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)


(thinking harder)


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

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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