Tactical Haptics returns to the load with Reactive Grip, and they announce that they will be at the imminent GDC presenting their new Crystal Defender demo. Undoubtedly, the most interesting thing about the demo will be to experience the sensations caused by this haptic device.
Crystal Defender is a demo in which we will have to stop waves of robots, using a pulse gun, a gravity gun or even an object launcher. As they comment, thanks to Reactive Grip a strong physical connection with the game is created, allowing us to feel different sensations such as the recoil of the weapon or the weight of the objects. The system differs from typical vibration motors, since it uses sliding plates integrated into the device itself to achieve greater realism.
Tactical Haptics had a rough start after a failed Kickstarter campaign, but they never gave up and have finally secured funding through government research grants, which has allowed them to continue improving the device design, SDK and demos.
It is clear that until we test it we will not know if it is really worth it, since the device also has to add a STEM module to achieve absolute positioning.