But the ultimate goal of the brain-controlled computer project is to broaden the ways in which all people can interact with devices, researchers in the Samsung’s Emerging Technology Lab told MIT Technology Review.
The Samsung researchers are testing how people can use their thoughts to open an application, communicate a message, select a song from a playlist, or turn on or off a Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1.
The researchers are working on the new brain-controlled technology in ollaboration with Roozbeh Jafari, an assistant professor of electrical engineering at the University of Texas, Dallas.
The early-stage research, which utilizes a plastic cap covered with EEG-monitoring electrodes and a tablet device, shows how a brain-computer interface could help someone with mobility issues complete tasks that otherwise could not be done.
In using EEG-detected brain signals to control the interface, the researchers monitored typical brain activity patterns that occur when people are shown repetitive visual patterns.
The Samsung and UT Dallas researchers found that people could launch an application and make selections within it by concentrating on an icon that was blinking at a distinctive frequency.
Discovering new ways to interact with mobile devices has been a driving force behind the project, Insoo Kim, Samsung’s lead researcher, told Technology Review.