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MagicMouse Puts 3D Control on Your Finger

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Put this MagicMouse on your finger, and make your PC's cursor move around as if by some miraculous force. It works with five carefully positioned ultrasonic microphones, picking up signals from the ring and judging its position in 3D space. Move your hand closer or farther away from the screen and you zoom in, or move your hand back and forth and the cursor follows it.

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What team of scientists invented this thing?

Illustration for article titled MagicMouse Puts 3D Control on Your Finger
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Illustration for article titled MagicMouse Puts 3D Control on Your Finger
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Illustration for article titled MagicMouse Puts 3D Control on Your Finger

You'd think some major corporation would be doing R&D on something like this (and that could very well be the case), but this MagicMouse was actually designed by a group of Worcester Polytechnic Institute students, and it was good enough to be honored by a Popular Science 2007 Invention Award.

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Who knew you could move your cursor around on your PC by doing a little tai chi? The device consists of just $155 worth of parts and uses standard mouse protocol. We'd like to see what would happen if you turned this thing loose on a few Nintendo Wii-like games.

Inside the MagicMouse: The Story of a 2007 PopSci Invention of the Year [WPI, via PopSci]

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Man, when are people going to understand that the best way to advance a new technology is to make applications for the ****( industry? Look at VHS, and Super 8. And has anyone seen the quality and technology that goes into the cut&paste video download sites? I haven't but I'm just saying.....

That's where the money is for new technology, especially virtual 3d technology like this.

I mean come on, tell me that picture doesn't look like he's about to *grab* something. Now imagine what he's seeing on the computer screen.

Looks like Dude Nudem 3D to me.....

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duke_Nuke…