OCZ Neural Impulse Actuator – Brain Mouse - On Sale

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Bill Loguidice
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Ah, gimmicks will never cease: http://www.buy.com/retail/product.asp?sku=207682408

However, I do think this might have some intriguing possibilities for those who are disabled in a variety of capacities and for certain rehabilitation scenarios. One day, I would like to see one of these in action, as I've seen similar attempts in the videogame world - some mainstream, some not-to-so-much - come and go quickly.

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Buck Feris (not verified)
Wii Head Tracking

This came out months ago, and I am sure you guys have seen it. But here is a crazy user interaction idea using the bluetooth wii controller hacked into an XP machine:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jd3-eiid-Uw

Another awsome arcade concept.

Buck Feris (not verified)
Artists

I hear that desin artists are drooling over the touch concept though. Again, a specialty case, but a high dollar one. Apparently designers would like to see a slanted desk with a touch screen built in so they can work with a stylus as if they were drawing on paper. That would be something, and I bet you could some up with some neat games that might work like that. Its too bad that the arcade is dead because that would be cool there to.

Totally off topic, but we talk about games, and this is a bit related to the discussion. Not to long ago I was at the kids museum and found an exhibit where there was a projector shooting a picture straight down onto a flat top table. The table was surrounded by motions sensors. Kids could take there hands, reach out and affect pictures of rolling balls that were projected on the table. Kind of like the artist desktop concept, but with motion. The kids loved it. You could grab a ball, and nudge it across te table towards the other kids. If arcades were still popular, there is so much stuff you could do.

Matt Barton
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haptic
Buck Feris wrote:

I don't know about touchng the screen though. Why? I find it cumbersome to even move my hand to the mouse. I am one that memorizes keyboard shortcuts. Would I take my hands off this keyboard to reach even farther and smudge up my screen? I just don't see it in my usage case. On portable devices...yes...its a must. On desktop? Nope.

Yeah, that's the reason I went against the HP with the touch screen. I kept trying to visualize why I'd need it, but just doesn't make sense (to me, right now, at least) on the desktop. On a laptop, though, it's a whole different thing. There I could definitely see a use for it; I already have a tablet PC. Yes, the smudges are annoying, but easy enough to deal with, and I don't watch movies on it or anything like that anyway. It'd definitely be faster just to touch an icon than to use a mouse or trackpad, and there a huge variety of interesting new games for Apple's ipod and what not that utilize touch. I really enjoyed some of them, and have even been wondering if I should have gotten one of those instead of the DS.

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Buck Feris (not verified)
That will happen

I did not mean to imply that haptic was not coming. It is in a big way. I look forward to the feel of buttons without buttons. I just meant to say that a whole room of that stuff would kill you. Grusome death too...yuck. I don't know about touchng the screen though. Why? I find it cumbersome to even move my hand to the mouse. I am one that memorizes keyboard shortcuts. Would I take my hands off this keyboard to reach even farther and smudge up my screen? I just don't see it in my usage case. On portable devices...yes...its a must. On desktop? Nope.

Matt Barton
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Yeah, this device is

Yeah, this device is gimmicky, but I'm not sure about the haptic stuff. I read a little about it and thought they might very well be on to something. I've always liked the idea of touch screens--indeed, that's one reason I went with the DS over the PSP. If they could ever get it to the point where you could feel portions of the screen like buttons--that'd be excellent. I can see all kinds of potential for that.

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Buck Feris (not verified)
Computer Input

I have been reading and hearing a lot lately about an industry push to come up with a better input scheme for computers. There are those that argue that the mouse and keyboard are tired concepts long overdue for phase out. The success of the iPhone interface, as well as Microsoft's plans for multitouch support in Windows 7 and various other breakthroughs such as haptic touch are all evidence that a lot of R&D dollars are going that way. Am I an old fuddy duddy when I say, "What the heck is wrong with my keyboard and mouse?" To be honest, I don't want to touch my screen. I understand the iPhone interface, but do not want to reinvent desktop interaction because of it. I like what the Wii has done, that that is for gaming and really does not have a whole lot of application anywhere else. How many of these devices are going to be produced only to be scrapped.

Back to this particular device: I already see a flaw. If I can somehow train my computer to recognize my facial gestures, what happens when I get really sleepy or my allergies kick in? If I yawn am I going to blow a whole in the back of a teammate's head? Kinda of like doing word processing with Dragon Naturally Speaking and having a head cold. There are just flaws, and I see this working about as well as speech recognition. For the past decade I download a speech recognition program about every year or two. I try it, find out how much it sucks, and uninstall it. There is nothing wrong with this keyboard.

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