3D Controllers, Entertainment Systems, and More

Every year, Ziff Davis Media holds the DigitalLife consumer event in NYC in the fall. To get a head start, DigitalLife held a press preview at the Roosevelt Hotel tonight, where companies gathered to showcase their latest products. Here’s what I noticed there. Novint Technologies, a developer of commercial touch applications, has created a new kind of 3D touch controller for the consumer market.

The Novint Falcon 3D Controller is basically a robot that provides gamers with interactive touch while playing a video game. I tried out a couple of demos and my fingers could feel the weight of a basketball and the force it took to throw it toward the hoop. It was a bit difficult for me to get the hang of the controller to shoot the ball though. The Falcon’s handle moves left and right and forwards and backwards. Look for it in 2007 with a mass market price of under $100.Polk Audio was also there showcasing its brand new I-Sonic entertainment system. It’s the first audio product to include a digital HD radio tuner, a DVD/CD changer, and XM Satellite Radio capability–all in one. The company explained to me that although it resembles the Bose system, they feel that the I-Sonic is better in that it offers controls at the top in case you lose the wireless remote control.

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It also features 2 auxiliary inputs for an iPod or PC, 30 radio presets, and headphone jack. It will ship in the U.S. in August for $599.I particularly liked the inMotion iM9 portable audio system. It’s powered by an AC adapter or batteries and comes with a retractable dock and a cute backpack to take it along with you. It was a bit heavy when I picked it up though. It charges all iPods and has a composite video outlet for viewing videos from your iPod with video on your TV screen. It retails for $199.95 and is available now. And for all you tech chicas out there, you’ll be interested in LimeLife: a publisher of mobile phone content, games, and applications targeted toward women. LimeLife is working with Time Inc. to deliver women-centric content, such as makeup tips delivered via your cell phone. Some of their products include Word Heaven, a word jumble game and Girls Night Out Solitaire. You can also get a daily dose of horoscope fun or Fashion Graphix: a mobile makeover for your phone with funky wallpapers to match your style. Once you buy and download these applications, they’re yours to keep. Be on the lookout for more applications to be offered soon.Stay tuned for more cool products from my fellow Gearloggers at the DL Press Preview.

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