In a creepy/cool research move, Stanford University's Ingmar Riedel-Kruse creates a "biotic" video game that lets players manipulate living things.
According to a report from the Stanford University News, Riedel-Kruse and his team created a series of eight video games that influence the behavior of living microorganisms in real time as the games are played.
Each game starts with a camera pointed at an organism in a tank and am microprocessor tracking its movements. The player sees this data on a screen with a "game board" superimposed on the image. Using what the article calls "a typical video game controller," the player tries to control the microorganism's movements by releasing electrical fields or "whiffs of a chemical" to prompt a reaction from the microorganism.
Riedel-Kruse says the point of the games is the make science fun without "the rigor of conducting a formal experiment."
You can find more details on the games in a paper published by Riedel-Kruse's team in the 10th anniversary issue of Lab on a Chip -- or by clicking here.
Source: Stanford researcher uses living cells to create 'biotic' video games [Stanford University News]
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