Xbox Elite Controller: It Does Look Pretty Legit

xbox-elite-2Ah, yes indeed: “an elite controller for the elite gamer”. Microsoft is hurling new developments at the world at this year’s E3 (and at Sony). In doing so, one new addition to the Xbox war chest is the Elite controller: swappable components, stainless steel, four new rear paddle buttons, custom game settings, trigger sensitivity, button mapping, and customizable thumbstick sensitivity — the whole package, really.

Asking price? A elite $149, with support for Windows 10 and Xbox One.

Via: Xbox

Saddleback Simple Backpack Review: In For A Long, Stylish Haul

L1010621There are commuter backpacks, Cordura backpacks, urban backpacks, and then there are leather backpacks. A cow all-leather backpack is the quintessential of a high-end backpack (granted that you’re not a vegan, of course), and it turns out that the crew at Saddleback Leather are masters of the craft.

Based out Texas with a story that is more an epic than the creation of a leather bag company, the medium-sized 14″ Simple Backpack is their lightest offering and is made from just two cuts of leather, folded and sewn to achieve the desired form.

But does it make a good backpack for, say, jaunting around SoHo or doing a photoshoot? Well then…

Oculus Touch: “Natural Input VR Controller” Is A Thing Now

Screen Shot 2015-06-11 at 2.32.59 PMAbove is the Oculus Touch being used in conjunction with the Oculus Rift. 

The primary function of the Touch is to provide a more natural input for playing VR games with the just-finalized VR headset. While it won’t debut in Q1 2016 alongside the Oculus Rift’s consumer launch, the Touch will accompany the company’s catalog later on in 2016.

Some notes on what the two controllers actually are: they have capacitive touch input, gesture recognition, haptic feedback and a set of traditional buttons as well.

In short, you’ll be able to “feel” certain things in the VR space thanks to the Oculus Touch — which will complete the experience. Why can’t this come any sooner?

Via: Oculus

Oculus Will Team Up With Microsoft To Bundle Xbox Controller With The Rift

oculus_stepintotherift1It’s a very interesting partnership and further cements Oculus’ place as the first solid purveyor of VR gaming. The Oculus Rift final consumer model has been unveiled as part of a press conference today, and with it, the consumer bundle. An Oculus Rift kit will include a wireless Xbox One controller, the Rift headset, and a small table-top camera that observes LED markers to track head movements.

Some notes on the new Rift headset: Oculus managed to include a pair of headphones capable of 360 immersion, a low latency tracking system that’s been refined over the course of the past few years, and finally, two OLED screens.

On top of all of that, Rift will work natively with Windows 10 come its launch in Q1 2016.

Via: Oculus

Leica Q Review: Welcome To A Beautiful World Of Photography

_IGP0462Leica cameras have always been paragons of image quality, but to attain such quality was usually a hassle, fraught with sacrificing many modern technologies. The Leica Q essentially brings Leica into the complete 21st century of camera technology, all additional bells and whistles included, rather than sticking to the core “expert photographer” toolbox. Things like an EVF (electronic view finder), touchscreen, WiFi, a companion app and the like.

And of course, being that this is a Leica camera, a full frame sensor and a high price tag are also coming along for the ride. So, how is this ride, exactly? I had a week to find out.

Sony A7R II Is The 4K, Full Frame Monster Of A Camera

sony-a7r-2At the humble price of $3,200 considering the specs, Sony’s A7R II is the camera of dreams. The first camera to sport backside illumination, at a full-frame size 42.4 megapixel sensor. The other first that the A7R II sports is an ISO up to 102,400 and an insane 399 phase detection AF points — this supplements the capture of 4K video using the full width of the sensor, a first for a 35mm-format interchangeable-lens camera. Which of course, is insane.

Oh, and the body is made of magnesium alloy with 5-axis image stabilization. Who said your camera couldn’t have everything?

Via: Sony

Leica Q Announced: A Full-Frame, 24MP Camera With 10FPS Shooting

_IGP0538Today, Leica is unveiling the Q, a full-frame camera with a 24 megapixel sensor, full 1080p HD video recording at 60 fps, shooting at ten frames-per-second, an f1.7/28mm Summilux lens, integrated WiFi and remote shutter control via a dedicated Leica Q app on iOS and Android, an ISO range of up to 50,000, a 3″ 1.04 million-dot LCD screen, and finally, a high-res EVF that has a built-in sensor which automatically switches to the mode when held up to the user’s eye. Built in Germany and using aluminum and leather as build materials, the Q is a quintessential Leica, as well as being a modern camera capable of some serious shooting.

Asking price? $4,250, available starting today. Leica will also be producing a variety of accessories to accompany the Q, including an external grip accessory and a cross-body carrying case.

Press release after the break.

Samsung Unveils It Has Mirror And Transparent OLED Displays

Samsung-Display]-55-inch-Transparent-OLED_1_1Straight from the future, indeed.

Showcased in Hong Kong, Samsung’s new mirror and transparent OLED displays are less a thing of concept and more a preview of the company’s plans to come. The displays are going to be integrated with Intel’s RealSense technology, meaning that the mirror display, for example, can be used as a “virtual fitting room,” made possible by Intel’s own 3D cameras and an “automated library of stored perceptions” — basically, a user can try on clothes, and jewelry before actually trying them on, to see if they fit.

The transparent OLED displays? Well, Samsung has plans for that also: interactive ads, again making use of Intel RealSense technology and gesture control.

It will take Samsung time to bear fruit of this cutting-edge tech, bu tit will happen; after all, this is Samsung we’re talking about here: a paragon of screens across all ranges.

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