Coming soon: toys that read players’ brain waves

A twin of Darth Vader stalks the cubicles of a Silicon Valley office, complete with ominous black mask, cape and light saber.

But this is no Halloween costume. It’s a prototype, years in the making, of a toy that incorporates brain-wave-reading technology.

Behind the mask is a sensor that touches the user’s forehead and reads the brain’s electrical signals, then sends them to a wireless receiver inside the saber, which lights up when the user is concentrating.

The player maintains focus by channeling thoughts on any fixed mental image, or thinking specifically about keeping the light sword on. When the mind wanders, the wand goes dark.

Engineers at NeuroSky Inc. have big plans for brain-wave-reading toys and video games. They say the simple Darth Vader game — a relatively crude biofeedback device — portends the coming of more sophisticated devices that could revolutionize the way people play.

Toys with even the most basic brain-wave-reading technology — scheduled to debut later this year — could boost mental focus and help children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, autism and mood disorders.

Source:  Associated Press

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