Brass Monkey Raises $750k In Seed Financing, Looks To Turn Android Devices Into A Wii-Type Controller For Browser Games

While using your Android device as a controller is nothing new, Small development company Brass Monkey has just made a potential breakthrough. They developed and released SDKs for Android and iOS devices not too long ago which allowed those devices to act as a remote controller for Flash-based, Unity3D-based and desktop games and apps. There was some understandable excitement generated at the idea of using your device as a sort of Wii-type controller, but there was one problem– there was no support for being able to play games on a web browser until now. Brass Monkey has officially enabled the ability to play games right through your browser.

It works in a pretty straightforward manner too. Using the brilliant mind of Francois Laberge of Emotely, Brass Monkey developed the necessary technology to convert devices into controllers and run games on the browser using HTML5 for both the interface and communication layers (with HTTP and WebSockets). That means Brass Monkey has turned browsers like Safari, Firefox or even Google’s own Chrome into virtual gaming consoles that work with your device and turn it into a controller. Moreover, the same SDKs Brass Monkey released to developers includes the ability to create games similar to those from Wii, Xbox, and PS3 consoles. Pretty neat, isn’t it?

Of course this technology is still quite young and needs to be developed further. Brass Monkey realizes this and has announced it has raised over $750,000 in seed financing from various investors. Also, it’s development efforts have not gone unnoticed. It was after all a finalist in the 2010 MassChallenge which is a competition for networks and startups. CEO Chris Allen is excited about the direction of the company and has since announced an Android version is in the works and will arrive to devices by March, while there is an iOS version out now. How many of you all will be trying out this cool concept? Be sure to sound off in the Comments section below and let us know what you think of the cool technology.

[via Tech Crunch]

SteelSeries Announces Ion, A Bluetooth Gaming Controller You Can Easily Put In Your Pocket

As popular as Android gaming has become, it’s no shock that the company SteelSeries wanted to make a gaming controller that you can comfortably put in your pocket. The new SteelSeries Ion gaming controller is just that. It works off of Bluetooth technology and is no larger than a deck of playing cards (18mm), yet maintains all the functions you would find on a PS3 controller. Sounds pretty cool for the more serious gamers out there, or those who simply don’t like playing with touchscreen controls.
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Google Maps-Based Game Set To Be Launched For Google+ [Video]

What would you say if I told you that you could play a game using Google Maps and Google+? You’d probably call me crazy and think that would be unusual, if not impossible. Well kids, the ability to play a game using both Google Maps and Google+ is now a reality. Let me explain: Google has nonchalantly released a promo video which highlights the ability to “Play your world, like never before” and then leads you to a link to “Start Here“, directing you to other cool videos on how to use Google Maps.

The game is based off a unique technology used by the Google Maps development team. The technology— called WebGL– features a unique 3D engine powering the graphics. What’s special about the technology is it can create 3D web graphics you can see without having to install additional drivers or software.

There’s one other subtle feature as well for this concept as well.  You remember how Google acquired Zagat, but has been mysteriously mum about its intentions since? Well it looks like we now have a hint of Zagat’s integration with Google services. If you look at the demo carefully, you’ll see the ability to earn more points for rolling over Zagat-rated venues and locations. Neat, isn’t it? You can always count on Google to be clever and witty when it comes to their products and services.

Look for the game to come out sometime next month. In the meantime, check out the video below to get an idea of how this cool game works.

 

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[via Mashable]

 

 

 

 

Hands-On With Qualcomm’s GameCommand App (Video)

 

CES is as good a place as any to demonstrate an breakthrough product as you all know. That’s why Qualcomm chose the event to demonstrate its GameCommand app. As we highlighted before, GameCommand is an app that features a library of over 100+ games that are optimized for devices with Snapdragon-based processors. Rob Nazarian went hands-on with the app to get a feel of what it is and its overall uniqueness. Right off the bat, we can see the cool Grouping feature which essentially allows you to group your existing .apk files— specifically games, into one easy to access column for quick viewing and access.

There’s more to GameCommand too. You will also see the Features column which is the main feature of the app: seeing all of the games available in the game pack. Here you will find a nice lineup of available games ready for you to download and play. You can also see nice preview information for each game including pictures and even some video demos of the gameplay. The final piece of the app is the ability to see gaming news from various sources. That means you will be up to date with all of the gaming rumors, news and notes. Moreover, Qualcomm plans to update the feature to include the ability for users to add in their own RSS feeds from their favorite sources. Be sure to check out the video below to get a better understanding of the app and to see it in action.

 

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Hands on with the OnLive gaming service [Video]

We had a chance to sit down with OnLive CEO Steven Perlman. As you know OnLive is a cloud based gaming service that was officially launched about a month ago. It’s basically a Netflix type of service for gaming. You can buy in at a monthly rate of $9.99 a month or purchase individual games for approximately $40+ each. Right now there about 200 games available from every genre. You can play with people all over the world and even watch games in action as they are happening as a spectator. You can quickly and easily save highlights from your games and share the via them and others can rate them.

OnLive works on your tablet, smartphone, Logitech Revue, or the recently released Vizio VAP430. Since it’s cloud based, it always saves your game data so you can seamlessly switch from the TV to your tablet or vice verse. You can even pair the controller with tablets and the USB connector works with the Logitech Revue. The app for the revue just launched, however, you can only use it as a spectator. In the coming weeks an update will take place in which it will give us the ability to play any of the 200+ games.

This is truly an amazing service and I believe it’s the future of gaming. Whether you’re a hardcore or casual gamer, you need to checkout this hands on video presentation by Steven.

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Qualcomm Sets January 10th Date To Launch GameCommand On Android Market

Qualcomm is looking to open up 2012 with a bang. The company has announced this morning they will launch the Snapdragon GameCommand app in the Android Market on January 10, 2012— also known as the opening day of CES (which Talk Android will be at giving you round the clock coverage by the way).

For those of you who don’t know, the GameCommand app is much like Nvidia’s TegraZone, but better. GameCommand will feature more than 100 optimized games for Snapdragon-based phones and tablets. Some of the highlighted games include Fight Game Heroes, Bunny Maze 3D and Desert Winds. Boy oh boy, CES can’t get here soon enough. Hit the break for the full presser from Qualcomm and start salivating over the lineup of sweet games.
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