A modified NES system allows users to play Super Mario Bros through biofeedback, by flexing their arm muscles. Talk about hands-free gaming controls.
Motion systems like Microsoft Kinect might have been all the rage when they came out, but this latest addition to a hands-free gaming control is worth taking a look at.
According to Neatorama, designed a control interface for Mario where players can control the tiny plumber’s actions simply by flexing the muscles in their forearms.
Check out the video below to see what it’s like to move Mario through the first level of Super Mario Bros. 3 by flexing your arm muscles.
The system was designed by a certain Brian Kaminski who modified an old Nintendo Entertainment System. Players have Mario’s actions mapped to both their forearms and biceps. With this control system players can move forward or backwards, run or jump. Unfortunately they won’t be able to duck or pause the game with their arms, but what can ya do?
Apparently the designer has left instructions for other amateur modders who might be interested in following in his footsteps. With a step-by-step tutorial, you too can create your own DIY forearm controllers that can be plugged in using a USB connection.