The market for Android-powered game consoles can seem pretty crazy sometimes, and with the mixed success of devices like the Ouya and Mad Catz’ MOJO, it doesn’t look like any company has the formula nailed down just yet. Google and Amazon are even taking a stab at it with their latest set top boxes, although gaming is not the first priority with either device.
The newest contender in this new market is the ZRRO, which is currently up for funding on Kickstarter. The ZRRO differs from other boxes because it tries to offer a touch screen experience and full compatibility with any and every game available on Google’s Play Store. The device uses a fancy controller that utilizes patented “zTouch” technology; the input device actually tracks where your fingers are hovering over the screen (think Samsung’s S-Pen or Air View) and when you’re actually pressing the screen, which is supposed to allow you to be any Android game on your big screen television.
Although there are options already in existence to run Android on desktops, both natively and within emulators, a new kickstarter project for Console OS promises to bring a native build of Android for the desktop to market that will be easy enough for everyday users to run. If successful, the Console OS team believes this option will be popular in helping consumers tap into the apps they use on their smartphones and tablets while working on their computers.
Not feeling any of the current smartwatches on the market or just satisfied with your basic watch? Glance can turn any watch into a smartwatch. Kiwi Wearables, from up north in Toronto, calls Glance an accessory for your watch. It can receive notifications and be a fitness tracker by counting steps, among other things. It is a piece of aluminum that slides between your current watch and your wrist. The OLED display uses Spritz technology to show notifications a single word at a time rather than in a ticker-like manner. Apparently this makes it much easier to read what Glance is trying to display.
This is a Kickstarter project; therefore, those with interest should definitely consider contributing. As of the time of this post, there are twenty-nine days left in the campaign on Kickstarter. The goal is 150,000 CAD and they currently sit around 10,000 CAD. The pledge that nets you a Glance is 70 CAD or more and it should be sent out by October of this year. And even if you do not have a watch to pair Glance with, Kiwi Wearables intends on having a model with a strap.
Hit the break to see how Glance works and visit Kiwi Wearables’ Kickstarter page.
While this is starting to become a little redundant, the Kickstarter backed console GameStick has yet again been delayed due to “production and logistical” issues. What’s even worse is that now the newly targeted released date of November 15th has the $80 console pitted against Sony’s powerhouse in the PlayStation 4 release. While I don’t think having the device released during the same day as the PS4 will affect its sales whatsoever, keeping the customers who pre-ordered the device constantly in flux isn’t a good idea.
Either way, have you pre-ordered the GameStick? If not, any plans of grabbing it once it’s released?
Carmageddon was a game made in the late 90′s that saw it’s share of banning and censorship around the globe, and in case you were interested, it’s now available on your Android device thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign. This is the game’s first major release since an early 2000′s console port to the Nintendo 64, and for the first day, it’s going to be free. Unfortunately, Google doesn’t allow free apps to turn into paid apps in the Play Store, so after the 24 hours are up, the promo version will be pulled from the store and therefore won’t receive any updates. You can still opt for the paid version or use the demo version afterwards if you want to get updates to the app.
So if you want to test drive the game before you make a full purchase, hit the links after the break to check it out. Don’t wait too long, though.
When we last reported on PlayJam’s Gamestick project, they had started to take pre-orders for the $79 device after their successful Kickstarter campaign. Unfortunately, it appears that success has come at a price as PlayJam has announced they have delayed delivery of the Gamestick until June. PlayJam opened their Kickstarter project in January with a goal of $100,000 to be able to start delivering devices in April. However, they ended up pulling in $650,000 via pledges from around 5,700 backers. The Kickstarter fundraising effort was so successful, PlayJam was able to add a goal to provide a fourth color option for buyers. All of the additional units to be produced have resulted in some changes to production and shipping methods. According to PlayJam,
Fans of the Shadowrun roleplaying game may find themselves spending some considerable time over the next few days watching and watching again a new video of gameplay for the upcoming Shadowrun Returns game. The game combines free form roleplaying with a turn-based combat system to bring the pen and paper game to the digital world. The developers, Harebrained Schemes, raised over $1.8 million via a Kickstarter project to fund development of the title. The video is labeled as Alpha Gameplay Footage and will give potential players an idea of what to expect. An Android tablet version is expected to be released later this year.
The analog-loving Lomography camera company posted its version of Instagram on Kickstarter today. Thankfully, it’s not another app with a ton of retro filters. It’s a 35mm film scanner designed to be used by your Android (or iOS) handset. The Lomography Film Scanner, set to launch March 2013, has several pledge options available but you’ll have to spend at least $50 (at the time of this posting) to grab a hold of a scanner. It will work with a free scanning app that will allows users to share images and edit scans, including animating images into a funky stop-motion movie. A printing option will be available for those interested in a complete boycott of digital media. The printing program will presumably be offered as a mail order option but specific details were not released.
For those of us who shoot film from time to time, this might be a quick and dirty alternative to dragging out the film scanner. It might also be a good option for those wanting to get into film without spending too much on gear. If hipsters have taught us nothing else, it’s that sometimes old crappy antiquated technology can be cool again. Why do you think they still have iPhones?
Well, well. What do we have here? It appears as though an invitation from Pebble has made its way to our inbox, notifying us of an event taking place at CES next week. Chief Executive Officer, Eric Migicovsky, will show off the final version of the long-awaited smartwatch in all of its Kickstarter-backed glory.
If you’re unfamiliar, the Pebble smartwatch managed to set a Kickstarter record last year. While it originally aimed to reach a $100,000 funding goal, the wrist-worn device attracted $10 million from eager backers around the world, leaving the company to deal with massive production demands. The watch connects via Bluetooth to your smartphone to offer notifications for calls and texts, with built-in support for third-party apps like Facebook.
The event kicks off at 9AM PST, and we’ll be there live to bring you the latest. Be sure to stay tuned to our CES 2013 hub as well, where we’ll be serving you up-to-the-second coverage straight from the show floor.
A new entrant in the Android gaming console market emerged today with PlayJam announcing the launch of a Kickstarter campaign to be able to start producing their take on the hardware, the GameStick. PlayJam indicates they are targeting a market price of only $79 for the GameStick. The device is very small, similar to a typical USB flash drive, and will plug directly into a TV’s HDMI slot to provide full 1080p video. Bluetooth is used to connect the GameStick’s controller to the device with PlayJam promising the ability to join other controllers, not limited to PlayJam’s own controllers, for multi-player functionality. When not in use, the “console” part can be stowed inside the controller for easy transport. As far as content, PlayJam indicates they are working with developers of the 700,000 Android games available to identify titles to be included in a customized app store for the device.