Mark Celica has always been a fan of the DOOM series, and what better way to pay tribute than by building a gaming computer modeled after one of its weapons. Meet the BFG 10000 gaming computer. It can’t be used in battle, but its turret-inspired base will look mighty fine on any desk.
Photo credit: Marc Teyssier
Researcher Marc Teyssier collaborated with Marion Koelle, Paul Strohmeier, Bruno Fruchard and Jürgen Steimle at the Saarland University Human-Computer Interaction Lab to develop Eyecam, a design prototype that explores the potential future of sensing devices. This is not a standard webcam that only looks like a human eye, but one that actually blinks, looks around and even observes you.
Want an easy-to-use computer that’s built directly into a keyboard? If so, then look no further than the Raspberry Pi 400. At $70 for just the computer or $100 landing you a ready-to-go kit, this computer packs a quad-core 1.8GHz ARM Cortex-A72 processor, 4GB of RAM, 2 x micro HDMI ports, 2 x USB 3.0 ports, a USB 2.0 port, microSD expansion, Gigabit Ethernet, Bluetooth 5.0, and 802.11ac Wi-Fi. A USB-C port is also available for power, while its GPIO (general-purpose input/output) header lets you attach various other devices.
When you think of gaming PCs, the name MINISFORUM probably doesn’t come up, but they should definitely be on your radar. Why? They just launched the EliteMini H31G, a $399 micro PC that is perfect for retro gaming. Measuring just 6.1″ x 6.1″ x 2.4″, it comes standard with a 9th-gen Intel Core processor, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti graphics, dual SODIMM slots for DDR4-2666 memory, room for a 2.5 inch hard drive or SSD, M.2 2280 (PCIe x4) and M.2 2242 (SATA III) slots for solid state storage.
How about a smartphone case that lets you type one-handed without ever having to look at the screen? Introducing TypeCase by Dougie Mann. This creation is basically a gestural input device and chording keyboard combo that enables users to control a computer (or a smartphone) by simply moving their hands, emulate a mouse, or as a text input device.