If you've played video games at any point within the last three decades or so, there's a solid chance that you've owned a Mad Catz product. The longtime maker of gaming controllers and accessories was a fixture for years, but the last few were anything but kind for them. Following an expensive gamble on Rock Band 4, for which they served as co-publisher in addition to the hardware and accessory maker, the U.S.-based company went under, filing for bankruptcy in the spring of 2017. Now, the brand is back, now known as Mad Catz Global Limited, announcing what they've called "a surprise return to the international gaming scene... under new management, with new ideas, new attitude and most importantly, an entire range of new, high-quality gaming products." Check out a teaser below...
The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is currently taking place in Las Vegas, and today the folks at the LEGO Group announced LEGO® BOOST, "a supercharged building and coding set that lets children bring their LEGO creations to life by adding movement, sound and personality." Expected to be available in August, these news sets take the STEM play that LEGO has long embraced into completely new levels. In fact, though it'll be awhile before I get to go hands-on with these, I'm going to say that LEGO BOOST is an early contender for my 2017 Holiday Wish Guide, launching in the Fall. Check out full details from the announcement below, and see some of what you can build - including an electronic guitar, and an awesome robot named "Vernie" that looks a lot like Short Circuit's Johnny 5!
IRON MAIDEN have long been doing well on the cross-branded merchandise, but as recent forays into everything from beer to airlines has shown, there is no limit to the might that can come from the 'Maiden. Today comes news out of CES (the Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas that the legendary band has teamed with ONKYO for a new project called MAIDEN AUDIO. With a booth that's decked out complete with a large-scale statue of band mascot Eddie (holding a blaster and wearing Iron Maiden headphones) housed within the Gibson Guitars tent, it's a true teaser of a launch.
It's no secret that kids are getting into gadgets and tech at a super young age these days, and while toymakers are rapidly moving to support smartphones and tablets in their products, I was a little surprised that there's a move to bring the tech to the toilet. Being shown at CES this week is a product from CTA Digital (who does make some cool stuff) called the iPotty for iPad.