US researchers are working with the South Korean firm Samsung, who have demonstrated how people are able to launch an application and make selections on a Galaxy tablet by concentrating on a blinking icon. The users must wear a cap studded with EEG-monitoring electrodes. Samsung is said to have demonstrated a person using the mind-control system to select a music application and play and pause a classical music track. This type of device would be life changing for people with mobility issues.
Samsung’s Galaxy S4 smartphone already allows users to control the screen using their eyes. Using “smart pause” the user can pause a video by looking away from the screen while another feature uses eye movements to scroll through content.
Technology companies are beginning to look at mind-controlled devices and there are already headsets on the market from firms such as NeuroSky and Emotiv that measure moods and allow users to interact with apps and games.
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