The wearable industry is dominated by fitness trackers, smartwatches and smartclothes, but there’s also a strong demand for gaming wearables. Handful of companies with headphones and AR/VR headsets doesn’t come close to the demand for Fitbits and Smartwatches. Despite a huge growth in the gaming industry, wearables tailored especially for gamers are still relatively hard to come. Luckily, the industry is now catching up in the wearable market with the recent release of some spectacular devices. Here, we’ve gathered 5 gaming wearables that’ll keep any gamer on the edge of their seat. Read on…
If you’re a keen gamer, you know how it feels to get immersed in a game and become a part of it. The Myo gaming armband slips comfortably on your arm aims to help you achieve – by letting you control actions with gestures. Developed by Thalmic Labs, the armband allows you to take control of your phone, PC, laptop or other device with a simple flick of the wrist. The band, with 8 modules with built-in sensors, reads electrical activity in your muscles and arms, including fist clenching, arm waving and finger movement. This lightweight band, weighing only 3 ounces, is packed with technology. With a built-in gyroscope, accelerometer and magnetometer, it can measure speed and direction of arm movement. These movements allow you to control games such as Audiosurf and Minecraft wirelessly. The device is available for $199 on the company’s official site.
Imagine having the equivalent of a home theater’s 125″ screen viewed at 10 feet in a device worn like a pair of headphones – that’s iWear. The device has won several CES awards for its innovative approach to providing a home-theater experience through a mobile device. Vuzix iWear is compatible with 2D and 3D gaming modes. Users can hook the device up to their mobile phones, tablets, console systems, PCs, and 3D Blu-ray players. Whether you want to enjoy the latest 2D or 3D movie or have an amazing portable or PC gaming experience, the iWear® is perfect for both.”
The HTC Vive is a Virtual Reality Goggle with movement sensor. The headset uses “room scale” tracking technology, allowing the user to move in 3D space and use motion-tracked handheld controllers to interact with the environment. It offers more immersive experiences by having individual 1080×1200 90Hz screen. Its two controller sticks work in tandem with the 3D structure light scanner for head/hand positioning and interaction.
Gameband + Minecraft
Any die-hard fan of Minecraft knows that it can be a bit irritating when you take your gaming on the go. You can build an entire Minecraft world in your computer, but when you play on a different computer you have to start all over again. Luckily, Gameband + Minecraft is here to remedy this common problem. The Gameband + Minecraft is a wristband that allows you to play the game on any computer. It automatically backs up the Minecraft world that you’ve built. The band also comes with an accompanying app that you can use to build time, date, and animations. The band is available for around $50 at retailers like Target.
When it comes to feeling totally immersed in a game, sound is also important. However, the gaming headphones currently available in the market doesn’t deliver the sound you need. They may give you great sound, but it is better to feel the noise. SubPac is a backpack sporting patent-pending tactile audio technology that delivers low frequencies to your body so you get the best sound experience possible. When you connect the device to your favorite games, it lets you feel the places you’re in. It also has other benefits like, the pack doesn’t have to be near your ear, so you don’t have to worry about loud noise hitting your ear drums. There are two versions of the device: The SubPack S2 is seat-based, while the M2 (at $379 in the US) has actual straps so can be used being used on the go.