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Brain Controllers Progress

An article on the New York Times discusses progress on neural interfaces, and the implications thought controllers have on both video games as well as future prosthetic devices. Though they say some of this still inspires skepticism, there are some signs of progress over products like the Minddrive, which was a first attempt at something like this that they reported on over 20 years ago with a much greater degree of disbelief. Here's a bit:

When you pull the headset over your eyes and the game begins, you are transported to a tiny room with white walls. Your task is to break out of the room, but you cannot use your hands. There is no joystick or game pad. You must use your thoughts.

You turn toward a ball on the floor, and your brain sends a command to pick it up. With another thought, you send the ball crashing into a mirror, breaking the glass and revealing a few numbers scribbled on a wall. You mentally type those numbers into a large keypad by the door. And you are out.

Designed by Neurable, a small start-up founded by Ramses Alcaide, an electrical engineer and neuroscientist, the game offers what you might call a computer mouse for the mind, a way of selecting items in a virtual world with your thoughts.

Incorporating a headset with virtual reality goggles and sensors that can read your brain waves, this prototype is a few years from the market. And it is limited in what it can do. You cannot select an object with your mind unless you first look in its general direction, narrowing the number of items you may be considering.

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5. Re: Brain Controllers Progress Aug 28, 2017, 18:09 jdreyer
 
SlimRam wrote on Aug 28, 2017, 15:39:
If you have brain damage would that be the equivalent of having a busted keyboard using this tech?
More like broken fingers?

 
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4. Re: Brain Controllers Progress Aug 28, 2017, 17:28 Cutter
 
SlimRam wrote on Aug 28, 2017, 15:39:
If you have brain damage would that be the equivalent of having a busted keyboard using this tech?

So in other words conservatives will never be able to use these.
 
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3. Re: Brain Controllers Progress Aug 28, 2017, 15:39 SlimRam
 
If you have brain damage would that be the equivalent of having a busted keyboard using this tech?  
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2. Re: Brain Controllers Progress Aug 28, 2017, 15:24 Avus
 
Good for porn games!! Your hand(s) can do "other things" while playing porn games!  
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1. Re: Brain Controllers Progress Aug 28, 2017, 13:04 Cutter
 
As it applies to prosthetics for the paralyzed, those with MS, etc. let's forget dealing with the symptom and focus on the cure.
 
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