Does your wrist feel sore after an extended computing session? If so, it's probably a sign that your'e spending too much time on your PC. Or maybe you need a new mouse, one that conforms to your wrist movements rather than the other way around.
That's the general idea behind SmartFish Technologies' new ErgoMotion Mouse. SmartFish is billing this device as the world's first laser mouse to feature a patented swivel mechanism for fluid movement, which supposedly allows the nimble rodent to adapt to the user's hand.
"When using a static mouse, the hand, wrist, and arm are confined to a fixed position that limits natural movements and forces robotic gestures which strains your tendons and ligaments causing pain and discomfort over time," said Dr. Jack Atzmon, President and CEO of SmartFish Technologies. "The ErgoMotion Mouse adapts to your natural movements and provides the most unique and healthy computing experience to date."
The ErgoMotion Mouse doesn't discriminate against left and right handed users, nor does it care if you roll with a Mac or PC. And at $50, it won't obliterate your wallent, at least compared to those high-end mice that approach the three-digit mark. Unlike those other high-priced rodents, however, this one isn't aimed at gamers.
We fell in love with the click action of the Das Keyboard, which is largely attributable to the mechanical keys. A handful of copycats have since released mechanical keyboards of their own, but according to Razer, their new BlackWidow is the first one aimed exclusively at gamers.
"The Razer BlackWidow is the world's first mechanical keyboard that has been engineered from the ground up for gaming," said Robert Krakoff, president, Razer. "Imagine every single key on the keyboard with the precision of a mouse click -- no more pressing of keys without knowing for certain if they have been actuated. Precision clicking coupled with an optimized lighter key actuation force, this changes the way gamers will play from now on."
Razer claims the BlackWidow is three years in the making, with part of that development time put into constructing mechanical keys that won't leave users feeling fatigued after extending typing/gaming sessions.
Other features include fully programmable keys with five additional gaming keys, on-the-fly macro recording, 1000Hz ultrapolling, easy access media keys, and a gaming mode option.
The BlackWidow is available now for $80. There's also an Ultimate edition for $130, which adds individually backlit keys with five levels of lighting, headphone/mic jacks, and an additional USB port.
Bose has gone and released three new in-ear headphones that, while still on the high-side for earbuds, are somewhat reasonably priced. These include the IE2 ($100), MIE2 ($130), and MIE2i ($130).
The IE2 buds are suitable for mobile gadgets, like MP3 players, iPad/iPod, and anything else you use to listen to music on the go. Both the MIE2 and MIE2i are better suited for mobile headsets and come equipped with an in-line microphone and one-touch answer/end button for switching between music and phone calls. The MIE2i, as you might have guessed, is aimed at Apple device owners.
All three models are the first to use Bose's new "StayHear" tips, which Bose claims "fit easily inside the bowl of the ear, while naturally conforming to the upper ridge of the ear."
Look for the IE2 and MIE2 to ship on August 23, 2010, with the MIE2i to follow suit in October, 2010.
Like that scene in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom where the Thuggee high priest, Mola Ram, rips the dude's heart out, Razer has gone in and removed the guts from its Lachesis gaming mouse, only it wasn't as part of any voodoo ritual. Instead, Razer went and equipped the revamped Lachesis with a new 5600dpi, 3.5G laser sensor, as well as a customizable multi-color LED lighting system.
"The all new Razer Lachesis is about giving gamers more personal choice and customizable options," said Robert Krakoff, president, Razer USA. "With a multi-color LED for customizable color and a built-in variable dpi, the Razer Lachesis gives gamers everything they need for this three-year fan favorite."
Other than the upgraded laser sensor and LED light show, the Lachesis is just as you remember it, including the ambidextrous design, nine programmable buttons, and 1000Hz Ultrapolling, among other recycled features.
The rebuilt Lachesis will ship later this month for $80.
As anyone who's been around the electronics scene knows, there's big money to be made in selling cables and other related peripherals with big markups. Apple knows this as well as anyone, and they've gone and set their sights (and their lawyers) on a trio of companies selling knockoff power adapters for MacBooks and MacBook Pros.
Apple has filed a lawsuit against the three companies, identified as Brilliant Store, Sunvalleytek International, and Hootoo.com, according to court filings. All three companies own and operate sites that sell computer parts, accessories, and those pesky adapters Apple claims is a patent violation.
This official MacBook Pro 60W adatper runs $79 on Apple's website.
Is Apple simply protecting its interest, or playing the part of tech bully?
If you've never tried smoked salmon cooked to perfection on a cedar plank, you should, it's delicious (Protip: use only untreated cedar if buying your own planks from the local hardware store). But would the same hold true for a juicy burger grilled on Rude Gameware's new Fierce Teflon & Steel Mouse Surface?
We don't know, but from the looks of things, it can be done. While strangely intriguing, the whole point of the Teflon surface isn't so you can cook up your steaks and burgers on a scratch resistant mousepad, but to show how easily "your mouse will glide like a hot knife through butter!"
Rude Gameware claims their latest pad is the smoothest mousing surface ever, which comes mounted on a non-slip rubberized base. And for $30, the company throws in "some extra Teflon material so you can make your own mouse skates, completely free! Aren't we just the best?"
Microsoft hasn't said anything official as of yet, but it looks like the company is planning to release a version of the Arc mouse with multitouch input. The evidence is extensive and fairly convincing. First, Microsoft has registered the domain "arctouchmouse.com", which currently redirects to Bing. Several European retailers have started listing a "Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse" on their sites. The Redmond mostly software company was also known to be working on multitouch mouse concepts in their research division in 2009.
If this product does exist, what can we expect from it? Windows 7 does have multitouch functionality built right in, but most consumers don't have the hardware to take advantage of it. Even if the Arc Touch is just a PC clone of the Apple Magic Mouse, it will allow PC users a new set of experiences without buying an expensive multitouch PC.
The listings we mentioned earlier are showing the Arc Mouse as selling for about $70. Assuming that is a PC Magic Mouse, would you take a chance at that price point?
Art Lebedev Studio's design team introduced the world to the Optimus Maximus, an OLED keyboard that suffered through nearly as many delays as Duke Nukem: Forever, and for a long while looked as though it was going to suffer the same never-ending fate. But give them credit for finally bringing the Maximus to market when everyone -- including us -- had written the eventual $2,400 plank off as vaporware.
The design team is back at it again, this time drumming up hype for their upcoming Optimus Popularis keyboard. Like the Maximus, this new version replaces standard keys with display-equipped ones, only not OLED this time around. Even still, Art Lebedev Studio says the keys will be full color.
They'll also sport larger displays than the Maximus, measuring 64x64 pixels compared to 48x48 pixels. The plank itself is more compact than the Maximus and doesn't come with a Numpad, but does have a special Fn key in the lower left corner that transforms the right portion of the keyboard into a virtual Numpad when needed.
In a blog post, the developers say the Popularis will ship "at the end of this year / beginning of next year for less than $1,000." Such open-ended release dates make us a bit leery, but without OLED keys, this one has a legitimate shot at shipping on time.
Good news for secret agents and anyone else who has a need to keep their data both portable and secure - Corsair has gone and doubled up the capacity of its Flash Padlock 2 USB thumb drive to 16GB.
Previously only available in 8GB, the Flash Padlock 2 sports a couple of security safeguards, including a user-defined PIN. A user's PIN can range from four to ten digits, while the data inside remains scrambled with 256-bit AES encryption. It should also be noted that the PIN is hardwired to the drive, so there's no special software to install, allowing you to unlock the drive on any USB-equipped PC, be it Windows, OS X, Linux, and even game consoles.
Corsair didn't say when the 16GB version would be available or for how much, though we'd guess it to command around $100. For reference, the 8GB version sells for around $55 street.
When StarCraft II releases to a rabid fan base who have helped make the original one of the most popular games of all time, Razer will be ready and waiting with a handful of StarCraft II themed peripherals, including a mouse (Spectre), keyboard (Marauder), and headset (Banshee).
"We are all huge StarCraft players here at Razer, so we are really excited to give gamers a first glimpse at the StarCraft II gaming peripherals," said Robert 'Razerguy' Krakoff, president, Razer USA. "The peripherals were created with our newly developed APM (Actions-Per-Minute) Lighting System™ and feature a gaming-optimized design inspired by the StarCraft universe to complement the on-screen action."
Hit the jump to see what each one brings to the StarCraft universe.