Korean firm Samsung has this week revealed its developments in the creation of a tablet which can be operated using just your mind.
To work the tablet, the user must wear a specially designed cap fitted with EEG-monitoring electrodes, and make selections on the device by following a blinking icon on the tablet’s screen.
Already Samsung has developed its Smart Stay, Smart Pause and Smart Scroll technology, which allows the latest smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy S4, to pause videos or scroll down the page according to patterns in your eye movement.
Developers at Samsung have stated that a tablet controlled using just your mind could be invaluable for people suffering with various mobility reducing disabilities.
It has been reiterated, however, that the technology is still in its early stages, and is unlikely to be available for the general public for some time. Some of the electrodes that fix to the user’s scalp currently require liquid to make them attach, which developers acknowledge isn’t overly user-friendly. Therefore, the first challenge is to overcome this by creating a dry version of the EEG-monitoring cap.
And with other devices including Google Glass being brought into the public sphere, it leads us to question where technology could really take us over the next few years.
Written by Charlotte Kertrestel