Brain Computer Interfaces (BCI)
The “Brain-Computer Interface” market is changing, more players are evolving, prices are dropping and sooner than you think neural interfaces will become part of daily life.
A definition from Wikipedia helps set the path:
A brain–computer interface (BCI), sometimes called a neural-control interface (NCI), mind-machineinterface (MMI), direct neural interface (DNI), or brain–machine interface (BMI), is a direct communication pathway between an enhanced or wired brain and an external device. (Brain Computer Interface)
Some of the main players of this industry are:
There is even an open source initiative, called OpenBCI, which aims at creating an open platform for Brain Computer interaction. Their community develops both hardware devices and software applications.
Brainwave Powered Apps
BrainWave Powered Apps are becoming a reality and they can be applied to these fields:
- Stress reduction
In most commercial applications, the main device is the EEG Headset: you wear it, connect to a computer or other device, and start sending Brainwaves.
Say you are playing “bowling” by NeuroSky, here the goal is to “mimic the real life bowling experience with built in pressure and distractions designed to help train your mind to have dedicated focus and the ability to relax and de-stress on demand, all whilst getting the satisfaction of seeing those pins drop” (from Neurosky website).
Well, can’t wait to play those games virtually and, without touching any buttons, can’t you?
You can even use brainwave headsets to figure out what kind of emotions certain music triggers on you, here is a sample again from Neurosky:
Overall, the main field is of course research, where BCI manufacturers try to give a better life to those who can’t physically interact with the world, or can do so partially. Using brainwave devices they can do some amazing things and this field of research is just at the beginning.