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Tobii Intros Next-Gen Eye Tracker

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Tobii Intros Next-Gen Eye Tracker

Eye tracking specialist Tobii announces a 2nd generation PC gaming peripheral-- the Tobii Eye Tracker 4C, an update on the previous Eye X model adding simultaneous head tracking.

The result, the company says, is greater levels of control, as the accessory adds an input modality to complement more traditional controllers. Thus customers can pair eye tracking with mouse and keyboard or gamepad controls for a more immersive experience, using their eyes to mimic actions such as looking for cover or aiming at a target.

Tobii claims the upgrade has five "key advancements"-- the aforementioned head tracking, a built-in "EyeChip" reducing CPU load and power consumption from the host PC, smaller and less bright illuminators, an integrated USB 2.0 cord and improved eye tracking quality.

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Bourge Design Intros 7-in-1 Arc Hub

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Bourge Design Intros 7-in-1 Arc Hub

The Arc Hub by Bourge Design is a 7-in-1 USB-C hub solution-- with x2 USB-C ports with pass-through charging, x2 USB 3.0 ports, x1 HDMI port, x1 MiniDisplay Port and an SD card reader.

Built in aluminium, the puck-shaped device features chamfered edges and is covered in convex glass, making it an ideal companion for high-end USB-C laptops such as the latest MacBook Pro models. The HDMI port supports 4K signals, while the two USB-C ports support USB-C Gen 2 (Thunderbolt 3) as well as transfer speeds reaching up to 115Mbps.

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Mophie Intros Magnetic iPhone 7 Case System

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Mophie Intros Magnetic iPhone 7 Case System

Mophie announces Hold Force-- a collection of iPhone 7 cases and accessories featuring built-in magnetic technology to turn the smartphone into a "modular, all-purpose device."

The base Hold Force case has carries magnetic plates in the back, allowing it to hold other accessories from the line with a simple touch. It comes in two versions, a "grad" model with a see-through outer band with a soft grip and a "wrap" model designed with clear PC and soft PC grip on the top and bottom.

As for companion accessories, Mophie currently offers the Powerstation Plus Mini (a 4000mAh rechargeable battery with integrated switch-tip cable), Folio Case (adds 3 credit card pockets to the iPhone plus a piece of material covering the front of the iPhone) and the Wallet (adds 2 credit card pockets on the back). All stick securely to the smartphone via aforementioned magnetic system.

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A Wireless Controller for the Apple Anniversary

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A Wireless Controller for the Apple Anniversary

Retro-style controller maker 8bitdo celebrates the 40th anniversary of Apple with a cute accessory-- the AP40, a wireless controller designed to look like the classic rainbow Apple logo.

The controller is compatible with PC, Mac, iOS and Android devices, as well as old game consoles when paired with the company's Retro Receiver adapter. Looks-wise it is similar to the SNES controller, if with the addition of a pair of analogue sticks, and the package comes complete with a little green leaf for plugging into the USB port when not in use and a stand modeled after the Apple II computer.

Speaking of old Apple computers, 8bitdo is also working on a version of the Retro Receiver compatible with the Apple II and IIc, meaning customers will be able to play games on a 1970s computer using a wireless controller modeled after the old Apple logo from 2016. Truly, what a time to be alive.

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A Fuze Case to Give the iPhone 7 a Headphone Jack

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A Fuze Case to Give the iPhone 7 a Headphone Jack

The Fuze case promises to provide an easier means of using traditional headphones with the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, since it features an integrated 3.5mm jack together with a Lightning adapter.

In addition it includes a battery (rated at either 2400mAh for the iPhone 7 and 3600mAh for the iPhone 7 Plus), allowing users to simultaneously charge the smartphone and listen to music without need for a dongle or adapter. The case should also add some protection to the iPhone through TPU and ABS plastic construction, weighs 28g and adds just 5mm of overall thickness to the phone.

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A Stereoscope for the iPhone With Elsewhere

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A Stereoscope for the iPhone With Elsewhere

Back in Victorian times people had a lot of fun with stereoscopes, a means to enhance the illusion of depth of still photographs. Now this old technique reaches the iPhone with the Elsewhere headset, a gadget looking very much like something from the old days.

The Elsewhere headset works in combination with a companion app to convert any picture or video on the device to 3D through what the makers boldly describe as "technomancy" (as mentioned earlier, the process is very much akin to stereoscopy). The simple viewer features a pair of adjustable lenses and clamps to the iPhone before one puts the device straight to their face.

While the 3D effect is described as fairly impressive, one has to keep in mind the Elsewhere does not provide a truly immersive experience-- meaning one cannot turn their heads in order to look around world generated by a photo or video. Disappointingly it also does not support the direct viewing of YouTube or Netflix through the app. Instead the makers suggest a curious turnaround involving playing the video on a computer and viewing it through the phone camera, all while holding the headset to your face.

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Logitech Presents K780 Multi-Device Keyboard

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Logitech Presents K780 Multi-Device Keyboard

Logitech announces a desktop keyboard for customers juggling between multiple devices-- the K780, a wireless number with "Easy-Switch" buttons allowing one to easily switch between 3 connected devices.

The keyboard is compatible with Windows, Mac, iOS and Android, and features a full keyboard layout complete with 10-key number pad. An integrated slot with rubber finishings can hold devices ranging from smartphones to the 12-inch iPad Pro at an ideal reading angle.

The 3 Easy-Switch buttons double as the F1-F3 keys via modifier, and have an LED allowing one to check which device the keyboard is currently connected to. Other keys provide useful functions such as Home, Search, Back, App-Switch and Contextual Menus.

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A Strap to Hold the AirPods in Place

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A Strap to Hold the AirPods in Place

Apple might insist the move towards wireless audio is one of courage, but many commentors point out wireless earbuds might be very easy to lose. Enter Spigen and the AirPods Strap, a strap for, well, securing the AirPods.

The "tangle-free" attachment snaps on to the arms at the bottom of each earbud without affecting the microphones, and as such "keep your AirPods in place around your neck, in your pocket, or anywhere you can hang a strap." And that's all one can say about the strap, really, although it's ironic one might need a cable in order secure their cable-free earbuds.

The package also includes a wire holder attachment to ensure the strap remains tangle-free.

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Mophie Charges Wireless Earbuds

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Mophie Charges Wireless Earbuds

Case maker Mophie presents a means for the charging and storage of small wireless devices such as the Apple AirPods-- the Mophie Power Capsule, a "premium" case with a built-in 1400mAh battery.

According to the company the battery has enough juice for 8 full wireless earbud charges. An integrated USB output also charges a variety of devices, including wearables and fitness trackers, while pass-through capabilities allow the simultaneous charging of both power capsule and devices.

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Twelve South Redesigns HiRise Stand

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Twelve South Redesigns HiRise Stand

Twelve South announces the HiRise 2-- a revamp of the first HiRise iDevice stand featuring a new design with a heavier body within a smaller overall footprint.

According to the company the increase in weight allows the stand to hold larger devices, such as the 9.7-inch iPad Pro. However it suggests the HiRise 2 is not suitable for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro,  due to the smaller dimensions. Otherwise every other iDevice is fair game, including the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus.

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Apple Updates Official Cases

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Apple Updates Official Cases

Following the launch of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus it is only natural for Apple to update its official case lineup, with options available in either silicone or leather.

The leather cases are perhaps more interesting through a subtle Apple detail-- machined aluminium sleep and volume buttons. This might not sound like much, but it should fix issues with the leather material making the buttons difficult to press. The leather itself is of the specially tanned variety, and the inside has a microfibre lining to help protect the iPhone.

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