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Submission + - Play Pacman, Pinball, and Pong with a paramecium (newscientist.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Science is rarely ever this cool! "Physicist Ingmar Riedel-Kruse and his team from Stanford University have done just that by creating versions of classic games that you can navigate by physically controlling living organisms. A game called PAC-mecium is Pacman with a twist: players use a console to change the polarity of an electrical field in a fluid chamber filled with paramecia, which makes the organisms move in different directions. A camera sends real-time images to a computer, where they are superimposed onto a game board (see video above). By looking at the screen, a player can guide the paramecia to eat virtual yeast cells and make them avoid Pacman-like fish. A microprocessor tracks the movement of the organisms to keep score." Also available are versions of Pinball, Pong, and soccer.
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Play Pacman, Pinball, and Pong with a paramecium

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