The Emotiv headset may be a revolutionary device that allows a consumer to cooperate with the virtual location by reading his/her ‘thoughts’. Fundamentally, the headset records the brain’s electronic signals and interprets your thinking-instructions into virtual actions.
The Emotiv earphone works by using a tool known as an EEG, or electroencephalograph, to observe the brain waves (and emotional responses) of every gamer, nearly instantaneously translating those readings into virtual reactions, actions and responses.
The sensible applications could be enormously good, but also potentially hideous. On the plus side, disabled people might have their lives completely turned around, regaining an unlimited quality of independence by thought-controlling numerous home equipment. To develop the idea, paraplegic and quadriplegic users might generate thought-controlled virtual avatars and cooperate with others in real time.
The possibility to revolutionize the world of games is also 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, which 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 object creeps me out. I just do not like the idea of a thought-activated mainframe, it makes my body crawl. But hey, that’s just me. Also, in case you’re a male of our species, you would likely be dredging up porn sites every 7 seconds.
It has also been suggested in some quarters for which you’ll be able to simply think of an individual and that said computer system will automatically place a telephone call to them. The last thing I wish to do is be considering some old girlfriend of whatever and abruptly end up calling her. No, just no. That is a can of worms that simply doesn’t need opening up, thanks very much.
Yet, whatever my belief on it happen to be (and, for now at least, I’ve the option to keep them confidential), the Emotiv Epoc headphones will shortly be available to the typical consumer, priced around $299 (that is slightly below £200 to us Brits).