Mad Catz is no stranger to gaming keyboards of course, but it had yet to bring its S.T.R.I.K.E branding to the mobile market. That changes today, however, with the launch of the S.T.R.I.K.E.M, a keyboard specifically made for portable devices such as its own M.O.J.O micro console for Android. Like the rest of the company's GameSmart devices, the S.T.R.I.K.E.M keyboard is equipped with Bluetooth for wireless connectivity, but it also features NFC technology for quick and easy pairing with compatible products. Frequent gamers will appreciate the micro P.U.L.S.E scissor keys underneath as well as an Optical Finger Navigation (OFN) mouse sensor. Other features include a rechargeable lithium polymer battery, backlighting for those late night gaming sessions and dedicated media keys. The S.T.R.I.K.E.M will be available in glossy black, white and red. We're not sure yet how much it'll cost or when it'll be available, but rest assured it'll likely arrive before the end of the y.e.a.r.
Mad Catz® Announces S.T.R.I.K.E. M ™ Mobile Keyboard
New GameSmart™ Keyboard Features Bluetooth® and Near Field Communication (NFC) Technologies for Simple Connection to Multiple Devices
San Diego – October 29, 2013 – Mad Catz Interactive, Inc. ("Mad Catz") (NYSE MKT/TSX: MCZ) announced today the S.T.R.I.K.E.M Mobile Keyboard. Expected to ship in time for Holiday 2013, the S.T.R.I.K.E.M features a tablet sized footprint, ideal for mobile use and designed to interface with a wide variety of platforms and smart devices including the Company's forthcoming M.O.J.O.™ Micro-Console™ for Android™.
Part of the Company's range of GameSmart mobile products, the S.T.R.I.K.E.M features NFC technology allowing gamers to connect the keyboard simply by tapping it to a compatible device. For products without NFC compatibility, integrated Bluetooth allows for use with a wide variety of hardware including smartphones, tablets and laptops.
"The S.T.R.I.K.E. range has proven to resonate with passionate gamers, and we are exciting to extend the brand into mobile gaming with a technically advanced product which combines impressive features with striking aesthetics" said Darren Richardson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Mad Catz Interactive. "We believe the S.T.R.I.K.E.M fits perfectly with our long-term strategy of designing innovative products for passionate gamers across all gaming platforms."
The S.T.R.I.K.E.M features micro P.U.L.S.E. scissor keys for crisp actuation with a tactile click response and an Optical Finger Navigation (OFN) Mouse Sensor with dedicated mouse buttons. Powered by a rechargeable Lithium Polymer Battery, the S.T.R.I.K.E.M features illuminated backlighting for use in darkened environments, dedicated media buttons with volume scroll wheel and on board memory used for storing multiple macro commands.
The S.T.R.I.K.E.M will be available in gloss black, gloss white and gloss red.