For many companies, the topic of brain-computer interfaces is the future of computer technology. Whether Elon Musk’s Neuralink or Facebook’s development team, they all want to advance the control of computers with their thoughts. The French company NextMind has now presented a Neural Interface Dev Kit at this year’s Customer Electronics Show, which has convinced the first beta testers on site.
Just the thought of moving things with your mind quickly makes you think of comic movies or science fiction novels, but NextMind now brings fiction into our reality. Its device, which weighs around 60 grams, measures electrical signals from the virtual cortex at the back of the wearer’s head and converts them into computer commands using artificial intelligence.
“NextMind combines deep neural networks and neural signals from the brain to transform a user’s intention into direct brain commands, creating a symbiotic connection with the digital world.”
The AI of NextMind converts thoughts into actions
The information NextMind collects is based on voltage fluctuations of nerve cells outside the skull. The positioning of the small disc at the back of the head is therefore exactly where these are most likely to be collected.
NextMind -- How it works (Source: NextMind)
However, since not all people are equal, the first step is to calibrate mind control. To do this, as a product video shows and the first users confirm, one must first focus on a distinctive visual object. This action creates a unique user profile, which the artificial intelligence of NextMind then uses as a basis for reading the brain waves.
The AI constantly learns new things and improves the precession of the device.
use in gaming, office and industry
There are many areas of application. When the technology is mature, it can not only enhance the gaming experience in computer games enormously, but also bring about some groundbreaking changes in the business context.
Especially in industry or medicine there are often activities in which the user has no free hand to operate the computer. With the Brain-Computer Interface, the user can carry out these manual activities with a thought.
The interface of NextMind is expected to cost 400 dollars and will be released in the second quarter of the year.
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