A Gaming Vest That Makes You Feel The Frag

A Gaming Vest That Makes You Feel The Frag

The Tactile Gaming Vest (TGV) doesn’t just react when you get shelled in a game. It transmits a different sensation depending on the kind of hit you take. Talk about augmented reality.

The TGV is a haptic feedback device that uses solenoids, eccentric-mass motors and Peltier elements – all controlled by custom electronics and a personal computer – to give users the ultimate immersive experience:

When the player’s character experiences injury in the game, the vest simulates the appropriate sensation (bullet hit, vibration, and/or heat) in the correct location on the player’s body.

It’s not the first feedback gaming vest, but it’s the first I’ve seen that distinguishes between a gun shot, a slash and a pewpew. The TGV’s still in the development stages with some kinks to be worked out, but the potential for both gaming and movie-going is pretty incredible.

Although isn’t part of the fun of video games that you can get shot without feeling it? Naahhhh. [iRoboticist via MAKE]