The Emotiv headset is a ground-breaking device that allows a consumer to interact with a virtual environment by reading his/her ‘thoughts’. Essentially, the gadget accounts the brain’s electronic signals and interprets your thought-orders into virtual actions.
The Emotiv earphone works by employing a device referred to as an EEG, or electroencephalograph, to observe the human brain waves (and emotional responses) of each gamer, virtually instantaneously translating those readings into virtual reactions, movements and movement.
The sensible functions could be enormously decent, but additionally possibly hideous. On the plus side, disabled people might have their lives entirely turned around, regaining an enormous quality of independence by thought-controlling many household appliances. To grow the concept, paraplegic and quadriplegic users could generate thought-controlled digital avatars and interact with other people in real time.
The potential to revolutionize the world of games can be very evident, as Jane McGrath, of How StuffWorks.com, explains,
“If the EEG gaming technology eventually catches on, it could revolutionize the way people think about video games in much the same way the Nintendo Wii did (or perhaps more). On the one hand, with its facial expression interpretations, the Emotiv EPOC attempts to close the gap further between the real world and the virtual world to create a more realistic experience, much like the Wii does. On the other hand, the Emotiv EPOC also tries to bridge the gap between human thought and the outside world to create an experience that’s less like reality and more fantastical and dreamlike. The technology behind EPOC eliminates the middleman of motion altogether — a staggering thought to consider”.
Of the possible draw back, which is probably chasmic, McGrath claims.
“Should researchers continue making more breakthroughs to advance EEG technology, it could plausibly lead to computers that can, in essence, read someone’s mind. Those with the technology could be privy to the private thoughts, opinions and emotions of others. Granted, this could be very far off, considering where the technology (and our understanding of the human brain) is now. Nevertheless, we can’t rule out the possibility entirely. Perhaps we shouldn’t dismiss the prospect of Thought Police (like that in George Orwell’s “1984”) as mere alarmism”.
Frankly, this thing creeps me out. I just do not like the idea of a thought-activated computer, it makes my skin crawl. But hey, that is just me. Also, if you’re a male of our species, you’d probably be dredging up porn sites every 7 seconds.
It’s also been suggested in some quarters you’ll be able to simply imagine a person and that said computer system will automatically place a telephone call to them. The last thing I want to do is be contemplating some old girlfriend of suchlike and abruptly end up calling her. No, just no. That is a can of worms that frankly does not need opening up, thanks very much.
Yet, whatever my belief on it happen to be (and, for now at the least, I have the option to keep them private), the Emotiv Epoc headset will soon be there for the typical consumer, priced around $299 (that is just below £200 to us Brits).