OtterBox Gets Launches a Line of Accessories for Xbox Controllers

Designed for Xbox, OtterBox is bringing to market new accessories to complement controller + smartphone gaming in addition to gaming-specific smartphone accessories.For the past twenty years, OtterBox has targeted a less physically active but still sporty demographic with the company’s new line of gaming accessories. It is mostly for mobile players; however, there are a few items that event console gamers can enjoy to the fullest.

OtterBox Easy Grip Controller Shell

OtterBox Easy Grip Controller Shell Back This special accessory is installed on the handles of the standard Xbox One or Xbox Series X/S gamepad to prevent scrapes and nicks while leaving the buttons and thumbsticks free so their sensitivity won’t be affected in any way. The special grip pads on each side can be swapped out for easy cleaning and a whole different look. The shell costs $40 and comes in three color schemes: dark gray, light gray, or purple with green piping that glows in the dark.

Gaming Case

OtterBox hasn’t forgotten its core strength as a manufacturer of phone cases. The Easy-Grip Gaming Case costs $55 and offers an exterior that’s easy to hold, and it’s also bacteria-resistant, while the interior is designed to vent heat away from the device.

OtterBox Gaming CaseOtterBox’s products are precisely aimed at phone gamers, starting with the $30 Mobile Gaming Clip. It doesn’t look all that different from the products of other companies; however, the clip is more easily adjustable, even if people decide to use it with larger phones. It doesn’t use any kind of spring mechanics, so gamers can swap their device in and out with one hand if needed. It can also be taken off easily when you want to switch to using the controller with their computer or console instead. The clip folds flat for easy storage, even when it’s still attached to the gamepad.

These products may not be considered affordable, but neither is repairing a busted controller or phone. Pre-orders for OtterBox’s entire gaming line will start January 25 via Microsoft, GameStop, Verizon, and, of course, OtterBox’s site.

Rare Collision of Two Uneven Black Holes Detected at LIGO

Until recently, scientists believed the colliding black holes tend to be evenly matched in size. But now, a new detection at LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory) pushes that hypothesis aside. On April 12th, 2019, the gravitational wave detectors in the observatory picked up another space-time ripple signal that originated from two colliding black holes. However, upon closer look, the scientists found out that the new detection didn’t match the signals they got from other such collisions.

The Merging Black Holes Were Detected at LIGO

Rare Collision of Two Uneven Black Holes Detected at LIGO

Instead of showing two evenly matched black holes, the new signal was triggered by a merger in which one black hole is way bigger than the other, three or four times bigger, to be exact. Maya Fishbach — a doctoral candidate at the University of Chicago who presented the finding — said that it is an unlikely observation that no one on the team was expecting.

Previous Black Hole Mergers Involved Same-Size Objects

Rare Collision of Two Uneven Black Holes Detected at LIGO

The previous ten mergers of black holes that LIGO detected in its first two observing runs were between objects that were about the same size. Regardless of the size of the collision, one of the black holes was never much larger than the other. Now, the new signal is turning that trend on its head.

LIGO had a shorter third observing run, which produced more than 50 detections. The data is enough to have scientists busy for a while, and they’re still analyzing those observations. This means that more unbalanced mergers could be discovered in the near future. One thing is certain though — such an asymmetric merger will definitely expand the range of black hole pairs scientists can expect to see.

The detection will also give scientists a better understanding of the processes that lead to a black holes pair and how rare such unbalanced pairs may be. The new discovery involves objects that existed around 2.4 billion light-years away from our solar system, and while the small black hole was roughly eight times the mass of the sun, the other was nearly thirty solar masses.