August 24, 2010
Mind-boggling possibilities for products controlled by brainwaves
Is 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.
Photo credit: mindflexgames.com