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Have you ever dreamed of moving an object with the power of your mind? Well Mattel’s Mindflex just makes that dream a reality now. You just need to put on a special headset and you’ll be ready to control the action as you never have before – with the power of your mind. By utilizing NeuroSky’s advanced ThinkGear technology, Mindflex reads your brainwave activity with the help of the wireless headset and translates that into action inside the game. The objective you have inside the Mindflex game sounds quite simple, you must navigate the ball through a mind-bending obstacle course as quickly as you can – traveling up and down, but you need to do that by using the power of your thoughts. You can customize the course with nine interchangeable obstacles making it possible to get hundreds of obstacle combinations so will never get boring to play.
But how does this all work? Whenever you concentrate, you generate brainwave activity in your frontal lobes and Mindflex uses a variation of EEG technology to “read” the intensity of these brainwaves via a special sensors positioned on your forehead and ears (inside the headset). These sensors do not generate or interfere with brainwaves, they only read what is already there, so you can be rest assured if you have some worries about possible negative effect. Once the Mindflex headset recognizes your brainwaves, it transmits a signal to a fan within the base of the game and your brainwaves actually control the power of the fan which in turn levitates the ball. The more effectively you concentrate, the stronger the fan blows and the higher the ball floats and by relaxing your mind the fan lowers the airflow, which in turn lowers the ball. Sounds fun and it really is, especially for kids, but is also quite entertaining for adults too.
The price of the Mattel Mindflex Game is currently $79.99 USD.
It seems that Samsung has won the battle in trying to be the first on the market with the new wave of 3D-ready 240Hz LCD HDTVs as the company is already offering a few models for everyone interested, although they will be interesting mostly for early adopters and S3D enthusiasts at this point. Amazon already has a few models from the new C7000 product line of 240Hz LED-based LCD TVs available, these are the 46-Inch Samsung UN46C7000 1080p 240Hz LED HDTV with a price of $2,599.99 USD and the 55-Inch Samsung UN55C7000 1080p 240Hz LED HDTV with a price of $3,299.99 USD. The smallest 40-inch Samsung UN40C7000 still hasn’t been listed, but it will most likely will appear soon with an expected price range of about $1,999.99 USD.
However you should be very well aware of the fact that that these 3D-ready HDTVs from Samsung do not come with shutter glasses bundled, so you’ll have to buy these at a later time when they become available and that is probably about $150 USD additional cost per pair. And if you are wondering where you’ll be getting 3D video content at this time, do not worry that much as these new Samsung TVs should be able to convert 2D videos to 3D, but there are not a lot of details on how this autoconversion is being done. However it is most likely using DDD’s 2D to 3D algorithm that is a also available in their TriDef software for PC as Samsung has licensed it from DDD to feature in their 3D-capable TVs.
The price of the new 3D-ready HDTVs starts at $1,999.99 + about $150 USD per pair of shutter glasses you’ll also need to buy separately.
GIGAPORT HD is not like any other USB audio interface… it’s simply the multichannel playback solution with the best price value ratio on the market due to its unique set of features providing 8 independent outputs (and full 7.1 surround sound support), 2 independent stereo headphone outputs and excellent audio quality supporting up to 24-bit and 96 kHz.
GIGAPORT HD provides ASIO 2.0 and GSIF drivers for professional audio mixing and playback under Windows XP and Windows Vista. The hardware is also CoreAudio compatible and natively works under Mac OS X even without the installation of a special driver. This makes GIGAPORT HD perfect for digital DJs on the road working with notebook computers. Simply use your favorite DJ software and GIGAPORT HD’s eight outputs as up to 4 different stereo channels, enabling you to mix, cue and add effects! Monitor and pre-listen to your signals via the two built-in headphone outputs. GIGAPORT HD of course also works on your desktop computer and is compatible with all important professional audio software applications like Cubase, Sonar or Logic. The hardware also works with consumer programs such as DVD playback software. Even better, it comes bundled with the full version of Cubase LE 4 from Steinberg for both Mac & PC.
Gigaport HD Features:
– 24-bit / 96kHz D/A converter
– 8 independent output channels with RCA connectors
– different playback modes: 44.1kHz with 16-bit and 8 channels, 44.1kHz with 24-bit and 6 channels, 48kHz with 24-bit and 6 channels, 96kHz with 24-bit and 2 channels
– 2 independent stereo headphone outputs: 1st output sends out mixed signal of all playback channels, 2nd output sends out different signal from playback channel 1/2 – perfect for monitoring and to pre-listen to signals
– compatible with Windows XP and Windows Vista supporting ASIO 2.0, WDM, GSIF, MME (using ESI’s EWDM driver technology)
– compatible with Mac OS X and supported by the native CoreAudio USB audio support from Apple, no special driver installation required
– bundled with Cubase LE 4 from Steinberg for Mac & PC
The recommended price of the ESI Gigaport HD is $119 USD.