During Microsoft’s press conference at E3 in Los Angeles on Monday, Casey Hudson, the project lead for Mass Effect 3, announced that the game would be available on store shelves sometime in March 2012. Ray Muzyka, BioWare’s chief executive officer, also said that the Mass Effect 3 will take advantage of Microsoft’s Kinect controller, and gave a brief demo of how it will work, showing how gamers will even be able to use their voices to direct squad members. The BGR team is here in Los Angeles, so be we’ll be sure to bring hands-on impressions of the game as soon as we can.
Windows Mobile 6.5 users will be able to say bye bye to Microsoft Voice Command and hello to TellMe when next generation Windows Mobile handsets finally hit store shelves this fall. Currently available for BlackBerry handsets via a third party application (ironically provided by Microsoft as TellMe is a subsidiary of the Redmond, WA computer giant) and also present on the Samsung Instinct, TellMe will now be integrated into upcoming Windows Mobile 6.5 handsets. The new TellMe solution will feature one-button, voice-driven access to text messaging, phone dialing, traffic information, GPS data and searching via Microsoft Live search. TellMe for 6.5 will be available for free via the Windows Mobile Marketplace or as a value added feature pre-installed by carriers and handset manufacturers. Sweet!
Winner of the best cell phone accessory at CTIA this past spring, the Blueant V1 headset has been officially launched. It is listed at Amazon for $119.99 and at MobileCity Online for $99.99, with an expected availability of Aug 29th. The innovative new Bluetooth headset features a unique voice user interface that allows you to speak commands to the headset, access a verbal help system and check on the headset status. No funky LEDs to decipher or fumbling around looking for buttons, just talk to your headset and tell it what to do. Some of the supported commands include “Pair me”, “Call Back” and “Redial”. It will also speak the number of any incoming calls and ask you if you want to “Answer” or “Ignore” the call. Sweet! Now if we could just get it to do the all the talking when your boss calls about that proposal that was due yesterday…