Honestly, I wasn't sure if I was getting punk'd again after all the internet April Fool's shenanigans this week, but after a bit of research, I think this is probably just a concept project. In a story posted on the UK's Telegraph this week, a Taiwanese electronics specialist has developed a mind reading headset to control your iPod. Since walking and looking down at your iPod is just too distracting, the iMind allows you to choose what song, or what type of song you want played, just by thinking of it. Kinda like the (real) gaming headset we saw a few months ago, this one gives your brain a direct feed into your iPod, no remotes required.
The iMind uses twenty strategically placed sensors that "read thoughts" and detect tiny facial movements to play your tunes accordingly. To hear more about how it works, just
A left eye wink might mean volume up, batting both eyes could mean shuffle, and hey, crinkling your nose might mean skip track. It's all customizable, and totally weird at the same time, which tipped me off that this was a total farce. Michael Brook, editor of T3 magazine got in on the fun, and says the iMind is perfect for those who just need things done faster:
"A godsend for busy commuters, iMind has eliminated the need to painstakingly scroll through your music library in order to find your favourite tracks. In a fast-paced environment, "at the click of a button" just isn't quick enough."
Even if this was real, I think I might be willing to suffer with the task of scrolling through my tracks to find the one I want, rather than wearing this headset and totally messing up my 'do. Would you sport the iMind. . . if it was an actual product, that is?