Vortx Blows While You Game

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  1. AlphaAtlas

    AlphaAtlas [H]ard|Gawd Staff Member

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    Last month, Whirlwind FX launched a curious desktop gaming accessory. Vortx is a fan about the size of a desktop speaker that constantly analyzes audio and video from games, and reacts accordingly. Ski down a snowy mountain, and it'll blow room temperature air. If there's an explosion on screen, you'll get a puff of hot air. According to some reviews, the tech works surprisingly well in some game sequences, while failing miserably in others. Vortx also posted a launch video last month, which you can see here, and the product costs $120 on their website.

    When it correctly identifies the environment, the Vortx delivers an incredible layer of realism. In Battlefield, I felt the heat from a burning tank and gusts of air as vehicles passed. Similarly, the Vortx responded to the opening mountain climbing scene in Rise of the Tomb Raider as though it were made for it, delivering bursts of air whenever the on-screen wind picked up. However, there was still a disconnect, since the “cool” air isn’t as intense as a snowy chill or even a refrigerator. Meanwhile, the heat can be intense, but not uncomfortably so. The device was less impressive with Shadow of the Tomb Raider. The Vortx seemed to be confused by the underwater sequences, firing puffs of air warm while Lara was swimming. It also intermittently delivered puffs of warm air when there was no apparent source, which is a problem it has across multiple games. These instances break the immersion, causing me to search for the source of heat instead of focusing on what’s going on. Over time, the Vortx warms to a point where cool blasts become less noticeable, adding to the list of sensory problems.
     
  2. Armenius

    Armenius I Drive Myself to the [H]ospital

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    When are they going to bring Smell-o-vision back?
     
  3. djoye

    djoye 2[H]4U

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    This thing would probably get annoying while playing Witcher 3.
     
  4. Joust

    Joust 2[H]4U

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    Did anyone else ...misinterpret... the thread title?
     
  5. aliaskary77

    aliaskary77 Limp Gawd

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    for $120, hell yeah.....oh wait...what?
     
  6. jaericho

    jaericho n00b

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    I'm not the only one. Whew.
     
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    TangledThornz Gawd

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    Biggest waste of money since the invention of keyboard and mouse :p
     
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    So how long until they're sued by these guys?
     
  9. DrBorg

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    I'd worry more about the guys that have been doing this a Disney and Universal Studios; I'm sure they would have Patents on the Tech, unless it's expired.

    Studios spent millions on those rides, I'd hate to infringe their tech; I could be a lot poorer. :)
     
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    CanesVenetici Limp Gawd

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    I know it was intentional, but this is still all I could see...

     
  11. Bigbacon

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    funny, as a kid I used to play the old Red Baron game and would put a fan near me blowing so it was like I was in the plane.
     
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  13. zalazin

    zalazin [H]ard|Gawd

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    wow innuendo and an old Maxell commercial equal this garbage?
     
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  14. SomeoneElse

    SomeoneElse [H]ard|Gawd

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    Its seem like a cool gimmick, but honestly would never consider buying this for $120. I wouldn't want to try and game with air blowing into my eyes/face it kind of would disrupt your vision say a piece of dust flying into your eye or something floating around the room and getting blown into you eyes....

    I do admit the idea is kind of cool but like i said its just a gimmick to me....kinda like buying a "3D TV or 3D Monitor".
     
  15. Stoly

    Stoly [H]ardness Supreme

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    I was so excited ;);):D:D
     
  16. ghostwich

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    This did not go where I thought it was going from the headline...
     
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    zalazin [H]ard|Gawd

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    Well it does make more sense than the Resident Evil 7 Bio-Hazard candle and you can us it more than once
     

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    i want to believe
     
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    I remember having a set of the lights, fucking cool as hell but super bulky and you needed a lot of desk space. Now I use philips hue LED strips which have no footprint.
     
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    Reminds me of the Spiderman ride at Universal from years ago. I think Disney had something similar too with a hanglider simulator.
     
  24. Zarathustra[H]

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    This would probably be pretty cool if used to complement a VR headset.
     
  25. Zarathustra[H]

    Zarathustra[H] Official Forum Curmudgeon

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    Maxell, right. I was trying to remember where I had seen that image before.

    Thank you!
     
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    Usually I'm not a fan of click bait titles … but this … this I enjoyed.
     
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    Did I just hear you say "prior invention" lawsuit"?:shifty:
     
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    Yup. My favorite riff on the classic Maxell commercial:

    wH7MILl.jpg
     
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    For any kind of improved immersion when doing acrobatics in games, I would need a device that throws concrete blocks at my face.
     
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    Wow, what a ... wow. Just have a 3 year old randomly turn a fan on and off pointed at your face while you play a game.
     
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    allow 3rd parties to sell / edit profiles then you're set...
    otherwise u end up with those active room / back light / ambient color projection settings which only works well for demos....
     
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    There are cheaper ways...fwbs.

    Wives and gfs are too expensive.

    Yes I misread the title also.
     
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    I was thinking the same thing. My wife bought me that old poster a few years ago for my birthday. I hung it in the only appropriate place... Above the bed :D
     
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    a fan blowing in your face, I'm sure that would get annoying quickly.
     
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    I have been reading in a few google searches that people have been waiting at least 2 to 3 months or more to get this thing. Wind fx offers shipping options of up to next day but not really shipping. They should be letting customers know if they don't have inventory not taking orders and charging peoples cards.. be careful sounds like a bit of a scam.........
     
  37. alxlwson

    alxlwson You Know Where I Live

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    Couldn't even be bothered to read the first half page of the thread.
     
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