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Modded Nintendo Lets You Play Mario With Your Eyes 112

hasanabbas1987 writes "A group of engineers going by Waterloo Labs in Austin, Texas created a way of controlling an original NES by simply moving your eyes. By using electrodes placed around the eyes to track the movement of a players eyeballs, they were able to jury rig a Nintendo to accept eye movement as controller input." Quite the production on the video (attached below) too.

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Modded Nintendo Lets You Play Mario With Your Eyes

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  • Re:Video games (Score:5, Insightful)

    by ByOhTek ( 1181381 ) on Wednesday August 04, 2010 @09:00AM (#33136582) Journal

    Consider paraplegics that might want to play video games, this would be great for them.

    Even without that, it's an interesting demo of what our tech can do, although I think this might have been available for a while?

  • Sounds awkward. (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Yamata no Orochi ( 1626135 ) on Wednesday August 04, 2010 @09:04AM (#33136638)

    Not sure I see the usefulness. Do you have to look at the right side of the screen to move right? Seems like that would obscure your ability to observe and react to things on-screen. Article doesn't seem to want to load, unfortunately. Is this innovative because of the eye-movement tracking? I thought that was already possible for years now. Seems like a weird thing to track to control a videogame character. Work on that brainwave reader instead.

    Now if they could -intercept- your eye movement signals before it actually reached your eyes, I could see applications in FPS games...Imagine staring statically at a screen that moved and turned based on where you WANTED to move your eyes, without your eyes actually moving.

  • Side effects? (Score:4, Insightful)

    by that IT girl ( 864406 ) on Wednesday August 04, 2010 @09:29AM (#33136902) Journal
    If you thought gaming for too long gave you headaches before, think about how this would be after a relatively short amount of time.
  • Great... (Score:2, Insightful)

    by mr_gorkajuice ( 1347383 ) on Wednesday August 04, 2010 @09:32AM (#33136926)
    A control method that requires you to look away from the screen. The possibilities are endless indeed.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday August 04, 2010 @09:35AM (#33136954)

    The guy at the end of the video was moving his head whilst keeping his eyes fixed on the screen. It would probably be much easier to inverse the inputs and control the character by pointing your face in the direction you want the character to go, rather than pointing your eyes.

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