Ultimate 3D gaming in a 400-pound steel sphere

The Russian-made "Vitusphere" is 10 feet tall and rolls in any direction, virtually.

Vitusphere

If you really want to immerse yourself in the gaming experience, what better way to do it than in a 10-foot-tall, 400-pound steel sphere?

The "Vitusphere" is a futuristic apparatus that's right out of a sci-fi movie, kind of a cross between Rollerball and Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome. Those who dare to enter the giant steel ball, according to Newlaunches, "can run, jump, roll, or crawl over virtually unlimited distances without encountering real-world obstacles."

Under development for more than a decade, the Russian-made Vitusphere works with a headmounted display and handheld controller for the ultimate 3D experience--and that means 360 degrees, rotating on rollers in any direction, while remaining stationary. So far the only customers have been commercial clients, ranging from entertainment companies to the military. But if you've got $30,000 to spare, you can be the proud owner of one of these human-size hamster wheels too. As for us, we'd rather stick with the " Hyperbike ."

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