updated 05:25 pm EDT, Sat April 20, 2013
EEG caps could help disabled users to control tablets
Samsung engineers are working with researchers at the University of Texas to make brainwave-controlled tablets a reality. MIT Technology Review carried a story on Friday that the South Korean tech giant is working to develop electroencephalograph caps that would let users control mobile devices like the Galaxy Note 10.1 without touching it. The research is still very much in its early stages, but it may hold the promise of giving disabled users much greater control over devices.
So far, the researchers are looking to see how users can take their thoughts and turn those into commands to launch an application, select content, or power up or down a Galaxy Note 10.1. The tech relies on EEG readings, which look for specific brain activity patterns predetermined to correspond to specific tasks.
The project is a long way off from any marketable results, but it would join other brainwave tech from companies such as Neurosky, which makes a headset that reads brainwaves to control toys and games.
"Several years ago," said Insoo Kim, Samsung's lead researcher, "a small keypad was the only input modality to control the phone, but nowadays the user can use voice, touch, gesture, and eye movement to control and interact with mobile devices. Adding more input modalities will provide us with more convenient and richer ways of interacting with mobile devices."