Mionix Naos QG mouse knows what's really in your heart


— 9:03 AM on September 22, 2016

When you're streaming a game on Twitch, you are part of the content as much as the game. Viewers want to see and hear their favorite streamers, watching them react to games in real time. Peripheral manufacturer Mionix wants you to share even more—not just what you're saying, but what you're feeling as well. The Mionix Naos QG Gaming Mouse (QG standing for Quantified Gaming) intends to do just that.

The Naos QG will allow users to monitor and share heart rate and GSR—galvanic skin response, or more simply, sweat—via software Mionix says it developed "in collaboration with the Kickstarter and Twitch streaming community." If it works well, the mouse could be a hit with streamers that focus on horror games or highly competitive multiplayer games, letting viewers see whether or not the person on camera really is as cool as he's acting.

The mouse does its surface-reading with a Pixart PMW-3360 optical sensor that can hit 12,000 DPI. The main body offers seven programmable buttons, five-step adjustable DPI settings, and RGB LED lighting. Apart from the sensor and biometric gear, the mouse looks similar identical to Mionix's Naos 8200, which has the same body shape, programmable buttons, and LED lighting zones, but uses an 8,200 DPI laser sensor. Weighing 152 grams, the Naos QG is also a pretty hefty mouse, especially in comparison to some of the sub-100g offerings from places like Razer and Logitech.

The list of people who would benefit from monitoring their biometric statistics while gaming is a short one, especially at the $129 price tag, but the Naos QG could offer a new window into your favorite streamers' minds when it's released in October.

 
   
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