The Peregrine: High Tech Your Gaming Style
Written by Dot Flanagan Monday, 28 March 2011 23:00
|The Peregrine: High Tech Your Gaming Style|
I was given the awesome opportunity to try out The Peregrine this past month and was even graced by an awesome phone call from the inventor himself. The Peregrine is a wearable multi-interface peripheral that plugs into your computer's USB port. You use it with your left hand along with keyboard and/or mouse. The company who makes it is Iron Will Innovations. Their main target is gamers, professional or casual, but the product can be used for just about any type of program on your PC or Mac. I personally used it with Photoshop, Illustrator, and even to change my music on my music player. When I first heard about this glove, it was something I knew I wanted to look further into and see what it is all about. It is definitely one of those products that you have to see and use in order to understand the hype around it.
The first thing that I noticed about the The Peregrine glove when I first got it was how cool it looked. It is similar to wearing a baseball or golf glove, although much lighter in comparison due to the light weight materials used to make it. Instead of hiding the wires used for the sensors (all 21 of them), they actually incorporated them into the design. The silver lines you see on the glove are the wires. With close inspection, you can tell they thought of it all -- the wires are formed like a thin spring that allows it to stretch whenever you wear the glove and move around with it on your hand. Not only that, but it is sewn very cleverly. You can barely see the threads.When I say this glove is very well made, you can bet I am not kidding you. They thought of just about everything. There are mesh patches to help reduce palm sweating, a very comfortable velcro strap around your wrist (even if you don't have it strapped around your wrist, the glove is still very comfortable), very flexible materials were used for the basis of the glove, and it's very easy to wash. Yes, you can wash this glove without a problem. Iron Clad suggests that all you have to do is wear it and wash your hands with soap and water. But that's not the best part.
Glovebox is very easy to configure and use. It is always highly recommended that once you have the glove connected and the software downloaded and installed, that you calibrate the glove. By calibrating it, you are basically programming it to be used by you with as much ease as possible. Also, you are able to program several different types of map keys to use with whatever software or game you'd like to use it with. It is highly recommended for MMORPGs or RTS games (mostly for RTS though), due to how the controls work and how the glove functions. As an example of such games, many customers have been reported using mainly World of Warcraft and League of Legends. There are just over 30 combinations of keys that can be used within the glove (ideally, you should be able to program the glove to type words). And if you want to try other map keys made by other users, there's a place on the Peregrine's website where you can download, as well as submit your own, mapkeys. I think my favorite part of the whole software is that you can define how sensitive the touch points are within Glovebox, especially with the different strengths in your fingers and where the touch points are located.