Thought control is definitely on my What if the impossible isn’t? or WITITT? list and here is a recent addition to the list of examples.
I suspect we will do our usual underestimation on this whole area of brain direct or thought controlled interfaces in that we will underestimate how long it will take to mainstream but more so we will underestimate the impact it will have. In any case while it is early in the development don't forget that history shows clearly that adoption and most every other type of change increased exponentially. We therefore need to be thinking of things much sooner than in the past so we we will be ready to adopt and leverage these new enablers as they emerge from the lab and head increasingly quickly towards everyday use by the rest of us.
Consider this latest example and start pondering how we will use this to interact with and control our environments and interactions with information, technology and each other.
Winter Olympics to Demo Thought-Controlled Lighting
- By Priya Ganapati
- February 3, 2010
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Along with the figure skating, ice hockey and snowboarding, another event will compete for attention at the Winter Olympics in Canada this month.
A Canadian company has created what it calls the “largest thought-controlled computing installation.” It’s an experiment that lets visitors to the Olympics use their brainwaves to control the lights at three major landmarks in Canada, including Niagara Falls.
“When people put on the headsets and find themselves increasing the brightness of the lights by just thinking about it, you can almost see their brains explode,” says Trevor Coleman, chief operating officer for InteraXon, the company that has created this installation.
As consumers get more comfortable with going beyond the keyboard and the mouse to interact with their computers, companies are looking for alternate ways to make the experience better. Already, touch and voice recognition have become a major part of the user interface in smartphones, and harnessing brainwaves or other biological data is slowly emerging as a third option, especially in gaming.