I made a treadmill PS4 controller to force me to exercise and well: pic.twitter.com/d04feteKmv
— Allen Pan – Sufficiently Advanced (@AnyTechnology) January 31, 2020
With the New Year, everyone has made resolutions to get more fit, or healthier, or work out, and all sorts of stuff. But as it is every year, most people don’t live up to their resolutions. Allen Pan knew this, and he decided to make a video depicting how he’s cheating the system. YouTuber and electrical engineer Allen Pan came up with an ingenious idea to turn a broken treadmill, into a PlayStation 4 controller, and he decided to play Death Stranding with it.
Like I said, ingenious.
He somehow programmed the whole rig to respond to the treadmill, and different speeds would denote whether he was walking or running. I can’t really explain how he did it because well, I’m not an engineer but check out his video:
He still has to use the controller to control the camera, but the movement itself is connected to the treadmill. And honestly, it looked like a killer workout. Considering that Death Stranding is basically a walking simulator, safe to say he got quite a bit of exercise.
It’s funny, and weird, but this was once a future I thought would be possible in gaming. With VR and AR gaming innovations, this could be the future for a more immersive gaming experience. A game where everything you do in real life is mimicked in game. Moving or running controls how fast you move in game, or ducking and jumping accurately is represented in game. I know I’ve always wanted to see this in reality, but this video has clearly showed me one thing: it would suck.