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Addicted To Reddit? Don’t Cure It, Enable It!

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There are worse ways to waste your life away than by browsing Reddit 25 hours a day. Others feel the same, so that’s why we’re not even a bit surprised to read about the Karma Controller DIY Reddit Interface Device. It’s an assemble-at-home kit containing a controller board, switches, buttons and other parts that eventually turn into a gamepad of sorts, with which you control Reddit. What can you do? “Upvote, downvote, select posts, toggle images, and open & close comment tabs,” which makes browsing the site “like a videogame.” You do have to have the open source Reddit Enhancement Suite installed on your browser, but it’s free anyway. The kit however isn’t, although it’s pretty cheap, at $30.

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Control Your Computer With The Electricity In Your Arm

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The MYO Armband is yet another entrant in the gesture control field. Crowded by the likes of Microsoft’s Kinect, or the vastly more promising Leap Motion Controller, the MYO uses innovative new technology to interface with you. It’s kind of interesting and could actually give it an advantage over the other ones. Instead of using image recognition, the MYO has a sensor to detect the electrical impulses in the muscles of your forearm. This, alongside a motion detector, allows the armband to resolve your hand and arm movements with extreme precision, down to the individual fingers. It may even seem at times that your finger twitch is detected even before you’ve actually done so: this is because the muscles are activated slightly before your fingers actually start moving, and the MYO picks the signal up first.

So what can you do with it? That’s still in development. There’s going to be an API, and it will work with PCs and Macs, but the specific kinds of things you can do is up in the air. We’re thinking mouse replacement, but of course it’s much more than that. 3D model manipulation, gaming… If done right, the possibilities are, as they always say, endless. The best part is the price: $149, to be released late this year. And yes, you can pre-order now.

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60beat GamePad Controller For iDevices

By David Ponce

The thing about gaming is that so much is riding on the controller. Just think about the fundamental differences between PC vs. console gaming, and the advantages a mouse and keyboard can give you over a console controller. The same is true when you move into devices who weren’t created with gaming in mind, but who later discovered a healthy market for it, like the iPhone. There’s no denying that pressing a flat, feedback-less screen is not ideal for gaming. So that’s why we like the GamePad from 60beat. It plugs right into the audio jack of your iDevice and gives you 2 analog sticks, 1 D-pad and 10 action buttons (2 on the joysticks). It needs no batteries since it draws power from the device.

The only problem is the current number of compatible games: 2. Two games! So yeah, it’s great and all, but not very useful unless the company manages to get more developers to include code in their games that takes this particular controller into account. Still, it’s $50.

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This Slot Car Set Is Controlled With Your Mind

By David Ponce

Seriously. The folks at B-Reel have taken a Mindwave headset from Neurosky, a Scalectrix slot car set, a bunch of other parts and hacked together a way to control the cars with your mind. And it works! Concentrate means go, get distracted means stop.

What if you could run a slot car race using your brain? We did a bit of research on this and it didn’t take long to realise we already have all we need to make these ideas come to life; we just needed to connect the dots and find an easier way to integrate different disciplines to make the magic happen.

These are the steps B-Reel went through:

- researched components and library we could have used

- procured a device that reads mind signals, a Scalextric, Arduino, some tools and electric components

- designed a small electronic circuit to connect Arduino to Scalextric

- wrote the Arduino script to control the Scalextric

- wrote a small Processing application to control the car with the computer mouse

- connected the brain reader device signal to the Scalextric

But the proof, as they say, is in the pudding. So do yourself a favor and watch the above video. It’s mostly towards the end that you start seeing the guy actually voluntarily controlling the car, starting and stopping at will. Awesome stuff.

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