Posted by: Nar Williams | February 21, 2008

Mind Control Headset Gives Aspiring Cheneys Nerdgasm

Emotiv Headset

Yes, that’s right — what was once a prop for Strange Days is now yours for $299 from Emotiv Systems. The EPOC NeuroHeadset allows video game players to control gameplay with their thoughts, expressions and emotions. EPOC ships with game content developed to enable players “to explore all the possibilities of brain-controlled gaming.”

The headpiece has a set of sensors that detect conscious thoughts, expressions and non-conscious emotions based on electrical signals around the brain. The software interprets those brain waves, allowing you to move objects onscreen, make them disappear, and “enabling players to control their in-game characters expressions or actions and influence gameplay using their thoughts, expressions and emotions.”

Emotiv unveiled the mind control device at the Game Developer’s Conference in San Francisco. Being able to control a computer with your mind is the ultimate quest of human-machine interaction, said Nam Do, CEO of Emotiv Systems. Yeah, and also the goal of every supervillian to grace the comic book page. I totally want one. I would use it for good, of course. It would make controlling my forthcoming flying robotic dragon so much easier.

The NeuroHeadset may start as a video gaming device, but plans are already under way to expand it’s uses. Emotiv and IBM announced they are working together to bring the mind control headset to business markets, virtual worlds, and “industries such as enterprise and government.” There it is. The ‘G’ word. I’m sure DARPA would love to use the EPOC on it’s new robot drones.


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