Disney researchers apparently don't feel that your video games are realistic enough. Engineers at the company's Pittsburgh research facility have devised something they call "Tactile Brush" that creates the sensory illusion of objects moving against a person's skin, mimicking everything from crawling insects to the forces exerted by a car taking a hard corner. And soon enough, it could be integrated into everything from gaming systems to movie theater seats.
Tactile Brush works via a series of vibrating coils embedded in the back of a chair. These coils create illusions based on a variety of sensory phenomena that have been somewhat understood for decades but never really implemented into entertainment devices.
In one illusion known as apparent tactile motion, if two vibrating objects are placed near each other on the skin in quick succession, the skin often experiences the sensation of a single vibration moving between the two points. A similar illusion called phantom tactile sensation makes the body experience a pair of fixed vibrations placed apart from each other on the skin as a single vibration in between the two points.
And so on. Software that understands how this sensory trickery works can create a variety of sensations on command. Using a chair embedded with 12 vibrating coils in the back, the Disney researchers have created a system that can create a range of realistic effects. So if a person is playing a car racing game, for instance, the chair can gives the impression of gravitational forces pushing on the person in the chair when he or she makes a hard turn. Similarly, the chair can simulate things like rain running down the subject's back, or someone touching the person from behind.
That could go a long way toward augmenting video games, horror flicks, and other experiences where a little tactile sensation would go a long way. The researchers hope to integrate it into 3-D theatrical film experiences to help theaters compete with the home entertainment experience and make moviegoing a more well-rounded sensory experience.
I'm seriously surprised Disney figured this out before the Pr0n industry. Unless they're somehow in league...
but if they send a signal for someone to get shot in the heart does the person just feel the pain or do they die as well? i admire this tech but put it in the wrong hands and we are doomed. yep another step closer to the matrix.
first of all if they have any hope of this becoming a consumer object then no, it will not stop your heart if you get shot in game.
second of all i'm about to start getting violent if i hear something like that again. seriously, it's stupid, tactile interfaces for games are the next step in the industry, and contrary to popular belief we are still very far off from uploading people's minds to a collective computer, the bandwidth needed would be like running fifteen fiber optic bundles from new york to Chicago for each human being connected. it just ain't going to happen jim.
let me put it a different way, the most harm this will do is only comparable to a fat guy on a ddr mat. it is either going to sit and do nothing, or it's going to do something and make everyone wish they didn't have eyes.
Jedi mind set
You won! That is by far the most retarded thing I have heard in a long time
Huh. Hey Ghost you seem to know a lot about that topic. Haha at least we know there's people out their tossing around the idea and not wasting their time mining virtual gold (totally gonna get into that trade by the way).
Jedi.. either you're a very successful troll, or you're just really freaking ignorant. Maybe you should read the article first.
lol i'm sorry that you think that but it could be a reality in the near future. a new way to torture people. or a way to bring peace to a coma patient.
i did read the article as i always do. so don't make quick assumptions trying to sound smarter than me. it wont work. did you read it? i'm not saying that its a bad tech just saying what would happen in the wrong hands.
wow. really? it's only tactile sensations, not everything that happens to them happens to you. it wouldn't be a very fun way to watch tranformers:revenge of the fallen as Sam, would it? he dies then comes back to life in that movie. c'mon, please stay off the forums if you can't make any comments more constructive than that.
On the bright side, this could be used while driving to let you know where and how close other cars are to you, eventually becoming almost a sixth sense, something you don't have to pay attention to when you use it.
yeah i know that already but imagine it being like when you have a nightmare and feel that someone is hurting you. i don't trust this technology. might give me long term seizures, spinal or brain injury. i need to know more about it. on another note, if this technology is safe and perfected than i can see it as the next step in virtual reality entertainment.
"seizures, spinal or brain injury"...really? the chair doesn't tap into your spine or brain. It's external and is not dangerous at all.
are you sure? i still say its dangerous.
It sounds cool to me :) and as to teh virtual uplink thing you mentioned ghost, i tjhink that is the inevitable future of gaming, liek a mix of avatar and gamer./ you could load into any game you wanted, be it a war game, games like world of warcraft, etc. not inplausible, deffinetly not near, but i think thats were games will head. you cant lie how awesoem it would be to go play a realistic virtual world of warcraft or sumthing... lol
We're on the brink of so many jumps in technology its impossible to conceive what will come in our lifetimes.
So true Ginja. Every day we hear something we thought impossible. Im glad to witness our rapid tech growth. I was born in 1986 when a pc was a damn rare thing (don't quote my facts) but now Im totally killin it on a common laptop for less than 300 bones. Oh and my cell phone does everything else for me and fits in my pocket \(^^)/ So yea Ghost, be prepared to get your mind blown for the rest of your life lol