Most of you know about or have heard mention of Microsoft's response to the Wii Controllers. Project Natal, announced at E3 2009, is a controller-free gaming experience using the movements of your body alone to control the actions seen within games. Add to that the recent retail release of the mind-powered controller, NeuroSky, and we see an increasingly aggressive shift away from the accepted hand controllers since the push for Virtual Reality machines.
Well, Microsoft has stepped up their game just a bit more by recently patenting a system that will have the player attaching sensor nodes to specific areas of the body in order to control the actions within the gaming environment via the electrical impulses from your muscles. The system is still very much in it's infancy, but the applications could not only make games more interactive, but also allow greater accessibility to the media for disabled gamers. Combined with the technology within Natal, this could be the next big leap in gaming.
Now this technology is certainly exciting within the gaming community, the applications are not limited to our 360s. Currently, a video on Youtube
, shows how the technology works and the hopes the developers have for it's future. The best thing about this is that it could virtually end the need for the plethora of peripherals that seem to be raining down us every year as developers try to make a better guitar, drum kit, or skateboard.
God damn you, Tony Hawk. I thought you cared about me....