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Phantom Lapboard May Actually Ship

kdawson posted more than 6 years ago | from the use-it-to-play-duke-nukem-forever dept.

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notthatwillsmith writes "Despite never actually releasing the Phantom console, it looks like Phantom Entertainment (the company formerly known as Infinium Labs) may actually ship its sofa-friendly mouse/keyboard combo controller, the Lapboard, sometime this decade. The Lapboard is currently scheduled for a mid-June release at a price of $130, with the included laser mouse." We've been mulling over the much delayed Phantom console for years.

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Manditory (5, Funny)

neokushan (932374) | more than 6 years ago | (#23209598)

Rumour has it it's perfect for playing Duke Nukem Forever with.

Re:Manditory (3, Funny)

christurkel (520220) | more than 6 years ago | (#23209828)

The GNU Hurd port of Duke Nukem.

Re:Manditory (2, Funny)

morgan_greywolf (835522) | more than 6 years ago | (#23209860)

With game files saved on the Samba 4 server.

Re:Manditory (3, Funny)

RiotingPacifist (1228016) | more than 6 years ago | (#23210860)

Running under wine 1.0.... o wait :(

Re:Manditory (3, Funny)

darkpixel2k (623900) | more than 6 years ago | (#23211334)

Running under wine 1.0.... o wait :(

...running under Linux on the year it takes the desktop.

Re:Manditory (2, Funny)

Yvan256 (722131) | more than 6 years ago | (#23211454)

... via Web 2.0

Re:Manditory (3, Funny)

ToasterofDOOM (878240) | more than 6 years ago | (#23211968)

Synergistically.

Re:Manditory (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23212078)

On.....a Phantom?

Re:Manditory (1)

PachmanP (881352) | more than 6 years ago | (#23209842)

Yeah I was going to pick one up and save it for DNF. I really don't think there is anything else appropriate to play it with.

Or for Racing Legends... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23209916)

...the other app that is soon to rival DNF in infamy. Read the forums to learn more about it.

http://www.west-racing.com/forum/index.php?PHPSESSID=2a3bb9cf30e75c44b2a6b7c44aca4cfe&board=1.0 [west-racing.com]

Re:Or for Racing Legends... (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23210062)

wow, a game nobody ever heard of or cared about, taking forever to be released. big fucking deal. it's probably for the better really

Re:Or for Racing Legends... (1)

Heembo (916647) | more than 6 years ago | (#23211238)

Hmm, potential session fixation attack on west-racing.com users? grinz

Re:Manditory (1)

genaldar (1118197) | more than 6 years ago | (#23212162)

Way to be slow /, Engadget had this yesterday.

Re:Manditory (1)

beav007 (746004) | more than 6 years ago | (#23212656)

Anything under a month old (or with less than two dupes) is considered new on slashdot.

You must be new here.

Re:Manditory (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23213416)

oh no! an ENTIRE DAY went by between this being posted on another site, and it appearing on Slashdot's front page.

MY LIFE IS RUINED!

These pretzels are making me thirsty (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23209600)

THIRSTY FOR A MOTHERFUCKING FIRSTY

FROST POST

willsmith writes "Despite never actually releasing the Phantom console, it looks like Phantom Entertainment (the company formerly known as Infinium Labs) may actually ship its sofa-friendly mouse/keyboard combo controller, the Lapboard, sometime this decade. The Lapboard is currently scheduled for a mid-June release at a price of $130, with the included laser mouse." We've been mulling over the much delayed Phantom console for years.willsmith writes "Despite never actually releasing the Phantom console, it looks like Phantom Entertainment (the company formerly known as Infinium Labs) may actually ship its sofa-friendly mouse/keyboard combo controller, the Lapboard, sometime this decade. The Lapboard is currently scheduled for a mid-June release at a price of $130, with the included laser mouse." We've been mulling over the much delayed Phantom console for years.

willsmith writes "Despite never actually releasing the Phantom console, it looks like Phantom Entertainment (the company formerly known as Infinium Labs) may actually ship its sofa-friendly mouse/keyboard combo controller, the Lapboard, sometime this decade. The Lapboard is currently scheduled for a mid-June release at a price of $130, with the included laser mouse." We've been mulling over the much delayed Phantom console for years.

$130? (5, Insightful)

Drinking Bleach (975757) | more than 6 years ago | (#23209634)

Quite honestly, I don't see myself ever considering to buy this. For $20, I can buy: 1) a normal keyboard (not a laptop style one), 2) a mouse, and 3) a small piece of plywood to put both on my lap.

Re:$130? (3, Interesting)

somersault (912633) | more than 6 years ago | (#23209754)

That's fine if it's what you want (and personally I'm happy with wired stuff in my lounge too, though the place is a right tip..), but this looks to be a very neat and elegant solution. I was expecting a touchpad or mini-joystick for the mouse, but being able to have full mouse motion in such a compact space is an idea I will seriously consider if it turns out that any FPSes I get for the PS3 support keyboard and mouse for input - I'm reaaaaally hoping that GTA IV will too :)

Re:$130? (2, Informative)

Arivia (783328) | more than 6 years ago | (#23210194)

Unreal Tournament 3 for PS3 already does.

Re:$130? (1)

Ihmhi (1206036) | more than 6 years ago | (#23212066)

I could buy materials from a lumber yard and fabric shop and create a neat and elegant solution for less than $130 (keyboard and mouse included).

Hell, for $70 more you can just buy a whole laptop.

Re:$130? (1)

somersault (912633) | more than 6 years ago | (#23213458)

That also takes up time(=money if you value your time at all), and will end up with a not-quite-as-good solution of course. I wouldn't want to regularly use a laptop that cost that much, and afaik, laptops don't make great wireless games controllers

Re:$130? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23226140)

I just got one of these:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Keysonic-Notebook-Wireless-Frequency-Integrated/dp/B000L10Y5E/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1209400772&sr=8-1 [amazon.co.uk]
Not $130 (although not cheap as chips either) and allows me to surf the web on my TV from the comfort of the sofa (via a DVI->HDMI cable running from my PC to my TV through my ceiling)

Re:$130? (1)

somersault (912633) | more than 6 years ago | (#23235800)

Touchpads are great for browsing (well, as long as they're multitouch so you can scroll up/down left/right with 2 fingers ;) ) but not so good for gaming tbh

Re:$130? (0)

carlzum (832868) | more than 6 years ago | (#23210322)

Lowes even has the plans for one online, http://tinyurl.com/chdg9 [tinyurl.com] , albeit an ugly one.

Re:$130? (1)

Drinking Bleach (975757) | more than 6 years ago | (#23210340)

My own "lap desk" is even uglier, but it gets the job done perfectly well. :)

Re:$130? (3, Insightful)

couchslug (175151) | more than 6 years ago | (#23210418)

I wouldn't buy the thing even if it were a good product and reasonably priced, because of the
CONDUCT of the company selling it.

Re:$130? (2, Informative)

philspear (1142299) | more than 6 years ago | (#23215974)

Good point. Investors gave them a lot more than 130 and got nothing in return, how do we know the same won't happen here?

Re:$130? (2, Interesting)

CastrTroy (595695) | more than 6 years ago | (#23210566)

It looks nice, but personally, I always thought a trackball was much better suited to working on the couch. I use a trackball all the time, and actually find it much better than a mouse, even for games. It has many advantages. This about a mouse where you never run off the side of the desk, and that you never have to reposition. Think about a mouse that can work perfectly well when you only have a 3x6 inch area in which to operate it.

Re:$130? (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23211774)

If you want to compare, you could do the same with a touchpad in even less space.

With a trackball, you still have to reposition your finger if you hit the edge. There is a reason that all of the great (tournament level) game players use mice. It's because mice provide the most precise control for gaming.

Re:$130? (1)

CastrTroy (595695) | more than 6 years ago | (#23213406)

I guess it's just a matter of personal preference, but I've always found the trackball to give much more precise control. Personally, my fingers are much better at precise small movements than my arm or wrist. Maybe the reason that they use a mouse, is because they have always used a mouse, and retraining on something else would be too much. But since there aren't a large number of people growing up and learning on trackballs, I think it's hard to draw a fair comparison.

Re:$130? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23213684)

I really don't think that is the reason. Since the tournament prizes can be thousands or tens of thousands of US dollars, I would think that any advantage that can be exploited by players will be, including training or using alternative input devices.

Re:$130? (1)

CastrTroy (595695) | more than 6 years ago | (#23213710)

That didn't stop the old hockey players from using stick with a straight blade when curved started to get popular. They were more accustomed to the older straight ones, and therefore it was better suited to them. Relearning all your skills and retraining your muscles for new muscle memory would be quite a lot of work. It's not like switching to a different type of shoe. It's a completely different type of movement, and not directly transferable to their current skill set. It's kind of comparable to everyone switching to dvorak keyboards. Sure it could lead to better results in the end, but completely retraining yourself can prove to be quite a bit of work, and only certain tasks really benefit from being able to type 120 wpm over 90 wpm.

Re:$130? (1)

Yvan256 (722131) | more than 6 years ago | (#23217052)

Y.nn m. axrgy cy! Br, C jab yfl. rk.p 90 ,lm k.pf .aocnf!

Re:$130? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23211378)

And for $4 more you could add a hinge that allows you to do the same thing they did...

As if I'd want that. Maybe I'd have to use it, but personally it looks sub-optimal and not worth $50.

Re:$130? (2, Funny)

BigBuckHunter (722855) | more than 6 years ago | (#23211526)

I recommend you cut a hole in the bottom lap portion, so you'll still have "access".

BBH

Re:$130? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23216610)

I don't have anywhere in my room for a proper table or desk, so I've got a mousepad held on a clipboard used in conjunction with a wireless mouse. (Keyboard on some coffee table that's only big enough for the keyboard.) But this is just like an extra step in evolution of something I'm doing already. The keyboard over mouse makes more sense than the slouched position used to reach the keyboard when doing some occasional gaming with this half-assed setup. With some adhesive foam tape, some smooth fiberboard or plexiglass (no splinters), duct tape, and a wedge of wood as a spacer, I think any space-limited geek could jury rig a similar device (for cheap!) on their own.

Instead of selling a whole new keyboard and mouse doodad, I'm suprised they just don't simply market the locking hinge mousepad part with some double sided foam tape so people can simply attach their existing keyboard to it. That could be profitable for a much much cheaper price.

No numpad?! (5, Funny)

MagdJTK (1275470) | more than 6 years ago | (#23209658)

And I had such high hopes for playing NetHack on my 40'' HDTV!

And before you tell me to change my settings... erm... I do a lot of kicking?

Re:No numpad?! (1)

Zarel (900479) | more than 6 years ago | (#23210638)

And I had such high hopes for playing NetHack on my 40'' HDTV!

And before you tell me to change my settings... erm... I do a lot of kicking?

M-D (Alt-D on Windows) is the kick command when the movement keys are mapped to hjklyubn. (For those of you unfamiliar with NetHack, the normal kick command is k.)

Sharper Image Crap? (1)

mactard (1223412) | more than 6 years ago | (#23209664)

This thing sounds like one of those xtreme boards that you would buy at the Sharper Image or something equally useless.

Found in article at end... (5, Interesting)

Creepy Crawler (680178) | more than 6 years ago | (#23209666)

Wow!
Submitted by whereisphantom on Fri, 2008-04-25 23:36.

I'm one of the inventors and I haven't even seen one of this round of prototypes yet.

By publishing this review you are aiding PHEI in their scheme to drive up share price, raise funds, finish development and ship. They are now in a Tinkerbelle mode of product dev.; if you believe hard enough they might come back to life.

The only member of the product team remaining left a few months ago. PHEI has walked away from the lapboard patents. The share price, the sole mode to pay employees and vendors is now so low it's listed with scientific notation. (no joke)

The lapboard is cool, but these guys are extremely unlikely to ever finish and ship. My only hope is that since the IP is completely unprotected, that someone else will take the idea and run with it. Logitech, anyone?!

____
So, why are we giving publicity to a sham corporation? Even if you dont believe the above text, look how they handled the "phantom". Its all smoke and mirrors after that.

Re:Found in article at end... (5, Interesting)

ItsColdOverHere (928704) | more than 6 years ago | (#23209876)

The only member of the product team remaining left a few months ago. PHEI has walked away from the lapboard patents. The share price, the sole mode to pay employees and vendors is now so low it's listed with scientific notation. (no joke) The lapboard is cool, but these guys are extremely unlikely to ever finish and ship. My only hope is that since the IP is completely unprotected, that someone else will take the idea and run with it. Logitech, anyone?!
Or Alienware? Did anyone else notice that in the slideshow the Phantomboard has the Alienware logo in the top right corner but in the photo farther down in the article it has been clumsily photoshopped out? Did Phantom simply sell off it's one viable product?

Alienware would be Black Mesa (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23209910)

And Phantom would be... Aperture Labs. They do what they must, because they can.

Re:Found in article at end... (1)

Bieeanda (961632) | more than 6 years ago | (#23210580)

Most of Infinium/Phantom's promo shots were faked, often clumsily. After faking shots of prototype devices playing Quake 3 and one of the more recent Smash Brothers titles, showing a mockup of the device in front of someone's Alienware rig (which arguably looks more stylish than the average beige box) is hardly surprising. The fact that you can see the AW logo in one shot and it's been blurred in the other just means that they didn't catch it at first.

Re:Found in article at end... (1)

ItsColdOverHere (928704) | more than 6 years ago | (#23210698)

You might want to actually look at the shots, the logo is on the unit itself.

Re:Found in article at end... (1)

kextyn (961845) | more than 6 years ago | (#23210754)

Not to mention it's on all of the photos in the slideshow, not just one.

Re:Found in article at end... (2, Interesting)

kklein (900361) | more than 6 years ago | (#23210950)

I thought you were seeing things. Then I went back and looked...

Tee-hee!!!

But now the weird question is: Why did Maximum PC review something clearly marked "Alienware" as a Phantom product? Isn't that worth noting?

Did Alienware buy the company (for $2 and a pack of gum)?

Very interesting indeed.

Re:Found in article at end... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23211290)

"But now the weird question is: Why did Maximum PC review something clearly marked "Alienware" as a Phantom product? Isn't that worth noting?

Did Alienware buy the company (for $2 and a pack of gum)? "

No, they didn't. They probably said "we might be interested if you can bring the product to market", and proceeded to attach themselves leech-like to a product that people actually want to buy.

Re:Found in article at end... (1)

ItsColdOverHere (928704) | more than 6 years ago | (#23212760)

You know I was thinking the same thing, that or a very elaborate pump'n'dump scheme. I looked at the marketwatch page for PHEI and there was some activity on wednesday and thursday and then again on friday. The price of the stock actually went up on wednesday but by friday had settled back to where it was so if anyone was planning a pump'n'dump... looks like it didn't work

Re:Found in article at end... (1)

Xzazarill (201704) | more than 6 years ago | (#23211984)

I think the shot you're referring to as being photoshopped out is actually just a shot of the device upside-down. You'll notice the alienware logo is in the lower left in that particular shot.

Re:Found in article at end... (1)

ItsColdOverHere (928704) | more than 6 years ago | (#23212706)

Nope look again, the shot I'm talking about is the one pretty much at the end of the article and you can actually see the outline of the logo in the upper right corner

Re:Found in article at end... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23213196)

No, if you check back in the slashdot archives you'll find an article from November, uh, 2006 (!) indicating that Alienware was ordering some of the Lapboards [slashdot.org] .

Apparently they haven't even updated their slideshow :-)

Re:Found in article at end... (1)

ricera10 (932325) | more than 6 years ago | (#23209906)

A stock price of two hundredths of a cent... Ouch.

Re:Found in article at end... (3, Funny)

couchslug (175151) | more than 6 years ago | (#23210464)

Smoke and mirrors would be worth more than their stock!

http://www.marketwatch.com/quotes/phei [marketwatch.com]

Re:Found in article at end... (1)

Hemogoblin (982564) | more than 6 years ago | (#23211788)

Here's a link with slightly more precision:

http://stockcharts.com/h-sc/ui?s=phei [stockcharts.com]

As of Friday, it was at ~0.000425.

Re:Found in article at end... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23213792)

With a closing price of $0.0002/share and roughly 5 million shares, you could own the company for $1,000!

Re:Found in article at end... (1)

quarterbuck (1268694) | more than 6 years ago | (#23215230)

DONT take this as investment advice nor as an allegation. Please do your own research before making any decisions.
Based on something I read up, This may be a case of a Death Spiral [quarterbuck.com] PIPE along with a pump-and-dump ???

Re:Found in article at end... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23211332)

"So, why are we giving publicity to a sham corporation? "

Because PEI (like SCO) gets a lot of ad impressions, I guess.

Re:Found in article at end... (1)

Timothy Brownawell (627747) | more than 6 years ago | (#23211848)

My only hope is that since the IP is completely unprotected, that someone else will take the idea and run with it.
What "IP" is there to "protect"?

In other news... (5, Funny)

Plazmid (1132467) | more than 6 years ago | (#23209684)

In other news, Hell freezes over, scientist builds a working perpetual motion machine, an electron's position and velocity are revealed at the same time, and a mathematician finally proves you can divide by zero.

Re:In other news... (1)

Kalriath (849904) | more than 6 years ago | (#23212496)

The folks in Hell, Michigan will probably tell you it freezes over quite frequently.

=P (1)

thedrx (1139811) | more than 6 years ago | (#23209714)

(the company formerly known as Infinium Labs)

Heh heh heh :P

Every year (3, Interesting)

Enderandrew (866215) | more than 6 years ago | (#23209726)

Every year they say it is a few months off. Heck, when they announced the Phantom Console, I think they said it was only 6 months off and took pre-orders.

The Optimus keyboard was the same way for years, but ThinkGeek actually has an Optimus in stock amazingly. So yes, it is possible the Lapboard will ship, but I'm not sure it is newsworthy until it actually does.

Re:Every year (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23215518)

Just to clarify, they have "AN" Optimus in stock.

Beneath the article (1)

iminplaya (723125) | more than 6 years ago | (#23209734)

-ADVERTISEMENT-

Yep, looks like a duck.

Stop giving them publicity. (5, Informative)

startled (144833) | more than 6 years ago | (#23209772)

From wikipedia:

"On January 3, 2006, Infinium Labs announced that the Phantom Lapboard is due to be released onto online retailers by the second quarter of 2006"

And here's Gamespot reporting on the Lapboard's delay-- pushed all the way back to later in 2006: http://www.gamespot.com/news/6147978.html [gamespot.com] .

Heck, RTFA: "When we first gave it a test spin at E3 2004...."

So now they're giving it a test spin again, 4 years later, and that means it's shipping this year?

Excuse me if I'm mildly skeptical.

Re:Stop giving them publicity. (2, Interesting)

ZeroExistenZ (721849) | more than 6 years ago | (#23209932)

From that link, dated Apr 19, 2006:

Now the company says it will ship to stores in North America and Europe "no later than October."

That "lapboard" doesn't look too high-tech, what are they trying to build? in 2 years I see more different flavours of keyboards comming out from various vendors. Even from unlabelled, unknown vendors. What are they trying to build?

I think it's save to say; if you need more then 2 years to design and build a keyboard, which another vendor could sell for 50$, and trying to up the price to justify your effort even it cannot compete with perhipherals in that price range, you're doing something you're not good at and wasting alot of time and money from everyone involved.

They're still on time (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23210042)

You've misunderstood. That's 2006 in hexadecimal (8198 in base 10). They've still got 6190 years.

I've seen (-1, Offtopic)

bobwrit (1232148) | more than 6 years ago | (#23209816)

I've seen this and am not suprised at it's shipping. I have a forum for programming computers at http://www.programers.co.nr/ [programers.co.nr]

no story there? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23209878)

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080426/ap_on_re_us/reno_earthquake;_ylt=A0WTcXMVuxNIxl8Anxms0NUE

alienware (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23210034)

looks to me like the keyboard says alienware?

Two things (1)

British (51765) | more than 6 years ago | (#23210078)

1. No numeric keypad. I like my numeric keypad. They couldn't bring themselves to include it, either on the main or a separate model?

2. C'mon people it's a fucking keyboard with a hinged board on it. That's it? THAT'S IT? This took years to make? I'm surprised there wasn't some contest by MAKE magazine to make a prototype quicker.

In fact, that's what we should do. Any over-hyped product like this should spawn homebrew imitators just to embarrass them. That would make the investors think twice before giving any more money to a company like this.

Re:Two things (2, Funny)

tomhudson (43916) | more than 6 years ago | (#23210116)

You can make one yourself with a regular keyboard, a pop rivet, and a piece of hard polyboard.

1. Cut board to shape
2. Drill hole in center
3. Remove back of standard wireless keyboard
4. Drill hole in center of back that you removed in step 3
5. Pop-rivet board to back of keyboard
6. Screw back of keyboard back on
7. Put an Alienware logo on it and then photoshop it to remove the logo in some of the pics, to create some buzz.
8. Slashvertize it.

... and after all those steps, STILL NO PROFIT!!!

Re:Two things (3, Funny)

Provocateur (133110) | more than 6 years ago | (#23211042)

The person in the photo is not a person. He comes with the keyboard, and is part of the technical spec. Cyberdyne systems model T-099. You know the one: they look human - sweat, bad breath, everything. Very hard to spot. He started out as a baby when we gave him the prototype...

Practicing on FPS's even as we speak. When we find the right language to persuade him to let go of the prototype, then we'll ship, I swear.

Re:Two things (1)

kklein (900361) | more than 6 years ago | (#23211046)

This is the best idea I have ever heard. Really. Okay, maybe not the best, but it is damned good.

pimpmasta (1)

nawcom (941663) | more than 6 years ago | (#23210260)

I want to know who is in the photos posing with that 2x4 keyboard mouse contraption; He made his ring on his index finger quite obvious. All I could think while looking at the 5 or so pictures was the guy saying, "who's yo daddy? I'm yo daddy, and I gots me a muthafuckin phantom lapbowd... now kiss mah pimp ring before I beat you wit mah shoe..."

Re:pimpmasta (1)

nawcom (941663) | more than 6 years ago | (#23210304)

And the person who submitted this "First Looks" article is Will Smith? Well.. Will Smith is dah pimp daddy...

Re:pimpmasta (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23214726)

It's a skull ring. Who the hell uses a "hand model" with a skull ring? They should have photoshopped that off too. The whole thing is a joke.

FTW! (1)

DragonTHC (208439) | more than 6 years ago | (#23210814)

this has probably been said, but for that price, you can buy a gyration kb mouse combo, or a logitech lap combo. I'd prefer a logitech over that thing.

Just who the fuck do these phantom assholes think they are? They fucking lie to us for the past 6 years and then they release this turd peripheral after promising a bunch of shit hardware that no one wants. Well, no one wants this turd either.

Fuck 'em. I'm boycotting them.

Re:FTW! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23212130)

I'm boycotting them.
Given their history, that should continue to be pretty easy to do.

Ergonomics (1)

Phroggy (441) | more than 6 years ago | (#23211062)

Unfortunately, this doesn't look like it has any wrist support. Holding a mouse at that angle for hours at a time leads to bad things.

Replace that crappy mouse (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23211284)

with a trackball and it might be worth something.

Re:Replace that crappy mouse (1)

Larryish (1215510) | more than 6 years ago | (#23212052)

or some mushrooms [churchofmyconology.com]

Really interesting... (1)

Darundal (891860) | more than 6 years ago | (#23211532)

...that Phantom is trying to make a wireless keyboard and mouse, considering the gaming kb/mouse market consists mainly of wireless devices. Logitech tried to do wireless for gaming I believe once with the G7, and has yet to do anything more, probably due to lag or perceived lag by the market for those devices.

Re:Really interesting... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23231398)

Batteries. The reason gaming mice are mostly wired is batteries. Even rechargeable batteries are intolerable in a gaming environment. Missing out on a match while you find new batteries, or switch mice is totally unacceptable to many gamers.

There is no lag, I've used half a dozen wireless mice and never seen anything I would call lag. Some are less precise than others, but thats not a wireless issue, it's a build out issue.
I've been playing in CAL CS:S with a logitech cordless and except when I forget to put it back on the charger, it's fine. But if I go to bed and don't put it on the charger, it's not going to last thru my next match, in which case I grab the spare G15 thats plugged in and sitting to the side on the desk.

cited Slashdot links don't do it justice (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23213160)

It's great to see links to previous slashdot articles, but they're for the console. What really puts it in perspective are these ones:

"Phantom Lapboard On Sale August 15th" [slashdot.org]

"Phantom Entertainment Announces Lapboard Preorders" [slashdot.org]

"Alienware Ordering Phantom Lapboards" [slashdot.org]

They all date from 2006!

We kid all the time about Duke Nukem Forever, but at least 3D Realms hasn't set a release date or offered preorders ... and then still not delivered almost 2 years later!!

Mouse and Keyboard in the living room? (1)

AlgorithMan (937244) | more than 6 years ago | (#23213554)

http://video.google.de/videoplay?docid=2176025602905109829 [google.de]
watch this and you'll know how much you need a mouse and a keyboard in your living room!
(and this "lapboard" doesn't even have a gyro-mouse! it's just a freakin' mouse with a board to put on your lap!)

What about this instead? (1)

goonies (227194) | more than 6 years ago | (#23215424)

I just bought this for my mythtv [mythtv.org] media box:
Logitech diNovo Mini [logitech.com]

what else do you need?

Keyboarding from the couch ain't easy (1)

plimsoll (247070) | more than 6 years ago | (#23215514)

That lapboard is huge.

About a year ago I built a MythTV [mythtv.org] PVR for my wife who is not really into computers. We had a similar keyboard human interface problem with regard to couch-friendliness.

We ended up finding a tiny import "SEJIN SPR-8696WT FreeBoard Trackball Wireless Keyboard" that's 11.5" x 6", has an integrated trackball and infrared. It works great on the couch, tolerates moderate chucking and I still haven't had to replace the batteries.

This is somewhat hard to find online now that I'm looking for it but I did find a few -mostly non-US- links.

Disclaimer: Apart from liking the product I don't have a damn thing to do with these websites, the manufacturer or resellers.

Who needs it? (1)

kidcharles (908072) | more than 6 years ago | (#23216848)

I've found that the texture of your average couch is perfect for optical mouse tracking, what is the need for a separate surface for mousing?

Re:Who needs it? (1)

BigJClark (1226554) | more than 6 years ago | (#23229472)


I have a reflective couch, you insensitive clod!

A bit off-topic, but... (1)

Landshark17 (807664) | more than 6 years ago | (#23220082)

I'm planning to build a computer this summer, it's going to be a desktop. However, I've had a laptop for the last three years, I've gotten really used to laptop keyboards, and I like them better. Does anyone know where I might find a laptop-syle keyboard for a desktop for a reasonable price? This looks laptop-like enough, but $130 is pretty steep and I don't need it to be wireless.

How about a real combined keyboard & mouse (1)

Cortek (165100) | more than 6 years ago | (#23226506)

What I would love to find is a wireless keyboard that has a pointing device integrated into it.

Something similar to a laptop keyboard with a touchpad or the little rubber nub.

Personally, such a setup would be perfect for a home theater pc where using a separate mouse may be a hassle.

Don't hold your breath (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23253194)

Despite this input device being released, I'd suggest you get familiar with their history. [wikipedia.org]

I wouldn't count on anything good coming from them, unless you find the lapboard appealing to you. I remember years ago hearing about this Phantom console and it seemed like it had this mysterious image of something amazing that would come out eventually that would sweep the console industry. Ha, so much for that!

How have they been generating revenue all this time, anyway?

Laugh as much as you like but... (1)

kafros (896657) | more than 6 years ago | (#23261144)

These guys have managed to persuade investors to give them more than 70mil USD, which they have put into their pockets (in the form of salaries, consulting or other services) without building anything. They may be incompetent in tech but they are very very competent in economics (thief-ionics to be more accurate). Now they are out for one more round. My guess: there are enough suckers that will buy stock
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