ARAIG Gaming Suit is "As Real as it Gets"

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ARAIG Gaming Suit is "As Real as it Gets"

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First VR headsets, then omni-directional treadmills, now wearable computing. Is the Matrix right around the corner?

"Experience the next level of gaming. Finally you get to feel what you've only been able to see." This is the mission statement for IFTech's bold new piece of gaming hardware: a "suit" of wearable computing dubbed "As Real as it Gets (ARAIG)". Silly acronym aside, ARAIG uses several forms of feedback to give players the experience of actually being inside the game. "It is wearable technology that stimulates the senses where you, the gamer, can now feel the rain on your shoulders, the rumble of a tank, the concussion of sound and debris, where you are drowned in the sensations and sound of your gaming world," promises IFTech on its Kickstarter page, where it is asking for $900,000 to fund the project.

ARAIG uses 3 forms of sensory feedback: surround sound, vibration and STIMS. Surround sound is pretty straightforward: speakers built into the device itself let the user hear sounds as if they were actually in the game. Vibration is pretty much standard controller vibration, but over your whole body and much more concise (the developer gives the example of "a high powered sniper rifle might create a very strong impact at one location while a plasma rifle might create an average impact at a particular location and then spread out across the body."

STIMS is the really unique aspect of the ARAIG device, using sensory stimulation "to contract particular muscles". The initial design focuses on the pectorals and abdominal muscles, and can create everything from a tingling sensation as if something is crawling across the skin, to a full out contraction of the muscle to move your body. If you're worried that this might be beyond your pain threshold, IFTech assures us that the ARAIG is FDA approved and does not cause any pain to the user.

When you purchase an ARAIG you get the Exoskeleton (which is the actual suit itself), a Decoder (which connects the device to various gaming platforms), a Power Cell (rechargeable battery), and a Power Cord. $299 is the minimum pledge to get the actual device, and also gives you access to a limited edition Kickstarter "skin." Skins are "snap-on components" for the Exoskeleton that give it a new look (Batman, Military Commando, Iron Man etc.)

Probably the coolest thing about this technology is thinking about how it would interact with both the Oculus Rift and the Omni treadmill, to create the most immersive possible VR environment. Ladies and gentlemen, could this be the "true" VR that we've so far only ever seen in movies? Excuse me while I put on all three pieces of technology and essentially become Batman in time for Arkham Origins.

Source: Kickstarter

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Excuse me, I think I hear a knock on my door.
Checks*
"Why hello future, I didn't think you'd arrive so soon."

Seriously though, if these systems actually deliver we could have full on VR games sooner than I think anyone ever expected.

Steven Bogos:
The initial design focuses on the pectorals and abdominal muscles, and can create everything from a tingling sensation as if something is crawling across the skin

Oh fuck no, this idea is terrifying. The scene in Metro : Last Light where you have to walk through the room of spiders is bad enough, with the scuttling noises and the cobwebs, but with millions of virtual spiders crawling across my body?

Hell no.

I sense this suit could be used in Horror rather effectively

vrbtny:

Steven Bogos:
The initial design focuses on the pectorals and abdominal muscles, and can create everything from a tingling sensation as if something is crawling across the skin

Oh fuck no, this idea is terrifying. The scene in Metro : Last Light where you have to walk through the room of spiders is bad enough, with the scuttling noises and the cobwebs, but with millions of virtual spiders crawling across my body?

Hell no.

I sense this suit could be used in Horror rather effectively

Now imagine that scene with surround sound, an Oculus Rift and that suit. The part where they start to crawl on your gas-mask, you hear them scuttling around and feel the tingling sensation around your body and one jumps right on your face.

This sounds amazing. I hope that they can make it happen. I would love something like this.

Mojo:

vrbtny:

Steven Bogos:
The initial design focuses on the pectorals and abdominal muscles, and can create everything from a tingling sensation as if something is crawling across the skin

Oh fuck no, this idea is terrifying. The scene in Metro : Last Light where you have to walk through the room of spiders is bad enough, with the scuttling noises and the cobwebs, but with millions of virtual spiders crawling across my body?

Hell no.

I sense this suit could be used in Horror rather effectively

Now imagine that scene with surround sound, an Oculus Rift and that suit. The part where they start to crawl on your gas-mask, you hear them scuttling around and feel the tingling sensation around your body and one jumps right on your face.

Oh just..... fuck you so much, Now i keep on itching and eugiakjdgbsdkgvswmv;ljdb,v

....

(quivering in a corner)

Curse you

I read the title and I thought it was about some sort of legal battle that a company called "AIRAG gaming" was in, and that someone was assuring us of how serious they were about taking it to court.

That reminds me of those "remote sex" suits I recall viewing a report about on MTV back in 2000, although gaming would be a much better use :)

Lately there are so many VR things I'd like to try out...

and the japanese will develope the pants for it.
you know why....

with a 900K goal and a minimum of 300 bucks to get a suit, it might not be funded quite so easily outside of generous investors. Maybe if this receives some super publicity, but it's not going to be easy for them.

i remember reading about the 3rd space vest which is similar and has been around since 2007. it has a lot of potential though but its expensive and only really of use in FPS games.. not to mention i would be concerned with compatibility with games. there isnt a point of having it with no games to use it with out of the box

Being shot repeatedly with a rifle while health autoregenerates? Thanks but no thanks. i dont play games to experience pain.

I wonder what it would like with Oculus Rift, that omni directional treadmill and that suit? Still nothing like real life but it might still be an amazing experience in its own right. Imagine the Crysis nano suit giving you feed back as it changed modes or took hits? Would make you feel like an unstoppable super soldier.

So if I'm playing a fighting game where I get smashed into a building by either Goku (or other DBZ char) or Superman (or other strong Marvel/DC/Comic character) How would I feel?

They should call it the Crazy Real As It Gets suit, then the acronym is CRAIG which is less dumb. Odd, but less dumb.

I'd like to know how this thing copes with boobs. Or is it exclusively a boys toy?

And yet... I don't think they can pull it off and actually make it work.

Also, I predict (although I may be wrong) that most people with agree with me and hence they will never manage to gather the funds in the first place, but regardless, I don't think this product will ever see the light of day.

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Now THAT is what I call a suit.

CriticalMiss:
They should call it the Crazy Real As It Gets suit, then the acronym is CRAIG which is less dumb. Odd, but less dumb.

I'd like to know how this thing copes with boobs. Or is it exclusively a boys toy?

rhizhim:
and the japanese will develope the pants for it.
you know why....

And the schoolgirl outfit,
you know why....

I have always said that, in order for Virtual Reality to be perfected, there are four hurdles we need to overcome.

1: To feel what is not there.
2: To not feel what is there.
3: To feel with what is not there.
4: To not feel with what is there.

This solves, or at least is a good step in the direction of, the first hurdle, the easiest. The others will be a difficult trial to solve, but we are progressing.

Someday, Virtual Reality will exist.

Oh yes, and for those thinking "Oh god, I don't want to feel all those bullets!" or "AUGHSPIDERSINMETRO"......well, then don't use the suit in those games. Don't use it in horrors, or Halo, or COD, or fighting games, or stuff like that. Maybe try Minecraft, or Myst, or other games that don't have such a focus on fear or combat.

[sigh] Or a dating sim, if you're a pervert...

Chessrook44:
[sigh] Or a dating sim, if you're a pervert...

Yes, everyone who plays dating sims are perverts. Not to mention porn! Only sex addicts watch porn!

OT: I doubt they'd make one big enough for me. =(

there is also the issue that most shooters dont account for damage to specific body parts but rely on general HP so it wouldnt detect you were hit on the arm or leg for instance

Hm, let me know how it works out... I'm all about the VR, but I remain sceptical because I don't want to get my hopes up. When this does show up I want to be amazed at how well it does it, not disapointed that it didn't live up to what I imagined it would be!

CriticalMiss:
I'd like to know how this thing copes with boobs. Or is it exclusively a boys toy?

Uuuh, I'm not sure I want a vest that fondles my boobs! D=

So what happens if you get shot exactly...? I assume it won't be so bad, but I just want to know exactly how that's being dealt with.

Guffe:
So if I'm playing a fighting game where I get smashed into a building by either Goku (or other DBZ char) or Superman (or other strong Marvel/DC/Comic character) How would I feel?

It would vibrate and "contract particular muscles"

Yeah, pretty worrying isn't it? -_-

How does it know what to virbate and what to contract on the different games or do they have to code every single game you want to use it with?

I don't see the technological advance here.

Either this thing's vibration are more or less metaphrocical, like a mild controller rumbling indicating the recoil of a gun... or the thing's vibrations are realistic and people can now look forwards to having their shoulder's broken in their living-room by misshandling their imaginary guns.

Sunrider84:

Chessrook44:
[sigh] Or a dating sim, if you're a pervert...

Yes, everyone who plays dating sims are perverts. Not to mention porn! Only sex addicts watch porn!

OT: I doubt they'd make one big enough for me. =(

Considering we were talking about the suit's use in "dating sims", "one big enough for me" has two meanings in this context :P

Probably the coolest thing about this technology is thinking about how it would interact with both the Oculus Rift and the Omni treadmill, to create the most immersive possible VR environment.

Yeah, that'd be amazing... Until I'm not actually a super-fit cyborg ninja badass, and end up in the emergency room after trying to double backflip-kick an enemy in the face.

Exterminas:
I don't see the technological advance here.

Either this thing's vibration are more or less metaphrocical, like a mild controller rumbling indicating the recoil of a gun... or the thing's vibrations are realistic and people can now look forwards to having their shoulder's broken in their living-room by misshandling their imaginary guns.

Oh I'm sure the "recoil" of your imanginary weapon won't be that strong but enough to make you feel like you just sniped some poor fool from the other side of the map and hearing him curse you for those 2-3 seconds before his chatter turns off.
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This happens in Black Ops 2.

Sound's cool I guess. As for the future being here? Give it another 50-100 years before the combination of these products is cheap enough to mass produce and buy before start screaming about the future. As it stands now they're all in R&D, and will set us back a hefty ~2 or 3 grand.

Once someone actually manages to get the Kinect to work for big-kid games let me know, because until that moment any immersion for me is destroyed by the use of a controller. If there are spiders on my face in game and I can hear, see, and feel them, I need to be able to physically destroy them or my dreams will be haunted forever.

Captcha: No Test. Just Taste.
No captcha, WHY WOULD I WANT TO TASTE SPIDERS!?

Well the STIM or rather electroshock is interesting the rest is a waste of money and time, while the idea is pretty old it's always nice to see it wasn't forgotten.

Still this is very crucial to try first and see what it actually does because no amount of videos can even give you a glimpse into how it will feel, also very important to note that it needs direct engine support to output anything half decent so until they got a good list of working games I wouldn't throw money at anything yet.

Crawling across the skin, huh?

<remembers THE SEQUENCE from "Penumbra: Overture">

...No. Absolutely not. I refuse.

BleedingPride:
So what happens if you get shot exactly...? I assume it won't be so bad, but I just want to know exactly how that's being dealt with.

The article mentions sniper vs. plasma "impacts".

So it's probably like being poked.

Heaven help you if you get riddled with bullets and it tickles...

Steven Bogos:

Sunrider84:

Chessrook44:
[sigh] Or a dating sim, if you're a pervert...

Yes, everyone who plays dating sims are perverts. Not to mention porn! Only sex addicts watch porn!

OT: I doubt they'd make one big enough for me. =(

Considering we were talking about the suit's use in "dating sims", "one big enough for me" has two meanings in this context :P

Oh, I wish. =(

Omni tread + ARAIG suit + one of the room projection project = working holo deck with current technology. I would want the Rift but a room sized version would be better in my opinion, especially if we can figure out how to keep them from moving too much without the belt holding them in place.

If I had the money to invest in this I would open a business in which people could get the full immersion experience. Add on LAN and gaming center, possibly a few other things, and make bank.

Catcha: "mumbo jumbo", don't make fun of my nonsense catcha

In my years I have seen things like this come and go. I have a feeling this will go the same exact way the Aura Interactor went back in the day. Everything that is supposed to make games seem more real and immersive never seems to have that much of an effect. It actually surprises me that controller rumble (Dualshock and the like) has lasted as long as it has. I can only imagine it will (if it is ever produced) be another closet item, good for a yard sale. We have been down this road many times, been disappointed many times. Until a company can make something that can interface with your actual nervous system, think of the plugs on Neo in the Matrix, I honestly believe it just wont work. Our bodies are not quite as gullible as we would like to think and are not so easily fooled.

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