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Entries in mind control (5)

Wednesday
Jan122011

Mind Control iPhone App

May the Force be with you -- virtually. For under $100, the XWave safely detects your brain's rhythm through a small sensor contact gently placed on the skin of your forehead to control and float objects in video games by simply thinking about it. For those who need to lower stress, XWave also can teach you to quiet and relax your mind through meditation.

For the price, buy this interface, Jedi wannabes will.

 

Friday
Oct222010

Man With Mind-controlled Prosthetic Arm Dies in Car Accident

Christian Kandlbauer lost both of his arms in an accident several years ago. Thanks to a specially-designed mind-controlled prosthetic arm, the 22-year-old Austrian had been able to drive his car since 2006 -- until a car accident on Tuesday sent him to the hospital. He died two days later. 

Doctors say it's unclear whether the accident was caused by problems with Kandlbauer's mind-controlled robotic prosthesis. 

Kandlbauer is thought to have been the first person in the world to receive a mind-controlled bionic arm.

 

Wednesday
May122010

First Patient in Europe Recieves Mind-control Prosthetic Arm


Four years ago, a 21-year-old Australian man lost both his arms after being electrocuted by 20,000 volts. Now he is able to control all of the joints in his left prosthetic arm by merely thinking about what he wants his arm to do, reported the BBC.

Otto Bock Healthcare, developers of the mind-controlled arm, say it is the first project of its kind in Europe.

Surgeons at Vienna General Hospital transplanted the nerves that previously controlled his healthy limb to the chest muscles.

The transplanted nerves allow electrical impulses from the brain to reach the muscles in the chest. The muscles act like a booster, amplifying the signal to a level that can be picked up by electrodes on the surface of the chest.

These signals are interpreted by a micro-computer, and used to control a prosthesis, which responds in real time to thoughts from his brain.
Tuesday
Apr272010

Watch Robot Being Controlled via Skype with Brain-reading Headset



ExtremeTech, a community of technology users and experts, was able to use the Emotive EPOC, a high-resolution, neuro-signal acquisition and processing wireless neuroheadset, with Robodance 5 software to control a WowWee Rovio robot via Skype using facial and mental commands.

Maybe Japan's goal of marketing mind-control consumer electronic products by 2020 isn't that far fetched.
Friday
Apr232010

Japan Plans to Market Mind-control Consumer Devices by 2020

Japan plans to develop mind-reading consumer electronics that can be controlled by thought alone and hopes to market them by 2020, according to Nekkei Business Daily.

Brain-machine interface technology would analyze brain waves and brain blood-flow patterns detected through sensor-mounted headsets.

Initial ideas are for television to be operated with thought, mobile phones that compose and send text messages by thought, car navigation systems that searches for restaurants when the driver thinks he or she wants to eat, air-conditioners that adjust the temperature when people in the room feel too warm or cold, and robots that know when people need help with carrying heavy loads.

A device that detects brain activity patterns to communicate with a computer already exists -- it was showcased at the CeBIT trade fair in 2008 -- but this lofty concept is reminiscent of how innovators in the 1960s thought we'd all have flying cars by 2000.

Weigh in: Do you think Japan will accomplish this goal on schedule?