August 24, 2010

Mind-boggling possibilities for products controlled by brainwaves

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MatelIs your brain in the game? As the L.A. Times recently reported, “Mind Reading Is on the Market”—brain-wave monitoring technology, called EEG, is moving from the research lab to the consumer. From medical breakthroughs such as DARPA’s mind-controlled prosthetic limb and Toyota’s wheelchair to recreational applications, it’s mind over matter.

Telekinetic games could be hot picks this holiday season. Several are already on the market, including Mattel’s Mindflex and Uncle Milton Industries’ Force Trainer, in which users wear brain-wave-sensitive headsets to move small balls through an obstacle course by simply thinking which way they want the ball to turn. NeuroSky, the breakthrough developer of brain-computer interface technology for recreational use, will launch its own PC-compatible Mindwave headset with several games, according to the L.A. Times. NeuroSky’s technology will feature in an upcoming joint effort from Sega Toys and Toshiba. It’s also key to a mind-control app, Tug of Mind, from Iceland’s MindGames, due later this year.

Games may be just the beginning: think brain-wave scans at airport security, garage doors that open at the drop of a thought, and car brakes that engage before you slam on them.

Photo credit: mindflexgames.com

1 Response to "Mind-boggling possibilities for products controlled by brainwaves"

1 | Suzie Blumenthal

August 24th, 2010 at 4:05 pm

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Fascinating trend. Now if you can figure out a way to clean my house and make dinner – I am signed up!

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