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Thought Controlled Games

Brain to Computer Interface

— October 12, 2006 — Tech
Researchers at Washington University have been developing a brain to computer interface that, "allowed a 14-year old gamer suffering from epilepsy to cruise through the first two levels of Space Invaders using only his thoughts."

To accomplish this, scientitst used an Atari 2600 that they equiped with an interface that has a brain wave sensing apparatus, "The headgear boasted a grid of sensors that monitored “electrocorticographic activity” from the brain's surface to detect signals based on thought processes that were going on. By calibrating his thoughts with video game triggers, the teenager was able to learn the ropes “almost instantaneously,” and had no qualms demolishing the competition while twiddling his thumbs."

Note that this is not the first thought controlled video game. Check out the enclosed video of Thought to Computer Pong. Also, make sure to check out the Thought Controlled Bionic Arm we featured last month.
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