Science Makes Another Huge Leap Through Super Mario Bros.
Posted by James Newton
Control the plumber with only your eyes
We've had NES consoles controlled by peculiar pads in the past, one notable example being the Castlevania fan who used a dance mat, but what if you could play a similarly legendary, groundbreaking game without any controllers at all? No, we're not talking about Kinect, we're talking about Super Mario Bros. and this incredible set-up from Waterloo Labs.
By measuring tiny electronic pulses around your eyes, the 8-bit boffins succeeded in getting Mario to run, jump and stop on command, requiring nothing more than a few ocular exercises. It also seems they managed to transform the Western Super Mario Bros. 2 into its Japanese counterpart.
Here's the smart guys and girls from Waterloo Labs to explain things in more detail. Warning: contains bearded scientists.