Bomberman-inspired browser game will blow you away (and other stuff you missed)
Boom! It’s your mid-week GeekBytes roundup, providing a respite from the massive phone news (literally) coming out of Mobile World Congress. Beyond a bit of Bomberman, check out how one little insect bot can crawl anywhere (it's not as creepy as it sounds), and how the Wii Balance Board is helping babies.
Looking for something to fill your lunch breaks? How does joining nearly 1000 others in a massively multiplayer online version of Bomberman sound? The recently launched browser-based game pits you against a seemingly endless stream of enemies, all of which are out to bomb you for precious points. Known as Bombermine, this Bomberman-inspired game is said can support as many as 1000 players at a time, all fighting it out on one big playing field.
Give it a try; it’s a real blast (sorry).
Researchers at Ithaca College are exploring how disabled infants can tackle their mobility limitations by way of using a Wii Balance Board. The Balance Board, used in conjunction with a Pioneer 3 robot and a child seat, can allow a disabled child to get around just by leaning in the direction they want to move. Researchers stress that having the ability to move in such a way is of major benefit to a child's development, and the use of such a hybrid tool can help them obtain cognitive, perceptual, and social skills. [via Geekosystem]
Say hello to STAR (that’s Sprawl-Tuned Autonomous Robot), a speedy six-legged bot developed at UC Berkeley’s Biomimetic Millisystem Lab. The bot, coming in at just 12cm in size, can run across a range of different surfaces at speeds of up to 5.2 meters per second, and it works by changing the angle of its legs in order to overcome its obstacles. [via IEEE Spectrum]