How can the Emotiv headset assist our lifestyles?

The Emotiv headset may be a ground-breaking gadget that allows a user to cooperate with a virtual location by reading his/her ‘thoughts’. Basically, the gadget accounts the brain’s electrical signals and interprets your thinking-orders into virtual actions.

The Emotiv earphone works by employing a tool called an EEG, or electroencephalograph, to observe the brain waves (and emotional responses) of each gamer, virtually immediately translating those readings into digital reactions, movements and movement.

The practical applications may be enormously decent, but also possibly hideous. On the plus side, disabled people might have their lives entirely turned around, regaining an unlimited amount of independence by thought-controlling numerous household devices. To grow the concept, paraplegic and quadriplegic users might generate thought-controlled digital avatars and cooperate with other people in real time.

The possibility to develop the world of gaming can be very evident, as Jane McGrath, of How StuffWorks.com, describes,

“If the EEG gaming technology eventually catches on, it could revolutionize the way people think about video games in much the same way the Nintendo Wii did (or perhaps more). On the one hand, with its facial expression interpretations, the Emotiv EPOC attempts to close the gap further between the real world and the virtual world to create a more realistic experience, much like the Wii does. On the other hand, the Emotiv EPOC also tries to bridge the gap between human thought and the outside world to create an experience that’s less like reality and more fantastical and dreamlike. The technology behind EPOC eliminates the middleman of motion altogether — a staggering thought to consider”.

Of the probable downside, which is probably chasmic, McGrath claims.

“Should researchers continue making more breakthroughs to advance EEG technology, it could plausibly lead to computers that can, in essence, read someone’s mind. Those with the technology could be privy to the private thoughts, opinions and emotions of others. Granted, this could be very far off, considering where the technology (and our understanding of the human brain) is now. Nevertheless, we can’t rule out the possibility entirely. Perhaps we shouldn’t dismiss the prospect of Thought Police (like that in George Orwell’s “1984”) as mere alarmism”.

Frankly, this thing creeps me out. I just don’t like the idea of a thought-activated mainframe, it makes my body crawl. But hey, that’s just me. Also, in case you’re a male of the species, you’d likely be dredging up porn sites every seven seconds.

It has also been suggested in some quarters for which you’ll manage to basically consider someone and that said computer system will automatically place a call to them. The last thing I desire to do is be considering some old girlfriend of suchlike and suddenly wind up phoning her. No, just no. That’s a can of worms that frankly does not need opening up, thanks very much.

Yet, whatever my belief on it happen to be (and, for now at least, I have the choice to keep them personal), the Emotiv Epoc headset will shortly be available to the typical customer, priced around $299 (that is slightly below £200 to us Brits).