The Emotiv earphones is known as a pioneering device that enables a consumer to cooperate with the virtual situation by reading his/her ‘thoughts’. Basically, the gadget accounts the brain’s electronic indicators and translates your thinking-orders into virtual actions.
The Emotiv headset works by using a device known as an EEG, or electroencephalograph, to monitor the human brain waves (and emotional responses) of every gamer, virtually instantaneously translating those readings into virtual reactions, actions and responses.
The sensible purposes might be enormously decent, but additionally potentially hideous. On the plus side, disabled users could have their lives totally turned around, regaining an unlimited quality of independence by thought-controlling numerous household devices. To develop the concept, paraplegic and quadriplegic users might create thought-controlled digital avatars and cooperate with others in real time.
The potential to transform the world of gaming can be very evident, as Jane McGrath, of How StuffWorks.com, explains,
“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 potential downside, that is probably 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”.
Simply, this thing freeks me out. I just don’t like the idea of a thought-activated PC, it makes my body crawl. But hey, that is just me. Also, if you’re a male of the species, you’d possibly be dredging up porn sites every 7 seconds.
It has also been recommended in some quarters you’ll have the capacity to basically imagine someone and the said PC system will automatically place a call to them. The very last thing I want to do is be considering some old girlfriend of whatever and suddenly wind up calling her. No, just no. That’s a can of worms that simply doesn’t need opening up, thanks very much.
On the other hand, whatever my opinion on it happen to be (and, for now at least, I’ve the choice to keep them personal), the Emotiv Epoc headphones will shortly be available to the typical consumer, priced around $299 (that’s slightly below £200 to us Brits).