Linked by Eugenia Loli on Mon 10th Oct 2011 19:55 UTC
Graphics, User Interfaces Within the last few days we read the news about Apple's Siri AI personal assistant, and about a brain implant that lets monkeys control virtual limps & feel virtual objects. I believe that if someone is to also combine a few more technologies (e.g. high-res eyeware, appropriate operating system changes), we will be looking at the next user interface revolution, after the inventions of the computer mouse and touch interfaces.
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Some questions
by Neolander on Tue 11th Oct 2011 10:29 UTC
Neolander
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2010-03-08

A few questions for people who know more about the field than me.

1/Would it be possible to efficiently use brainwaves not as a full mind control interface, but as a keyboard + mouse replacement ? Like, to move an on-screen pointer, type words letter by letter or execute keyboard shortcuts using thoughts. The number of signals that the computer must recognize would become much smaller, and well defined so it seems to be a simpler technical problem.
2/If people were trained to use such a system from a young age, would they be as good using it as they are using physical pointing and typing devices, treating the computer as an extra limb so to speak ?

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RE: Some questions
by righard on Tue 11th Oct 2011 13:40 in reply to "Some questions"
righard Member since:
2007-12-26

At my local hospital there is a "game" where one has to think a rocket up and down. I got to play with it and after a few minutes is is very easy.
This was just a y-axle, but I guess it is no problem to extend it with a x-axle.

Also note that this was about 10 years ago.

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RE[2]: Some questions
by Neolander on Tue 11th Oct 2011 16:09 in reply to "RE: Some questions"
Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

I'd be interested on some more details about this, if you still remember it ;) Could you modulate the speed at which that rocket moved ? Did you need to spend some time setting up the computer so that it recognizes your brain waves ? What kind of stuff did you have to think about in order to make the rocket move ?

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