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Microsoft patents wearable controller

Microsoft has secured a patent (via Engadget) for a wearable Electromyography (EMG) based controller.

The controller, which looks like something out of The Matrix or some other futuristic make-believe movie, controls smartphones, notebooks, game consoles (such as the Xbox 360) and other similar technology by interpreting electrical signals generated by muscles and feeding those to a device via a wireless or wired connection.

Microsoft’s vision for the device could see it take shape as an armband, wristwatch, and even clothes. It’s easy to see how this would work brilliantly with existing technology, such as Kinect.

Eurogamer is claiming that this patent may relate to another Microsoft project known as Loop. The site reports that Loop was an early motion-sensing technology that wrapped around the player’s arm and was thought to be more accurate than both the Wii and the PS Move controller.

Apparently the tech reached the point that games were being made using it, but was dropped in  Kinect.

Check out a video below of how loop worked.


Edited On 02 May, 2012

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