How Motion Control Works

Author's Note

Robert Lamb, Senior Staff Writer
Robert Lamb, Senior Staff Writer
HowStuffWorks 2009

I drafted Moses to appear in this article early on in the research process. See, the science is fascinating, but the technology is also ubiquitous. We move our bodies and watch machines obey us every day. Big deal, right?

So, I turned to Moses, that famed figure of Hebrew, Christian and Islamic tradition. You also might remember him as the wizardly looking dude played by Charlton Heston in "The Ten Commandments" or voiced by Val Kilmer in the animated film "The Prince of Egypt." In working him into the article, I found it rather nifty to think that while modern technology could facilitate a rod-based control system, a Kinect-like system could just as easily depend on nothing more than a wooden stick.

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