Gaming simulator turns gaming into reality.
This is just awesome. Using a pre-release copy of Battlefield 3, a team of top technology experts from across Europe built a truly one of a kind simulator.
Centred on the world's first, portable omni-directional treadmill (designed by Swedish company MSE Weibull) the simulator lets you control the movements of a Battlefield 3 character with your own body. Other key technology employed includes: an Igloo Vision projection dome; 12 paintball markers that allow the player, in real time, to feel the enemy gunfire experienced in the game; a wireless gun system on which a smartphone can be mounted; ambient LED lighting; and an Xbox Kinect camera hack.
This illustrates what is possible already today. Admittingly, this is quite complex, but it works astonishingly well, thanks to a set of common interfaces, APIs and and Open-Source control sets that are able to connect different devices. And gradually more devices will have an inherit interconnection. So, how long will it take, until first games for home use deliver the same real feeling?