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CES 2014: Griffin Debuts 'PowerMate Bluetooth' Controller for Mac

Griffin today announced a new version of its PowerMate wireless controller for the Mac, bringing wireless Bluetooth 4.0 capability as well a redesigned PowerMate app for easier user configuration.

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Like its predecessor, the PowerMate Bluetooth acts as a programmable wireless controller that is designed to replace keyboard shortcuts with twist gestures and clicks. The controller also comes with presets for programs such as iMovie and GarageBand out of the box, as users can add custom commands to any Mac application with the included PowerMate app.

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Users can also control the behavior of the pulsing LED on the device to provide system status, and are also able to pair multiple PowerMates through Bluetooth in order to assign specific commands to each.

The PowerMate Bluetooth will be available Summer 2014 for $59.99 through Griffin's official website and various retailers.

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7 months ago
Finally, Tempest!
Rating: 6 Votes
7 months ago

They definitely need a better way of describing that thing. I have no clue how it works? Should I think Magic Trackpad, or more iPod click wheel?


It's a Magic Track Wheel.
Rating: 3 Votes
7 months ago

BetterTouchTool


Blimey! Three fingers swipe left plus one finger down plus left trouser leg rolled up = 'Quit'
Rating: 3 Votes
7 months ago
The old version of this was in the movie "The Island"



This combined with Alfred or a move powerful automator than Griffen could come up with, would make this a powerful tool.
Rating: 2 Votes
7 months ago
They definitely need a better way of describing that thing. I have no clue how it works? Should I think Magic Trackpad, or more iPod click wheel?
Rating: 2 Votes
7 months ago
:)
Rating: 2 Votes
7 months ago

Remind me again – why is a mouse so desperately uncool?


It isn't a mouse replacement, it just adds another physical control to your computer. Take for example - video or audio editing. A lot of time will be spent scrubbing through tracks, and having a physical dial to control is just much more comfortable and accurate than using a mouse scroll wheel.

Then outside of that context you have a really cool volume dial for your computer :D
Rating: 1 Votes
7 months ago
I have a USB Powermate. The hardware is quite wonderful in every way. The software however, sucks. They just didn't support it over the years even though they kept selling them as new.

The old version of this was in the movie "The Island".


I also spotted one on "Firefly" in the episode "Trash". It was on a control panel near an exterior door where Malcolm and Saffron had just escaped through, and were jamming the door closed.
Rating: 1 Votes
7 months ago

The old version of this was in the movie "The Island"


there was also one in Pacific Rim...





i wish Griffin still made the black version.... that was sharp.
Rating: 1 Votes
7 months ago
I also have the original one and came up with a unique application for it.

I setup a TV above the fireplace and connected a computer to it. I used double sided tape and and affixed the PowerMate to the wall. I then had a Perl script that would periodically generate a random playlist of kids tv shows on the local server.

Pressing on the PowerMate would start VLC in full screen. And the wheel turns would go forward or back.

So it was a way for my 3 year old to watch stuff and "change the channel" when he wanted to.

It was fun to figure out and set up.
Rating: 1 Votes

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