A recent report on PSFK reveals that many sci-fi like technologies have already started to emerge and become mainstream.
A brain–computer interface (BCI), often called a mind-machine interface (MMI), or sometimes called a direct neural interface or a brain–machine interface (BMI), is a direct communication pathway between the brain and an external device. BCIs are often directed at assisting, augmenting, or repairing human cognitive or sensory-motor functions. (Source: Wikipedia)
Here are a few new things that will show you a sneak peek of the future entails.
Demoed at this year’s Human Sensing conference, Neurocam 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 and saves them in an album. The system consists of a headset with a brainwave sensor. The user attaches his or her iPhone to the headset. The iPhone camera “sees” what the wearer is looking at through a prism and analyzes the wearer’s brainwaves via an iPhone app. The app assesses the wearer’s interest on a scale of 0 to 100. If the wearer’s brainwaves indicate an interest level of at least 60, the system automatically records the scenes and saves them in five-second GIF clips.
Mind Controlled Cars
Increasing the amount of time you can concentrate sounds like it would be a tedious process, but a graduate from Design Academy Eindhoven has recently proven that it can be quite the opposite. Alejo Bernal has created an illuminated toy car that can only be controlled by your mind and gets brighter the more you are able to focus your attention. His hope is that the project will help ADHD sufferers to overcome their condition and learn what it means to stay focused for extended periods of time.
To take control of the car you have to wear an electroencephalography (EEG) headset that measures your brain’s electrical activity and converts it into actionable signals for the car. Talking with Dezeen, the designer explained how the remote-control car works:
As you try to focus, the increased light intensity of the vehicle indicates the level of attention you have reached, [and] once the maximum level is achieved and retained for seven seconds, the vehicle starts moving forward.
(to be continued…)