The Wave, A Wearable MIDI Music/Sound Controller In The Form of a Ring

Genki Instruments is attempting to create one wearable sound controller ring to rule them all (sorry; had to do it).  The Wave is a MIDI controller housed in a wearable ring that controls sound, allowing you to play and modify sounds in thin air as it’s being made.  Essentially, it allows you to create and perform music in multiple, varied ways and is designed to work with keyboards, guitars, and even multiple music apps, such as Logic. Continue reading “The Wave, A Wearable MIDI Music/Sound Controller In The Form of a Ring”

What’s Another Way to Use the Steam Controller? Using Your Head…

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Well, THIS didn’t take long, did it? The Steam Controller is an interesting looking PC controller (which is why I covered it HERE), but if you want a truly immersive first-person shooting experience and feel like your really in the game, look into attaching a Steam controller to your head.  That’s what Plasma Quark‘s creative proto-VR does, as he’s set the Steam controller’s gyroscopic controls to always-on and attached it to his headphones. You can see a sample of the results in the GIF above, as he’s essentially created a rudimentary head-tracking setup paired with mouse-and-keyboard controls. It might look strange and silly, but also pretty smooth. Continue reading “What’s Another Way to Use the Steam Controller? Using Your Head…”

Designers Are Ditching The Mouse For The “Flow” 3D Motion Touch Controller

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If you’re a designer of nearly ANY trade, then many of you feel that sliders are terrible. You might accidentally move your cursor or element just a little too far to the left; a little too far to the right. Plus, sometimes EVEN THE MOUSE can be frustrating method to control applications like Photoshop, Final Cut, AutoCAD or even Spotify. However, this new input device from Senic called Flow allows you to play your computer like an instrument, as it offers and relies on infinite dexterity through feeling instead of sight. Continue reading “Designers Are Ditching The Mouse For The “Flow” 3D Motion Touch Controller”

Indoor Farms Vampiric Vacuum Steam Controls TripleMania – WIRed #69

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Welcome to Episode 69 of PractitioNERD WIRed, in which we lay the nitty-gritty, nerdy-geeky on indoor gardens in Japan, a vacuum used to suck out blood clots, the details on the Steam Controller, and the grand-papi of them all, TripleMania! Also, a little more slight hatin’ on Columbus Day… Continue reading “Indoor Farms Vampiric Vacuum Steam Controls TripleMania – WIRed #69”

Living Cubes, Digital Dudz, Retro Controllers & D’Lo Brown – WIRed #64

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In this week’s episode of WIRed — coming “live” from Camp Crystal Lake — I talk about maximizing limited living space with the Living Cube, how a guy quit his job at NASA to design techy t-shirts, the return of 8-bit pixels in controller-form, and why D’Lo Brown got me back into wrestling. Continue reading “Living Cubes, Digital Dudz, Retro Controllers & D’Lo Brown – WIRed #64”

Use a Xbox 360 Controller on a PS3? Use a PS3 Controller on a Xbox 360? The Cronus is MADNESS!!

I’ve owned a Nintendo Gamecube for years, and as much fun as I have playing the games (i.e. Eternal Darkness, Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes, The Legend of Zelda: The Windwaker, etc.), I personally cannot stand the Gamecube controller.  While it’s not the worst controller I’ve ever held (I’m looking at you, Atari Jaguar; quit laughing original Xbox “Duke” controller), the button layout is a mess, in my honest opinion.  Thankfully, I have an adapter to use my PlayStation 2 controller (which is perfect; also, in my honest opinion) with my Gamecube, and it’s wonderful.  It’s a little hard to find such a cross-controller-to-console device for the current generation of video game consoles, but now with this adapter from Cronus, you can use your Xbox 360 controller with the PlayStation 3 (or vice-versa; even with the Wii).

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