun controller fulfills your FPS fantasies

The humble controller has never been the best choice for first-person shooters. Those who have mastered the keyboard and mouse combo can pulverize even the best console gamers thanks to the added accuracy and speed of movement that control method provides. But while this combination may be the method of choice for serious FPS gamers, it doesn't offer any kind of realism. Something that the newly announced Delta Six controller cannot be accused of thanks to its firearm form factor. Read More
— Games

Duo Pinball brings traditional pinball controls to the iPad

Until Apple, or another tablet manufacturer looking to one-up Apple, introduces haptic technology to mobile devices, gaming on the iPad is an experience that somewhat fails to invigorate the senses. This leaves iPad gamers reliant on third-party peripherals to turn the experience from an uninteresting series of finger swipes into a more interactive activity. Duo Games hopes to achieve this aim with Duo Pinball, an app-supported pinball controller for the iPad. Read More

Pioneer unveils Serato-equipped four-channel DJ controller

Pioneer has just revealed the DDJ-SX, which is the first four-channel DJ controller to use Serato's advanced DJ software. In fact, according to Pioneer, everything about this unit was designed specifically with Serato in mind – everything from the design of the unit itself to the trigger pads and controls were made to work with it. The device comes bundled with Serato, so DJs won't need to purchase anything else. Read More
— Electronics

TinyDuino shrinks the Arduino, retains its flexibility

The popular open-source Arduino microcontroller has been implemented in countless projects worldwide, and this very success has led the hacker community to create several smaller and cheaper alternatives to the Arduino, such as the Digispark. TinyDuino continues in this miniaturization trend but, crucially, does so while promising to retain all the flexibility of its illustrious forbear. Read More
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