• Karamba Security raises $2.5 million to keep hackers out of connected cars

    Karamba Security raises $2.5 million to keep hackers out of connected cars

    GPS navigation. Entertainment systems that offer streaming music. Bluetooth door locks. As vehicles are increasingly connected to the internet, they also become vulnerable to hacker attacks. Now, a Tel Aviv-based startup called Karamba Security has raised $2.5 million in seed funding to bring cybersecurity solutions to the automotive industry. According to Karamba co-founder David Barzilai… Read More

  • The Avengers: A True Tale Of Bad Customer Service

    The Avengers: A True Tale Of Bad Customer Service

    With all this talk of 360-degree customer service and Zappos ninjas who help babies out of burning buildings while taking orders for clogs, it’s nice to remember that for every heartwarming tale of customer satisfaction there is a dude like Paul Christoforo. The tale begins with a controller accessory. It’s called the Avonger en-kontrol (my misspelling) and it’s some kind… Read More

  • XScorch 360 controller brings a mouse to the Xbox

    Like many FPS gamers of a certain age, I started with the WASD keyboard/mouse control system. As such, I have issues with using a controller to play games on a console, and really wish that someone would come out with a keyboard and mouse control system. There’s been a few that come close, and the Scorch 360 looks like another also-ran. Read More

  • Let's help Infinity Ward, maybe, develop a controller

    Want to help Infinity Ward, developers of Call of Duty 4 and Modern Warfare 2, develop a controller? Sure! Robert Bowling, who’s Infinity Ward’s go-to community guy, has a Tweet that asks if you prefer controllers with concave analog sticks, or convex analog sticks. Read More

  • Wireless Tekken 6 joysticks on the way for $150

    Tekken 6 is still several months away—October 27 is circled on most fighting game fans’ calendars, I suspect—,but Namco just took the wraps off the joystick for the 360 and PS3 versions. It’ll run $150, about $50 less than the Fancy Pants version of the Street Fighter IV joystick from MadCatz. The joystick is wireless, yes. Read More

  • SplitFish's FPS-specific Dual SFX Frag Pro will be at E3 next week

    E3 starts next week, and while I’ll be celebrating by, I don’t know, listening to Ron and Fez all day long, Peter, Devin, and Greg will be rubbing shoulders with celebrities like Adam Sessler and the girl who used to host “Cheat.” One thing the guys might run into in between chatting up G4 production assistants: SplitFish’s new controllers, the Dual SFX Evolution… Read More

  • Akai launches APC40 website

    It’s been a while since Akai introduced the APC40, a controller for Ableton Live. In 17 days the APC40 will be available worldwide. If you head over to you can see the remaining time until the controller is released. You can check out in person how the APC40 performs with Live 8 on one of the workshops of Akai and Ableton. There are some dates for Europe too. Read More

  • Hot rumor: New motion-sensing PS3 controller to debut at E3 in June

    Is a fancy new controller enough to “save” the PS3? We’ll find out at E3 (which is in June; several of us will be there), when Sony is now rumored to debut its motion-sensing controller. Read More

  • Wiimote-like Xbox 360 controller coming this fall, PS3 version next year

    Initially unveiled way back in September of last year, the “Gametrak Freedom” motion sensing remote control for Xbox 360 and the PS3 has undergone a bit of a makeover and is currently on display at the Games Developer Conference in San Francisco. Read More

  • Livid Ohm64: Made in the USA by humans

    It looks like 2009 will be a good year for midi controllers. First Akai came out with the APC40, soon followed by The Maschine by Native Instruments. This new baby here, the Ohm64 from Livid is elegant and sexy. Read More

  • FragFX's updated mouse+nunchuck lets you rock the PS3 like a PC

    We saw the original of this crazy hybrid controller back in 2007, and I can understand why you might want one. I mean, watching console players play FPSes is watching a mudskipper flopping along the bank, thinking “god I’m slick.” They’ve recently updated it, but the principle is the same. Split the Dual Shock in half, remap the right analog stick to a mouse, and… Read More

  • New XP and Vista drivers allow you to use your PS3 controller on your PC

    This would be nice. I’ve been using this Logitech controller for so long that I’m starting to go crazy. Square enclosures for the analog sticks? Come on! I know that the 360 controller has been connectable with Windows for a while now, but the SIXAXIS and Dual Shock 3 have been strictly console only — until now. An enterprising (and PS3-lovin’) hacker has made some… Read More

  • Hori's Classic Controller for the Wii looks an awful lot like a GameCube controller

    Hori, the third-party video game accessory maker, will release its Wii Classic Controller on November 27. It resembles the old GameCube controller in size and shape, but the button layout mimics that of other Wii classic controllers, like that Nyko one. Those crazy switches in the middle control autofire, a relic of systems past. The $30 controller should work well with all those Virtual… Read More

  • Immersion and dreamGEAR work together to one-up Dual Shock

    Immersion is one of the primary companies behind force feedback and haptics. They’re working with a peripheral maker called dreamGEAR to put out a wireless Dual Shock alternative called the Shadow. It will feature “advanced vibro-tactile, spinning-mass technologies,” which is about as real-sounding as Master of Orion 2’s “black hole generator”* &mdash… Read More

  • Limited-edition red Xbox 360 controller for $64.99

    Here’s an Xbox 360 controller – but wait! It’s red! It’ll be available on September 30th for $64.99. Wow, that’s a lot of dough for a controller. This is no ordinary controller, though. No, this controller is red. And it’s a “limited edition” controller, meaning that if you don’t buy it, you might have to use the standard white… Read More

  • Novint partnering with Valve to make freaky, awesome robo-peripheral useful

    A while ago I posted about how Novint, an innovative and ambitious peripheral company took their freaky-deaky Falcon controller straight to EA instead of standing around like some kind of techno-wallflower. Well, it worked out pretty well and they’re leveraging it into more deals: they’re teaming up with Valve to add Falcon support to a ton of their games. As befitting my… Read More

  • This is it: Guitar Hero for DS controller unveiled [Now with video] We’ve heard much romormongering about the Guitar Hero for DS controller, and now here it is. It’s, well, minimalist, comparatively speaking. It’s much like the Guitar Hero fretboard we have now, with the strum action taking place on the touch screen, which is cleaver, but this still looks unwieldely. I preferred the… Read More

  • BenHeck's one-handed Xbox 360 controller

    [photopress:benheck36000.jpg,full,right] World class modder Benjamin J. Heckendorn—BenHeck—has “dropped” a new Xbox 360 controller mod for us all to admire. It’s a one-handed controller that’s still powered by two AA batteries. You may recognize the D-Pad on the controller—that’s because it’s from the PlayStation. Mr. Heck is currently… Read More

  • Nyko Zero Wireless controller for PS3 rumbles into stores

    We first saw Nyko’s Zero controller at CES and now it’s in stores. The $60 controller is the first PS3 controller to hit the market with rumble capabilities (dual vibration motors). But it’s not a one trick pony. The Zero boasts up to 25 hours of continuous play and can be recharged via USB. Range on the Zero is up to 30 feet thanks to the utilization of the 2.4GHz… Read More

  • Guitar Hero 3 controllers in March: $60 for Wii, $70 for the real game systems

    [photopress:guitarslash.jpg,full,center] You love Guitar Hero 3, admit it. It’s so much fun, especially after a few Sparks with your friends. But if you’re like me, you don’t have the game. You get to play when you go to your friend’s houses. But man, I really want my own axe, so I was glad when it was recently announced that Activision would be releasing controllers… Read More