Sony: Playstation Move "an extension of what already exists, not a replacement."

While motion control is again the buzz term in the games industry thanks to the incoming Xbox 360 Project Natal and PS3 Move peripherals, there are many gamers who still feel more at home with a traditional controller in their…

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Gerald LynchSony: Playstation Move "an extension of what already exists, not a replacement."

CES 2010: Final Thoughts

The Consumer Electronics show, the behemoth of tech, the Valhalla of gadgetry, has come and gone for yet another year. But this time, rather than arriving with a bang, it slinked into sight with something more like a whimper. CES…

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Gerald LynchCES 2010: Final Thoughts

CES 2010: Day 3 Round-Up

Another day, another Tech Digest CES 2010 round-up. Fancy Tweeting hands-free in your car or controlling your PC by breathing? Check today's top stories below and find out how. Twitter coming to Ford cars The digital equivalent of drink-driving? Motorola…

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Gerald LynchCES 2010: Day 3 Round-Up

CES 2010: Razer and Sixense bring motion gaming to the PC

If you're a PC gamer feeling a bit left out by all this buzz surrounding motion control, relax; Razer and Sixense have you covered. The two peripheral manufactures have teamed up to bring motion sensing controllers to your Counter Strike…

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Gerald LynchCES 2010: Razer and Sixense bring motion gaming to the PC

CES 2010: Day 2 Round-Up

It may have gotten off to a dull start thanks to the lacklustre showing from Microsoft, but CES 2010 today threw up some really nice surprises. Keep an eye out for the Light Blue Optic's Light Touch here in today's…

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Gerald LynchCES 2010: Day 2 Round-Up

CES 2010: Project Natal Xbox 360 motion control coming Christmas

Though Steve Ballmer's Microsoft keynote conference was a little on the dull side, he did reveal a bit of info sure to please gamers the world over. It's official; Project Natal will be hitting your Xbox 360 console by Christmas…

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Gerald LynchCES 2010: Project Natal Xbox 360 motion control coming Christmas

New invention lets you control gadgets with face movements

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Stick your finger in your ear. Now smile, or wink, or wrinkle your nose. Can you feel the inside of your ear move? That’s the idea behind a Japanese invention called the “Mimi Switch”.

The device looks like a pair of earbuds but instead of containing speakers, they contain tiny infrared sensors that measure the movements inside your ears that are generated by different facial expressions. Inventor Kazuhiro Taniguchi says:

“You will be able to turn on room lights or swing your washing machine into action with a quick twitch of your mouth. An iPod can start or stop music when the wearer sticks his tongue out, like in the famous Einstein picture. If he opens his eyes wide, the machine skips to the next tune. A wink with the right eye makes it go back.”

It could also monitor your mood – Taniguchi also suggests that someone who ‘isn’t smiling enough’ could be forced to listen to only happy music until they cheer the fuck up. Call me moody, but I can’t think of anything worse. There’s also health applications – one mounted on a hearing aid would be able to monitor a person’s breathing or how much they sneeze.

The device will apparently be available within “two to three years”. But that’s in Japan, which has technology that’s practically indistinguishable from magic. Expect it over here sometime next century then.

(via Physorg)

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Duncan GeereNew invention lets you control gadgets with face movements

Airports given the power to scan your media player for copyrighted material?

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Good lord, imagine the queues this would cause.

Global world-controlling power-consortium G8 is, apparently, looking at plans to give airports the power to scan portable media players for copyrighted material when you fly, under its upcoming Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement…

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Gary CutlackAirports given the power to scan your media player for copyrighted material?