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While new games aren't announced or showcased and major new hardware announcements by big industry players don't typically happen (even rumored ones like the Xbox 720), there's plenty of gaming on hand. Sony and Nintendo have been busily showing off the PlayStation Vita and Wii U, respectively, and many of those fancy sets and mobile devices are geared towards those who like to play.
But if you like your gaming with an extra helping of weirdness, it's a virtual smorgasbord. There's no end to the companies showcasing quirky, unusual, or downright head-scratching pieces of gaming technology. Here are five of the most interesting game gadgets of CES 2012.
Courtesy their cutting-edge eye-tracking tech, Swedish company Tobii has re-imagined the game, getting rid of the joystick and letting people blast things with their eyes. THEIR EYES.
The Tobii tech, which can be built directly into a laptop, uses infrared lights to track the glint off your eyeballs and follow your focus. Or something. The point is this: you stare at asteroids, and they explode. Take that, Kinect!
At this year's CES the company unveiled the iCade Mobile, a wraparound controller for the iPhone that converts your sleek piece of technology into something resembling an Atari Lynx. On the left side, a D-pad. On the right, the standard four-button diamond layout. Priced at $80, it could be a boon for iOS gamers dying for more conventional controls. Creator Ion Audio says over 100 apps are already compatible with the system. We're gonna guess Angry Birds isn't one of them.
This year, the company's showing off Project Fiona, a gaming tablet that it vows is capable of playing current generation games. Project Fiona comes with an Intel Core i7 processor, an accelerometer, force-feedback, and, weirdly, two chunky controllers built into either side. Razer's not giving out a price, but says we could see this by the end of the year.
Also short-lived? The product itself, unless its makers can do something about the over-the-top $130 price-tag.
Still in the prototype phase, this strange new technology blends touch screens, bluetooth, your iPhone and action figures to create a very unique play experience.
The company is creating a 26" screen that uses special figures/controllers to let people play games they download to their iPhone on a larger arena (it's a bit like last year's breakout hit, Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure). An air hockey demo was shown as well as an RPG that used little fantasy figurines. That last one could be killer for tabletop gamers, especially if a company like Wizards of the Coast -- the lords of Dungeons and Dragons -- get their hands on it.
Whether or not it will make it onto store shelves is still debatable, but personally, we're rooting for it, because the demos were fascinating. See for yourself:
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