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Acceleglove offers complex motion control for gaming

Posted in Controllers by Conner Flynn on July 13th, 2009

Acceleglove offers complex motion control for gamingMotion detection is all the rage in the video game industry now. From the Wiimote to the Wii MotionPlus add-on and even the accelerometer in the iPhone. The Acceleglove uses aspects from all to create an awesome gaming glove.

Using the Wiimote, you can make general movements but nothing specific, like finger movements and the like. The Acceleglove puts accelerometers in the fingers of the glove so you can make more complicated hand gestures. It was developed by AthroTronix and at the moment the Acceleglove can only detect some hand motions like say pinching. But the potential is huge.

Xbox 360 getting full-body motion control?

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on May 3rd, 2009

Xbox 360 getting full-body motion control?There’s a reason that Nintendo’s Wii has dominated this generation of consoles. Here’s a hint. It’s the Wii’s motion-sensing capabilities. Microsoft isn’t blind to this fact. And according to the latest rumor, they’re hard at work on a new system that will let you control games not just with a Wiimote, but with your entire body.

This add-on for the Xbox 360 includes a sensor bar that needs no controllers at all. Think about that for a second. You would be free to punch, kick, put some dude in a headlock etc. Sounds like a dream to us, and we have no idea how it would work, but who knows, maybe we will hear about it at E3 in June.

CyWee’s 3D game controller

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on January 8th, 2009

CyWee’s 3D game controllerCywee’s motion controller is basically a 3D USB mouse, with a dual-axis gyroscope. It’s the first game controller to have one, according to the company. It can be used either straight up like a Wiimote or folded into a rough gun/boomerang shape. It’s interesting, that’s for sure and is likely giving the big N some ideas on future Wiimotes.

The controller is dubbed the CYWEE Z. It will be shown off at CES, but it seems that no one is sure whether or not the company’s game console will be there as well. making the trip as well. This might be an interesting one to watch.

Mgestyk Gesture Control System will put your mouse and keyboard out of business

Posted in Computers by Conner Flynn on November 6th, 2008

Mgestyk Technologies wants to bring gesture control to your home PC. They want to do it by using just a 3D camera and proprietary software. The Mgestyk gesture control system is can capture small hand movements and then translate them into commands. The commands can be applied to nearly all windows applications, but more importantly video games. It looks like it works pretty nice, but it looks like there’s some lag. It’s also a bit dorky looking shooting a gun. Pricing is expected to be around $150. No details on availability just yet, but you can sign up on their mailing list to get updates.

Aptus unveils USB motion control games

Posted in USB by Conner Flynn on October 7th, 2008

Aptus unveils USB motion control gamesLast month we told you about Aptus’ new line of Mini-Motion controllers that will be available for different games. Here’s some more info on the games. The games planned are called Cars of Fury, Hoverboard, and Home Run King. Yeah, they don’t sound all that swell. The skateboarding game comes with a miniature skateboard controller; the car game has a USB car; Hoverboard has a hoverboard etc.

They connect to the PC via USB. In the Cars of Fury game, you race the RC cars around the track and try to blow up the other guys. As far as the Hoverboard game, you’ll be racing in power-tunnels at mach speeds and doing tricks. It all sounds very crappy and just as we thought, it would appear that these are just fancy joysticks with little or no motion control.

Finger Skateboards get the Wii treatment

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on September 17th, 2008

Finger Skateboards get the Wii treatmentSo, we all know that motion controls like Nintendo’s Wii are the future of gaming. The Stix controllers even took a stab at it for the PC. Actiga has an interesting take on it (We think) and has announced a new line of Mini-Motion controllers that will be available in different game categories.

USB controllers will be available for Mac and PC, that resemble such things as skateboards, RC Cars, baseball, and a racing vehicle. Each of the controllers connect via USB and will sell for $19.99. It’s unclear if the controller has games built-in or if they are simply controllers to be used with other PC games that already exist. I mean, we’re assuming these aren’t just glorified joysticks.

Stix 200 reviewed: Wiimotes need not fear

Posted in PCs by Conner Flynn on August 31st, 2008

Stix 200 reviewed: Wiimotes need not fearIt’s hard to take the Stix Wiimote knockoff for the PC seriously when it looks the way it does. It’s trying to hard. But the proof is in the play and at least one reviewer failed to shake any fun out of the thing. It’s only a 2D controiller after all.

The Stix 200 may look a lot like Nintendo’s wiimote, but it’s more like “a set of slightly unresponsive, highly inconvenient arrow keys” instead of an awesome motion controller. Like the device itself, the PC games that can be played with it are bad. The 3D-capable Stix 400 controller might do better, but the consensus seems to be that it’s not worth the bother after this review. The reviewer pretty much sums it up by saying, it’s the kind of gift “parents who can’t get their hands on a wii should get their children to make them cry.”


Stix is a Wiimote for the PC

Posted in PCs by Conner Flynn on July 2nd, 2008

Stix is a Wiimote for the PC
So you’ve wanted some motion control on your PC, but so far every mod you’ve attempted fails miserably. The folks at GoLive2 are here to help with Stix, a Wiimote for the PC. No, it won’t sing Mr. Roboto or Come Sail Away, but it will let you have a Wii-like experience on your PC.

It’s launching with a companion website called sphere that has hundreds of “free Web-based games” available, which usually means suckage. The Stix 200 will work with those games while the Stix 400 will apparently work with normal PC games. It will be available in August.