Ever wanted to feel like you live on the moon? Or imagined your house at the bottom of the sea? The Winscape application from Rational Craft will turn two plasma TVs into virtual windows and give you a realistic interactive view of Earth from space, an underwater aquarium, or simply footage of the Golden Gate Bridge as you move around the room.
The popularity of karaoke on home gaming consoles might have been a godsend to those frequenting bars and clubs, but the flipside is that the tone deaf are now free to belt out numbers of questionable taste and with even more questionable talent at all hours of the day or night. If there’s a shared wall between you and such noise-polluting offenders you might want to consider gifting them this USB microphone that provides a veritable cone-of-silence around it.
-ness fanatics looking for a way to add a bit of weight training to their Wii cardio workout that doesn’t involve dipping a Wii-mote in gold
need look no further than these Riiflex Dumbbells. The dumbbells slide over the Wii-mote and Nunchuk controller to put an extra 2-pounds (1kg) in each hand and provide some extra calorie-burning resistance while playing.
has a knack for turning everyday activities into stimulating interactive games. We’ve seen cooking and yoga
work their way into people’s consoles and Nintendo hasn’t stopped there. The company's latest creation - Baby and Me - allows anyone to play mom and raise a baby through their Wii console.
The rise and rise of the Nintendo Wii continues unabated and we’ve seen all manner of weird and wacky accessories released over the last year. With everything from bowling balls
to exercise bikes
popping up to complement associated games, it’s no surprise the console is a big hit with those who like gadgets and gimmicks, but aside from the MotionPlus
we haven’t seen anything genuinely revolutionary since the original motion-sensitive controls... so it looks like it's up to the next-gen successor to truly re-imagine the Wii’s potential.
Most sane people would agree that cardiovascular exercise is a pretty boring way to get fit and, unless you’re working out with a friend, a little extra visual stimulation would rarely go amiss. The Nintendo Wii has already had a decent crack at bringing a bit of fun to boring routines with the Wii Fit
and EA Sports Active, and seems to have picked up one of the minigames from the latter as the subject of its latest peripheral revolution.
Watch out Wii
! Nintendo’s hugely popular console, which made motion sensitive game play a household fixture the world over, could have some serious competition on the horizon. As well as Microsoft continuing to develop its impressive looking Project Natal
concept, Sony has announced that its own tentatively titled “Motion Controller” is due for a second quarter release in 2010.
In exciting news for Guitar Hero
fans, Logitech has made good on its promise to release premium Wireless Drum and Guitar Controllers for the Wii
. Following on from the initial release for the PS3
, Logitech’s new peripherals will have lounge room rock stars rejoicing – and all in time for Guitar Hero 5.
When it comes to over-saturated markets in gadget circles, the iPod Dock surely wins hands-down. The massive range of varied designs for a product that’s primarily intended to port audio or video to another source is staggering, but Elonex is about to buck this trend with something truly innovative. Its iGAME dock may not look too inspiring at first glance and, indeed, it's capable of handling music, videos, podcasts and video podcasts in the usual way. What makes it special is that it’s primarily a games console, or more specifically a TV Games Dock, designed to utilise the advantages of Apple’s newest players.
Gamers with more than one high definition console should be able to take full advantage of the new Blaze 3-in-1 component cable, with three connectors that enable you to use a single, high quality cable for Xbox 360, PS3 and Nintendo Wii.