The BBC is experimenting with using a brainwave reading headset developed by London-based user experience studio This Place to allow users to control its iPlayer with their minds. The prototype is somewhat limited in functionality, but on the road to transforming our brains into joysticks, this is still an impressive step forward.
While this is unlikely to replace the remote control for your average user in the near future.
The electroencephalography (EEG) brainwave reading headset has one small sensor that rests on a user’s forehead and another on a clip that attaches to the ear which measure electrical activity in the brain
A user can select either ‘concentration’ or ‘meditation’ as the brain control mechanism. If the user selects ‘concentration’, the headset and app monitors their level of concentration and a ‘volume bar’ of brainwaves is displayed on the screen, to visually illustrate their level of concentration.
Once a certain threshold of concentration has been reached, a message is sent to the tablet to perform an action – in this case, to initially launch BBC iPlayer.
one at a time, changing programs every 10 seconds. When the program a user wants to watch is highlighted, they have 10 seconds to concentrate and open that program so that it starts playing.
So, what do you think about this?