world of haptic suit for the masses development and at virtual CES 2021 bhaptics are proudly showing off the Tactsuit X series of consumer-ready hapticness! The range includes the two models below.
TactSuit X40TactSuit X40, the flagship device of the company’s full-body haptic solutions and a CES 2021 Innovation Awards Honoree, is a consumer-ready haptic vest that packs 40 vibrotactile motors. The X40 enhances user experience significantly by providing powerful, yet sophisticated haptic feedback in sync with content, using the 40 tactile motors that are evenly distributed throughout the haptic vest.TactSuit X16As a breathable, light-weight version of the TactSuit X40, TactSuit X16 packs 16 of the same motor as the X40 and weighs a little over 2lbs (950g). The TactSuit X16, priced at 299 USD, is the most affordable haptic vest by far. According to bHaptics both TactSuit X16 and X40 feature:
“We are thrilled to showcase the new TactSuit X series at CES 2021 and look forward to building partnerships with content developers so that we can provide a wider range of TactSuit compatible content to our users,” said Kiuk Gwak, CEO of bHaptics. “The TactSuit X series will become the first consumer-ready haptic display in the history of human-computer interface.” Going back as far as things such as the Nintendo Power Flove, manufacturers have dreamed of giving games that bit more oomph in the realism department. There is definitely a market for this. I retrofitted two bass shakers into a gaming chair once to give my spaceship a little extra feeling in Elite Dangerous in VR.
Are we getting closer to that time? Certainly, people who are massively into BR will be looking hard at this as an option and if bHaptics can be in pole position when VR finally manages to go mainstream, we well just may have the perfect solution to all-immersive gaming on our hands. We will hopefully be able to get our hands on the Tactsuit in the near future and bring you a full review.
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