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Eyeball video game controls. For when any kind of motion is simply too taxing.

 by John Moe // Posted: 08/04/10 11:25 AM

Microsoft’s Kinect system is coming soon. It’ll be great for when you simply can’t be bothered to use a controller. But what if physical movement is out of the question?

Some engineers in Austin, Texas have figured out a way to play Super Mario Bros. with their eyes.  They put electrodes around their eyes - these electrodes track the movement of their eyeballs. Apparently, it’s pretty tough to look places other than straight ahead at the screen, so no one has gotten past the first level.

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3D is taking over the world. Which is fine if you really love inconvenience.

Posted: 06/18/10 04:00 AM

Honestly, if you follow technology news to any extent you quickly realize that new 3D electronics are being offered all the time. In the last week alone we’ve seen the Nintendo 3DS, a portable video game player that lets you play 3D games without requiring any special eye wear although you do need to hold it at a very particular angle if you want to see anything. Most other 3D products require some thing strapped to your head. Lenovo is set to debut a new 3D laptop at the end of the month. Glasses required. Some high end 3D TVs are starting to come on the market. Glasses required. We even heard about a 3D newspaper. You heard me. And yes, glasses required. That’s not even including all the movies that are in 3D even when it makes very little sense for them to be.

What’s going on here? Why the push for that extra dimension. That’s what we wanted to know. We speak with Ross Miller of Engadget as the E3 video game expo wrapped up. He had a chance to play with the 3DS and found it weird. We also talk to market research Paul Semenza who explains the technology and marketing forces driving this trend. And we check in with University of Denver Digital Media Studies professor Chris Coleman about how the 3D works. He explains why holding your head perfectly still or wearing head gear is the way it’s going to be for a long, long time.

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What will we do with all this "white space"?

09/26/10 11:15 AM

There’s a vote coming up this week in Washington that will have a big impact on how you use the internet, what’s available to you, how much faster you’ll be able to get things online. On Thursday, the FCC is expected to open up unused parts of the broadcast spectrum, a lot of people call it “white space”. This is space that was positioned to be something of a buffer between television stations but such padding is proving less essential since the conversion to digital TV.

On today’s show, we talk to Glenn Fleishman from Wi-Fi Networking News and The Economist about how the spectrum works and what kind of new space we’re talking about. We also check in with Tim Wu from Columbia Law School about the companies that will look to use the space and what it all might mean for you and me as internet consumers.

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