This must be one of those sci-fi fantasies everyone has at least thought about once in their life. There have been a few products which have brought us closer to mind-controlled computers being a reality, and now there is actually a product that will be available on the retail market.
Based on the latest developments in neuro-technology, Emotiv has developed a new personal interface for human computer interaction. The Emotiv EPOC uses a set of sensors to tune into electric signals naturally produced by the brain to detect player thoughts, feelings and expression and connects wirelessly to most PCs. The Emotiv neuroheadset now makes it possible for games to be controlled and influenced by the player’s mind.
Emotiv’s focus is on the entertainment industry and more specifically, on electronic games. The headset is initially meant to be used as a control in a video game, partly because avid gamers are usually the first adopters of new technologies.
A test of the headset showed that after “training” the EPOC system for less than a minute one could spin, push, pull and lift objects onscreen, or make them vanish, by simply thinking about it. This is only the beginning of a new technology, the possibilities are huge for this control method. The gaming industry is a great place to launch and put the headset to test, but other applications and industries should follow very soon.
If you live in the U.S. and are interested in giving this new ground-breaking technology a try when it becomes available late in 2008, you can reserve one right now. The limited edition units are set to retail at 299$ and there is a limit of 4 per customer. As an added benefit, if you reserve one, you will get email updates on the progress of the headset.