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A Baseball Hat That Reads Your Mind

ScuttleMonkey posted more than 5 years ago | from the better-faster-stronger dept.

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esocid writes to tell us that researchers from Taiwan have created a new baseball cap complete with embedded bio-signal monitoring system. The purpose was to give a neural interface that could be useful in everyday life. "The cap contains five embedded dry electrodes on the wearer's forehead, and one electrode behind the left ear, that acquire EEG signals. Then, the EEG signals are wirelessly transmitted to a data receiver, where they are processed in real-time by a dual-core processor. The BCI system includes Bluetooth transmission for distances of 10m or less (e.g., for driving applications), as well as RF transmission for distances up to 600m (e.g., for potential sports applications). Next, the processed signals are transmitted back to the cap, where the data can be stored, displayed in real-time on a screen, or be used to trigger an audio warning, if necessary."

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Why a baseball hat? (5, Funny)

mrbluze (1034940) | more than 5 years ago | (#23442386)

Why not a propeller-hat? At least that way we have something worth reading.

"It looks like an ordinary baseball cap" (5, Funny)

hampton (209113) | more than 5 years ago | (#23442390)

Well, other than the GIANT ANTENNA sticking out of it and the scotch tape behind the ear.

Re:"It looks like an ordinary baseball cap" (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23442470)

What's funny about this?

First from a former resident of TW (1)

mrjacques (646975) | more than 5 years ago | (#23442396)

First post from a person who has actually lived in Taiwan, though I can't remember wearing any hats that read my mind. Wait, come to think of it, there _was_ one time....

Bring on the baseball hat wearing disses (4, Interesting)

QuantumG (50515) | more than 5 years ago | (#23442408)

I used to wear a baseball hat.. for a while I even wore it sideways, or backwards. It was only after I stopped wearing it all together that I noticed how much people were treating me like an idiot. A few years later I discovered I was shorted sighted and got glasses and discovered another way to get people to instantly treat you differently. I hear that if you hold documents at arms length to read them people think you are older and treat you with more respect, haven't tried that one myself.

So yeah, although you might have some magic baseball hat that makes you smarter, it's not going to matter much, people are still going to treat you like an invalid.

 

Re:Bring on the baseball hat wearing disses (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23442552)

I'm sorry, but someone who can't figure out how to wear a baseball hat IS an idiot.

Re:Bring on the baseball hat wearing disses (2, Insightful)

QuantumG (50515) | more than 5 years ago | (#23442630)

And it's because of fools like you that used cars salesmen will continue to wear business suits.

Re:Bring on the baseball hat wearing disses (4, Insightful)

owlnation (858981) | more than 5 years ago | (#23444350)

We need to change perceptions. A baseball cap is, in fact, a symbol of relative freedom. A business suit -- well, specifically the tie -- is a symbol of modern slavery.

The irony is that society perceives the tie to be a symbol of someone successful -- where in reality it's most usually a symbol of someone trapped by their own lack of creativity and intellect.

A tie = a slave collar. The tie is otherwise the singular, most useless, garment on Earth.

Re:Bring on the baseball hat wearing disses (2, Funny)

bizbuzz (820648) | more than 4 years ago | (#23451736)

The tie wasn't always useless. It's only a degenerated bib.

Re:Bring on the baseball hat wearing disses (1)

genderbunny (1190319) | more than 5 years ago | (#23474052)

The tie is otherwise the singular, most useless, garment on Earth.
I think that a pre-tied noose has hundreds of potential applications. Pretty much one result, but the journey is half the fun, right?

Re:Bring on the baseball hat wearing disses (1)

xstonedogx (814876) | more than 5 years ago | (#23495974)

A tie = a slave collar. The tie is otherwise the singular, most useless, garment on Earth.

I'm sorry, but nothing that draws attention to my penis is useless.

Re:Bring on the baseball hat wearing disses (4, Funny)

Dutch Gun (899105) | more than 5 years ago | (#23442640)

Bring on the baseball hat wearing disses
A sideways baseball cap says to the world: "I will never be anyone's boss!"
A backwards baseball cap adds: "Me too! ...except for that idiot wearing his cap sideways!"

Was that ok?

Re:Bring on the baseball hat wearing disses (1)

Dachannien (617929) | more than 5 years ago | (#23443246)

A sideways baseball cap says to the world: "I will never be anyone's boss!"
A backwards baseball cap adds: "Me too! ...except for that idiot wearing his cap sideways!"
Posts like that are the reason why moderation should go to 11.

Re:Bring on the baseball hat wearing disses (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23443192)

You figured out a way to wear the pointy dunce hat sideways? Talk about unfair, they should give points for that.
I've got an even better story: I figured out if you wear a hat AND glasses you'll get treated like a terrorist!

Okay, that's the best dis'(?) I could come up with - but I too am wearing a baseball hat right now. And glasses.
Dirka, dirka dirka.

And what exactly will this provide? (1)

zappepcs (820751) | more than 5 years ago | (#23442410)

I'm all for tech gear, but this seems a bit outlandish for sports? Radio has racing covered, and football for that matter. I'm trying to figure out what everyday life use this might have? Borging ourselves might some day prove useful, but so far neither science fiction nor real life has shown this to be of much use beyond scientific curiosity and bragging rights.

It might well have military applications. When a fighter pilot pulls 7 Gs in a bank, this might help the autopilot recover any errors etc.

It would not work in automobiles... hell, the police can't even get people to wear the more passive seatbelt.

Are we planning for drunks to put this on to see if the car will start? That won't work.

Okay, the link finally loaded... not sure what country this will work in for street drivers, but it is NOT North America... What in the hell were they thinking? If they won't wear a seatbelt, they won't wear this 'hat'

Now, that said, has it been investigated by insurance companies? Will it possibly be blamed for accidents?

Like I said, it's not going to work in North America... sigh

Re:And what exactly will this provide? (2, Interesting)

Bottlemaster (449635) | more than 5 years ago | (#23443154)

Borging ourselves might some day prove useful, but so far neither science fiction nor real life has shown this to be of much use beyond scientific curiosity and bragging rights.
What science fiction have you been reading? Even a simple (but still out-of-reach technically) brain-computer interface has obvious uses - if a keyboard is useful, a BCI is useful. I hope technology progresses in my lifetime to the point that I can have a terminal emulator surgically implanted in my head.

Furthermore, what reality do you live in? Neural interfaces are already being used to give more natural control of prosthetic limbs, and prosthetic eyes are giving sight to the blind. The medical uses of the current technology are already nothing short of miraculous, and it will only get better from here.

Re:And what exactly will this provide? (1)

Nethead (1563) | more than 5 years ago | (#23446894)

What science fiction have you been reading?

He hasn't been reading, just watching. All the really good scifi is still "locked" in books so as not to stress his mind.

Re:And what exactly will this provide? (1)

Culture20 (968837) | more than 5 years ago | (#23443578)

I don't know what North America you live in, but I see people wearing ballcaps quite often. Also, just wait until this tech is perfected into a thin circlet or a set of tiny dermal pads one can wear under your hair (or have implanted just under the skin).

Doesn't read your mind. (5, Insightful)

mrbluze (1034940) | more than 5 years ago | (#23442416)

The EEG obtains information arising largely from the cortex and the summation of millions of neuronal currents. It is inaccurate and not reliable enough for critical applications (any situation where 'backfiring' is a bad thing).

As far as I am aware, the state of art of computer interpretation of EEG is only up to monitoring awareness and sleep and possibly detecting seizures, so this would be good for patients in hospitals & home in diagnosing epilepsy.

Might be useful for train drivers or pilots, though, in detecting a sleeper-at-the-wheel.

Re:Doesn't read your mind. (1)

QuantumG (50515) | more than 5 years ago | (#23442478)

Dude, it's a *baseball* hat.. detecting when someone is falling asleep is a useful application.

Re:Doesn't read your mind. (2, Funny)

mrbluze (1034940) | more than 5 years ago | (#23442486)

Dude, it's a *baseball* hat.. detecting when someone is falling asleep is a useful application.
I'd be happier to detect when someone is awake ;)

Re:Doesn't read your mind. (2, Interesting)

Culture20 (968837) | more than 5 years ago | (#23443604)

so this would be good for patients in hospitals & home in diagnosing epilepsy.
Agreed; I had to wear a home EEG fifteen years ago, complete with wires and paste all over my head, and a cassette recorder on my hip. This sounds much cleaner, and more socially acceptable.

Re:Doesn't read your mind. (1)

tgv (254536) | more than 5 years ago | (#23443854)

There are some applications, mainly for disabled people, where people can control a cursor with a BCI (after training). It's slow and not very accurate.

Not likely (4, Funny)

Todd Fisher (680265) | more than 5 years ago | (#23442428)

"The cap contains five embedded dry electrodes on the wearer's forehead"

My head sweat will kill those electrodes in two lawn mowings. And that'll be just from the smell.

Microsoft (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23442432)

Microsoft: America's biggest mafia, still going strong in 2008

Poor DOJ can't stop it!

Long ways off from being useful... (4, Funny)

Lichetano (1143789) | more than 5 years ago | (#23442472)

Other than the audio warning, this hat idea has a long way to go before it becomes useful. I guess you could make it zap you a little when you're looking at a girl way out of your league. Wait, this just turned into a geek-survival tool. This could work.

Re:Long ways off from being useful... (4, Funny)

Mr. DOS (1276020) | more than 5 years ago | (#23442550)

...Until you realize that you have to stop looking at females because it's too painful otherwise ;)

--- Mr. DOS

Re:Long ways off from being useful... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23446618)

yeah baby, us girls will give em to our men along with RFID xmtrs with 6 mile range so when they look at women or even think about sex an alarm will be sent to us so we can crown 'em when they come home....and it wont be king we'll have you kno

Luckily... (5, Funny)

Looshi (1038712) | more than 5 years ago | (#23442474)

...it won't be able to penetrate my tinfoil hat.

Re:Luckily... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23443520)

Actually this morning the government decided unanimously that starting today, all tinfoil hats will be replaced with mind-reading baseball hats as it helps to prevent exploitation of children. If by the end of the day you have not abandoned your tinfoil for this baseball hat or are being hatless, you must be a pedophile. Oh, and the hat contains a RFID tag.

Important measuring device? (2, Funny)

thethibs (882667) | more than 5 years ago | (#23442480)

At long last we can get a direct reading of how many IQ points you lose when you put on a baseball hat—and how many more you lose when you wear it backward or sideways.

The sadist in me... (2, Funny)

therufus (677843) | more than 5 years ago | (#23442488)

...wants to wirelessly hack the hat and fire electricity into their brain via the headwear.

Think of it. You just spent a few hundred bucks on a hat and some smartass with a laptop keeps electronically jabbing you in the skull while you run through the park.

I, for one, would laugh until my beverage escaped through my nose!

To quote South Park... (1)

B00yah (213676) | more than 5 years ago | (#23442524)

The Simpsons already did it.

Bart found that MLB was reading people's minds with satellites. A little too convenient that these are BASEBALL hats...

Damn! Better get my... (1)

ErichTheWebGuy (745925) | more than 5 years ago | (#23442540)

tinfoil hat. Oh, wait...

Re:Damn! Better get my... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23443470)

Oh, wait...
No offence, but when I see a comment ending in "Oh, wait..." I am usually assuming it's meant to be funny. But if I'm not laughing by the time I read "Oh, wait..." I think it's lame. So just stop using that people. It's like wet blanket.

Re:Damn! Better get my... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23443550)

But at least the OP had the balls to post under his (I am assuming his? since it ends in "guy") username. You, on the other hand, are posting as AC.

And yeah, I am too. Because I don't have a /. account, and don't plan on ever having one. You, OTOH, I suspect have at least one, and are too chicken shit to post with your real username.

best feature ever (1)

ILuvRamen (1026668) | more than 5 years ago | (#23442556)

You know what'd be really funny is if it detects when you're concerned about hat hair and automatically jumps off your head. That'd be awesome. I wanna see that!

In other news, the Bush proposes mandated caps (2, Funny)

Prisoner's Dilemma (1268306) | more than 5 years ago | (#23442738)

Shortly ofter the announcement that a mind reading cap might be possible, the bush administration announces it's intent to mandate that everyone now wear baseball caps. When ask why, they remarked that it was for your benefit, to make you feel happier, like you were at a baseball game, for your benefit. The administration stated that it will boost productivity just like the change daylight savings, for your benefit.

atention whore (1)

ouachiski (835136) | more than 5 years ago | (#23443252)

so men would be walking around with pron showing on the front of there hat??? ...
the key is to look out for the women with the pron on there hat

So that's why they hand out baseball caps (1)

Plazmid (1132467) | more than 5 years ago | (#23443298)

So that's why they hand out baseball caps at baseball games, so the NSA can monitor for terrorist activity. It all makes sense now. I will never go to a baseball game again.

hmmm... it's hard to tell... (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23443592)

You'll go to...

Gryffindor...

  yay!

Crap (1)

gnupun (752725) | more than 5 years ago | (#23443606)

Why do they keep inventing these big brother technologies instead of inventing something useful?

What the Hat reports... (2, Funny)

fahrbot-bot (874524) | more than 5 years ago | (#23443966)

Person Wearing Hat:
  • Guy:Oh ya, wearing this backward makes me look *cool*.
  • Gal:Does this hat make me look fat?

By-the-way, the answers are: No (you look like a moron) and (sigh, not again) no.

Baseball... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23444886)

Misread : " A baseball bat that reads your mind. "

Now that must hurt.

Obligatory Republic of China joke (1)

Hank Powers (467121) | more than 5 years ago | (#23445018)

In America, your mind reads a baseball hat. In Republic of China, the baseball hat reads *your* mind!

Are neurons 802.11n? (1)

marcomarrero (521557) | more than 5 years ago | (#23445256)

That would be as accurate as reading RF interference of my PC to figure out what it is doing.

The only effective thing that thing could do is to guess what you are feeling by sensing awareness, body language/movement, reaction, emotions, etc. For example, it should detect I'm frustrated whenever I stare at my feet and reply to a girl "Friends? Friends?!? We've only gone three times, and you're already telling me you just want to be friends?!". (wearing a baseball cap wouldn't make any difference.)

Obligatory (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23446258)

But does it run linux?

Matt groening; cartoonist or prophet? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23447316)

I though I'd heard the last of this when Bart Simpson rebelled against major league baseball's maniacal mind reading experiments

Focusyn and the MLB satellite (1)

winphreak (915766) | more than 5 years ago | (#23448608)

All I thought of when I saw this was The Simpsons's episode, where bart begins taking Focusyn , hi-jacks a tank, and shoots down the mind-reading satellite.


Comic Book Guy: Egad! A maniac cutting a swath of destruction! This is a job for the Green Lantern, Thundra, or possibly... Ghost Rider
Otto: What about Superman?
Comic Book Guy: Oh, please.

this is crazy (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#23451100)

what's next? This is pretty ridiculous

           
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