Sort Of Control A Computer With Your Thoughts

Samuel Reason | May 3rd, 2018

This innovated piece of technology may soon be the rage in all the households, a gadget that lets you control your computer with your mind. The AlterEgo headset is currently being developed at MIT and it is going to revolutionize the way we use devices. Imagine just thinking to turn on your coffee maker or television – something that will be possible!

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It doesn’t matter whether you actually speak or say anything, the brain creates the same sort of actions, to put it simply thinking is like talking to yourself. When you read words the muscles of your face make mini-movements and this is how this interesting gadget works. Basically, your jaw and face make the movements that you “hear” inside your head. The term for this sort of silent talking is called subvocalization. Most people do this all the time and do not realize it, in fact, it requires special training just to stop these movements. So it is sort of being controlled by your thoughts

Is it possible to decode these silent messages? That is what the MIT researchers believe is possible, turn them into digital commands with their AlterEgo headset. The device can translate your muscle movements and then follow the command, therefore it really would be completely hands-free.

Electrodes on the headset press a little onto your face and are able to convey the movements back to a central computer via a Bluetooth device. The computer runs a neural network which understands the Bluetooth signals like a speech to text program and then shoots off the command to your device. And though it may sound like this would be very hit and miss, the first set of volunteers that have used the gadget have shown amazing results, an accuracy of 92% was recorded.

Unfortunately, the device is not easy to wear, so for the moment, MIT researchers are focusing on a way to make it less disruptive to our daily lives. Then we may finally see thought-controlled computers hitting the markets.

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