Microsoft Develops Surprisingly Accurate, Wrist-mounted Controller

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  1. Guild McCommunist
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    While the gaming community almost universally shrugged at Microsoft's first motion gaming peripheral, it looks like the second time may be a charm. A new, wrist-mounted motion controller, developed by Microsoft, is proving to be surprisingly accurate. How accurate? Enough to give the mouse and keyboard a run for their money.

    The device, named "Digits" for now, uses a multitude of LEDs and a camera to track movement, and is even accurate enough to pick up individual finger movements. Additionally, it's no more than the size of a larger wristwatch. If successful, the device could be used for anything from controlling your computer, improving motion controlled games like those on the Kinect, or even allowing the hearing-impaired to learn sign language.

    Digits is still in development however, but keep your eyes peeled for some new Microsoft products on your PC or possibly even their next console.

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  2. Hyro-Sama

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    This sounds pretty interesting. I hope this makes it to market. Has Microsoft done any research on whether or not this combats/prevents arthritis?

    Also, inb4retardedanimereference.
     
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    um...I guess this is more useful for those with disabilities. Mouse and keyboard a run for their money? huh I won't be able to type with this controller. Also just like kinect there ain't no 9+ rated games. what happened to the move? does anyone even talk about that anymore???
     
  4. YoshiKart

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    That's pretty awesome. Would work very well for some joystick enabled / mouse movement games. I always wanted Wiimote/Nunchuk accuracy on computer games without killing my hand with a mouse or spending hours on GlovePIE.
     
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    Accurate as Kinject
     
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    Hmm, this can be interesting to play around with. Especially as a developer, testing new ideas. I wouldn't use it instead of a keyboard probably, since I even dislike the touch keyboards of iPads and all the smaller devices.. I like typing on real buttons :)

    I would like an open SDK and PC support... I'd go bananas! (Also, hoping it won't be all too expensive)
     
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    There's definitely potential here. I'll have to get my digits on it to see if it holds up.
     
  9. Puppy_Washer

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    I really, really, really doubt it.
    I've never heard someone else say "boy, the mice and keyboard are universally inaccurate, I would gladly use a wrist mounted motion controller instead.".
    For people that are suffering from disabilities I see potential, but otherwise no.
     
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    At any rate, it's easier on the eyes than some previous attempts. Should be interesting to see where this goes, now that gesture based computing seems to be getting a hand from a large corporation.
     
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    As much as I dislike games that use motion sensors and such, the accuracy of this controller sound amazing.
     
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    How exactly do some LEDs and a camera track every movement of your hand?

    Still, this looks pretty amazing
     
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    Invisible keyboard
     
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    Am I the only one thinking that eroge will benefit from this technology? :creep:
     
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    It won't be able to combat the keyboard and mouse.
    using sign language is a lot harder to master than to get good at using a keyboard.
     
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    Would be awesome if they could fit these into smart glasses.
     
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    That's pretty cool. I'm not really sure what you'd use it for besides navigating menus with gestures and stuff, virtual buttons are cool but real buttons are still better.
     
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    meh I like resting my hand on my mouse, with this I have to move my hands way more
     
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