Real Life Pacman

By Deane Barker on September 9, 2005

Researchers create ‘Human Pacman’ game: If you see people running around town with goggles on making the “wakka wakka” sound, then this is what they’re doing.

In a recent demonstration, researcher James Teh played Pacman by strapping on a backpack containing a laptop and donning a headset comprising a camera and goggles. Sensors and other gadgets were attached to the backpack with electrical tape.

As in the video game, Teh’s objective was to collect as many yellow dots as he could. In the human version, the dots appeared in his goggle display as yellow orbs bobbing above a road lined with parked cars. Pedestrians looked on curiously.