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Thingamagoop: Super Cool Portable Analog Synth

Thingamagoop: Super Cool Portable Analog Synth
While researching the topic of innovative musical devices, I came across the guys at Bleep Labs and their totally wacky Thingamagoop custom synthesizer series. These portable sythesizers generate electronica using a unique control interface: as you move a colorful LED over a photosensor, the sound’s waveform changes.

Box Generates Dance Music With Press of a Button

Box Generates Dance Music With Press of a Button
Australia’s Mungo Enterprises has engineered the “Infinite Horizon“, a concept device capable of programatically generating modern dance/trance music with, literally, the push of a button. Just press the BIG RED BUTTON, and out comes a track. There are a handful of additional controls to influence the direction of tracks, such as when to kick in bass, leads, and chords.
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Playstation Magazine Editor Slams on Playstation 3, Buying Xbox 360

Playstation Magazine Editor Slams on Playstation 3, Buying Xbox 360
Dana Jongewaard, Managing Editor of the Official Playstation Magazine has posted a fascinating story on her blog which sums up the public (negative) sentiment surrounding the forthcoming Sony Playstation 3. She even went so far as titling the article “Why I am buying a 360 this November.”

And You Thought the Xbox was Large…

And You Thought the Xbox was Large…
Gamesradar has done a side-by-side comparison of the Sony Playstation 3 and the Microsoft Xbox 360, using an accurately sized display prop provided by Sony. I’m not sure what the Japanese market will think about this beast, given the past failure of larger consoles in that market.

Sega Genesis Compilation Due on PS2 and Psp

Sega Genesis Compilation Due on PS2 and Psp
SEGA has announce a Fall 2006 release date for their new compilation, the SEGA Genesis Collection. The title will be released for Sony’s Playstation 2 and Playstation Portable systems. The disc will include 30 titles from the Genesis system including classics such as Altered Beast, Sonic The Hedgehog, Shinobi III, Phantasy Star and Golden Axe.

Flight Simulator X Demo Now Available for Download

Flight Simulator X Demo Now Available for Download
Microsoft Games has posted the demo for its much anticipated Flight Simulator X. This version contains major upgrades from past releases including massively improved visuals, a dynamic world with insane amounts of detail, multiplayer skies with real-time online traffic from other flyers and many new planes to fly.

Front Projection in Bright Rooms (Once Again)

Front Projection in Bright Rooms (Once Again)
Reception was lukewarm to last year’s release of Sony’s ChromaVue front projection screen that provided the ability for Sony front projectors to work in brightly-lit rooms. The screens did improve image contrast, but exhibited problems with hotspotting and off axis viewing.

Microsoft Posts Xbox 360 HD DVD Product Page

Microsoft Posts Xbox 360 HD DVD Product Page
Microsoft has just posted the product page for the forthcoming add-on HD DVD drive for the Xbox 360. No new details have been revealed at this point, but here’s hoping it’s an indication that the device is likely to be released soon. The drive is widely anticipated to retail for under $200, which would provide what could be the most cost-effective path to high definition DVD playback.

Microsoft Zune Pricing Details

Microsoft Zune Pricing Details
[UPDATE 9/28/2006: After rumors of a low-ball $229 price, the Zune was officially announced for $249.99 – that’s the real, final MSRP] This Week in Consumer Electronics (TWICE) has learned from several retailers that Microsoft is planning to release their “iPod killer”, Zune digital media player this fall (rumors have it as a November 14th release date) at an MSRP of $299. The players will come in three colors initially and will have a 30GB hard drive and Wi-Fi capabilities.

Pac-Man Now Available on Xbox Live Marketplace

Pac-Man Now Available on Xbox Live Marketplace
Classic arcade games are coming fast and furious on Xbox Live Marketplace, and this week’s release is Namco’s classic Pac-Man. The Xbox 360 version features more than 250 levels, improved graphics, new music and sound effects.

Gyroscopic Tilt Sensing Controller for PS2 and Pc

Gyroscopic Tilt Sensing Controller for PS2 and Pc
In case you’re too impatient to wait for the Nintendo Wii-mote or the Sony PS3 motion sensing controller, peripheral maker eDimensional has announced the upcoming release of its gyroscopic motion sensing controller for the PS2 and PC.

Logitech Wireless Music System With Remote Navigation

Logitech Wireless Music System With Remote Navigation
Logitech has revealed their new Wireless DJ Music System. The compact system is designed to allow you to stream digital music from your PC to your stereo with the unique addition of a wireless remote control navigation system with a familiar click wheel control scheme.

Splinter Cell Double Agent Release Date Announced

Splinter Cell Double Agent Release Date Announced
A official post on the UbiSoft community forums confirms the the anxiously awaited Splinter Cell Double Agent for the Xbox 360 and PC will be released on October 19th, 2006. Also revealed was an Xbox 360 multiplayer demo in the works for the Xbox Live Marketplace, and single/multiplayer demos for the PC both to be available around the end of September or so.

Sony “Pearl” Sxrd Projector Details Start to Emerge

Sony “Pearl” Sxrd Projector Details Start to Emerge
Details in a Japanese press release give insight into a new SXRD front projector from Sony, codenamed “Pearl”. The VPL-VW50 projector will be 1080p native (1920×1080) with a contrast ratio of 5,000:1. The projector features a 200-watt mercury lamp, a low noise fan system claimed to run at just 22dB, a 1.8x

New Sony “Mylo” Wifi Media Player – Should We Care?

New Sony “Mylo” Wifi Media Player – Should We Care?
The new Sony “Mylo” media player supports MPEG-4 video, audio and photos. It also has a built-in wireless connection that supports wireless music streaming to other mylo players and it works as a wireless Skype phone.

PS3 Idiocy Du Jour – Backwards Compatibility Woes

PS3 Idiocy Du Jour – Backwards Compatibility Woes
The folks at TrustedReviews have learned that the Playstation 3 will require a special adapter in order to load saved games from PS1/PS2 memory cards. This quote is pulled directly from Sony’s Website: To use saved data on a PlayStation 2 memory card, you must copy the data onto a virtual memory card within the hard disk.
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