The article, at http://www.engadget.com/...">http://www.engadget.com/2010/06/18/forcetek-xio-the-gaming-controller-th... (WARNING: There are a few gaming screen shots), says:
Quote:... here's a controller that actually makes you feel the games. At E3 earlier this week, startup firm ForceTek was seen demoing its XIO Virtual Gaming System -- a rather fancy name for a force-feedback arm exoskeleton that "provides a controlled resistance" to your arm and wrist movement. ... imagine feeling a virtual basketball bouncing, or your virtual machine gun recoiling, or even the reaction force from a virtual punch.
This is one more small step towards blurring the distinctions between virtual systems and reality. I don't know if this will have much effect on people who are addicted to playing video games. For example, although it makes the games more realistic (and, perhaps, addictive), getting enough virtual punches may make the arms quite sore. Of course, they could just stop using this controller if something like that ever happened.
- John O.
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