Summary: After about two weeks of messing with this I only really got my character to move unsteadily forward, and was able to turn the character to the left slowly and unsteadily with random firing and jumping. My wife got it to move her character pretty good, and got it to shoot and jump, but not at the same time in about 3-5 days. Not impossible, but neither of us really felt it sped us up any. Fun to try, and we aren't letting our's go. Fun toy, but can be very frustrating.
Summary: I bought this about a week ago, and I plugged it into my computer and it worked as well as one could expect. I went through the calibration screens and everything was working fine. Then I started to play the included "nia trainer" game, and it froze my computer. I had to use a hard shutdown. I restarted and I tried again and the same thing happened. I'm running a brand new Asus G73jh, so I know my computer can handle it, I just don't know what the problem is.
Summary: I'm not going to lie about the NIA -- it's extremely difficult to learn to use. It's not like learning a new method, though, or getting used to a new control scheme... it's quite literally like learning to control muscles that you've never had before. It's taken me weeks to get it to a usable state with just a few of the triggers, and I've heard that people have taken longer. If you have the patience to learn it, though, the NIA is amazing.
Fun toy, not 100% functional. This tech will get better soon.
L. Woolley, Amazon
11 November 2009
Summary: I got the NIA and tried it for a week or so and I was unimpressed with the control capabilities. Sure it improved click speed and possible reflex time, but the glance mechanism (the muscle sensor that reads eye-movement and translates that into game controls) was completely inoperable, spazzing out constantly (literally, 'constantly'... it never sat still or sensed the correct direction). You still have to use the mouse.
Summary: I have trouble with my hands, so I am glad that this has come along. It is really, really difficult to adjust. I have been able to get the muscle part working so I can go forward and backward in shooting and role playing games without having to continuously hold keys down. This has helped me a lot. When the device is working well, it is more fun to play. The glance function works, but it is hard to get it to work consistently.
Summary: I'm glad that I've read so many reviews about the NIA before I bought since it's as tough to learn as expected. I bought it because I'm a gamer with carpal tunnel in both wrists. I mainly use it for walking, since that's the most painful to do ingame and it's really useful for that.
Summary: Cool new technology that's not quite there yet. Seems to work ok for things like the included Pong game, but using it for a full blown game is another story. It will take hours and hours of practice to make it barely usable. Also, I submitted a rebate form, complying with all rules, and OCZ sent me a denial. No apparent recourse and they have my UPC so I can't try again.
Summary: there are serious problems with electrical noise and the only solution is to hold the device. Their tech support is unable to provide any solution so the device is really unusable, save your money.