Mind Controlled Rovio


[Robert] at Extremetech was going to write a review of the Emotiv EEG headset but found the bundled software lacking. He decided to write something to really show off what could be done with an EEG in your home. He is now controlling his Rovio with his mind. He had already written a new control program for the Rovio, so redoing the same program with the EEG controls would give him a great comparison. If you recall from the mind controlled TV, meditating on a single thought can be cumbersome for quick controls. Instead, he used facial expression recognition. Maybe this should be called “face controlled Rovio” instead.

9 thoughts on “Mind Controlled Rovio

  1. This would be kinda fun to play Flight Sim with. Your roommate or whoever comes in and your bending your face trying to take the airplane off. hehe, sounds like a good time, at least for the first 15 minutes.

  2. I have one of those OCZ Tech. NIA controllers laying around here somewhere (basically a cheap EEG headset designed for gaming) — the “facial movement” is the primary method of input with the device.

    While it does read alpha, beta and gamma brain waves it’s not very reliable when one has to focus considerably on switching between daydreaming and relaxation (alpha waves), versus logical thinking, confrontation & panic (beta & gamma waves).

    These types of headsets are fun to play with (I’ve been working on ideas with EEG-based music interaction software) but they’re not a very good replacement for any type of handheld controller (remote, gamepad, mouse, RC.)

    I HATE how so many people, including the manufacturer call this “mind control” (BAD HaD!) It’s really just a controller for your face, and I’ve yet to see any decent interfacing ideas using the a/b/g waves.

    I move my face with my mind in the same manner as clicking the mouse (the face uses more muscles, too!) — nothing revolutionary about that.

  3. This stuff would be a boon to the handicapped. Too bad the medical-industrial complex is more into drugging everybody and making money than actually helping people.

    What would realy work is a mind-controlled leg muscle stimulator for those with spinal injuries.

  4. It is no longer necessary to use electrodes to monitor brain function at a distance. After Delgado’s experiments in the 1950s, began to use a model for EEG biometrics at a distance that allows the individuation and activation of mental functions to different individuals, and distance, without electrodes. Details are on this site that deals with the physical control of the mind so scientific and objective. https://sites.google.com/site/controlemental

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