A new mind-controlled video game hits the market
The implications could go much further than just video games
A lot of what has been seen in Sci-Fi movies for the past 50 years has eventually been developed into real, tangible technology. Scientists are now working on a “tricorder” similar to that used in Star Trek to diagnose medical conditions and mind control is also now becoming a reality. Students at the University of Alberta (UA) in Canada have developed a video game that can be completely controlled with nothing more than thoughts. Perhaps Terminator could be more realistic than we imagined.
The game is a 2D shooter arcade game, so it isn’t the most advanced. However, just as with all innovations, small steps have to be made first. In the game, the player fights demonic villains that continue to advance toward the player’s character and must destroy them all to stay alive. The VP of communications for the UA group behind the development, Nicole Wlasitz, adds, “Your brain waves and your focused brain activity is actually what controls the game state.
Players have to wear a headband that can read electrical activity in the brain. That headband, in turn, reads the activity, or alpha waves, and transmits them to the game’s action. Players have to shoot the enemies when their alpha waves are low and must attempt to change their brain activity to win the game.
This isn’t the first time mind control has been used in the advancement of science – artificial limbs are now able to be controlled by thoughts. However, it shows how much is going into the innovation and how much more is known about how the brain works and can lead to improved artificial intelligence. With the discovery of a liquid compound that has strong magnetic properties, shape-shifting robots may be here before too much longer.