Highlights from the 2015 Geneva Motor Show

Games

Mini has taken to the virtual racetrack with its Clubman Vision Gran Turismo

Mini has joined the raft of manufacturers determined to win the hearts and minds of gamers through Gran Turismo 6, where, unburdened by the stifling regulations that surround traditional racing series, manufacturers are able to let their imaginations run wild. The Mini Clubman Vision Gran Turismo takes the Clubman's fairly mundane shape and replaces it with a full racing aerodynamics kit, powered by a 395 hp (295 kW) engine.  Read More

Mad Catz' new controllers – the S.U.R.F.R (right) and L.Y.N.X. 3 (right)

Mad Catz has revealed two new mobile controllers, each with a different focus. The accessories are designed primarily for use with Android, and aim to improve user experience in gaming and media, both at home and on the move.  Read More

Google's new machine learning algorithm was put to the test in 49 classic Atari 2600 games...

In an old school gaming party to end all parties, Google's new deep Q-network (DQN) algorithm is likely to mop the floor with you at Breakout or Space Invaders, but maybe take a licking at Centipede. Provided with only the same inputs as a human player and no previous real-world knowledge, DQN uses reinforcement learning to learn new games, and in some cases, develop new strategies. Its designers argue that this kind of general learning algorithm can crossover into discovery making in other fields.  Read More

The ZRRO is designed to provide access to Android games and apps without the need for deve...

Zrro (pronounced “zero”) is an Android-based games console currently looking for crowdfunding support. It offers something a little different from the competition, with a touchpad controller that mimics touchscreen functionality on the big screen, allowing users to interact with both games and apps in a natural, intuitive way.  Read More

Kickpack has developed light, affordable cardboard versions of two timeless games (Photo: ...

Not everyone needs a table tennis-football hybrid; the classics are classic for a reason. Those that love the classics of table tennis and foosball but lack the space of a large basement or dedicated game room at home now have a new option. Germany's Kickpack offers cardboard versions of both timeless table games, packing everything you need into handy cardboard suitcases.  Read More

High-tech sights from the 2015 Nuremberg Toy Fair (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag)

It might seem strange that Gizmag spent a good chunk of the busy month of January playing with toys at two major toy fairs, London and Nuremberg. The toy segment is following consumer technology closely, though, and many of the same trends that we see at major shows like CES and IFA are also evident at the international toy fairs ... only in smaller, simpler, more child-friendly packages. Proclaimed as the world's biggest toy fair, the Nuremberg Toy Fair ("Spielwarenmesse" in German), which wrapped up earlier this week, gave us a good feel for how toy companies are incorporating the latest technologies, including robotics and connectivity.  Read More

3DRacers is a car racing game for which the cars are 3D printed and controlled via smartph...

A new car racing game is bridging the real and the digital worlds. 3DRacers makes use of 3D printing, Arduino-based electronics and smartphone control. Users can design their own cars, 3D print them at home or via 3D Hubs, customize their performance and control them via a mobile app.  Read More

The Nanoarcade aims to bring the classic arcade feel to a small form factor

Arcade machines are not generally known for their portability – the thought of moving one around is enough to cause a back ache. Nanoarcade pushes those notions aside with a device that looks like a classic arcade machine, but scaled down to 1/10th the size.  Read More

The L.Y.N.X. 9 offers outlandish looks and lots of functionality

While the popularity of mobile gaming has risen dramatically in the last few years, the fact remains that touch controls simply cannot compete with a physical controller when it comes to accuracy and comfort. Mad Catz has put some serious effort into solving the issue, creating a gamepad for Android devices that actually transforms depending you whether you’re using it with a tablet or a smartphone.  Read More

Razer's Forge TV is an Android TV micro-console that promises to stream PC games to your b...

Razer is going full out at CES, unveiling both a low-cost fitness band and an all-new Android TV micro-console. The latter, known as the Forge TV, is a device of two halves, offering both the opportunity to play Google Play games with up to four players on the big screen, as well as promising low-latency PC streaming.  Read More

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