This gaming technology shows what it feels like to get shot or stabbed

by Mark R

I have seen video-game accessories that give the user haptic feedback in the form of small vibrations, to indicate that he or she has been hit.

This research group at the University of Electro-Communication takes it one step further as it wants to show users what it is like to be stabbed or shot.

I don’t believe that this is done in a way that actually feels as painful as being stabbed or shot, but the effect is done with vibration. Here’s how it works: if two separate points on the skin are stimulated in the same way at the same time, then it can occasionally feel like the space in between these points of contact is touched.

As you can see in the photo, there are two vibrating motors on the top and bottom of the hand. With the right frequency and intensity and vibrations, it will feel like you are being crucified, I guess.

Yeah, I’m not certain how much I really want to learn what it feels like to have something go through me. Assuming that one could perfect this technology, I suppose that it would cause some gamers to play a little better in order to avoid the unpleasant feeling of being wounded. However, it definitely takes the debate on video game violence to a whole new level.


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