In an interesting twist on the concept of tactile gaming, TN Games has come out with a “Physical 3D” vest; the 3RD Space FPS Gaming Vest. The idea is that you’d feel events in the game, rather than relying solely on your eyes and ears.
The vest uses 8 air-powered “active zones” to generate impact force when it’s fed data from your game. “Sense the direction and force of bullet fire, crushing explosions, and fear-inducing finger taps, perfectly synced with the on-screen action,” the product page claims.
I could see this having a big effect on the gaming experience. FPS and similar games, anyway; your milage may vary if you load up Farmville. The thought of loading up Left 4 Dead 2 or Modern Warfare with one of these is pretty exciting; combine it with good surround and a large display or three, and your enemies will tremble before your sensory might on the battlefield!
TN Games claims the vest will support “all the hottest PC game titles” and that driver support for new FPS titles is added frequently.
(via Red Ferret)