Most peripheral devices are about INPUT: converting real actions into controls for the virtual environment. The 3RD Space Vest is the other half of the equation- OUTPUT: taking virtual events and making them become real. Unlike rumble or motorized force feedback devices, the Vest lets you feel the consequence of in-game action by using a specialized air system to generate actual impacts (or strikes) mimicking the quality, character, and directional attributes of what you see happening. Your character gets hit with a bullet or blast fragment, and you feel those impacts not only as they happen, but where they happen. Expanding vision-based virtual scenarios into a tangible physical experience is the ultimate intersection between Reality and Virtual Reality. It is the sweet spot we call 3RD Space.
Three-dimensionality refers to the spatial characteristics of objects: their length, width, and height. Visual technologies use 3D to overcome the limitations of flat screen images by enhancing the perception of depth and the relative positions between objects and viewer. Within a broader context, a 3-dimensional relationship also exists in a physical sense between you and the surrounding environment. Physical spatial relationships can be perceived to some degree using all of our senses, yet is primarily conveyed through our sense of touch. While each sense differs in its capacity to provide location-specific information, in virtual reality scenarios, a major limiting factor is the availibility of technology to convey alternative types of sensory information to the user. Using an explosion as an example, the visual and audio aspects of the blast are most commonly used to characterize the event, however in reality, there is a smell as well as a physical pressure wave that are just as integral to the expereince. Physical 3D develops the spatially accurate physical cues for the virtual environment that would normally be associated with what is seen happening, giving the user a true multisensory, 3-dimensional experience.
Just think of how important it is for you to be able to "feel" or sense what happens around you in your daily life. Now imagine having those same abilities when it comes to playing a videogame. Great gaming is more than just visual realism and new ways to control your character, it's about being connected to the story through your character. The 3RD Space Vest creates this unique bond by giving players the power to actually SENSE the virtual surroundings as if it were a real 3-dimensional space, making you a true physical presence within the game. Combining what you see with an interpretation of what it should also feel like makes the game more tangible and immersive.
The Vest's 8 active contact points generate a diverse range of spatially accurate impact effects. Your body responds instantly to this feedback, affecting not only the conscious, but also the subconscious aspects of how you play by transforming a game scenario into one with real meaning. Using the3RD Space Vest heightens awareness, evokes your basic gut and survival instincts, and enables more strategic, accurate gameplay. The realism, danger, excitement, challenge, and fun of gaming all come to life as you're no longer an observer, but actively engaged in the story.
Propel your FPS experience to a new dimension by complimenting your input devices with our technology. Download the free 3RD Space Game Driver software to use the Vest with the latest action/shooter game titles. Whether playing alone for fun, or against friends in competition or LAN parties, the Vest will forever change your favorite shooter game experience.