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360º Field-of-View Paintball Helmet

With built-in zoom or wide-angle lenses.
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For the serious weekend warrior, tired of being outflanked, pelted, and welted in the side, we have outfitted two miniature, high-precision digital cameras in a rotary, retractable port on top of this stylish, lightweight, camoflauge helmet. The cameras may be cross-linked for stereoscopic vision, or set opposite eachother, for quick glances on your 3, 6, or 9 o'clock positions. Vision system uses swing-away eyepieces. Night-vision optional.
RayfordSteele, Oct 20 2003

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       I know that I'd still be crap at paintball with this idea.
"Ugh...he slimed me..."
  

       But thats my ineptitude. Not this device. (+)
Jinbish, Oct 20 2003
  

       Good one.   

       I dunno about this ... for the serious, tournament bound paintball enthusiast, this is going to create a lot more confusion than anyhting ... I know from my experience at NPPL events, that the back, front, and mid players are very focused in their efforts for the game ... there's a game plan, and little time for looking arround, and such ... that, and have you ever tired to play Quake3 with an fov of 150 or above? ... this has roughly the same effect ... but I dunno ... my "serious weekend warrior" days are long gone with the professional, or at least semi-professional nationaly sanctioned play ... it MAY seem pretty nice for the recreational player ...
Letsbuildafort, Oct 20 2003
  

       I once paintballed with a guy who owned all his own kit. He had *incredibly* expensive stuff, accurate to a high degree, faster, and with a greater range than any of the hire stuff. And he spent most of the game tweeking it to get the best performance, while the rest of us could paste him with the crappy barely-even-shoots-straight kit we had borrowed. Lesson: paintballing is too basic to respond well to flash technology.   

       Probably quite useless, but it would sell.
RayfordSteele, Oct 20 2003
  

       All you need is a dependable gun, as Mr. B says. But some hotshit equipment in the hands of a skilled player can wreak serious havoc. I and seven others once took on a guy who owned a hairtrigger "Diablo" (I think that was the brand). He also had an ammo belt, which helped considerably. I believe he won the match, or at least quite a few of them.   

       Be that as it may, I'd think that the fancy electronics would get damaged by paintballs, and be hard to clean. A fishbone jams in your paint weapon, alas.
Eugene, Oct 21 2003
  

       // Probably quite useless, but it would sell. //   

       Umm.... no it wouldn't. Too expensive and clumsy. Paintball is already expensive enough without adding more useless crap into it. I'd NEVER buy one.
FunkyMunky, Mar 05 2006
  

       yeah, actually i've found that the more superior your equipment is in paintball, the more likely you are to get hit. People tend to concentrate more on the technology and less on the game.
craziness, Mar 09 2006
  

       Simple, effective and durable is key in paintball. That is why Tippmann is still king. Who cares how many balls you can shoot per second? I don't. If you can't hit the target in 3 shots you shouldn't be shooting at them.   

       New competition markers can shoot ~24bps! Thats just ludicrous! Shoot an entire 200 rnd hopper in under 10 seconds!
FunkyMunky, Mar 10 2006
  
      
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