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According to numerous reports via the IFA CE Exhibition in Berlin today, the world's first Brain-Computer Interface Technology (BCI) Smart TV will debut at the event. Manufactured by Haier, a leading China consumer technology company, and powered by Silicon Valley's own NeuroSky ThinkGear technology, the Haier Cloud Smart TV offers the ability for users to interact with their Smart TV using their brains.Yes, that's right. Mental power... Sounds like something out of a bad sci-fi script. But it's true!
CBS News covered the story with a snappy headline about mind reading TV:
Having a brain-dead moment thinking about what it all means? You're not alone. Essentially, it's sort of like a game system installed in a television. You'll be able to use a headset that connects with games and apps. Calm down, Chad Vader. You can't fast forward and rewind shows with your thoughts yet.
A spokesperson for Silicon Valley-based bio censor company NeuroSky talked with us and described how the technology is applied to the apps NeuroFly and Tug of Mind. NeuroFly is a game where you play a little yellow bird trapped in a maze searching for jewels. In Tug of Mind you compete against the other animals to show off your mental muscle.
Ubergizmo.com of course calls it a brain interface:
Basically, you will be able to interact with your Smart TV using nothing but your brains. No need to worry about the remote control running out of juice, right?
Wonder how it will work after a bottle of Chardonnay? Does that constitute juice?
Unlike a traditional TV, Haier's Smart TV can interact with viewers via NeuroSky's MindReader headset. NeuroSky's brainwave technology can detect human brainwave patterns revealing a person's mental state. The NeuroSky MindReader then translates the monitored brainwaves into digital signals that the television can recognize. The brain-controlled TV applications allow users to develop control over their concentration and relaxation abilities through entertainment applications. Haier's Home Cloud Solution provides an exciting "Cloud Family" experience to consumers, a step into cloud service and a milestone in lifestyle change.
Next step? Will it help me find content based on my mental state? Now that would be pretty cool. Throw in some artificial intelligence, and give him a voice like Hal 9000 in 2001, A Space Odyssey. If I'm in that kind of mood of course.
The TV is scheduled to be released in October of this year in China at a price yet to be determined.