Monthly Archives: January 2006

Novint Falcon: Haptic Device Test Drive!

Novint Falcon

Today in my Computer Game Development class, someone from Novint (a local company specializing in haptic devices) showed a demo of the Novint Falcon. What’s a haptic device? It’s sort of like a game controller that can provide feedback in all directions. There were some texture demos, and a few games like launch the duck, where you grab a duck in a slingshot, pull it back, and let go.

The cool thing is you can feel opposing force when you pull the duck back. It doesn’t feel quite perfect yet, but I believe it’s still in development. It was still really fun moving this device around (the one we used didn’t have a pen, it was more like a door knob), and feeling it respond.

I have a feeling that this device will end up being a novelty, unless it sees huge support from every developer in the world. Sure, it can be used for other stuff like medical simulations, but in the field of video games, I’m not too sure it’ll take off. Here’s the official company line:

The Novint Falcon, which is designed to retail for under $100, is the only consumer device to provide three-dimensional, high fidelity force feedback. Unlike any consumer force feedback product on the market, the Novint Falcon enables users to move right and left, forward and backwards, like they do with other devices, plus up and down. Users can now experience a full range of realistic touch sensations including shape, texture, weight and dynamics. The Novint Falcon connects to a PC through a USB port and its footprint is approximately 9”x 9”, comparable to a mousepad and most joysticks or peripherals.

Video Game Endings

Mario 2 End
Over at Game Revolution, there’s some old school video game endings. Now, back in my day, video games were hard. Really freakin’ hard! They weren’t as long as today’s game, and they didn’t have the cutscenes, but they had the power to make a controller fly across the room. Getting to a game ending was like the payoff for getting grey hairs at the age of ten. That’s why this website is so bitchin’! Spare your blood pressure and check out all the game endings without the work! Awesome!

Consumating: kinda like nerdspace

consumating.gif

So I was perusing digg.com, and I came across a post about consumating.com. It’s sort of this social networking thing for people who are nerds. Okay, maybe a better word to use would be geeks. Not geeks in the carnival chicken head-biter sense, but in the geek chic kinda sense. I joined, because it seemed ‘aight. I know most of my readers are not nerds, but I have a feeling that this site will probably take over myspace and facebook as my personal #1 time waster. Check out my profile, and tag me as hot or something, will ya!?

Blogs of the Day

http://blogsoftheday.com/ seems to be down right now. If you don’t know what that is, it’s a sort of popularity contest in the field of blogging. You install a plugin, and whenever one of your blog pages is loaded, it pings the blogsoftheday service, and counts as a “vote” for your blog.

The pinging system needs a bit of work, as now every webpage that uses this service is extemely slow to load. I think it’s an issue with waiting for the ping time out so the page can finally finish loading. I’ve disabled the plugin on my blogs, because I’d rather not alienate my readers.