The people that brought you such fringe DIY projects as the "first-person shooter with real guns" and "driving your car with an iPhone" have come up with yet another project that you probably shouldn't try at home: a means of placing electrodes all over your face so you can play NES using only your eyes.
Waterloo Labs, a group of science and engineering types that produce the occasional DIY video from deep in the heart of Texas, created Eye Mario to generate the basic commands of a first-gen Nintendo controller using the polar differences in the human eye (these measurements are called an electro-oculogram [EOG] we're told). By correlating the EOG readings to commands like "left," "right," and "jump" on the NES controller, the Waterloo team shows how you can play simple video games like the original Super Mario Bros. using only your eyes.
Should you choose to duplicate the system at home, at least watch the video all the way through to the stern warning of severe injury or death. Stick electrodes in your face at your own risk, readers. Check out Eye Mario in practice below.
This is an interesting idea, but then what happens to those of us who have Tourettes, this game play would be a nightmare, like a retarded mario.
Not to mention every time you sneeze or look away from the TV poor Mario commits suicide by jumping off a cliff or into a bullet bill. Cool idea though
Thats awsome cant wait to just think and play. I dont know about using your eyes to play bcuz that will distract you from seeing were you need to go.
Cool technology, and will probably come handy in some applications. However, I think the demo of videogame wasn't the best possible choice. When you try to control a game, which you need to see, with your eyes, it's not going to be optimal. But I know, it was for the fun of it.
Wouldn't that be great for a quadraplegic who could only move their eyes?
that would be cool. i don't have a NES. or a WII, Gameboy or a AtarI 2600. am aiming at a WII for my birthday in a week. so go have fun frying your brain with electric signals!
This is a great application of hardware for the physically disabled. It is very similar to the EyeWriter project that allows users to write/draw with $50 worth of hardware.
this expriance in the games of mario, it's fun :)
Hmmm sounds really cool but I think it's not something I could do for a long time... I think the eye strain would be too big for me. BUT it might not be that different than what currently happens when I play video games.. I mean my eyes are already locked on the screen so maybe it would be fine, regardless very cool... especially for the physically disabled.
thats crazy! sounds severely dangerous to just play a video game haha what if something were to happen? and like your eyes stopped working??...oh man tecnology is getting pretty scary these days.