Uirky gad­gets for a tech- filled fu­ture

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - TECH WORLD -

TECH­NOL­OGY is con­stantly evolv­ing to make our lives bet­ter and eas­ier and waves of new use­ful gad­gets are steadily flood­ing the mar­ket. Some of th­ese gad­gets are com­plex while

Vir­tuix Omni is a mul­ti­di­rec­tional tread­mill that lets gamers con­trol move­ments of their in- game char­ac­ters by ac­tu­ally walk­ing or run­ning on it.

The ma­chine is spe­cially de­signed to be paired with vir­tual re­al­ity head­sets such as the Ocu­lus Rift.

The head­sets sim­u­late vi­sion and the Vir­tuix Omni sim­u­lates move­ment.

The base of the ma­chine that play­ers run on is bowl­shaped. At­tached to the base are a sup­port ring and a har­ness to keep you in place when you run or walk. The height of the sup­port ring can be ad­justed to suit the player.

The ma­chine re­quires oth­ers are sim­ple.

There are some, how­ever, that are just plain weird. Al­though un­con­ven­tional, th­ese gad­gets are still in­no­va­tive and use­ful. Here are some of th­ese gad­gets: play­ers to wear spe­cially de­signed Vir­tuix Omni shoes that re­duce fric­tion, al­low­ing for smoother and un­re­stricted walk­ing or run­ning mo­tions.

As with most vir­tual re­al­ity gam­ing gad­gets, the Vir­tuix Omni is de­signed for games that are made to be played in a first- per­son point of view.

How­ever, some games that al­low play­ers to switch from a first- per­son per­spec­tive to a third­per­son per­spec­tive also work on the Vir­tuix Omni.

Th­ese games in­clude The El­der Scrolls, Grand Theft Auto and ARMA. At the mo­ment, the Vir­tuix Omni is only com­pat­i­ble with PC games.

“Mother” is a mon­i­tor­ing de­vice that lets you track al­most any­thing, such as the dis­tance you have jogged or if grandma has taken her pills.

Cre­ated by Sen. se, a French com­pany, Mother is a Rus­sian doll- like de­vice that you hard­wire into your router at home.

The de­vice acts as a hub for the sen­sors that come with Mother, which Sen. se calls Mo­tion Cook­ies. Th­ese sen­sors can be placed on any house­hold item.

The Mo­tion Cookie de­tects move­ments, tem­per­a­ture and weight and sends data to Mother, which then re­lays in­for­ma­tion to an ac­com­pa­ny­ing app called Pocket Mother, which you can down­load on Google Play or the iTunes Store.

Just like a good care­giver, Mother keeps track of all that goes on in the house. If you would like to keep track of how much wa­ter your child is drink­ing, just slap a Mo­tion Cookie on your child’s wa­ter bot­tle and the mo­tion de­tec­tors can tell you how of­ten your child picks up his bot­tle and drinks the wa­ter.

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