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Research Lets You Type Words By Thought Alone 114

Posted by StoneLion
from the put-on-your-thinking-cap dept.
An anonymous reader writes "How about typing on a computer just by thinking about it? The downside is you have to wear a skull cap with electrodes that capture your brain waves like an EEG machine. According to this EE Times story, a team of researchers from Belgium and the Netherlands has presented Mind Speller, a thought-to-text device intended to help people with movement disabilities. The system does rely on a lot of processing on a remote computer, but it is a wireless system. And these thought-to-computer systems have wider applicability than medical support. One of the research groups involved in this development has already looked at wireless electroencephalography (EEG) to enable measures of emotion to be fed back into computer games."
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Research Lets You Type Words By Thought Alone

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  • Re:Interesting. (Score:3, Interesting)

    by FuckingNickName (1362625) on Tuesday March 23, 2010 @12:31PM (#31585274) Journal

    Thought reading devices are the second most hyped technology I've ever read about.

    (As quantum computing is the second most hyped area of computer science.

    (Do thoughts exist before or after your consciousness has observed them?)
    )

  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday March 23, 2010 @12:41PM (#31585460)

    I'm not sure BAG is one person. I haven't done any scientific investigation, but just from what I've read there are at least 3 or 4 different posting styles ranging from true analogies (though bad) through biting sarcasm all the way to actually insightful posts. There is also the type of post above which seems to intend humor but isn't quite as good as the others. He seems to be going through a karma whoring phase now (possibly due to excessive downmods).

    His posts are also night-owl for the most part but sometimes venture well into the day time here in the U.S. I wouldn't be surprised if the BAG "team" was primarily located in the UK or even Australia with other part-timers located elsewhere.

    It's an interesting topic. What does "he" get out of playing this character? How many people are involved in putting on this show for us (presumably for us, that is)?

  • by petrus4 (213815) on Tuesday March 23, 2010 @12:49PM (#31585604) Homepage Journal

    ...is just how little I apparently think about sex, relative to the general population. There is a period of roughly once every 24 hours where the subject comes up, for the most part, and that is it. If I go outside, and happen to run into some women, it might be more than that, but on days when I stay in, it genuinely doesn't.

    I guess I'm just really abnormal.

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