Controllers That Are Hot or Cold Add Another Layer to Gaming

Wednesday, Aug 4, 2010  |  Updated 4:30 PM PDT
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Controllers That Are Hot or Cold Add Another Layer to Gaming

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Sometimes, gaming companies inject a little oomph into video game controllers. Vibration, motion control and — if it catches on — 3D are all designed to draw the player in more. Now, MIT adds to one more ploy to that list: heat.

The controllers would heat up or cool off a few degrees in either direction depending on what's going on in a game. Racing through a snowy climate would have chill players' hands, for instance, and an exploding barrel nearby would warm them up.

From MIT's Technology Review:

A pair of thermoelectric surfaces on either side of a controller rapidly heat up or cool down in order to simulate appropriate conditions in a virtual environment...The temperature difference isn't large — less than 10 degrees heating or cooling after five seconds, but the researchers involved discovered that...just a little sensory nudge can be enough to convince involved participants in a virtual environment that they are experiencing something like the real thing.

Via Fidgit our sister site all about gaming

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