Macsense to Release USB Game Controllers

SANTA CLARA, Calif., February 12, 1999 – Macsense Connectivity Inc. says it is releasing a new line of computer game controllers designed to work with the new Universal Serial Bus (USB) technology popularized by the iMac.

Ron Laws, Product Development Manager for Macsense, says USB technology will soon be replacing the standard game controller’s ADB ports. And Laws points to the booming sales of the iMac as evidence of this imminent technological takeover.

"Right now, sales of the iMac are skyrocketing. People love this computer. But there aren’t that many companies making game controllers that will work with the iMac’s USB ports. So, I think we’ve got a jump on the market with what will be a really hot product."

Hot indeed. The designers say the FunStick and the FunPad offer incredible response and accuracy for enhanced gaming control. Both controllers have eight fully-programmable buttons for added flexibility. This allows each user to reconfigure the FunPad or the FunStick buttons to fit his/her individual preferences. For example, users can program the "kick" button to "punch" instead, or they can program the "shoot" button to "dodge." And the FunStick has suction cups located on the bottom of the chassis for additional stability during crucial maneuvers.

The official international release date for the FunStick and the FunPad is February 18 - the first day of the Tokyo MacWorld Expo. Macsense says it will have the controllers at the show with an array of iMac computer games for users to play. But gamers will have to wait until March to purchase the controllers. Both the FunStick and the FunPad will be available online at (, or through mail order catalogs. List prices (U.S.) for the FunStick and the FunPad are $44.99 and $34.99 respectively. And both come in one shade – Evergreen’s Black.

About Macsense Connectivity Inc.

Since it was founded in 1997, Macsense Connectivity Inc. has established itself as the low-price leader in supplying networking hardware to the Macintosh community. The company’s line of products includes hubs, switches, Internet sharing devices, network interface cards, USB peripherals and other products designed to make local area networks (LANs) faster, more efficient and more affordable for small-to-medium-sized businesses, corporations, and educational institutions. Macsense products are available to the domestic and international public through mail-order catalogs, value-added resellers, and systems integrators. Macsense is headquartered at 3350 Scott Blvd., Building 2, Santa Clara CA 95054.

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