Geeks play Guitar Hero without guitars
Muscle movement replaces button bashing
We’ve all been air-guitar gods at some point in our lives. But now a band of boffins have proven that you don’t need frets, a pick or even a controller to be a Guitar Hero.
Nerds from Microsoft, the University of Washington and the University of Toronto have jointly developed a “muscle/computer interface” able to control the music videogame without using the traditional four-buttoned plastic guitar.
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The system – albeit in its early, lab-based days – is essentially a combination of sensors and gesture recognition software, the latter allowing the gamer to control Guitar Hero using a series of predefined movements.
A ring of sensors around the player’s forearm pick up muscle movements from the surface of the skin. This process, the video (above) describes, is called electromyography.
The muscle computer interface does away with all that unnecessary button bashing
These signals then work with gesture-detecting software to ensure that when, for example, the gamer touches their index finger to their thumb, Guitar Hero interprets the movement as though they were touching the red button on the game’s plastic guitar.
Strumming, usually achieved on Guitar Hero by flexing the plastic guitar’s strummer switch, is now replicated when the gamer uses their left arm to strum an invisible guitar.
Sticking a variety of sensors about your person just to become an air-guitar god won’t work for everyone, so the developers are also working on a wireless system that could be integrated into an arm band.
A wireless version of the Muscle computer interface is also in development
Sadly, no plans to release the tech as a peripheral have been announced. ®
What the hell, do they think I'm Arnie or something? This muscle talk thingy got me tired already. Where is the head band that reads my neuronal firings (hm, even that sounds like too much work), so I don't need to move a muscle.
I need to go have a nap after all this typing, excuse me.
what a load of twat...
Is this that what modern technology has reduced a beautiful hand crafted, mahogany/flamed maple alder/maple musical instrument into, a piece of plastic grot with 4/5 buttons for the instant gratification generation.
Meh! I say
Mines the one hanging from the corner of Marshal JCM900 sitting on top of 2 4x12 cabs with the Fender Strat plugged into it via a selection of Boss effects pedels.
Microsoft + Guitar Hero = FAIL
Give me an SG and a Marshall Stack anyday... *pah*
DDR had only a tenuous grasp on the idea of dancing, but it did involve a great big f*ckoff bunch of exercise - which justifies its existence, at least in my book.
I'd much rather spend the time to work on playing *real* instruments and making *real* music.
In the time that it takes to play the game well, you could learn to play a *real* guitar.
"Hendrix was left-handed, I guess they're moddelling it on the best."
So was Kobain, and Iommi is also lh.
Most of the most-influential guitarists were/are left-handed.
Paris - Cause she's probably done a guitarist.