Mind Controlled Video Games are Coming

By Deane Barker on February 22, 2008

Control video games with your mind: It’s interesting to see something like this actually hit the market. It’s like something out of a sci-fi movie.

I can’t help but thinking that this is a big step forward for people with disabilities as well — if this gets traction in the market place, there would be more public attention to research into similar methods to help people who suffer from paralysis and other neuro-muscular problems. An application like this could push this technology from the fringe to the mainstream in a hurry.

The headset’s sensors are designed to detect conscious thoughts and expressions as well as “non-conscious emotions” by reading electrical signals around the brain, says the company, which demonstrated the wireless gadget at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco.

The company, which unveiled a prototype last year, says the headset can detect emotions such as anger, excitement and tension, as well as facial expressions and cognitive actions like pushing and pulling objects.

The headset will be sold with a game developed by Emotiv, but it can also be made to work with existing PC games, the company said. Users will also be able to access an online portal to play more games, chat or upload their own content such as music or photos.



  1. A B grade book made into a C grade movie starring Clint Eastwood called Firefox had as its central character a fighter plane with thought controlled weapons systems. That games can be controlled in this way some twenty years or so after the book came out (as opposed to the length of time between the concept of the helicopter and the first workable ones) just gives an indication how much faster we can bring things into being at a much faster pace – all it takes is a vision, and not an explanation (that can come much later).

    I wonder how long it will be before the thing gets the military applications it so logically will be applied to, as opposed to the humanitarian needs that it could far better be applied to?

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