Game-Changers: ViviTouch, GAEMS and Nvidia
Rumble feedback has been around for years, going all the way back to the Nintendo 64. Vivitouch wants to change the game up a bit, however, and its embedded products will be the rumble and feedback in your smartphone, headset and controller that much better.
Much like a muscle expanding on contracting due to an electric current from the body, ViviTouch's materials rapidly change shape when current is applied. While muscles are huge, the Vivitouch film is razor-thin and can be placed in an iPhone, behind a headphone speaker, or in an Xbox 360 controller. The feedback from ViviTouch devices feels more organic, and lacks the high-pitched whirring noise you get with traditional rumble motor. When paired with a Logitech headset, the Vivitouch material vibrates your entire ear, not the inside; this adds a bass effect without doing any sort of potential damage to your hearing. It's some pretty cool tech, and ViviTouch should be officially announcing some partners by year's end.
Nvidia has some new tech in the pipeline, although it's not a new graphics card or tablet SoC this time around. GRID is a new cloud gaming platform that Nvidia is using with business partners like Samsung, which brings AAA title gaming beyond the consoles and PC. While Gaikai and OnLive have hardware or require a gaming platform to work, Nvidia's service is coming to select Samsung SMART TVs in the near future. Paired with a USB controller, you can play new, big titles like Hawken with about 80ms of latency.
Last but not least? GAEMS has a new portable Xbox 360 rig for sale, called the G155. The suitcase gaming station pairs a LCD monitor, speakers and an HDMI cable with your console, so you can play games anywhere, provided there's a outlet nearby. There's also some cool branding going on, like this Mass Effect 3 "N7" case.