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Infrared Dance Mat

Dance mats without the wear & tear
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Okay, there's some explaining to do for this one, I'm sure.

First of all, I'm a Dance Dance Revolution fanatic. I have purchased a total of six dance mats so far; the soft mats wear through pretty quickly, especially if you play the really agressive difficulties.

There exists a different rhythm-game called ParaPara Paradise, in which you wave your hands over infrared sensors positioned around your body to trigger the buttons. These hand sensors (I imagine) have a much longer life than the dance pads, since no physical contact with the controller is required to play the game. The controllers for the home-version of this game are not that expensive; about $50 on eBay.

Why not, then, have a dance pad, shaped like a 1m x 1m hollow square (you stand on the floor inside of it), that lays on the floor, with horizontal infrared sensors about an inch from the ground? By determining which x- and y-axis sensors your feet break, it would know the position of your feet.

Besides solving the problem of wear & tear, it could easily be adjusted to play other dancing games (where the buttons aren't in the same place as DDR), like Pump It Up (the Korean DDR knock-off) and Pop'n Music.

jivetalkinrobot, Sep 18 2003

Dance Dance Revolution http://www.ddrfreak.com/aboutddr.php
For anyone who's still not familiar with my favorite game. [jivetalkinrobot, Oct 04 2004]

(?) Illustration http://www.millenni...nfraredDancePad.bmp
made with good ol' MS Paint [jivetalkinrobot, Oct 04 2004]


       Stomping is definitely the wrong way to play; it will drain your stamina way to quickly to play at higher difficulties, as well as destroy the pad you're playing on much more quickly.   

       I play *a lot* though. It's not really the pad's fault, a devoted player stepping on just about any material (esp. on high difficulties, where the steps are so quick you have to pull some Flashdance moves) will wear it down within a few months. I wonder if, with this, I'd start noticing a 1-meter square wearing away on my floor...
jivetalkinrobot, Sep 18 2003

       You might be interested in http://www.digitaltorque.com/mydancepad/ It's a design for a pad much like the arcade pad, and will last MUCH longer than those soft pads. It also feels and works very much like the actual arcade pad.
riptide, Jan 28 2004

       Isn't there anything you can put over the regular DDR pad that will make it last longer? (e.g. a metal plate)
phundug, Jan 28 2004


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