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WII? NO. EEG? LOL!
July 13, 2008 3:49 PM   Subscribe

Just when you were getting tired of all this typing and clicking, a little slice of sci-fi has finally made it to real life. Let the calm-voiced folks at Emotiv Systems usher in the latest advancements in the brain-computer interface realm, where a thought, a wink, and a wave might replace the keyboard and mouse.

Although I'd still rather just play a few games of Mindball (previously).
posted by redsparkler (12 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite

 
Computer? Hello... computer?
posted by blue_beetle at 4:16 PM on July 13, 2008 [1 favorite]


This sounds like it would be cool to play for a while, but will probably lead to the mental and physical ruination of future generations.

I can't even muster that much excitement for the technology, I just imagine doughy children with twitchy faces refusing to leave a world in which they can move mountains.
posted by [NOT HERMITOSIS-IST] at 4:19 PM on July 13, 2008 [1 favorite]


With all the brain cells I killed from all my alcoholic drinking days, you might not want to be near me when I have this thing on.
posted by netbros at 4:22 PM on July 13, 2008


I'm glad to see that the future is finally here.
posted by cmoj at 4:24 PM on July 13, 2008


I've been waiting for my Starship Troopers gear for a while.
posted by a robot made out of meat at 4:25 PM on July 13, 2008


This technology will be great for people with RSIs, someday.
posted by sebastienbailard at 4:52 PM on July 13, 2008


I've been reading about exactly this technology coming out for games since the 80s. I swear there was one released for the coleco vision or something like that.
posted by empath at 4:57 PM on July 13, 2008


(thinking hard at screen)

"DELETE ALL FILES? ARE YOU SURE?"

(thinking harder)

"SEND YOUR CREDIT CARD NUMBER TO RUSSIAN MAFIA? ARE YOU SURE?"

(would be burning the screen if I had heat vision)

"VOTE FOR THE CLONE OF GEORGE W. BUSH? TWICE?"
posted by JHarris at 5:21 PM on July 13, 2008 [2 favorites]


sebastienbailard: This technology will be great for people with RSIs, someday.

Wait until you have to hire a psychologist to help you over come Repetitive Thought Disorders:

"To help you overcome your inability to stop opening porn sites, we've set up the HOSTS file on your machine to redirect them to a special video file. It's an early-21st-century form of psychic torture called, where'd I put that note... ah, 'I'm Never Gonna Give You Up,' by one Dr. Rick Astley."
posted by JHarris at 5:26 PM on July 13, 2008


Oh, for sure, JHarris. If I can't even make an automated phone tree understand my spoken words, I'm sure as hell not going to trust my computer with my thoughts.
posted by redsparkler at 5:37 PM on July 13, 2008


Yes, I know some victims of RSIs who would love such a machine. I imagine they'd happily buy expensive real EEG machines, but I'm not sure how current software fares with a full computer interface.
posted by jeffburdges at 6:17 PM on July 13, 2008


I know some folks who work at Emotiv, and I've gotten to play with it. It's quite cool. You can even use it to control fire: http://labs.false-profit.com/blog/2008/05/17/pyrocranium/
posted by pombe at 10:27 AM on July 14, 2008


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