The Microsoft HoloLens At E3



In the ever-changing technology market, we get used to having the latest and greatest pop up on our screens and then having it fade away to make room for the new version of the latest and greatest. While we looked at the idea of the HoloLens a while back, we haven’t touched on the strides Microsoft has made since then. E3 is the opportune time to throw out some new goodies for the gaming community, and since everyone loves Minecraft, it seemed only natural to put the two together. Especially since Minecraft was purchased last year with this specific project in mind.

Of course, when you see an entire world come into being right before your very eyes, it’s easy to get caught up in how cool the premise is. Don’t be fooled by the way the previous sentence seems, because this device is awesome. The Hololens has the opportunity to be the hot new thing in as we trudge ever-closer to more realistic virtual reality. However, the Microsoft conference may have not shown us the full picture, by showing us what the Hololens can do with a full-on camera fitted with the technology. The real Hololens is going to be a bit bigger than a pair of sunglasses, and is very likely going to have a small field of vision with lots of bugs to work out in the first few years of release.

The release is slated to be sometime this year, and sooner rather than later, but there is no hard date as of yet. As far as price goes, you can imagine that it’s going to cost a good deal more than a console. Of course, this is going to play nicely for more than just games, as they showed off its abilities for school and work life at another Microsoft conference a few months ago. With all this said, it’s a wonder what will happen, as this device is clearly going to be wrestling for prominence with augmented and virtual reality. All we can do is wait it out, and hope that we throw our money in the right direction.

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V-MODA offers first 3D printed personalized wearable technology in the world

A pair of headphones would be pretty much ordinary these days, taking into account the number of portable devices that we own which are able to play back music, with the smartphone being the primary device of choice, while some of us would make use of a tablet to get the job done. However, when it comes to choosing a pair of headphones that will suit your needs (and budget too, of course), it does get a wee bit more tricky than just waltzing into a store and dropping some coin. If you would like to stand out from the crowd, the folks over at V-MODA seem to have something up their sleeves that might just change the industry, where it will be the first 3D printed personalized wearable technology in the world.

The company looks to reinvent itself once again by offering custom 3D printed shields in a wide range of materials including stainless steel, plated, raw and precious metals. Needless to say, when you go up the scale of the material used, so too, will the final sticker price – and if you do not have multiple zeroes in your bank account, perhaps it is time to give it a rethink. ble is now a reality with V-MODA’s new platform.”

The Forg3D materials are inspired and sculpted in V-MODA’s design studio in Milano, as these 3D shields are Made in NYC and the USA. Customers can customize their headphones on the V-MODA website by choosing the base color first, before making a selection of their 3D shield material of choice, prior to settling on a design and monogram or upload their own design. Among the precious metal shields include commissioned works of art, making them the ultimate symbol of bespoke luxury. You can luxuriate yourself in sterling silver, solid 14k gold, 14k rose gold, 14k white gold or platinum to reflect your personal style.

In terms of pricing, Sterling Silver will cost $430 for on-ear, $650 for over-ear shield kits; $620 with XS, $900 with Crossfade M-100, while Solid Gold will go for $4,000-5,500 for on-ear including XS, $9,000-12,800 for over-ear including Crossfade M-100; and last but not least, Platinum would be a wallet busting $12,000-16,000 for on-ear including XS, $27,000-40,000 for over-ear including Crossfade M-100.

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Logitech enhances your driving experience on the PS4

Racing games are fun – and they are even more fun when you duke it out with others in an arcade, with a cockpit and actual gears that can shift, not to mention pedals for your feet to step on. However, when you are at home, the console might offer a visual performance that is on par or even surpass that of older arcades, but it would not be able to deliver the kind of realism that the arcade cockpit can. Logitech intends to change that, albeit in baby steps, with their latest Logitech G29 Driving Force.

Racing wheels for home consoles are definitely nothing new, but this does not mean that we are unable to enjoy something that would up the realism ante. The PS3 and PS4-bound Logitech G29 Driving Force will boast of a dual-motor force feedback transmission alongside anti-backlash helical gearing, a luxurious looking hand-stitched leather-wrapped rim, and stainless steel throttle, brake, and clutch pedals.

Specially engineered with dual-motor force feedback, the Logitech G29 Driving Force is more than capable of realistically simulating the feel of your car with weight shift, realistic road conditions and tire wear, allowing you to sense under- or over-steering, traction loss and others. There are helical gears which have been modeled after the gearing used in car transmissions, letting you enjoy exceptionally smooth, quiet and precise steering action. In addition, anti-backlash hardware would also ensure the wheel and pedal input remain tight, in order to maximize control.

It would be hardy in nature, thanks to the solid steel ball bearings that are located in the wheel shaft, in addition to the stainless steel paddle shifters and pedals. Apart from that, gamers – or should I say, drivers, will enjoy seamless access to racing controls, the D-Pad, console buttons and semi-automatic paddle shifters that are conveniently located on the Logitech G29 Driving Force. There are also LED indicator lights that tell you exactly when to shift, in order for you to maintain maximum acceleration without having to take your eyes off the track.

Expect the Logitech G29 Driving Force to be out later this July 2015 with a recommended retail price of $399.99.

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The Fallout 4 “Pip-Boy Edition” – Pip-Boy Included



This week is the best week ever for gamers. The Electronic Entertainment Expo, better known as E3, is happening right this very second. Tons of exciting titles have been announced such as Shenmue 3, a remake of Final Fantasy 7 (finally), and The Last Guardian (finally…again). Of course, the announcement of Fallout 4 was cause for just as much rejoicing, but Bethesda had something else up their sleeves to make us want to throw more money at the screen.

There’s a Pip-Boy edition of the game coming out, that comes with an actual Pip-Boy! It is a bit large compared to what you might see in the game, but that’s likely due to trying to accommodate for all the people of various sizes that will want this to fit them. Of course, there are foam cuffs to make sure it’s not just hanging awkwardly on your wrist if it’s too big. Rather than just having a light-up screen, this uses your phone which will act as your second screen when playing the game in real-time (through an app of course).

There are foam inserts for various types of smartphones to make sure that your phone isn’t jostled about as you flail your arms whilst playing. The knobs can be rotated and the lights are functional, adding to the awesomeness of the fact that you’ll be able to manage your inventory, perks, holotapes, and more from your wrist. There are other goodies included in this special edition such as a RobCo Industries stand, custom-printed capsule, and of course, the game. This is going to cost you $120, and while it is currently unavailable, it should be up for pre-order for PC, PS4, and Xbox One again before the release on November 10th of this year.

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Ultimate Ears delivers new UE ROLL mobile speaker

When it comes to enjoying music, there are a few ways to do so. You can always relax in the comfort of your own home, where your favorite tunes are being blasted through quality, well-crafted bespoke sound systems that cost a bomb. Others prefer the far more intimate pair of earphones or headphones, as it preserves the peace and harmony around you, while making sure that no one else on the outside would be there to disturb you. Alternatively, how about carrying your music with you, through the use of a mobile speaker? Enter Ultimate Ears with their latest UE ROLL mobile speaker.

The UE ROLL mobile speaker happens to be a waterproof, go everywhere speaker that will hook you up with your music collection. Just like how one should not judge a book by its cover, neither should we judge a speaker by its size – and the UE ROLL might be pint-sized in nature, but this wireless Bluetooth speaker packs quite a punch, making it ready for whatever, wherever, whenever.

Just what kind of performance levels are we looking at where the UE ROLL is concerned? For starters, how about unapologetically awesome 360-degree sound that is not only loud but crisp, accompanied by deep bass that busts out incredible beats? In addition to such a high level of performance, it will also boast of a design that carries the essence of the original UE BOOM, and would fit into any ultra-mobile lifestyle nicely.

It is IPX7 certified, so you need not fret as to how you should bring some sort of waterproof bag when you are out on an adventure, as the UE ROLL will be life resistant, being forged from the toughest, most premium materials, allowing you to dunk it, drop it or toss it anywhere without a care. Out in the US first this month, it will arrive at selected countries over in Europe and Asia next month, with a recommended retail price of $99.99.

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Razer Mamba enters new generation

I suppose you can more or less say that Razer has taken to Apple’s naming convention – by offering the same model name, except that it will be known by the current generation model. Sort of like cars, too. The piece of hardware that I am referring to here this time around would be Razer’s Mamba – it is not the first time that this gaming mouse has graced our pages, and it sure as heck does not look as though it is going to be the last, either. The latest generation Razer Mamba is touted to be the most advanced gaming mouse in the world, which is why we are interested in taking a closer look at it right after the jump.

The all new Razer Mamba is said to come with the world’s most precise gaming mouse sensor (meaning no more excuses if you happen to miss the mark in that FPS, or should you lose an important RTS match because you somehow lacked a platoon of soldiers that were hiding in the corner of the screen, and in the speed of your movement, you missed them), accompanied by the revolutionary Adjustable Click Force Technology, and industry leading gaming grade wired/wireless technology.

Sporting an all new 5G laser sensor, this sensor is capable of tracking up to 16,000 DPI which is optimized for multi-display set-ups with ultra-high display resolutions. Apart from that, it claims to be the most precise in the world, too, as it can track up to 1 DPI increments – now how about that? At the moment, the industry standard stands at 50 DPI increments. It can also track lift-off cut-off distance as precise as 0.1 mm, which will do its bit to reduce on-screen jitter in order for your aim to remain on target even as you move. The 5G laser sensor has also been designed to function as an extension of your natural hand movement.

As for the new Adjustable Click Force Technology, you are free to adjust the level of click force required in order to activate the left and right mouse buttons, and it is also capable of up to 504° turn, assuring users have a total of 14 distinct choices to set their signature click feel for a more personalized gameplay. The all new Razer Mamba will retail for $149.99 Stateside, although it will be more expensive across the pond at €179.99.

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Braven BRV-PRO modular Bluetooth speaker

braven-brv-proWhen it comes to speakers that boast of Bluetooth connectivity, those happen to be dime a dozen these days. It does make sense, actually, to take advantage of this wireless wave as the whole idea of remaining tethered to a particular area because of an audio cable’s length, or power cable, is rather restrictive. Having said that, for something to be portable would also mean that there will be a higher chance of it being knocked over, dropped, or abused – by accident, of course. Braven intends to take up this challenge of delivering quality Bluetooth speakers without having to break the bank in the form of the Braven BRV-PRO module Bluetooth speaker.

What makes the Braven BRV-PRO modular Bluetooth speaker is the fact that this is the first of its kind in the world, being an ultra-rugged speaker that will target the most audacious outdoor enthusiasts without missing a beat.

This is one tough puppy, where it comes in a tank-like make up. Just how tough is this bad boy? Well, for starters, the Braven BRV-PRO will be able to withstand just about all of the most extreme adventures; and yet it carries the power to be able to blast high definition music in any environment; accompanied by the relevant accessories that will allow you to adapt it to your surroundings and activities. This is a true blue modular speaker, that is what it is!

Oh yes, there is also an extended battery pack thrown into the mix that is accompanied by a solar charging panel, an LED glow deck, and a stack plate multiplier. The Braven BRV-PRO offers robust HD sound in an IPX7 waterproof design that has been fortified with aircraft grade aluminum. It can blast music for up to 15 hours, and sports a built-in 2,200mAh rechargeable battery that can also function as a power bank as and when required. Why not fit it with a solar charging panel that would pave the way for virtually endless music and power? Expect the Braven BRV-PRO to retail for $149.99 apiece, where its accessories will cost anywhere from $19.99 to $49.99.

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Vuzix iWear brings immersion to a whole new level

Earlier this year, we were exposed to the all new Vuzix iWear 720 that claimed to come with a slew of features that will change the way we look at mobile entertainment headsets, although no pricing details or availability dates were mentioned. It looks like that is all set to change now, as Vuzix has officially kicked off pre-order sales for their new high-definition iWear video headphones.

This new pair of Vuzix iWear video headphones happen to be the ultimate mobile video entertainment and gaming system – and how is that made possible? For starters, it will play nice with just about any device that is capable of supporting HDMI output. Throw in the likes of integrated motion tracking, OSVR, Unity 3D, and Unreal gaming engine support, in addition to a fast growing list of games and VR title support, and you have got yourself a Virtual Boy on steroids – hopefully it will not take the same route in terms of sales figures though.

As for the hardware that is found on the Vuzix iWear, we are looking at dual HD Displays and revolutionary nano optics that are capable of delivering the equivalent experience of a 130” home television from 10’. Apart from that, the wearer would also be able to play games, interact with apps, and watch 2D, 3D and 360° VR movies. The Vuzix iWear is fully portable and battery-driven, letting you enjoy it in the comfort of your own home, or perhaps to play with it while you are on holiday.

It will support just about any HDMI 2D or 3D video sources that include PCs, game consoles, smartphones, Blu-ray players, and Wi-Fi wireless dongles for direct Internet connection. The iWear will also boast of virtual reality tracking sensors, and it sports optional 3D augmented reality cameras with “point-cloud” tracking capability in order to deliver an exciting AR experience. Your ears will also appreciate the 40mm drivers which happen to be noise isolating in order to deliver a complete high-end audio experience during game play to the user.

A special pre-order price of $449.99 will be applied to the Vuzix iWear, and delivery is set to kick off later this fall.

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BT 100 NC earphones delivers wireless audio in a tough form factor

A pair of earphones might seem to be rather ordinary, but there is more than what meets the eye. In fact, in this day and age, you might want to pick from a wireless model in order to help you out in your listening adventures for one very simple reason – there is no need to remain tethered to a particular device because of the limited length of the earphones. While there are many different wireless earphones and headphones in the market, perhaps being able to pick this one from Phiaton Corporation might be well worth the effort.

Known as the BT 100 NC earphones, this particular model will target those who want uncompromising audio quality with a durability that defies common convention, as it merges the likes of active noise cancellation and wireless technology alongside IPX4-certified water and sweat-resistance, which would do its part in being the ideal audio listening tool for fitness, commuting and outdoor activities.

Sporting a lightweight, ‘around the neck’ design alongside full inline controls which are more than capable of managing the likes of music and calls, users are able to comfortably and conveniently use the BT 100 NC on occasions when they are traveling, exercising or even going about day-to-day activities.

Among the features that make the BT 100 NC earphones stand out from the rest of the crowd include being sweat as well as water resistant, thanks to its IPX4 splash resistance rating that works great in protecting this pair of earphones during heavy workouts or light rains. Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity will also do its bit to improve sound quality and extend battery life, while active noise cancelling technology cancels ambient noise by up to 95%. Throw in aptX technology and you get increased digital streaming efficiency and improved overall dynamic range. Those who are interested will be able to pick up the BT 100 NC earphones in black or white shades for $119 a pop.

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Osmo turns your iPad into a whole new gaming arena


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