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March 5, 2011 10:41 AM   Subscribe

Braindriver is a car that allows you to steer, accelerate and decelerate with nothing more than the faint electrical signals generated by the brain.
posted by jason's_planet (13 comments total) 6 users marked this as a favorite

 
I'd say many of my fellow drivers are already using very faint signals generated by their brains. I'm not sure this would be any improvement.
posted by etherist at 10:45 AM on March 5, 2011 [6 favorites]


What could possibly go wrong?
posted by kmz at 11:04 AM on March 5, 2011


In development: brain activated pogo stick for jumping out of the way.
posted by StickyCarpet at 11:09 AM on March 5, 2011


I’m amazed at how calm the test subject was. If I were doing that, I wouldn’t be able to stop going “HOLY SHIT I AM DRIVING A CAR WITH MY BRAIN ISN’T THIS AWESOME YOU GUYS?!”
posted by spitefulcrow at 11:21 AM on March 5, 2011 [2 favorites]


"Of course," says the narrator, "you should never try this at home."

HOW WOULD I?
posted by bicyclefish at 11:26 AM on March 5, 2011 [2 favorites]


"There's a slight delay between the brain command and the steering action."

As in the current delay between the brain command and the hand steering action?
posted by stroke_count at 11:43 AM on March 5, 2011


Add a cell phone and watch the fun!
posted by Kirth Gerson at 11:48 AM on March 5, 2011


No, Braindriver is the name of my new speed metal band.
posted by Decani at 12:07 PM on March 5, 2011


stroke,

No, as in a couple of seconds.

I haven't tried the Emotiv dry electrode headset, but I own both of the other two competitors to it. The signal they extract is quite noisy and very high latency (meaning, you're averaging lots and lots and lots of samples to try to arrive at a conclusion).

The Emotiv solution has more sensors, giving it better discrimination. Looks like it's still slow and noisy though.

They're not bunk, but I'm sort of done with the entire technology (for now, anyway).
posted by effugas at 4:38 PM on March 5, 2011 [1 favorite]


Driving's the easy part.

Before you can do that, though, you've got to use nothing but your telekinetic powers to get into the freaking car.
posted by Sys Rq at 4:57 PM on March 5, 2011 [1 favorite]


Fine. But do you have to think in Russian?
posted by Ella Fynoe at 6:33 PM on March 5, 2011 [1 favorite]


Fine. But do you have to think in Russian?

The car is a VW and it's a project from the Freie Universität Berlin, so presumably you have to think in German.
posted by jedicus at 7:05 PM on March 5, 2011


I haven't tried the Emotiv dry electrode headset, but I own both of the other two competitors to it.

We have Bioexplorer and BioGraph Infiniti. Or do you mean the consumer versions like Play Attention?
posted by Obscure Reference at 8:13 PM on March 5, 2011


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