Nov 05 2013

Brainpower: The Next Wave in Computing?

Technology is trying to leverage our brains as a next-gen user interface.

The part of the body, besides your fingers, that does the most heavy lifting when it comes to using a computer is the brain. It has to collect stimuli, analyze it and then direct physical and mental responses.

Until now, we’ve relied on physical peripherals — such as keyboards, mice and touch screens — to act as the middlemen between us and the machines, but if inventors have their way, the next advancement in computing will mean devices can just read our minds.

PSFK highlighted two examples of this revolutionary, neuro-based approach to computing recently.

The first comes in the form of a mobile game, Neuronauts. Using the Mindwave Mobile Headset, players use their brain activity and “focus” to direct the rocket ship, according to PSFK.

The headset picks up brain activity and infers your mental state and focus based on frequency and waves. To dampen other electrical signals created by your body, the headset uses a contact clip attached to your ear.

The next example is the Neurocam, which is “a wearable camera system that uses brainwave sensors and a smartphone camera to identify what the wearer is interested in and then automatically records the footage.”

It pretty much looks like you’ve got an iPhone strapped to your head.

Watch this video below to learn more.

If you thought wearable computing devices like Google Glass were exciting, imagine what the world will look like once computers can read our minds.


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