With This Gun, Your First-Person Shooters Can Surround You

In Dallas last month I spotted a big inflatable igloo. It had been erected by a company called Microvision on the exhibition floor at QuakeCon. Inside of it, I discovered, was a man holding this gun.

The Microvision people were getting QuakeCon attendees to line up for Project Tuatara, an experimental technology designed to be used with any mouse-and-keyboard first-person shooter.

They rigged a gun-shaped controller with a projector that turned the part of the igloo's inside walls toward which the gun was pointed into a part of a video game world. That world was programmed to exist in a fixed orientation in the igloo. Moving the gun - and the attached projector - would let us see other parts of that world. Pointing the gun up projected the video game world's sky onto the ceiling. Pointing east showed the part of the game's level that was to the east; pointing west showed the west. They had created a sort of projected virtual reality that needed no headset.

For this demo, they were using the released PC game Operation Flashpoint. The Microvision people let me go inside the igloo to check it out. Here is what I saw:

There is no release date or price for Project Tuatara. And you don't need the igloo. Any wall will do.


    Wouldn't it feel like you were trapped in an odd world with severe tunnel vision?

    I'm more excited by the laser projector itself, didn't realise they were on the market, what was the image quality like?

      Yeah that's what I was thinking. I think it could be adjusted to work much better with some of those multiple wide screen games, but you'd need a super wide projector. Maybe if they removed the gun from the HUD and just projected a larger image.

      They say you can do it without an igloo, but I'd imagine playing outside of a dome would ruin the effect. Watching Operation Flashpoint gives me a headache as it is, I hate to think what it'd be like with the screen constantly changing angles and depth as it goes up and down flat walls in a square room.

      Still, cool use of technology. It'd make for a neat little virtual shooting range.

    A bit like strapping a projector to a PS move.

    It's shit like this that gets me SO goddamn excited about the future.

    It doesn't seem too practical at the moment, but I really can't wait to see what it leads into...

    So many amazing "future techs" get shit canned before they get the time they need to become something truly useful and fun.

    I hope to god this is NOT one of them.


      what he said ^

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