Looks like there’s been a plethora of gaming hardware news from the Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas. First up is the new Razer Switchblade, which takes the keyboard/mouse combo from desktop gaming and places it in a portable handheld device. Check out this video, which includes interviews with Razer’s CEO Min-Liang Tan and Robert “RazerGuy” Krakoff.
Then we’ve got Microsoft’s head honcho Steve Ballmer coming on stage to deliver the CES 2011 keynote. He’s announced Avatar Kinect for the Xbox 360 Kinect system (no, the name doesn’t imply that we can run all Kinect-ic as tall, blue-skinned aliens in a free-form Pandora…but that would have been cool). Basically, it’s video conferencing, but using your Xbox Live Avatars. The Kinect comes into use to capture little gestures, shrugs and nods you make.
For now, since the avatars are all cutesy and all, we think topics will stay within the “Justin Bieber” and “Katy Perry” threads. We doubt it’ll go into a more boardroom-based “how’s our corporate earnings this month doing?” type conferences.
Here’s the video where Ballmer appears in Avatar Kinect form on stage. He also shares that Avatar Kinect will be available for free to all Xbox Live Gold members in Spring.
If you want to watch just the trailer, here you go: