"Biofeedback" Gaming Requires Some Definite Muscle
Playing video games has always been about fingers and thumbs, with the exception of the motion-sensing progression.
But have you ever heard of actually flexing your muscles to control a game? ...neither have I. Until now. A reader sent me a link to a YouTube video from Advancer Technologies; maybe the reader knows I work out all the time and thought I'd be interested. I don't know. I just know I wanna try it. This is one of those times when you look at something, laugh, look some more, and then go, "...hey, that actually looks interesting."
Here's what you can do with a Biofeedback controller:
It's not a complicated concept. To run left, you flex your left bicep, to run right, you flex your right bicep. Flexing your left forearm lets you run and flexing your right forearm jumps. It's Mario in a while new light, and interactive entertainment designed to...well, I'm not entirely sure.
As someone who has been lifting weights for going on 8 years now, I fail to see how this actually builds muscle as there's no weight involved. There's no resistance; hence, no muscle increase. However, at least you're doing something with your muscles, so maybe it increases the endurance of those muscles. At any rate, I still think it's cool.
12/19/2011 10:11:32 AM Ben Dutka