Get zapped while playing video games

New force feedback interface gives small jolts to gamers

Force feedback in video game controllers has been around for a while now - when players experience something in the game - like, say their player getting shot or hit or a driver making a rough turn - the controller shakes and vibrates.

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Some people are taking this a step further - witness this research project, on display at the Computer Human Interaction conference in Paris, in which a small electrical current can give players a shock as force feedback. Nick Barber from the IDG News Service has more details in this video news report:

While some may welcome this idea, I think I'll pass on this at the moment. I'm bad enough at video games as it is, I don't need static or electric jolts to remind me how bad I am.

Keith Shaw rounds up the best in geek video in his ITworld.tv blog. Follow Keith on Twitter at @shawkeith. For the latest IT news, analysis and how-tos, follow ITworld on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+.

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