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A cute girl winking at you on the bus may soon, unfortunately, no longer be a sign that she’s hot for you. Why? Because she might just be controlling her iPod. That’s because Kazuhiro Taniguchi, from the Osaka University in Tokyo, has designed a gadget able to control an MP3 player using pre-defined facial expressions. …

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Great interface!

Combined with an eyetracker- and some more subtle head motions- it could finally give a computer game style interface for wearables!

Want to turn on your wearable's WiFi? Look at the WiFi logo on the screen and waggle your ears a couple of times! Much easier and more hands-free than either press-button on your arm or bring up a two-hand virtual display.

Also, don't like certain people? Upload a different config file to their MP3 players. Have them stick their tongues out to turn off their music. "HEY, TURN OFF THAT DAMN RACKET!"*sticks tongue out* *wakes up in intensive care*

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agh! my eyes!

what the hell is going on with the "dick tongue"

wrong, so very wrong!

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Wow

Quite some tongue there, lizard lady.

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Black Helicopters

Is it my imagination

or does she have a forked tongue?

It appears the Lizard Army has just assimilated itself some rather fetching recruits!

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Happy

This project is totally

going to cause such trouble on the underground. And bring an end to listening on the ipod during sex. But if it is going to monitor how often I eat and sneeze, can I twitter the stats?

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Is it me or...

..is she sporting a severed (and slightly flattened) John Thomas from her mouth?

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Ouch

How will this work for people with nervous twitches or muscle defects? They'll be shit pissed off about their iPod not working properly.

I know mobile phones saved people who used to talk to themselves whilst driving, from lots of embarrasment and now it looks like this might do the same for those with jittery nerves. It would be kinda unnerving on public transport watching everybody 'gurning' - reminds me of the days of GOOD ecstacy and illegal raves - i guess I'm now old enough to moan about progress officially, so here it is - THIS IDEA IS RUBBISH - NOW FCUK OFF and DO SOMETHING USEFUL :) - XRay specs are still up for grabs!!!

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Thank you very much!

So not only have mobile manufacturers blighted the sedate trip home on the train by encouraging some trumped up little shite-hawk to bleat about his or her meaningless existence, now we will have to tolerate the sight of several people who look like they have St Vitus Dance, trying to operate the MP3 player on their mobiles!

Thank you very much indeed! I love progress!

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Weird...

Is the girl in the piccy one of those lizard people?

Clam.

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Very nice

Reminds me of Asimov's 'silent' mic that monitored the movement of the throat (or was it the jaw bone?) Wonder how sensitive it is.

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Stupid idea

I did my thesis on controlling devices using non-standard HCI.

One thing that sticks in my mind is that people blink, wink and perform other facial gestures hundreds of times each day and are not even aware of it.

Unaware that is until they plug in their iPod and they're sent skipping around their music collection at random intervals.

Twatballoons.

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Why?

Get the boffins back on something useful like flying cars or breeding monkeys with wings!

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Happy

Not sure about the interface...

... but I'll take the model over the Asus EeeEEEeEEEEeeeeee girl any day of the week.

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I hope it doesn't become too popular...

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