|2008 International CES Computer Technology Highlights|
|News - Featured Website News|
|Written by Olin Coles|
|Saturday, 12 January 2008|
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OCZ Neural Impulse Actuator
Similar to the HydroFlow and HydroJet products, the Neural Impulse Actuator has been in development for quite some time. OCZ showcased an updated edition of the NIA (Neural Impulse Actuator), an innovative input device that takes the next step towards a full integration of central and peripheral nerve activity into controlling personal computers at the 2008 CES "Full Throttle" industry party at the Bellagio.
The Neural Impulse Actuator was shown in gaming demos, and featured an newly-added Hi-Speed USB interface and enhanced user software. OCZ's Dr. Michael Schuette was kind enough to demo the NIA for me before the OCZ Full Throttle party began inside a private room at the Bellagio. While he did still use his hand to control the directional movement with a mouse, his mind controlled the trigger. Dr. Schuette appeared to have some credible game, as he relentlessly scored headshot after headshot without any perceivable delay in reaction time from the NIA.
The Neural Impulse Actuator is an innovative input device that takes the next step towards a full integration of central and peripheral nerve activity into controlling personal computers. Neural signals are decoded and combined with each other to create unique commands based on the specific permutation of brain, eye, and facial muscle activity.
OCZ is implementing this pioneering technology in upcoming solutions that address PC productivity and gaming applications. While it's great that there's still hope for aging gamers in respect to the decline in reaction time, I personally hope that this technology can also lead to some level of happiness in disabled persons wanting in on the fun.
OCZ HydroFlow Water Cooling
OCZ showcased a complementary liquid cooling solution which allows them to expand into water cooling accessories with the introduction the HydroFlow CPU waterblock unit to cool the most powerful processors. The HydroFlow was designed with the highest possible exchange rate between the block and the coolant with the unique triangular fin design, and is the preeminent way to efficient cooling for overclocked CPUs.
OCZ also had a new design of the HydroJet CPU cooler, which has been in development for over a year and first debuted at CeBIT in 2007. The fourth generation of HydroJet was on hand, however no credible tests were conducted to indicate cooling performance. The HydroJet is a self contained liquid CPU cooler with carbon nanotubes in the base which offloads heat more efficiently than conventional air cooling solutions with copper heatpipes.