OCZ Neural Impulse Actuator (nia) - The Log

The Packaging & Device

The Packaging & Device
 
Starting with the outer packaging, the nia is presented in a plain white box with a picture of the unit on the front. The lack of information at this point makes the unit seem quite mysterious with only the words "Advanced BioTechnology for Gaming" printed up the right-hand side.
 
OCZ NIA Box Front OCZ NIA Box Back
 
Flipping the box over reveals a picture of the headband along with five paragraphs about the unit. Within the first sentence, OCZ state that the nia is not a substitute for a mouse, but more of a companion. Hopefully this will prevent users from believing that they can use it to fully control a character in-game as soon as they get the device home.
 
OCZ NIA Box Open OCZ NIA Box Contents
 
Contained within the box are the bare necessities: a driver CD, USB cable and fairly basic instruction manual. Both the nia and the headband were securely contained within their own custom-moulded foam block.
 
OCZ NIA Small! OCZ NIA Side
 
OCZ NIA Front OCZ NIA Back
 
Much to our surprise, the nia is actually tiny in comparison to what OCZ's stock photos lead you to believe. This is also a significant down-size from the last time we got to see the nia in prototype form.
 
The build quality of the device is easy to see and feel from the offset, and the nia looks very stylish in its brushed aluminium casing on the desktop.
 
 OCZ NIA Headband OCZ NIA Headband Closeup
 
OCZ NIA Headband Closeup OCZ NIA Headband Closeup
 
The headband is constructed entirely of rubber with three diamond-shaped carbon nano-fibre-based sensors at the front. Also down the sides of the headband are two further sensors that pick up muscular signals such as the raising of your eyebrows.
 
While the moulded rubber construction does make the headband feel slightly cheap, it's also bound to be extremely robust and provides the flexibility required to fit all shapes and sizes of head.
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01-06-2008, 17:28:09

JN
The OCZ nia is finally here and Overclock3D has been lucky enough to receive one of the first retail samples. Over the next month we'll be taking you through our experiences with the device. But for now - Day 1.

http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...091355144s.jpg

OCZ Neural Impulse Actuator (nia) Review

and dont forget to DIGG ITQuote

01-06-2008, 18:56:24

Bungral
Awww man I'm still a touch gutted I couldn't make it there mate

Looks like good annoying fun.

I'll look forward to the updates. I just really want to see in a couple of months the videos people post up so we can really get an idea of what this is capable of in a game. Also hearing other experiences of how people have learned to practice certain functions and control all the different "brainfingers" at once.Quote

01-06-2008, 19:04:28

ionicle
that looks mind boggling

kinda fun though...

hmmm

i dunno what to make of it though tbh..Quote
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