Controlling movies with brainwaves

April 13, 2011
Mind Wave

MyndPlay thought-controlled media player uses a MindWave EEG headset (credit: Myndplay, Ltd.)

MyndPlay, Ltd. is launching a new mind-controlled media platform is being launched at the Gadget Show Live in the UK this week.

The company claims it is the first mind-controlled media player and content development system that connects with EEG brain-computer interface (BCI) technology to allow viewers to change the direction and outcome of a video or movie using only their minds. It connects with NeuroSky’s EEG technology MindWave headsets to pick up, interpret, and transmit a user’s emotional state through electrical activity within the brain, according to the company.

Two interactive short films are available so far to watch on computers using Myndplay video player software: Paranormal Mynd, a horror film in which the viewer takes the role of an exorcist hired to banish a demon from a possessed women, and a gangster film Bullet Dodger.

Note: we are unaware of evidence that this device is able to reject EMG (signals from muscles in the forehead) artifacts, so we can’t authenticate the EEG claim. — Ed.