With all the hours I've spent playing City of Heroes, I never thought I'd see the day when my character could laugh along with me after zapping a thug to his demise with my Energy Torrent. Soon, it just might be possible. A company called Emotiv released a headset at the Game Developers Conference this week that uses medical technology to scan the user's brain for electricity (EEG) and promises to make our online characters become a little more lifelike. By interpreting neuron transmitters that fire within our brains, it's possible to mimic a player's facial expressions and use mind control to move objects within the game. Just think of your brain like a second controller! Here's more:
The Emotiv EPOC uses a set of sensors to tune into electric signals naturally produced by the brain to detect player thoughts, feelings and expression. It connects wirelessly with all game platforms from consoles to PCs. The Emotiv neuroheadset now makes it possible for games to be controlled and influenced by the player's mind.
The EPOC is said to be priced at an "affordable" $299 for the ultimate gamer, and a limited edition of the neuroheadsets will be shipping in time for 2008's holiday season. For a video previewing how it actually works,