ChoiceStriker Posted June 15, 2004 Report Share Posted June 15, 2004 Something I'm sure many of us have imagined could be the future of video gaming is the use of brainpower to directly influence a game. There's an interesting article on cnn.com here about some scientists who are working on technology that allows people to control machines through electrodes placed directly on the surface of the brain. Writing in Monday's issue of the Journal of Neural Engineering, Leuthardt and Daniel Moran, an assistant professor of biomedical engineering at Washington University in St. Louis, said the patients learned in minutes how to control a computer cursor. "It took six minutes of training and they all achieved control in less than 24 minutes," Leuthardt said. "After a brief training session, the patients could play the game by using signals that come off the surface of the brain," added Moran. "They achieved between 74 and 100 percent accuracy, with one patient hitting 33 out of 33 targets correctly in a row." It sounds like most of the research is primarily for applications for the disabled, but it's a really interesting idea that makes me wonder whether this is the eventual next logical step in the advance of interactive technology. Of course, how to implement this technology without radical surgery is another story - even if the scientists develop the wireless adapter mentioned in the article, would implants still be required? We've obviously still got a long way to go, but it sounds like it has the potential to be truly revolutionary. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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