Neurowear’s Necomimi European Debut Imminent.

Wow, after a very long break I’m happy to announce that Neurowear’s Necomimi will finally be arriving in Europe and the UK.

Hopefully they will be available to UK stores in the next couple of weeks, so watch this space…. more importantly if you are looking to buy brainwave / mind-controlled toys such as the Mattel Mindflex, Neurowear’s Necomimi, Continue reading

Neurowear’s Necomimi UK Launch: Gadget Show Live 2012

So excited to be going to the Gadget Show Live next week, the event is the UK’s most popular gadget and technology event. So much so that the organisers have extended the event to run over 5 days from the 11th -15th of April.

I am really looking forward to meeting the folk from NeuroSky and trying out the consumer version of the Neurowear’s Necomimi for the first time. Anyone who’s been following Brain -Computer Interface technology and thought controlled products will have surely heard of Neurowear and their fantastic anime product; the Necomimi. (Derived from the word Nekomimi which means cat ears in Japanese) Continue reading

Simulation and learning with Brain-Computer Interfaces and Gesture Based Computing

I came across this slideshow presentation a while back, it was created by some very smart people at the Current Technologies Corporation. For those of you who want more in-depth information about BCI’s, Gesture based and related technologies, their stage of development and timeline on the Gartner Hype cycle, this presentation is really insightful.

Check out the slideshow here.

To give you a little taster:

 

Mind-controlled virtual helicopter with full 3D movement

A non-invasive brain-computer interface (BCI) that allows humans to use thought to control the flight of a virtual helicopter in 3-D in real time, has been developed by researchers at the University of Minnesota Department of Biomedical Engineering.

The researchers trained test subjects to control the flight of the virtual helicopters using EEG electrical signals from the scalp and decoding sensorimotor rhythms (generated by imagining movements).

Although the 64 sensor brain cap used in the testing is far more sophisticated than the consumer based headsets produced by businesses such as NeuroSky, Emotive and Mind Technologies Inc,  it does show excellent progress in the field and will pave the way for consumer devices. With full 3D flight being achieved the implications of this tech will be vast. Who know’s what kind of military applications could be developed…..maybe avatar based battlefield drones.

Anyway for us consumer’s it means that soon will have some great toys to play with. Rather than virtual helicopters I can’t way to see those micro copters being flown around the living room, powered by your brain and a commercially available headset.

For more detailed articles check out these links.

Mind-Controlled Gear Shifting for Future Bicycles

If you have ever asked yourself what would would a Prius look like if it were a bike instead of a car? The Prius inspired bike of the future would be the answer.

The stunning piece of machinery below is a result of the combined efforts from Toyota, Saatchi & Saatchi LADeeplocal, and Parlee Cycles, who developed the bike in their PXP project.

The final design, just revealed on John Watson’s cycling/design site, incorporates a built-in EEG dry sensor array in the helmet that allows you to shift gear with your mind. After some initial training which ties your mind to the shifting system, the “thought sensitive” helmet picks up your brain waves and transmits them to the bicycle’s brain-contolled electronic “neurotransmission:”

From your initial training you will be able concentrate on two particular thoughts, one to shift up and one to shift down. It is these thoughts combined with the “neurotransmission” and experimental iPhone app, that together cause the digital shifter to change gear.

This design concept is now in the prototype stage, but from the looks of the video below, it’s well on its way to a high-end bike shop near you soon.

The Prius X Parlee is sponsored by bikemaker Parlee and Toyota as part of its Prius Projects program.