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New Input Devices

Let's face it—the input devices available to us are pretty boring. Whether it's keyboard plus mouse on the PC or gamepad on the videogame, there's a need for something more. Unfortunately, none of the ideas that I have seen in these many years has been worthwhile.

Brainwave Headband

The absolute worst idea was the “brainwave headband” (also known as the Atari MindLink). Atari experimented with this idea in the early 80s. The concept was simple: Control the computer with your thoughts! A headband with simple detectors would detect your brainwaves and pass the results on to the computer. Such a device was built and actually worked after a fashion; you really could play a videogame using the device. However, the device picked up ...

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