Found this TED 2010 video via Kurt Vega’s tweets.
From the TED site: “Tan Le’s astonishing new computer interface reads its user’s brainwaves, making it possible to control virtual objects, and even physical electronics, with mere thoughts (and a little concentration). She demos the headset, and talks about its far-reaching applications.”
Out-of-the-box support for facial expressions and emotional experiences, with some sensitivity adjustments available for personalization.
The demo is focusing on the “cognitive suite”: the ability to move virtual objects with your mind.
And it just costs only a few hundred dollars. Like an iPAD, but it’s a hPAH “head-PAD”
Start mixing this with the ongoing discussions on personal digital identity. As you will notice, the demo starts with making a personal profile for this headset owner. And tuning to a neutral signal, a signal where you’re doing nothing particular, your are relaxed, hanging-out: a but like my holidays at home where I basically don’t do anything particular other than hanging around.
It’s interesting to see that the test is about “pulling” an object forward instead of “pushing”. I may be too influenced by John Hagel’s latest book “The Power of Pull” 😉
The cool stuff starts when the helmet man starts visualizing something that does not exist in real life: making something disappear.
Applications are obvious in virtual reality games, domotica systems, all sort of gesture and thought based interactions, control an electric wheel-chair. In banking it would be nice is I could raise the balance on my account just by thinking about it.
What I do NOT like about it is that the “system” has some built-in leveling system. It makes me think of Jaron Renier’s fantastic rant / manifesto that I mentioned in my previous blog “you have to be somebody before you can share yourself”
Start mixing this up with some of the cool ideas like Mark Pesce’s Plexus which is a quite novel way of looking and using your social graph in a sort of
event driven pub-sub system
where you decide as a user
what you listen to and
who and what you want to share
Sometimes, I think of myself as a disc-jockey (which I was as a matter of fact for more than 15 years starting in the late 70’ies), and I very much like Ethan Zuckerberg’s description of a DJ in this also great TED 2010 video on our distorted world-views.
His talk is basically about
getting you out of your normal orbit, of stepping out of your usual “flock” of people you normally interact with (both on- and off-line).
Around min 15:30, he describes a DJ as a guide:
A skilled human curator, who knows what material is available to her, who is able to listen to the audience, and who is able to make a selection and push people forward in one fashion or another
Of course, I could now make jokes on Faithless “God is a DJ”, and/or refer to one of my previous posts called “We are as gods and might as well get good at it”, but I won’t do that.
Instead, I’d like to share with you the feeling of giving pleasure to my audience.
It’s something I feel while writing these blogs, and it’s a very similar feeling as being a DJ in front of an audience and pushing people forward.
Its has a same sort of stage-fright
when starting a gig,
and the same sort of excitement
when you see your crowd getting
As a DJ, I was doing some quite big gigs for 3,000 people or so, and my following community is not that big yet. But the feeling is the same, and everyday there are some more folks following my tweets. Some more reacting to my blog. Some more getting inspired by what’s on these pages.
So, I just continue doing that, and hope to inspire you to dream and execute your dreams.