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And Now: Super Mario Turns 25!

Today, everyone’s favorite plumber celebrates his 25th anniversary. To commemorate a quarter century of Super Mario Bros, the folks at Nintendo have put together this nifty retrospective video – watch how the game has changed (and stayed the same) over the years:

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Introducing Milo, the Virtual Boy

Meet Milo: the boy who can recognize your face, voice, and emotion; comment on the color of your shirt; or respond to your physical movements.

If you hand him a drawing, Milo will reach out, grab it, and comment on the drawing’s shape and color.

None of that may seem particularly unusual – except that Milo is a virtual creation, a milestone in gaming created by U.K. game designer Peter Molyneux.

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Surfing the Web with a Wave of the Hand

Gesture-based computer interfaces are finally within reach. MIT researchers have designed an easy to use system that involves a standard webcam and a multicolored Lycra glove.

The glove is covered with 20 irregularly shaped patches with 10 different colors so that the computer can distinguish the colors from each other and from background objects.

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