Kickstarter is an absurd place where dreams often become reality -- dreams like USB-controlled fans that you control with your face.
Above is the Kickstarter video for the Petal: a usb-controlled fan made to integrate with the Oculus Rift. It is both the most Oculus and Kickstarter-ey thing I have seen in a long time, but I do see the applications. If people are willing to drop hundreds of dollars for pitch-perfect racing steering wheels and VR headsets, why not add a custom fan to the mix? The team is also hoping to make their tools open source, to make it easier for indies to integrate it into their game.
Of course, this isn't the first time people have tried to make game-integrated fans a thing. Our own Mike Fahey was quick to point out that the Philips amBX system attempted something similar years ago.
[via prosthetic knowledge]