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Racing game uses brainwaves to power cars on a track

BARCELONA: One firm has developed what it considers to be the next level in gaming – a headset that lets you control on-screen and physical objects using just your mind, the daily mail reported.

In a demonstration at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, The game was developed in partnership with the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and Australian-based Emotiv.

A ‘driver’ is wired up to Emotiv’s electroencephalography (EEG) headset and the device is trained to read their unique brain patterns.

This is known as the ‘push’ state and this involved thinking about playing Greensleeves on a piano and imaging the finger positions as they move through the chords.

Once the headset is trained the game begins. The wheels of an on-screen car begin to spin to signal that the brain patterns are being recognised.


The wearer is then asked to think about their repetitive task, at which point the car begins to move.

During the demonstration, these brain waves moved a car the size of a shoebox around a track and each race involves two players wired up to the headset.

The Emotive headsets are embedded with sensors that record electrical activity along the wearer’s scalp, forehead and above the right ear.

These sensors measure and monitor brain waves and these patterns are converted to commands using a brain-computer interface.

The technology is currently a proof-of-concept and there are no immediate plans to release the game and headset.

However, the EPOC Emotiv headset is available from $499 (£324) and it will work with existing brain-computer interface games and software that work with EEG readings.

The Emotiv headset used for the demonstration is called Insight and is available to pre-order ahead of the general release in April.

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