PlayStation 3 owners looking for an way way to enter text without using a full computer keyboard will be interested in Sony’s new wireless keypad, scheduled to hit stores on November 30th for $49.99.
The keypad will feature a full QWERTY keyboard and attach to your PS3 controller in a similar style as Microsoft’s keypad attaches to their Xbox 360 controller only the Sony version will attach above the controller (Microsoft’s connects below).
Looks like Amazon is taking pre-orders now if you’re interested.
If you like like surfing the web from your Nintendo Wii but wish you had a proper keyboard instead of having to hunt and peck words using your Wii Remote and the on-screen keyboard, good news–Logitech has announced a new keyboard for the Wii.
The small keyboard will be wireless and use 2.4GHz technology, giving it a range of up to 30 feet.
No release date just yet but look for it to sell for $49.99 when it hits stores.
For more info check out the product page here.
Similar to the 700MHz auction the FCC held recently, the Canadian government today will begin its own auction for wireless spectrum in the 2GHz range that they’re calling the Advanced Wireless Services spectrum auction.
27 companies are bidding on licenses to operate wireless equipment in different regions. Technologies such as 3G HSPA and 4G WiMAX and LTE (Long Term Evolution) can operate in this band.
The auction could result in a 4th major cellular carrier being created in Canada (currently there are three: Bell, Rogers, and Telus).
For more info check out this press release by Industry Canada.
Okay, this cool. The Pilot View FPV 2400 is a wireless camera system for your really anything but it’s intended for radio control vehicles.
Strap the camera onto your vehicle and using a pair of goggles you can see what the camera sees.
The FPV 2400 has a range of about 1 kilometer (about 0.6 miles) and communicates in the 2.4GHz range.
It’ll set you back $549, but if I were still into R/C I’d be all over it.
For more info check out the product page here or check out this post at Gizmodo to see a video of the system in action. (WARNING: Unless you really, really like the song “Take a Picture” by Filter, you’ll want to turn down or mute your volume.)
If you’ve been going crazy waiting to get your hands on a wireless controller for Rock Band on the Xbox 360, you might want to start checking out your local retailers.
Some Best Buy’s have them on the floor now for $79.99 (though they’re $59.99 on their website…they’ll honor the web in stores price if it does ring up incorrectly) and you may be able to find at other retailers as well.
Remember: This controller will NOT work with Guitar Hero, just the game Rock Band.
T-Mobile has confirmed that it will be carrying cell phones running Google’s new Android operating system later this year, likely making it the first carrier to have Android-based phones.
Joe Sims, vice president and general manager of T-Mobile’s broadband and new business divisions said at the Wireless Innovations 2008 conference that he has already seen prototypes of the company’s Android-based phones.
“I’m impressed,” said Sims. “We will have more than one product…(The move to an open platform) will be innovation across the board, not just one device.”
Now that all of the 700MHz auction have come to an end the FCC is able to announce the winners and their winning bid for each of the blocks.
Block A: 12 MHz bandwidth (698–704 and 728–734 MHz)
No clear winner.
Block B: 12 MHz bandwidth (704–710 and 734–740 MHz)
Big winner: AT&T
Total spent: $6,636,658,000
Block C: 22 MHz bandwidth (746–757 and 776–787 MHz)
Big winner: Verizon Wireless
Total spent: $9,363.160,000
Block D: 10 MHz bandwidth (758–763 and 788–793 MHz)
Big winner: Qualcomm
Total spent: $472,042,000 (reserve not met)
Block E: 6 MHz bandwidth (722–728 MHz)
Big winner: Frontier Wireless
Total spent: $711,871,000
Block C, as you may recall, was the block that Google had bid on but they appeared to be more interested in ensuring that the minimum bid for open access be reached than actually winning the auction, so being outbid was likely their plan all along.
For Block D, the reserve price of $1.33 billion was not met so a new auction for this block will be created to give bidders another shot.
The results above list the big winner and not just block winner because in some cases its not as straight forward and one bidder getting the entire block. For example, Qualcomm also won parts of the B and E block.
If you can’t wait a month to get your hands on the Sony DualShock 3 controller for the Playstation 3 with rumble, Nyko has released their own version.
The Nyko Zero Wireless PS3 controller comes in white, black or silver and features:
- Dual vibration motors for full rumble feedback (in games that support it)
- Up to 25-hours of gameplay on a charge (the NiMH battery is removable)
- Wireless range up to 30-feet
- LED backlit buttons
- Heat-dissipating aluminum panels (I guess to help keep your hands cool?)
Interested? It will set you back $59.99 and is available right now.
For more information check out the product page here.
The US division of i-mate located in Redmond, Washington, had a busy day Friday laying off the entire engineering, QA and tech writing departments (among others).
Chief Software Officer and VP of Sales and Marketing are also both gone, with the sales director set to be promoted to GM of everything.
The problem was difficulty getting their Ultimate line of smartphones into retail in a timely fashion, not to mention trouble hooking up with a US carrier.
i-mate isn’t going away, but they are trimming their US operations to just what they need to keep a web-store open where they’ll be selling unlocked devices directly.