A new Kinect-driven device can follow the creepy, lizardy flicking motion of a person’s tongue moving from side to side, and translate the movement into a video game. The tongue is the gun, as it were, and you can shoot circular objects on the screen like some trippy version of Asteroids. The bullet’s trajectory is determined by the position of the tongue.
Robots can be much more helpful than people. We're not talking about Roxxxy or that 'bot that serves up kebabs, but a robot therapist developed at MIT that has improved upper body motor skills in chronic stroke survivors even if the stroke occurred years previously. And -- to address the concerns of the day -- it did so without significantly increasing health care costs, and could in fact drastically reduce the cost per patient in the future.
What: An exoskeleton that dramatically speeds up recovery times from stroke Where: Santa Cruz, Calif. Why: An estimated 780,000 Americans will suffer a debilitating stroke this year. Wow: The robot can simulate 95 percent of the motions of a healthy human arm.
Five amazing, clean technologies that will set us free, in this month's energy-focused issue. Also: how to build a better bomb detector, the robotic toys that are raising your children, a human catapult, the world's smallest arcade, and much more.