Open source, cross platform driver for the TN Games Third Space Vest
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libthirdspacevest

by Kyle Machulis <kyle@nonpolynomial.com> Nonpolynomial Labs - http://www.nonpolynomial.com

Description

libthirdspacevest is an open-source, cross-platform (almost) driver for the TN Games Third Space Vest. This vest uses pneumatic cells in order to let gamers feel physical collisions from things like bullets in first person shooters.

More information on the hardware can be found at

Information on the vest protocol, as well as the guide to reverse engineering the vest and notes taken during the process, can be found in the doc directory, or at

Requirements

C Library

Python Library

Future Plans

  • Enumeration of effects provided in tngaming.lib

Things to note

  • The device will run without the air pump on. You won’t get very hard hits, but it at least works for testing and is definitely audible.

  • The maximum firing rate seems to be about 10hz, and that keeps the pump on constantly. I hate that pump so much.

Platform Specifics

Linux

Until we get udev rules in, you’ll probably need to run the script as root. Additionally, since the device registers as HID, it’ll have to detach itself from the kernel driver. We already do this for you, and we do not reattach afterward.

Mac OS X

You will need to install the "Third Space Vest OS X Extension" in order to use this software on OS X. Copy the ThirdSpaceVestNullDriver.kext into your /System/Library/Extensions directory, and then either run

kextload — /System/Library/Extensions/ThirdSpaceVestNullDriver.kext

or else reboot your machine. After this, you should be able to run either the C or python example and have the vest react appropriately.

Windows

When running CMake to generate the project on windows, you’ll need to set the WDK_PATH variable to the root of your WDK version, i.e.

C:\WinDDK\7600.16385.0

Also, this has only been successfully tested on VS2008. VS2010 seems to break in odd ways due to the stdint.h. This will hopefully be resolved soon.

License

Copyright (c) 2010, Kyle Machulis/Nonpolynomial Labs
All rights reserved.

Redistribution and use in source and binary forms, with or without
modification, are permitted provided that the following conditions are met:
    * Redistributions of source code must retain the above copyright
      notice, this list of conditions and the following disclaimer.
    * Redistributions in binary form must reproduce the above copyright
      notice, this list of conditions and the following disclaimer in the
      documentation and/or other materials provided with the distribution.
    * Neither the name of the Kyle Machulis/Nonpolynomial Labs nor the
      names of its contributors may be used to endorse or promote products
      derived from this software without specific prior written permission.

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