Devices like the Oculus Rift and Sony’s Project Morpheus have been designed to take the gaming experience to the next level, but if you’d rather feel than see, then perhaps the KOR-FX haptic vest might be of interest to you. Haptic feedback gaming is definitely not new and we’ve seen it in the likes of steering controls and gaming seats.
However what makes KOR-FX different is that it is a vest that gamers can wear, allowing them to feel the vibrations from the game on their body. The device was actually announced earlier this year but has since become a Kickstarter project where the device has managed to raise more than $140,000, which is almost double that of its original goal.
The project is expected to end in the next week or so, so if you’d like to get your pre-orders in and pledge your support, you will be able to do so via its Kickstarter page. Now for those who aren’t sure what we’re talking about, the KOR-FX is a haptic vest like we mentioned above. Thanks to the built in vibrations, gamers will be able to sense all sorts of events in the game, like when vehicles are approaching, the direction from which a sniper is shooting from, and so on.
This is thanks to acousto-haptic technology and transducers that allow for more directed and precise haptic output. The vest itself will be compatible with PCs, Macs, consoles, and even mobile devices like tablets, connecting to them via the 3.5mm audio jack. It’s definitely an interesting project and if you’d like to learn more, check out the video above or pop on over to their Kickstarter page for the details.