Computex had a lot of new technology being showcased, but the gaming side of things was very quiet, save for one thing. US chip company NeuroSky showed off its new product, dubbed MindWave Mobile. It is a brain computer interface that allows headset-wearing gamers to interact with software using only their minds.
The company demonstrated by piloting a toy helicopter using the headset. It works thanks to the chips inside of the headset that measure brainwave signals. These are then transferred to mobile devices or computers wirelessly through Bluetooth, according to NeuroSky representative Giant Lin.
This is a step ahead of even motion control solutions like the Kinect and the PlayStation Move. This new technology can easily be applied to games for a complete hands-free experience. It also has a lot of scope in more mundane things, such as being able to drive a car without having to use the steering wheel.
“We believe that such technologies have huge potential as lots of families, especially in Chinese communities, pay heed to education,” said Lin
MindWave Mobile is available in the Brainwave Starter Kit, which acts as a basic introduction to neuroscience and brainwave technology. It is available on the company's website for $99.99.
NeuroSky was founded back in 2004 and is based in Silicon Valley. It states that its mission is to make Brain-Computer Interface technology available to any industry. The company adapts electroencephalography (EEG) and electromyography (EMG) technology for fields such as toys, games, education, automotive and health. Its other products include the Necomimi, the Mindset and the ThinkGear AM.