Non-invasive Brain-Computer Interface

I’m starting a new stream of posts that will collect random items that I think are fan-frigin-tastic. The category, Things Done Well, will be a hodgepodge of items that are interesting to me in some way — whether it be an intriguing podcast, a piece of tech, a bottle of booze, a movie/TV show, or anything else. I am borrowing the title for the new category from my friend and associate Adam Schokora and his fifty 5 blog. His similarly themed posts go under the name “Things Well Done”, but I found that a little bit too BBQ-esque. Same principle though.

First in the category is a post I’ve had saved as a draft for over 6 months now, which I had completely forgotten about. This TED video features Tan Le, the head of Emotiv Systems, a company that has created an amazing computer interface device that can read the user’s brainwaves. The headset allows the user to control virtual objects simply through thinking (and concentrating) on them.

I don’t think it’s hard to see just how wide-spanning the implications of this sort of device could be. Think of where touch screens were 10-20 years ago and where they are today (ie. in my pocket). You’ll see from the video that the device still isn’t perfect, but wow, just wow! It clearly shows such astounding potential it’s hard to even conceive where this technology could be in 10-20 years.

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