We’ve all heard about the Mind-Controlled prosthetic, drones and exoskeletons, all of these are very advanced. What we actually require is the usage of Mind Control technology in something that is a little more routine and ordinary for us. The BBC’s “Mind Control TV” prototype, is just the thing we’re looking for. This gadget promises a future where the users won’t even have to lift the remote. Users can perform all the tasks using the technology.
BBC’s Digital Division are the ones developing the prototype, which is kind of how the organization plans innovation by using new and emerging technologies. The aim of this research is to give program makers, technologists and others an idea of how the future might be and how they can use this tech in future, according to Cyrus Saihan, Head of Business Development for the Division.
Saihan explains how the organization believes in the potential of this technology and how it can improve accessibility, especially for the handicapped users. And this can lead to the development of a new type of User Interface. For example, better means of accessing digital and media services can be provided to those suffering from locked-in syndrome. Another example is that the drivers can simply think of a certain radio channel and switch it on, without having to take off their hands off the wheel.
This prototype employs a low-cost electroencephalography (EEG) brainwave reading headset, similar to those we saw in Melomind and Muse Brain-Training Apps. The electrical activity of the brain us measured by this headset and the accompanying app(experimental), determines whether to use “concentration” mode or “meditation” for controlling.
This app measures the concentration level of a user for a certain task and performs the task once a certain concentration level is acheived on the “volume bar”. Users are provided with five popular BBC shows, every 10 seconds, a different show is highlighted. And when the user wants to select the program, they need to concentrate for 10 seconds and then the program starts playing.
During the first run of the app, 10 BBC staff members tried out the app, some of them acheived more success than others. According to Saihan, all 10 of the staff members got the app to work somehow. This prototype system is very basic, still it provides proof-of-concept and will inform future investigation.