Looking for a new way to dance?
Tech Gone Awry, our Guest Blogger, is a full-time freelance writer who enjoys writing about the latest in technology, as well as fiction. He lives in Pullman, Washington with his wife and three children. He wanted to share some of the latest in gadgets with the readers of InventorSpot.com. Here's his article:
* * * * * If you've never played Dance Dance Revolution, you are missing out on one of the finer pleasures of life. There is just something about moving your feet to the rhythm of techno music that just creates an instant adrenaline rush. Of course, the challenge is moving your feet at just the right time as the game prompts you. Anyone who could do it perfectly had the chance to be the next Michael Jackson (as far as the dancing part was concerned).
Dance Dance Revolution (DDR) is a one-man dance floor that was the hit at arcades, and pads are available for home versions. However, do you really want a dancing pad cluttering up your household?
Fortunately, Applied Sciences has figured out how you can have a DDR style game in a more compact area. The Laser Dance Matrix is lighter version of the DDR pad, and uses lasers to sense where your foot is falling instead of pads.
The Laser Dance Matrix is USB connectable, but apparently requires another power source (I'm assuming AC power) to get the lasers going. I am going to also assuming that the lasers are probably nearly invisible, because the ones shown in the photo look like something out of Goldfinger.
If this thing ever makes out of the prototype stage, it could create hours of fun in households that would make the Nintendo Wii pale in comparison. Not only that, it would help people shed some pounds as well. There is only one thing missing: the arcade game had bars on the side so DDR players could keep their balance. Without these, the Laser Dance Matrix could make more accidents happen at home. (via Engadget )
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