Debuting along with a few Wii charge kits at CES 2009, The Wand is Nyko's answer to the Wii Remote, featuring the ability to electrically replicate vibration feedback and control in attached devices.
Nyko's The Wand is a Wii remote alternative that features the company's all new Trans-Port technology. While current attachments to your standard Wii remote use mechanical triggers, and therefor cannot vibrate, The Wand can carry over electrical signals as well, meaning that peripherals attached can enjoy a whole-new level of control. In the gallery below you can see a pistol grip attachment they use as an example of the technology, which uses electrical signals to replicate key action buttons on the remote. Interesting.
Can't say I care for the color-scheme, which they've carried over from the recently released wireless classic controller, but functionally it sounds like a winner. The Wand should be hitting stores this April. Check out the press release below for Nyko's full CES line up!
CES 2009: Nyko Technologies Unveils Full CES Product Lineup
The Wand, Charge Station EX and Kama Charge Kit Make Their Debut
LOS ANGELES - Jan. 8, 2009
The premier videogame accessories manufacturer, Nyko Technologies®, today debuted its full lineup of new products at the Consumer Electronics Show 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. In addition to the previously announced Metal Pedal™ and Charge Station™ Quad, the following lineup of brand new videogame accessories for the Nintendo® Wii™ will be on display for an exclusive hands-on demo:
The Nyko Wand is the world’s most advanced alternative to the Wii Remote™ and has been designed from the ground up for superior functionality, comfort, and value. The new controller maintains all of the control functions Wii gamers expect with full motion-sensing capability, pointer functionality, vibration feedback, and a built-in speaker, while offering a variety of new features.
The Wand contains Nyko’s all-new Trans-Port™ technology, which enables control and vibration feedback to be electrically replicated on a compatible attachment accessory, providing for faster and more accurate input response. Current attachments made for the Wii Remote can only access buttons through use of mechanical triggers and provide no vibration feedback. One of the many potential uses of Trans-Port technology is a pistol grip that connects to the Wand and electrically replicates key action buttons, providing controls not currently accessible with attachments for the Wii Remote. In addition, enlarged 1 and 2 buttons make the Wand an exceptional choice for classic gaming control when turned sideways, complete with Nyko’s signature rubberized battery cover to ensure maximum comfort and grip.
The Wand will be available at select retail stores nationwide in April, 2009.
Charge Station™ EX
The Charge Station EX is the latest iteration of North America’s best-selling third party videogame accessory, the Charge Station™ for Wii. Also a 2-port Wii Remote charging and storage solution, the Charge Station EX adds LED battery level indicators to the front of the device and a new sleek look. Now users will be able to determine not only when a controller is charging but also the charge level of the battery based on the LED indicators.
The Charge Station™ EX will be available at stores nationwide in April, 2009 and will retail for an MSRP of $34.99.
Kama Charge Kit™
The Kama Charge Kit is an all-in-one charging solution for the Wii. The device simultaneously stores and charges both the Wii Remote™ and the Kama controllers in one convenient unit. Included with the Kama Charge Kit is a Kama Wireless Controller, a rechargeable battery pack, and a rubberized battery cover for both the Wii Remote and Kama controllers to allow for seamless drop-in charging.
The Kama Charge Kit will be available at stores nationwide in April, 2009.
For those who are attending CES and would like to personally visit with Nyko for a hands-on demo of the new accessories in their hospitality suite, please contact Quinn Wageman at the following email address to schedule an appointment: firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information on these and other Nyko products, please visit: www.nyko.com.