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PlayStation controls spotted in Android 2.3 SDK

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on December 6th, 2010

Just shortly after Google released the Android 2.3 SDK, developers have already spotted some new code that appears to be related to buttons on Sony’s PlayStation controllers. This discovery corroborates earlier rumors and leaks, including videos and images showing a PlayStation phone with a control configuration similar to the PSP Go.

The new code includes references to the L1, L2, R1 and R2 triggers found on PlayStation controllers, while Google has given generic labels to what looks like the Square, Triangle, X and Circle buttons.

Next Nintendo DS may get tilt controls

Posted in Nintendo DS by Conner Flynn on February 17th, 2010

The DS2 development kit is in the hands of a few select companies, the hardware as well. And according to one developer, Nintendo says that the DS2 was the first version, not the final version, nevertheless he’s impressed. Here’s what he had to say:

It’s genuinely the best thing I think I’ve ever worked with. I can tell you that it’s got a ’tilt’ function that’s not dissimilar to iPhone, but does a lot more. We know that The Pokemon Company are getting special attention with it.

Keyboard with video editing controls

Posted in Keyboards by Conner Flynn on February 14th, 2010

If you are editing videos, you’ll want something that helps you do it quickly and accurately. A real jog/shuttle wheel helps. Especially when it’s built into your keyboard. Of course whatever video editing software you are using has on screen interfaces that do the same things, but you still have to use a mouse and cursor to control them.

The GR100 keyboard adds just such a shuttle wheel so that you can turn to move quickly through a clip, and has an inner dial to locate the exact frame you are searching for. Some buttons around the dial allow shortcuts to other editing functions.

Guy controls canoe with Wiimote

Posted in Wii by Conner Flynn on July 28th, 2008

Canoing is supposed to be about the great outdoors, exercise and relaxation. But for nerds, canoing is like anything else, it needs to be modded for laziness and the end result should be a lot like sitting on the couch and playing a game. Mission accomplished.

This guy made a small electric motor that’s controllable via a Wiimote. The result is that the canoe is steered by finger movement. Sure it would have been cooler to see him control the rowing by wiimote, or have the canoe walk itself into the water, but I’m sure this is just a geek stepping stone to bigger things.

Toshiba Qosmio G55 has visual gesture controls

Posted in Toshiba by Conner Flynn on June 14th, 2008

Toshiba Qosmio G55 has visual gesture controls
Toshiba’s got a new Qosmio. The G55. It should go on sale next month with a price of $1,550. Some specs include an 18.4-inch (1680 x 945) display, Centrino 2 CPU, GeForce 9600M GT, 4GB of RAM, dual drives, and the “Quad Core HD processor”. The interesting thing however is the camera-based visual gesture control system. Seems like they’re taking a page from the Wii playbook.

On one hand it looks a bit frustrating and you need to have steady hands, plus it apparently is hell on the wrists. Then again it could be very useful for a number of applications. Either way, we’re talking about a laptop with motion control. Of course, we want one.