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Delta Six gaming gun returns to Kickstarter with open source components

The Delta Six, a controller designed to look like a real-life combat rifle, returned to Kickstarter yesterday seeking $100,000 to bring it to market, according to the official Kickstarter page.

Creator David Kotkin writes that the controller will "bridge the gap between motion control and hardcore first-person shooters" by offering features like recoil, infrared proximity sensors that automatically zoom and the ability to tap the clip to reload. Delta Six will be compatible with Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Windows PC and a "downloadable patch" will bring compatibility with next-gen consoles, via the Arduino open source electronics prototyping platform.

"People shell out money on big 3D HDTV and digital surround sound (or expensive top of the line headsets) to feel the intensity and urgency of a game in the way the developer intended," Kotkin wrote on the Delta Six Kickstarter page. "However, this is lost when you shoot and you are still only holding a controller, not something that feels like a gun. Delta Six will change this without sacrificing performance or control. It will enhance both."

Pledges begin at $1, and a pledge of $159 will net backers a controller. According to the Kickstarter page, the estimated retail price for the Delta Six is $225. If funded, Delta Six is set for release in August.

Kotkin launched a Kickstarter campaign for the Delta Six controller last October seeking $500,000 but canceled the campaign on Nov. 1 after receiving $73,449 from 472 backers. As of this writing, the new Kickstarter campaign has received $23,569 from 125 backers with 29 days remaining. He previously launched a Kickstarter campaign for the Def-Con 4 Avenger Controller, which exceeded its $5,000 funding goal last December. You can check out the video pitch for the Delta Six above.

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