Samsung takes a stab at mind control for tablets and smartphones. Study shows significant results but is still years away from the commercialization goal.
The world of alternative input methods is becoming increasingly interesting with the development and technology of eye tracking, gestures, and even mind control. However, Samsung is determined to outsmart everyone, as it has now formed a coalition with the University of Texas to develop mind controllers for your tablets and smartphones.
The company and the university put their thinking caps on and came up with EEG-based controllers. The technology is based on an existent technique called EEG (electroencephalography, often seen in hospitals), which maps the mind's electrical pathways by measuring voltage changes caused by neurons firing. The difficult part here is to link a single cluster of pathways to a specific idea that involves a very advanced software platform and a huge amount of practical and field data.
Surprisingly, the company already has had very high success rates from their experiments, with up to 95 percent of users being able to make a selection on a screen every five seconds by using only their brains. Samsung is aiming at commercializing this type of input method, but not until after a couple more years of everything from improved effectiveness to aesthetic design, as well as the customary hoard of patents thrown in. For those interested, read more about ongoing developments here.