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New toys read brain waves
Published: Sunday April 29, 2007
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A startup company called NeuroSky has "big plans" for "brain wave-reading toys" according to an article Sunday by the Associated Press.

"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," AP's Rachel Konrad writes. "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."

NeuroSky's "Dark Vader game" -- "a relatively crude biofeedback device cloaked in gimmicky garb" suggests new, more sophisticated devices a la Star Trek could "revolutionize the way people play."

"Technology from NeuroSky and other startups could make video games more mentally stimulating and realistic," Konrad adds. "It could even enable players to control video game characters or avatars in virtual worlds with nothing but their thoughts."