Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Cyberlink's Brainfingers

I can't wait for the day when instead of using a keyboard and mouse, I can just think of what I want to do and it happens. We are one step closer to that day with Cyberlink's Brainfingers.

The hands-free access solution includes Cyberlink Hardware and Brainfingers Software. The hardware consists of a headband, interface box and connecting cables. The Brainfingers Software includes training software and universal software access.

The headband senses and responds to surface electrical signals generated from muscle, eye movement, and brainwave activity detected at your forehead. Three sensors mounted inside the headband are used to detect the forehead signal.. The headband connects to the interface box which filters, amplifies and digitizes your forehead signal.

The interface box connects to your computer through a serial or USB port, The Brainfingers Software further amplifies your forhead signal and uses patented algorithms to decode your forehead signal into separate frequency bands or channels of information. Each channel or band becomes a virtual finger or Brainfinger. The total amplification of the resulting Brainfingers is over two million. In this way your Brainfingers become responsive to the subtlest of facial muscle, eye and brainwave activity. A total of eleven Brainfingers are computed by the software. These eleven Brainfingers span the controllable frequency range of your forehead signal. The three lowest Brainfingers are responsive to your lateral eye movements. The next three Brainfingers are responsive to alpha brainwaves. The next four Brainfingers are responsive to beta brainwaves and the highest Brainwave is responsive to your facial muscle activity.
So basically you wear a headband, train it and then you have 11 different "buttons" you can press just by thinking in certain ways. Not quite as cool as the USB port to the brain, but still pretty spiffy.

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