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10. 28. 2007

Cool or not cool: force feedback gaming vests

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I can’t decide whether I would enjoy the sensation provided by the force feedback gaming vest or get totally annoyed by the constant thumping sensation every time I got hit/shot during the game (I tend to get hit/shot a lot). I guess the only way to find out would be to try the vest first-hand, and after reading its description I most certainly will. Even if my unskilled playing causes me a lot of suffering, I think the device has the potential to make for an enhanced gaming experience. Try and imagine the chill down the spine after feeling a tapping sensation on your shoulder while playing a scary game.

The force feedback vest was initially created for remote medical investigation and was later modified and converted into a gaming device:

Physician Mark Ombrellaro designed the TN Games 3rd Space vest, which uses air pressure to produce thumping sensations wherever impact should be felt. The vest has eight zones which can simulate the direction and forces of bullet fire, explosions, and even the sensation of fingers tapping on you (great for scary horror games).

The vest will be available in November for $189, and can be pre-ordered for a litmited time from the TN Games onlie shop for $169.99. It will also be shipped as a bundle with 3rd Space Incursion and Call of Duty II.

Via technabob.

Posted by camilla    Category: gaming | wearables
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