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Samsung Wraps Head Around Brain-controlled Tablets

By - Source: Engadget | B 6 comments

Samsung takes a stab at mind control for tablets and smartphones. Study shows significant results but is still years away from the commercialization goal.

The world of alternative input methods is becoming increasingly interesting with the development and technology of eye tracking, gestures, and even mind control. However, Samsung is determined to outsmart everyone, as it has now formed a coalition with the University of Texas to develop mind controllers for your tablets and smartphones.

The company and the university put their thinking caps on and came up with EEG-based controllers. The technology is based on an existent technique called EEG (electroencephalography, often seen in hospitals), which maps the mind's electrical pathways by measuring voltage changes caused by neurons firing. The difficult part here is to link a single cluster of pathways to a specific idea that involves a very advanced software platform and a huge amount of practical and field data.

Surprisingly, the company already has had very high success rates from their experiments, with up to 95 percent of users being able to make a selection on a screen every five seconds by using only their brains. Samsung is aiming at commercializing this type of input method, but not until after a couple more years of everything from improved effectiveness to aesthetic design, as well as the customary hoard of patents thrown in. For those interested, read more about ongoing developments here.

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    JOSHSKORN , April 28, 2013 3:19 AM
    Yep. Years. See you in 2050.
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    drwho1 , April 28, 2013 4:34 AM
    it would take 20 seconds to type a 4 letter word....
    obviously this is a long way from been an actual product that people would be interested in.
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    del35 , April 28, 2013 5:01 AM
    Surely iCrap has already patented this possibility.....
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    InvalidError , April 28, 2013 9:05 AM
    obviously this is a long way from been an actual product that people would be interested in.

    But the possibilities are almost endless.

    Imagine office or IDE environments where the software formats and fills boilerplate stuff based on thoughts from the back of your mind as you think about the "big picture"... by the time you are done thinking and are ready to get to work, half of it if not more is already done.

    Of course, that degree of brain-to-computer interface would likely require implant chips - an external harness would likely lack the bandwidth, SNR, resolution and interface point count to achieve it.

    It will probably take 30-50 years to get there.
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    Stimpack , April 28, 2013 10:14 AM
    I hate to think that someone was paid for this.
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    robochump , April 30, 2013 2:15 PM
    Cant wait to wear a helmet with wiring dangling all over in public!