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The Next Step in Game Console Accessories August 13, 2007

Posted by goodmind in Attribute Dependency.

Formerly, the only resemblance between Virtual Reality and actual reality was the fact that both elicit a profound sense of disappointment.  However, change is afoot.  Developed by Virtual Space Devices, Inc, the Omni -Directional Treadmill (ODT) allows the user to  experience Virtual Reality on an unprecedented level;

“The infinite surface is motion-slaved to the user’s motion with tight control and no inertial residue…It is a gaming and Internet communication appliance, addressing numerous high-growth markets…that will change the way we interact both as individuals and as groups. This physical interface is the final link in the convergence of fast computers, low cost graphics, and broadband infrastructure. It is the literal next-step in the evolution of human-computer interfaces. It is the step that takes us fully into cyberspace.”

In addition to motion-slavery, and human-computer interaction, the ODT forges a link between hardcore gamers and cardio exercise equipment,  an unprecedented Attribute Dependency to say the least.  This “physical interface” operates on a similar principle as the Nintendo Wii, albeit somewhat reversed.  The gaming experience is dependent upon the exercise equipment, instead of the exercise experience being dependent upon the “gaming equipment.” 

Only time will tell if the Omni-Directional Treadmill can build on the success of the Wii remote and solidify the lucrative relationship between exercise and video games.  Heck, if it makes running on the treadmill interesting, its a winner in our book. 



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