Feel the Sound with Immerz
“Do you have any different meat-splatter sound effects?”
That was the question I asked our sound designer on this video for our newest client Immerz. As the words left my lips, I took a moment to appreciate what a fun project - and product - this is.
Immerz is a device created by noted physicist Shahriar Afshar. It works using “next generation acousto-haptic technology” and other science I’d be hard pressed to capably explain. So here’s the layman’s description: Immerz is like a pair of “headphones” that sit on your chest while you play video games, watch movies or listen to music. The headphones (officially, the Kor-FX unit) send low frequency vibrations into your chest cavity (the “viscera” as Shahriar calls it) and jangle your nervous system. Somehow, you actually “feel” the game. The slope of the ground underfoot. Danger lurking just out of sight. Bullets whizzing overhead. The experience is tough to put into words. I guess you could call it “emotional surround sound.”
The device just debuted on iStage at the 2009 Consumer Electronics Show. It’ll be available for sale in the next few months. Shown here is the lead-in for the video we created to introduce the product at the event. You can see the full video with consumer testimonials at Immerz.com.
CD/Writer: Tim Cawley
CD/Art Director: Kevin Daley
ACD/Writer: Jeff Baxter
Producer: Bryan Sweeney
Sound Design: Mark Wong
Editor: Jenn Richardson