Haptic game vest is for gamers who wish to share the pain thier onscreen characters feel when shot or stabbed
While virtual reality is one way to get completely immersed in a video game some students down at the University of Pennsylvania have developed a wearable system that takes that to a whole new level. These guys have designed what can only be called a haptic gaming vest. Wearing this vest brings the game a little closer to you. Using four solenoid actuators in the chest and shoulders in front, and two solenoids in the back with vibrating motors clustered against the shoulder blades simulate a reaction similar to getting stabbed, the designers aim to make game-play as realistic as possible. Whenever and wherever your onscreen character is hit with a bullet or stabbed with a knife you’ll feel a similar sensation through the vest. Of course if you’re hit in the knee or anywhere below the belt for that matter you’ll be ok.
The technology in the vest doesn’t necessarily have to be used for gaming but can also be designed to be used by the military as well, but of course. Next thing you know they’ll design a helmet that will simulate getting hit in the head or eye with a fist.