Forget Mouse And Keyboard: Play Your Next PC Game With Tongue And Butt

With Steam Boxes looming large in the future, game-peddlers-cum-hardware-makers over at Valve have been experimenting with some new ways to control your PC. Yeah, there's the weird joystick-less Steam Controller, but Valve designer Ben Krasnow has some even weirder stuff: a tongue mouse and a butt controller.

Both experiments — which Krasnow explains in depth in a pair of YouTube videos — aren't finished products or even intended to be. They're just weird experiments. For the tongue controller, Krasnow essentially mashed up the bottom of an infrared mouse with a retainer for a mouthpiece that lets you use your tongue to slide around the cursor. Meanwhile the butt controller is very literally a bathroom scale mashed up with a Xbox 360 controller.

Neither of these crazy little gadgets is particularly revelatory for use in games or on the desktop, why would they by? It's not like anyone has ever designed any bit of software with those particular body parts in mind. But, hey, the only way you can make progress is by thinking way outside the box right? Or in this case, sitting on the box, and then rubbing the roof of your mouth with your tongue. [Ben Krasnow via Polygon]


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    Neither of these crazy little gadgets is particularly revelatory for use in games or on the desktop, why would they by?

    It's 'be' by the way, but I digress and I have a world full of Quadriplegics and Paraplegics here who would like to politely disagree with you there... you're honestly not *that* short sighted are you for the implications of controllers such as this???

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      That was the first thing that came to my mind when I saw the article title. I thought there would be some news in here about a trial of this technology with disabled people. Turns out the author didn't even think of mentioning that as a possible use and seems like he was passing it off as some absurd waste of time (yet decided it needed an article anyway, slow news day?).

    "Neither of these crazy little gadgets is particularly revelatory for use in games or on the desktop, why would they by? It’s not like anyone has ever designed any bit of software with those particular body parts in mind."

    Well, maybe if like my son, you were missing both your hands, you might find this revelatory to say the least.

      Absolutely. I used to work at the Mater Hospital in Brisbane, I used to see the children missing fingers, hands etc and I'd hear them say things like they'd never get to play gameboys, get to play videogames etc. Things like this? If they get to bring them the ability to do so? Then it's *hardly* a device I'd say is 'particularly revelatory'...

    I don't know why, but when I read the title, I immediately thought of Mr Garrison's monocycle.

    http://images4.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20090205190007/southpark/images/1/15/ITSP.jpg

    You had my curiosity, but now you have my attention.

    I love the space for computer interaction for the disabled to be honest. Primarily I'm absolutely terrified of something happening to myself and losing the ability to do something I love but I also love the idea of giving people who cannot enjoy things as I do now the ability to participate and experience something which I take for granted.

    If I ever had infinite time and money I would love nothing more than building custom control setups for people who cannot use the standard tools provided to get them involved.

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