Step over motion controls: Play pinball with your mind!

Shaggy June 11, 2009 0

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While the gaming world has begun to become swept up in the euphoria of motion controlled video games, one team of researchers in Germany have been hard at work on a new type of control interface that allows a person to play a game with their mind. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen the concept of using a player’s mind to control gameplay (see Atari’s never-released Mindlink controller) but in this case, this new interface allows you to play a pinball machine!

It’s still a long time before you can expect to see these sort of devices popping up on actual pinball machines or any other video game for that matter but it’s an interesting step in such a direction. According to the article it takes roughly ten to thirty minutes of dry runs before the player can get it to work – they have to wear a not-so-fashionable cap with electrodes in it and think about moving their arms. But once the player gets the hang of it, they can play a game of Addams Family pinball using only their mind. For a look at this gadget, click here for a video.

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