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Gamepod chair offers "reality experiences"


January 20, 2004

The quest for reality experiences from our digital entertainment devices seems to be a reliable trend, and heaven knows where we’ll be with this quest a decade from now.

Gizmo recently reported on the D-Box ''motion simulator'' for home theatres which synchronises the movement of the viewer's seat to the action on screen. Now there’s a seemingly similar device being incorporated a plush lounge chair known as the Gamepod.

Apart from being a groundbreaking sixth invention in the last six weeks which Gizmo has reported on with the word POD in its name, the Gamepod apparently heightens the sensual experience of video games through high quality speakers and tactile sound technology embedded in the chair.

There’s not a great deal of info available at this stage, but as we understand it, the idea is that you plug the chair into your game console or computer and the sound is amplified on a body level through the chair so you can feel it. Unlike the D-Box, which has secially constructed vibration scripts to download, the Gamepod appears to work on the soundtrack alone, but given that the soundtrack has a high correlation with explosions, crashes and so on, it might just be the ticket to a more exhilarating experience.

For more info, contact Gamepod @ http://www.loftgoods.com/gamepod.html

About the Author
Mike Hanlon Mike grew up thinking he would become a mathematician, accidentally started motorcycle racing, got a job writing road tests for a motorcycle magazine while at university, and became a writer. As a travelling photojournalist during his early career, his work was published in a dozen languages across 20+ countries. He went on to edit or manage over 50 print publications, with target audiences ranging from pensioners to plumbers, many different sports, many car and motorcycle magazines, with many more in the fields of communication - narrow subject magazines on topics such as advertising, marketing, visual communications, design, presentation and direct marketing. Then came the internet and Mike managed internet projects for Australia's largest multimedia company, Telstra.com.au (Australia's largest Telco), Seek.com.au (Australia's largest employment site), top100.com.au, hitwise.com, and a dozen other internet start-ups before founding Gizmag in 2002. Now he writes and thinks. All articles by Mike Hanlon
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