The Buttkicker Enables Hockey Fans to Feel Board Impacts

By: Rahul Kalvapalle - Dec 8, 2014
References: spectrum.ieee.org & gizmag
Buttkicker is a ridiculous-sounding and strangely enticing '4D Sports' system that enables hockey fans to experience the tactile pleasure of watching games from front-row seats and seeing players crashing into the boards right in front of you.

Developed by the San Jose Sharks, Comcast SportsNet California and The Guitammer Company, the Buttkicker uses a series of sensors installed on the boards at the SAP Center where the Sharks play their home games. When sensors detect a heavy impact, they send a signal to Comcast's game broadcast, which then relays those signals to viewers' $300 Buttkicker kits. The kit's transducer is placed under viewers' couches' legs.

As a result, every harsh impact on the board leads to your couch shaking, helping you truly feel like you're there witnessing the action in person.