We have observed how cool motion sensing technology is, how cool it is to use your hands and voice commands in Kinect to play video games. How cool it is to actually control the gun, feel the recoil with PlayStation Move. The ability to experience the realtime terrain in 3D is just amazing.
If that is not enough, NeuroSky, a new technology startup specializing in technology to measure brainwaves, has hinted on a far superior technology beyond the scoop of motion-sensing controls, by tapping into the power of brain.
Here is what NeuroSky chief Stanley Yang had to say about this upcoming technology.
“We can simulate ‘The Force’ in a game and you can bend things or lift things by thinking,” NeuroSky chief executive Stanley Yang said, referring to telepathic powers used by Jedi knights in “Star Wars” films and books.
“For games with magic or sorcery or where The Force is the star, if you use your brain or thoughts it is more magical.”
Yes, Mr Yang, We do like magical powers and Star Wars, but you should also consider the fact that we don’t like improper responses from our gadgets. That said, I appreciate your effort to enable me to Force Kill Vader using my brain, oh Yeah!
NeuroSky was founded by a group of sceintists five years ago in Silicon Valley city of San Jose. NeuroSky is the World leader in bringing bio sensing technology to consumer market with products like Mattel MindFlux toy and Force Trainer Video Game.
So they are a bunch of highly recommended folks when it comes to bio-sensing. But we are more into gaming and this is very new concept for me so I will hold my thoughts till you show me actual prototype of the technology in action in Star Wars Force Unleashed II. Yes, you got time.
Explaining the change of heart this year, NeuroSky marketing vice president David Westendorf said “Our focus this year is on gaming, From the smallest of developers all the way to the biggest console and software companies.”
We believe you Sir!
NeuroSky demonstrated a headset with a single sensor pressing against the players forehead to read brainwaves. This sensor measures how intensely the player is focusing on the object or how relaxed he is, as well as their eye blinks. These measured signals were translated into on screen commands in video games.
While demonstrating this phenomenon, an AFP correspondent lifted a virtual car by relaxing and then set it on fire by focusing on it in “NeuroBoy”, NeuroSky’s demonstration game for this technology.
Why can’t we just imagine the car on fire to blow it ? why we have to focus, why can’t we relax and think of blowing a car ? OK! this is confusing.
David Westendorf commented “It is like willing it to explode,” said NeuroSky manager Johnny Liu. “Like I am filling it up with Chi. It is very precise.”
“Video game makers could use feedback regarding how relaxed players are to reward them with better accuracy for “steady hands” in shooter games” says Westendorf.
“How it gets woven into the gaming experience is where the creativity comes into play,” Westendorf said. “It adds a dimension in the same way Move, Wii and Kinect have brought the body into it we are bringing the brain into it.”
Yes, we are fine with bringing the brain into it only if, it responds exactly to our brain thoughts, which is my friend, going to be very difficult task for you.
If their product is a hit by chance, they would be making lot of cash, as they develop all technology parts from chips to actual product in house.
Executives of NeuroSky hinted that they have already contacted small and large software developers and hardware manufacturers regarding this technology but they can’t disclose the details about that.
“If you look at all the technology invented so far by humans, all the gadgets we have require the human to conform to the technology,”
Yang said, referring to typing, toggles, buttons, switches and dials.
“The vision is to use bio-sensors to have the machines conform to humans.”
My question is, Will the bio-sensors capable enough to conform machines to humans ? Will they be efficient enough to really react to my thoughts ? Will the brainwaves transmitted by billions of neurons in my brain be detected by high tech advanced gadget and effectively translated into on screen commands, the way it was meant to be ?. What are your thoughts about it ?.