Samsung to bring mind control to the mobile devices
Can you imagine if you could check your e-mail, browse the Internet or chat with a friend without even touching the screen or any other helper? Today, this seems like science fiction, but soon Samsung can turn that into reality. According to Technology Review, Samsung has joined The University of Texas in order to create a brain –controlled tablet. The ultimate goal of the project is to help paralyzed people to communicate and interact with the world, and also to improve the way in which any of us interact with the devices.
Samsung’s developers are testing how you can use thoughts to open an application, play a song, turn up and down the volume and other features on Galaxy Note 10.1. The project is at early stage now and consist of a cap with EEG electrodes. The process is controlled and monitored on a screen showing how the thoughts and the brain interface interact to complete tasks which are impossible to accomplish from many people with disability problems. In the demonstration, the developer was able to open an application on the tablet just by concentration on the icon, Technology Review confirms.
One of the researcher added that the driving force beyond the project is finding a new way to interact with mobile devices. Samsung is aimed at finding more convenient and different ways of interacting. Currently the team is focused on developing a signal processing method for extracting the needed information for proper control over the device. After completing the task, the next stage is to get this method working on a mobile device. Samsung has already developed more convenient EEG system, without gel or liquid material that needs only 10 seconds to set up, unlike the classical systems with gel contact electrodes, which need more than 40 minutes to set up.