Interesting News: Brainwave Cap Next MIDI controller?
A BBC article reports that a team of US scientists have shown that controlling devices with the brain is a step closer. They developed a 'thinking cap' which will allow a computer to receive commands from a person's brain activity. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/4074869.stm
This cap allows users to control a curser by mere thought alone - no hands or other physical gestures, just pure thought.
"The results show that people can learn to use scalp-recorded electroencephalogram rhythms to control rapid and accurate movement of a cursor in two directions," said scientists Jonathan Wolpaw and Dennis McFarlane.
Remember a short while back when we were discussing about alternative MIDI controllers? Maybe we found the answer. A MIDI cap.
Re: Interesting News: Brainwave Cap Next MIDI controller?
I read about a computer game character being controlled by the computer (I see it's mentioned at the end of the article). It certainly seems exciting! Last year in high school I did a project on neural networks and I learned that the brain is very placid. In other words, it is a fantastic learner. By hooking equipment (expensive equipment, of course) to the head that can read certain brain patterns and have it output something, your brain will learn how to control the output! Well, it's a little more complicated than that, but I'm no scientist. I'm not sure if there may be long term effects of this kind of brain control, after all, you are changing the way the brain works. Also, it's expensive, so I doubt we'll get try this stuff out anytime soon. Of course, using the brain to operate things is nothing new . . . that's how our entire bodies work
I thought the computer game controlling article was also interesting, here's a link to that: