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Fusion Controllers

Play Golf or Throw a Football in Next Gen Video Games

— October 23, 2006 — Unique
Next year you'll be able to pick up Fusion Controllers for $56. The controllers let you actually 'play' your video games by recognizing your raquet strokes and clever sword fighting moves. Computer and Video Games reports, "Comparisons to the Nintendo Wii are inevitable, but after going hands-on with fusion we found that it offers a much more advanced means of control than Nintendo's forthcoming console. Unlike Wii, fusion is able to accurately track movements even when the controller is not pointed directly at the screen, so the precise swing of a club is recreated perfectly."
Trend Themes
1. Next-gen Controllers - The emergence of next-gen controllers that offer advanced means of control compared to existing controllers present an opportunity for gaming companies to improve the gaming experience and attract more players.
2. Motion Sensor Technology - The ability of Fusion Controllers to accurately track movements even when the controller is not pointed directly at the screen highlights the potential of motion sensor technology. This presents an opportunity for gaming and tech companies to create more intuitive and immersive products.
3. Physical Gameplay - Fusion Controllers usher in a new era of physical gameplay, where players can actually 'play' their video games by recognizing their racket strokes and clever sword fighting moves. This presents an opportunity for gaming companies to create more engaging games that blur the line between digital and physical gameplay.
Industry Implications
1. Gaming - Fusion Controllers present a disruptive innovation opportunity for gaming companies to bring physical gameplay and motion sensor technology to video games, thereby creating a more immersive gaming experience that appeals to a wider audience.
2. Sports - By recognizing real-life physical movements like golf swings and football throws, Fusion Controllers can be used to create sports-based video games that simulate real-world experiences. This presents an opportunity for sports companies to create new revenue streams by partnering with gaming companies for joint ventures.
3. Technology - Fusion Controllers highlight the potential of motion sensor technology that can be applied across multiple industries beyond gaming, such as smart homes and healthcare. This presents an opportunity for tech companies to expand their offerings and create new products that incorporate motion sensor technology.
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