This certainly isn’t the first time that someone has come up with a way of getting computers to respond to brain activity but now there’s finally an actual tangible commercial product on the horizon.
An American company, Emotiv, have created a headset that tracks thoughts, emotions and facial expressions and uses this information to control software. Although designed with gamers in mind (is that a pun?) there’s no reason why the headset couldn’t, in theory, be linked up to other software such as onscreen keyboards. Even if this proves to be a problem the accessible gaming aspect is really quite exciting.
So is this thing actually going to work and can it be used to improve the lives of people with severe physical disabilities? Maybe. Emotiv promises that the headset will be in the shops by next Christmas at a remarkably low price of £150. That’s cheaper than some rollerballs and thousands of pounds cheaper than current eye control systerms. But whether the device is going to be practical and useful is another matter. Daniel Terdiman from CNET recently reviewed the device and had some success but felt there was some way to go.
Add comment March 20th, 2008