Helsinki-based neurotech startup NextMind unveiled a compact brain-sensing wearable device that delivers real-time device control using just a person's thoughts. It captures data from the electrical signals created by the user's neural activity in the visual cortex, and using machine learning algorithms, transforms that output into a signal that can control a computer, AR/VR headset or any device on the Internet of Things.
The lightweight device fits into the back of a cap or headband, and rests gently on the user's head. NextMind offers a totally new way of interacting with VR and AR environments. It is designed for ‘wear and play’ with no training required making it ideal for gaming. Users have their brain directly connected to the digital world, bypassing their physical body and creating a fully immersive experience.
Company founder and CEO Sid Kouider unveiled the groundbreaking noninvasive brain-computer interface at Slush 2019 in Helsinki yesterday.
“We are very interested in using it with VR and AR. But in the future, we actually envision mind augmented reality where you could project the limitless power of your imagination directly in the virtual world, on the display,” said Kouider.
He demonstrated gamers in VR playing a first-person shooter game with their just thoughts, as well as some unique creative musical applications. “It really gives kind of a sixth sense where you can feel your brain in action thanks to the feedback loop between your brain and the display,” he said.
"This technology breakthrough represents the next frontier of human-computer interaction and we are truly humbled to be here today introducing NextMind to the world," said Kouider. "For those who have said it would never be possible with noninvasive technology to communicate intent and implement actions directly from our brain to the world around us, it's time to believe, because this is real, and the possibilities are truly endless."
Kouider reported that a limited number of NextMind Development Kits will ship during the first half of 2020.
The public will have a chance to try this remarkable new brain-sensing wearable at CES 2020 in Las Vegas in booth #21839 in LVCC, South Hall 1 from Jan. 7-10.
For more information, visit www.next-mind.com/.