Well, well--we sure thought Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 was hot
stuff, but frankly, it has nothing on this. Microvision, the company
responsible for a PicoP-based pico projection technology, has just
released a video of what we're calling its "killer app."
Seriously--even if you have no interest in putting a projector in your
pocket, it's tough to ignore just how awesome this demonstration is.
Over in Canada, the company showed off its latest demo at the Intel
Extreme Masters Tournament, where players in a first-person shooter
could use a radically different control method to immerse themselves in
the game. This, in our opinion, is the next big leap in gaming. We had
the controller, then the Wiimote--now it's time to really get in there
and get dirty.
Described as a "weapon-styled projection game controller they hold in
their hands," this new product integrated a projection system into a
handheld gaming controller, and as you move to react to the movements
on the screen, the projection moves as well. It's a bit tough to
explain in mere words, but the video below does a great job of
explaining. There's no question that this method adds a whole 'nother
notch of realism to the mix, but it's tough to say exactly how it will
be applied in the future. No hard plans have been made (at least so far
as the public knows), but we wouldn't doubt if Microvision has been on
the phone with accessory makers trying to work up a commercial product.
Press play and tell us that you wouldn't be into that!