Tuesday, November 29, 2005

For the Gamer Who Has Everything: VirtuSphere

Are you addicted to Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games? Would you like to get in shape with a setup such that walking in the real world causes your virtual character to walk in the simulated world? Is money no object? What you need is a VirtuSphere:

"The device consists of a large hollow sphere, which is placed on a special platform that allows the sphere to rotate in any direction as the user walks within the sphere.

The user enters the sphere with a head mounted display, which permits virtual vision in any direction. As the user moves, the sensors under the sphere transmit information about the users speed and direction to the computer. The user looks at the head mounted display and sees a virtual three dimensional space which is generated by the computer in response to his-or-her movements. The user can interact with objects in virtual space with the help of a special manipulator."

Perfect! Great! Now all I need to try it out is a room with a 9-foot tall ceiling, and, well, a spare hundred thousand dollars ($100,000).


Maybe if I added a paypal donation link?

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

nice, inching towards my dream of real-life cardio exercise linked to MMORPG ambulatory action..... still, you'd need WoWglider or some other hack to figure out when your game character is walking "uphill"...

i think the key phrase is "money no object"!

Ian Holmes -- http://biowiki.org/IanHolmes

12/09/2005 3:27 PM  
Blogger Glen said...

Yeah, if you added variable resistance that would help. I'm sure there'll be a cheap chinese knockoff eventually...

12/09/2005 4:49 PM  

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