The Brain-Computer Interface

Aspirin stocks up.  Logitech stocks down. 

My carpal tunnel can’t wait for mind controlled computers, but I’ll probably only trade my Logitech mouse for a headache.  Today scientists at the Honda Research Institute unveiled a robot controlled by thought alone.

In the video a large control unit behind the BMI user shows more finite control requires more processing power.  But lesser degrees of freedom can be achieved with simpler systems like this simple game called the Mindflex or the Neural Impulse Actuator

See the NIA in action in this video:

 

Either way you look at it, mind controlled computer systems are becoming more feasible by the year.  While these three applications are cumbersome by all reports, they will be improved bit-by-bit over the years until they are a more seamless control system.  If the system can be made small and unobtrusive enough, then AR glasses will have the controls to keep us all from looking like idiots waving our hands in front of our faces.

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