As computers become more sophisticated, so do our ways of interacting with them. Haptic interfaces, voice recognition technology and retina identification have all played a part in bringing us closer to our workstations. However, if the claims of research organisation Brain Actuated Technologies are true, we may soon be able to interact with computers purely by thinking.
The Cyberlink Mind Mouse processes and feeds back electrical signals measured from the user by a headband with three electrodes. The user’s physiological state is monitored and amplified into electrical signals which are translated by a high-speed decoding algorithm into ten components called BrainFingers. Each of these components fall within the same frequency range as the Theta, Alpha and Beta elements of brainwave activity, and, as they are displayed on the screen, the user apparently rapidly learns to control his/her brainwave fluctuations.