It’s not long now until Sony begins their next generation of game consoles with the release of PS5. Promising a lot of exciting new features and games, it’s bound to be a big seller. However, it’s the PS5’s DualSense controllers that could really have an impact on gaming.
A Sensory Experience Like No Other
PlayStation fans have been waiting seven years for the PS4’s successor, so when the PS5 was announced, there was a lot of pressure on Sony’s shoulders. Fortunately, they didn’t disappoint, especially in regards to their controllers. A lot has been said about them, with Brian Horton – who worked on Spider-Man: Miles Morales – revealing that it will help immerse people more in the games they play. Not only will the haptic feedback make it clear where attacks are coming from, but it will also make your own strikes feel more realistic. The sensory experience is heightened greater than ever before.
Weapons With A Difference
While attacking with your fists in games like Spider-Man: Mile Morales and Demon Souls will be heightened, they’re not the only ways that combat will be improved. Mathijs de Jonge says that titles like Horizon Forbidden West will make weapons more “satisfying to use.” Meanwhile, Ghostwire: Tokyo will apparently implement recoil through the controller, as well as turning charging up power into a physical sensation. That’s according to Kenji Kimura, anyway.
Braking Is Better Than Ever
Even titles like Gran Turismo 7 will benefit from the PS5’s DualSense controller. Kazunori Yamauchi revealed that braking in the game will feel a lot more intuitive. That’s because players will be able to understand better the relationship between the force they use and their tire’s grip. That’s all thanks to the controller’s adaptive trigger.
Until the PS5 launches, it’s hard to understand just how much the console’s controllers will change the gaming experience. However, from the sounds of it, there’s a lot to look forward to.
Scientists have created a device that uses sweat from your fingertip to generate electricity. The flexible and thin strip wraps over the tip of a finger like a Band-Aid and converts sweat molecules into small amounts of electrical energy that can be used as a charger. The device can work without the wearer having to move a muscle because perspiration is constantly created by the fingertips.
According to Joseph Wang, a professor of nanoengineering at UC San Diego, this device provides a net gain in energy with minimal effort from the user by exploiting sweat on the fingertip.
From Sweat to a Charger
Bioenergy harvesting-based self-powered wearable systems are renowned for demanding excessive energy inputs. Because it doesn’t require any real input from the user to work, research co-author Lu Yin, a nanoengineering Ph.D. student at UC San Diego, noted in a release that this gadget is “a step ahead to making wearables more practical, convenient, and accessible for the ordinary person.” Temporary tattoos that transform sweat into energy were previously tested by UC San Diego researchers.
It’s Still a Work In Progress
While the new device can create electricity and be used as a charger, it’s still not time to throw out your tangled cords and finicky sockets. According to the researchers, the device can hypothetically power low-power electronics in the milliwatt range, such as a wristwatch, but it is not yet suitable to power high-performance electronics like smartphones.
The goal, according to Yin, is to make this a useful device. This isn’t simply another fancy device that produces a small quantity of energy and then disappears. People can use it as a charger and put the energy to good use by powering useful equipment like displays and sensors.
The sweat glands on our fingers can produce 100 to 1,000 times more sweat than the rest of our bodies. However, because sweat evaporates nearly rapidly from fingertips, determining how sweaty they are can be difficult. It is snatched up by this cutting-edge technology before it can reach it.
The wearable collected 400 millijoules of energy while a test patient slept for 10 hours with the gadget on a fingertip, enough to power an electronic wristwatch for 24 hours (but not a smartwatch). According to the experts, attaching devices to more fingertips would yield much more energy.