As a kid, I remember enjoying a few different types, be they the Tiget handhelds, my brother's Game Gear, or Nintendo's Gameboy, all of which (plus more later) enabled gaming "on the go. Hyperkin is a company that has been working on an emulator that runs Gameboy games, and is dubbed the Smartboy. "Big Deal!", I might hear you say. Well, it might interest you, dear skeptic, to know that this emulator is different from just downloading and running ROMs in two ways.
Developed by Lenovo, and created in collaboration with Vibram, there are a new set of smart shoes that could one day be set to enter the market. Among other things, they'll be able to track both step counting as well as how many calories are burned, allow the user to participate in fitness competitions, custom lighting, and music interaction, and allow users to receive health tips derived from a special insole. Oh, and it also will double as a game controller.
Samsung revealed no too long ago that they were developing a controller specifically for their Gear VR headset. While details about said controller haven't been plentiful, today there seems to be a few images that are apparently of the controller the company is designing for the Virtual Reality headset.
Over the past couple of months, and especially over the last week, there have been rumors that Google was working on a true Android-powered Virtual Reality platform and a standalone headset. Today, as was suggested to happen, Google announced that platform which will be called Daydream.
In other VR news today, word on the virtual street is that Google may be gearing up to release an Android-powered Virtual Reality headset of their own at next week's Google I/O 2016. This wouldn't be a massive surprise or anything if it actually came to pass, since this is the next logical step from Google Cardboard in the world of VR headset evolution. This is especially true with yesterday's news that there is over a million active Gear VR users.
Erik Finman is the person behind a new VR headset that has just launched onto IndieGoGo for additional funding in order to get it manufactured and eventually shipped out to people interested in it. Outside of the Big 3 VR headsets, those being the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and the Samsung Gear VR, there are plenty of other headsets available for folks to try out. However, The Marvel, as this headset is called, actually has a few features that set it apart from the plethora of other headsets out there.
Nvidia has announced that they are offering up an extra peripheral when you purchase a new Shield Android TV, with that extra peripheral coming in the form of a second Shield controller. As you may or may not know, if you buy a Shield Android TV unit, you normally only get one controller.
If you've been following our site for at least a year, then you might remember us talking about the Razer Turret back during CES 2015. Back during that show we sat down with Razer to try out the then new Razer ForgeTV along with a couple of different new Bluetooth peripherals, those being the Sevral Controller and the Turret lapboard and mouse combo. Well after over a year of additional development, the Turret is now finally available for purchase.
Last week Nvidia pushed out their OTA update for the Tegra K1 Shield tablet that featured plenty of bug fixes and optimizations. Today Nvidia has pushed out another update but this time it is for their Nvidia Shield Android TV unit. Sorry, no LTE version of their Shield Tablet update as of yet.
Nvidia has pushed out a new OTA update, that being update 1.2, for their Tegra K1 Shield tablet this afternoon. This update, which is mainly bug fixes and optimizations, bumps the Android version up to 6.0.1 for this particular Shield device. Before anyone asks however, the LTE version's update is still being worked on, so you'll be sticking with Android 5.1.1 for a bit longer.
As we reported last week, the HTC Vive Consumer Edition VR headset bundle went live with pre-orders on February 29th, 2016. One concern that some people has with the possible success of this headset was the pricing, with the pre-order package coming in at $799, which is $200 more than the Oculus Rift.