Players! Protect your precious tendons with this tabletop hand massager

Here’s something for the gamer who has it all: a tabletop hand massager that can be used to remove fatigue from your sore mittens and keep you in top shape.

The device was created by Japanese manufacturers of gaming hardware and peripherals, Bauhütte, and uses 15 heated air cushions to simulate the feeling of a real massage, and yes, why the hell not. Bauhütte recommends that you use the massager before games to warm your hands; in breaks to improve circulation; and after you have finished rubbing the stiffness out of your tired little fingers. Because you deserve it.

A shiatsu mode will apparently rub your palms with a firm pressure, while a “thimble” mode pulls and stretches each finger one by one. The only thing missing is a handheld mode to give you a squeeze of encouragement when you need a boost in the middle of the game.

All food black.

A professional gamer in his natural habitat.

Shiatsu mode works the palm.

Heating mode reportedly increases circulation.

The device (which we discovered via Kotaku) is a fun little thing, of course, but not the big innovation. You can find dozens of similar items online with a quick search for “electric hand massages”, though Bauhütte has given the thing a stylish matte black makeover to appeal to its target audience. The device pairs well with the company’s other SkyMall for gamers equipment, including a heated mattress and portable foot massager.

But what scares me about this gadget is not what it says about the potential market for game-related frippery (every hobby has its trinkets), but the idea that one day it could be compromised in some sort of cyberpunk espionage plot. Imagine a high-stakes e-sports competition where a team hacks a rival’s hand massager to crack a few fingers before or even during the big game. What machines have given, machines can take away.

The hand massager is apparently only available in Japan right now for around $ 150, but Amazon has a lot of similar devices in stock if you can feel the cramps getting stronger.

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