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Tuesday, December 11, 2012
The Remote Control in Your Mind
From: Scientific American -
12/2012 - page 32
By: David Pogue
Forget voice control or gesture recognition. Gadgets may
soon link directly to our brain
Okay, great: we can control our phones with speech
recognition and our television sets with gesture recognition. But those
technologies don't work in all situations for all people. So I say, forget
about those crude beginnings; what we really want is thought recognition.
As I found out during research for a recent NOVA episode,
it mostly appears that brain-computer interface (BCI) technology has not
advanced very far just yet. For example, I tried to make a toy helicopter fly
by thinking "up" as I wore a $300 commercial EEG headset. It barely