The Delta Six is a feature-packed immersive gaming controller that allows first-person shooter fans to experience a more realistic in-game experience (via kickstarter)
With ongoing technological improvements in facets of entertainment, the gaming industry has begun to rely heavily on the ability to fully immerse gamers in an interactive, realistic environment. Gadgets such as the Wii-mote, the Kinect, PS Move, etc. show that the industry is slowly moving toward an entertainment based world of virtual reality. Inventor of the highly touted Avenger Controller, David Kotkin, has taken gaming into his own hands once again with the creation of a gun shaped controller designed for the enjoyment of hardcore FPS (first-person shooters) fans.
As a previously successful inventor (many times over, actually), David began the Delta Six gun’s development by gutting an airsoft gun and packing in Xbox electronic innards. Since, it has received many upgrades in features and button layouts, and sports an Arduino board to drive a series of accelerometers and gyroscopes. It seems like a 3D mouse in a gun-shaped package.
Several videos demonstrating the gun’s capabilities are available for interested gamers to check out. A key feature to the gun’s functionality lay in its button layout that provide users full control over the game with access to useful buttons at nearly every gun holding configuration. When users move the gun forwards or backwards, tilt it side to side, the FPS game responds accordingly prompting the in-game character to move and change directions. By ducking your head near the barrel, an IR sensor alerts the game to trigger the zoom option - and, by bringing the gun to one's shoulder, a breath-holding button is pressed to provide steady aim. Another nifty feature, besides the obvious firing command prompted by the faux gun’s trigger, appears by tapping the controller’s clip to prompt the game character to reload their weapon.
Thus far, the Delta Six controller has received stellar reviews from the gaming community. IGN in particular regards it as the “weirdest coolest most awesome controller we have seen in a long time!” David’s controller has even led him to receive interest from ex-Activision executives.
The Delta Six controller currently works with Xbox, PlayStation 3, and PC gaming systems - though, thanks to its easily customizable and programmable Arduino innards, software patch updates will allow it to be forward compatible with future gaming devices. Its current price is set at $159 - a high price to pay for a piece of immersive gaming technology, but that has not hindered the success of other similar devices. David’s crowd funding campaign resulted in almost double the original goal of $100,000. If all goes well, Delta Six’s will begin to ship out to FPS gamers in December of this year. Check out the Kickstarter link below to see the Delta Six’s in-game features.
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