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The Computer That Can Read Your Mind

timothy posted more than 4 years ago | from the what-am-I-thinking-and-where-does-she-live dept.

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magacious writes "Gtec has showcased a computer that can read your mind over at the CeBIT trade show in Germany. Designed primarily to help those who can't write or speak, the system makes use of a skull cap and wireless technology to transform brain waves into letters. It's the first patient-ready computer-brain interface, according to its Austrian makers. It takes around 30 seconds per letter for the computer to recognise what you're saying the first time you use it, according to Gtec, but this improves vastly with practice. '"One second per letter is very tough," Gtec's Engelbert Grunbacher said, adding users can usually easily get to five or 10 letters per minute. "You learn to be relaxed, focused. You improve."' It might look quite wacky (pictures here) and at €9,000 the system is not cheap, but it could help enhance the lives of many people who have a great deal to say but no real way of saying it."

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Mind reading (4, Funny)

sopssa (1498795) | more than 4 years ago | (#31349650)

As I've understood, mind reading comes down to recognizing certain patterns in the brain. Given improvement in the processing speed and database of patterns, could it be possible to draw a complete picture of what you are thinking? And if yes, would sleeping interfere with such?

It would be great if you could save your dreams and watch them later, especially as they're usually really great entertainment in sleep but you forget them really quick. There's basically three dreams I still remember. First one when I was on first or second grade about a girl I liked then. Second one about a girl in my high school - interestingly, I didn't have feelings for her before this dream where I slept next to her. And third dream about some brazilian I had sex with (a sex dream, and I accidentally cummed on side of my girlfriend back then). But saving all those dreams would be great. Wonder what RIAA would think if everyone started watching their own interesting dreams instead of movies though...

Re:Mind reading (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31349656)

Is your penis as small as Rob Malda's micropenis, sopssa?

Re:Mind reading (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31349686)

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sopssa!

Re:Mind reading (3, Funny)

Superdarion (1286310) | more than 4 years ago | (#31349722)

You wouldn't be able to share your dream-videos of you smashing the RIAA headquarters with your friends, as that'd be infringing on intellectual property.

Re:Mind reading (5, Funny)

megamerican (1073936) | more than 4 years ago | (#31349742)

You wouldn't be able to share your dream-videos of you smashing the RIAA headquarters with your friends, as that'd be infringing on intellectual property.

Nothing from Austria could possibly be evil!

Re:Mind reading (1)

BJ_Covert_Action (1499847) | more than 4 years ago | (#31350656)

Nothing from Austria could possibly be evil!

My Governator agrees with you...Guess where I live?

Re:Mind reading (1)

sixpenny_83 (1248146) | more than 4 years ago | (#31352058)

This is like a Zombie- but instead of eating your brain- it reads it. Zombie, my friend, are pure evil.

Re:Mind reading (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31352934)

Godwin-troll!

Re:Mind reading (2, Funny)

Wiarumas (919682) | more than 4 years ago | (#31350448)

Or even better yet, if someone has the same dream as you, is that copyright infringement?

Re:Mind reading (1)

Sulphur (1548251) | more than 4 years ago | (#31351092)

You wouldn't be able to share your dream-videos of you smashing the RIAA headquarters with your friends, as that'd be infringing on intellectual property.

That would be mind writing.

Re:Mind reading (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31349736)

We are sorry to inform you that you are in violation of the Dream Management Copyright Act and thus punishable of up to the amount of $10,000,000,000.

Ewww! (4, Informative)

Locke2005 (849178) | more than 4 years ago | (#31349788)

TMI! Too Much Information!

Re:Ewww! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31351596)

Calm down, it was clearly a work of satire as they are posting on /. while claiming not only to have had sex with a girl but to have convinced one to let them call her "girlfriend".

Re:Ewww! (1)

xactuary (746078) | more than 4 years ago | (#31352718)

No kidding! How many years of nightmares for me now?

Re:Mind reading (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31349804)

Spare us the gritty details...

Re:Mind reading (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31349820)

Wasn't that basically the plot of Until the End of the World?

Re:Mind reading (5, Interesting)

HungryHobo (1314109) | more than 4 years ago | (#31349848)

I'm more worried that once we get that kind of tech there will be no legal safeguards to protect people from being read against their will.

"the defendant clearly dreamed about stabbing the victim while in police custody"

Or even worse: you make a recording of your dreams and they break laws like possession of obscene material-
I can imagine someone being prosecuted for possession obscene material in the form of recordings of thier own memories or dreams.

Or to go even creepier:
If the brain starts being considered just another data storage device might they start issuing warrants for information stored on it?
Could your memories of your girlfriend when you were in highschool get you charged for possessing "child porn" on the storage medium that is your brain?

There's a lot of horribly possibilities and I'd like to see legal safeguards being put in place long before we start to really really need them.

Police won't be so bothered if we forbid them to read peoples minds against their will now than 50 years down the line when it's helping their conviction rate.

Re:Mind reading (4, Interesting)

EndlessNameless (673105) | more than 4 years ago | (#31350144)

There's a lot of horribly possibilities and I'd like to see legal safeguards being put in place long before we start to really really need them.

Police won't be so bothered if we forbid them to read peoples minds against their will now than 50 years down the line when it's helping their conviction rate.

There is probably no law required for this. You have a constitutional right to avoid self-incrimination. Actually, it is quite likely a law which requires or permits such mind-reading would be deemed unconstitutional.

Re:Mind reading (1)

sopssa (1498795) | more than 4 years ago | (#31350232)

Exactly. Laws state you don't need to say anything even if you're being questioned. Where I life it's also voluntary to go into lie detector test. Something like mind reading device would be completely out of question.

Re:Mind reading (4, Insightful)

HungryHobo (1314109) | more than 4 years ago | (#31350374)

I'm thinking of some cases where people have been required to provide data that's only in their heads like passwords.

You have the right to avoid self-incrimination.
You apparently do not have the right to not provide data stored on some media you own to the police when ordered to by a court.
With a moderate amount of slippery slopiness and easy technology the brain could start to be considered just another data storage device.

Re:Mind reading (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31350992)

if you get a USB flash drive connected to your brain, I can see that.

Re:Mind reading (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31351306)

Deemed unconstitutional? Perhaps by the same Supreme Court Justices that decreed that corporations enjoy the same First Amendment free-speech rights as individuals? I wouldn't bet on it.

Maybe brain scanning will become the replacement for polygraph tests. Not consenting to this procedure would be tantamount to an admission to guilt, in the eyes of a gullible jury and the usual assortment of corrupt lawyers.

Re:Mind reading (1)

Shark (78448) | more than 4 years ago | (#31351370)

Aaah, I love this ideal world of yours where the people keep the government bound to the constitution. I guess it's appropriate since we're on the topic of dreams. Nowadays this would fall in the category of pipe-dreams.

Re:Mind reading (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31351584)

But treating it as a storage medium could equate it to a search of your hard drive. Certainly, one can plausibly have self-incriminating information on a hard drive... but that isn't protected.

Truth is, a fundamental basis of protecting self-incrimination is the former law of the universe that a brain cannot be read or searched, and therefore the contents of it must be given voluntarily. If the brain was just another paper trail you leave behind, you bet your ass they'll try to use it.

However, given the amount of focus required, which I believe is fundamental to the technology no matter how far it advances (it may become more sensitive and require less focus, but you still have to actively think of something to trigger it), it is unlikely that someone can force you to think of something incriminating. God help you if you think of it freely, or dream.

Re:Mind reading (1)

hansraj (458504) | more than 4 years ago | (#31352192)

This technology will be available to the rest of the planet outside USA too. Not that I share the fear of OP but US laws do not apply to everyone.

Re:Mind reading (1)

andydread (758754) | more than 4 years ago | (#31352472)

If you record your dreams/memories to some external media then you are at risk of having all that information used against you in the court of law if they raid your premises for any reason an find it.

Re:Mind reading (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31352716)

You have a constitutional right to avoid self-incrimination.

I expect that right was provided to ensure police wouldn't try to physically (or otherwise) coerce people into making (false?) confessions. The Spanish Inquisition would have been a still fresh concern for the Founding Fathers. I've got to say that I would be tempted to allow use of a demonstrably reliable non-invasive mind-reading technology if

  • public safety was seriously at risk (ie. murder, attempted murder, rape), and
  • there was significantly probable cause to suspect someone.

So, no fishing expeditions or large dragnets using this technique; only when you have a prime suspect with a significant likelihood of being the perpetrator.

I don't think even fMRI would be sufficient for this. I think you would need to actually instrument somebody's brain at either the neuron stack level or even lower with dynamic monitoring. We'll eventually get there from research into cerebral augmentation/prosthetics but maybe not this century.

Re:Mind reading (1)

sigma_epsilon (1701846) | more than 4 years ago | (#31352800)

There is probably no law required for this. You have a constitutional right to avoid self-incrimination. Actually, it is quite likely a law which requires or permits such mind-reading would be deemed unconstitutional.

Except, I'm sure, in airports.

Re:Mind reading (1)

BikeHelmet (1437881) | more than 4 years ago | (#31352914)

And just think. It'll only take one other advancement - a way to physically alter your brain - and then we'll be able to rewrite personalities and memories! Hurray! Millions of brainwashed people that genuinely believe what they believe.

Re:Mind reading (4, Funny)

furby076 (1461805) | more than 4 years ago | (#31349890)

usually really great entertainment in sleep

Yea that horror nightmare that I had was really great entertainment. Peeing my bed just made it all the more fun.

Besides, i can see my fiancee sticking this on my head to see what I am dreaming about...and then getting yelled at because she's not the women in my dreams.

Re:Mind reading (4, Funny)

tool462 (677306) | more than 4 years ago | (#31350202)

because she's not the women in my dreams.

Even if she was one of them, she might still be upset with the plural...

Re:Mind reading (4, Funny)

bhsurfer (539137) | more than 4 years ago | (#31350932)

Ever have one of those mornings where your GF is pissed at you for something you did in HER dream? Man, I hate that...

Re:Mind reading (2, Funny)

vxice (1690200) | more than 4 years ago | (#31350258)

well all she needs now is to read over your shoulder, or know your slashdot nick. Probably not too much to worry about but I would have posted anonymous.

Re:Mind reading (1)

sopssa (1498795) | more than 4 years ago | (#31350426)

well all she needs now is to read over your shoulder, or know your slashdot nick. Probably not too much to worry about but I would have posted anonymous.

Remember, we are on slashdot - we know computers.

Personally I use Opera for my browsing habits. But Firefox is set as default browser so girlfriend always just opens it, or if she clicks on a link Firefox opens. It's a good setup for both to not let her mess your browser session and so she doesn't see your witty slashdot comments about ex-girlfriends.

Re:Mind reading (1)

Rigrig (922033) | more than 4 years ago | (#31351430)

This is /., he was obviously speaking about a hypothetical fiancée.

Re:Mind reading (1)

Dalambertian (963810) | more than 4 years ago | (#31351462)

That's what Lori said (Total Recall)

Re:Mind reading (4, Funny)

eldavojohn (898314) | more than 4 years ago | (#31350042)

And third dream about some brazilian I had sex with (a sex dream ...

A sex dream about sex?! Now I've heard everything!

and I accidentally cummed on side of my girlfriend back then).

!? Did you mean to say, "it's personal"? Don't worry, if you're still have those problems, I know a great movie [imdb.com] that will help you with those wet dreams.

The video shows letters on a computer screen. That's it! They have to think hard about each letter for a lengthy amount of time. Young Pamela Anderson didn't pop up stripping on the computer monitor when they did the demo! For the love of all things spaghetti, read the fucking article next time!!!

Re:Mind reading (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31351288)

I thought he meant he had a sex dream about someone he had already had sex with in real life.

Though this being Slashdot, I can understand why you didn't share my assumption.

Dreaming is a private thing (1)

mcgrew (92797) | more than 4 years ago | (#31350344)

Belanger shrugged. "If what you say is right, I'm kind of sorry for the guy."

Weill nodded sadly. "I'm sorry for all of them. Through the years, I've found out one thing. It's their business; making people happy. Other people".

Dreaming is a private thing [wikipedia.org]

Re:Mind reading (1)

grumbel (592662) | more than 4 years ago | (#31350438)

As I've understood, mind reading comes down to recognizing certain patterns in the brain.

The hard part isn't so much recognizing the patterns, but getting a good picture of the brain in the first place. Even with the most advanced scanning technologies you don't go much beyond "this region of the brain is active", which isn't anywhere near enough to figure out what exactly is happening in your brain. Its kind of like trying to figure out what you computer is doing by looking at its heat signature with an IR camera, sure you can figure out if somebody is playing a game or not as the GPU is heating up, but you won't get a screenshot that way, there just isn't enough detailed data available.

Couch potato-ing to the next level (4, Funny)

Superdarion (1286310) | more than 4 years ago | (#31349688)

I wonder if it'll work as a TV remote.

Re:Couch potato-ing to the next level (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31351012)

with tv you can just watch;
with computer you can do more thing;
with brain ??

I can't wait till Stephen Hawking gets one (3, Interesting)

r0k3t (1142151) | more than 4 years ago | (#31349712)

I am sure he will be one of the first to use it.

I, for one... (2, Funny)

weaponsfree (1699240) | more than 4 years ago | (#31349750)

screw it, it already knows what I'm going to say.

security implications? (3, Interesting)

parallel_prankster (1455313) | more than 4 years ago | (#31349718)

So now if people are thinking about their passwords while typing it in, it could be picked up by this ?

Re:security implications? (1, Funny)

T Murphy (1054674) | more than 4 years ago | (#31349968)

Given how slowly it works, this would only be a risk for the slowest hunt-and-peck typists, who are more vulnerable to an over-the-shoulder attack. Of course with improvement this could become a real issue.

Re:security implications? (4, Funny)

swanzilla (1458281) | more than 4 years ago | (#31350000)

So now if people are thinking about their passwords while typing it in, it could be picked up by this ?

I'm fairly positive the target would notice you placing an electrode-laden skull cap on their head.

Marketing Fail (3, Funny)

eldavojohn (898314) | more than 4 years ago | (#31349720)

No, no, no, you're doing it wrong, you fools! Petite Japanese girls in school uniforms demo futuristic tech products not large bearded Austrians (with three layers of clothing on, no less). And the demo messages shouldn't be "HELLO IT PRO" but instead something like "OH HAI, SUPER FANTASTIC HAPPY FRIENDS!" Jesus, haven't you ever been to E3?

What we really need. (2, Insightful)

What'sInAName (115383) | more than 4 years ago | (#31349756)

What we really need is a computer for people that can't think!

Re:What we really need. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31349964)

Re:What we really need. (3, Funny)

daremonai (859175) | more than 4 years ago | (#31349966)

Judging by the email I receive, most computers are already like that.

One things for sure... (4, Funny)

Locke2005 (849178) | more than 4 years ago | (#31349758)

If they think it can read minds, they've obviously never tested it on a woman!

Re:One things for sure... (2, Interesting)

furby076 (1461805) | more than 4 years ago | (#31349934)

The problem is that men won't be able to use falling asleep after sex as an excuse for not talking to their girlfriends.

Re:One things for sure... (0, Offtopic)

Locke2005 (849178) | more than 4 years ago | (#31350562)

In my experience, it has generally been my wife (or girlfriends before her) that fall asleep after sex. In fact, I believe that if the woman doesn't fall asleep after, you're not doing it right. However, I have been known to threaten to stuff something into her mouth to shut her up _before_ sex. Talking about bills, chores, neighbors, etc. does not effect foreplay make!

i typg this msg usin it (4, Funny)

Chapter80 (926879) | more than 4 years ago | (#31349774)

it worrk pretty good
at cebut show rite now

babe at booth acros th isle
gawd shes hot

2 bad im wearin ths goofy hat

Re:i typg this msg usin it (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31350556)

seems to work about as well as an iPhone keypad.

Well, that's good and all... (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31349782)

But can it run Linux?

Re:Well, that's good and all... (2, Funny)

dmacleod808 (729707) | more than 4 years ago | (#31349888)

And will it blend?

I bet... (1)

Nialin (570647) | more than 4 years ago | (#31349792)

Stephen Hawking would be looking into this.

first post (-1, Flamebait)

Korbeau (913903) | more than 4 years ago | (#31349860)

from Intendix.

Now Twitter char limit

Seems reasonable.

I knew it was only a matter of time (0, Redundant)

Monkeedude1212 (1560403) | more than 4 years ago | (#31349862)

And my friends called me an idealist.

I have one already... (3, Funny)

Itninja (937614) | more than 4 years ago | (#31349896)

It's called 20q and I bought it at in the Seattle Science Center gift ship for $15. the box in came in clearly says it can 'read your mind'. One time I thought of 'playstation' and it got the answer after 9 questions. Then I thought 'this thing is pretty dumb' and it got the answer after 3 questions!

Re:I have one already... (1)

je ne sais quoi (987177) | more than 4 years ago | (#31350304)

When I first read the title , I thought, well Windows and various other programs have *thought* they could read my mind since the 90s. Only problem is that they don't read my mind very well... In fact, if you were to bet against its guesses about what I want to do, you'd make more money that if you did. (Are you sure you want to quit? It looks like you're writing a letter... There are unused icons on your desktop! Dear Aunt, let's set so double the killer delete select all. [google.com] )

...Then I read the summary and I thought, oh that kind of mind reading.

...then I thought, well if predicting a user's behavior from mouse clicks and speech recognition works so badly, what makes them think that a computer will do any better at reading brainwaves? My guess is this will fail miserably.

Now we know who invented the holoband. (1, Offtopic)

wiredog (43288) | more than 4 years ago | (#31349904)

Hot cylon chicks can't be far behind!

In all seriousness (1)

Superdarion (1286310) | more than 4 years ago | (#31349952)

Wouldn't something like this be an amazing tool for dislexic people?

Perhaps they can figure out exactly what's going wrong with their brain wiring if a computer can have direct access to the signals it's giving out and actually understand them.

Yeah (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31349962)

I can imagine the first output would be

"KILLME"

So Many Applications (1, Interesting)

BJ_Covert_Action (1499847) | more than 4 years ago | (#31349972)

I have a friend who has ALS (same disease as Hawking) and we haven't gotten a proper message from him in more than 2 years. I can't imagine how lonely that is. These types of systems really pay off in the quality of life they can create for disabled patients and such. Color me excited.

I do, however, hope the price drops significantly.

Re:So Many Applications (1)

Scottie-Z (30248) | more than 4 years ago | (#31350104)

I already posted this in my own thread, and don't want to spam, but you should check out work that has been done integrating Dasher with a gazetracker:

http://www.inference.phy.cam.ac.uk/dasher/SpecialNeeds.html [cam.ac.uk]

Re:So Many Applications (1)

BJ_Covert_Action (1499847) | more than 4 years ago | (#31350758)

Thank you! I'll definitely check this out.

Just remember (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31349974)

to think in Russian.

Dasher + eye-tracking? (1)

Scottie-Z (30248) | more than 4 years ago | (#31350002)

Wouldn't it be a lot faster and cheaper to integrate eye-tracking technology into Dasher?

http://www.inference.phy.cam.ac.uk/dasher/ [cam.ac.uk]

alot to say (1)

design1066 (1081505) | more than 4 years ago | (#31350022)

G - e - t - - - m - e - - - a - - - b - e - e - r - - - P - L - Z

However real mind reading is still "50 years away" (4, Informative)

NoSleepDemon (1521253) | more than 4 years ago | (#31350162)

The kind of mind reading that this article implies, and what some posters are worried about (is it 1984 again?) is a long, long way off, about "50 years" in scientific terms.

I worked with a student on a similar Brain-Computer-Interface to what appears to be shown here. In actuality, the interface barely reads your mind at all, the grid of letters you see flashes while you focus on the letter you want to type. When that letter flashes, your brain registers this, and your 'surprise' at seeing the flash is what's measured. Knowing the time that this happened, it is possible to eventually deduce what letter on the grid the patient is focusing on.

So as you can see, "Computer that can read your mind" is a rather sensationalist article title to say the least. It's also a massive pain in the ass to try to use a device like this, you literally have to focus on the letter you want to type and absolutely nothing else, or it'll take longer and longer to determine what letter you are 'typing'.

Re:However real mind reading is still "50 years aw (1)

joeyblades (785896) | more than 4 years ago | (#31352928)

In fact, it doesn't read minds. It merely interprets certain kinds of brain activity. Not the same thing. Not nearly the same thing. In the same way your mind has to tell your brain to move your finger to type on your keyboard, your mind has to tell your brain to activate certain neuron groups to provide inputs to this device. It's just a fancy keyboard that you don't have to touch.

Real mind reading can't happen until we first understand how the brain creates the mind. Therefore, don't believe it when you see articles that say that some computer interface can read minds... no one has a clue, yet, how to get past that first step.

Clinical trials (4, Insightful)

thePowerOfGrayskull (905905) | more than 4 years ago | (#31350188)

I would hope this has to go through the same clinical trials that introducing a drug would. The fact that you can "learn to be relaxed, focused. You improve." means that you're changing the frequency and wavelength of your brain's electrical output to comply with the requirements of this device.

Me, I'd want to be damned sure that wasn't going to introduce long-term side effects before using it.

Re:Clinical trials (1)

Garble Snarky (715674) | more than 4 years ago | (#31351668)

Maybe you do that while watching television too, or using headphones. Would you suggest clinical trials for those devices as well?

C'mon, This Isn't News (2, Insightful)

Beefmancer (1260556) | more than 4 years ago | (#31350192)

This is just another tired P300 system. Yes, it works, eventually, with practice, and with a messy setup. But the signal was discovered in 1965, and this is far from the first implementation of it, or even the first mass-market computerized commercial one (which I think was IntendiX, though that was pretty recently).

MIND THIS COMPUTER (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31350200)

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What if EVERYONE needed ten seconds per letter (1)

BuckB (1340061) | more than 4 years ago | (#31350262)

Wouldn't that be a better world? Posts would be short. And insightful. Like this one.

Very far from reading anything... (1)

Kjella (173770) | more than 4 years ago | (#31350320)

According to the more detailed description of how this works, lights go across the letters and each time it passes a letter you want to add you need to concentrate. So it basically has a brain activity meter and can tell if you're thinking hard or not, it's not like you concentrate on the letter A and the machine reads it from your mind. I think your thoughts are quite safe for a long time to come.

Why use the alphabet? (3, Interesting)

BigSlowTarget (325940) | more than 4 years ago | (#31350354)

Is this thing really trying to recognize and distinguish twenty or thirty different brain patterns each associated with a particular letter, number or mark? It seems setting it up to read morse code or some other binary coded system would make it faster and easier on the user. You could even put the letters and codes up on the screen. Too bad the article doesn't have more info.

Re:Why use the alphabet? (1)

mighty7sd (1233176) | more than 4 years ago | (#31351678)

Somebody mod this guy up, this would be way more efficient!

Re:Why use the alphabet? (1)

Monkeedude1212 (1560403) | more than 4 years ago | (#31352016)

Perhaps its because (and I'm just speculating here) everyone's brain patterns for the letter A and B are relatively similar. The problem with morse code and binary is that No one except avid hobbyists use that for communication anymore. By the time I learned what morse code was, it was outdated.

Also, how do you distinguish between on & off - when no state is desired?

Yarmulke (4, Funny)

Ukab the Great (87152) | more than 4 years ago | (#31350360)

The system makes use of a skull cap and wireless technology to transform brain waves into letters.

Geek #1: At my cousin's bar-mitzvah they had this enormous LAN party where everyone was wearing a mind reading computer, which was really sweet, but no one wanted to play with me and everyone was talking in some funny language.

Geek #2: That wasn't a LAN party, you idiot, that was a synagogue.

DWIM (1)

edittard (805475) | more than 4 years ago | (#31350498)

At last, someone implemented DWIM [catb.org] .

Just wait... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31350566)

After several years of practical use, they will come up with a dvorak version.

Old news (1)

commodoresloat (172735) | more than 4 years ago | (#31350622)

We already have this. I think it's called emacs.

See, slashdotters (2, Funny)

edittard (805475) | more than 4 years ago | (#31350826)

Designed primarily to help those who can't write or speak

See, slashdotters - somebody cares about you.

That slow? (1)

nospam007 (722110) | more than 4 years ago | (#31350940)

So I guess it will be some time before one will be able to get a frosty piss that way.

9kEuro? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31351094)

I built something like this last fall using a NeuroSky dry EEG from the Star Wars force trainer ($90), hacked the serial bus from the NeuroSky chip into an Arduino ($35) with an asyncLabs WiFi shield ($60), then from there to my G1 dream where I had a 2-set-selection visual interface that minimized the expected number of selections needed to choose the word based on a dictionary with associated word freqeuencies. 30 seconds per letter or less is probably about right. 3 weeks of on-and-off evenings. How does this cost 9kEuros?

Doing, not Thinking (1)

thebian (1218280) | more than 4 years ago | (#31351112)

Vocalizing a sound is a mechanical activity directed by your brain.

Deciphering those directions to your vocal mechanics is a long way from deciphering the underlying representational system which you used to decide what to communicate. No one has a clue about that system or its logic.

So, you're dreams are safe.

Unless you twitter them away.

I know you can read my thoughts, boy (2, Funny)

Reed Solomon (897367) | more than 4 years ago | (#31351686)

meow meow/meow meow,meow meow/meow meow,
meow meow/meow meow/meow meow/meow meow.

postcomment compression filter can kiss my butt.

One letter every 10 seconds... (1)

StikyPad (445176) | more than 4 years ago | (#31352156)

Nurse: Is there anything you need?

Patient: H.......E.......A.......D

Nurse: Hmph. [Storms out of the room]

Patient: ......^H.......T

EEG or EMG? (1)

TheSync (5291) | more than 4 years ago | (#31352382)

Does this thing really measure brain neuron electrical signals, or does it measure scalp muscle electrical signals (electromyograph)?

Programmed Hotkeys (1)

gmuslera (3436) | more than 4 years ago | (#31352432)

Words have several meanings, thinking on a word, specially in different contexts, could have different waves. So having something without different associations, like letters, can be used for this. But you could still can have "hotkeys" waves, that means something maybe abstract, or maybe very used, and have them as hotkeys.

And with 30second/letter times, using cellphone like assisted writting could be useful (and there you need "keys" to select which offered word anyway), or like this [joaquimrocha.com] in a desktop environment.

First post! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31352650)

Damn five letters a minute.

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