CES 2010: Day 2 Round-Up

It may have gotten off to a dull start thanks to the lacklustre showing from Microsoft, but CES 2010 today threw up some really nice surprises. Keep an eye out for the Light Blue Optic's Light Touch here in today's…

Introducing the GameBone Pro – the oddest iPhone add on yet?


Bored of using the sophisticated touch screen input to play your iPhone or iPod Touch games? Want to use a more traditional D-pad and button setup?

Well, you can with the bizarrely shaped GameBone Pro. It’s basically a SNES control pad, but shaped like a bone. It has dual connectivity – Bluetooth or via the dock connection, a 2000mAh lithium-ion battery and also has built-in speakers, microphone and 3.5mm headphone jack.

These latter inclusions indicate that you should be able to use the GameBone Pro as a Bluetooth handset. If you wanted a bone shaped handset.

The thing that strikes me as the most odd about this device though is that you’ll need two hands to operate it, leaving you exactly zero hands to hold your iPhone. You could balance your very expensive iPhone on your knees I suppose.

Makers of the GameBone Pro, 22Moo, plans to ship the device with a horizontal and vertical stands for your iPhone but this would, in effect, make your iPhone a very small TV in a games based setup.

There is no price as of yet, as 22Moo are leaving pricing suggestions up to the public. It should be out mid September.

(via Kotaku)

Check out our video review of the slightly less weird, but still not entirely conventional Zeemote:

The Wacom Nextbeat wireless controller for DJs


Wacom, best known for its graphics tablets has suddenly and unexpectedly announced that it’s bringing out a completely different bit of hardware – a DJ controller.

The Wacom Nextbeat contains a pair of digital audio players, a mixer, a sampler and some fx units. All you need to add is a phat pair of speakers, and you’ll be cranking out the tunes faster than you can say: “Have you got anything by the Shaman?”

The interesting bit is that the main circular unit and the dials above can actually be removed from the unit while it’s still operating. If you want to go see what it sounds like for your audience then you can do exactly that, while still retaining tight control of your mix.

It’ll be out sometime this summer in Europe and Japan, but there’s no word on how much it’ll cost. Hopefully I’ll be able to get my hands on one – as a bit of an amatueur DJ, I’d love to give this a whirl in front of an audence and see how it compares to other DJ controllers.

Wacom Nextbeat (via Technabob)

Nintendo releases 'Pro' Wii controller


Nintendo’s got a new controller for the Wii, in addition to the Wii Remote/Nunchuk combo and the ‘classic’ controller, used to play retro console games. It’s called the “Pro”.

It rejects some of the differences between the classic controller and most other gamepads, adding back in the ‘legs’ and moving the wire back to the top of the device. The shoulder buttons are also made more accessible, and the whole thing’s put on some weight, too.

Unfortunately, there’s “no plans” for a European release, let alone any pricing. I wouldn’t chuck away your classic controllers just yet.

(via Eurogamer)

Give yourself the best chance in Street Fighter IV with an XCM Dominator Joystick for PS3


If you’ve been trying for 10 years but STILL can’t get your head around the idea of playing Street Fighter using a controller that only has four face buttons, here’s what you need – the XCM Dominator Joystick.

Created in an arcade-friendly, eight-on-the-top layout for maximum Street Fighter compatibility, the stick’s perfect for anyone whose software collection consists almost entirely of games manufactured by Capcom and SNK between the years 1992 and 1998…

NES controller varsity jacket will get you punched in the playground


Would you wear this? Even if it was 1987 and the console was at the height of its powers? No, nor me. You’d get a smack in the face just walking down to the corner shop. But it’d be awesome to wear to a fancy dress party. Wait… how much? $200 (£135)!? You can sod right off, even if it does have a thermal-insulated lining.

80s Tees (via Technabob)

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Peripheral company Nyko bravely waves its Wii Wand in the face of Nintendo's legal team


Is Nyko allowed to do this? Can it really be completely OK for it to make such an inch-perfect clone of Nintendo’s Wii Remote and then sell it to people like it’s its own idea?

Apparently so, as the Nyko Wii Wand was freely displayed above-the-counter at CES 2009, and no police were called to have it seized and taken away. Matching the size, functionality and layout of the standard Wii Remote precisely, Nyko also reckons its offering is better than Nintendo’s, thanks to “Trans-Port technology” – which lets…

VIDEO: Lock and unlock your door with a Nintendo controller

Got an Arduino, a spare CD-ROM drive and an old NES lying around? How do you feel about making yourself a nifty security system out of it?

It’s not as ridiculous as it sounds, and Instructables has the ‘how-to’ guide. You’ll also need a webcam, small speaker, and a bunch of random wiring. Soon, you’ll be foiling would-be intruders with your geek skillz.

Nintendo Keyless Entry System (via CrunchGear)

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