The Emotiv EPOC is a high resolution, neuro-signal acquisition and processing wireless neuroheadset. It uses a set of sensors to tune into electric signals produced by the brain to detect player thoughts, feelings and expressions and connects wirelessly to most PCs.
It sounds like a scenario of the future out of a sci-fi films like eXistenZ by David Cronenberg, but it appears that this controller is set to revolutionize the way people interact with video games.
Videogames fanatics seem doubtful about the accuracy of response to commands even after training and calibration. If you fail to meet the needs of fireballs throwers or street fighters, perhaps it could be very useful to overcome some physical limitations.
It ‘s true that EPOC might revolutionize the lives of all those who suffer from physical disabilities of varying severity, as those who paint with their feet or mouth, but also in the case of sensory disabilities may be important advantages.
Maybe the blind will be able to interact with the computer and write thoughts without a Braille Display
Maybe one day also the opposite will be possible, reporting to the brain informations that do not pass through the senses. Will we think of a book without reading it?
While the idea may seem alienating and yet, recalls the movies Matrix or Strange Days, such a technology would facilitate the lives of many people, especially if $ 300 were sufficient, the current price of EPOC….