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NY1 Tech Reporter Adam Balkin and blogger Develon Douglas of NY1 sister station YNN Austin cover the 2013 E3 video game convention in Los Angeles.

E3 Showcases Game-Changing Devices

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The E3 video game convention out in Los Angeles is wrapping up, and as NY1's Adam Balkin explains, it’s not all about just the games, but in some cases, new ways you can play them.

It's not uncommon for nearly three full days at E3 to never look down. Everywhere you walk, there are things to look up at, from giant robot figures to people dressed as characters in scary costumes.

If you do happen to give your neck a rest, though, you'll have a chance to run across smaller peripheral devices often times literally overlooked on the floor.

The Bladepad, for example, lets you lock your iPhone into a video game remote that functions like a PlayStation or Xbox controller. What sets the Bladepad apart from similar products, though, is that it also works simply by pointing it at an iPad.

"It just connects over Bluetooth 4.0, so it's a wireless controller," says David Baum of Bladepad. "If you just turn on Bluetooth, you can hook it up within any game that has support for Bladepad."

Developers say the Bladepad system works with about 50 games at the moment.

Another device hardcore gamers will certainly miss out on if they don’t look down is the Stinky Gaming Footboard. Rock your foot left, right, forward, and back to help control the game.

"It has four actions that you place under your foot to map secondary actions, too. So it allows you to focus your hands on the W, A, S, D, the action, or the character, depending what game you're playing with, and move those actions that are difficult to get to," says Stephane Rivard of Stelulu Technologies. "For Battlefield, the guys are mapping it for crouch, sprint, prone, primary weapon or knife, depending on who you are."

Finally, there is also some hardware here for the casual gamer, or, in this case the casual gambler. The Bluetooth dice are a real six-sided dice, where whatever you roll is the roll that shows up in the game.

"These are the Scosche Smartroll," says Doug Broadhurst of Scosche. "They're electronic gaming dice. They're powered by Bluetooth low energy, and they interface with the tablet or a smartphone. And the idea is, you get a hands-on gaming experience in a touchscreen world."

Though the dice may seem to some to go against the whole point of having an entire game housed in an app or on your mobile device, developers say up to 10 dice can be connected to a single phone or tablet. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP