Conversations of a Mind

brain waves graphicMany science fiction books and films used the idea of mind or thought control. Probably one of the more memorable films was the classic “Scanners“.  Technology over the past 50 years has brought us closer to some of these whimsical ideas used in these fictional works. Miniaturization, computer advancement and flat screen display technology have given us the ability to create devices capable of fulfilling some of the wizardry conceptualized in these stories.

Advances in technology have given us the ability to not only create smaller devices, it has also provided the opportunity to develop formerly whimsical ideas into reality. For instance, how many of us would like to be able to move objects with our thoughts? Great idea, right? We have seen these ideas in movies and magic tricks. Perhaps now without any sleight of hand we can see how this is possible with soon to be released tech.

The brain also produces small electrical signals to control the entire body including things we take for granted such as breathing and the heart pumping blood. This is one of the reasons a Taser is so effective in overriding the body as it can no longer control the muscles due to the overload of the Taser voltage applied to our muscles.

Using amplified brain waves the idea is to convert these signals into something useful to move objects as seen in this article for amputees, control computer input or perhaps another use yet to be imagined.

Honeywell MeasurexMany years ago I worked for a company [ Measurex ] that used a variety of sensors, IR, low level x-ray and motion to control the quality of paper manufacturing while keeping cost at a minimum. This industry is referred to as process control. The concept of taking low level signals and through computerization control large electrical devices such as motors and valves. It was late 20th century technology introduced to control late 19th century manufacturing process. This is carried on in numerous ways including the production of electrical energy in Nuclear, Coal and Natural Gas power plants.

Initial public funded founder of Interaxon, Ariel Garten says Muse works using the same technology used in hospitals known as Electroencephalography (EEG), which records electrical activity along the scalp.

Muse headband

brain-sensing headband

Muse is embedded with four sensors that allows you to see and track your brain’s activity, in the same way a heart rate monitor gives information about your physical activity. You can also use your mind to control games and applications supplied with the headband, according to Garten.

Using the low level signals from the brain picked up by the headband worn device, these waveforms as demonstrated in the following video can be applied in many ways. If we understand their significance and can repeat the pattern these signals can be recognized by an external device to apply motion in an electrical mechanical device or movement for a computer interface.