July 15, 2008 12:20 pm

If you’re one of those types that will watch the same television channel for days because the remote control is missing, then this latest line of inventions from Japan is for you.

InventHelp’s Invention Girl has discovered that NTT DoCoMo, Japan’s top mobile carrier, is testing a new group of wearable gadgets that can sense your body movements and relate them to actions on the devices. For example, by tapping your finger you could turn on a DVD player or by rolling your eyes you could adjust volume on a portable music player.

For one round of testing, researchers wore huge headphones laden with wires, sensors and chips designed to track electrical currents created by the body’s movements. In another variation, a wristwatch type device could track movement in the wearer’s thumb and forefinger to work as a remote control for a stereo, television or media player.

One head researcher stressed that “the Japanese do not like to stand out,” so the idea is to make the application blend into the design of the item. The company’s end goal is to implement the technology into advanced cell phones.

While these gadgets are still in the testing phase, InventHelp’s Invention Girl will be sure to let you know if, or when, they hit the market.

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