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Playbrush Brings Fun to Toothbrushing at Gadget Show Live



Playbrush LogoGood oral hygiene is important for everyone but getting children to brush their teeth can be a bedtime battle. Playbrush should help win the war, bringing fun into the bathroom. I get the toothpaste out with John to find out more about Playbrush and continue coverage of the British Inventors’ Project.

The Playbrush is small bulbous gadget that slips over the handle of a manual toothbrush and turns the toothbrush into a game controller. Communicating via Bluetooth, the toothbrusher plays a game “Utoothia” on their tablet or smartphone, encouraging correct brushing technique and duration. The Playbrush can be shared among a family with game apps supporting up to six people. It’s rechargeable and will last around four-to-six weeks on single charge, depending on use. The games are in both the Apple and Google app stores.

Playbrush with app

Originally a Kickstarter Project, the Playbrush launched back in November and is available now from the Playbrush store for GB£31 (says the store). There’s a bathroom kit for an extra £8 which is a vinyl pocket to hold the smartphone during brushing and keep it toothpaste free. It sticks to tiles or a mirror using suction cups.

I think this is neatly executed idea that’s very affordable, especially as it can be shared with more than one child, though I think Playbrush need a neutral colour that’s not blue or pink!


Rust Now Assigns a Permanent Gender to Characters



Rust logoRust is a survival game on Steam. It is created by Facepunch Studios. The game is currently an early access game and is in active development. A recent update randomly assigns a player a permanent character gender.

Rust is multiplayer game where players attempt to survive through awful conditions “where humanity has been reduced to cavemen”. There are several things that can cause your character to die including falls, prolonged exposure to radiation, starvation, and being killed by another player. That player can then take your stuff. Players can decide if they want to survive by killing the other players or if they want to make friends and band together with other players.

Players cannot, however, choose the gender of their character. When the game first became available, the only option was to play a white, male, character. Later, the game arbitrarily assigned players with unchangeable skin tones and faces. Recently, an update to Rust added female models to the game. As before, the game assigns the character’s gender and appearance. The gender of your character is assigned by your Steam ID.

As you may have expected, this has caused some players to complain because they do not want to play a female character. Some have gone so far as to state that they will quit playing the game if they have to play a female character. Others wanted to play as a female character, but were assigned a male character, and were disappointed. A quick read through the Rust Forums also reveals that there are some players who are very happy to have been assigned a female character (for a variety of reasons).

The Rust blog post about the update includes the following:

We understand this is a sore subject for a lot of people. We understand that you may now be a gender that you don’t identify with in real-life. We understand this causes you distress and makes you not want to play the game anymore. Technically nothing has changed, since half the population was already living with those feelings. The only difference is that whether you feel like this is now decided by your Steam ID instead of your real life gender.

The blog also notes that this is the first pass of an ongoing rework of the player model. This means that “you’re probably not stuck with your new face forever” (as the blog post explains). There is no indication that players will ever be allowed to customize their character themselves, though.


Xbox One Consoles Getting Full Development Kit Support



xbox one controllerDeveloping new games for Microsoft’s Xbox One console is about to get much easier. During today’s Build 16 conference, Microsoft announced it will soon offer a software update that will turn any Xbox One into a full development kit. Previously, dev-ready Xbox Ones were provided on a limited basis. This change will make the full Xbox One development kit available to all Xbox One owners.

This move is taking place as part of Microsoft’s strategy to bring Windows 10 to multiple platforms, including computers, tablets, phones, and Xbox consoles. Dev kits are already made easily available for these other platforms, so it seemed like the right time for the Xbox One to fall in line.

This change should give a real boost to independent game developers. Under the limited distribution system previously offered by Microsoft, some Xbox One developer kits were made available to independent developers. But kits were usually made more readily available to larger AAA-level game developers. Turning all Xbox Ones into dev-ready kits levels the playing field and also opens up the process to hobbyists and others who want to learn more about game development. (It was possible to unlock some of the Xbox One developer kit prior to this update. That process wasn’t officially supported by Microsoft and it didn’t grant access to the full kit.)

The new Xbox One development kit is currently available as a free preview. It will be officially released this summer and will require a $19 fee along with a Microsoft Dev Center account.


BenQ at 2016 CES



Todd CochraneBenQ Zowie interviews Ronald Kim from BenQ. They discuss BenQ’s new line of Zowie line of competitive gaming accessories. BenQ brings in professional gamers to help them validate their gaming accessory designs.

Ron shows three models (they offer a total of seven models) of gaming mice that are specifically designed to give the end user the best possible gaming performance. They include the ZA Series, the EC-A Series, and the FK Series mice. Top-level professional gamers still prefer wired mice over wireless mice for the best possible lag-free performance. BenQ Zowie mice offer the ultimate in adjustable precision.

The mice are all priced at $59.99 each and are available now. The BenQ Zowie mouse pads are priced from $25 to $45 dollars on Amazon.

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dreamGear Retro Arcade Gaming at 2016 CES



DreamGearNakia Mann interviews Oliver Tesoro, product manager for dreamGear, a manufacturer of a variety of video gaming accessories.

They discuss dreamGear’s latest retro plug and play 8-bit and 16-bit retro games that sell at a variety of prices for under $40. Some are designed to look like miniature versions of old-style video arcade games that used to eat quarters.

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View the Future With Vuzix iWear Video Headphones



Vuzix logoVuzix is a leading developer of smart glasses and video eyewear. Their products are designed to let you view the future. They make watching a video, or playing a video game, more portable and exciting than ever before.

Daniel spoke with Director of Consumer Sales for Vuzix, Mike Hallett at CES 2016. They talked about the amazing Vuzix iWear Video Headphones. They come in two versions: an HDMI version and a wireless version.

The newest version is the iWear Wireless Video Headphones. They are the second generation of the iWear Video Headphones that Vuzix released last year. The new version is completely wireless.

Both versions of the iWear Video Headphones offer a virtual, private, personal, home theater that you can take on the road with you. They each give you a virtual 125 inch screen as viewed from 10 feet. They have full 3D capabilities, full headphones, and video. One unique thing about them is that they have been designed so the weight of the product rests on the back of your head (instead of on your face like other products do). This provides users with a more comfortable experience, whether they are using the product to watch a movie or to play a video game.

The iWear Video Headphones are available on the Vuzix website for $499.99. The new version of the iWear Video Headphones will be available in the summer of 2016.

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Fibrum Demonstrates the Next Stage of Virtual Reality at CES 2016



FibrumFibrum an international Virtual Reality company with over 4.3M downloads of its VR apps and games, is presenting its global platform for Virtual Reality where users and developers from all over the world can experience the highest quality of VR content. They will demonstrate the next stage of virtual reality at CES 2016.

Fibrum will showcase its innovative platform, that has the largest number of VR apps available. They have a total of 22 apps in the AppStore, on Google Play and in Windows. These apps allow users to turn their phones into VR devices through Fibrum’s extensive library of mobile VR games and applications that are available for the most popular mobile platforms, and worldwide through the dedicated Fibrum store.

The apps also allow gamers who play PC games to turn any game into an immersive VR experience using Fibrum’s unique streaming capabilities. The apps give global developers the ability to download Fibrums free SDK to create VR games and applications on their own.

Fibrum’s proprietary headset provides exceptional VR content in HD quality and a larger angle of view than its competitors – 110 degrees versus the typical 70 degrees – for superior game play and a truly immersive VR experience. Fibrum’s headsets also have special lenses that allow users with poor eyesight to have a clear picture in virtual reality (from -5 to +5 variance). Users can also play Fibrum’s extensive VR game library with their own headsets as Fibrum’s content is compatible with any other VR headsets.

Visit Fibrum at Booth # 81534 (Eureka Park Marketplace), Sands Hall G at CES 2016.


Unravel is Coming in February of 2016!



Unravel gameRemember the adorable little character named Yarny that was presented onstage at E3 by Martin Sahlin? People fell in love with Yarny and the Unraveled video game that he stars in.

It has been announced that Unravel will be released on February 9, 2016. You can preorder it on PS4 or Xbox One. A new trailer for Unravel has been released to celebrate this announcement.

In this incredibly sweet game players guide Yarny around in order to get him through physics-based puzzles. The story in the game is told without the use of words, which I think is a brilliant idea. That way, the story can be easily grasped no matter what language a person speaks. Yarny is the bond that ties everything together.


MAINGEAR Unveils RUSH – A Grown-Up Gaming Desktop



MAINGEAR RUSHMAINGEAR is an award winning PC system integrator of custom gaming solutions. It has announced the availability of RUSH, an elegantly brutish gaming desktop featuring a tempered glass body, origami wiring, advanced cooling design, and state-of-the-art components.

MAINGEAR’s RUSH showcases the elegant side of gaming desktops through a tempered glass chassis highlighted by ultra-clean lines, expertly crafted wiring, advanced and customizable liquid cooling options, and artistically positioned components. Each RUSH gaming desktop is individually hand assembled.

MAINGEAR RUSH inside

RUSH delivers unmatched performance even under the most stress with EPIC SUPERSTOCK Liquid Cooling. MAINGEAR’s signature cooling system features dual pumps for added reliability, easy to fill extra-large reservoir with a separate backup system reservoir for headache-free maintenance and increased longevity, Rigid PETG Tubing, custom fittings, and premium copper core radiators. To complement the cooling system, RUSH also features Intelligent Airflow Control, which automatically syncs the speed of the fan with the temperature of the motherboard.

RUSH delivers blazing fast speeds with Intel’s Extreme Edition Haswell-E or Skylake processors, pumps out spectacular graphics with up to 3 NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan X or AMD Radeon R9 Fury X GPUs, and supercharges the gaming experience with up to 64GBs of memory, 6 hard drive bays, and NVMe SSDs. In addition, gamers craving more can get the most out of their system with MAINGEAR’s REDLINE, a factory tested overclocking service that safely pushes the system to the maximum.


Vuzix Awarded Eight CES 2016 Innovation Awards



Vuzix iWear WirelessVuzix is a leading supplier of video eyeware and smart glasses products in the consumer, enterprise, and entertainment markets. Vuzix is pleased to announce that it has received eight International CES Innovation 2016 awards.

The awards include a Best of Innovation Awards Honoree for the iWear Wireless Video Headphones (which is a new model in in the iWear line) in the Gaming and Virtual Reality category. The Vuxiz iWear Wireless Video Headphones transport the wearer into another dimension through dual HD Displays that allows them to play games, interact with apps, and watch 2D, 3D and 360° VR movies all streaming directly from the internet.

The smart iWear Wireless runs Android 5.0 and will be compatible with thousands of applications. The iWear Wireless line is completely portable and broadly compatible, connecting with most devices that support Bluetooth and also Wi-Fi networks for near limitless access to content, including wireless streaming from popular cellular phones.

The Vuzix Vidwear B300 and M300 Smart Glasses were also each honored with dual CES Innovation Awards for innovative design and engineering. Vuzix Vidwear B3000 will be one of the world’s first sunglasses with integrated video and AR overlays.

The company’s next generation waveguide based wearable eyewear, the Vuzix M3000 Smart Glasses, takes hands free computing to another level. It has significantly improved display resolution, ergonomics, computing power, and sensor technologies. The see-through waveguide based display engine in the M3000 when connected to the cloud can deliver virtually any information directly to the job site and overlaid on the real world.

You can check out Vuzix’s award winning products, including the iWear Wireless Video headphones, the Vidwear B3000 and M3000 Smart Glasses, at CES 2016. They will be at the Central Hall Booth #14048.