The Emotiv headphones is known as a ground-breaking gadget that enables a consumer to cooperate with the virtual location by reading his/her ‘thoughts’. Essentially, the gadget records the brain’s electronic signals and translates your thought-instructions into virtual actions.
The Emotiv earphone works by using a device generally known as an EEG, or electroencephalograph, to observe the human brain waves (and emotional responses) of each gamer, almost immediately translating those readings into virtual reactions, movements and movement.
The practical purposes could be enormously decent, but also potentially hideous. On the plus side, disabled users might have their lives completely turned around, regaining an enormous quality of independence by thought-controlling many household appliances. To develop the concept, paraplegic and quadriplegic users might create thought-controlled digital avatars and interact with other people in real time.
The potential to transform the world of games can be very evident, as Jane McGrath, of How StuffWorks.com, describes,
“If the EEG gaming technology eventually catches on, it could revolutionize the way people think about video games in much the same way the Nintendo Wii did (or perhaps more). On the one hand, with its facial expression interpretations, the Emotiv EPOC attempts to close the gap further between the real world and the virtual world to create a more realistic experience, much like the Wii does. On the other hand, the Emotiv EPOC also tries to bridge the gap between human thought and the outside world to create an experience that’s less like reality and more fantastical and dreamlike. The technology behind EPOC eliminates the middleman of motion altogether — a staggering thought to consider”.
Of the likely downside, that is potentially chasmic, McGrath claims.
“Should researchers continue making more breakthroughs to advance EEG technology, it could plausibly lead to computers that can, in essence, read someone’s mind. Those with the technology could be privy to the private thoughts, opinions and emotions of others. Granted, this could be very far off, considering where the technology (and our understanding of the human brain) is now. Nevertheless, we can’t rule out the possibility entirely. Perhaps we shouldn’t dismiss the prospect of Thought Police (like that in George Orwell’s “1984”) as mere alarmism”.
Frankly, this object freeks me out. I just don’t like the concept of a thought-activated PC, it makes my skin crawl. But hey, that’s just me. Also, in case you’re a male of our species, you’d possibly be dredging up porn sites every seven seconds.
It’s also been suggested in some quarters that you’ll have the capacity to simply imagine someone and the said computer system will automatically place a call to them. The last thing I desire to do is be contemplating some old girlfriend of suchlike and abruptly wind up calling her. No, just no. That is a can of worms that basically does not need opening up, thank you very much.
Yet, whatever my belief on it happen to be (and, for now at least, I’ve the option to keep them personal), the Emotiv Epoc headphones will shortly be there for the common consumer, priced around $299 (that’s just below £200 to us Brits).