Even if your first car is a gas-guzzling SUV, you can show the world that you mean well with the Q-Car USB 2.0 Flash Drive. The device holds 8GB memory is only 65 x 25mm and weighs 15g. Available in blue only, it carries a price of $49.00. And if you really want to impress, a Racing Car Mouse is also available for plug and play with a price of $14.50 in four different colors.
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Lusting after an Optimus Maximus OLED keyboard? Don’t have the $1600 to drop on such a luxurious - albeit “OMGcooooool” - peripheral, especially when you already have a keyboard that (I’m assuming) works? We just might have found you a happy medium. The Luxeed Dynamic Pixel LCD keyboard retails for a comparatively bargain price of $199.99 (tack on an extra $35 if you need a keypad, though that won’t light up). You won’t get the awesome program-specific key layouts like the Optimus features, but you will get the pretty colors and soft lighting, all of which are programmable with the included software. ThinkGeek is currently the only place in the States that the Luxeed is available, so get those credit cards ready!
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The USB 2.0 4-Port Round Hub not only holds your electronic devices, it rotates to accommodate your flash drive, peripherals, or other gadgets. At a size of 72 x 45 x 45mm and a weight of 65g, the hub supports Windows 2000/XP/Vista, MAC OS X, and Linux. When not in use, the hub can stack to save space. We think that the multi-colored chromatic design makes it fun to play with and we really dig the minute $12.00 price.
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For those who want more color in their lives, Luxeed’s Dynamic Pixel LED Keyboard should do the trick. With 430 LEDs, each key can light up when you press it or you can get a wide variety of lighting settings that can be saved on four preset buttons. The keyboard comes in black or white at a size of 15 x 7.5 x 1-inch and has a standard USB connection. Compatible with Windows XP/Vista, Mac or Linux users can get the keyboard but will have no effects. The Luxeed peripheral will set you back $199.99 and if you want a matching keypad that doesn’t light up, it is an additional $34.99. Frankly, they make us a bit dizzy.
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Hyundai has unveiled a new 3D LCD monitor that utilizes TriDef Technology. The 22-inch W220S appears normal to the naked eye, but add a pair of the nerdy glasses and you get interlaced stereoscopic 3 dimensions. The screen features a a WSXGA+ resolution (1680x1050,) a brightness of 300cd/m², a contrast ratio of 1,000:1, a HDM/DVI-D interface, and 2 built-in 3W speakers. Available so far only in Japan, it carries a price of €590 (~$908.00.)
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If you don’t yet have an optical mouse that you can run on a Starbucks table or your knee, you might consider Belkin’s F5L008 flexible Mouse Storage and Carrier. Use it as a portable mouse pad when you travel, then stash your peripherals and accessories when you are done. The zippered gadget includes a hook for attaching to baggage or backpack. Available in 4 different color combinations, you can find it at the discounted price of only $8.79.
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Check the video above for details on Samsung‘s new 2263DX dual monitor setup. The 2263DX features a large display much like the standard displays computer users interact with every day, but also includes a smaller secondary monitor which is mounted on an arm allowing it to be placed above the main monitor or too either of the sides. This secondary monitor allows for short bits of information to be viewed at a glance. Windows sideshow, email account summaries, web video conferencing and other information that is useful to have displayed at all times are ideal for this monitor as they do not take up valuable working real-estate from the main monitor. The main monitor features standard DVI, VGA, and HDMI connections, but to simplify connection the smaller monitor is connected via USB and contains a miniature USB video card.
The Official Xbox Magazine’s podcast has an interview this week with Harmonix co-founder and president Alex Rigopulos about their upcoming game Rock Band. In the interview he talks about the game bundles, although light on concrete details he does confirm a band-in-a-box bundle that will include a guitar, drum kit and microphone. However, he goes on to say that the PlayStation 3 version will include a wireless guitar controller while the Xbox 360 version will have to include a wired guitar because Microsoft‘s wireless technology is too expensive to make the bundle reasonably priced. Since the 360 also has only two USB ports, the 360 Rock Band bundle will also be packed with a USB hub.
Rigopulos goes on to discuss the game’s career modes a little, saying there will be both solo career mode that progresses in a linear fashion similar to what Guitar Hero players are used to, but they are also including a less linear band career mode. In this mode you traverse to various venues trying to build up your fan base and in some cases return to previously played locations to maintain your fame there. Also it’s worth noting that the solo career mode will not include a bass career track so your options are vocals, guitar and drums in solo career mode. But Rigopulos did reveal that the finale songs for each career path (and therefore likely the difficulty distinctions throughout) will be different for each instrument, and he even said that at this point the drum finale will be The Who’s “Won’t Get Fooled Again.”
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Well lookee here, it seems we were right. If you want the full Rock Band experience, it looks like you WILL be paying almost as much as a new console (well, almost as much as a new Wii at least). Pre-orders for Rock Band have begun to be listed on Amazon.com, and the going rate for the game + microphone, drum set and guitar looks to be $199.99.
Of course, you can always purchase just one or two of the peripherals, and then form a band online. But you don’t want to be that sorry-ass gamer that doesn’t have all the peripherals when your friends come over to jam, now do ya? The solutions, of course, are 4-fold. It looks like it’s either time to 1) start saving, 2) start picking your favorite instrument, 3) start finding some online friends, or 4) start getting rid of some real-world ones.
Rock Band will release for the Xbox 360 and PS3 on 11/20/07.
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Sony today announced their next generation camera peripheral for the PlayStation 3. The new camera has lost the EyeToy moniker and will be known simply as the PlayStation Eye. While the new camera isn’t supporting HD resolutions like previously speculated, the Eye does have an upgraded resolution, supporting 320x240 at up to 120 frames per second and 640x480 at up to 60 frames per second. Optical quality should be vastly better, allowing clearer operation in low light as well as supporting dual zoom settings. Audio also has not been left behind in the update – a new noise-reduction array of four microphones sits atop the Eye, allowing for positional 4-channel audio and voice tracking in the new device. Altogether these improvements should vastly enhance the EyeToy experience. New games like the Eye of Judgement collectible card game will utilize the PlayStation Eye to insert real-time 3-D graphics over the images of the cards the player has. Sony’s semi-official ThreeSpeech blog has a Q&A with more information from Sony, and Famitsu has some screen shots showing the interaction between the PlayStation Eye and the real-world cards from Eye of Judgement, and Sony’s full press release continues below.
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