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Fin Turns Your Palm Into Gesture Interface



What’s cool about Fin is that it isn’t just a gesture controller. The ring itself transforms your palm into a gesture interface, so you’ve essentially got a keypad or touchpad, right on your hand. This is made possible by the fact that the tiny device is programmed to recognize each segment of your fingers.

Fin connects to your smartphone, smart TV, car, or home automation system via Bluetooth. It will be able to convert simple hand motions into commands and control values with any connected device.

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Stinky Footboard: Now You Can Play Games on Your PC With Your Foot

Foot Controller

Gaming is about to be revolutionized with the coming of the Oculus Rift and controllers that won’t require you to use your hands when you play anymore. One of these is the Stinky Footboard, which was recently unveiled at PAX East 2013 in Boston. It was designed by Stelulu Technologies’ Stephane Rivard and Luc Levasseur, and it’s aptly but unfortunately called ‘Stinky’ for short.

The Stinky is basically a very sturdy metal D-pad that lets you play your games with your foot.

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This Controller Works for Wii, Wii U and Android

ThinkGeek Pro Controller for Wii and Wii U

ThinkGeek has a multi-function controller for Nintendo’s Wii and Wii U that also works with select Android devices via Bluetooth that’s called the Pro Controller. But the cool thing about the Pro Controller is that it actually combines a Wiimote and Wii Classic Controller into one easy-to-use controller that will make all your Wii gaming experiences as fun as ever.

Not only is the third-party device sturdy and comfortable to hold, but it’s also accurate and pretty darn clever. So all you need to do is flip a switch on the device and the Wii U console will recognize it as a Wiimote, but flip it the other way and it will think it’s a Wii classic controller. And its D-Pad is great for all of your favorite Virtual Console titles, too, making this Pro Controller the one device you’ll want to definitely use over and over again when playing your favorite games on Wii or Wii U. You’ll get non-stop gaming with its rechargeable battery and it also features analog joysticks, triggers, speakers and vibration. When using with Android devices, simply download a Wii Remote app and then pair the controller to your device via Bluetooth. ThinkGeek has this all-in-one Wii Pro Controller for $39.99.

ThinkGeek Pro Controller for Wii and Wii U

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Now This is How Angry Birds Should be Played

Angry Birds Slingshot Controller

I’m sure you’ve tried playing Angry Birds by now, given that it’s one of the most popular games in the industry. If you haven’t, then I bet you’ve probably heard about it and what the game is all about. In case you’ve been living under a rock you haven’t, it’s basically an action game where you use a slingshot to fling angry-looking birds across your screen to bring the green alien pigs down.

Angry Birds is available on a lot of platforms, from the iOS to Android and finally, to the PC. On touchscreen devices, the sling of the slingshot is dragged by the player to aim and send their birds flying, while the mouse does the player’s bidding on the PC. But that’s soon about to change, if you take a hint from Copenhagen-based Hideaki Matsui and Andrew Spitz.

What these guys did was build an awesome ‘Super Angry Birds’ USB controller, which simulates the act of using a real slingshot. The controller detects how much the player pulls the bird back and the angle that they’re tilting the slingshot to fire the bird off in the right direction on the game screen. The duo put the controller together using a hacked motorized fader found in audio mixing consoles and manages the hardware with an Arduino-based micro-controller developed by the Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design. Throw in bits of code programmed in max/MSP and you’ve got Super Angry Birds right there.

Check out a video of the controller in action after the jump.

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Custom Made Steampunk Xbox 360 Controller Up For Auction

By David Ponce

Steampunk is a little played out if you ask us, but the attention to detail that seems to have been put in this creation leaves us impressed nonetheless. MorbidStix have gone to work on an Xbox 360 controller and here are some of the highlights:

    Custom Antique Burl Wood Finish
    Skeleton Key Guild Button
    Custom Sticks
    Real Leather (Soft to the touch and VERY comfortable!)
    Copper Rivet Design
    Custom ABXY buttons for an authentic look and feel!
    Triggers and bumpers are wood finish as well!!!

Of course the price is going to keep all but the most serious steampunk aficionados away, as the Buy It Now price is a cool $1,000.

Hit the jump for a couple more pictures and links.

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Review – New Xbox 360 Controller With Transforming D-Pad

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Every so often, video game companies revamp their controllers. They change the color, add a few dollars to the price, and release them with a moderately sized ad campaign. But, more often than not, the “new” controller offers very little difference and ends up falling flat.

Not too long ago, Microsoft launched the new Xbox 360 controller with the new transforming D-pad and color scheme. The price is on average $64.99 and at first glance you would probably have the same opinion I did, “Fifteen more dollars for a new paint job and a fancy D-pad? Forget about it!” However, upon closer inspection of the packaging, you will discover it comes bundled with a charge and play kit which, is normally priced at $19.99. After finding out about the charge kit I decided why not save five dollars on a battery pack and get a new controller?

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N-Avenger Upgrades Your Xbox 360 Controller

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Though this may kind of look like a space alien upon first glance, this mega controller actually makes access to various buttons easier and faster. Not to mention that it make hair triggers customizable and all of your buttons on the face of the controller.

This is not a whole controller, but an external shell that fits over an existing Xbox 360 gamepad to make things easier on its user. With adjustable levers, you use your middle fingers to control face buttons so you don’t have to rely solely on your thumb and index finger. The Avenger gives you access to all nine functions and can help you become a well-oiled machine of death. It has an introductory price of $39.99, but has a planned increase of going up to 59.99, so if you’re going to get one, the time is now.

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Win A Limited Edition Ferrari Wireless Gamepad For Your PC And PS3!

By Chris Scott Barr

I know what you’re thinking. “Didn’t these guys just start a giveaway on Friday?” Well if you must know, we did. However we’re so excited about getting free stuff into your hands that there’s going to be a new contest running until next Monday. This time we’re giving away a Ferrari Wireless Gamepad 430 Scuderia Limited Edition from Thrustmaster.

Yes, that is quite a mouthful. This controller was inpired by the Ferrari 430 Scuderia, which makes it ideal for racing games, though you need not reserve it for only those titles. Extra features include an optical wheel with auto-centering (for better steering), dual progressive triggers and  fully-customizable buttons. The best part is that this gamepad will work for both the PC and PS3.

The worst part about giving away items like this is that we can’t give them to all of you. Generally there is only one to be had. However, there’s a similar contest running over at GamerFront, also starting today. So if you’re in the US, drop a comment below for a chance to win, then head over there and drop another to double your odds. Good luck!

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