However, the position of controller makes me think that when you pass the knitting machine head over that section, the software will keep track of what row you're on (i++).
Because you could use the cartridge or the knitting machine alone, I would describe this more as a video tutorial on how to use a knitting machine.
Which is a little disappointing because I wanted to see R.O.B. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R.O.B.) with two needles and the latest neighborhood gossip. ;)
A friend of mine has one of these, it's a massive, metallic and heavy version of the one in the article. It makes a big difference. If this was available and it wasn't too expensive I think it would be really cool.
The Passap line ($1-3k depending on model, IIRC) could be controlled by PCs, which were relatively cheap even then.
One of the Passap accessories, not included in that price, was a motor to move the shuttle back and forth.
Unfortunately, Passap is out of biz.
They could have had a hit if they added some more engagement for the user, make it like a game, you can get scores based on how good you followed the knitting instructions...
They could have called it knit knit revolution :)
The Aprilia SR50 Ditech with direct injection had an ECU that was limitied to make it's power output street legal. Our finest moment was when we got our hands on a debug cable for that ECU. You connected it to an outlet on the moped. The other end had a GameBoy cartridge that went into your GameBoy.
Removing the limit on the ECU would of course have been illegal. Let's just say that we could have done that if we wanted to...