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Personally, I find The Gadget Show’s breathless production values (and forced hipster-geek wardrobe) to be really annoying, but the results of this build are undeniably impressive. It even has live (paintball) ammo fired by the adversaries in the game!

A unique FPS simulator that turns gaming into reality as you move, aim, fire and get shot within a 360-degree immersive environment. Using a pre-release copy of Battlefield 3 and a team of top technology experts from across Europe we’ve built a truly one of a kind simulator.

Centred on the world’s first, portable omni-directional treadmill (designed by Swedish company MSE Weibull) the simulator lets you control the movements of a Battlefield 3 character with your own body. Other key technology employed includes: an Igloo Vision projection dome; 12 paintball markers that allow the player, in real time, to feel the enemy gunfire experienced in the game; a wireless gun system; ambient LED lighting; and an Xbox Kinect camera hack.

Ultimate Battlefield 3 Simulator – Build & Test – The Gadget Show

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture, including the first book about the web (Mosaic Quick Tour) and the Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Building Robots. He is currently working on a best-of collection of his writing, called Borg Like Me.


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  1. Anonymous says:

    Yeah, its neat, but with that treadmill selling for 110,000Euros we’ll never see it again.

  2. Dennis Mabrey says:

    Looks like a fun workout.

  3. This is why I should be watching more of the gadget show. Epic!