Brain Controlled User Interfaces Nudge a Little Closer to Reality

29 April 2013
Ben Logan

Author: Ben Logan

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Now that Google Glass headsets have begun to filter out to the public as part of a beta-testing scheme, engineers have been peeping at the programming code to see what wonders Google has planned for us.

Amongst the discoveries were a number of hidden references to ways that users would be able to interact with wearable computers without having to say a word. For example, a nod could turn the glasses on or off and a well timed wink could take a photo.

Researchers at Samsung’s Emerging Technology Lab could be rendering such advances obsolete though, by developing tablets that can be controlled with the brain using a cap that resembles a ski hat, studded with monitoring electrodes.

Similar technology had previously been conceived to enable people with paralysis and other disabilities to interact with computer interfaces, but there have been concerns raised when it comes to the ability of gadgets to access thoughts directly in people’s minds.

Nevertheless, a device known as the P300 is already able to determine which letter of the alphabet the wearer is thinking of. That being said, it will most likely be a fair while before we are browsing the web with our thought processes alone.

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