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PS4's Pulse Controller: A Futuristic Twist On Game Interaction?

Even if it's not real, it's well worth looking at.

The PlayStation 4 will usher in a new generation of gaming, but you haven't seen anything like this controller. Designed for Sony's new console, the Pulse Controller is a marvel of modern technology and innovation. ...again, if it's actually real.

Supposedly a prototype design by Industrial/Interaction designer Tamar Fleisher, it combines motion sensing with physical and visual feedback. It attaches to your wrist and projects a visual display of the user's arms and palms. And apparently, this can be used "for countless kinds of new action buttons and visual indicators for a game." There's also a vibration mode so we get some physical feedback. The projected images aren't just static, either, as some are interactive, such as reloading a gun by touching the magazine icon.

And here are the features:

  • Physical and visual touch feedback
  • Forward and rear interactive projections onto arm, palm and fingers
  • Adjustable wrist grip
  • Bluetooth enabled
  • Your entire arm becomes an intricate tool or weapon
  • Vibration feedback
  • Touchscreen for gameplay and adjustments

Okay, well, I wouldn't touch this thing in a million years. But I'm maybe set in my ways; perhaps a younger generation would be interested in this wackiness. I just get the sneaking suspicion that this wouldn't work at all sometimes, and that would be immensely frustrating.

Tags: ps4 pulse controller, playstation 4 pulse controller, ps4 pulse

3/25/2013 11:44:26 AM Ben Dutka

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Comments (16 posts)

gumbi
Monday, March 25, 2013 @ 12:52:37 PM
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Does it also have a Move sensor of some sort? Imagine a media application for managing/viewing photos and videos with a Minority Report style UI using these! Far fetched, sure, but would be way cool.

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Dreno
Monday, March 25, 2013 @ 8:45:19 PM

Minority Report was the VERY first thing i thought of after reading this.

it would be pretty epic if you could traverse the xmb menu with this thing.

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Huey
Monday, March 25, 2013 @ 1:15:01 PM
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What's wrong with pushing a button. I for one don't want to have to jump up and down or wave my arms around to play games.

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Xzer0
Monday, March 25, 2013 @ 1:30:05 PM

I want that kind of device and I prefer to move in action and sport games and relax when playing jrpgs.

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BTNwarrior
Monday, March 25, 2013 @ 2:17:26 PM
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I can only imagine how awesome it would be to play mass effect with this thing

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jugheadjones
Monday, March 25, 2013 @ 2:40:08 PM
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I actually like the Move controller, but we're starting to get like the fitness industry. The gadgets of video games' past is littered with this stuff. They have a new "mouse" for the PC that reads all of your fingers and motion for $79.99. Why can't we head towards something like that?

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kraygen
Monday, March 25, 2013 @ 2:41:08 PM
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If it worked great it could be loads of fun sometimes, but that's a big if. also not something I would want to use all the time.

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matt99
Monday, March 25, 2013 @ 3:15:00 PM
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I'd definitely like to give it a try...I think it could be great with the right game.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, March 25, 2013 @ 5:00:06 PM
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Will it make me a fal'cie?

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Kryten1029a
Monday, March 25, 2013 @ 10:15:43 PM
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Nintendo laid down the template for the modern controller with the N64 and Sony perfected it. Even Microsoft didn't mess with a basic concept that worked when they did the XBox in 2001. The Wiimote, Move and Kinect are solutions looking for a problem when the basic controller does everything you need. Move seems like the best of the bunch and I don't know why I would need it.
This thing might be really cool, but what exactly does it add to the experience that a controller with rumble can't deliver?

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SaiyanSempai
Monday, March 25, 2013 @ 10:51:05 PM
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I still haven't gotten over my disappointment with the Nintendo Power Glove when I was a kid - you have no idea how many lawns I mowed to get that thing!

I don't think I'll be getting another controller that goes on my wrist. Ever. Again.

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DeathOfChaos
Tuesday, March 26, 2013 @ 1:02:39 AM
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Watch Dogs could utilize this perfectly!

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CH1N00K
Wednesday, March 27, 2013 @ 11:42:00 PM
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Mix this like a wrist watch with google glasses and sync it via Bluetooth to all your devices...could be interesting....

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Jakintosh
Thursday, March 28, 2013 @ 12:23:09 PM
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There is no basis in reality for this product. If you go to the source, you can see that this is just a silly concept render, not even based on sony leaks or patents. It's 100% pure wishful thinking, but you posted this here as if it was an actual product. I am disappoint, Ben.

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Caanimal
Thursday, March 28, 2013 @ 8:21:41 PM

Where did Ben say it was a "real" product? He simply points out that IF it was a real product some people might find it really cool...

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Caanimal
Thursday, March 28, 2013 @ 8:20:19 PM
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I'm w/ you Ben... Wouldn't... touch... it... EVER...

The ONLY possible place I could see this being put to "good" use is in health games, something to monitor your movements and "correct" them for optimizating your workout.

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