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Temperature-Changing Video Game Controllers

Researchers Introduce Heat and Cold to Gaming Controllers

The first time I played an Xbox years ago, I was surprised and excited when I realized the controllers shook while you played games. Since that technology has now expanded to most (if not all!) video game systems, it would be strange to not feel some kind of vibration while playing. But now a team of researchers in Tokyo is aiming to take controllers to another level by introducing temperature changes into the mix. The technology involves a pair of thermoelectric surfaces on each side of the controller that can rapidly heat up or cool down during game play.

Find out more about this new experimental feature after the jump.

They say the temperature difference isn't too drastic — less than 10 degrees difference and certainly not hot or cold enough to cause any pain or damage — and would disappear after five seconds. But researchers on the project have found that introducing even that slight amount of change will engage players even further, convincing "participants in a virtual environment that they are experiencing something like the real thing." Still no word when smell-o-vision will come to gaming.


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