Logitech yesterday announced the availability of the BRIDGE developers kit, an SDK intended to assist application developers with the challenge of effectively enabling text entry in virtual reality environments. The kit, designed to work with the HTC Vive, includes a Logitech G gaming keyboard, a Vive Tracker to enable proper keyboard positioning, and associated software. The software interfaces with the HTC Vive Tracker to seamlessly integrate a virtual keyboard (complete with key animations) and the user’s hands into any SteamVR app. “The developer’s application does not need to manage anything; the overlay appears automatically as soon as the associated Vive Tracker is turned on,” explained
Logitech Acquired Saitek For its Future VR Controllers?
Peripherals manufacturer Logitech recently announced the acquisition of Saitek brand and Saitek’s line of controller products. Logitech announced the news in a blog post, calling it an “exciting day for Logitech” and heralding Saitek as the “go-to” source for fans of spacefaring and simulation-style games such as Elite Dangerous, Eve Valkyrie, Star Citizen, Microsoft Flight Simulator and Farm Simulator. Logitech acquired Saitek from Mad Catz for mere $13 million in cash, leaving even more questions about the stability of Saitek’s previous owner, Mad Catz. The future of Saitek’s long-awaited, custom controller for Chris Roberts’ upcoming game, Star Citizen is also in question. In 2007, Mad Catz purchased
ASUS Xonar U7: An Audio Upgrade for All
ASUS is on-point with the Xonar U7 USB sound card.
Futuremark Acquired by Underwriters Laboratories
Futuremark, the world famous and respected benchmarking company has been acquired by world renowned safety certification company Underwriters Laboratories
The Horror of Pepcom
We take a look at Pepcom’s Halloween themed event aimed to update the press and public on products available this holiday season to consumers.
Gigabyte’s Aire M93 Wireless Mouse Works On Any Surface
Gigabyte is well-known for its motherboards, but the manufacturer also makes peripherals like mice and keyboards. Today, the hardware vendor has launched its latest offering in this segment, the Aire M93 Ice wireless mouse. Weird naming convention aside, the mouse is the first to use Gigabyte’s Ice technology, which gives you the ability to use the mouse on any high-gloss surface, including glass, leather, stone, wood, and cloth. Hardware-wise, the mouse features a four-direction tilt wheel, a free scrolling key that lets you navigates websites with ease, customizable buttons, on-the-fly DPI adjustment, and a micro-USB port that allows you to charge the batteries by plugging
Thoughts on Logitech’s Anywhere MX Mouse
What makes this mouse unique is that it has what Logitech calls Darkfield Laser Tracking. This feature enables it to track on glass. How often someone mouses on their windshield is uncertain, however. The mouse is advertised to work anywhere, on anything, and with anything. Anywhere MX works with old and new systems from Windows XP through Vista – if anyone is still using this failed operating system – to Windows 7, 8 and RT. Mac compatibility wasn’t overlooked in the design either. The Unifying receiver connects up to 6 compatible devices. Logitech offers several wireless Unifying mouse choices from $29.99 to the top Performance MX
Logitech ships one billion rats
In a month that we celebrate the 40th birth of computer mice, Logitech announced that the company shipped its billionth mouse. The company was founded in 1981 in Switzerland, shipped its first product in 1985. 23 years later, the company shipped its one billionth el Raton. More interesting number is just how fast the computer industry developed – between 1985 and 1996, Logitech shipped 100 million mice. In 12 years between 1996 and 2008, Logitech shipped another 900 million. Out of these 900 million, roughly 500 million were shipped in the last five years. This number is also a testament at what rate the company
Sad, but true: 91% of European families lead war over the TV remote
I’ve just received news from Logitech – the company published the results of their survey, with quite an interesting topic. As it turns out, it seems that 91% of families in Europe argue about the control of the TV remote. 72% of the people involved in this survey ended in a argument, 12% threw away the remove, and 7% ended up in physical confrontation, most known as “the fight club”. Seeing these results made me laugh, since regardless of where I lived in Europe, that being Zagreb/Sisak in Croatia, Duesseldorf in Germany or London in UK, my friends were always saying that Americans are “couch