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Kisai's Rorschach watch is a test in telling time

"So it's extremely difficult to read the time, but how do you <i>feel</i> about that?" That's the question Kisai is posing with its new Rorschach watch, which puts one of the company's trademark inscrutable watchfaces into the shape of the famous psychiatrist's inkblots. You can choose between three levels …

Making video games feel more real

A San Francisco Bay area start-up is seeking funding to develop technology that could help video game players get a greater physical connection with the virtual world.<p>The Reactive Grip handheld controller mimics the force and resistance of virtual objects in games, using small motors which move …

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Valve's showing its own VR prototype in January, working on a VR Steam overlay

Back in March, Valve's Joe Ludwig mentioned how important the company believes virtual reality tech is but ultimately left us hanging, unable to be more detailed without a firm plan on what it might eventually ship. Next year the blanks will be filled in, as Valve has scheduled two very relevant …

Xbox One controller cost over $100 million to develop, smell-o-vision and built-in projector were considered

While Sony was content to toy with radical designs for the PlayStation 4's controller, it turns out Microsoft took a more conservative approach when building the Xbox One's gamepad. GamesBeat scored a look at the controller creation process and discovered that Redmond was reluctant to tweak the …

Toshiba's new Kira Ultrabook promises 22 hours of use on a single charge

We praised Toshiba's last flagship Ultrabook for its brilliant screen and speedy boot-up time, but the company's newest Kirabook has a notable new feature -- an estimated 22 hours of battery life. Intel's new Haswell chips may have shifted our expectations of what we expect laptops can deliver …