The first Interaxon product, which shows brain activity and exercises to improve cognitive functions, hits the market later this year.
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.
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.
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"..
Using various slices of the RF spectrum for sensing rather than communications has fascinating potential and some impressive implementations, but there are still many significant challenges, especially in the terahertz (sub-mm) band.
Using environmental energy to power remote sensor nodes remains a high interest item among system designers, especially those choosing wireless sensor node (WSN) components for remote and/or hazardous locations. At the Sensor Expo conference in Santa Clara, Calif., presenters at an energy harvesting and power symposium agreed that energy harvesting systems still require juggling many variables.