Feeling some good vibrations in the KOR FX booth at E3
A company out of Cambridge, Massachusetts is trying to raise $75,000 on Kickstarter to fund a gaming vest that offers haptic feedback. The company is KOR FX and its gaming vest uses "4DFX" technology to transform audio coming from your games or media into pinpointed high-definition haptic feedback so that you can feel movements, bullets, explosions, and more. Our tireless Online Managing Editor Jimmy Thang made his way over to KOR FX's booth at E3 to see the vest in person and learn about the technology behind it.
KOR FX explains that the vest processes audio into haptic feedback using a proprietary chipset and millions of lines of algorithm that in an instant can figure out what needs to be done and produces "haptic events."
All of this feedback occurs on just two spots on the chest. However, it's not a simple rumble pack, the company says. The way it's explained, your brain processes the haptic feedback in the chest internally to create a sense of immersion that goes beyond rumble packs. Have a look:
The project has raised a little over $45,000 so far on Kickstarter with 42 days still to do. If you'd like to back it, just go here and issue your pledge.