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Jeffrey Baldwin 2017-10-05
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When you think about it, touch is a bizarre sense.

You can measure decibels or lumens, but touch is a subjective sense with subjective descriptions, like rough or squishy or cold.

Embedded in a dome shape are 19 super-sensitive electrodes, over which a skin of silicon is stretched.

So when you press the finger against something, the electrodes measure the changing resistance through the saltwater.

“So if I slide over a textured surface like my suit jacket, you'll see these high frequency oscillations that are essentially the texture that you get,” says SynTouch CEO and co-founder Gerald Loeb.

Now, the reason a tile floor feels colder than carpet isn’t that they’re different temperatures.

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Ronald Evans 2016-09-03
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It can be found in Razer's latest mechanical gaming keyboard, called the Ornata.

Like other mechanical keyboards such as the SteelSeries Apex MX800 and Cherry MX Board 6.0, the Ornata features a low-profile design.

This means that the height of the keys is lower than what you would find on, say, a Corsair K70 or Razer's own BlackWidow X Chroma.

Using the supplied magnetic wrist rest, which is decked in a plush leather material that feels lifted from a sports car's seats, the Ornata feels equally suitable for Overwatch sessions that stretch into the night in addition to bashing out long documents.

Razer says that it gained the know-how needed to develop the switch's components after bringing its manufacturing lines, which were used to create its Green switches, in-house.

Removing one of the Ornata's keycaps reveals a square-shaped plastic-and-metal stem that resembles Logitech's Romer-G switch, which is found in the company's G810 keyboard and also aims for a hybrid membrane-mechanical feel.

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Dave Rogriguez 2017-10-03
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Developer Immersion hopes to bring high-quality touch feedback to more games through a partnership with Unity Technologies’ Unity game engine.

The companies announced the partnership at Unity Austin, Unity’s conference in Texas.

Immersion is a longtime developer and licensor of haptics, or touch feedback such as the sensations you get with a rumble-enabled video game controller.

Game developers can now use Unity to access Immersion’s TouchSense Force Haptic Lab to integrate touch effects into their games built with the Unity engine.

Immersion’s current mission is to give gamers a much more fine-grained sense of touch feedback from their games and controllers, in comparison to the aging Rumble technology.

Immersion’s Haptic Lab enables developers to adopt faster, real-time workflows for designing, testing, feeling and integrating haptics into their games.

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Brandon Gaither 2017-05-08
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p What if you could turn nearly every surface, no matter the size or the shape, into a touchpad?

Or how about a guitar?

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have come up with a low-cost touch-sensing technology called Electrick that, they say, can do just that.

"For the first time, we've been able to take a can of spray paint and put a touch screen on almost anything," Chris Harrison, an assistant professor at the university's Human-Computer Interaction Institute, said in a press release.

It's as simple as adding a conductive coating, such as special paint, to an object and then putting sensing electrodes around the edges of the area you want to make interactive, say the researchers.

You can even add a protective coating.

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0
Milagros Lester 2016-08-07
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It marks a departure from other recent Logitech gaming products: those have been brighter and more outlandish, and they ve also relied on Logitech s own proprietary mechanical switches.

Related: Best mechanical keyboards for gamers

Logitech G610 Orion – Design and Features

The G610 is sold in two variants: one with Cherry MX Red switches and the other with Cherry MX Brown hardware.

The light touch and lack of bump make the Cherry MX Red switch quieter than most, and it feels faster than many others.

Cherry MX Brown switches are far more traditional.

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0
Kenneth Mulcahy 2018-01-08
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Bionic hands are all kinds of awesome, particularly when they can help a person with a physical impairment, such as the loss of a hand to amputation, carry out everyday activities again.

But while bionic hands may be getting more adept as time goes by, they do have one glaring weakness: no sense of touch.

While that might not sound too important for a non-disabled person, it is actually pretty crucial, since the sensory component of touch dictates a lot about how we relate to the world around us.

That’s why a recent project carried out in Rome is so exciting.

A partial amputee named Almerina Mascarello, who lost her left hand in an accident nearly a quarter century ago, was given the world’s first bionic hand with a sense of touch that can be worn outside the laboratory.

The hand is a collaboration between engineers, neuroscientists, surgeons, and electronics and robotics specialists from Italy, Switzerland, and Germany.

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0
Reginald Carson 2017-06-28
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It starts as a series of random grasps — the big, red robot pokes and prods clumsily at objects on the table in front of it.

The process is pretty excruciating to us humans, with around 50,000 grasps unfolding over the course of a month of eight-hour days.

The robot is learning through tactile feedback and trial and error — or, as the Carnegie Mellon computer science team behind the project puts it, it’s learning about the world around it like a baby.

In a paper titled “The Curious Robot: Learning Visual Representations via Physical Interactions,” the team demonstrates how an artificial intelligence can be trained to learn about objects by repeatedly interacting with them.

Towards this goal, we build one of the first systems on a Baxter platform that pushes, pokes, grasps and observes objects in a tabletop environment.”

By the time we arrive at the CMU campus, Baxter has, thankfully, already slogged through the process numerous times.

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Marie Haines 2017-10-19
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Researchers have discovered a way to improve the functionality of robots through a stretchable skin that can cover a machine.

The material measures tactile information with a similar amount of accuracy as human skin, relaying information about vibrations and shear force.

A team of engineers from the University of Washington and UCLA developed the skin at the UW’s Washington nanofabrication Facility.

It’s made from the same silicone rubber found in swimming goggles and embedded with serpentine channels filled with electrically conductive liquid metal.

The robots receive feedback based on the changing amount of electricity flowing through the channels, which alters as the material is stretched and compressed.

“Our electronic skin bulges to one side just like the human finger does and the sensors that measure the shear forces are physically located where the nailbed would be, which results in a sensor that performs with similar performance to human fingers,” said lead study author Jianzhu Yin.

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0
Keith Hake 2017-05-08

He was born with juvenile retinoschisis, an inherited condition that caused his retinas to disintegrate completely by his freshman year of high school.

Unable to play the ball games at which his father and his brothers excelled, he took to climbing after being introduced to it at a summer camp for the blind.

With this technique, he has summited the tallest peaks on all seven continents.

The BrainPort consists of two parts: the band on his brow supports a tiny video camera; connected to this by a cable is a postage-stamp-size white plastic lollipop, which he holds in his mouth.

The camera feed is reduced in resolution to a grid of four hundred gray-scale pixels, transmitted to his tongue via a corresponding grid of four hundred tiny electrodes on the lollipop.

Without the BrainPort, Weihenmayer’s climbing style is inelegant but astonishingly fast—a spidery scramble with arms and feet sweeping like windshield wipers across the wall in front of him in order to feel out the next hold.

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George Mitchell 2016-12-21
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Mechanical keyboards have exploded in popularity recently by offering a blend of typing precision along with a solid, clicking sensation under your fingers and the satisfying sound produced by each key press.

For those in shared environments who want the travel and tactile feel of a mechanical keyboard without all the noise, however, Cherry Americas is set to introduce two silent key switches.

Previously available exclusively on Corsair's Strafe RGB keyboard, the MX Silent switches are now openly available in Black and Red stem varieties with standard and LED-backlit configurations for each.

The switches feature an actuation force of 45cN and less than 5ms bounce along with the company s patent-pending noise reduction feature.

They are said to offer a light linear feel and no pressure point on the red variety — if you bottom out often, you will find reds softer to your liking, since with the non-clicky but still audible brown switches you have to use stronger force 55g to overcome the pressure point.

For those unfamiliar, keyboards using Cherry MX keyswitches make up the majority of the mechanical keyboard market.

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Michael Vaughn 2016-12-29
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In 2016, 21st-century virtual reality really arrived.

From cheap mobile experiences to exuberant desktop machines, if you wanted to dive into a virtual world, there was a way.

With the simple wand-like controllers or joypads, that s pretty hard – you know you re using a controller on the outside rather than your hands on the inside, which drags you out of the moment.

They have buttons joysticks and triggers, but they also track movement in a 3D space – rotational, positional, depth and height – as you might expect.

Then they go one stage further, detecting the very presence of your individual fingers around the controller.

When you lift your thumb, they give you a thumbs up.

collect
0
James Farr 2018-04-27
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They will be equipped with the world’s top camera sensor Sony IMX 380, brand new touch engine, mBack, Premium grade stainless steel body, and Flyme7.0 system.

All of these will bring the consumers to a new level of entertaining experience.

Dual lenses Providing Superior Low Light Photographing Experience

Meizu 15 takes advantage of the world’s top sensor – Sony IMX 380 and greatly improved the picture quality for low light photographing.

In addition to IMX380 sensor, Meizu 15 is equipped with 12M pixel sensor with 1.55μm single pixel size and 1/2.3 inch sensor component.

Also,New features of Meizu15’s front facing 20MP camera include smart beautification, innovative portrait mode which will bring revolutionary experience when you take selfies.

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0
Phillip Willis 2018-04-24
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Braille, the tactile writing system used by people who are visually impaired, helps transform life for people who are unable to see.

It allows them to read information in books and magazines and, thanks to technologies like refreshable braille displays, on computers.

Originated in 1824, the language wasn’t designed for ease of use, but rather around the technological capabilities of the tools of its day.

Entrepreneur Andrew Chepaitis discovered just how difficult braille can be when his grandmother lost her vision and was unable to pick up the new language.

Working with his mother, a student of human factors design, Chepaitis went on to develop a new font which, he claims, is significantly easier to learn.

Rather than taking months at a time to learn, Chepaitis’ ELIA Frames font can reportedly be learned in just a few hours.

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0
Danny Duck 2016-05-25
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Danish gaming peripheral maker SteelSeries has launched what it is calling the world s first modular gaming mouse complete with OLED display, tactile alerts and more.

First unveiled at CES earlier this year, the Rival 700 features a PixArt PMW3360 optical sensor with a CPI counts per inch of 100 to 16,000, an acceleration rating of 50g and a polling rate of 1ms 1,000Hz .

The OLED display operates at 10 frames per second and can be used to track game stats, change profiles, adjust CPI settings and even display custom animations and logos.

There s also tactile feedback, allowing gamers to feel in-game events without impacting precision or accuracy, SteelSeries says.

SteelSeries advertises that the mouse features interchangeable faceplates available in different designs and surfaces.

With regard to the modular faceplates and sensors, we re told that SteelSeries will begin offering these components sometime this summer.

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Kyle Hols 2016-11-01
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If you’re looking to make the leap to a mechanical keyboard this year, or maybe just looking to add to your keyboard stable, check out our list below of the best mechanical keyboards available for 2016.

Here’s a quick table of our top keyboards this year, and below we’ll go into more detail about choosing the best mechanical keyboard for your needs.

With mechanical switches, there’s a large variety of options to choose from so you can find the mechanical switch that fits your needs!

The undisputed best mechanical switch manufacturer is Cherry, which makes Cherry MX switches.

Cherry switches are manufactured in Germany and they’re widely considered the best when it comes to quality and innovation.

The other main form factor we’ll take a look at is the super-compact “60% layout”.

 

Full story at http://gomechanicalkeyboard.com/best-mechanical-keyboards/

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0
Willie Edwards 2016-05-24
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Today, Steelseries is releasing a new mouse that brings an old favorite console feature to the PC for the first time.

I still remember getting the Rumble Pack for my N64 when I was a kid.

It wasn't utilized by every game, but for the first time, I had some sort of tactile feedback from my game.

Suddenly, you feel a soft vibration on your palm, letting you know that it's ready.

You'll also find a fully-customizable OLED screen on the side of the mouse.

This can be used to provide you with stats, to let you know which profile your mouse is in, or just to let everyone know whose mouse it is.

collect
0
Jeffrey Baldwin 2017-10-05
img

When you think about it, touch is a bizarre sense.

You can measure decibels or lumens, but touch is a subjective sense with subjective descriptions, like rough or squishy or cold.

Embedded in a dome shape are 19 super-sensitive electrodes, over which a skin of silicon is stretched.

So when you press the finger against something, the electrodes measure the changing resistance through the saltwater.

“So if I slide over a textured surface like my suit jacket, you'll see these high frequency oscillations that are essentially the texture that you get,” says SynTouch CEO and co-founder Gerald Loeb.

Now, the reason a tile floor feels colder than carpet isn’t that they’re different temperatures.

Dave Rogriguez 2017-10-03
img

Developer Immersion hopes to bring high-quality touch feedback to more games through a partnership with Unity Technologies’ Unity game engine.

The companies announced the partnership at Unity Austin, Unity’s conference in Texas.

Immersion is a longtime developer and licensor of haptics, or touch feedback such as the sensations you get with a rumble-enabled video game controller.

Game developers can now use Unity to access Immersion’s TouchSense Force Haptic Lab to integrate touch effects into their games built with the Unity engine.

Immersion’s current mission is to give gamers a much more fine-grained sense of touch feedback from their games and controllers, in comparison to the aging Rumble technology.

Immersion’s Haptic Lab enables developers to adopt faster, real-time workflows for designing, testing, feeling and integrating haptics into their games.

Milagros Lester 2016-08-07
img

It marks a departure from other recent Logitech gaming products: those have been brighter and more outlandish, and they ve also relied on Logitech s own proprietary mechanical switches.

Related: Best mechanical keyboards for gamers

Logitech G610 Orion – Design and Features

The G610 is sold in two variants: one with Cherry MX Red switches and the other with Cherry MX Brown hardware.

The light touch and lack of bump make the Cherry MX Red switch quieter than most, and it feels faster than many others.

Cherry MX Brown switches are far more traditional.

Reginald Carson 2017-06-28
img

It starts as a series of random grasps — the big, red robot pokes and prods clumsily at objects on the table in front of it.

The process is pretty excruciating to us humans, with around 50,000 grasps unfolding over the course of a month of eight-hour days.

The robot is learning through tactile feedback and trial and error — or, as the Carnegie Mellon computer science team behind the project puts it, it’s learning about the world around it like a baby.

In a paper titled “The Curious Robot: Learning Visual Representations via Physical Interactions,” the team demonstrates how an artificial intelligence can be trained to learn about objects by repeatedly interacting with them.

Towards this goal, we build one of the first systems on a Baxter platform that pushes, pokes, grasps and observes objects in a tabletop environment.”

By the time we arrive at the CMU campus, Baxter has, thankfully, already slogged through the process numerous times.

Keith Hake 2017-05-08

He was born with juvenile retinoschisis, an inherited condition that caused his retinas to disintegrate completely by his freshman year of high school.

Unable to play the ball games at which his father and his brothers excelled, he took to climbing after being introduced to it at a summer camp for the blind.

With this technique, he has summited the tallest peaks on all seven continents.

The BrainPort consists of two parts: the band on his brow supports a tiny video camera; connected to this by a cable is a postage-stamp-size white plastic lollipop, which he holds in his mouth.

The camera feed is reduced in resolution to a grid of four hundred gray-scale pixels, transmitted to his tongue via a corresponding grid of four hundred tiny electrodes on the lollipop.

Without the BrainPort, Weihenmayer’s climbing style is inelegant but astonishingly fast—a spidery scramble with arms and feet sweeping like windshield wipers across the wall in front of him in order to feel out the next hold.

Michael Vaughn 2016-12-29
img

In 2016, 21st-century virtual reality really arrived.

From cheap mobile experiences to exuberant desktop machines, if you wanted to dive into a virtual world, there was a way.

With the simple wand-like controllers or joypads, that s pretty hard – you know you re using a controller on the outside rather than your hands on the inside, which drags you out of the moment.

They have buttons joysticks and triggers, but they also track movement in a 3D space – rotational, positional, depth and height – as you might expect.

Then they go one stage further, detecting the very presence of your individual fingers around the controller.

When you lift your thumb, they give you a thumbs up.

Phillip Willis 2018-04-24
img

Braille, the tactile writing system used by people who are visually impaired, helps transform life for people who are unable to see.

It allows them to read information in books and magazines and, thanks to technologies like refreshable braille displays, on computers.

Originated in 1824, the language wasn’t designed for ease of use, but rather around the technological capabilities of the tools of its day.

Entrepreneur Andrew Chepaitis discovered just how difficult braille can be when his grandmother lost her vision and was unable to pick up the new language.

Working with his mother, a student of human factors design, Chepaitis went on to develop a new font which, he claims, is significantly easier to learn.

Rather than taking months at a time to learn, Chepaitis’ ELIA Frames font can reportedly be learned in just a few hours.

Kyle Hols 2016-11-01
img

If you’re looking to make the leap to a mechanical keyboard this year, or maybe just looking to add to your keyboard stable, check out our list below of the best mechanical keyboards available for 2016.

Here’s a quick table of our top keyboards this year, and below we’ll go into more detail about choosing the best mechanical keyboard for your needs.

With mechanical switches, there’s a large variety of options to choose from so you can find the mechanical switch that fits your needs!

The undisputed best mechanical switch manufacturer is Cherry, which makes Cherry MX switches.

Cherry switches are manufactured in Germany and they’re widely considered the best when it comes to quality and innovation.

The other main form factor we’ll take a look at is the super-compact “60% layout”.

 

Full story at http://gomechanicalkeyboard.com/best-mechanical-keyboards/

Ronald Evans 2016-09-03
img

It can be found in Razer's latest mechanical gaming keyboard, called the Ornata.

Like other mechanical keyboards such as the SteelSeries Apex MX800 and Cherry MX Board 6.0, the Ornata features a low-profile design.

This means that the height of the keys is lower than what you would find on, say, a Corsair K70 or Razer's own BlackWidow X Chroma.

Using the supplied magnetic wrist rest, which is decked in a plush leather material that feels lifted from a sports car's seats, the Ornata feels equally suitable for Overwatch sessions that stretch into the night in addition to bashing out long documents.

Razer says that it gained the know-how needed to develop the switch's components after bringing its manufacturing lines, which were used to create its Green switches, in-house.

Removing one of the Ornata's keycaps reveals a square-shaped plastic-and-metal stem that resembles Logitech's Romer-G switch, which is found in the company's G810 keyboard and also aims for a hybrid membrane-mechanical feel.

Brandon Gaither 2017-05-08
img

p What if you could turn nearly every surface, no matter the size or the shape, into a touchpad?

Or how about a guitar?

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have come up with a low-cost touch-sensing technology called Electrick that, they say, can do just that.

"For the first time, we've been able to take a can of spray paint and put a touch screen on almost anything," Chris Harrison, an assistant professor at the university's Human-Computer Interaction Institute, said in a press release.

It's as simple as adding a conductive coating, such as special paint, to an object and then putting sensing electrodes around the edges of the area you want to make interactive, say the researchers.

You can even add a protective coating.

Kenneth Mulcahy 2018-01-08
img

Bionic hands are all kinds of awesome, particularly when they can help a person with a physical impairment, such as the loss of a hand to amputation, carry out everyday activities again.

But while bionic hands may be getting more adept as time goes by, they do have one glaring weakness: no sense of touch.

While that might not sound too important for a non-disabled person, it is actually pretty crucial, since the sensory component of touch dictates a lot about how we relate to the world around us.

That’s why a recent project carried out in Rome is so exciting.

A partial amputee named Almerina Mascarello, who lost her left hand in an accident nearly a quarter century ago, was given the world’s first bionic hand with a sense of touch that can be worn outside the laboratory.

The hand is a collaboration between engineers, neuroscientists, surgeons, and electronics and robotics specialists from Italy, Switzerland, and Germany.

Marie Haines 2017-10-19
img

Researchers have discovered a way to improve the functionality of robots through a stretchable skin that can cover a machine.

The material measures tactile information with a similar amount of accuracy as human skin, relaying information about vibrations and shear force.

A team of engineers from the University of Washington and UCLA developed the skin at the UW’s Washington nanofabrication Facility.

It’s made from the same silicone rubber found in swimming goggles and embedded with serpentine channels filled with electrically conductive liquid metal.

The robots receive feedback based on the changing amount of electricity flowing through the channels, which alters as the material is stretched and compressed.

“Our electronic skin bulges to one side just like the human finger does and the sensors that measure the shear forces are physically located where the nailbed would be, which results in a sensor that performs with similar performance to human fingers,” said lead study author Jianzhu Yin.

George Mitchell 2016-12-21
img

Mechanical keyboards have exploded in popularity recently by offering a blend of typing precision along with a solid, clicking sensation under your fingers and the satisfying sound produced by each key press.

For those in shared environments who want the travel and tactile feel of a mechanical keyboard without all the noise, however, Cherry Americas is set to introduce two silent key switches.

Previously available exclusively on Corsair's Strafe RGB keyboard, the MX Silent switches are now openly available in Black and Red stem varieties with standard and LED-backlit configurations for each.

The switches feature an actuation force of 45cN and less than 5ms bounce along with the company s patent-pending noise reduction feature.

They are said to offer a light linear feel and no pressure point on the red variety — if you bottom out often, you will find reds softer to your liking, since with the non-clicky but still audible brown switches you have to use stronger force 55g to overcome the pressure point.

For those unfamiliar, keyboards using Cherry MX keyswitches make up the majority of the mechanical keyboard market.

James Farr 2018-04-27
img

They will be equipped with the world’s top camera sensor Sony IMX 380, brand new touch engine, mBack, Premium grade stainless steel body, and Flyme7.0 system.

All of these will bring the consumers to a new level of entertaining experience.

Dual lenses Providing Superior Low Light Photographing Experience

Meizu 15 takes advantage of the world’s top sensor – Sony IMX 380 and greatly improved the picture quality for low light photographing.

In addition to IMX380 sensor, Meizu 15 is equipped with 12M pixel sensor with 1.55μm single pixel size and 1/2.3 inch sensor component.

Also,New features of Meizu15’s front facing 20MP camera include smart beautification, innovative portrait mode which will bring revolutionary experience when you take selfies.

Danny Duck 2016-05-25
img

Danish gaming peripheral maker SteelSeries has launched what it is calling the world s first modular gaming mouse complete with OLED display, tactile alerts and more.

First unveiled at CES earlier this year, the Rival 700 features a PixArt PMW3360 optical sensor with a CPI counts per inch of 100 to 16,000, an acceleration rating of 50g and a polling rate of 1ms 1,000Hz .

The OLED display operates at 10 frames per second and can be used to track game stats, change profiles, adjust CPI settings and even display custom animations and logos.

There s also tactile feedback, allowing gamers to feel in-game events without impacting precision or accuracy, SteelSeries says.

SteelSeries advertises that the mouse features interchangeable faceplates available in different designs and surfaces.

With regard to the modular faceplates and sensors, we re told that SteelSeries will begin offering these components sometime this summer.

Willie Edwards 2016-05-24
img

Today, Steelseries is releasing a new mouse that brings an old favorite console feature to the PC for the first time.

I still remember getting the Rumble Pack for my N64 when I was a kid.

It wasn't utilized by every game, but for the first time, I had some sort of tactile feedback from my game.

Suddenly, you feel a soft vibration on your palm, letting you know that it's ready.

You'll also find a fully-customizable OLED screen on the side of the mouse.

This can be used to provide you with stats, to let you know which profile your mouse is in, or just to let everyone know whose mouse it is.