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Mind-Control Headset for Gamers

 Here’s an article I found over at CNET which is super interesting. Is this how we will control things in the future? Will we sit back and say “I can’t believe we used those silly and impractical MICE”. Full credit for the article goes to Daniel Terdiman at CNET.

I’ve just made a small orange cube disappear with my mind. No hands necessary.I’m testing out the San Francisco company’s so-called brain control interface, the latest iteration of technology it first showed off a year ago, but which, unlike last year, is now almost ready for prime time.

The idea is a blending of hardware and software: A headset that seems a little like the one from the James Cameron-written 1995 film, Strange Days, complete with a set of sensors that are built to read your brain waves.

The software then is designed to interpret those brain waves in such a way as to allow users to manipulate objects onscreen with nothing but their mind.

So that’s why I’ve come to this office in downtown San Francisco, where I’m face-to-face with this little orange cube. It’s kind of mocking me, daring me to make it disappear.

Here’s how it works: The software has several choices for actions you can take. So, taking the disappearing cube as an example, once you’re hooked up to the headset, you’re directed to run a short, six-second test, where you concentrate on doing something, anything, with your mind–relax, focus, whatever.

Then, once you’ve completed the test, it’s you against the cube. And the challenge is to see if you can reproduce what it was you were doing with your mind during the test; If so, the cube slowly disappears.

In my case, it disappeared, then came back, then disappeared again and then came back. Repeat.

They also ran me through another example, this time trying to pull the cube forward. This one was harder because the brain function I chose to do to synchronize with the challenge was more concentrated. It involved me sort of tensing up my head and imagining the act of pulling the cube forward. It didn’t work very well.

But with the disappearing act, I simply relaxed my mind, with much better results.

Of course, there’s no relationship at all between brain activity that is consciously trying to “pull” the cube forward and what happens. That is to say, it doesn’t matter in any way what you’re doing with your mind, so long as what you do during the six-second calibration matches what you do when you try to enact the action.

So really, the software is just looking for a pattern match. It’s not all that complicated a concept, though I’m sure it’s a pretty difficult engineering feat.

Emotiv has also built technology designed to read your facial expressions and emotions. So while there, I saw a demonstration where someone wearing the headset would smile, frown, smile again, and so forth. And a goofy-looking face on the monitor would repeat the expression.

For now, this is all still just in prototype phase. But Emotiv promised me that the headset would be available in time for Christmas this year, at a price of $299. It’ll come bundled with a game that is geared toward using the technology, and presumably, more games will follow. The success, I think, of this product, will be how easy it is for developers to build the technology into their games. And that, presumably, is why the product is being showcased during this week’s Game Developers Conference, here in San Francisco.

Emotiv also said that the company is working on a partnership with IBM to integrate the brain control interface technology with Big Blue’s virtual worlds projects.

To be perfectly honest, I think this technology is a ways from being ready for any hard-core application. Based on what I saw, it’s very interesting and even quite impressive. But I just don’t know if it can improve fast enough to make a real difference in the market in the next year. Perhaps it can, and if so, that would be fantastic.

Nintendo’s Wii and Guitar Hero have opened people’s eyes to all-new interfaces, and I’m sure that this would fit into that category. But the things that have made the Wii and the Guitar Hero controller so successful is that they are easy and intuitive to use. Whether Emotiv’s technology is as well is something I’d have to reserve judgment on.

Still, I was able to make that cube disappear without using my hands. And that’s something.

Source: CNET.com

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  1. Atticus
    February 21st, 2008 | 16:13

    NEAT :D

  2. Ponysmasher
    February 21st, 2008 | 16:15

    daym, they shud make one to control the hoe

  3. n00b
    February 21st, 2008 | 16:15

    in 5 years we’ll be able to play FPS realisticly

  4. David
    February 21st, 2008 | 16:16

    Preety interesting. The sci-fi is becoming reality.

  5. alfred
    February 21st, 2008 | 16:17

    i’d buy one if i had money :P

  6. deen
    February 21st, 2008 | 16:19

    rlslog > pan

  7. Jole_BGD
    February 21st, 2008 | 16:21

    @n00b
    maybe we are able to play FPS realisticly today, but we dont know that ?!? :) :) :)

  8. Wankstar
    February 21st, 2008 | 16:22

    Well.. as a oldschool gamer, fps exspecially; This wont be accepted as approved tool for gaming.

    Where is the “skill”-factor of using your “brain” to kill your enemies? The mouse-movements are much more sensitive – and most likely more controlable.

    And if the salesment doesn’t find a way to “catch” the gamers to pick this up in Counter-strike, quake – or newer games; CoD4, Crysis, etc., then you WONT see a future in this devide.

    If you don’t like what i write, then screw you, it’s the truth.

  9. Wankstar
    February 21st, 2008 | 16:24

    devide = Device.

  10. Erik
    February 21st, 2008 | 16:34

    #4, Join the army. Same result.

  11. marduk
    February 21st, 2008 | 16:37

    thats sick !!l o l i want 1 :P

  12. marduk
    February 21st, 2008 | 16:37

    lol @11

  13. !
    February 21st, 2008 | 16:40

    this hasn’t proved a thing, once they get the software to act as a controller or a mouse, then get back to me…if you want realistic fps lol

    join the army really, russion army will probably give you some really good sh*t.

    american army will just send you to iraq and you will die a horrible death by some stupid roadside bomb..where the action..

  14. Jared
    February 21st, 2008 | 16:40

    I think they have come a long way over the years in producing a device to understand brain waves. Now as the years progress, we should see a more calibrated, better working headset, hopefully reading brain waves alot better and giving us more control on what we do with our applications and games. JUST ONE SMALL STEP this is, Just wait a few more years, youll see.

  15. nex
    February 21st, 2008 | 16:42

    Well, it might not become the primary interface for a FPS, but I can see it being a supplement. You could still be using your hands with the mouse/key combo, but then use the headset to throw grenades or dance on your opponents corpse simply by thinking about handjobs or buttsecks.

  16. bonko
    February 21st, 2008 | 16:43

    This is exactly what people want since sci-fi novels described it more than 100 years ago, this or a microchip\jack lodged in the brain.
    Im a hardcore Military Sim player and yes ill gladly use this as a complement for gaming, military apps already use similar apparatus nowadays. Also, assuming these will be used mainly for playing FPS games is absurd. Think of the uses for tetraplegics for one, medical procedures…etc,ad infinitum.

  17. Hene88
    February 21st, 2008 | 16:45

    Wankstar, this device will be the first “manual” aimbot, headshots guaranteed ;)

    The only skill in FPS games needed will be helluva reflexes..

    Anyhow, I’m not really interested on this device. I’m happy with ma good ol’ mouse.
    I suppose a great deal of concentration is needed to use this device in the first place.

  18. bleh
    February 21st, 2008 | 16:49

    Where is the “skill”-factor of using your “brain” to kill your enemies?

    hahahahah I cant stop laughing at this retareded comment.

  19. SilverRook
    February 21st, 2008 | 16:55

    >>n00b
    >>February 21st, 2008 | 16:15

    >>in 5 years we’ll be able to play FPS realisticly

    LOL its called afganistan lol

    but this isnt a new idea or concept or device this has been around for yeaaaars anyone remember the amoeba – mermaid – angel ? experiment where you had to relax to make her evolve and when you got stressed you de-evolved her ????

  20. transitshawn
    February 21st, 2008 | 16:56

    maybe there will be a day when wars are won and lost using this technology and people don’t really have to die…… we could all be playing “war” @ home and just turn it off when we are done.

  21. Wankstar
    February 21st, 2008 | 17:01

    test

  22. billsnoton
    February 21st, 2008 | 17:02

    ahah, you know the thing would be so much more interesting…if it actually worked? Watch the videos from GDC, it was a fiasco, the device worked once or twice in manipulating a cube and that was it, the rest of the time it just crapped out, very embarrisingly for the team showing it off I might add. However, this thing is still in development and there was plenty of reasons it could have had difficulty, so its worth waiting till its closer to release, could be interesting, though for playing games I’m not that excited even with a working one, as a tool for using computers? That would be interesting.

  23. Largo
    February 21st, 2008 | 17:03

    @21 its called CoD4 learn 2 play :D

  24. Wankstar
    February 21st, 2008 | 17:03

    Hehe Hene88,

    Nothing in the world beats the reflects of a mouse in the hand of a well experienced gamer.
    I can shoot the nuts off a ant :) – no brainwaves needed.

  25. Tom
    February 21st, 2008 | 17:10

    Finally an opportunity to move the mouse to my bin :) . Can’t wait for some evolved version of this thingy. It’s so much more ergonomical.

  26. Choakem
    February 21st, 2008 | 17:19

    Wankstar: Shoot the nuts off an ant – Very funny – I like that one.

    However- I must inform thee that I am the Ultimate FPS player and armed with my trusted Death adder(Razer mouse) I could destroy all you pretenders at unreal tourney..

    I can set up a Hamachi sever if any of you feel the need for a dose of humility…

    PS – COnsider this the virtual gauntlet slapped across your faces… :P

    hehehehhehehe

  27. sober
    February 21st, 2008 | 17:24

    Holy crap! There is no way in h3ll I would put that thing on my head, I don’t care how cool it is!

  28. q3c
    February 21st, 2008 | 17:24

    @23

    I completely agree – before bowing down to the new technology, it is good to read some reviews and watch the presentation itself. It wasn’t even funny – just embarassing, to see the device failing to do pretty much anything.

  29. Morfar
    February 21st, 2008 | 17:27

    I’ve gotta get me one of those!

  30. transitshawn
    February 21st, 2008 | 17:30

    LOL!!! #31

  31. Arnold Arnoldson
    February 21st, 2008 | 17:31

    I’ve used up three Razer mouses in a moderate period, first one Diamond back, then i got a Magma one, and finally a Copperhead, they all broke, the cord on most of them went to hell, and the laser stopped functioning, so i have little faith in Razer, was an amazing mouse while it lasted though.

  32. godfella
    February 21st, 2008 | 17:33

    Nice news! Cant wait, till some “new wave” hacker, will be reading my brainwaves ;]

  33. Carefactor
    February 21st, 2008 | 17:35

    #Choakem. No one cares…

  34. eTheBlack
    February 21st, 2008 | 17:36

    it will be great tool… but there is some “evil” in this one…
    all of you geek knows hackers, do you? so will We (me to) hack in this tool, like in everyone before, and steal your mind? (dont know other word for mind)
    like u will say in your mind password… and hacker will listen this, that will be crazy sh!t…

  35. Jasper
    February 21st, 2008 | 17:40

    Well, a headset controlled by the mind.

    I guess they’ll be sold with a warning label saying “Not for use by negroes.”

  36. Vingevam
    February 21st, 2008 | 17:41

    Gyroscope? how much of the brain-reading is done by you tilting your head slightly when u concentrate…

  37. Jez
    February 21st, 2008 | 17:41

    #36 thats ridiculous, You have a good imagination.

  38. They tryna hold a brotha down
    February 21st, 2008 | 17:45

    The government is using these to control your minds.

    These are tools to brainwash you all. How can you be so naive that you actually think it’s just for gaming? The government has been using video games for decades to brainwash people.

    These are nothing but tools for the man to try to keep a brotha down. But we know about it.

    They copied the idea from Dreamfall (TLJ2).

    Mind Control.

    Be afraid.

    Be very afraid.

  39. hmmmm
    February 21st, 2008 | 17:45

    wonder if u would get a tumor from wehre the battery will sit at? pretty damn close to ur brain.

  40. sybull
    February 21st, 2008 | 17:47

    Don’t be fooled…..they will be sending your thoughts back to the MPAA…..as soon as you THINK about downloading ….knock..knock..knock !!!

    Then the christians will use them. As soon as some bloke thinks of an a-hole….crunch thier trousers will tighten….

    They are going to filter and shape your thoughts…

  41. Hullabulloo
    February 21st, 2008 | 17:47

    I think the keyboard is easier to use.

    This mind control thing will be just like “speech controlled” computers. It will never work.

    Twenty years ago we were supposed to be able to speak to our PC’s and have them respond. Still waiting.

    Every morning I wake up and say “Computer, start Utorrent. Download There Will Be Blood.”

    Nothing ever happens.

  42. dilligaf
    February 21st, 2008 | 17:50

    they are using implants in the brains of those with paralysis to allow them to manipulate prosthetic limbs with their brainwaves. they also stuck them in a few monkey brains so they could play pinball:

    i’ll wait for the full lawnmowerman kit :P

  43. Hullabulloo
    February 21st, 2008 | 17:50

    @ #37

    Negroes do have minds.

  44. bleh
    February 21st, 2008 | 17:52

    some years ago voice recognition (control) was all the rage. does someone remember the early apps? i guess mindcontrol will be as crappy. well, even nowadays, voice recognition, let alone control, is in a somewhat crappy state…

  45. Jobe
    February 21st, 2008 | 17:52

    #44 Hello, it’s me Jobe. The lawnmower man is inside your head now.

  46. Metallideth
    February 21st, 2008 | 17:53

    Very cool. It will be interesting to see how this technology evolves over the next few years.

    And to all of you arguing about FPS’s, I really doubt that this will affect action/adventure oriented gaming in a huge way.

    I see this as a step up from a programmable shortcut key on a gaming keyboard or something. I doubt this kind of thing could ever be used for aiming, but maybe you could calibrate it and set one “pattern” as a jump “button” and another for reloading or the “action” button to open doors and those kinds of things. Nothing that would take the skill out of the game.

    I think the real benefit of this kind of thing is just computing in general. Imagine a slimmed down, ergonomic/comfortable, and maybe flexible version of this that you could slip on and use to control playback of music/movies while relaxing. Or you could just launch applications with it or something.

  47. Wankstar
    February 21st, 2008 | 17:54

    test 2

  48. crazy horse
    February 21st, 2008 | 17:54

    #41 yep. you will get a testicle on your forehead for the battery. it’s crazy man.

  49. pea55
    February 21st, 2008 | 17:54

    #44 Dont ya just love scientists for years those poor monkeys couldnt play pinball. God bless them.

  50. Hubbard
    February 21st, 2008 | 17:56

    @ #44

    In India, the monkey brains are removed and eaten as dessert.

  51. Dude..
    February 21st, 2008 | 17:56

    PLZ???

  52. m1dnight
    February 21st, 2008 | 17:57

    “i’d wish rlslog got a Ddos”

    “oops…”

    xD

  53. tony
    February 21st, 2008 | 18:00

    Ive got 4 torrent invites to http://www.powerscene.org left the other sites down aussie one so can get those 2 out yet.leave ya email here if u want a powerscene one

  54. sam
    February 21st, 2008 | 18:01

    And if you die in a FPS, then you really think you’re dead?

    FREAKY!

  55. Wah
    February 21st, 2008 | 18:02

    hmmm. odd. surprise they haven’t used this for porn purposes.

  56. Ronnie Mund
    February 21st, 2008 | 18:06

    @tony

    Good to see you back. Looking forward to adding more email addresses to the Spam Your Enemies list today.

  57. Angry Indian
    February 21st, 2008 | 18:13

    @ #52 Hubbard

    We may eat monkey brains for dessert, but all of you fat Americans eat cows for Gods sake. Leave the cows alone already.

  58. steve
    February 21st, 2008 | 18:30

    i have 2 of these one for me and one for the wife (get your knickers off) works all the time but trying to get her to swallow the juice not working they must be fu**ed

  59. LonelyBoy23
    February 21st, 2008 | 18:37

    I wish this could be used to mind control some babes or I wish they could invent an x-ray-like sunglasses that could let you see what’s under the panties…xD

  60. rar
    February 21st, 2008 | 18:38

    maybe if u really strain your brain you can use this to scroll ur rlslog pages for you.

  61. LudwigVB
    February 21st, 2008 | 18:38

    #56…

    Dead people don’t think :P

  62. Wankstar
    February 21st, 2008 | 18:45

    Metallideth; Happy to see you are agreeing with me.

    But, if this device could ie. start an application, just by the thought – let’s say Winamp. Would you wear it on your head all night, while you are relaxing, just to use it as a “shortcut” for your apps?

    I’m just wondering, since i really hate having let alone my headset on.

  63. gagga
    February 21st, 2008 | 18:46
  64. Metallideth
    February 21st, 2008 | 18:53

    Wankstar,

    I don’t know about leaving it on all night, but maybe during the day like on a particularly lazy afternoon or something. Actually, I think it would be great for a plane ride or a long drive. I didn’t really picture the headset in the picture though, I had in mind one made out of some kind of fabric or something, very minimalist with the sensors embedded in the fabric and nothing protruding or whatever.

    I don’t know, but it’s just an idea. If there was a way you could wear a device like that somewhere other than your head (like a wristband or something a little less awkward/noticeable) that would be even better but I don’t know how that would work. If it was sensitive to pick up your brain waves just by being near you then what would stop it from picking up other people’s, (assuming that’s even possible in the first place). Like Ricky Bobby said in Talladega Nights: “I’m just excited that we’re trying stuff like that!” (ok so that’s an approximation. Don’t remember the exact quote lol).

  65. Wankstar
    February 21st, 2008 | 18:53

    Choakem: UT? I rly suck at B-games ;) haha. Can’t play dat.

  66. dan
    February 21st, 2008 | 18:57

    Hmmm, wonder how much longer it is going to be before you can just “jack” right into the net via a plug in or wireless interface implanted in your skull, thus giving you complete access to the net and…..Damn! I seem to remember a Star Trek Next Gen show that delt with a race that already did this, they called themselves the Binar (B-EYE-Nar)only difference was that they were short and grey and dressed in sparkly two tone jumpsuits and were bald. Oh and they all looked alike so you could not tell a male from a female.

    On second thought, I think I will keep my mouse… ;-)

  67. ke
    February 21st, 2008 | 19:02

    very very slow day for rls here…

  68. Wankstar
    February 21st, 2008 | 19:02

    test 3

  69. Dutchbastard
    February 21st, 2008 | 19:04

    I didn’t read all the posts here, just skimmed over some.

    But Wankstar and Metallideth, while I agree with your thoughts on a short term basis, this seems to me as kind of a stepping stone.
    I realise my thoughts on this is a bit far fetched at this moment, but what if this expands in the future.
    If, and I say IF, this can be perfected then it would be faster then mouse movement.
    No matter how fast you move, you always See first, THEN move your mouse. (brainwaves give info to the muscles etc etc you know the drill)
    Now if this could be used in it’s full potential, then that would mean you would react with your brain…
    which in turn would result in a split second faster then you would with your hands.

    Again, far fetched I know, but think about it.

    I’m not starting a major discussion here, just giving my thoughts.

  70. mr p
    February 21st, 2008 | 19:10

    oh great now we will be chipped and wear headgear.

    wonderful.

  71. josiah
    February 21st, 2008 | 19:10

    @Dutchbastard

    Speech control is already more advanced than this mind control method and it is also faster than using a mouse.

    But everyone hates it and refuses to use it. Why? Because it is not natural. Moving your mouse with your hand is a natural movement, fostered since we were children with eye-hand coordination skills.

    Using this mind-control helmet will just result in many people with headaches after a few minutes of use.

  72. josiah
    February 21st, 2008 | 19:11

    @Wankstar

    What are you testing?

  73. asd
    February 21st, 2008 | 19:13
  74. Lancer
    February 21st, 2008 | 19:23

    Just try mushrooms.

  75. wankstar
    February 21st, 2008 | 19:24

    75: Not much. I’m just testing my new pair of testicles. They are as big as oranges.

  76. desperate4gurls
    February 21st, 2008 | 19:30

    i hope soon one day they make a headset so i can have mega secks with hardkorn girls. i cant get laid myself so i would really like it, im 40 years old so should be able to afford it LOL!!! plz respoind if you know of any way i can have vr secks. thx :) )

  77. desperate4gurls
    February 21st, 2008 | 19:32

    sry for my englich as well im not from here

    tx.

  78. desperate4gurls
    February 21st, 2008 | 19:33

    And Yes – Even Men Will do!

  79. desperate4gurls
    February 21st, 2008 | 19:33

    LOL THATS NOT ME!!!!

    funy though :) ))

    tx.

    :)

  80. lx
    February 21st, 2008 | 19:55

    for fps i dont think it will fly. in 5 years a MMORPG in a second reality sure. this will make RPGing more intense. anyone ever see .hack//sign? im talking about something like that.

  81. suicidesaints
    February 21st, 2008 | 20:28

    technology has become rediculous — first a device that you control using your mind — then a device that controls your mind

    im not one of those people who normally thinks technology is going too far, but this is just absurd

  82. Dorje
    February 21st, 2008 | 20:43

    Do I wear this over or under my tin foil hat?

  83. Sonic
    February 21st, 2008 | 20:48

    !!!!!SERBIA !!!!!!!!

    Mind Control by USA

  84. Mantra
    February 21st, 2008 | 20:48

    Is it a heaset mind controlled or a mind controlled by a headset?

  85. Xen0veR
    February 21st, 2008 | 20:51

    massive :D
    gotta get me one of those someday :P

  86. sober
    February 21st, 2008 | 20:58

    @84

    Tin foil hats are bs. You would need something to disrupt the frequency, high powered magnets or maybe something that will generate an unbelievable amount of voltage?

  87. xtazy
    February 21st, 2008 | 21:00

    my comment got deleted… wots the point of havin a comments bit if ur comment gets deleted…

  88. Google.Adsense.Secrets
    February 21st, 2008 | 21:02

    Will this let me have sex with Halo 3?

  89. desperate4gurls
    February 21st, 2008 | 21:15

    No 90, it won’t. Noob.

  90. Cake Mania 2 Cake Maniac
    February 21st, 2008 | 21:18

    Wow! I want to use this when I play Cake Mania 2! I’ll control Jill with the power of my mind!

  91. dragoshell
    February 21st, 2008 | 21:20

    @30 :) :):):) lol :) :):):):)
    you made me laugh so hard :)

  92. Yammitor
    February 21st, 2008 | 21:38

    Wow great, i cant wait to get the brain chip version implanted, that will be out in a few years, sooner i hope, yea !!!!

    Government loves us baby…

  93. i hate number 8
    February 21st, 2008 | 22:27

    number 8.your so dumb.seriosuly.it obviously wont react instantly to ur brain or something.u cant just think of shooitng osmoen and the game would do it.you are just afraid of change >:P

  94. France=Stuoopid
    February 21st, 2008 | 23:07

    What will suck about this headset is when the adverisement people beams ads directly into our freaking brains. You think the ads on TV and the Internet are bad now. Your brain will be a safe haven for any ad in the world. You will start to see people check themselves into mental home for seeing ads all over the place.

  95. Dorje
    February 21st, 2008 | 23:08

    @88

    Hey, you beleive what you want to beleive about tin foil hats. I made a new one the other day that completely blocks out the govt mind monitoring frequencies while enhancing communications with the mother ship. It also goes well with my wrist watch. Now thats some fine bling bro. I think the chicks dig it too. The magnets I keep up my @ss.

  96. josh
    February 21st, 2008 | 23:28

    glad I invested into some IBM stock a couple months ago.. haha emotiv and ibm teaming up… its crazy how far they have come.. jeesh

  97. Onyx
    February 21st, 2008 | 23:36

    Man some of you guy’s really need to get out more and smoke a little less weed.

    Videogames? Brainwash? . Sure there is elements of

    propaganda

    and a glorification of War within a lot of games, but

    this is pretty obvious.

    You know there is no “THEM” you are “THEM”. Check your head

    and come back to reality!. Because you are lost in fantasy

    that is convincing and factual only to the dulled and

    distorted mind.

  98. dan
    February 21st, 2008 | 23:41

    Red Pill-Blue Pill…Red Pill-Blue Pill…Red Pill-Blue Pill The voices in my head are screaming at me to pick one, Oh wait…That’s Hillary Clinton doing all the screaming.

  99. he
    February 21st, 2008 | 23:49

    @ WAnkstar

    U really think that u can use more “skill” with ur hands than with ur brain, that makes me LOL.
    I mean think about what are u doin with ur brian while ur playing anykinda game, and thats far away from productive thinking and thinkin about stuff that noone ever made.
    Your hands are just toys for your brain, and when u play with ur hands u really play with ur brain.
    I cant belive u think that gaming human brains against brains is clueless, its just the new generation what u cant even imagine thats why u deny it imo. Keep on playin with ur hands and keep on rely on that time while the information get to your fingers from your brain than to your mouse and to the interface…

  100. Dorje
    February 22nd, 2008 | 00:14

    @101

    I too enjoy playing with my brian on occaison but, I call him will willey ;)

  101. Anonymous
    February 22nd, 2008 | 02:05

    I can only see this being of use at the moment for mapping certain action to different signals from one’s brain. It would be amusing in an FPS where your character did have telekinetic abilities. Map whatever to pick items up and throw them and such. The technology needs to be given a few more years to be able to hope to do that smoothly, however.

  102. Xyno
    February 22nd, 2008 | 02:08

    @Onyx

    You are clearly one of Them out to trick us all!

  103. Kim
    February 22nd, 2008 | 02:25

    Sounds really cool, but it would be hard-pressed to find any brain waves if I was wearing it.

  104. sober
    February 22nd, 2008 | 02:32

    @97

    Hey, if it works for you, and I would think magnets in your a$$ might give you terrible constipation, unless you’re using the ones with a hole in the middle. Personally, I don’t care if they read my mind, they would just hear me cuss them out, and as for controlling my mind, I’m to free willed in not giving a [email protected], but try if they must.

  105. martian
    February 22nd, 2008 | 02:32

    I can imagine the future in which newborn babies have the sensors implanted at birth. When adult, they will have a level of control over the computer as precise as we have over our arms hands and fingers.

  106. misiek
    February 22nd, 2008 | 03:06

    Should be good for my girl… O _ O

  107. 0tt0
    February 22nd, 2008 | 04:32

    Some college kids built one like this for a project

    http://bio-medical.com/product_info.cfm?inventory__imodel=MINDBALL

  108. France=Stuoopid
    February 22nd, 2008 | 07:35

    ah so the companies are turning us into the borg – 107?

  109. A TO THE D TO THE A TO THE M
    February 22nd, 2008 | 12:43

    For gamers???? Ugh why can’t it be for Photoshop!!!!!!!

  110. Rekrul
    February 22nd, 2008 | 15:43

    Does anyone here actually understand how this device works?

    It doesn’t “know” what you’re thinking, all it can, kinda, sorta, tell is if what you’re thinking now matches what you were thinking during the calibration phase. And even then, it can’t tell WHAT you’re thinking.

    When you think, there are electrical impulses going through your brain. This device monitors those impulses. If impulse B matches impulse A, it works.

    It’s like telling you to press the fire button everytime I say garflunkip. Does anyone here know what “garflunkip” means? I’m betting no, since I just made it up, but even though you have no idea what it means, you know that when I say it, you’re supposed to press the fire button. That’s how this device works.

    They’re a LONG way off from making a helmet that can understand a person’s thoughts.

    That said, I’m looking forward to the day when they can record and playback brain impulses, like they could in Brainstorm. It’ll give a whole new meaning to “celebrity sex tape”. :)

  111. Rekrul
    February 22nd, 2008 | 15:45

    Does anyone here actually understand how this device works?

    It doesn’t “know” what you’re thinking, all it can, kinda, sorta, tell is if what you’re thinking now matches what you were thinking during the calibration phase. And even then, it can’t tell WHAT you’re thinking.

    When you think, there are electrical impulses going through your brain. This device monitors those impulses. If impulse B matches impulse A, it works.

    It’s like telling you to press the fire button everytime I say garflunkip. Does anyone here know what “garflunkip” means? I’m betting no, since I just made it up, but even though you have no idea what it means, you know that when I say it, you’re supposed to press the fire button. That’s how this device works.

    They’re a LONG way off from making a helmet that can understand a person’s thoughts.

    That said, I’m looking forward to the day when they can record and playback brain impulses, like they could in Brainstorm. It’ll give a whole new meaning to “celebrity sex tape”. :)

    Re-posting this since the original isn’t showing up after a page reload. Of course now it will probably end up posted twice.

  112. olivier
    February 22nd, 2008 | 16:29

    You have also talked about the technologie of a human repeating movements acording too the movements you make, that’s not a new technologie my webcam can allreay do this with a shark, an alien, and some neat figures :D .
    I think this technologie also is far from perfection it laks the know how of the brain meaby in a few years when the find a patern for for example the thinking of the pulling of the block only then it will be posible to recognize these paterns but then the limitations will be limitless.
    meaby in the future they will be able to present your brain with some patern letting you mimic it.

    excuse me for my bad english,

    Pierrard Olivier, Belgium

  113. Alexander
    February 22nd, 2008 | 16:37

    Stupid, I want my games to be keyboard/mouse/gamepad friendly.

  114. spudbrain
    February 22nd, 2008 | 20:55

    @101

    “I mean think about what are u doin with ur brian while ur playing anykinda game”

    Im not doing anything to brian! Nothing what so ever! Who told u?!
    <..>

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