Peripherals: More than Just Games

by Marshal M. Rosenthal

The Electronic Entertainment Expo is huge — like terra-forming a planet huge — and filled with games. But those who look closer into the meeting rooms and side halls and obscure booths bordering the edges of the Exhibition halls won’t be disappointed. Because there’s all kinds of tech and gadgetry that might not be seen if you don’t know to look for it. We do. And did. Here’s a few of what we found…

Cinemizer OLED from Carl Zeiss

Know what stinks most when putting on one of those “immersive” glasses? Headaches from the flicker and the view is kind of washed out anyway. Not so with these guys — OLED optics give a super high-rez look, the screen in front of you seems some 40” wide and you can wear them all day, no problem. Connect them to the HDMI output of a game console, adjust the view for your eyesight and rock out — there’s even earbuds to keep things tidy. But cheap they’re not. So deal.

Monoprice 27” IPS-G Pro LED Monitor WQHD

PC gamers know that just any monitor won’t do it — this baby meets the size requirements, but even more important is speed (6 millisecond gray-to-gray response time), high color and brightness and a sharp picture (as in 2560 x 1140 pixels). Plenty of inputs, a wide viewing angle and a Grade A-1 panel to negate backlight bleed, dead pixels and focus blur at the panel’s edge will do nicely. Also impressive is the sub-$500 price tag that manages to add in stereo speakers.

One screen will do -- stop being a tease, Monoprice

One screen will do — stop being a tease, Monoprice (Photo: Man Cave Daily)

CloudRobot

It’s rock’em, sock’em robots only 21st Century and the next best thing to them fighting on their own. These metal guys stand there and can throw punches when you’ve given the OK for a KO through an Android mobile device. But since you can play against anyone, anywhere through the “Cloud,” who knows where those robots are — Skynet, maybe?

My money is on the guy on the left

My money is on the guy on the left (Photo: Man Cave Daily)

Innex Wireless Hypermode Series Controller: NES/SNES/GENESIS/PC-Mac

So everybody talks about how hard it is to tap your way through games on a touch-screen. That’s why getting back to the basics works best — which means a wireless controller that’s not just for a PC or Mac, but also for retro-gaming (as in NES, SNES and GENESIS 16-bit gaming). Of course that means getting one of those old-school consoles (or the reboot versions now being made), but wireless control now gets into play, thanks to 2.4 GHZ and a receiver using USB.

There's something comforting about an old-school game controller (Photo: Man Cave Daily)

There’s something comforting about an old-school game controller (Photo: Man Cave Daily)

Razer Blade Pro 17-inch Gaming Laptop

You want a portable game console, you really want an aluminum laptop that makes gaming a priority. That’s where this 17” beauty comes in, using solid-state tech to boot up 4X times that of a 5400 hard drive and delivery Dolby audio to match the graphics on the LED screen powered by a 4th Gen Intel Core Processor. Game periphs are built in, like the anti-ghosting backlit keyboard and the adjustable track pad and an overabundance of USB 3.0 ports.

If this doesn't get you to stop complaining about how crappy your PC games play, nothing will

If this doesn’t get you to stop complaining about how crappy your PC games play, nothing will (Photo: Man Cave Daily)

GameStick

There are tons of “Smart TV’ devices out there, but how much better is it that all the electronics are in the handheld game controller so just a dongle needs to go into the HDTV. And instead of reruns of 30 Rock, it’s nothing but tons and tons of Android games to grab onto and save to internal memory or a SD card. Go without Starbucks for a couple of weeks and that’ll do it for buying.

Keep all the electronics in the controller, not the HDMI dongle connected to the HDTV

Keep all the electronics in the controller, not the HDMI dongle connected to the HDTV (Photo: Man Cave Daily)

Sifteo Cubes

Think “Smart Dominoes” if an LCD block that interacts with others of its kind to make graphics and animation leap from one to the other makes sense. Since they can sense each other, the games installed can work with gestures or being shaked or tilted or stacked; the more Cubes the more madness generated (up to 12). Oh of course it’s full color and the screens respond to touch. Comes with three Cubes, the base with speaker and USB port and 4 pr-loaded games to start.

Getting social with Cubes, eh?

Getting social with Cubes, eh? (Photo: Man Cave Daily)


We bet the theme song's playing in your head right now.

We bet the theme song’s playing in your head right now.

Marshal Rosenthal is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer specializing in technology, consumer electronics and pop culture. Visit his website.

Mark Setrakian in exo-suit with training robot used in the time challenge featured in the premiere episode.

Mark Setrakian in exo-suit with training robot used in the time challenge featured in the premiere episode.

Marshal found the sound of the future in Christopher Tyng’s 31st Century Beat and learned how to build his own battle bot when he interviewed Sy-Fy’s Mark Setrakian in Slaughterbots: Roll Out!

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