Running and Jumping In Virtual Reality with a Full-Body Joystick

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An Austrian tech company named Cyberith has released a full-body joystick: Virtualizer. In an attempt to make gaming a more immersive experience, Cyberith allows you to get deeper inside a game and actually feel the enthusiasm of Lara Croft when you jump and run. If you have come to a point in which using a conventional joystick just isn’t enough for you anymore, it is time to try this body accessory for gaming. 

Virtualizer can be like a combination between a treadmill and a baby walker. There are different sensors in the suit that allow gamers to be one of the characters in their games. You can even tiptoe past enemy guards or step out of the way of land mines. The baseplate is full of sensors that allow you to do these movement while you are in your socks. You also have a harness similar to the one of climbers and in the style of baby bouncers, sliding up or down three poles. You can rotate, kneel, jump, crouch and even sit when you become tired.

The founder of Cyberith, Tuncay Cakman said that he wanted to take virtual reality to a new level. If you have played classic shooters like Doom, Quake and Unreal, you can imagine how wonderful it could be to play them again with Virtualizer. You can now step into these worlds literally. The founder of the Austrian company had the idea about the full-body joystick when he was a student at the Technical University in Vienna. Vizualizer has been launched on Kickstarter and is a great addition to other projects, such as the Oculus Rift headset.

Virtualizer allows you to walk around and even feel the game, because of its feature called haptic feedback. There are many possibilities and this is just the start. You can actually feel a grenade exploding nearby and the level of impact. There are audio transducers in the baseplate and they allow you to feel the gentle rumble in your feet. There is no need to worry about real explosions in your living room. The use of this system has been extended from games to commercial applications, such as in architecture and psychological therapy. Also, wouldn’t it be great to be able to explore historic sites, go for a walk on the moon or walk through a DNA strand? What about seeing your future home design before implementing it?

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