Whirlwind FX is the maker of Vortx, the world's first environment simulator for PC gaming. Founded in 2017 Whirlwind FX's mission is to develop a fully-immersive experience that goes beyond the boundaries of sight and sound. The thrill of the sensation will unlock a new way to feel a game, watch a video and experience digital media.
Vortx is the first environmental simulator for PCs to augment gaming and videos by creating environmental effects in real-time.
Feel the cool air rushing past your face as you scale a mountain or ride a roller coaster. Experience the heat from the grenade explosion or muzzle flash going on all around you. Using high-quality components and innovative software, Vortx is built to amplify multimedia. No longer are you confined to just sight and sound -- feel the action in your games and videos.
Vortx employs the “EX Algorithm,” a patented environmental experience (EX) engine to create physical responses to media instantly. An innovative hinged plate air deflector forces air through heating elements for precise temperature control and simulated stimuli. Customize your experience further with an intensity control dial and an adjustable nozzle for air flow.
The Vortx adds a level of presence and depth to your experience, bringing you inside a game experience like never before. Depending on personal playstyle, it will be personalized to each individual who uses it, every time.
The Vortx unit reads the images on the screen and then matches them to the sound files going on in real time to ensure accuracy. Based on those readings Vortx provides warm or cool air, like a fan, to make it feel like what is occurring on the screen is happening to you.
The EX Algorithm works by analyzing the information you see and hear, in real-time. We break down audio and video information into small sub-components, analyze those components, and then use the aggregated data to generate environmental effects. These warm or cool air effects are generated on the fly without any significant CPU usage so that gameplay is uninterrupted.
This version of Vortx is PC only. We recommend PCs running on an i5 chip or higher.
All games. However, we believe the product works best with shooters, battle royale, and action/adventure titles because the engine uses object recognition and analysis to trigger visceral stimuli automatically.
The Vortx works with all multimedia as long as media is on full screen. Try a YouTube video in first-person, but results will vary depending on the media.
Yes, but you need to be within 6 feet and works best if it’s pointed at your head.
The Vortx is the worlds first environmental simulator that is scalable and works with any game or multimedia experience, without any backend programming. There may have been a similar offering in the past, but it required extensive backend programming for each experience.
Vortx is currently available on our website and costs $119.99 plus shipping: https://www.whirlwindfx.com/collections/whirlwind-fx-products
The Vortx works from up to 6 feet from the user. Ideal placement is on a flat surface 45 degrees from the player 3 ½ feet away and pointed at the user’s chest or higher.
The Vortx works in mono which means it offers an ideal experience with one unit. We are exploring a surround experience for the future.
Yes, the Vortx will work with two units; however, the Vortx works in mono which means each unit provides the same experience. We have built the Vortx to offer an ideal experience through one unit and are exploring a surround experience for the future.
Vortx has an in-line fuse, a thermal fuse, bimetallic strip and temperature sensing to prevent over heating. We have conducted multiple hundreds of tests to ensure that Vortx is safe.
The Vortx makes noise just like a small fan or heater would. We minimized the sound as much as we could and will continue to optimize that as we iterate our product.
The Vortx is currently available in the United States and Canada only. We will look to expand to other countries in the future.
Each user can turn the Vortx on/off to enjoy experiences as they see fit.
Operating System: Windows 10 (32 or 64-bit)
Processor: Core i3 2.4Ghz
Memory: 4 GB RAM
Video Card: DX11 GP
You will trigger our safety features (fuse), the unit will stop working and the product will need to be returned.