How could you see I am in Norway? Is my english that sh*tty? :’(
OK fine. Any such breakthrough I would expect to see control over prosthetic limbs appear first, then games controllers.
You obviously know a lot about science but apparently you don’t know much about marketing. Show me one piece of technology with applications in both entertainment and medicine that hasn’t been wastly improved by the demands of the competitive entertainment market. Fact is, the huge, complicated EEG-equipment in hospitals do their job well whatever their job is (or they wouldn’t still be used). Why would a company pour millions into bettering hospital equipment that is already wide-spread and works well enough, if they can simplify and commercialize the same technology and make tenfold the cost research?
Oh, and by the way… Emotiv has made equipment to allow para/quadriplegics control of their electric wheelchairs using the EmotivEPOC headset. Still the fact remains that for every needing, deserving wheelchair or prosthetic user, there are ten thousand, a hundred thousand gamers, techies and geeks like me who would gladly pay out of our arses for something as cool as this!
On the point of prosthetic devices… I’ve read that most prosthetic users complain mainly about having no feedback from their prosthetic limbs. Considering a lower arm/hand (myoelectric “claw”) prostheses will run you about $5000 over here, and considering the cost of adding a few flex and force sensors along with vibrotactile feedback would be about $10 at most, can you really say that you expect any new technology to first be applied to the handicapped? :-/
It’s the corporate way of thinking… I know this all too well beeing a type 1 diabetic. Researchers at universities and private companies say diabetes could and should have been cured 3 decades ago. So why does diabetes still kill more people every year than AIDS or cancer? Because the big medical companies get a big part of their income from the millions depending on syringes, insulin, measuring devices and other paraphrenelia. If they put a significant amount of resources into curing diabetes, cancer, AIDS, and many other diseases, they would in effect ruin themselfs. Horrible as it might sound, it is all too true.
It’s the same thing with technology. Imagine the board of multi-billion dollar company discussing whether to spend tons of money on making better wheelchairs for a select few users or making a headset that will have millions of gamers and computer geeks changing their underwear just from reading about it… Which way do you think they will go?
Here is a video of a guy wearing a thin headband to cut out any direct contant between the sensors and his skin. As you can see the glance and muscle bars are not moving at all while the 6 Alpha and Beta bars happily jump up and down. It still doesn’t prove that it measures brain activity or that brain activity is controllable but hospitals using EEG machines have proved the latter, and the relative simplicity of picking up and amplifying EM-fields shows it could be what it is measuring.