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This might be a shocker, but I'm a bit of a nerd. I get the same sort of visceral thrill from a cool new technology that a wine lover gets from a great wine, or an artist gets from seeing great art. This morning I saw some technology that literally made me shiver. I'm talking actual goose bumps.

A young company called Neurosky. (www.neurosky.com) is marketing a headset that reads your brainwaves. Understandably, toy and game companies are scrambling to make games that you can control just by the way you are thinking about things. The first toy out of the chute is a Jedi mind game in which you can cause a ping pong ball to rise just by concentrating. You might be thinking the same thing I am: Must...have...ping...pong...ball...mind...game...

But that's not the shivery part. Watch the Washington Post's Video about this technology. The link is on the Neurosky home page. It makes you feel as if you're seeing a glimpse of the future. You have to wonder how far this line of technology can go.

I don't know about you, but I rarely go a minute without wishing I could buy some sort of technology that would make it unnecessary for me to move my arms and legs. Imagine, instead of hunting all over your living room for the TV remote control, you could just sit on the couch visualizing it, and it would crawl out from its hiding place between the cushions and get on your lap. Then it would determine what mood you were in and find the TV show that best suits you. That might be a way off, but a man can dream.

Maybe you have a better idea for an application.
 
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Jun 19, 2009
you don;t need to find the remote - there's nothing of value on.......
 
 
Jun 19, 2009
ooh! ooh!

you could use it to control the weapons systems on Russian fighters! ("remember - you must THINK in Russian!")
 
 
Jun 19, 2009
I have no problem searching around for my remote control. What I need is a product whereby I can control the minds of others. The possibilities are endless! (que typical male junior high mentality inspired movie trailer).
BWAHAHAHAhahaahaahaaa
 
 
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Jun 19, 2009
OCZ has a similar product that hooks into your computer. http://www.ocztechnology.com/products/ocz_peripherals/nia-neural_impulse_actuator It currently runs about $125 USD on Newegg.com
 
 
Jun 19, 2009
All I have to say is; give it to Steven Hawking
 
 
Jun 19, 2009
So, we now have a nicely packaged device that measures concentration. Will there be a time when companies will have us wear something like these while working and use it to rate performance? Let's say a unit of concentration is called a 'mentajoule'....

Boss: "Jones, you've only contributed 2000 mentajoules to your project this week. You'll have to spend some concentrate-time over the weekend."

 
 
Jun 19, 2009
I'd prefer causing something a bit more viseral - how about it causing a door to shut quickly (elevator or automatic) when someone on cell phone is being a pain and ignoring simple courtesies. Or turn lights red on folks driving with cell phone plastered to their ears. Unfortunately there might be innocents impacted a bit, but might be worth the inconvenience until the folks who would prefer to not be 'in the moment' learn to focus on the right now and here.
 
 
Jun 19, 2009
I *do* have a better idea for this technology, but oddly enough it also involves something on my lap.
 
 
Jun 19, 2009
I think a major boost for this technology would be for the disabled. With something like this, a quadraplegic could control a robot to do their household chores...cook, clean etc. Perhaps the "robot" could even be just robotic limbs moving their own body parts and they could go out and play tennis.
You could also rig this to a security system - when granny sends the right thought, a recording of a shotgun being !$%*!$ and the words of a man saying "Get outta my house!" come from within a wall .
The real beauty of this is that since the human mind is controlling things, the software controlling the robot might not need to be as sophisticated. As I see it, the major impediment is bandwidth of signal. An EEG gets maybe 8 channels? How many neurons do you have firing right now?
 
 
Jun 19, 2009
I also like the way your filter makes you think of something I could have said that is worse than what I actually said. Kind of the reverse of the intended effect, isn't it?
 
 
Jun 19, 2009
A TV tuner that can read your mind and tune to the channel that matches your mood might be embarassing. Like, it might keep trying to tune to !$%* channels at inappropriate times.
 
 
Jun 19, 2009
1) A biking trainer where I can sit on the sofa and it will petal the bike for me. That way I can get a ride in during the cold months.

2) Put one on the cats and see what happens. As long as they can't open a can with it, I should be safe.
 
 
Jun 19, 2009
Mattel has a toy using this same technology. Looks like a mental Mouse Trap.

http://ces.cnet.com/8301-19167_1-10135909-100.html
 
 
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Jun 19, 2009
a d j u s t i ng was censored. Its almost time for Negative Christmas, time to ditch this blogging software. And while I'm rehashing old posts, you totally missed on Iran. Oops.
 
 
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Jun 19, 2009
I think the biggest benefit would be !$%*!$%*! things that I have tastes on but I'm unable to articulate properly.

*Adjust the television settings to what I find most pleasing. (tint, brightness.)
*Adjust the EQ on my stereo to best match my hearing deficiencies and the room's acoustics.
*Advise me on what ingredients I prefer in my food and make suggestions from a menu.
*And because I have a dirty mind, I'd put it on my wife and finally have a clue about what she likes in the hopper.
 
 
Jun 19, 2009
Scott, please don't take this wrong. I think you've got WAY too much time on your hands!
Between thinking of ways to help you exercise to this post for ways to help you not, there seems to be a mixed message coming from your brain and fingers. Or is that just a poor connection involving your prototype "brain reader"? Remember, they call it bleeding-edge technology for a reason.
 
 
Jun 19, 2009
I would love to see this technology incorporated into real-life sports, more akin to video game reality. Just imagine sitting down and thinking about aiming an archery shot, you still have to be good at archery to know how to think about holding the bow and thinking about how much pressure to apply and wind conditions, but then actually seeing it happen.

Another cool application would be robotic football where all the players wear thought helmets and the robots do what they are thinking. It would be just like football, but without the injuries, and that skinny guy who knows everything about football but could never play would then be able to.
 
 
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Jun 19, 2009
You're not thinking this through. If you have direct mind control then your mind IS the remote. (Puts a whole new perspective on the phrase 'I lost my remote'...)
 
 
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Jun 19, 2009
I almost cried
 
 
Jun 19, 2009
Somebody is going to hack it to move spy cameras into uncomfortable places.
 
 
 
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