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Warren Dennis isn’t the first person you’d expect to invent a new way to control today’s most popular video games.

A onetime race-car mechanic who made his name in the ceiling fan business in the ’70s and ’80s, Dennis calls himself “too old to be a gamer.” But he’s an inventor at heart, and his latest creation is the Gyroxus, a chair that lets gamers control video games with their entire body rather than just a small joystick.

“I watched a lot of friends’ kids playing video games. It was this kind of zombie state and an incredibly dexterous left thumb and not much else,” said Dennis, whose firm works out of a Carpinteria office. “The idea was to try to get the experience of video gaming out of your thumb and into your body.”


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