We here at Joystiq are all about the virtual reality technology, but the current state-of-the-art in hand-waving
leaves us a little wanting. Enter the Virtusphere
, a 10-foot tall, 400+ pound hollow steel sphere with sensors that translate every step into in-game movement. The Russian-made device, which has apparently been in development since at least 1996
, uses a head-mounted display and handheld controller to allow free, immersive exploration and viewing of a 3D world.
The device seems targeted primarily towards military and police training uses
, but the possibilities for gaming are obvious. Just the idea of using this thing for some Super Monkey Ball
or even American Gladiators
-style Atlasphere matches gets us all excited. What game world would you like to explore in a giant, virtual hamsterball?