"Phantom Sensation" Gaming Technology Could Make You Feel The Action - HotHardware
"Phantom Sensation" Gaming Technology Could Make You Feel The Action

"Phantom Sensation" Gaming Technology Could Make You Feel The Action

Here's a crazy one that could change your eagerness about buying up the next Resident Evil and playing it with all of the lights shut off. While peripheral companies have long tried to come up with ways to make titles more immerse, many of those options have fallen flat. Between rumble packs and full-on suits that one could wear to "experience" the feeling of a game, it's just difficult to translate. But a new technology coming from researchers at the University of Electro-Communications may be the jolt that hardcore gamers have been waiting for.


Over at the uni, a tech called "phantom sensation" is being talked up, and the applications are obvious. The test setup is a modified Wii console, and with a rigged-up controller, vibration sensors are triggered to rumble in certain patterns on the top and bottom of one's hand. Basically, if the rumble starts on top and moves to the bottom, you "feel" as if your hand was pierced. On a larger scale, this could be used to make people feel just about anything.


Things like this are always easier to understand in video form, so have a look. And get ready to have your Kinect and Wii MotionPlus bow down at the future of "interactive" gaming.
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"I actually thought that we have a full body suit with touch and feel interaction by now. Any one remember the Aura Interactor ? OMG, I wanted that so badd, specially for Mortal Kombat."


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Haha nice find Optimus. I don't remember that one but I do remember some other suits that were available.

I could see this tech being used with something that would be like a sleeve with a bunch of feedback and sensors on it.

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lol so u would basically have to wear a full suite with vibrators to have the full effect of getting shot at the location u get shot in game? :D Do i really want that feeling? well ya i do :P

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Ah. Aura, the long forgotten company that made vibration products. I remember having one that I sat on the back of and well, that thing vibrated. Don't know the exact model but well, it did it's job.

The Interactor thing may have looked awesome but it went towards the wayside of early 90's tech that didn't have any use. I mean the suit would of been useful had it worked for the PC and had more games included Force Feedback technology into the games. I guess my Sidewinder Force Feedback 2 is just going to lay there collecting dust.

In any case, the technology is there and yes, there should be an advanced version of the "Interactor". Only this time, incorporate what those people are doing in the videos. Time's have changed, peripherals need to keep up.

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Sorry, I am a pro gamer, and I would rather focus my time at being better at my game than some stupid vibrations and effects to distract me. Totally lame. Bad post!

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