The future of gaming – Teslasuit

Probably most of you are familiar with VR. Not that long ago, we could see it only in movies, but nowadays thanks to Oculus Rift, it started becoming a more mainstream option of entertainment. Well, now imagine that there’s a device that enables you to not only see everything as if you were there, but also to feel it. That’s what Tesla’s new invention is all about.

Teslasuit was presented at CES 2019, where influencers and journalists could even try out the prototype version. It is a new generation of smart clothing. Moreover, it is a full body suit, made from waterproof neoprene, filled with multiple censors, which right now add up to 68. Since it’s waterproof, it is fully washable. Just put it into your washing machine and enjoy the fresh smell. Additionaly, Tesla’s spokesperson stated that by the time that they will hit the market, number of censors will be even higher. Although all of this information may not seem as impressive for you at this moment, let me explain briefly what can it do.

This clothing with the use of haptic feedback can simulate the feeling of touch, bumping into a wall and even getting kicked or punched. It seems pretty futuristic, doesn’t it? Of course everything is done with safety measures, so that it doesn’t hurt you. You can even adjust the power of the sensations, if it’s too much for you, but that’s not all. Let’s ignore for a second the ‘less important’ fact that it measures your biometric data like heart rate and how do you feel overall. It actually can make you feel different temperatures.

Now imagine, that you play Call of Duty or some other FPS game and you have a mission located somewhere in Siberia with -30°C, there are plenty of enemies nearby trying to kill you and you can feel it all! The temperature, bullets hitting you, touching the ground, your weapon, simply everything. Of course it won’t be as real as the real pain or temperature, but it definitely will be different and much better than sitting in front of a computer or a TV on your couch.  I don’t know how do you feel about it, but to me it seems amazing. 

 

It provides the sensations, anything from stroke to hard impact … but the hard impact we’ve specifically limited to the own wearer’s strength, not to damage any tissue or anything, to keep it safe.” (Digital Trends).

 

Imagine the possibilities that this equipment creates. In my opinion, it can even help with obesity to some extent. All of the gamers in order to keep playing, will have to burn all of this calories by moving inside of their houses constantly. That’s definitely not something that you can do, while being overweight. Your actual physical abilities will determine, how good you are at certain games.

Although I’m really enthusiastic about this kind of gaming, let’s talk about some other aspects of this technology, since playing games just isn’t for everyone. In future, it may enable us to for example go explore different countries or watch a NBA game, from the comfort of our own house, just for few bucks.  It can even be some form of communication between friend’s and family. Imagine that you are in a long-distance relationship. This technology will enable you to not only talk face-to-face, but feel the presence of your partner. This just blows my mind.

Here you can see a quick video of how people reacted to Teslasuit at CES 2019

It all sounds amazing, but nothing there’s always a catch. Well, the device itself isn’t so cheap. When launched on Kickstarter, the ‘Pioneer’ version costed 1500$ and the ‘Prodigy’ version was evaluated at 2750$. The price will probably go down as the interest of the product will go up in future, but it definitely isn’t a product for everyone. Still, in my opinion it’s totally worth it.

What do you think? Let me know in the comments. 

 

Reference list:

1. Miranda, F. (2019, January 13). The Teslasuit could turn Black Mirror’s terrifying ‘Playtest’ into a reality. https://www.digitaltrends.com/gaming/teslasuit-experience-ces-2019/

2. null. (2018, December 31).The TeslaSuit, VR, and Gaming Potential. https://www.gamedesigning.org/gaming/teslasuit/

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4 thoughts on “The future of gaming – Teslasuit

  1. Avatar Moskalenko Kristina says:

    I absolutely love this idea. However, there are still many issues to consider such as the comfort of it, size, and safety. I think that in the future this will become the next gaming thing, but what about the idea of wearing a headgear that would allow you to enter a game without even moving yourself. I think that this is the ultimate goal, but this suit is a stepping stone. I can’t wait to try this out.

  2. Avatar Cendrowicz Kamil says:

    This is a big step forward but I think that this suit can do so much more than just be a gadget in a gaming industry. Imagine all these sensors recording your moves so you can steer a robot in some dangerous environment for human. You could easily do difficult manual tasks for example such as repairing something on the outside of the ISS while staying inside or even being down on Earth!

    • Avatar Drapiński Piotr says:

      Yes ! That’s exactly what i thought. In my opinion it can be a huge breakthrough in human history. Imagine all of the cases it can be used in. For example, maybe even a surgeon will be able to do the surgery via a robot from miles away. Well, we may see that in next few years.

  3. Avatar Garścia Janusz says:

    I’m still waiting for full-dive technology or BCI (Brain Computer Interface), but in the meantime this might do. This a great breakthrough product not only in the gaming world. It seems awesome to actually get the feel of the game that you’re playing. Imagine those immersive games like Witcher 3 that grasp your full attention combined with the Tesla suit, you would absolutely feel like you’re there. If I ever have a chance I will most definitely try the suit, but the problem is that you need a lot of space so even if I’m able to afford this suit, a new problem might come to exist since there isn’t enough space in my room to navigate in the game – but it’s just a little downside. I hope this is a breakthrough to actual full immersion virtual reality dives which would not make an illusion of you seeing and feeling but actually letting you feel the soft breeze of the wind on your skin, touch the grass, hear the sound of crunching stones when you cross the pathway, have the sun rays actually blind you when you look at the sky and actually SEE the beautiful places that are unachievable in the world we live in. Just think of the possibilities.

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