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Comment Re:Obviously... (Score 2) 73

Most blind people aren't blind since birth. A large fraction of blind folks suffer from age-related macular degeneration, where the reflective pigment at the back of the eye gets damaged or destroyed (through a few mechanisms), or the retinal "screen" is otherwise damaged (torn, distorted, occluded) by capillary leakage and scarring. In some cases it's very narrow areas - you won't notice them if they are in the periphery - but they wreak havoc if they are centrally located and/or spreading. Note that these processes don't affect the neurons as much as the detection equipment and/or shape of the receptor field.

Add the baby boomer effect, and it's become very profi^H^H^H^H^Hrelevant to be able to overcome these degenerations.

Comment Re:Ugh.. (Score 1) 307

Ask any oh the G20 protesters which government was tromping on rights. Ask Harper about his inability to balance a budget, or even put all the expenses down in it! Ask harper about his 6billion dollar gift to corporations (those are "businesses", no?). The liberal misdemeanors are now 7 years past, and the team has changed. Unless you're the kind of person who is guilty for your parents' sims, you need to let go and see who is corrupt today, not most of a decade ago.

Comment Re:They are too focused on cost and ignore value (Score 1) 549

Look at the parent's application. Yes, having the keyboard there gets in the way. Needing to hold the laptop and press keys to control the playback while trying to show someone a video *standing* on a sports field doesn't work as well as a tablet.

I'm surprised you didn't recommend he use a pencil-and-paper playbook. We've made do with those for years.

Get off the hater bandwagon and actually think about what it might be good for.

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Microsoft Kinect With World of Warcraft 80

An anonymous reader writes "Researchers at the University of Southern California Institute for Creative Technologies have developed software that enables control of PC video games using the Microsoft Kinect sensor. Their toolkit, known as the Flexible Action and Articulated Skeleton Toolkit (FAAST), emulates custom-configured keyboard controls triggered by body posture and specific gestures. This video shows a user playing the online game World of Warcraft using the Kinect. Potential applications of this technology include video games for motor rehabilitation after stroke and reducing childhood obesity through healthy gaming."

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