Not too long ago we saw Pong played with cars. You didn't think Pong could get more interesting than that right? Wrong. Now we bring you a research team that has invented a way to play it with just your eyes and some $30 glasses.
Dr. Aldo Faisal from the Department of Computing at Imperial College, U.K. and his team rigged up the glasses to track eye movements in 3D instead of 2D, and while they are like other eye tracking applications the off-the-shelf glasses help reduce the cost an astonishing 800 times over the others. The team created them to help people with Parkinson's, MS and other mobility or motor control issues learn to control computers.
Understandably, Pong was chosen because it involves simple movements. The glasses show how the eyes determine where a mouse cursor or joystick movement would normally act in gameplay.
It reportedly only took 10-minutes of training to get users acclimated.
Pong may still the simplest game out there, but uses like this show there is still a lot of life left in it. From marketing to medicine it proves that it's fun and even a useful tool.
Check out the glasses in action below, and who knows? Maybe eye movement tracking glasses will become something we all use in the future!