THIS 'JOYSTICK' FITS LIKE A GLOVE--BECAUSE IT IS
VIDEO GAMES ARE GETTING more sophisticated all the time--with splashy graphics, complex plots, and scary villains. But the real challenge has been to come up with a game controller that lets you easily move around the screen, whether to drop-kick your opponent or get out of his way.
Get ready for The Glove. Developed by Reality Quest in Longmont, Colo., The Glove is shaped like, well, a glove--but with one twist: The device includes a plastic casing cradle that straps onto the hand with Velcro and uses wrist-motion sensing technology to help scoot around a screen. That makes it a cinch to move anywhere on the screen with a flick of the wrist and perform tricky cyberfeats such as virtually steering a car or running uphill.
There are also arcade-style action buttons in the fingertips and on the side of The Glove for all the best gaming moves--kicking, punching, shooting, and flying. The $89.95 right-handed game controller is available at retail stores, including Best Buy, Babbage's, Toys 'R' Us, Electronics Boutique, and Sony Stores. The Glove is designed for use with Sony Corp.'s PlayStation, but Reality Quest plans to introduce a version next year for PCs. No word yet on a model for lefties.
EDITED BY AMY CORTESE
Updated Dec. 11, 1997 by bwwebmaster
Copyright 1997, Bloomberg L.P.