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Time to Kinect

Motion electronics is always intriguing to people and Microsoft has caught on to this with their Kinect; first used with the xbox 360. Up until now that sensor bar has been exclusive to the 360 but they are now opening this technology up to PC! MS has announced the prospective release to be scheduled for sometime later this summer!

As Redmond tells it, this self-publishing will happen "later this summer." Next summer (notice a theme here?), Microsoft is adding support for one of gaming's most pervasive dev toolkits to Kinect for Windows: the Unity engine -- tools developers already know the strengths and weaknesses of, which should bolster the app selection even further. Given that the Xbox One will see Unity support this year, this could mean that cross-platform apps and games are a distinct possibility. Or, maybe we'll get a cool new bank account manager instead.”

Source: Engadget

Google's Loon Circles Earth in 22 Days

Google is putting a lot of faith in balloons to bring internet to the dark parts of the earth that otherwise can't get broadband access. They are doing this with some pretty high-tech balloons, but let's face it - they are still balloons. The good news is that they seem to be successful and in only 22 days Google has managed to circumnavigate the globe with one of these. At this point, Facebooks drones aren't currently flying around and shooting them down though.

Google's earlier design for powering the Loon balloons used a single solar panel mounted flat on top, pointing up at the sun. However, the team discovered that a pair of panels, facing each other diagonally, would actually be more efficient when the balloons were at polar latitudes.

Source: SlashGear

PC Gaming Alive and Well

According to a panel of industry professionals over at PAX East, PC Gaming is not dying and in fact it is still the dominant gaming platform when it comes to serious gaming. This panel talked about quite a few things related to gaming in general, but the conversation kept coming back to the fact that PC Gaming has always had a huge market share and looks to continue to do so for the foreseeable future. The fact is that PC hardware evolves much faster than console hardware and many people love the graphics quality that you can only get from a PC.

Roberts has been making PC games since the 1980s, and in developing his latest title, Star Citizen, he's exploring all platform options. One thing that he says he's been dissatisfied with is anything involving remote video streaming—he says that latency is still an issue that hasn't been overcome, and he can't see it ever working well enough to be truly playable—not for a long time, anyway.

Source: ARSTechnica

Aftershokz @ CES 2013

We met AfterShokz last year at CES and they were bringing to market their first product - the AfterShokz Sport.  Since then they have lauched the Sportz 2 and Sportz M2.  The M2 has a microphone and is still very much a current product for them.  They did announce and have some working samples of the upcoming AfterShokz Bluez.  This is a Bluetooth version that is based off the Sportz M2 and has a microphone, as well as full media player functionality.

Bluez

 

The media player functionality looks a little strained with some of the controls located on the back of the headset and other controls located on each ear(ahem) cheek-piece.  Time will tell how this works in the real world.  Typically, AfterShokz put a fair bit of thought into usage as these are designed to be worn while running and working out.

Shockz

Check out all of our CES coverage here and our galleries over here.

Rosewill @ CES 2014

We had the chance to stop by and see Rosewill at CES 2014 and saw a whole bunch of new products. Rosewill produces a ton of different products and they seem to always be releasing new products so we had a bit of catching up to do.


Rosewill had a whole variety of cases on display and this year they've got some very nice looking aluminum cases that they have just released. Typically aluminum cases cost a fair bit more than steel cases but Rosewill has a couple offerings that won't break the bank and will make it look like you spent a whole lot more than you actually did.


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Rosewill Case Lineup @ CES 2014


Rosewill had quite a few new products on display from their gaming lineup which included gaming keyboards, gaming mice, mousepads, headesets, and pretty much anything else a gamer would need. 


Another interesting product launch from Rosewill is their R-Studio lineup of earbuds. Rosewill has released 3 versions and you can expect to find them ranging from around $39.99 USD (F-340's)-up to $59.99 USD (F-860's). We have seen quite a few earbud offerings at CES 2014 but Rosewill's are some of the more affordable ones we've come across and we look forward to taking a close look at them in the future.


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Rosewill R-Studio E-860, E-550, and E-340 Earbuds

Check out more pictures in the gallery here - as well as more of our CES 2014 coverage here.

 

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