Japanese Develop a Tongue-Based Kinect Shooting Game
A couple of ingenious Japanese researchers are hard at work on a Kinect technology demo that focuses on tongue controls. The project is intended to help people with reduced oral motor functions by thoroughly utilizing the muscles involving the tongue. The interface works after Kinect detects the facial features such as the eyes and nose to determine the mouth area, which then allows the system to accurately sense tongue motion. Demo interaction included a shooting game that fires bullets whenever the tongue was stuck out, by means of moving the tongue in a coordinated fashion to wipe out targets. While users might look a bit comical when interacting with the system, this unconventional method does sound promising, especially for disabled gamers.