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Author's Note: How the PlayStation Camera Works

All the cool new gaming features and accessories coming out lately make me think, "Welcome to the world of tomorrow!" With the PlayStation Camera and the rival Xbox One Kinect, our gaming systems can recognize our faces and our voices and respond accordingly. The latter can apparently even read your pulse. We only need program it to say, "Hello, Dave," when we walk into the room to increase the creep factor.

But I prefer to think about the more "Star Trek" like implications. Aside from the fact that I'd love to ditch the DDR dance pad and play a realistic martial arts game that actually taught me proper moves, maybe one day we'll be able to walk in and start asking our game consoles questions. "PlayStation, how many ounces are in a quart," or, "Xbox, find a recipe that uses endive and anchovies. I have extra." We're not quite there yet, but maybe one day. Until then, I'll just save up for a new system and ponder whether AR robots dream.

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