First we got wireless video game controls, then motion sensing controllers, and now even a controller-free video game interface. But the next stage of human-computer interaction could be controllers that add hot and cold sensations to users' simulated experiences.
An experimental new video game controller just revealed at this week's SIGGRAPH conference includes a pair of thermoelectric panels on each side of a controller. Those surfaces heat or cool rapidly in reflection of what's happening in the game, offering players a new sensory connection to what's happening on the screen.
The controller temperature doesn't swing wildly – less than 10 degrees in either direction in just five seconds – but apparently a small sensation is all that's needed to add a rich layer of sensory experience to a virtual reality environment. No word on whether any major console makers are eyeballing such technology, but the idea is pretty cool. After all, remember how thrilling it was when our gaming peripherals started vibrating?
so in super smash bros brawl when we get hit by a ba-bomb, the controller will rapidly get warmer? or get hit with a mr. freezie, it will get cooler?
that sure adds something.
My Xbox controller already gets hot from playing games too long. I would like the cooling effect though. I had a controller for my PC that had fans inside ... it was nice.
If it doesn't drain much power, this could be included with the next wave of consoles.
Now, go work on smells next.
I would love the cooling effect, the warming is what I hate.
Think about it....in 2020, video game controllers will be so realistic, you''ll need safety gloves to handle them.
Gimmick. The only games that would incorporate nonsense like this would have to be completely designed around it, which would all but remove any semblance of enjoyable play.
Think Sixth Sense: The Game. "Wander brownstone homes searching for ghosts. Every time the controller starts to get cold... run away!"