Green Hisaver power strip saves power by sensing motion

Posted in Power Strips by Conner Flynn on September 26th, 2010

Many of us like to leave our computers running all of the time, but that uses a ton of power. And even if you want the computer on 24/7, there’s no need to have the printer, speakers and other stuff powered on.

A new power strip called the HiSaver makes it easy to save power when you leave the room. The HiSaver Powerbar features a remote motion-detecting sensor that sits on your desk. So when you leave the room for at least ten minutes, four of the outlets turn off automatically to save power.

Wii gets camera motion gaming too

Posted in Wii by Conner Flynn on June 4th, 2009

Wii gets camera motion gaming tooWii can haz Project Natal tu? Yep. But it isn’t coming from Nintendo. The Wii will soon get camera-based, Project Natal-like motion sensing for at least one fitness game. From Ubisoft. It’s called “Your Shape”.

Ubisoft’s version is like a Project Natal Lite. That’s because it’s a game accessory, not a system accessory. It tracks some motion, but not all. In fact, not much. Your body is used more for feedback than game control. Video below.

WSJ confirms Microsoft’s motion-sensing 3D camera for Xbox 360

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on May 12th, 2009

Xbox 360 getting full-body motion control?Craving news about Microsoft’s full body motion control trick? The Wall Street Journal can help. They’ve confirmed that Microsoft is in fact “developing a new videocamera for its Xbox 360 videogame console that will allow players to control games with the movement of their bodies,”.

Unlike Nintendo’s Wii, the Microsoft camera won’t require gamers to “hold any hardware in their hands to control in-game action,”. We may just see it debut at E3.

PlayStation 3 motion-sensing controller at E3?

Posted in PS3 by Conner Flynn on May 1st, 2009

PlayStation 3 motion-sensing controller at E3?Sony’s E3 press event is just over one month away. The rumors are already flying. We told you about PSP’s overhaul, but now Variety is reporting that the PlayStation 3 motion sensing controller will be appearing on stage.

Word is that third-party developers have already been asked to implement the functionality into their upcoming games. You guys interested in the PS-Wii?

Wiimote for Xbox 360 coming this fall, PS3 version next year

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on March 25th, 2009

Wiimote for Xbox 360 coming this fall, PS3 version next yearInitially unveiled back in September of last year, the “Gametrak Freedom” motion controller for Xbox 360 and the PS3 returns after a makeover. It’s currently on display at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco.

It should be available this fall for the Xbox 360, the PS3 version will likely follow next year. The Freedom obviously closely resembles the Nintendo Wii remote. In fact, it just looks like a bad knockoff. It will ship with a USB-port base station connected to two wands that sit on either side of your TV. Unlike the Wii remote, the Freedom won’t require line-of-sight. Instead it will use “ultrasonic 3D positioning” to relay the remote’s position via pulses.

First pics of 360 and PS3 motion controller

Posted in PS3,Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on September 16th, 2008

First pics of 360 and PS3 motion controllerIn2Games, developer of motion sensing gaming technology for the PS3 and Xbox 360, has released the first picture of their 360/PS3 motion controller. The Wii Nunchuck-like Gametrak Freedom is described as, “a remarkable ultrasonic 3D motion sensing technology which delivers performance, control and flexibility far in excess of that offered by existing technologies.”

In other words, they seem to be claiming that it beats a Wii-Mote. The device can be used with the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 consoles, and features “proprietary and cutting-edge patent-pending ultrasonic technology to provide a true motion capture gaming experience. Unlike other motion sensing gaming systems, Gametrak Freedom accurately tracks the true 3D position and precise movements of up to four players, anywhere within a given environment, giving total control and unrivaled game play opportunities.” We’ll see what kind of software shows up for this device. For now the only game to make use of the controller is Squeeballs.

Charging bra: Energy from breast motion

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on June 24th, 2008

Charging bra: Energy from breast motionObjects in motion are great for making energy and since boobs bounce around a fair bit while women are exercising, what better way to charge gadgets. It would probably be made of elastic so that it gets even more motion. That’s great for onlookers and energy.

Then you would want it layered in such a way that you could insert nanowire fabric to generate electricity from motion. A small piston could even be used to get more juice. Sure, there are a bunch of obstacles to overcome, but I think it’s a worthy endeavor as we strive for more energy.

Sony Ericsson F305, all about the games

Posted in Sony Ericsson by Conner Flynn on June 15th, 2008

Sony Ericsson F305, all about the games
Sony Ericsson is launching a new gaming phone named the F305. It’s a quad-band GSM phone with support for EDGE network speeds, Memory Stick Micro slot, 2-inch 176 x 220 display and music playback, a built-in accelerometer for motion controlled games. Comes with Bowling, Bass fishing & Jockey, which all use motion control.

To play, just mimic the actual motion, just like how you use the Wii. I like that the face buttons are all game-oriented. It will be announced on the 17th and should drop in the 3rd quarter of the year.

Wii Knockoff: UltiMotion Swing Zone Sports

Posted in Wii by Conner Flynn on June 11th, 2008

Wii Knockoff: UltiMotion Swing Zone Sports
Were you one of those kids who was forced to play with the far inferior Duplo blocks while all your friends rocked the LEGO world? This is alot like that, only far more embarassing where your friends are concerned. What we have here is a Wii for the insanely cheap, or for those who like to make their kid go to bed crying at night.

UltiMotion Swing Zone Sports is made by Jakks. And priced at just $80. You get a tiny console thing, a motion controller and five plastic accessories for the Wiimote that go with the five games in the console: tennis, bowling, football, baseball and golf. It’s the Fisher-Price of motion-controlled gaming.

Wii-like game stick to be Unveiled this week

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on February 18th, 2008

Wii-like game stick to be Unveiled this week
GestureTek is planning to unveil a prototype “Wii-LIKE GAME STICK” this week at the 2008 Toy Fair in New York. It uses a camera to detect 3D position and motion. With the technology being camera-based, players are able to see their real-time, full-body image on screen as they control 3-D simulations and interact with characters and other objects. Your body motion controls the program, for a more virtual experience.

On a creepy note, GestureTek says that it can even vision-equip dolls, stuffed animals or robots. You know, so they can see everything you are doing…And interact. Interact like a cuddly friend, or interact like Chucky? GestureTek will be working with Sony, Microsoft and Hasbro and their gesture-enabled games will also be featured on Mobile Internet Devices based on the Intel Low Power Chip technology.

[Press Release]