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Fraunhofer IPMS OLED microdisplay-based eyetracking HMD

For those of you that don’t know what HMD is, it is an acronym for Head Mounted Device. This particular HMD has a microdisplay, like the Lumus PD-20 that we reported on a while ago.

This odd-looking set of eyeglasses that looks like something from an 80s science-fiction film poster is from Fraunhofer IPMS, and it can do eyetracking thanks to its sensors and integrated photodetectors.

The bi-directional microdisplay can be used for augmented reality applications, just like certain apps like Layar. I suppose that the end result of this is some sort of analyzer that gives us an Iron Man point of view. I can live with that.

I must admit that the frame for this HMD looks kind of crude, like it was built by Matrix refugees. If a sleeker, more practical version of this electric monocle could be made, then perhaps we have something that might have practical application in the real world.

So, is this the face of the future? If so, then I don’t see why you can’t put two of these special lenses together and make some augmented reality glasses. Then I suppose we will live in a world where we will never have to ask what anything is, because the augmented reality (AR) glasses will tell us.

Yes, the future looks bright, and I have to wear AR shades.

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Mionix Zibal 60 gaming keyboard

Gamers are an extremely picky lot, that’s for sure. After all, it is human nature to look around us for someone or something to blame before we finally concede our position and say, “Yes, I do have a part to play in the botched event.” Of course, in such a capitalistic society, that has played well in favor of gaming hardware manufacturers since they are able sell more and more kinds of different hardware, even coming up with “Special editions” or particular models to tie in with a game release.

The Mionix Zibal 60 gaming keyboard is one of the more recent gaming peripherals to be released, where it fuses what they tout to be the best keyboard components together alongside great gaming features which will deliver you that edge you have long been seeking for – without giving thought to whether your gaming technique is the right one or not.

The Zibal 60 has been specially engineered with non-tactile, mechanical, black cherry MX switches which will deliver the best feel to every keystroke. Multi-level backlight illumination is thrown into the mix to have it work with half a dozen keys rollover, enabling you to perform up to six simultaneous keystrokes with all keys, making the Zibal 60 a true one of a kind device from the rest of the masses. Apart from its performance features, the Zibal 60 will also deliver smart functions which comprise of a couple of USB 2.0 ports, audio/mic extensions and media control keys to have it integrate fully with your desktop setup.

The Mionix Zibal 60 is currently available for pre-order worldwide, and delivery of the gaming keyboard is scheduled for a June 2011 release for $149.99 a pop, placing it on par with many of the other gaming peripherals (especially keyboards) that we’ve seen in the past.

To recap, a list of the Mionix Zibal 60′s features include :-

  • Black Cherry MX Mechanical key switches
  • Detachable wrist rest
  • Green backlit key illumination
  • Three lighting modes On, Off and WASD
  • Multi-level brightness control
  • Mionix action key to access light/media controls
  • Six key rollover
  • Rage proof durability
  • Connect-through ports for audio/mic
  • Full speed USB 2.0 hub
  • Plug n Play

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Star Trek Interactive Tribbles

Are you a full fledged Trekkie at heart, and want to own all the merchandise possible on your meager wages? The Star Trek Interactive Tribbles might just be the ticket for you this season, as these adorable furry beasties from the final frontier will cost anywhere from $14.99 to $19.99.

Just some background information on Tribbles for those who do not follow the sci-fi series – an enterprising trader named Cyrano Jones in the 23rd century procured an interesting and adorable little creature, where they helped people (at least most humanoids) feel calmer, and were known as tribbles.

These tribbles, however, outdo rabbits when it comes to procreation, and proved to be quite a challenge to contain since they multiply at an incredible pace. We’re talking about filling up a whole cargo hold in just three days! Good to know the one you purchased is “genetically altered” (some say manufactured) to be sterile, and you need not rush to the nearest Ikea store to buy new wardrobes and store these away.

Coming in 12″ and 6″ sizes, they are powered by AA and AAA batteries respectively, making Tribble sounds when jostled. To turn off their sound making ability, just flip a switch and you’re good to go.


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Hands on with the Zhip

I got a chance to try out the Zhip the other day, and I was confused at first. The first thing that confused me was the name, but I found out it was pronounced “zip”.

Its purpose seemed weird to me, because it looked like some weird sort of claw to hold an iPhone/iPod. It’s not like we haven’t seen mobile device holders before, but the Zhip is actually unique.

The Zhip has a retractable cord that is put there for a very good reason. The user can put their mobile device in the claw, and then wind the cord around something that will hold it in place, like the headrest of a car’s front seat.

The Zhip is also good if you want to watch videos on your desk, because there is an extendable desktop stand so you can view things in portrait and landscape modes.

The claw design itself is also interesting, as it can fold up into a flat rectangle about the size of half a deck of cards. The prongs can then unfold on hinges, and there is a spring-loaded action going on to fit your mobile device in place.

You should be able to get it now for about $24.95 at national retail outlets “to be announced soon”. I believe it is only available in one color: clear.

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Hands on with the Zhip

I got a chance to try out the Zhip the other day, and I was confused at first. The first thing that confused me was the name, but I found out it was pronounced “zip”.

Its purpose seemed weird to me, because it looked like some weird sort of claw to hold an iPhone/iPod. It’s not like we haven’t seen mobile device holders before, but the Zhip is actually unique.

The Zhip has a retractable cord that is put there for a very good reason. The user can put their mobile device in the claw, and then wind the cord around something that will hold it in place, like the headrest of a car’s front seat.

The Zhip is also good if you want to watch videos on your desk, because there is an extendable desktop stand so you can view things in portrait and landscape modes.

The claw design itself is also interesting, as it can fold up into a flat rectangle about the size of half a deck of cards. The prongs can then unfold on hinges, and there is a spring-loaded action going on to fit your mobile device in place.

You should be able to get it now for about $24.95 at national retail outlets “to be announced soon”. I believe it is only available in one color: clear.

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