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Phantom Lapboard Delayed

Zonk posted more than 8 years ago | from the darn-shame dept.


JamesO writes "The unique keyboard and mouse combo finds a manufacturer, but slips from its Q2 release date." From the article: "Infinium Labs' Phantom game service may never see the light of day, but at least something positive will come from the project in the shape of the system's keyboard and mouse combo. What makes the Lapboard interesting is that it features a keyboard that can be angled upwards to reveal a surface on which a mouse can operate. This means the device is perfect for use on your lap (hence the name) and ideal for those who no longer sit at a desk when using their PC."

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In other news... (0, Flamebait)

C10H14N2 (640033) | more than 8 years ago | (#15174459)

..oh wait, that would imply that THIS is news.

VC's Still fund em (1)

Nazmun (590998) | more than 8 years ago | (#15176143)

Phantom will be the laughingstock of this community until Venture capitalists realize that phantom is nothing but a black hole.

Shocked. (1)

Thanatos (15980) | more than 8 years ago | (#15174504)

I'm shocked. Shocked, I tell you.

I never would have guessed.... (4, Funny)

Total_Wimp (564548) | more than 8 years ago | (#15174509)

that this would be delayed. Just goes to show that even a fine company like this can make its share of time-to-market mistakes. I just hope it comes out in time to play Duke Nukem Forever. I couldn't envision playing the game any other way.


Re:I never would have guessed.... (1)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 8 years ago | (#15177087)

Last I heard, Atari was looking to use this keyboard/mouse setup on their new "Atari 26000" console. I hear they optimized "E.T. 2010" to really make the most of it.


Wait a minute... (1)

geminidomino (614729) | more than 8 years ago | (#15174510)

Something's jabbing into my gums...

MOOOOOMMMMMMM! Did you put a fishhook in my PB&J again?

Don't Worry (4, Funny)

American AC in Paris (230456) | more than 8 years ago | (#15174518)

Given Infinium's track record, I'm sure this is just a small bump in the otherwise smooth road to an exceptional and decidedly existent product.

Re:Don't Worry (1)

spezz (150943) | more than 8 years ago | (#15175961)

Given Infinium's track record I wouldn't be surprised to see their CEO wrap his Ferrari around a tree. []

To Infinium... and Beyond! (1)

Orrin Bloquy (898571) | more than 8 years ago | (#15174537)

Cut them some slack. It takes a lot of R&D to make a lapboard truly cheeto-proof.

Re:To Infinium... and Beyond! (1)

Austerity Empowers (669817) | more than 8 years ago | (#15174741)

I'd think in lapboard design, particularly with Phantom exec's being what they are, cheeto's are the least destructive substance to contend with.

MOd parent Funny! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15177486)


No? Really! (0, Redundant)

techpawn (969834) | more than 8 years ago | (#15174542)

We'l hear in a few months that will ship with the Phantoms release title of Duke Nukem Forever

Good heavens, it can't be... (0, Redundant)

david.given (6740) | more than 8 years ago | (#15174548)

An Infinium product? Delayed?


More phantom coverage???!!!! (3, Funny)

techstar25 (556988) | more than 8 years ago | (#15174558)

They say there is no such thing as bad publicity. The /. editors much be on Infinium's payroll.

Re:More phantom coverage???!!!! (1)

Tolookah (837210) | more than 8 years ago | (#15174839)

yeah, they are, but it's a commission job...

A prediction! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15174574)

Soon, after further delays and a couple new injections of money from suckers^H^H^H^H^H^H^Hinvestors, it will become a lappad, a unique device capable of maintaining stability on your knee while you move a wireless mouse around on it. The neat thing about it will be that it has a small shelf for cheetos and a soda. You'll still need to get a keyboard, of course, but the possibilities are endless for the tv^H^Hmouse tray! Huzzah for Phantom!

Thanks for the update! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15174645)

Somehow I missed the earlier posts on this fine peripheral! I hope they got a patent on this. It's going to take over the world!

Re:Thanks for the update! (1)

AKAImBatman (238306) | more than 8 years ago | (#15174680)

Somehow I missed the earlier posts on this fine peripheral! I hope they got a patent on this. It's going to take over the world!

Exibit A: An Infinium Shill trolling the message boards, just as they promised in their financial briefings. Cool, huh?

Missed additional press release (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15174747)

Similar to their decision to release a subset of the innovative hardware that is their primary console, Infinum announced today their new Phantom Shift Key, which is what they consider the most innovative part of their recently delayed Phantom Keyboard.

Damn, (2, Funny)

MrCopilot (871878) | more than 8 years ago | (#15174799)

Damn, Where can I cancel my preorder?

They seemed so reputable.

chances are (1)

radical_dementia (922403) | more than 8 years ago | (#15174812)

Probably when this thing is actually released we'll be plugging our computers directly into our brains and won't need something as primitive as a mouse and keyboard to play games.

Sales to Geeks (1)

JabberWokky (19442) | more than 8 years ago | (#15174899)

At this point anything the company releases with their logo on it will have instant sales to any geek who either collects videogame consoles or just likes esoteric hardware. It's the equivalent of a car collector owning an Edsel or having a dinner plate from the Titanic.


Clue me in (1)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 8 years ago | (#15175107)

After reading some (and watching it fly over my head).

Is that akin to the "emacs or vi" flamewar on a core level progger scale?

Re:Clue me in (1)

Eideewt (603267) | more than 8 years ago | (#15176310)


(I find myself predisposed to one-word comments these days.

Re:Clue me in (4, Funny)

porcupine8 (816071) | more than 8 years ago | (#15176754)

Not at all. Because, see, emacs and vi actually exist, and so people can argue about which existant text editor is better *cough*emacs*cough*.

Infinium has been claiming for some time now to have a new console in the works, appropriately titled the Phantom. There is little to no evidence that this console will ever actually be produced, but they put out "updates" on it now and then, and have even managed to sucker in a new round of venture capital recently. So people are less shocked to hear that another product of theirs is "delayed" than they would be to hear that it's actually in stores.

Blast. (1)

Thad Boyd (880932) | more than 8 years ago | (#15175108)

The one thing from Infinium that I might actually like to get my hands on, and now IT'S becoming vaporware. Oh, and I should probably throw in a reference to Duke Nukem Forever and some sort of stupid comment about how unsurprising it is that an Infinium product would be delayed, because I'm an unoriginal moron and think I'm clever.

Editors miss a fine opportunity (1)

Lupulack (3988) | more than 8 years ago | (#15175133)

This headline could be so very much improved. For instance, "Phantom Lapboard Nowhere to be Seen!"

Or maybe I've been reading too much
Your dog wants a trackball!

Odd (1)

Lord_Dweomer (648696) | more than 8 years ago | (#15175271)

Not to troll or anything...but did anybody else find it a bit odd that the whole blurb was basically a press release? In fact, I read the headline, then read the blurb, and had to REREAD the blurb to realize that I missed the first bit about it being delayed. Rather than explain about Phantom and their lapboard, which most of Slashdot is very familiar with...wouldn't it have been more useful to say something...i dunno....maybe about WHY it is delayed?

Since this is basically the Vapourware Company Of The Year, I think most readers would find that info a bit more interesting.

Re:Odd (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15178299)

Yes, delayed. But the difference is they have, under terms, signs and have entered into an agreement with Itron Technology Inc., and, UNDER TERMS, to ship no later than October in time for the holiday shopping season," So, apparently, this should settle the matter of further delays, as the arragement appears to be more difinitive.

I won't need the desk anymore! (1)

cryptomancer (158526) | more than 8 years ago | (#15175307)

Cool, a *lapboard*! I've wanted to join the throngs of users who don't sit at a desk anymore! Finally I can rid myself of the large, cumbersome desk! ...So after this first offering, when are they going to come out with the hardware for holding my drink?

Spring time for ... Oh Never Mind! (1)

blueZhift (652272) | more than 8 years ago | (#15175393)

OMG! I guess the Producers [] scenario continues to play out wherein, it may be worse for Infinium to actually produce a real product than to fail outright and liquidate. I imagine there's probably a battle within the company right now between those whose pride demands that they produce something tangible and those who know the probable truth that liquidation is the best way to stay out of jail!

It's really sad because I think this lapboard is actually a good idea. Hopefully they can sell it to someone like Logitech, or Microsoft to at least get this in the hands of gamers.

I wish I had the balls these guys had (1)

SlappyBastard (961143) | more than 8 years ago | (#15175458)

Could you imagine the killing an even slightly harder working group of people other than Infinium could achieve with this type of ballsy venture capitalism?

Re:I wish I had the balls these guys had (1)

ivan256 (17499) | more than 8 years ago | (#15175574)

Actually, I want to meet these guys so I can get said venture capatalist's business card.

Infinium... (0)

eno2001 (527078) | more than 8 years ago | (#15175593)

Even a stopped clock is right twice a day, except at Infinium labs where it's Groundhog Day ALL the time. Why doesn't this company DIE? Why doesn't the fat ass behind the company do the same? Jesus every time I hear more stories about Infinium...

I predict... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15175728)

... every comment will be either funny or redundant.

Invisibility (1)

blackraven14250 (902843) | more than 8 years ago | (#15176267)

Not being able to see it is a nice feature, though.

Waiting for a bundle (1)

9mm Censor (705379) | more than 8 years ago | (#15176873)

They are just waiting to bundle it with Duke Nukem Forever...

Anyone else trying to make a Lapboard? (1)

Xenolith (538304) | more than 8 years ago | (#15177987)

Any rumors if a reputable company like Logitech or Razer coming out with a lapboard similar to this?
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