OWO: the invention of the first tactile t-shirt to “feel” video games

Are you an avid gamer, a fan of inventions or innovations in the field and do you like to “live” your gaming experience as if you were there? Virtual reality headset, joystick or wheel with force feedback, these elements exist, but let’s say that compared to the OWO they seem a bit outdated. Owogame is a Spanish company specializing in this type of product. He just unveiled a tactile t-shirt that will let you do just that feel the bullet holes or the passage of a spider on your shoulder. Remember that a haptic t-shirt is a garment capable of giving you tactile sensations through electric shocks. The t-shirts invented by Owogame are little concentrates of technology, and in addition they are quite beautiful to look at. Presentation.

The OWO T-Shirt, what is it?

The haptic t-shirt uses a series of “micro-sensations” that combine with each other so you can experience different sensationss during your gaming period. Thanks to sensors and electrodes positioned on the entire surface of the t-shirt as well as in the arms, there is a feeling of total immersion. Paired with a Bluetooth application, you can also calibrate the sensations by making them more or less intense. Stay in control of your immersive experience. Unlike other haptics that use vibration to reproduce a single sensation, OWO is the only company capable of reproducing an infinite number of realistic physical sensations, explain the inventors of this t-shirt.

Over 30 different sensations like a gunshot, wind, someone grabbing your arm and even someone else’s hug. photo credit: OWO

The description of the creators

Unveiled at the latest CES in Las Vegas, OWO’s haptic t-shirt was presented as a way of make the game more addictive. With it, you add the sense of touch to those of hearing and sight that you use when you play. In other words, experience the game more intensely as you will experience certain sensations live in your living room. According to early testers, when a bullet hits you, you hear not only the buzz, but multiple nuances as well. These make you think you’ve really been impressed.

For one shot, the haptic t-shirt allows you to experience three sensations: the entrance hole, the exit hole and the hemorrhage. The micro-sensations are actually combined to make the experience lifelike. On the other hand, don’t worry about the bleeding, it’s solely the sensation of the blood rushing down your chest that you will feel. You may also feel pressure when you push an object.

Over 30 different sensations like a gunshot, wind, someone grabbing your arm and even someone else's hug.
Over 30 different sensations like a gunshot, wind, someone grabbing your arm and even someone else’s hug. photo credit: OWO

How does it work ?

The OWO Tactile T-Shirt is made from soft Lycra and sits available in nine different sizes. Intended for all players regardless of gender, it has ten electrodes distributed across the torso and arms. Connected via Bluetooth 5.2, it also has a USB-C port that allows you to recharge its built-in battery. A battery that can run for eight hours. The haptic t-shirt is compatible with many games (console, PC, mobile, VR) and can be used on League of Legend, Fortnite, Beat Saber or Valorant. Currently up for pre-order at Owogame.com, the t-shirts cost €399 and are available in three styles, including a 2,000-unit ‘Founder’s Edition’.

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