The Gadget Show Battlefield 3 FPS Gaming Simulator Demonstration

Last night The Gadget Show in the UK revealed a unique simulator that allows users to be fully immersed in the first person shooter game Battlefield 3.

The simulator was hand-built and cost somewhere in the region of $800,000 USD to build. It relies on a number of projectors, paint-ball guns and other technology that immerses the user in a full 360 degree gaming experience.

Ten infra-red motion tracking cameras continually monitor the real-time movements of the gamer on the omni-directional treadmill. This data is sent to the PC running Battlefield 3 to control the speed and direction of the in-game character.

The image rotates around the 360 degree dome depending on which direction the gun is facing. Jumping and crouching can also be done and is captured by a camera which relays the information to the game.

Take a look at the 17 minute long video below to see how it was made and what has been achieved by the teams behind it.

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