Friday, April 27, 2007

Japan to get motion-sensitive cell phones for games

Japanese cell phone maker and service provider NTT DoCoMo is set to release cells phones equipped for motion-sensitive video games, just like the Nintendo Wii:

In a boxing game users can throw punches or duck, and their movements are picked up by the phone's camera. In another game, the phone can be tilted in different directions to guide an on-screen ball through a maze.

My theory is that this is a ploy to boost sales of cells phones—because all that punching, weaving, and swinging is going to get a lot of phones broken (including by irate recipients of accidental punches on crowded subway trains).

Oh, and my apologies if upon clicking the above link you were subjected to one of those dancing-silhouette ads. Let's think of it as an opportunity to practice not letting things annoy us.

—Mellow Monk

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