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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

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor for Boing Boing and WINK Books. And he has a new best-of writing collection and “lazy man’s memoir,” called Borg Like Me.


  • Anonymous

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

  • Dennis Mabrey

    Looks like a fun workout.

  • http://www.facebook.com/alasdair.lumsden Alasdair Lumsden

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