Found this cool video for the Lapboard.


Short and sweet but cool none-the-less.

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8 Responses to “Found this cool video for the Lapboard.”

  1. That’s sporty… May Phantom preent them this fashion.

  2. I don’t really know what’s going on with the Phantom Game Service, although I always envisioned it as a high-quality service similar to iTunes where you could find and download pretty much any game you wanted, I don’t know if it will ever make it to market and I feel that GameTap is kinda eating Phantom’s lunch on the idea. But I do know from info provided here that the lapboard is in demand, it’s a legit product with a real demand. However, I know that a company can only survive for a short while without diversification. The lapboard, like the DeLorean DMC, may be in high demand now, but what happens later? So where is phantom going, is the Phantom Game Service a real base for this company to grow on, or should other gaming peripherals (in addition to the lapboard) be developed? Can Phantom unseat Logitech as the #1 peripheral maker? Where is Phantom in five years?

  3. phantomadmin Says:

    Phantom Entertainment has spent 5 years working on the needs for innovative designs in the gaming industry. We have many ideas and have plans to create additional sku’s. The first agenda is to sell the first 10k units of the lapboard before we will focus on this area. The company feels we have a road map to get us there. Phantom Entertainment feels we can compete with Logitech and other gaming hardware companies and be successful in this space. Our plans are to focus on the living room as the new gaming center for the home. We feel that this is a wide open market and that we are ahead of the curve, but the timing is right for our new designs to come. We have many ideas to improve on the lapboard design and to add additional periphrials built around the living room and the lapboard.

  4. Just want to say I like the lapboard. Got one while they were still available. Wasn’t sure where else to direct these suggestions but I figured since we were on the topic of future ideas and direction of the company…

    The mouse needs some sort of catch or tether, something to hold it in place while your hand is off it for whatever reason. Say… a small, square metal plate embedded inside the board just under the plastic with four holes to match the mouse feet. Instead of plastic feet on the mouse, small rounded magnets so that when the mouse is set in those holes it’ll stay put. No clue what those magnets would do to signaling . Just something to keep the mouse in place instead of it sliding off the board and onto the floor 😦 I don’t always use it in the living room so it’s not falling on carpet, and not everyone has carpeted living rooms.

    Extend the right side of the board a bit so the mouse can be used while typing flat (or some other means of mousing while typing flat), don’t want to switch between two keyboards.

    Sell the keyboard by itself. Too many people fiercely loyal to their own wireless mice, which are abundant. The keyboard by itself would be a definite purchase for a lot of those people, as indicated by their abundant comments to that effect (maxpc, slashdot, gamepro, random blogs, etc).

    The stuttering of the mouse signal (at least in my environment where there are lots of frequencies about), is pretty annoying. I’ve heard that wireless dongles right next to the PC can get interference from the PC itself. Including a usb extension cable may correct some of that, as it seems to be a common problem with wireless devices.

    Don’t take this the wrong way, but the response given to wired’s review seemed unprofessional. Let people say what they’re going to say. The keyboard has an audience, and there were positive comments and interest is being generated in spite of the review. No matter how good the product is, there will ALWAYS be bashers. AT&T, Microsoft, IBM, DELL, Joe Schmoe who posts videos on YouTube, everybody talks trash about them. Don’t waste time and energy defending yourself, the company, or its employees against people whose mind won’t be changed anyway. Of course all the stakeholders want things to work out. But if there’s a response, it shouldn’t be spiteful or resort to saying the reviewer is unobjective/biased. Phantom does not have a great reputation, you have to be realistic about that. Change the perception by selling product and being professional, not by drawing the ire of naysayers who probably have good reason to be skeptical at this point.

    Hope the company keeps this forward momentum! Keep it up.

  5. Maybe reverse engineering blue tooth for the lapboard could be the way to communicate. Possibly via USB drive?

    How about individually sold custom gaming mice? with more buttons; for those who desire… more buttons. I’m OK with the stock mouse for the moment.

    merely suggestions for later consideration.

  6. So, What do you think of the potential of WiMax, with its faster than ever bandwidth speeds, in regard to gaming and more specifically, game distribution?

    “WiMax has been moving forward in developing countries. But in the industrialized nations, the industry was waiting for Sprint to get the ball rolling,” said ABI Research principal analyst Philip Solis in a research note.

    More immediately, the deal could unleash a flood of WiMax-compatible gadgets. Up first: lots of notebooks and ultra-mobile PCs. Intel is expected to flex its marketing muscle and use its ubiquitous chipsets to drive adoption, much like it did for wi-fi with its Centrino series. It will have WiMax chips ready by the second half of the year. Nokia (nyse: NOK – news – people ) has already introduced a WiMax version of a popular tablet computer; Samsung and Motorola (nyse: MOT – news – people ) are selling WiMax PC cards and modems. Cellphones, gaming players and digital cameras are expected to follow next year.

    You can’t see them, but the fastest-ever mobile broadband connections are headed your way.

    It would seem encouraging for the Phantom Game Service have a speedy network to commute on.
    http://www.forbes.com/technology/2008/05/07/clearwire-intel-sprint-tech-wire-cx_ew_0507clearwire.html

  7. I agree with pheadbaq on the Wired review, the response was reminiscent of the old Phantom vs. HardOCP days. From what I read the reviewer was a lefty who was apparenty too lazy to set his key controls to a more comfortable configuration. And Ars Technica didn’t even try the board for themselves, only publishing a review of the Wired review. Bad reviews are bound to happen on every product, but if the sales are good who cares?

  8. The “old” Phantom (Infinium) was exactly what I was thinking… Nobody’s going to give Phantom a free pass, the company will have to make things happen if they want to change opinions, and they need to be as professional as possible while doing that, regardless of negative press.

    About WiMax, I would hope something will happen with the game service in the next couple of years. GameTap from what I hear is running in the red. My opinion is that they don’t have enough new games and everything else is old console stuff people can download (albeit illegally) and play on an emulator, so what’s the point? Steam seems to be doing fine (lots of new games), and Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo are gradually integrating more and more substantial releases into the download services for their consoles, but it’s likely none of them will move those services to PC. Well, maybe Microsoft since the dev environment for 360 is merging with the PC… It won’t be too many more years before download is the norm for the newest titles and the market will be crowded. Not much time left for Phantom to get the ball rolling.

    I’m partial to Koler’s plan (I think it was his anyway) to license the service out to everyone and their grandmother to get saturation, since the cost of putting out an actual hardware device (phantom console) and providing support, etc, would be considerable. Then anyone who wants to offer streaming games as part of a larger package can do so, which is something GameTap didn’t do and something Steam isn’t doing, both of them being proprietary.

    Speaking of Koler. Anyone know why he left just as lapboards were beginning to sell?

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