Developed by VM Labs and originally called "Project X", the Nuon began as a concept for a stand alone console but instead became a built-in 3D enhancement technology for DVD players. It was intended to transform passive video playback into an interactive experience. Nuon devices can view DVDs like any standard DVD player, but they also play 3D video games and provide enhanced DVD navigational elements like zoom and smooth scanning during regular DVD playback.
Nuon was released in early 2000, but the technology was not well received and faded quickly from retail shelves. In about a year, VM Labs filed for bankruptcy. The Nuon technology was sold to Genesis Microchip, where development ceased after July 2002. The Toshiba SD-2300 was the first DVD player to use NUON technology which increased the price about $100 more than comparable players. Marketing games to the movie audience ultimately ended up being a mistake. Sony's PS2 launched and gave gamers the ability to watch DVDs on the console. This seemed to be the formula for success.
Logitech Nuon Controller Images
Nuon game controller by Logitech in original packaging.
Top view of this Nuon game controller by Logitech.
Side view of the Nuon game controller by Logitech. Many of the game controllers functions replicate many of the DVD remote control's features like opening the drawer, viewing the menu or navigating through movie chapters.
Closer view of the Nuon game controller's button & stick layout. You can also see the shoulder buttons at the top.
Front view of the Nuon game controller.
Bottom of the Nuon game controller showing the FCC info.
The D-pad and analog stick on the left side of the Nuon controller.
The control buttons on the right side of the Nuon controller are in 2 groups. They have the standard A and B buttons, but the four buttons above are arranged by compass points and collectively referred to as the C buttons. These are used for altering camera angles.
The shoulder button on the front of the Nuon controller. These buttons have very little travel and feel as though they are connected to small micro switches. They give off a clicking sound when depressed - a sound you rarely hear from a game controller.
The connection plug on the Nuon controller.
Demonstration illustration from the Logitech Nuon controller manual.