NeuroSky’s MindWave Mobile is billed as “the world’s first comprehensive brainwave reading device,” and recently NeuroSky visited Digital Media Academy’s tech camp at Stanford University to give campers a first-hand look at NeuroSky’s technology.
NeuroSky’s MindWave lets a user both control apps and monitor their attention span by transmitting their brainwaves onto a visualizer.
The device is also compatible with PC or Mac. NeuroSky let kids try on the device while at the same time demonstrating some of the unique and almost “magical” features. It was both cool and awe-inspiring.
Reading Your Brainwaves
The plastic MindWave headset is light and easy to wear; it’s also easy to set up. The headset includes all the attachments required for mind-reading, like an ear loop and clip and the sensor arm and tip. Accessories for the headset (like cat ears) are sold separately.
A NeuroSky representative demonstrates the Necomimi Cat Ears. These move with your thoughts, like real ears!
To get your brain readings, the device has to be firmly attached to your head, and the ear clip has an extremely firm grip on your earlobe while the sensor tip is pressed into your forehead. However, neither component is uncomfortable to the extent of being unwearable. The headband is well balanced and sturdy, and surprisingly comfortable. And even with its light weight, the headband doesn’t feel flimsy or fragile.
The MindWave reads brainwave signals of users and separates them into three categories: attention, meditation and eye blinks. Each category utilizes a meter to measure your concentration level. The attention meter rises or falls depending on your attention. The meditation meter, for example, rises when you don’t concentrate. Campers who tested the device were wowed by the extreme accuracy that the device showed when recognizing brainwaves.
The MindWave not only reads your brain waves and analyzes them, but makes specific recommendations of mental activities that can shift your brain back into high gear.
Currently there are a handful of apps in the Apple App Store that support the MindWave but more are on the way. There are also more feature-rich versions of the MindWave that are available, too. The version tested at DMA’s tech camps retails for $99.
Thanks to the guys at NeuroSky for stopping by DMA’s tech camp at Stanford University to show us this incredible technology. Thought control is just one of many amazing things we thought we would be able to do in the future. Well, the future is here!