Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Power Gig Controller from 745 Studios

Here's an interesting guitar/controller combo from 745 Studios in Boston.  Not only will it control a game, such as Guitar Hero, but it also has the ability to be properly tuned and played like a real guitar, and may help develop playing skills for new users.

The manufacturer comments:

"Instead of the standard Guitar Hero and Rock Band "highways," the music is represented in a vertical DNA-strand string of streaming colored orbs. Placement of orbs and color prompts give players a heads-up to upcoming notes."

The game is called Power Gig and linked here.

The merging of games, toys, instruments, and consumer electronics with "serious" equipment in medical devices, for instance, has been going on at a furious pace these past few years, as manufacturers and military systems designers realize the vast enabling powers of intuitive gaming console interfaces, and how they work with the human mind, and body. One such game console became the basis for a new ultrasound imaging system.

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