The future is most certainly now, and you don't have to look any further than the new Focus Pocus video game ($200) to see it. Forget controlling a video game with your hands — this one is controlled with your child's mind, seriously! Designed specifically for kids with concentration problems — but easily enjoyed by anyone — Focus Pocus players wear a MindWave headset that is outfitted with sensors for the forehead and ears and wirelessly connects with computers. It uses electroencephalographic (EEG) technology to read brain activity. As kids make their way through the game's 12 tasks (kid-friendly witch- and wizard-like activities, all requiring different mental activities), the headset sends data to the computer that parents can then read. The data can then be interpreted to see a child's readiness to learn and ability to control his or her actions.
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