Some movies may seem scary enough, but how much more intense would the fear be if you suddenly felt something brush past you?
Enhancing the intensity of films and games is something Disney researchers have been working on recently and they've created something that's been dubbed a "tactile brush" in order to bring your senses into play more than ever before.
If you're a fan of the annoying yet highly addictive game Farmville then you're not alone, according to Fast Company the game that turns anyone into a farmer now has a huge 62 million users.
But how many of those actively playing the game on a daily basis would fare well in a real farming environment?
Back in 2009, Nintendo unveiled a series of new developments and products that would be launched over the coming months.
One of these new ideas was the Wii Vitality Sensor, described in the original press release as a "ground-breaking product" which will "sense the user's pulse and a number of other signals being transmitted by their bodies."
But, fast-forward two years later and the game-changing Vitality Sensor is yet to be seen...
A new online game currently seeking funding on Kickstarter aims to create a virtual world from your tweets.
Tweetland, which currently has two games in production, Love City and a racing game called Route 140, aims to use tweets to make things happen in the gaming environment, so if someone tweets about zombies, they'll appear in the game! However, it's not just any old tweets that appear within Tweetland, it's been specially created to pick up mentions of things like cars, shooting stars, zombies and fireflies.
It's a really clever idea to use tweets and social networking updates to inform what happens elsewhere. However, judging from some of the rubbish people tweet about, we're glad that not everything is pulled into Tweetland!
The new Wrap 920 video glasses from specialists in eyewear and display technology, Vuzix, really are incredible. Put these fancy spectacles on and you'll be transported into your game like never before with new 3D video and head-tracking capability.
The device is compatible with a range of PC games including Call of Duty, Batman and World of Warcraft and also has an augmented reality version available.
However, we'd never recommend you wear them out of your front room as you'll look like you're an extra on the set of a cheap sci-fi flick.
The Wrap 920 VR Bundle is available for around $499.99 from the Vuzix website.
Via Shiny Shiny.
If you're a fan of "old school" gaming then you'll be happy to learn that Atari has just released a package of classic favourites to iTunes.
According to Crenk there are 17 classic Atari games and 92 Atari 2600 available as part of the package which users can now download to their iPhone, iPad or iPhone devices.
A few of the games (like Pong!) come free with the initial download of the app but then users need to spend a little extra to get more, around $0.99 for separate packs of 25 or $14.99 for the whole lot.
The app itself is very easy to use and allows users to scroll through all the original arcade cabinets for each game, which I'm sure will make avid gamers feel a little nostalgic!
The Kinect, Microsoft's motion control system for the Xbox 360, emits lights that you wouldn't usually be able to see in normal circumstances. However, when artist Audrey Penven was taking photos of her friends playing with the Kinect using a camera which had been modified to shoot in infrared, all of the amazing lights and patterns were clearly visible.
The infrared light system is integral to the way the device works and each one is picked up by the Kinect's in-built camera which then figures out the shape and size of objects by the way the light has been distorted.
Penven has since begun to work with animator and artist Aaron Muszalski and will be launching her own solo exhibition of the "Kinect Art" called "Dancing with Invisible Light" at the Pictopia Gallery in Emeryville, California throughout April.
This certainly isn't the first time that the Kinect has been used to do weird and wonderful things that Microsoft would never even have imagined in the initial stages, such as this hacked Kinect art program, 3D representations of user's movements and this living brushes program.
Today the highly anticipated Nintendo 3DS has been released in the UK two days before it's set to be sold in the US, but does it live up to the pre-release hype?
Over the past seven years or so, Nintendo has released a range of models including the original DS, the DSi, the DSi XL and the DSi Lite. In many ways the 3DS is similar to the DSi but obviously has 3D capabilities without the need for those irritating, bulky glasses you need to wear to the movies.
Its about time our Sims Avatars stopped all the partying (Nightlife), buying stuff (High-End Loft Stuff), galivanting around the globe (World Adventures) or just hanging out (Free Time.)
Time to get a job, Simsy. With The Sims 3 Ambitions, its still a heck of a good time, as you decide decide whether your Sim will be the brave town hero or be a troublemaker. Make your Sim save the day as a brave firefighter, change the town as a leading architect, or live on the edge as a tattoo artist.
We chose billionaire high-tech inventor (go figure) but you can also be a bumbling mad scientist. The real fun is that for the first time ever, you control ALL your Sim’s actions and interactions while they’re on the job and what you do effects the entire town. For example, if you're an architect, your on-the-job decisions are going to alter how the town looks. As a P.I. you may discover dirt on the leading family.
Be a hero or ghost hunter (seriously.) Just don't be that party-girl avatar all the time. (Yes, I'm talking to my avatar!)
$29.95 from EA Games.
This new bad boy from Creative, the Sound Blaster Tactic 3D Sigma, boasts 3D gaming audio which turns any game into a full-on cinematic experience with THX TruStudio Pro Surround for immersive 360º headphone surround. The high-resolution 50mm Neodymium drivers let you hear everything; no more having an opponent creep up behind you! Add in the VoiceFX™ voice morphing and touchscreen software and Tactic Profiles which allow you to save and share your favorite settings and you've got just about your prefect headset.
It's built to last with a steel core headband which ensures a precise fit, critical for those marathon game sessions. Whether you use Ventrilo or TeamSpeak, the headset works with any gaming communications so you're always in touch with your team-mates.
The handy dual mode design allows you to connect via standard minijacks or use the Dual Mode adapter to connect to your PC or Mac’s USB port for the full THX TruStudio Pro experience.
On sale for $89.99 at Creative.