Google has made wearable technology chic with Google Glass, pairs of which recently landed in the hands of 8,000 lucky techies who won the chance through a contest to purchase an early test pair for $1,500 each. Consumer electronics manufacturer Foxconn will build the multimedia, Internet-connected glasses, which tether to wearers' mobile phones, in the United States.
Aside from consumer wearable devices, Google has also brought awareness to other high-tech devices, such as computers on wristbands, and headbands that can read someone's brainwaves through EEG sensors.
The EEG sensors in "thought controlled computing company" Interaxon's headband allow a person wearing it to move images on a computer screen with a thought by sensing brainwaves and turning them into actions. With a background in neuroscience, Interaxon CEO and Founder Ariel Garten began working at a research lab about a decade ago, focusing on music.
I am wondering how easy it will be to start using the brain band interface for surfing, channel selection, volume control, etc.. I would think that a lot of processing power will be needed if there will be support for complicated actions. Perhaps it will support drop down menus and could use a possible voice input to augment the control and features supported. It would lead new meaning the to phrase "thinking out loud"..
It has to be a only matter of time before we quit having to use the traditional interfaces between humans and devices, i.e. sight, sounds, and touch, and go directly into a brain interface. It would certainly be preferable to make this interface wireless (!!).
For the longest time, I've joked about a standard plug embedded in our belly button. This headband idea seems way better.
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