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Haptic Gaming Vest Simulates Punches, Shots, Stabbing 110

Posted by Soulskill
from the thumpity-thump-thump dept.
An anonymous reader writes "IEEE Spectrum reports that University of Pennsylvania researchers have developed a Tactile Gaming Vest that smacks and vibrates as players get shot in a game based on Half-Life 2. Four solenoid actuators in the chest and shoulders in front and two solenoids in the back give you the feeling of a simulated gunshot. In addition, vibrating eccentric-mass motors clustered against the shoulder blades make you feel a slashing effect as you get stabbed from behind. If this kind of vest could be linked to a movie while you watch it, the experience would be that much more exciting. Or as one of the creators put it, 'every time Bruce Willis gets shot, you feel it.'"
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Haptic Gaming Vest Simulates Punches, Shots, Stabbing

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  • haptic feedback (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday March 30, 2010 @02:38AM (#31667450)

    That's not the kind of haptic feedback I'm primarily interested in...

  • Re:I doubt it (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Rakishi (759894) on Tuesday March 30, 2010 @02:39AM (#31667456)

    So having a little number on the screen go from 100 to 85 DOESN'T trivialize gunshot wounds but adding some vibration does?

  • Re:I doubt it (Score:4, Insightful)

    by vertinox (846076) on Tuesday March 30, 2010 @02:54AM (#31667534)

    So having a little number on the screen go from 100 to 85 DOESN'T trivialize gunshot wounds but adding some vibration does?

    I don't know if you been playing video games much these days, but the hit boxes are pretty detailed so it knows when you are shot in the head, foot, stomach, back etc. If you felt a vibration on your back that would mean your being shot that way and would know which direction they are.

    Some games have a red flash on an area of the screen to try to do this, but sometimes the visual guess are being overwhelming if you are being attacked in different directions.

    Also... Most newer games dropped the 100 to 85 system and show a body silhouette that go from green to red as showing 0 to 100 all over would get confusing.

  • by dadelbunts (1727498) on Tuesday March 30, 2010 @02:59AM (#31667564)

    What happens is that about 15 minutes in you forget all about the annoying little vibrators and take the retarded 40 pound vest off so you can stop sweating and being tickled.

    Im sure people said the same about rumble controllers. Try playing a racing game with rumble and then without it. Makes a HUGE difference. It adds a whole other dimension to the game when you dont only see he rumble strips on a corner but can feel them. Then i can pay more attention to what is directly in front while at the same time know how close to the edge of a corner i am.

  • huxley (Score:5, Insightful)

    by MancunianMaskMan (701642) on Tuesday March 30, 2010 @03:06AM (#31667604)
    this is old hat... check out the feelies [huxley.net]

    "Going to the Feelies this evening, Henry?" enquired the Assistant Predestinator. "I hear the new one at the Alhambra is first-rate. There's a love scene on a bearskin rug; they say it's marvellous. Every hair of the bear reproduced. The most amazing tactual effects."

  • Re:I doubt it (Score:3, Insightful)

    by BobPaul (710574) * on Tuesday March 30, 2010 @03:34AM (#31667726) Journal

    But the jackets are something people enter into willing. I'll bet that pregnant lady didn't want to get tasered. In fact, I saw the video; she most certainly did not agree to that.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday March 30, 2010 @12:27PM (#31673852)

    And the Wii was the Power Glove.

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