Zyxio Reveals New “Waft Sensing” Technology

Company Promises Ability to Move Characters On Screen By Blowing Into Microphone

January 11, 2010 – This weekend at the Consumer Electronics Show a little known company named Zyxio exhibited their new “waft sensing” product, aptly named SensaWaft. The small headset has a microphone with four sensors, each of which, when blown into, carries out a corresponding action. Although in the demo the technology was only used to move a cursor around a computer screen, representatives from Zyxio promised that when SensWaft hits store shelves it will have a wider variety of applications in video games, GPS systems, and even the military.

In terms of gaming, Zyxio representatives gave the example of playing a shooter and being able to turn to the left or right while still firing, without having to use your hands. But isn’t that what the right joystick is for? While the technology is certainly intriguing to say the least, gaming is one application for which the SensaWaft doesn’t seem to have any practical use, or at least not with any games that are currently on the market.

That being said, Zyxio seems to disagree, as they have recently been in talks with “a major video games console manufacturer about licensing the breath controlled technology to take video games to another level,” according to the Daily Telegraph. Nobody knows for sure who this manufacturer is, but all signs point to Microsoft, who have invested a lot of time and money in alternative methods of gaming like Natal recently. Whatever company SensaWaft is licensed to in the end it will be interesting to see how the technology is employed by the gaming industry, as nothing quite like this has ever been seen.