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Research Lets You Type Words By Thought Alone 114

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:4, Informative)

    by joeyblades ( 785896 ) on Tuesday March 23, 2010 @12:57PM (#31585740)
    Not to worry, it doesn't actually process thought. It just capitalizes on your brain's ability to create certain repeatable patterns. Then you train the device to recognize those patterns. It's a far cry from reading thoughts. In fact, it's much closer to typing... just without using your fingers
  • Wrong title (Score:5, Informative)

    by Yvanhoe ( 564877 ) on Tuesday March 23, 2010 @12:58PM (#31585746) Journal
    You can not write words by thought alone. This device allows to (painstakingly at a very slow speed) type letters. This is a great stuff but this is not the device you are looking for. This is mostly for disabled people.

Someday somebody has got to decide whether the typewriter is the machine, or the person who operates it.