Monday, 12 April 2010

Neurophone, combining an EEG BCI with an iPhone

Researchers from Dartmouth College have created a new concept, aptly called Neurophone, which allows users to select and dial a contact's phone number just by thinking about it.

The device uses neural signals detected by the popular Emotiv brain-computer interface device (about which I have blogged before) to control an iPhone. At the moment, as evidenced in the video below, when the user sees the contact he/she want to call, a specific signature of brain activity triggers the system, which then automatically tells the iPhone to dial that person.

The researchers highlight how much more silent an approach like this is compared to voice calling or effortless compared to using traditional touchpad interaction. They also intend to extend this concept of using a BCI for interaction to other areas of mobile phone usage.

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