Nissan and EPFL to Push Development For Thought Controlled Vehicles

Nissan’s sudden enthusiasm for the development of wheelchairs controlled by brain activity has taken a lot of people by surprise. The technology is not particularly new but Nissans’s enthusiasm is.Nissan has paired up with swiss research lab EPFL (Ecole Polytechnique Federal de Lausanne) to further develop the BMI (Brain-Machine Interface) and wheel chair technology. Together they plan to use it for Continue reading

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BrainDriver: Mind controlled cars of the future.

It has only been 2 years since the first mind controlled ‘board style’ game was released to the consumer market in the form of the Mattel mindflex, since then we’ve had mind controlled cats earsbikes and now the technology has progressed part of the way into the transport industry.

BrainDriver is a project put together by an Artificial Intelligence professor and his team at the University of Berlin (Freie Universität Berlin). The professor and his team have demonstrated and have the proof on video (see below), that you can control a car with your brain. The technology could be used for cruise control on open roads or even cross country, expending no more effort than that of basic thought.

The concept is being tested with BrainDriver, a mind-controlled car.  Before the driver begins, the car’s software is trained to identify brainwave patterns. This is accomplished by wearing the Emotiv neuro headset and performing a series of computer tasks like learning to move virtual objects. The recorded electromagnetic signals are associated with simple driving commands so that when the device is connected to the steering wheel, accelerator and brakes, the vehicle is able to recognize the different mental activities and respond accordingly.

For more information check out this article.

Mind controlled technology closer than you think!

If you’re in doubt that mind-reading controller tech really is the stuff of the far-flung future, rather than what may be the norm in as little as two to four years, then watch this video below.

For years scientists have been carrying out research into brain-sensors and animal-machine interfaces using monkeys, it’s a tech that has shown great promise for artificial limb design among other things.

At this point, the monkey is relying on two brain implants (in the arm and hand areas of its motor cortex) to interpret nerve impulses and use them to control the arm. This arm with 7 degrees of movement, emulates just how flexible a real flesh-and-bone limb can be. Although the movement looks like something out of a sci-fi film, this technology with the help of non-invasive dry sensors will apply to people with disabilities sooner than you think.

When I say soon I mean you can already see great achievements with replacements for human limbs as shown by the inspiring story of British teen Chloe Holmes, who is the youngest teenager in Europe to be fitted with a bionic forearm and hand. For more information click this link.

Watch the video below for another great achievement.  For a month, Pierpaolo Petruzziello’s amputated arm was connected to a robotic limb, allowing him to feel sensations and control the arm with his thoughts.

If you think this is amazing or…. slightly unnerving, then be aware that Intel is planning by 2020 to have chips that can be implanted into your brain to control your computer or mind-controlled gadget. “it brings new meaning to the slogan intel inside” have a look at this article.

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.

Neurowear’s Necomimi

Neurowear’s Necomimi (cat ears in Japanese) is a brilliant adaptation of the brain sensor technology that has now reached maturity in the brain-machine/computer interface technology market. A novel idea that takes the brain sensor tech, developed by companies such as Neurosky and attaches automated cat ears to the head band. The ears flap and rotate as the brain sensor measures your emotion and alertness.