Monday, April 28, 2008

More of Novint in the News!

Hi guys! Slowly the Falcon is taking over the news. Check us out!

The Falcon was reviewed by Tom’s Hardware. They even gave our deal with EA and the pistol grip a shout out!

The Falcon was also featured in the Hartford Courant as part of a syndicated column from the Chicago Tribune.

Finally, you can see the Falcon in the April issue of Laptop Magazine. The Falcon was selected as their Gaming Gadget of the Month. It's a great feature!

Enjoy and happy Falcon gaming!

Friday, April 25, 2008

Game Section Now LIVE!

Hello everyone and happy Friday! The new Game Section on our Web site is live! Take a look and let us know what you think! We want to hear your feedback as we continue to improve the section. Happy Friday!

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Exclusive: New Games Section Coming to Novint Web Site!

Happy Thursday everyone! We wanted to let you all know that we're going to be launching a new format for our Games Section on the Novint Web site. The pages will go live tomorrow, so check them out and send us your feedback! We're really curious to hear what you think and how we can improve the Web site. As we receive feedback, we'll continue to fine tune things. We're looking forward to your comments!

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Meet the Falcon!

So… what are you guys doing this summer? Probably hitting up the movies at some point. We wanted to give you all a heads up that the Falcon MIGHT be making a big screen appearance this summer! The Set Decorator of Meet Dave, Eddie Murphy’s new movie, contacted us about using the Falcon as part of the main ship and smaller ship that Eddie Murphy pilots. We’re not about to confirm the placement yet, but if we hear anything, you’ll be the first to know! In the meantime, you can check out the trailer for the movie and some of the pictures we received very early in the production!

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Novint Office Hosts Talon Special Ops Deathmatch

Friday was a pretty fun day at Novint's office in Albuquerque. We've been working hard on our new game, Talon Special Ops. On Friday, everyone got together to play the multiplayer version of Talon Special Ops. After talking to everyone, it sounds like it was a lot of fun. The crew played 6v6 and played several types of games - (death-match, team death-match, team domination, and capture the flag). The smack talking started early in the day leading up to the afternoon matches.

Here were some highlights from Tom Anderson, Novint's CEO:

-- One of our employees is 6 months pregnant, so she named her character "Mommy To Be", which I thought was hilarious. It's funny seeing that someone was "... killed by MommyToBe". Also, makes you not want to shoot that character- makes you feel guilty.

-- We separated into the conference room and the programmers area. I loved hearing the roar from the other room when they won, and them calling in to make fun of us. I also loved calling into the other room when we won :)

-- It was really cool experiencing a milestone like that for Novint. It was our first company event like that. Everyone, including non gamers, had a blast.

-- The outdoor environments in Talon Special Ops are beautiful. It was especially fun playing the game, knowing it was one of our titles.

-- The different types of weapons and vehicles (mechs, jeeps, tanks, etc) were a lot of fun for everyone.

-- I spawned at one point right behind someone waiting to capture our flag - they had no idea how I found them (was pure luck) but made me seem pretty tricky.

-- Eric said his mom could take everyone, so Bill called his character "Eric's Mom" which was hilarious.

Sounds like everyone had a great time! We hope to release Talon Special Ops fairly soon, so keep checking back for the announcement!

<-- Several of Novint's employees (including Tom, Novint's CEO and Bill, Novint's Game Director) playing Talon Special Ops.

<-- Check out all of those Falcons!

Monday, April 21, 2008

Check It Out: Video Preview of Penumbra: Black Plague

Hello everyone! Our friends at Reachin have uploaded this awesome video preview of Penumbra: Black Plague. Check it out!

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Game Preview: Penumbra: Black Plague

Hello Falcon Friends! Yesterday was Tax Day in the U.S. and if you're like me you'll be looking for a way to reward yourself! Our friends at Reachin have some great news for you... Penumbra: Black Plague – HaptX Edition will be released very soon!

Like its predecessor, Penumbra: Overture, Penumbra: Black Plague is a first person horror adventure game focused on story, suspense, immersion and puzzles. Throughout the game the player has to use his or her ability to analyze and solve puzzles to guide the main character Philip throughout the game. HaptX and the Novint Falcon promises to further enhance the chilling atmosphere and player interaction within this spectacular game.

Utilizing cutting edge 3D engine technology, Penumbra: Black Plague is a true advancement to the adventure genre. The unique physics system allows for true environmental interaction in a way only comparable within its predecessor Penumbra: Overture. The player can open drawers, pull levers, pick up objects and manipulate those objects in 3D space - all using natural Falcon movements, creating a spectacular new gaming experience.

Just like Penumbra: Overture – HaptX Edition, HaptX intends to provide Novint Falcon owners with some additional new features in this new release, including soft surfaces, fluids and new levels of texture details that we genuinely believe will blow your minds away.

Be sure to drop by the Official Game Web site and the HaptX site for more information.

Are you going to try out Penumbra: Black Plague? Once you do, leave your thoughts below!

Monday, April 14, 2008

Novint Takes Over Times Square AGAIN!

Happy Monday everyone! As many of you know, we announced that several of EA's most popular franchises will now be enabled for the Falcon. Check out this awesome picture of the Reuter's sign in Times Square in New York City! Talk about making a BIG announcement!

Friday, April 11, 2008

Game Preview: The Feel of Steel

Hi everyone! As you all know, this week was a REALLY exciting week for us! Between the EA announcement, our company newsletter, and all of the fantastic press we've been receiving this has been an exciting week! But, our Games Group is still hard at work to bring a bunch of new games to our Online Game Store.

We've got a preview of the game, The Feel of Steel.

Awarded the 2007 Game of the Year award in the Innovation category by Game Tunnel, this is a multiplayer, 3rd-person sword-dueling game in which the movement of the Falcon corresponds directly to the movement of the sword.

Imagine being able to feel the clash of blades as you parry an attack, and the sensation of driving your sword into an opening in your enemy's defenses. Fight on the ground across diverse and exotic terrains, or launch into flight for epic aerial battles. Whether you choose to hack and slash wildly or to dice your opponent with precision strikes, this is as real as swordplay gets. Features include an intuitive sword-fighting system, single-player battles, head-to-head Duel Arena, and a feverish Free-For-All mode.

I was able to try this game out while we were at GDC and it was so much fun! It will challenge you! We expect The Feel of Steel to retail for $19.99. Keep checking back at the blog for details about the timing of the release! Happy Falcon gaming!

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Novint Update

Greetings Falcon Friends! Can't get enough Falcon info? Today's your lucky day! We're going to be sending out Newsletters with information about what's going on with Novint and lots of information on games, product updates, even special offers to our Falcon Friends. We just sent out the most recent edition of the newsletter but also have it posted on our Web site. Don't forget to sign up for future newsletters! Check it out!

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Novint in the News!

Hi everyone! We've had quite a bit of media coverage as a result of our big announcement with EA. Check it out!

Ars Technica

Novint's Deal With EA Featured on G4's XPlay

Hi everyone! It's been a busy day for us as we announced our partnership with EA. Check us out on G4's XPlay with Adam Sessler!

Keep checking back for updates on some other really exciting press that we've received!

Monday, April 07, 2008

Novint Falcon To Support Major EA Franchises

You read this correctly! Novint is thrilled to announce that we're teaming up with EA to enable some of their most popular franchises. We hinted about our BIG announcement and some of our friends were so excited that they leaked the story a bit early.

Here are the details... we're going to add several of EA's best-selling computer games to work the the Falcon. Titles will include franchises like Madden NFL, NBA Life, Tiger Woods PGA Tour, Need for Speed, and Battlefield. We expect to release these titles for the Falcon later this year. Using the Falcon will bring a brand new life to these games and you'll be able to feel realistic touch sensations like the weight of the ball as it's thrown, the sideways acceleration of a car as it drifts around a sharp turn, or the realistic recoil of a machine gun.

We're extremely excited by what this represents for us! It's always nice to have EA in your corner! Check out the press release on our Web site.

Exciting Novint News!

Greetings everyone! We've got some great news here at Novint! We'll be making an exciting announcement on Tuesday at 6 am EST. Check back at the Novint blog and on the Novint Web site for more information!

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Game Preview: WWII 76mm™

Greetings everyone and happy Thursday! We've got a ton of new games that are about to hit the Game Store so keep checking back!

Today we're going to give everyone a preview of WW11 76mm. In this arcade-style tank combat title, you are a commander of an M4 Sherman tank in the Fourth Armored Division, Patton's best and most elite squadron. From France to Germany, you will destroy opposition from the war's most fearsome tanks, including Panthers, Tigers and Hummels. Engage in nonstop military action with authentic weapons and navigation you can actually feel with the Novint Falcon. Multiple mission styles are included with objectives such as Assault, Escort, Defense, and Rescue. Features include more than 30 objectives over 10 missions, and detailed WWII-era environments.

This is sure to be a favorite of everyone's so check it out when you get a chance. Until then, happy Falcon gaming!

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Novint's Headquarters Taken Over (By Kindergarteners)

We recently hosted a very distinguished group of visitors at the brand new Novint Headquarters. Novint's CEO, Tom Anderson, invited his son's kindergarten class to come and visit the office and learn about haptic technology (it's never too early to start recruiting!). Everyone had a great time and it was a highlight for all of the Novint Employees.