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Joy-stick: Game controlled by chewing gum

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Joy-stick: Game controlled by chewing gum

Can you walk and chew gum at the same time? Of course you can. That's ridiculously easy and we need to retire that phrase.

So let's make it a bit more challenging: Can you walk and chew gum and play a video game without using your hands at the same time? Absolutely. You certainly can. Even if you will look ridiculous doing it.

Stride Gum has made a game that you control by chewing. Your mouth is the controller. Using an iPhone camera's facial-recognition technology, the game's alien protagonist jumps, swings and flings itself all over the place to escape some sort of... I don't know, cave monster? (Does the plot even really matter? You're unlocking magical powers of your mouth here)... based on the speed of your chewing.

The game is called Gumulon and can be downloaded for free in the App Store. You may also need a piece of gum, but we imagine you can also try to play while chewing a piece of steak, a bagel or some carrots -- even while walking.

Take a look at how it all works in the video below and also check out the rest of this week's amazing Things From the Future!

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