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Tobii Intros Next-Gen Eye Tracker

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Tobii Intros Next-Gen Eye Tracker

Eye tracking specialist Tobii announces a 2nd generation PC gaming peripheral-- the Tobii Eye Tracker 4C, an update on the previous Eye X model adding simultaneous head tracking.

The result, the company says, is greater levels of control, as the accessory adds an input modality to complement more traditional controllers. Thus customers can pair eye tracking with mouse and keyboard or gamepad controls for a more immersive experience, using their eyes to mimic actions such as looking for cover or aiming at a target.

Tobii claims the upgrade has five "key advancements"-- the aforementioned head tracking, a built-in "EyeChip" reducing CPU load and power consumption from the host PC, smaller and less bright illuminators, an integrated USB 2.0 cord and improved eye tracking quality.

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G.Skill Ships Ripjaws KM570 MX Keyboard

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G.Skill Ships Ripjaws KM570 MX Keyboard

G.Skill announces the Ripjaws KM570 MX-- a "fully customisable, software-less keyboard designed for pure gaming experience," first revealed back at Computex 2016.

Available with a choice of either Cherry MX red, brown or blue switches, the keyboard offers all features demanded by enthusiast customers, such as built-in macro storage, macro recall switch, dedicated media keys and function keys doubling for more via modifier combo. Lighting is also included, if solely in a red colour, but it offers 7 preset patterns and per-key customisation.

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Razer Updates DeathAdder Gaming Mouse

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Razer Updates DeathAdder Gaming Mouse

Razer announces an update of popular DeathAdder gaming mouse from 2006-- the DeathAdder Elite, featuring an upgraded Razer-designed sensor and mechanical mouse switches.

The mouse carries what the company claims is "the world's best optical sensor," the Razer 5G Optical Sensor. It reportedly tracks up to 16000 DPI at 450 IPS, with record resolution accuracy of 99.4%. Meanwhile the mechanical mouse switches come from Omron, and are designed to offer both fast response and a lifetime of 50 million clicks.

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A Wireless Controller for the Apple Anniversary

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A Wireless Controller for the Apple Anniversary

Retro-style controller maker 8bitdo celebrates the 40th anniversary of Apple with a cute accessory-- the AP40, a wireless controller designed to look like the classic rainbow Apple logo.

The controller is compatible with PC, Mac, iOS and Android devices, as well as old game consoles when paired with the company's Retro Receiver adapter. Looks-wise it is similar to the SNES controller, if with the addition of a pair of analogue sticks, and the package comes complete with a little green leaf for plugging into the USB port when not in use and a stand modeled after the Apple II computer.

Speaking of old Apple computers, 8bitdo is also working on a version of the Retro Receiver compatible with the Apple II and IIc, meaning customers will be able to play games on a 1970s computer using a wireless controller modeled after the old Apple logo from 2016. Truly, what a time to be alive.

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Twelve South Redesigns HiRise Stand

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Twelve South Redesigns HiRise Stand

Twelve South announces the HiRise 2-- a revamp of the first HiRise iDevice stand featuring a new design with a heavier body within a smaller overall footprint.

According to the company the increase in weight allows the stand to hold larger devices, such as the 9.7-inch iPad Pro. However it suggests the HiRise 2 is not suitable for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro,  due to the smaller dimensions. Otherwise every other iDevice is fair game, including the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus.

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Logitech Presents K780 Multi-Device Keyboard

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Logitech Presents K780 Multi-Device Keyboard

Logitech announces a desktop keyboard for customers juggling between multiple devices-- the K780, a wireless number with "Easy-Switch" buttons allowing one to easily switch between 3 connected devices.

The keyboard is compatible with Windows, Mac, iOS and Android, and features a full keyboard layout complete with 10-key number pad. An integrated slot with rubber finishings can hold devices ranging from smartphones to the 12-inch iPad Pro at an ideal reading angle.

The 3 Easy-Switch buttons double as the F1-F3 keys via modifier, and have an LED allowing one to check which device the keyboard is currently connected to. Other keys provide useful functions such as Home, Search, Back, App-Switch and Contextual Menus.

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Razer Intros "Mecha-Membrane" Keyboards

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Razer Intros

Razer announces the Ornata line of keyboards featuring what the company calls a "Mecha-Membrane"-- the fusing of a membrane rubber done design with mechanical keyswitches.

The mecha-membrane essentially blends the best of mechanical and laptop-style keyboards, since it provides both soft rubber-dome keys and satisfying clicky presses. Another unique feature is mid-height keycaps for a "comfortable and efficient" typing experience.

“The Razer Mecha-Membrane is the result of years of research and development that we’ve dedicated to build the best keyboards for gamers,” the company says. “When we moved to our own Razer mechanical switches in our production lines, we were excited to learn from real-use scenarios and apply that knowledge to perfect other technologies. The Razer Ornata is a great example of how our engineers can use feedback to innovate something truly amazing for gamers, in this case a solution that melds two seemingly disparate keyboard technologies for a phenomenal experience.”

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USB-C Gets HDMI Mode

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USB-C Gets HDMI Mode

The HDMI Founders announce an HDMI Alternative Mode for the USB Type-C specification, allowing the connection of HDMI-enabled displays to video sources via USB-C, with no need for additional protocols or adapters.

As announcement press release puts it, "this enables two of the most popular solutions for connectivity to come together-- the small form factor, reversible, and multi-purpose USB Type-C connector being adopted by smartphones, tablets and PC products, and HDMI, which is the leading display interface with an installed base of billions of displays."

HDMI Alt Mode includes all HDMI 1.4b features, including video resolutions up to 4K, Audio Return Channel (ARC), 3D, HDMI Ethernet Channel and Consumer Electronic Control (CEC). The HDMI cable uses the USB-C connector on the source side and any HDMI connector on the display side, all without adapters or dongles.

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Smaller iPad Pro Gets Twelve South Cases

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Smaller iPad Pro Gets Twelve South Cases

Twelve South announces versions of the BookBook and SurfacePad covers fitting the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, both featuring leather construction and built-in kickstand for hands-free tablet viewing.

As the name suggests the BookBook has a look reminiscent of a book, specifically one of the vintage variety. Designed for artists, it comes complete with a Pencil holster inside the spine and a kickstand turning the iPad Pro into an easel. The interior is covered in soft microfibre while the hardback covers and reinforced spine provide impact protection.

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